King Jaron, having finally returned to Carthya, to gather his people under his rule with love and admiration for their loyalty, now is dismayed to heaKing Jaron, having finally returned to Carthya, to gather his people under his rule with love and admiration for their loyalty, now is dismayed to hear that war is imminent. Not only is Avenia Carthya's enemy, but Mendenwal and Gelyn have joined in the battle against Carthya. Knowing it will take some clever planning and strategic maneuvering to outwit the armies against him, King Jaron plots his revenge against these invaders.
Desperately trying to outlast these men and trying to keep his loved ones safe is monumental in itself, but when Jaron sees the love of his life, Imogen, succumb to an arrow pointed at her chest, his will to live and go on fades. Tortured, beaten, and starved, he very nearly does give up, but his love for his countrymen and women bolster him and gives him the strength that he needs to fight along side his army.
With cunning moves and biting wit, King Jaron encounters his enemies at every turn, yet the shear force of trained men against him is insurmountable at times. Losing men in battle, he tries in vain to craft a plan that will bring glory and freedom to Carthya, even if he doesn't have Imogen at his side.
The Shadow Throne is a thrilling adventure with twists and turns at every page. Just when you think Jaron has lost his mind and puts himself in potential mortal danger, his crafty plans aid him in escape. Yet, there can only be so many times one can slip past cruel and bold commanders. What will happen to Carthya? What will become of Jaron? Lies become truths and enemies become allies...will Jaron figure it all out in time to save his country? A satisfying ending to a un-put-down-able adventure. ...more
After nearly losing his life to one he thought of as his friend at one time, King Jaron, resumes his alter ego once again and takes on the persona ofAfter nearly losing his life to one he thought of as his friend at one time, King Jaron, resumes his alter ego once again and takes on the persona of Sage. As King, he fears war is imminent, but not from only one enemy, but of two...the kingdom of Avenia and the band of pirates that has allied themselves with King Vargan, are ready to pounce on the weakened country of Carthya, left that way by his deceased father who ruled weakly and foolishly.
Jaron takes it upon himself to bring his country's strength back and travels into the lair of the pirates, hoping against hope that somehow, someway he can take away Carthya's vulnerability. Yet, along the way he makes new enemies and sees those he loves most in great danger because of his actions. With determination, skill, and cunning, sarcastic wit he single-handedly attempts to thwart disaster. There is only so much one King can do.
The Runaway King takes Jaron on a dangerous adventure and yet his fervent hope is to return home to a stronger Carthya because of his actions. His love for his country and people are unparalleled. A fitting, thrilling second installment in The Ascendance Trilogy. I personally loved Jaron's snarky dialogue and bravado. ...more
Mia and Adam...friends, lovers, and musical geniuses, were meant for each other despite the drastic range in their chosen musical genres. Adam, a heavMia and Adam...friends, lovers, and musical geniuses, were meant for each other despite the drastic range in their chosen musical genres. Adam, a heavy rocker and Mia, world-class cellist were, nonetheless, torn apart, not by their musical differences, but by a tragic incident. As high school was ending, Mia and her family were involved in a horrific accident that claimed the lives of her parents and little brother, as she tentatively clung to life. Adam begged her to stay and fight to remain in this world.
Fast forward, three years later and everything had changed. Mia, distancing herself from Adam and his plea, she went onto Julliard to pursue her lifelong dream, cutting Adam out from the mix. Adam, begrudgingly and with a broken heart, went onto super stardom with his band, Shooting Star, his musical genius fueled by her rejection, as he wrote soul-wrenching songs to alleviate some of the pain. Never connecting with Mia again, he floundered, made some questionable decisions, and alienated himself from his band, even as they toured to mega-crowds.
One lonely, solitary night, in New York about to leave for a grueling three-month tour in Europe, Adam surreptitiously spots a solo-concert that Mia is starring in. He manages to sneak into the hall, but of course, he is recognized and Mia invites him backstage after the concert.
