Book Review: Saving Frances..

Book Review: Saving Francesca

Saving Francescaby Melina Marchetta Francesca was saved at her last high school – pulled into a group of girl friends that made her feel normal. Now that she’s at Saint Sebastian’s – a boy’s school that just recently accepted a few girl students – she’s not sure where she fits in. Her mother, who used to be fun loving and filled with life, can now barely get out of bed or finish a piece of toast. While Francesca deals with her new high school, she’s constantly trying to figure out how to cure her mother. She finds friends in the […]

Posted November 29, 2009
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Design It Up! (5)

Design It Up! (5)

Design It Up! is a feature which helps you learn handy little tricks to tweak up your blog. This week we are going to tackle Google Forms. These forms are very flexible and great to use for many different blog related events. They are very easy to set up, plus you can customize them in almost any way that you want. And with the concerns over personal privacy beginning to surface, this is a proactive step that a blogger can take to help ensure their readers information be kept private. How to create a new form: 1. If you don’t […]

Posted November 27, 2009
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Book Review: The Dark Divin..

Book Review: The Dark Divine

The Dark Divineby Bree Despain Grace Divine has felt anything but divine since a close friend and almost brother disappeared three years ago. So when Daniel comes back to town, she has mixed feelings. She still loves the boy she crushed on as a kid, but her real brother Jude has his misgivings and makes Grace promise to stay away from him. Her father, a pastor, wants to welcome Daniel back with open arms, but Grace has the feeling that there’s more going on than what is on the surface. Grace must figure out what it is about the new […]

Posted November 27, 2009
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Manga Review: Avalon High C..

Manga Review: Avalon High Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy

Avalon High was a joy to read, yet frustrating at the same time. This is a continuation of the novel of the same name by Meg Cabot. While I really enjoyed the novel, the first volume of the manga series is almost blah. The beginning was really well done. The back story was given, and all the characters were nicely introduced. Yet for the rest of the first volume, it just seemed a little too repetitive. Ellie is constantly trying to find ways to tell or convince Will of the prophecy. While I understand this is not an easy task, […]

Posted November 26, 2009
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Graphic Novel Review: Wind ..

Graphic Novel Review: Wind Power Whiz Kid

Buzz Beaker is the son of a scientist and let’s just say he’s got the inventing bug just like his dad. In this graphic novel adventure, Buzz creates a helmet that turns brain power into energy. His dad creates an even bigger invention – a windmill that produces electricity. It will replace the Sludgeco plant that is polluting their town. Only, Mr. Sludgeco won’t have himself put out of business. He sets out to tamper with the windmill, but to no avail – for Buzz saves the day. For kids who like science and shows like Jimmy Neutron – this […]

Posted November 26, 2009
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Book Review: Red Riding Hoo..

Book Review: Red Riding Hood Takes Charge

Red Riding Hood Takes Chargeby Tony BradmanIllustrated by Sarah Warburton Red Riding Hood notices that her grandmother doesn’t seem as happy as she used to be. So she sets on a mission to find some new friends for her grandmother. Only, she seems to keep missing how interested the Woodcutter is in her grandmother. After a few different tries, Red Riding Hood realizes things are not going right at all. Finally, it dawns on her that Mr. Woodcutter would be the perfect person to be with her grandmother. I love the strong girl characters in these books. They’re smart, funny, […]

Posted November 26, 2009
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Graphic Novel Review: Grimm..

Graphic Novel Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Vol. 1

Ahhhhh, a full color graphic novel about Grimm Fairy Tales. What more could one want? In this volume… Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and Robber Bridegroom. All gruesome and with a bit of a twist even I haven’t seen before. A college professor carries around this huge book of Grimm fairy tales and finds herself telling the tales to teenagers and college aged students that are in similar situations. I’m very much intrigued to the background of this woman – a bit of which they show you in this first volume. I have Volumes 2 […]

Posted November 26, 2009
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Monstrous Discoveries

Monstrous Discoveries

Monstrous Discoveries is a feature that mentions books that I have discovered through my sidetracking excursions around the web. While my bookshelf really is not never ending, it is always exciting to share the books I would add if it was. Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen-ColomaNever After by Dan Elconin Pride and Prejudice and Zombie: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Jane Austen, Steven HockensmithFeed by Mira Grant Split by Stefan PetruchaThe Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Posted November 24, 2009
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