This book is adorable and I will be passing it on to family to read with their young ones. It follows a family as they attend a football game and all...moreThis book is adorable and I will be passing it on to family to read with their young ones. It follows a family as they attend a football game and all the wonders that are there. The colors and pictures are bold and bright to hold the attention of youngsters and the story is cute as it follows the kids leaving the stadium saying goodnight to all of the wonderful things that make up football. Lastly, the story rhymes, making it fun and easy to read aloud.
Being a book for ages 4-8 there isn't much more that I can say about it, but I do believe that your young reader will enjoy learning about football, stadiums, and love for the game thought this book. Very cute! (less)
Tuesdays at the Castle is a wonderful middle grade book, it has imagination, magic, suspense, and the characters are amazing. I had never heard of thi...moreTuesdays at the Castle is a wonderful middle grade book, it has imagination, magic, suspense, and the characters are amazing. I had never heard of this book until I saw it on the Librarything Early Readers list, and what the synopsis included really intrigued me. It has been a while since I have listened to an audiobook on CD in my car (my commute is fairly short now) but I found myself sitting in my car after arriving at work and home to continue the story.
The plot revolved around the royal family living in Castle Glower, a magical castle that can add and take away rooms, throw people out, and magically more things around at its own whim. King Glower the 79th has recently been pronounced dead and his three children are left at home to fend for themselves while people in the castle plan to assassinate the next king and take over the magical castle.
We follow the story through the eyes of the youngest child, Celie, while her brother Ralph must take up the throne and try to stay alive long enough to find out if their father is really dead. With the castle helping the Glower children there was a lot of fun in this story: a mysterious tower, spy holes, magical capes that make you completely unheard but also a lot of drama: treason, evil princes, wizards, the castle itself. It was a magical read.
I really enjoyed everything about this book. It was very fun to listen to, the reader of the audiobook was amazing and really kept me engaged. I think the story itself was just as engaging though. I think all ages will enjoy listening to this book – sometimes it does have words that may need some explanation for younger readers but overall it was a marvelous book and it is a series! So you can keep reading about these characters. (less)
After requesting Rose and the Lost Princess from Netgalley and contacting the publisher about a blog tour for it, I realized that there was a book bef...moreAfter requesting Rose and the Lost Princess from Netgalley and contacting the publisher about a blog tour for it, I realized that there was a book before it -- and I am normally so good about sleuthing this before requesting titles. The cover for the Lost Princess was adorable so I could not resist. Upon learning there was a book before it, I got Rose (book 1) from the publisher in anticipation for the Lost Princess tour, and I am so glad that I did. Rose and her story are beautifully written, they peaked every emotion a Middle Grade book should, even so far as being terrifying at some points.
Book one of the Rose series begins with Rose at an orphanage and she realizes that she may have strange powers. As she tries to suppress them, she is adopted as a housemaid at a prominent magician's home and learns more about what magic is and how it can be used. While adjusting to her new home and life, Rose learns that there are children going missing, and upon returning to the orphanage she learn her friends have been mysterious found by their parents.
The plot continues as Rose and other children learn who is behind the kidnappings and try to rescue them. But what was really fun about this book was all the magic. In Rose's world magic is real and people use it, some are afraid and some are ok with it. The plot is both fanciful but deep in that magic can be used for evil, and very evil at that. The book brought on anxiety, dread, and disgust as you learned the back story of the kidnapper and their purposes.
I really enjoyed this book very much, I am sad that I may have overlooked it if not for Rose and the Lost Princess appearing in my Netgalley list. I am so happy to have found the series and all of its adorable, playfulness.(less)
When I finished reading The Orphanage of Miracles I could not shut up about it, it was whimsy and enchanting from the beginning to the end, so when I...moreWhen I finished reading The Orphanage of Miracles I could not shut up about it, it was whimsy and enchanting from the beginning to the end, so when I started tweeting about it, I was thrilled to get a message from FogInk telling me they would send me the next book in the series...
I put off reading this one until closer to the release date because I had the feeling I was going to feel the same way...and luckily I was correct. Netfzger has a way with forming an enthralling world for the reader to walk through with the characters and there are so many things to love.
In The Orchard of Hope, we follow two story lines much like in the first book. Kelsey is on another adventure while Nicolas is in the castle training to be a sorcerer, what makes this book just as good as the first is the development and growth of the characters in between the two books and shared with the reader in the beginning of this one. Kelsey is just as stubborn but learning to be mindful of others; Nicolas is learning that there is more around than what meets the eye; and Maggie another character from the last book, has been cast as a girly-girl in they eyes of Kelsey at least, but becomes a wonderful asset to the adventure regardless of lacking the experience with them.
Again we learn lessons throughout the book of acceptance, asking for help when you need it, honesty, being present, using knowledge or power for good versus evil, all those fun things and more.
I love that these books take the idea of invisible things and make them objects that need creating or saving...that element alone is the main reason I enjoy these books. There is depth that as a reader of any age you can really delve into.
There are also very funny bits, like a talking gargoyle who loves to eat - he was my favorite this time around.
Overall, I think this great cast of characters and the wonderful adventure scenes which alternate with the woes of learning, make this story fun for all ages and if it leads to chats about how one might create miracles or save hope I think that is great too... Beautifully written and a book that I will definitely be sharing with people.(less)
I requested this book from Netgalley because the synopsis is intense. I was drawn to this book and interested in what these characters would be like,...moreI requested this book from Netgalley because the synopsis is intense. I was drawn to this book and interested in what these characters would be like, and they were interesting to say the least.
There were a lot of lower reviews on Goodreads when I checked them and I was a little disappointed to find out I am one of the few that enjoyed this book. Yes, it ends abruptly without resolution -- which I despise; and yes, the characters are all overly dramatic -- but this is how I remember high school. Full of secrecy and gossip and overly dramatic and angsty, maybe it was just me but this book flashed me back to that time period and I found it fun to read.
