Showing posts from June, 2013

Hedgie's Must Reads: June 2013

It's summertime! And with summer comes more and more reading. Summer always seems to be an excuse to read "B-books," as as summer also seems to be an excuse to watch B-movies. The classic "summer read" will have sharks, teens stranded on an island being chased by a crazy scientist, spy novels, zombies, and weird biological experiments gone wrong. Or you can go for the more relaxed summer reads - inspirational stories, novels about teens with mental and health issues, teen summer romances, or vacations gone wrong, either emotionally or literally. Hedgie and I haven't read any shark books or zombie books - or even vacations gone wrong. But I thought June had some good ones regardless:
Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (4/5) Looking for the book version of Downton Abbey? Stray no further! Cinders & Sapphires has all the drama of 1912 aristocratic estates, both upstairs and downstairs, and there's a wealth of characters to love and to hate. Ada Ave…

Summer Plans!

So it's been a while since I have done a basic day-to-day post! And that's actually a good sign, because it means I have been working hard on reading books and then writing reviews. Sadly, I have been so busy the last two or three weeks that I haven't had a whole lot of time to read, so I am posting this now because I simply have nothing else to write about. Monday I should be back on our regular schedule, with more book reviews!
So what's life been like for dear Mara A? Busy. With the arrival of summer (though judging by our weather, you wouldn't think summer was here), my days have been taken up with a lot of work at the library. Our annual Summer Reading Program has started up, and with it comes lots of fun and exciting programs for kids and teens! It's always a blast helping out at such programs, and though I'm dog tired afterward, I can't say that I didn't have fun! :)
Perhaps the most exciting summer news of all, though (other than the fact that…

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Love Disguised
by Lisa Klein
Publication Date: July 30, 2013

From Goodreads:

Will Shakespeare is about to meet the girl who will change his life forever. After a mixed-up courtship with the Hathaway sisters ends badly, Will jumps at the change to go to London, where he can pursue his dream of becoming an actor. There, Will meets the unusually tall (and strong) Meg who has earned the nickname "Long Meg" for her height. She's also fleeing her own past as an orphan turned thief. Disguised as "Mack," Meg was once a member of a band of boy thieves who betrayed her. When Will is robbed by those same villains, Meg disguises herself as "Mack" again - telling Will that Mack is her twin brother - in order to help Will recover his money. As Mack, she finds true friendship with Will. But is there more? And who is Meg really fooling with her disguise? 
What ensues is a tale involving love triangles, mistaken identities, and the pursuit of hapless villains, as Shakesp…

Review: A Case of Poisons - Hazel West

A Case of Poisonsby Hazel West Series: Anthony Maxwell #1 Genre: YA, steampunk, mystery Published on June 3, 2013 Published by CreateSpace Pages: 323 Read From: 6.20.13 - 6.23.13

SYNOPSIS Anthony Maxwell is a private investigator, a consultant for the mostly incompetent inspectors at Scotland Yard, on occasion a writer, and always a lover of coffee. He has been working small cases for several years to pay the bills when he's introduced to the first multiple murder case of her career early one morning, when a witness catches a man trying to unload a body to bury in a nearby graveyard. Soon the first body is joined by three more in the course of a single morning and Anthony realizes this is no ordinary serial murder case. And why is the murderer only targeting beggars and urchin children? If that wasn't cause enough to worry, all the victims are covered with horrible wounds and show signs of exotic poisoning. Anthony, along with his partners, Tobias - an ex-broadsman and well-known char…

Review: Rise - Anna Carey

Riseby Anna Carey Series: Eve Trilogy #3 Genre: YA, dystopian, romance Published on April 2, 2013 Published by HarperCollins Pages: 310 Read From: 6.17.13 - 6.20.13

SYNOPSIS How far would you go when you have nothing left to lose? When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America - and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser - Eve's whole life is a life. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory and the revolution he started.Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion - killing her father?
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? While I like that it is continuing the general theme …

Stacking the Shelves #4

From the Library:
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd wave, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The being who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends for ever. They love paying with their action figure toys, imaging a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warn…

Review: Will Sparrow's Road - Karen Cushman

Will Sparrow's Roadby Karen Cushman Genre: Middle Grade, historical fiction Published on November 6, 2012 Published by Clarion Books Pages: 224 Read From: 6.16.13 - 6.17.13