Hold your hats for the most romantic reconnecting...as Mia and Adam confess their own reasons for their 'break-up' before heading off to London (Adam) and Tokyo (Mia). They both realize their love never died, yet both were afraid to admit to each other. Their love is that intense, emotional, never-ending, passionate love that lasts no matter what the obstacles. Both of them, separately, believed it was one that lasts, if only in one's dreams, ignites slowly and truly, yet with unfailing certainty, and burns forever. Yet, circumstances beyond their control ripped them apart.
Where She Went is all it should be, with Adam's voice telling us how his love for Mia has never died and led him to some unsatisfying places. On a whim, he knows sitting in that concert hall, just listening to her perform, is all he'll ever need to go on...but, Mia has other ideas. Get out the tissues. ...more
Ren and Alex take their quest to find Alex's mom in London after she went missing back in the United States. She used a spell from the Book of the DeaRen and Alex take their quest to find Alex's mom in London after she went missing back in the United States. She used a spell from the Book of the Dead and The Lost Spells to bring Alex back from death, but in doing so, unleashed The Death Walkers. Now, Alex must find her.
Together with Dr. Todtman, another renowned Egyptologist and colleague of his mom's, the pair study and research all the strange occurrences happening in England...blood red rain, missing children, and odd events at the famous Highgate Cemetery. When Alex finally narrows his research down to the mummified remains of Willoughby, a notorious thief, they know what they must do...send him back to the underworld.
Amulet Keepers is the second installment of Tombquest. The story and action, along with the character development in this one is more entertaining and thrilling. It doesn't coddle the reader and some tough scenes take place...making this one creepy and chilling. ...more
Alex Sennefer has been sick most of his life, but when he nearly succumbs to the illness, his mother takes his life into her own hands...literally. ShAlex Sennefer has been sick most of his life, but when he nearly succumbs to the illness, his mother takes his life into her own hands...literally. She has been studying the ancient Egyptians and knows that the Lost Spells from the ancient Book of the Dead has a magical way to bring him back to a healthy life. The problem is...it awakens the most evil living/dead beings, the Death Walkers.
As they have been unleashed, the Lost Spells goes missing, but more worrisome, for Alex, is that his mother is also unaccounted for and he worries what has become of her. He is sure she is alive, somewhere, and he enlists his best friend, Ren to help in the search. Together, they fight evil relying on help from Dr. Todtman, a colleague of Alex's mom.
Book of the Dead leaves so many unanswered questions, as Alex and Ren must continue their search in London at the end of book #1 in the Tombquest series. I would have felt better if some of the questions were answered and a new quest begun in book #2. As it is, the characters are not well-developed and the storyline is flat, at times. ...more
Typical middle school, tween-girly fiction, Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, & PerfectionTypical middle school, tween-girly fiction, Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, & Perfection is Jessica's sister's, Bethany's, sure-fired, handy-dandy list of "must-do"s to make it big in 7th grade and beyond. The thing is, though, that everyone is different and has their own talents. Jessica finds this out the hard way, but luckily she does in enough time to make her middle-school experience fun without losing her best friend (even though she may not be her "best" friend anymore), without finding the perfect boyfriend (although Marcus, aka, "Aleck" might be a possibility), and by finding the perfect extracurricular activity (even though it may not be on *"THE CHEER TEAM"*).
In the end, the book has a great message, that is, be yourself and be true to it. A quick, tween-chick-lit read for humor and reflection. ...more
Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort of) is a humorous account of a boy who has all the typical problems of a tween: a devilish older sister, schoolTom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort of) is a humorous account of a boy who has all the typical problems of a tween: a devilish older sister, school bullies, parents who embarrass him at every turn, and grandparents (lovingly named The Fossils) who are out of touch, but huggable.