Lisi Harrison sets up the book as a series of journal entries from five students, 3 girls, 2 guys, and they are very different and yet the same which is comforting and intriguing. Since we are in journals, we learn deep secrets, family problems, and the like, not just the school day happenings. I found this different from many teen books. Granted there is still gossip and hidden love and angst so it isn't too far off from your normal YA book, but it was funny and I liked it.
Each student has a different writing style: short and sweet, with footnotes, overly dramatic, to the point, and over the top which breaks up the reading very well. I found myself liking one character in the beginning and completely changing my opinions of them when we got to the end (and so much happens right at the end!)
Sadly, I was upset to learn that this is a series (like way too many YA books now) and the ending was a cliffhanger (again!) and some of the friendships rubbed me the wrong way, so not 5 stars. (less)
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is a tale of adventure and suspense told from the point of view of Orion himself retelling the miraculous escape from...more Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer is a tale of adventure and suspense told from the point of view of Orion himself retelling the miraculous escape from an uncharted island. The second you start reading you are dumped into action with a mysterious man appearing during a severe storm off the coast of Maine. The man leaves something with Orion and tells him to protect it. Orion finds a map to an island that was believed to be the last known place of a man named Franklin, a great explorer who disappeared. Now Orion is on the hunt for the remains of this man and his crew only to find something he definitely as not expecting.
I think a young reader will love this book. From the first chapter on your are immersed in wonderful detail about people, places, objects and there is action galore, including gun fights, ships, running from wild animals just about everything you need in a good adventure.
The plot was just as creative. A historical missing explorer turned into an expedition to find him only to find the island holds more secrets than anyone ever knew! Wow! It as intense. Upon reading I originally thought this was going to be some sort of time-travel-y sci-fi thing and it turned out to be much better put together than that. I really enjoyed it.
The cast of characters were the only thing that dragged me down, and not for lack of character building or anything like that – there were just SO MANY… even with the wonderful detail it was kind of hard for me to keep track of all of them.
Wonderful adventure all around. Great read! (less)
Defy by Sara B. Larson was one of those books that I saw ALL over the blogosphere around the holiday season, and I was enthralled by the premise of t...more Defy by Sara B. Larson was one of those books that I saw ALL over the blogosphere around the holiday season, and I was enthralled by the premise of the story – a girl pretending to be a boy, personal guard to the prince, sorcerers, magic, a love triangle. This fantasy had everything I love in a story, or at least it seemed that way.
When I started reading Defy I was in a reading slump and it made me overly moody while trying to read (come on, we have all been there!). As the book began I was interested in Alex/a’s story, she was strong and but also hardheaded and I felt for her - having to hide, keep secrets… that cannot be easy. Into the first few chapters I started to lose interest in her though. It seemed the same issues over and over – ‘I’m a girl, no one can know’ and that kept being the main issue. So I put down the book for a bit.
I picked this up again recently and had a marathon read, I was getting through this book no matter what; and what I found was that it got really good! Alex/a starts to act more like her real self, people start to find out whom she is, and the romance begins (>>insert giddy laughter here<<). I could not put it down (until I HAD to go to bed that is).
Rylan and Damien are both very different in their feelings for Alex/a. Rylan is the sure and steady, devoted type while Damien is a bit unpredictable but swoon-worthy – also a prince. The plot only progressed with the love triangle and so much more in the way of plot-twists and turns. I felt like some of them were very predictable while others were more confusing than anything. Overall I really enjoyed the book once I got into it, but the girl as a boy issues in the beginning were a little over the top (I thought). The biggest issue that I had with the book was that the fantasy was eaten alive by the romantic elements and the sorcerers and magic were few and far between - hoping for more of this plot development as the series progresses.
Note: Not intended for younger readers - there are many mentions of the rape of young women.(less)
This book made me laugh out loud many times. Harriet's attitude and explanations of her life and the people around her are amazingly full of drama and...moreThis book made me laugh out loud many times. Harriet's attitude and explanations of her life and the people around her are amazingly full of drama and quirkiness. I loved her character. She is strong and opinionated but also realizes when she should give in to others to do the right thing. The book was only about 60 pages or so (PDF format) and includes sketches from ' Harriet' that are just as entertaining as the story itself. I felt that any young girls would love to read this book.
Harriet has a great relationship with her family and friends and even makes new friends through the story, ones that are not expected. I have to admit I was waiting for these girls to turn on one another but to my surprise it never happened. It was a lovely and easy read! (less)
I received The Abonimables at BEA 2013 and I am sad to say that many of the books I received are still in my TBR pile – I went a bit overboard… Anywho...moreI received The Abonimables at BEA 2013 and I am sad to say that many of the books I received are still in my TBR pile – I went a bit overboard… Anywho, this book was very cute. I had not heard of Eva Ibbotson before this book, but she was a beautiful writer of whimsy. She took a surreal topic and although far-fetched made it seem possible. In the book we meet Lady Agatha, a young girl kidnapped by a yeti. She lives with them and raises the children, teaches them all sorts of things, and when marketing and development start to take over their homestead she decides that they should move to her old home in England, the Farley Towers.
The book is filled with illustrations and because I only had an ARC some were even just the rough sketches, I am told that the released book has these in full color and I bet that they are adorable. I pictures were a wonderful addition to the story – they really captured what I was seeing in my head as I was reading the tale and those types of images are always the best.
Ibbotson’s tale is a fun-filled adventure for young readers with learning embedded throughout on their journey from the Himalayas to England. This was a very easy read and I think both boys and girls will enjoy it. Amulet markets it for ages 8-12 but if read a loud I think younger audiences can enjoy as well.(less)