Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, May 30, 2016

YA Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue



Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle, 3) by Maggie Stiefvater, October 21, 2014. 391 pages. Published by Scholastic Press. Source: Borrowed from library.
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.
First Sentence:
Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: Lily of the Mohawks: the Story of St. Kateri


Lily of the Mohawks: the Story of St. Kateri by Emily Cavins, foreward by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, July 19, 2013. 134 pages. Published by Servant Books. Source: Borrowed from my mom.
Even before Kateri Tekakwitha’s canonization on October 21, 2012, many had been inspired by the story of the young Native American mystic who lived in the Mohawk Valley during the seventeenth century. With Emily Cavins's skill for weaving together historical facts and a compelling story, readers will discover Kateri’s path to sainthood against the backdrop of her life as a Native American in New York. These pages will reveal:
  • What led to Kateri’s desire to become a Christian
  • Her piety and self-denial in the face of persecution and illness
  • Her impact on the Catholic Mohawk community
  • The long road to sainthood, including two miracles attributed to Kateri
More than just a compelling story of Kateri’s short life, readers will also learn how to avail themselves of Kateri’s intercession, why Kateri has become known as the patron saint of the environment, and of her connection to St. Francis of Assisi.
First Sentence:
In the short time span of Kateri Tekakwitha's life, the power of several empires shifted: the Iroquois, the Dutch, the British, the French, and the Kingdom of God all collided.    

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Want to Read It (15): Gemina


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Gemina (Illuminae Files, 2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, October 18, 2016. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Source: Wish list. 
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
Why: To be honest, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Illuminae. Usually those super hyped books just don't work for me, yet this one was good. I'm more curious to see if Gemina will be just as good, or better than its predecessor. 

We shall see how it goes in a few months. I'm hoping to enjoy it as much as the first one.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, May 23, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: Outlaw: Legend of Robin Hood


Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee,illustrated by Sam Hart and Artur Fujita, September 22, 2009. 160 pages. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: borrowed from library.
How did Robin of Loxley become Robin Hood? Why did he choose to fight injustice instead of robbing for his own gain? Expressive and gritty, this graphic novel whisks readers back to Crusades-era England, where the Sheriff of Nottingham rules with an iron fist, and in the haunted heart of Sherwood Forest, a defiant rogue — with the help of his men and the lovely Maid Marian — disguises himself to become an outlaw. Lively language and illustrations follow the legendary hero as he champions the poor and provokes a high-stakes vendetta in a gripping adventure sure to draw a new generation of readers.
First Sentence:
A moment if you please!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

This Book Is So (10): Those Poor Characters




You know sometimes you're in the middle of a book and are just about to explode with feelings, be they good or bad, and you just want get them out there and no one is willing to listen. Well, that's what "This Book is So" is for; tell us how your current read is making you feel. Are you head over heels in love with, feeling kind of 'meh' about it, or maybe it's making you feel rage-y.


So, I may or not be reading part of a series that lots of y'all love. Yes, I'm being secretive about my current read as I'm only one hundred pages in, and hoping that it'll stick better than the last two books I tried reading.

I'll just be over here, reading the book and teasing y'all by not telling you what I'm reading. *laughs manically* 

As I started reading, I could not help but realize that maybe, just maybe, I should have read it closer to book two, Because I seem to have forgotten what happened last.


Then I remembered, and started feeling bad/worrying about will befall the characters of the course of the book. I'm thinking things are not going to go well with them.


Yet even though I know the characters are in for a rough ride, you may find me grinning because I'm mean like that (to book characters).


Final feeling regarding current read. A sense of optimism that this book will grab my attention and want me to keep reading. Lately, things have been so crazy, that when I do read nothing is pulling me in.


Here's a hint (or two): It's a young adult title this time, instead of another middle grade one. And, as I said, it is from quite the popular series.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I Want to Read It (14): Sealed with a Secret


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder, April 26, 2016. Published by Scholastic Press. 
When Phoebe finds a beautiful antique at a flea market, she's not sure whether it's as valuable as it looks. But inside she discovers something truly amazing -- a letter from WWII, from a young girl to her sister, who has been evacuated from London. The letter includes a "spell" for bringing people closer together, a list of clues leading all through the city. Each stop along the way adds up to magic.
Phoebe is stunned by the discovery. Not only is it an amazing piece of history, the letter is exactly what she needs -- she is also separated from her sister, though not by distance. Alice will be leaving for university soon, and in the meantime, she seems to want nothing to do with Phoebe. They used to be so close! But now that Phoebe has this magical list -- maybe she can try the spell herself, and make everything go back to the way it was!