His birthday is coming up and although he leaves gift hints all over, he's not sure they are taken seriously and his parents want his party to be held at Dino Village! For goodness sakes, that's a little kid venue! Yet, he gets to invite all his friends and it turns out better than he thought it would. Luckily for Tom, too, his band will not be playing at the school disco and thankfully his friend's dad won't be the DJ. Things are turning out ok.
For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Tom Gates series will be a quick read, but it does not come close to matching the cleverness of Kinney's work. The story is scattered and pointless at times (maybe on purpose?). Another distracting element are the British terms used throughout the book. Some of them left me scratching my head for their meaning. There is a small glossary in the back of the book, but it does not define all the confusing terms for us.
Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers, L. Pichon, and Candlewick Press for this copy.
Elly: My True Story of the Holocaust is a short, concise memoir of one survivor of the horror of the holocaust. Short chapters, photographs, and the aElly: My True Story of the Holocaust is a short, concise memoir of one survivor of the horror of the holocaust. Short chapters, photographs, and the author's poetry make up the form of this book. ...more
With a straightforward and simplistic honesty, George tells her story. She longs for those few, scattered stolen moments when she can pour over her seWith a straightforward and simplistic honesty, George tells her story. She longs for those few, scattered stolen moments when she can pour over her secret stash of magazines written for the young tween or teenager girl. It's her escape. George is afraid to speak of her anguish. She's trans-gender.
When her fourth grade class starts to practice for the play of Charlotte's Web, she knows in her heart that she is born to play Charlotte. Supported by her best friend, Kelly, who George has recently confided in, she auditions for the part. However, her teacher, is against it and will not budge. That's when Kelly and George devise a plan to make George's wish come true.
George's performance as Charlotte is a turning point, as it is a discussion starter between George and his mom and brother. A surprising ally supports George, yet bullies will always remain bullies, it seems. George is a book that should be on every children's library shelf, yet sadly, it probably will not be because of the subject matter. Honestly, I feel it may speak to some child struggling with his or her identity and might give them support to open up. ...more
Twins, Josh and Jordan are living large in the shadow of their famous father, a basketball great who won two Euroleague championships. They are followTwins, Josh and Jordan are living large in the shadow of their famous father, a basketball great who won two Euroleague championships. They are following in their father's footsteps, with awesome basketball skills. However, things change between these always-close siblings, as one of them takes up with the new, pretty girl in school and they other feels left behind. Tensions and anger brew and the boys are at odds.
Each of them look to their father for guidance...yet, dad has issues of his own, serious medical issues that he refuses to address until it is too late. Left to carry on, the boys have to find a way to reconnect for support.
The Crossover is not only about basketball, it is about life and the curveballs it throws at us. The title takes on a double meaning as it is played out. This novel-in-verse won the Newbery Award and was a Coretta Scott King honor book, however, personally it didn't appeal to me. ...more
As a 6-year-old child, Grenadine Scotch Wild's last memory of her parents is "Run, Grenadine, Run" and that she did. She was later found walking alongAs a 6-year-old child, Grenadine Scotch Wild's last memory of her parents is "Run, Grenadine, Run" and that she did. She was later found walking along a highway edged by a forest, bewildered and in shock. The police had no clue who she was or where her parents were. From that point on, she was shuffled in and out of foster care, ever hopeful that they would find her parents. Abused, beaten, ignored, and starved for food, she escapes and is found emaciated and near death.
But, the foster care or social workers never really had her best interests at heart and she winds up being tossed from one foster home to another, some good, some awful. She lived her adolescent years fearful, yet feisty. As a young woman trying to make it on her own, she struggled with her lack of confidence and education. She had dyslexia, yet it wasn't diagnosed until much later in her juvenile years. But, her talent as an artist has been recognized throughout her life and when she begins to earn a living from her work, she meets many successful people. One of them is Covey Hamilton, a smooth-talking, handsome, con-man. Ignoring her gut feeling to ditch him, she marries him and soon realizes what a controlling, contriving man he is. As he is indicted in a fraud and embezzlement scheme, Covey tries to take her down too if she even thinks of divorce.