SYNOPSIS "I care for no one but myself and nothing but my belly!"Will Sparrow, liar and thief, is running away - from the father who sold him for beer, from the innkeeper who threatened to sell him as a chimney sweep, from his whole sorry life. Barefoot and penniless, without family, friends, or boots, Will is determined to avoid capture and, of course, to find something to eat.Some of the travelers he meets on the road have a kind word for him and a promise of better things to come, such as coins and juicy beef ribs. Eager to go along, Will repeatedly finds himself tricked by older and wiser tricksters. Each time, he resolves afresh to trust no one and care for no one. But luckily for Will, he can't keep his guard up forever.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's very indicative of the book's era an…

Review: The Elite - Kiera Cass

The Eliteby Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #2
Genre: YA, futuristic, romance
Published on April 23, 2013
Published by HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Read From: 6.14.13 - 6.16.13

The Selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

Waiting on Wednesday #3


Review: Winter Fire - Laurie Dubay

Winter Fireby Laurie Dubay Series: Winter Fire #1 Genre: YA, paranormal, romance Published on May 19, 2013 Published by CreateSpace Read From: 6.12.13 - 6.14.13

"I should have seen Bren for what he was right away."A brooding, powerful god, hiding out with his rebel friends in the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania."Loki stood before the flames in a black leather jacket and tattered jeans. . . .the son of the grim reaper."A captivating master of danger who threatens their secret.

Review: Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Ender's Gameby Orson Scott Card
Series: Ender's Saga #1
Genre: YA, science fiction
Published on January 1, 1985
Published by Tor Books
Pages: 256
Read From: 6.8.13 - 6.9.13

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin isn't just playing games at Battle School; he and the other children are being tested and trained for war. Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in its struggle against an alien enemy that seeks to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever-harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

Stacking the Shelves #3


Review: Distant Waves - Suzanne Weyn

Distant Wavesby Suzanne Weyn Genre: YA, historical fiction, supernatural Published on April 15, 2009 Published by Scholastic Press Pages: 330 Read From: 6.6.13 - 6.8.13

SYNOPSIS Daughters of a famed clairvoyant, the five Taylor sisters begin the twentieth century desperately searching for a home. Their mother takes them to the small town of Spirit Vale, where she makes a living by talking to the dead. The future, however, is something even she cannot clearly see.

Review: In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce

In the Hand of the Goddessby Tamora Pierce
Series: Song of the Lioness Quartet #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published on Jaunary 1, 2005
Published by Simon Pulse
Pages: 264
Read From: 6.6.13 - 6.6.13

"I don't want to fall in love. I just want to be a warrior maiden."

Waiting on Wednesday #2


Review: The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayerby Jasper Fforde Series: The Chronicles of Kazam #1 Genre: YA, alternate reality, comedy, fantasy Published on October 2, 2012 Published by HMH Books Pages: 287 Read From: 6.4.13 - 6.5.13

SYNOPSIS In the good old days, magic was indispensable; it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain.

Review: Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin

Masque of the Red Deathby Bethany Griffin
Series: Red Death #1
Genre: YA, classic retelling, steampunk
Published on April 24, 2012
Published by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 319
Read From: 6.1.13 - 6.3.13

Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Stacking the Shelves #2


Review: Midwinterblood - Marcus Sedgwick

Midwinterbloodby Marcus Sedgwick
Genre: YA, paranormal
Published on February 5, 2013
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 272
Read From: 5.31.13 - 6.1.13

In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumor has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visitor arrives. He is greeted warmly, but something is wrong. Something is hidden on the far side of the island. Something that, as if in a dream, he cannot reach.

Review: Cinders & Sapphires - Leila Rasheed

Cinders & Sapphiresby Leila Rasheed
Series: At Somerton #1
Genre: YA, historical fiction, romance
Published on January 22, 2013
Published by Hyperion
Pages: 400
Read From: 5.30.13 - 5.31.13

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies' maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can't help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

Waiting on Wednesday #1


Review: Nobody's Secret - Michaela MacColl

Nobody's Secretby Michaela MacColl Genre: YA, historical fiction, mystery Published on April 30, 2013 Published by Chronicle Books Pages: 241 Read From: 5.26.13 - 5.30.13

SYNOPSIS It's 1846, and for fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson, every day follows the same pattern: chores, chores, and more chores. So when she meets a mysterious, handsome young man, she's intrigued. Surprisingly, he doesn't seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with "Mr. Nobody" until he turns up dead in her family's pond.