Sunday, May 29, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The 2nd book in the series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, finds Feyre and Tamlin struggling with their arduous time under the mountain with horrible nightmares and intense guilt and insecurity. Also added to her woes is the impending deal she struck with Rhys for saving her from Amarantha. I loved Maas's characters with their scheming, darkness, horror, and magic; the worlds of Feyre, Tamlin & Rhys are lush, beautiful and alluring. I fell in love with Tamlin's world through Feyre's eyes and then the dark lords underworld of dreams and nightmares. And I rooted for Feyre as she learns to use the 7 High Lords powers from Rhy's commanders Cassian, Azriel, Amren and Morrigan. This book is so seductive in so many ways, I could not put it down and I hope I don't have to wait a whole year for the 3rd book!!! I listened to this audiobook, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda and I loved all 23 hours!!! Highly recommended!!!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great book about how Mikey & his friends slog through senior year trying to be "normal" while experiencing many extraordinary things such as blue lights, mountain lions, gods, immortals, love, friendship, OCD, vampires and much, much more. Ness' characters Mike and sisters Mel & Meredith hang out with Henna and Jared and talk about the group of indie kids and vampires and their goings on...life is anything but normal. They are normal kids dealing with some big issues and how will they impact life, prom & graduation?

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Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being HumanSymptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book for my virtual twitter book club #yabookchat which will occur Sunday, June 5 at 9pm and oh did I love this book & highly recommend this to guidance counselors, teachers, nurses, parents. Riley Cavanaugh is a teen who is gender fluid, has been bullied at one school and has now started at another school. Problem is, Riley is not out to friends, parents (father is running for re-election) but on the advice of therapist Doctor Ann, begins a secret blog as Alix and goes from one to many thousands of followers. As Riley navigates the new school, makes a few friends, but also many enemies, what will happen to Riley/Alix as life gets in the way. I could not put this book down. The character of Riley, her friends Solo & Bec are fully believable/lovable characters as football player Vickers & hater friends are truly bullies, and evil. The author, Jeff Garvin has written an insightful book that will help teens who are struggling with gender identity, anxiety, and depression. His resources at the end of the book will help teens. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this last book in The Selection Series but I would have liked to see this continue with Eadlyn and her fiancée:) The narrator, Brittany Pressley, was totally awesome and I enjoyed the surprises, royal life, and winnowing of The Elite. I highly recommend this series:)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith

Ghost MedicineGhost Medicine by Andrew Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Andrew Smith; his writing captures my heart and this early book (2008) of his was a winner. There is a tight knit group of friends who live out West on farms- Troy is the main character telling the story about his friends who mean more to him than life- Tom Buller, Gabe & Luz Benanvidez. This is a pivotal summer as Troy grapples with missing his dead mother, being in love with Luz, working for her Dad, and dealing with the sheriff's son, Chase who is a bully, thief, and nasty beyond words. This book was somber, made my heart ache, and I loved learning what good kids these teens were, how much they loved their farm life, the horses, and the hard work. What will their lives hold for them after this summer?

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maggie Stiefvater's 4th and final book was mesmerizing as I listened to the audiobook read & performed by Will Patton. I loved Patton's many voices, especially Ronan's (and oh did I love Ronan's dreams). The magic and mayhem surrounding Gansey, Blue, Adam and Ronan was heart stopping, agonizing, and racing against time with the prediction of Gansey's death and finding Glendower. New characters were introduced and old ones were expanded making it nearly impossible to put this book down. I highly recommend this series---I love all of Maggie Stiefvater's books but I think The Raven King has got to be my favorite because of the author's world building, magic and mystery and fantasy, strong characters and twists & turns in a plot that was action packed. Highly recommended!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

AudacityAudacity by Melanie Crowder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my 27th book read as part of The 2016 Hub Challenge and it is a compelling historical fiction novel in verse about Clara Lemlich who came to the US from Russia with her family in the early 1900s. Clara is a spirited girl who loves learning and wants to make a difference. As a garment worker in NY who toils long hours for meager pay and realizes very quickly she wants to be a voice to help those suffering. Clara has "audacity" and spunk and gives, gives, gives to the workers during this dark time for the working masses. Students will love the Clara's zeal and unrepentant spirit when comes to helping workers better their working conditions.

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