Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lumberjanes Vol. 2 Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2:  Friendship to the MaxLumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this as part of The Hub Challenge. Volume 2 of the Lumberjanes is Friendship to the Max and once again the 5 friends are still adding badges and adventures to their summer camp experiences! In this companion, the best friends are still battling a forest full of supernatural creatures but now the world may be at risk so the drama just gets deeper! But I did like that camp counselor Jen became more cool and a fast friend to her 5 charges. While making friendship bracelets, Jen makes Diane, another camper accompany her to the outhouse where dinosaurs attack and an old lady disguised as a spirit bear declaring there is ancient evil in their midst that must be vanguished! That is just the beginning of a rip roaring good time & battle for right and might. So funny and just as enjoyable as the first book, middle grades will love this graphic novel & band of scouts!

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Lumberjanes Vol 1 Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this as part of the Hub Reading Challenge! Knew I would love these adventurous gaggle of best girlfriends as they strive valiantly to get their badges, fight off a bear woman, yetis, zombies, gods, and sneaking away from their prim and proper counselor, Jen. The laughs and adventures between these girls are fun, scary, and exciting. They are loud and proud, each girl having her own personality and not afraid to band together & stay together. I loved how they talked, "what the junk?!" and their bout with poison ivy. A great beginning graphic novel series for middle grade readers!

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in BetweenHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith books; she has a great way with getting guys and girls together and weaving heartfelt romances in many ways. Clare and Aidan have been together for the past two years and now it is the night before they leave for college and some decisions have to be made - break up or stay together. At first I was not to sure I wanted to read this because quite frankly it seemed trivial (especially with all the heavy topic books I have been reading) but I love Smith's books and I grew to love Clare and Aiden, their friends, and their last two years as a couple who "dove" one another (you have to read the book). Aiden melted my heart with his steadfast love for Clare. Clare was a little too meticulous about their final night and revisiting special highlights, all the while being convinced they were breaking up. But I rooted for Clare and I was not disappointed! The ending is tremendous.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow BlyThe Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh boy, this was such a tough, but amazingly awesome read! One of the honor books for The Morris Award, I am reading this as part of The 2016 Hub Challenge. I could not put it down. Minnow Bly has a normal life until her father becomes enamored of The Prophet, Kevin, and her family becomes a part of The Community Cult that takes off for the wilderness and indoctrination begins-listen to the Prophet and do whatever he says. But the book does not begin with this; Minnow is in juvie, and Dr. Wilson, a forensic psychologist is trying to find out what happened the night The Community caught fire. As the reader wades into Minnow's life, we see she is inquisitive and her many questions are hated by those in the cult, especially The Prophet. Her father is a right hand man to the Prophet; he has 4-5 wives and 20 some children. Her mother is distant, bearing many children, and not stable at all. Minnow is very protective of her younger sister, Constance. As life continues in the cult, Minnow begins to see/understand the craziness and her growing friendship with an outsider (Rymanite), Jude, also adds another dimension to the tumult in confined Minnow's life. Author Stephanie Oakes does a superb job of blending Minnow's life in The Community, in prison and with Jude, creating a kalidescope of torture, hurt, and eventual release toward rediscovery. A must read!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2016 Hub Reading Challenge

Beginning now until June 23, you read 25 books consisting of graphic novels, audiobooks, from Award Winnning categories: Here is the link for all the information you need to participate.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Water KnifeThe Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this audiobook narrated awesomely by Almarie Guerra ; The Water Knife is an adult environmental cautionary tale about the effects of water drying up throughout the United States. Angel is a water knife from Las Vegas who ensures that his boss keeps the water coming for her "Arcolody" developments. But something is up and it will pit California, Arizona and Nevada against each other as they vie for the water that is dwindling to dust. As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, circumstances will bring Angel, Maria (poor and surviving by her wits) and Lucy (hard core journalist who writes about those who have died because of the vanishing water) together in a climax that will call into question their humanity and allegiances. Awesome, I loved Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker and this book was just as thrilling a read!

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic rip roaring good read! As Kady & Ezra break up (this is a big thing) little do they know by afternoon their planet, Kerenza, has been attacked and the ex-lovers (barely speaking & angry with each other) are fleeing for their lives. What I loved about this sci-fi action drama was the high octane super charged way the authors accomplished this first in a series- using Memos, hacked documents (IMs, texts, emails), interviews, pictures, graphics all pull this story into a hold your breath drama where 1 girl (great with technology, doesn't work well with others & super bad ass) and 1 guy (team player, fighter pilot and still in love with Kady) fight together & separately to save those on The Alexander, Lincoln & Hypatia from a mutating disease, AIDAN's insanity, and still stay alive. I could not stop following the Kady & Ezra communications (OMG!!!) I am so looking forward to the 2nd book in the series! Kaufman and Kristoff create a thriller where everything is crazy and Kady & Ezra are very strong protagonists the reader just keeps rooting for! Highly recommneded!

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