Why: Last month, I read my first Lisa Schroeder book, The Girl i the Tower. Since I quite enjoyed it, I decided why not see what else she's written. Which brings me to Sealed with a Secret. I admit that I am really intrigued with this one, as the sister aspect has piqued my curiosity. I will definitely be checking my library to see if they have a copy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Dragon Lantern

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, May 16, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Dragon Lantern



The Dragon Lantern (League of Seven, 2) by Alan Gratz, June 9, 2015.  336 pages. Published by Starscape. Source: Borrowed from library.
Archie Dent is convinced that he and his friends Hachi and Fergus are the first three members of a new League of Seven: a group of heroes who come together to fight the Mangleborn whenever the monsters arise to destroy humanity. His belief is put to the test when they are forced to undertake separate missions. Archie and his faithful Tik-Tok servant Mr. Rivets pursue a shapeshifting girl who has stolen the Dragon Lantern, an ancient artifact with mysterious powers. And Hachi and Fergus travel to New Orleans to find Madame Blavatsky, the only person who knows the circumstances surrounding the death of Hachi’s father.

In the course of their adventures the three heroes meet potential candidates to join their League. At the same time, they learn deep-rooted secrets that could destroy the League forever...
First Sentence:
Archie Dent dangled from a rope twenty thousand feet in the air, watching the blue ribbon of the Mississippi River spin far, far below him.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I Want to Read It (13): The Monster War


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Monster War (League of Seven, 3) by Alan Gratz, July 12, 2016. Published by Starscape. Source: Wishlist.
Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny.
Wielding the Dragon Lantern, the maniacal Philomena Moffett has turned her back on the Septemberist Society, creating her own Shadow League and unleashing a monster army on the American continent. Archie and his friends must race to find the last two members of their league in time to thwart Moffett's plan and rescue humanity once more.

Why: So, last week I finally got a chance to read The Dragon Lantern, and boy did it leave me needing more!! Certain things, of great importance, were revealed. Things that are going to change so much for the characters; I just need more!!

P.S. Look for a review for The Dragon Lantern in the next couple of weeks (maybe as soon as next week).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Library Wars: Love and War, vol 1

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, May 9, 2016

Manga Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol 1


Library Wars: Love & War, vol 1 by Kiiro Yume (  (Original concept), Kinami Watabe (Translator), June 1, 2010 (originally published 2008). 186 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Borrowed from Library.
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!
First Sentence:
A gentle hand that softly touched my head.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

On My Mind (8): April, it was Something... Wrap-Up




To be honest, April was not the best month. It looked so promising at first, then things just went crazy. It was something.
So, what happened last month that made it so infamous. Well, let's start at the beginning.....

I was playing soccer and hurt my knee. The verdicts still out on what exactly I did to it (could be anywhere from a sprain to a torn ligament). It put me on crutches for three weeks. One month later and I'm still waiting to know just how long I'm out from soccer.

One of my dogs ended up having two surgeries in one week. He had to have a bump removed from his back that ended up requiring more work then the vet originally thought. Two days later he managed to open the wound. Which earned him a trip to the doggy ER. Second surgery was a blessing in disguise, as his regular vet saw more infection and removed said tissue. He's healing up great. It was just super stressful (still is).

Now onto the good stuff

While I may not have broken any reading records last month, I can say that my reading was quite enjoyable. I went through a graphic novel binge and it was great.
With the exception of Library Wars, Vol. 1, all of these books were by authors that I had never read before. My favorites were easily The Stonekeeper, Five Times Revenge, and The Girl in the Tower. These three books were impossible to set aside and were quickly devoured. 

April ended up being a month of binge watching anime that I own. Being laid up in bed, I had nothing better to do then watch hours upon hours of my favorite anime. And, what better way to binge anime then to have zero commercials to deal with!!
I admit, I re-watched all of those in maybe ten days. Like I said, there wasn't much else that I could do. 






April wasn't all bad. There were some good points like, umm, I'm sure there was something good!! Like not fracturing my kneecap, Finn doing well with two surgeries days apart. Reading about the Inquisition and all the graphic novels. Let's not forget all the gummy bears that were consumed!!

It was a weird month, but there's so much to be thankful for.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I Want to Read It (12): The Scorpio Races


I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, October 18, 2011. Published by Scholastic Press. 
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Why: So, I'm considering reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I have no idea what it is about, nor do I particularly care to read the synopsis as I want to go in blind, should I choose to read it. But, I need to know, without spoilers, is it worth my time to give it a shot?

Seriously though, do you guys think I should add it to my TBR? Is this a good or bad idea?? TELL ME!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Girl in the Tower

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. 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, May 2, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Girl in the Tower


The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder, March 29, 2016. 256 pages. Published by Henry Holt. Source: ARC from Publisher.
Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Violet and her mother have been locked away in a tower by the evil Queen Bogdana, who has the kingdom under her spell. The queen has everything she wants except for one thing -- beauty. Violet possesses this beauty. She also has a secret: although she is very small, both her spirit and her heart are mighty.

When Violet is summoned by Bogdana to start training to become a real princess, it seems as if her life might be taking a turn for the better. But hope quickly fades when Violet's mother is banished from the castle, and she and Violet are forbidden to see each other ever again. With everyone's lives in the balance, it's up to Violet to break the spell and reunite her family.
First Sentence:
As Violet hovered in that reflective space between asleep and awake, she reaches up to feel for her nose.

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