Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Want to Read It (11): The Door by the Staircase


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 Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh, January 5, 2016. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Wish-List.
Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever.

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!
But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.
Why: Sometimes Goodreads brings interesting sounding books to my attention. Like this one, The Door by the Staircase. I probably would not have seen this one if it had not popped up as recommended for another book I read.

You know me, I love middle grade books. Especially one's that have the character winding up somewhere too good to be true. The premise is just too intriguing and I want to know what evil is lurking there for Mary,   

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Colossus Rises

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, April 25, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: The Colossus Rises


The Colossus Rises (Seven Wonders, 1) by Peter Lerrangis, February 5, 2013. 348 pages. Published by HarperCollins. Source: borrowed from library.
One BoyJack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One MissionJack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One ProblemThe loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven WondersBecause they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
First Sentence:
On the morning I was scheduled to die, a large barefoot man with a bushy red beard waddled past my house.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

This Book is SO (9): SLOOOW




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.



While the book I finished last week wasn't terrible, it also was not the best book I've read lately. It was so slow!! It was definitely one of those books that leaves you feeling like kinda of like.......


I spent a good portion of the book waiting for something exciting to happen. Like I said, it was slow and I did consider giving it a DNF, but, it wasn't bad enough to walkaway from.
At times, it strongly reminded me of a certain other authors work. One I like, and yet this one was...
 Just when I was about to give up hope that anything would ever happen, something finally does...

Finally, the end has me hoping that the second book will really take off. Yes, I haven't given up hope yet!! Book two sounds very promising, so, I'll definitely get it a shot!!

Here's your hints: 
  1. It's middle grade
  2. it has children who have special abilities that could kill them
  3. it's not new, though the series is still ongoing
  4. there are two secret organizations with different objectives
  5. there's a visual hint on my Instagram account.
Tell me, do you know what book I'm talking about? If you do, what did you think of it?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Want to Read It (10): Lost in Babylon


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.


Lost in Babylon (Seven Wonders, 2) by Peter Lerangis, October 29, 2013. Published by HarperCollins. 
With Marco gone and the first Loculus lost, Jack, Cass, and Ally are no closer to saving themselves (or the world) than when they first arrived at the Karai Institute. But when Bhegad tracks down Marco deep in the desert, the kids are off on the next leg of their quest-to the ancient city of Babylon. There the kids find themselves faced with a daunting choice that makes them question everything they've learned so far. It's a gut wrenching decision, but what the kids don't realize is that it's also a trap. Surprises pile on surprises until a long-lost figure from Jack's past returns, and the kids find themselves forced to engineer an escape that might just turn out to be a different kind of trap altogether....

Why- While I was not head-over-heels for The Colossus Rises, I am curious as to what will happen in Lost in Babylon. The series plot is pretty intriguing, so...   I'm hoping that the second book will be better, which is my main reason for wanting to continue reading the series.

Have you read The Seven Wonders series? If so, what did you think of it? Tell me if I should give the second one a chance!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature

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, April 18, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature


Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature by Saskia  Lacey and illustrated by Sernur Isik, April 1, 2016. 40 pages. Published by Walter Foster Jr. Source: publisher.
Read classic literature from the eyes of the dinosaurs, and learn about the literary greats through humorous, prehistoric mashups and fun, dinosaur-themed facts.

Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature mixes prehistoric dinosaur humor with some of the great names of literary history to teach the classics in a fun and inviting way for children of all ages. The first book in a new series, The Prehistoric Masters of Literature, features an assortment of well-known, classic authors, such as the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare, all under the guise of favorite dinosaur mashups (i.e. the "Brontesaurus" sisters). The Prehistoric Masters of Literature features a brief "dino" biography of each author, with real facts intertwined and modified to fit with the prehistoric theme. Each biographical spread also includes a short mini book of one of the author's classic novels, glued into the last pages. For instance, an abridged version of Wuthering Swamp Heights is included alongside the Brontesaurus sisters' biography. With the timeless popularity of dinosaur subjects for children, this new series is sure to engage and delight, as well as teach children about famous figures in history.
First Sentence:
You're invited to discover the ancient tales dinosaurs once devoured millions of years ago, when the world was a fiercer, but no less, literary place.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I Want to Read It (9): Behind the Scenes, vol 1


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.


