Monday, May 25, 2015

Curtsies and Conspiraces by Gail Carriger

Curtsies and ConspiraciesCurtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book to listen to!!! While I did not read the first book in this series, The Finishing School. I picked up quickly the finishing school for girls takeing place on a dirigible (floating boat with all kinds of bells and whistles) and being educated in all things having to do with espionage, spies and etiquette. I howled with laughter at the crazy names of professors, the mechanical dog, Bumbersnoot, and Sophronia's schemes. This was an adventurous romp and I particularly enjoyed Gail Carriger's steampunk--I will definitely read all the others and now I understand why my students LOVED all her books!

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Hold Me Closer; The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper StoryHold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful way to present a musical and David Levithan's Tiny Cooper is just a great romp with the highs and lows of musical cadence telling Tiny's story from birth to high school. I loved Tiny's voice and the many minor characters who support Tiny or make Tiny the person he is through knowing friendships and relationships.

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Blind Spot by Tom Kakonis

Blind SpotBlind Spot by Tom Kakonis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Brash Books for the ARC, Blind Spot written by Tom Kakonis, a can’t put it down mystery thriller. I was immediately captivated and sickened with the abduction of three year old Jeff Quinn in a planetarium while his father slept. As Marshall and Lori Quinn’s life spirals out of control, the police presence in their son’s missing person case is negligible. Marshall, tries to be patient with law enforcement— but he is haunted by his own guilt. With no background in being a detective, he prints up flyers; Marshall and catatonic Lori (dependent on drugs to assuage her sorrow) hand them out as well as travel by car (with a life-size photo of Jeff) each weekend. Kakonis is skilled in unraveling this mystery; the reader is kept in constant suspense; will Marshall and Lori ever get their son back? I was sick with worry as I read this book but I rooted for Marshall through all of his sincere yet amateur attempts to find his son; highly recommended.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - My Top Ten YA Favorites newly published YA books in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog! This week is a Freebie- Your Choice of Topic:) I am going to list my favorite Top Ten YA books I read published in 2015!

1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby Bone Gap by Laura Ruby - There was just the right amount of suspense, mystery   and magic. I loved Finn O'Sullivan; you will too!

2. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - We need more diverse books like these and don't miss his other book, When I Was the Greatest.

3.  Noggin by John Corey Whaley Noggin by John Corey Whaley - Even though the premise is as Whaley says, "ridiculous" his writing, his characters, and his words ALL make this book great and a must read.

4.  I Was Here by Gayle Forman I Was Here by Gayle Forman - A gripping read that does not disappoint with a hard core female protagonist who is determined to rise to the challenge of whatever life throws at her without her best friend.

5.  Skink--No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiassen - This is a must read adventure that keeps you riveted and riled to the bitter end. I listened to it on Audible- sooo good!

6.  Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein - Masterful historical fiction and women pilots.

7. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman -   This second Seraphina book warmed my heart.

8.  The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black - There is horror, love, lies, and lots of dark fantasy---very alluring read.

9. All the Rage by Courtney Summers All the Rage by Courtney Summers - A must read for teens and adults.

10. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew  Smith Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith - For a book that defies description in so many ways, there are wonderfully drawn characters, lots of humor, lots of action and a rippin' good read.

11. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick - Marcus Sedgwick is such a superb author when it comes to suspense!



Monday, May 18, 2015

Die For Me by Jack Lynch

Die For Me (Bragg #8)Die For Me by Jack Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Brash Books for Die For Me by Jack Lynch, a superb serial killer mystery. This is my first Peter Bragg thriller and I am most certainly going to read the seven other Brash books by Jack Lynch. Peter Bragg’s voice is human yet knowledgeable and believable. Bragg does not judge and seems to know how to keep his thoughts to himself. Bragg is adept at handling psychic Maribeth (with whom he has past history). Taking the psychic’s visions to the police, Bragg convinces them as well as himself that there really is some psycho who has killed and buried a good number of people. Why? is not so easy to figure out. As more and more bodies are discovered in various parts of Jack London State Park, Bragg races against time trying to locate a calculating killer who is a threat to Maribeth. I enjoyed the pace of this novel and the mystery was compelling. Bragg easily carries this book to a riveting showdown. I highly recommend this crime thriller to those who love serial killer books.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Fairest by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I keep thinking about the Title, Fairest. We all know from the other books in the Lunar Chronicles how evil Levana is...so why the title, Fairest? I thought as I read, "mirror, mirror on the wall who's the fairest of all?" Levana grew up insecure with an older sister who was determined to scare her and scar her, why wouldn't Levana want to be beautiful all the time? But She had the gift of using her glamour to make her look like the most beautiful woman ALL the TIME, day in and day out. She loves her kingdom, she proves that she can handle running the kingdom, but she is in lala land about what a benevolent ruler she is. Did I feel sorry for Levana, No! Did I like Levana, No! But I couldn't put this book down. Once again Marissa Meyer has written a book chilling, captivating and continuing the drama of the Lunar Chronicles---I can't wait for Winter!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Authors I really want to meet


Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog! This week I am listing at least 10, maybe more, mostly YA authors I really want to meet!!! I have read and loved their books and want to read more, more, more of what they are writing!

1. Cecil Castellucci - The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, Rose Sees Red, The Queen of Cool and Beige

2.  John Green- all of his books and The Nerd Fighters!

3.  Daniel Kraus- horror books Scowler and Rotters!!!

4.  Barry Lyga- serial killer trilogy I Hunt Killers!!!

5.  Holly Black- LOVE!!! LOVE!!! Love all of her books - especially The Curse Workers and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

6.  Cassandra Clare- I have read and loved all of her books, characters and worlds!

7.  Gayle Forman- love all of her books- especially her latest, I Was Here

8.  Veronica Rossi- just lover her worlds and characters in Under the Never Sky trilogy

9.  Matt de la Pena - Great Diverse Boooks!!! Mexican White Boy, I Will Save You- can't wait to read The Living and The Hunted

10.  Clay Carmichael - Love  Brother Brother and Wild Things

11.  Donalynn Miller all of her READING blog posts and The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild