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Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A great YA graphic novel memoir

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

By: Liz Prince

Genre:  YA graphic novel memoir

Pages: 256

Published: 2014

Read: August

5 0ut of 5

For being a graphic novel, this book HAS feeling.  I smiled, laughed, turned red, cried, got angry and almost throw up - while reading this book.  And, of course, it's a memoir, which is my favorite variety of graphic novel. Prince is brutally honest in the retelling of her childhood, where she felt she never fit in.   She is a girl, but not a girly-girly. She looks like a boy, but is not a lesbian. She is all girl, but just a TOMBOY.  I enjoyed the variety of graphics included - drawings, diary entries, charts and graphs.   Although I have to admit that some of my fondest for this book is definitely related to the fact that there are a lot of 80's references (Prince was born is 1981). 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A YA crier...

There Will Come a Time

There will come a Time

    By: Carrie Arcos

   Genre:  YA Realistic Fiction

   Pages: 315

   Published: 2014

   Read: August

    5 0ut of 5

This book was AMAZING! I read it in two days and that was only because it was evening when I started; it was so gripping it could easily have been a one day read for me.  It’s been a while since I have read a YA book that evoked so much emotion in me. Argos really knows how to write.  Most people have experienced losing a loved one, but not everyone experiences losing a twin.  Arcos puts you in the mind of seventeen year old Mark, who not only loses his twin sister but was in the car when it happened. Not many books make me cry, but I got teary-eyed with this one.  Fans of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green will love this book. In my eyes, this was much better!  I really hope this book wins some awards this year, especially Teens’ Top 10 for 2015. This would also make an excellent movie.  

If I Stay sequel

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)
Where She Went

By: Gayle Forman

Genre:  YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 264

Published: 2011

Audiobook: 5 discs (5 hours 30 mins)

Read: August

3 0ut of 5

This is the sequel to If I Stay, which I loved. This one was worth the listen, but not nearly as good. The overall premise is for Adam to work through the reason that Mia left him, which I felt should have been obvious so the build-up to the resolution was a letdown for me. The entire story was predictable with nothing shocking happen. I did like that fact that the first book was from Mia’s perspective and this one was in Adam’s voice. In my opinion, If I Stay did not need a sequel and the future would have been better left to the reader’s imagination. However, when there is a sequel, especially to a book you enjoyed, you have to read it. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A horror Graphic Novel

Through the Woods
Through the Woods

By: Emily Carroll

Genre:  YA Horror Graphic Novel

Pages: 208

Published: 2014

Read: August

3 0ut of 5

This graphic novel is divided into seven short horror stories. Some of them are good, others are just okay. However, all the pictures are great. They were definitely my favorite part. I think I have a hard time getting scared by reading a book. I was hoping the stories would be more terrifying, but they were at least interesting. I recommend this book to teens who enjoy graphic novels and some blood and guts. I will be purchasing this graphic novel to add to the library collection.

Not a good historical fiction



By: Anita Shreve

Genre:  Adult Historical fiction

Pages: 284

Published: 2006

Read: August

1 0ut of 5

This book was bad for several reason. Nothing much happened until the very end and then it happened so fast it was ridiculous. Where was the chemistry?  Then the book switched character point-of-view and it was hard to figure out whose it was until after a paragraph or so. I often had to reread after figuring out the point-of-view just to follow. Plus, there were only four chapters in entire book, which was frustrating. I felt I was getting nowhere. I have read Anita Shreve before and enjoyed the ones I read, especially The Pilot's Wife, so was surprised at how poorly written this one was. I would have given up, if it wasn't a book club book.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Is it scary enough?

Darkness Creeping by Neal Shusterman
Darkness Creeping: Tales to Trouble Your Sleep

By: Neal Shusterman

Genre:  YA Scary Short Stories

Pages: 126

Published: 1993

Read: August

3 0ut of 5

I have been a fan of Shusterman's since reading Unwind. I guess I just can't a story to scary me, however these stories were better and scarier than Schwartz.  He definitely completed each story and I felt the writing was better.  I enjoyed the illustrations more as well.  This book is not published in audio, however I think it would be a great choice, especially with a narrator that can create a creepy scary voice. This would be a good read for older junior high and high school teens.  There is also a sequel titled Darkness Creeping II: More Tales to Trouble Your Sleep.  Check them out if you dare.

Not Scary...

Scary Stories: The Complete 3-Book Audio Collection

By: Alvin Schwartz

Genre:  Juvenile Short Stories

Published: 1991

Audiobook: 3 discs ( 3 hours 3o mins)

Read: August

2 0ut of 5

I expected much better. Schwartz is very well known for his Scary Stories Collection, but I am not sure why they are so popular. I realize they are written for younger children, however often I felt he would get to the climax of story and it would just end. “And the dead man walked down the stairs…” The End…WHAT?? You can’t even tell it’s the end except the next story begins.  There were a few good stories, but they were funny rather than even the slightest bit scary. Schwartz does include some great campfire and other haunted games and I thought those were the only worthwhile stories.  I much preferred Neil Gaiman’s audio book collection, which were more unique weird adventures than scary.