Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Teaser Tues...Wednesday: Ghostlight and Fires of Invention

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Fires of Invention [blog tour review]


Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cover, 1) by J. Scott Savage, September 15, 2015. 370 pages. Published by Shadow Mountain. Source: publisher.
Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.
First Sentence:
This was going to be the best thing Trenton had ever built-assuming he could finish it assembling it without getting crushed.

Monday, September 28, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: Ghostlight [blog tour]


Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler, August 4, 2015. 256 pages. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Blue Slip Media.
Things that go bump in the night are just the beginning when a summer film project becomes a real-life ghost story!
Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.

Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.

As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?
First Sentence:
We'd only been at Grandma's for five minutes before Blake ruined everything.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: The Fall


The Fall (Cherub, 7) by Robert Muchamore, October 1, 2013 (originally published in 2006). Published by Hodder Children's.
In this action-packed CHERUB novel, two siblings on separate special agent missions both end up in deadly danger.
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

In The Fall, when an MI5 operation goes disastrously wrong, James needs all of his skills to get out of Russia alive. Meanwhile, Lauren is on her first solo mission, trying to uncover a brutal human trafficking operation. And when James does get home, he finds that his nightmare is just beginning...
Why: I started this series when it originally came out...then the rest of the series went away....and came back... I guess you could say that I'm still hoping to read book seven and see what happened next. Of course though I'd have to reread the first six books (not like that would be a hardship). 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Neptune Project

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 21, 2015

All About Middle Grade Review: The Neptune Project


The Neptune Project (Neptune Project, 1) by Polly Holyoke, May 21, 2013. 340 pages. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: borrowed from library.
With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.
First Sentence:
I wake to an urgent tap at my window.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Fairest


Fairest (Lunar Chronicles, 3.5) by Marissa Meyer, January 27, 2015. Published by Feiwel & Friends.
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. 
Why: Since I'm working my way through the Lunar Chronicles, I thought it fitting to mention Fairest here. First off, I am thus far loving the series. Secondly, I'm really interested in knowing Levana's story and seeing her take on things. Evil or not, I'm sure it'll be just as interesting to read as the actual series books.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesday:

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 14, 2015

DNF YA Review: Those Girls


Those Girls by Lauren Saft, June 9, 2015. 336 pages. Published by Poppy. Source: Publisher.
Some girls will always have your back, and some girls can't help but stab you in it.
Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they're the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them--and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band--without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved--literally, figuratively, physically....she's not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever....or tears them apart for good? 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home

The Church: Unlocking the Secrets to the Places Catholics Call Home by Mike Aqulina and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, March 5, 2013. 240 pages. Published by Image. Source: Publisher.
From the bestselling authors of The Mass, an insightful and practical guide that explores the architectural and spiritual components of the Catholic Church.
Your local church is not only a physical place, but a spiritual home. In this thought-provoking book, Wuerl and Aquilina illuminate the importance of the Church in its many guises and examine the theological ideas behind the physical structure of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas. How is a church designed? What is the function of the altar? What does the nave represent? What is the significance of the choir loft? With eloquent prose and elegant black-and-white photography, these questions and many more will lead to answers that illuminate the history and practicality of Catholic life.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Blue Lily, Lily Blue


Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle, 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, October 21, 2014. Published by Scholastic.
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
Why: Yes, I am still making my way through this series!! I've been putting off checking Blue Lily, Lily Blue out from the library because once I read it, well, I may be unable to have patience waiting for the final installment!! Though after the end of The Dream Thieves I really just want  need to know what is going to happen next to Blue and her boys.

You can see my reviews of:
The Raven Boys
The Dream Theives

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Penderwicks

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Vintage Reads MG Review: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy


Vintage Reads, where the not so new young adult and middle grade books get some much deserved attention. From old favorites to new discoveries, both good and bad, you can see my thoughts on some titles from the two years and back!!

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (Penderwicks, 1) by Jeanne Birdsall, June 14, 2005. 262 pages. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Purchased at Library Sale.
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.
First Sentence:
For a long time after that summer, the four Penderwick sisters still talked of Arundel.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wish List Wednesday: Crenshaw

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, September 22, 2015. Published by Feiwel & Friends.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
Why: You know I really liked a book when it gets mentioned three times here on the blog. So, this is not just me wishing for a finished copy of Crenshaw, it's me reminding you that this fabulous book comes out later this month!! Trust me, you want to read it!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: If I Stay

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Are you a middle grade author, want your book to be spotlighted this year during the challenge on my blog? Than this post is just for you. All about Middle Grade Challenge

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