Sunday, April 22, 2018

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve Volume 2) by Marissa Meyer

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I Love, Love, Love this series- there is action, thrills, suspense, brawls but best of all is the crew from the Lunar Chronicles that have become tight-knit friends! Cinder, Kai, Scarlet, Iko, Cress and Thorne, Winter and Jacin are all working together for peace between the Lunars and Earth while Alpha Lysander Steele and his rogue wolf-soldiers want to be returned to normal and if Cinder can't do it, Steele will end her. There was lots of emotion going on in this 2nd of the Wire and Nerve series, bring more on, I can't wait! I can't get enough of these friends and their action packed lives!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Honor Girl; A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash

Honor Girl: A Graphic MemoirHonor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this graphic memoir as part of the 2018 HUB Reading Challenge and although I loved the story, the audiobook was not a good way to read this story. I have put in an order for the book at the local public library to get the graphic novel and read it. I found the characters very confusing because they did not mention names and since they are at a girls camp, everyone sounds the same. Maggie Thrash is a debut author and tells about her summer at a day camp she has gone to her whole life and how she begins to have feelings for a camp counselor.

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Flying Lessons by Ellen Oh

Flying Lessons & Other StoriesFlying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to Flying Lessons, a short story compilation about growing up diverse. I loved every story, they were so different; were middle school and high school stories, from awesome authors and some were even read by those authors (like Kwame Alexander and Meg Medina). Ten authors weave stories of growing up, diversity, many cultures, with friends, family and laughs. Not to be missed; you will love Kwame Alexander, Matt de la Pena, Meg Medina, Soman Chainani, Tim Federle, Tim TYingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Walter Deam Myers, and Kelly J. Baptiste's tales which stress the importantce of diversity and its universality.

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Sweet Black Waves (Sweet Black Waves #1) by Kristina Perez

Sweet Black WavesSweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group and Imprint for the advance reader copy Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez in exchange for an honest review. Oh did I revel in the fantasy and magic of this world of kingdoms, kings, queens, lords, and ladies. Based on the star-crossed lovers tale of Tristan and Eseult, Branwen is the cousin, friend and hand-maid of Princess Essy and narrator of this first in a series. I can’t wait for the 2nd book in the series but found the characters of Branwen and Essy difficult to take many times. Essy is a spoiled princess but also very honest that she wants to marry for love (which the king and queen can’t possibly allow) during a time when warring countries need a marriage guranteeing peace. Branwen is Essy’s level-headed cousin who is so consumed with what her country wants that she pushes down her own desires, hides her many lies from those she loves, and sees the course of history being changed (due to something she did). Branwen finds Tristan, half-dead in the sea and rescues him and as she falls for him, she realizes he is their enemy from Kernyv ( killed her parents) but an more importantly an accord between Iveriu and Kernyv will bring peace between their countries. The only true, strong, capable character is Tristan, who remains a force, genuine in his love for Branwen and his power to win Essy’s hand for King Marc, his relative. It is once Branwen uses magic to save Tristan that changes her to an ice queen like the Queen (which was disconcerting and alarming). Any happiness Branwen wants is second to what her country needs. Debut author, Perez is a fantastic world builder with beauty, desire, and danger galore. The ending was devastating, but I will be clamoring for the 2nd in the series!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rescue & Jessica: ALIfe-Changing Friendship by Jessican Kensky and Patrick Downs Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing FriendshipRescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This children's picture book is for the young and the old- for everyone. Young Jessica has lost one of her legs and it is through a chance meeting she meets and learns about the service dog organization, NEADS, and applies for a service dog. The other great thing about this book is reading/seeing it through the service dog, Rescue's view. The Author's Note & Acknowledgments are important and the illustrator, Scott Magoon, wrote a post for the Nerdy Book Club on his use of symbolism in his art (https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2...) An inspirational book about struggles and staying strong- as the title says - this book is about the life-changing friendship of Jessica and Rescue and it will change each reader too!

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

StarfishStarfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is just one example why I love the 2018 HUB Reading Challenge Challenge!!! This book is a Morris Award winner and one I might have missed but I loved it so much, I might have to read it again or listen to it- this is definitely a favorite. I read so many books and I am crushed by the horrors of violence, abuse, negativity, mean girls...but this debut author really knows how to write about the dysfunction that is Kiko's life (and teens will definitely relate) from an abusive mom, to a father who has a new family that has replaced Kiko's to remote brothers Kiko doesn't know how to talk to---this created the stifling isolation and socially awkwardness that is Kiko's life. Bowman's writing takes the reader into Kiko's head and heart and shows repeatedly how she is stunted by fear but Bowman also gives Kiko hope that she pins on her best friend, getting into art school, and then re-finding her childhood friend. I loved how her best friend tells her to grow lady balls in a note as she goes of to early admittance to college. This begins Kiko's challenging, growing self-awareness that she needs to depend on herself to change and grow... and by going out to California with Jamie to visit art schools, meeting famous painter who becomes her mentor, trying constantly to be STRONG, that the real Kiko begins to emerge. Some people have said that Jamie is too perfect but I think Bowman nailed it when she crafted him- when Kiko and Jamie were growing up (back then life was GOOD) they got each other, were best friends, and totally enjoyed each other. Now fast forward to running into him at a party---he is still the Jamie she knew and loved - but she is fractured and not the friend he remembered but like Adam rescues Julian in A List of Cages by Robin Roe, so Jamie rescues Kiko, but Kiko will complete the journey with her lady balls, while Jamie, always understanding her, will wait and understand. I loved this book so much!!!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh wow, what a thriller! I listened to this beauty of a book beautifully narrated by Bahni Turpin!!! I could not stop listening; the adventure, the magic, the horror of Zel and Zane's lives after their mother is killed by King Anan, and their race to bring back magic was thrilling, sickening, and pulse pounding. The world of Orisha is beautiful through Zelie's eyes but also stunningly sad and horrifically fearful as the diviners and maji are considered maggots and their magic died (King Anan killed all the maji and diviners) over 10 years ago. As princess Amari steals the scroll artifact and runs for her life; she runs into Zelie and asks for help. The stories and histories of both the royalty and Zelie and Zane was mesmerizing and beautiful. I was grief stricken by the violence throughout and rooted for Zelie but being chosen does not mean she is given an easy task at all. She is stubborn, honest and passionate, a great fighter, and not at all happy she has been tasked with the greatest task of all---constantly she is fearful and upset about the insurmountable odds thrown at her, Amari and Zane. I loved Tomi Adeyemi's world building, her rich characters, and her author notes at the end are so important to read---her book is a response to the violence in our world today. A must read, I can't wait for the second book; the cliffhanger left me with questions. Highly recommended.

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