Behind the Scenes, vol 1 by Bisco Hatori, February 2, 2016. Published by Viz Media LLC.
Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It’s given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he’s in college, he’s hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

It’s two months into Ranmaru’s college career, and if he’s learned one thing, it’s that he’s really uncomfortable around other people. But when he stumbles into a zombie mob attack, he’s forced out of his comfort zone in the most dramatic way possible! Of course it’s just a movie shoot, but when he wakes up from his ignoble faint, he’s been whisked away behind the scenes with the Art Squad! Could this group of weirdoes be what Ranmaru’s been looking for all his life?!
Why- I just really, really want to read this one!! I haven't even read the full write-up for it, I just know I want to read it because it was written by Bisco Hatori (yes, that Bisco Hatori who brought us OHSHC)!!!

The fact that it is by her is reason enough for me to want to read it!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: El Deafo

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, April 11, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: El Deafo


El Deafo by Cece Bell, September 4, 2014. 248 pages. Published by Amulet. Source: Borrowed from library.
Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school--in the hallway...in the teacher's lounge...in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.
First Sentence:
I was a regular little kid.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

This Book is SO (8): Full of Friendship...and Revenge




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.



On Tuesday, I received a surprise advanced copy of a book and while I only meant to test out the first five pages, I wound up reading the entire book in one day. The story was just so good that I could not set it aside for nothing. Ah, I cannot even tell you how great it felt to be completely sucked into the writing and story so much that putting it aside unfinished was not an option.

While not a heist book, this one was full of revenge and getting even. They were ready to change the game kinda like in Ocean's Eleven.
Oh my, the two best buddies kind of reminded me of Danny and Rusty in the way they interacted with each other.
To be honest, this one reminds me of a certain moment between the two brothers.

And because this book is about revenge and getting even with some no good, cheating bullies

Seriously though, I cannot wait for y'all to read this incredibly fun middle grade book come summer!! I was so excited to "talk" about it that I had to feature it here because it is way too early for an actual review!! I dropped many, many hints that should help you figure out what book I'm talking about.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I Want to Read It (8): Shuriken and Pleats


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.


Shuriken and Pleats, vol 1 by Matsuri Hino, March 1, 2016. Published by Viz Media: Shojo Beat. 
When the master she has sworn to protect is killed, Mikage Kirio, a skilled ninja, travels to Japan to start a new, peaceful life for herself. But as soon as she arrives, she finds herself fighting to protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu, a man who is under attack by a band of ninja. From that time on, Mikage is drawn deeper into the machinations of his powerful family.

Why- I'll tell you why with just three reasons!!

  1. Shuriken and Pleats- the title alone is enough to catch my attention. I mean come on, it has the word shuriken in the title, of course I'm going to be interested in reading it!! Didn't the title pique your interest?
  2. I'm really liking the cover artwork. I like the way that it's just the main character portrayed there; it also has a slight ominous feel to it. Makes me wonder who's going to end up on the wrong side of that shuriken...
  3. I've really enjoyed reading Matsuri Hino's other works. Which means when I first heard about her newest series that I was going to need to read it!! Seriously though, one you find manga artists that you like you tend to want to read whatever they release.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Voice Over! Seiyu Academy

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, April 4, 2016

Manga Review: Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, vols 1-12


Voice Over! Seiyu Academy, vols 1-12 by Maki Minami, October 1, 2013 through August 4, 2015. Published by Viz Media, LLC. Source: borrowed from library.
Hime Kino’s dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely?Blazer anime, and getting accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy’s voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But Hime’s gruff voice has earned her the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She’ll show everyone that she is too a voice acting princess, whether they like it or not!!

To make matters worse, Sakura’s grouchy son, Senri, is in Hime’s class, and he seems determined to stomp on her dreams. He even has the nerve to call Lovely?Blazer stupid! But Hime won’t be deterred by naysayers, her new nickname (“Gorilla Princess”), or even getting demoted to the Stragglers group. She’s ready to shine, and nothing is going to stand in her way!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Book that Made Me Cry Ugly Tears


Don't ask me why, but, I decided to do this post topsy-turvy. I just, you know, felt like doing it this way. If you hit read more, you'll be able to see what book I'm talking about. As there is no way I can properly discuss this book as it left such a tremendous impact on me and I just don't know how to talk about it.

Every Lent I select a book to read and meditate upon during the 40 days leading up to Easter. Unfortunately, I have this bad tendency to finish it about half way through the Lenten season... I hinted at this book a couple week's ago in my "This Book is SO" post.

This year, I borrowed a certain book from my mom's wonderful collection of books. Yes, this is the book that certain movie is based upon, that focuses on the visions of a religious who lived between 1774-1824 . Between the book and the movie, there's only maybe ten books that have made me shed as many tears as this one did. It was an incredible read.

What really makes this book such a powerful read is what it's based upon-the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. This book gave me chills as the intimate look at what he suffered from the Garden of Gethsemane on through the Scourging, Carrying of the Cross and Crucifixion. I cannot even tell you how difficult it was to read those passages. Reason being is that they were so, so vivid that you almost felt that you were there.

There were also scenes that really just made you think, like, the beginning of the Stations of the Cross and how Mary venerated the spots were Christ suffered. It was fascinating to see the beginning stages of a devotion that one knows quite well.

In certain ways, this book is just, well, mind blowing because it gives you such an intimate look at the what happened. I cannot get through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary without getting chills because I can literally hear the hammer upon the nails as they were driving into his body.

This is one of those books that just sticks with you. I was scared to read it because the movie left me a royal mess (for three days).


Friday, April 1, 2016

On My Mind (7): Anime & Feb/March Wrap-Up


Alas! I had every intention of writing a wrap-up post for February, but life won out and I never got a chance to write one. So, I decided just to do February and March together and to talk about the anime I've been watching lately.

Also, I redesigned the banner for "On My Mind" and am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Though I do miss the griffons that flanked the last banner.

February Wrap-up

To be honest, February was a long long month. It saw me elbow deep into a Bible study on the Eucharist that took up the majority of my reading time. It's so in-depth that we are only just now rolling into the final week of the study. It also saw that beginning of soccer practices for the new year; though I missed a lot because I had only recently gotten off crutches. I didn't break anything, I just really hurt my bad knee and the doctor wanted me to take it easy...I'm not good at that...

Reading-wise, I don't think I actually got all that much reading in.

But what I did read was-

March Wrap-up -

March, well, it was a train wreck of a month. Looking back, that is somewhat, okay a total, exaggeration. It started off rough, had a glimmer of awesomeness, and then got weird. I won't go into too  many details, but let's just suffice it to say that a nasty virus swept the house; and I hurt my good knee. The month was not all bad, it just had some strange happenings that kind of took the wind out of everyone's sail momentarily. 

Reading-wise, oh dear Lord!! I barely read anything this month. I am not even joking!! I just didn't have time and nothing was catching my interest. March was a reading fail!!!


Pride and Prejudice was read as a buddy read for #ReadJane. I'm considering seeing if putting together another classic book buddy read is in the future. It was just so much fun to read Jane Austen with some awesome people that I really would love to do it again.
Anime

Not only do I have an addiction to reading and obtaining books, but, I also am pretty addicted to anime. While I don't normally talk about the shows I watch on here, except for that time I talked about Sherlock

This is something you may not have guessed. But, I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend to anime conventions over the last two years. I actually got up the nerve, okay more like I finished it, to cosplay at the one I attended last year. SO MUCH FUN!! I'm in the current stages of plotting out two or three new cosplays right now.

Anime-wise, I have watched a crazy amount of anime lately. While some of the shows are drawing to a close, there are still some with a couple episodes left in the season (prepares heart for all the feels). 

Anime Watched this year
Like I said, I watch a ton of anime. It doesn't help that my sister is constantly insisting that I watch certain shows so we can discuss them. I really don't mind though. 

There you have it, my last two months of craziness plus books and anime. I truly hope that March has treated you kinder than it treated me. Tell me what have you been up to? Did you read anything incredible? Seriously though, I have talked more than enough about myself and want to hear all about you!! <3 div="">
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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