Month in Review is a feature in which we wrap up what went on each month in terms of our blog, reading and other things in our life. Feel free to leave a link in the comments to your own monthly wrap up post so we can stop by. on the blog… Reviews: Author Features: Other Features: Events: more personally… Life: School started, which is a bummer. I was reading as much as I could and had a lot of fun at GenCon and Comicon. I came back to work and they had removed all my nonfiction books from the shelves to insulate. It made me a bit grumpy to be honest. I got all that straightened out and am working on the last of our replacement books. Looking forward to seeing students in a week! Sadly, school has started for my husband as well, he’s taking classes for his Bachelors degree and I pretty much will only see him Friday through Sunday most weeks. He’s thinking about switching back to 1st shift, but that doesn’t mean I won’t see him any more than I do now. I’ll just get a… Read more »
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week our topic is: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table Listed in no particular order. Cath from Fangirl Hermoine from Harry Potter Will from Will & Whit Jane from The Cute Girl Network Pretty much every and anyone in Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong Callie from Drama Paige from Page by Paige Charlie from Jasper Jones Finbar from Bloodthirsty Frankie from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Pretty much a bunch of geeks or weirdos. Who’s on your list?
Welcome to another edition of the Monster Report. The Monster Report explores the book happenings of Kate and Kristen. Whether it be what we got in our mailboxes, what books we are currently hiding in, or fun stuff to look forward to this week at The Book Monsters, you can find it here. The Monster Report is inspired by Alea‘s This Week in Books, Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves, and Sheila‘s It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Also, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It’s Monday, What are you Reading? For Review: The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows The Prey (The Hatchery, #1) by Tom Isbell The Inquisitor’s Mark (Eighth Day, #2) by Dianne K. Salerni The Scrivener’s Tale by Fiona McIntosh White Tiger (Dark Heavens, #1) by Kylie Chan The Undivided (Rift Runners, #1) by Jennifer Fallon Currently Reading: Iced (Fever, #6) by Karen Marie Moning For Review: Ms. Rapscotti’s Girls by Elise Primavera Jackaby by William Ritter Read this Week: Attack on Titan vol. 4 by Hajime Isayama Winterfrost by Michelle Houts The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Volume 1 by Eiji… Read more »
For weeks now, I have been hearing about how amazing The Kiss of Deception is. How I absolutely should read it… like right this second. As with any book with some buzz behind it, I am usually a little wary. I have been burned one too many times. So, I do as the cautious do and ignore the buzz. Try to enjoy the read for what it is, how it makes me feel… and accept the book, good or bad, for what it really is. The Kiss of Deception started off pretty strong. A young princess being tossed into an arranged marriage with a guy she has never met all for the sake of the kingdom and possibly peace. Right away, Lia, her preferred nickname, struck me as the resourceful type. Even in her princess environment, I could tell that she was like a fish out of water. Wanting to have more, do more with her life than sit around and play princess all the time. Of course, the tipping point for action came in the form of the arranged marriage. So, Lia does what any self-respecting princess would do… she runs. In the midst of Lia running away, we… Read more »
Sarah’s dad has just remarried and thinks it is a great idea to take all of the kids on their honeymoon with them. She’s not excited about the prospect of getting to know her new family which includes a stepmom and two stepbrothers. The first couple chapters is dedicated to the packing and whining that you can expect out of an almost teenage girl. It only gets worse when they discover their luxury cruise is really a small boat and even worse, the weather is horrible, leaving them stranded on an island. The island is where things start to get interesting. There are creatures that seem abnormal and it seems to get worse the longer they stay there. I liked how Sarah started to shape up a bit during the novel. Obviously life changes can take a while to adjust to and if they survive the island, maybe Sarah will learn to appreciate her new family. I liked the adventure and felt it moved quickly once they set out on the boat. Probably my biggest complaint is that it ends so quickly and I want to find out what happens next! Verdict: A novel about confronting change and survival, Shipwreck… Read more »