Again, she escapes as she has done much of her life, and finds a small town in Oregon that welcomes her with open arms. She finds a family she never had, fulfilling work, and a reason to love.
What I Remember Most is both gut-wrenching and hopeful...predicable and surprising. A quick read for the romantic who likes a touch of mystery. ...more
Quentin Jacobsen believes everyone has one miracle...his miracle is Margo Roth Spiegelman. He worships her from afar, even though they're neighbors anQuentin Jacobsen believes everyone has one miracle...his miracle is Margo Roth Spiegelman. He worships her from afar, even though they're neighbors and have known each other since they were toddlers. As in many cases, though, now that they are in high school, Margo ignores him with her entry into the cool and popular cult.
But, one night just before graduation, Margo climbs in through his bedroom window and challenges him to accompany her on one of her numerous grand adventures. Throughout the night, they visit homes of their frenemies and deposit unsavory and well-thought-out 'gifts' as pranks. Their shaky friendship is rekindled, possibly only for one night. The next morning, Margo is gone. But, where?
As Margo has done many times, she leaves clues as to her whereabouts. This time, Q is determined to piece these odd, seemingly inconsequential clues together to find her, even though her own parents have given up on her. What results is a road-trip like no other, along with mutual friends, Radar, Ben, and Lacey. It's an adventure with hope, despair, laughter, and melancholy reminiscence. The question is...what will they find when they stumble upon Margo's Paper Town?
John Green, once again, takes us on a young adult, angst-filled journey that only he can deliver. The language is very teen-agerish and appalling at times, but in my experience, it is pure-adolescence and true to the immaturity of the age. I had moments of laughing-out-loud, tear-filled realizations, and an overwhelming tug-of-war with emotions. Not sure if I liked the ending, but it was the only appropriate one given that it was pure Margo Roth Spiegelman. These are the characters that you will remember for a lifetime, good or bad, likable or not and the reflection that the story requires of you is haunting and numbing, but in an oh-so-good readable way. Loved it.
Auggie Jones and her grandfather, August live a comfortable life, even if they don't have much. They love their cozy community, their eccentric friendAuggie Jones and her grandfather, August live a comfortable life, even if they don't have much. They love their cozy community, their eccentric friends, and the neighborhood homes which have so much life in them.
That's when snobby, snooty Victoria starts to criticize her neighborhood along with her father, Mr. Cole who heads up the The House Beautification Committee: Making Our City Beautiful, One House at a Time. They believe the much-loved and weather-worn porches and siding must be fixed up or face hefty fines! The whole neighborhood is in a tizzy, trying to find ways to spruce up their houses according to the committee's 'rules' before they're fined. Problem is, being poor, means your family doesn't have many extras to spend on beautification.
Auggie and her grandpa try to fight back by using some of the cast-off materials he acquires from his trash-hauling business. Together the use the 'trash' from the business along with odds and ends at their neighbor's houses to create one-of-a-kind metal sculptures and whirligigs to beautify the front of their house. You guessed it...snooty Victoria and her dad find these works of art hideous and appalling. Fines are assessed and they are HUGE.
Gutsy, creative, and wise Auggie seeks out help by the most useful and constructive means and in the end, finds a way to save her neighborhood and her friends. It really is true...one man's trash is another man's treasure, at least at The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky. ...more
The One ends in the fashion we all knew it would, yet there are a few surprises before we get there. Some people are not who they seem, the Southern RThe One ends in the fashion we all knew it would, yet there are a few surprises before we get there. Some people are not who they seem, the Southern Rebels become much more aggressive and deadly, and America finds herself falling in love with one and out of love with another.
American and Maxon, at times, seem as though they will never get past their own insecurities to commit to one another, but when a series of frightening events are headed for each of them, they each find their own way.
Still not the greatest writing, but the story was enough to keep me hooked throughout the third book. ...more