The Iron Queen is the third installment in the Iron Fey series. The book is all about making tough choices. I read this on my Kindle, and I cried for...moreThe Iron Queen is the third installment in the Iron Fey series. The book is all about making tough choices. I read this on my Kindle, and I cried for the last 5% of the book. The last pages have so much emotion, that it was overwhelming for me sometimes and my husband even asked me if I was alright a couple times. I was happy to have questions answered that previous books didn’t answer, but at the same time it hit me that the series was coming to an end.
Meghan Chase is a “I’ll kick your butt if you get in my way” female character. She would make a great role model for young adults because she knows when to up the ante and when to fold. In The Iron Queen, you get to see more of Meghan’s new relationship with Ash and all of the hardships they have to endure with battles, and even Puck, because we all know he was going to stay away forever.
Julie Kagawa writes some of the most realistic fight and action scenes I’ve ever read. Every move and encounter is easy to visualize. Sometimes, in other books, I find those scenes hard for me to picture in my head. Julie also brings fantastic new characters into The Iron Queen with equally fantastic names like every character in the series.
This book and series has characters I will always remember and I can’t wait to be able to pick up my own copy of this book!
There is a 4th and final book to this series, The Iron Knight that will be released in 2011. Also, Julie is going to have a post-apocalyptic vampire series coming out sometime in 2012.(less)
I’m in love with the title and the cover of this book! They both stand out and they both are what pushed me to pick this up. The beginning of the book...moreI’m in love with the title and the cover of this book! They both stand out and they both are what pushed me to pick this up. The beginning of the book had me smiling and laughing every few sentences. Greg is writing this book for us and telling us a story. He gives us lists and scenes in script form…loved all of that.
After about 40% of this book, I seemed to lose interest in the story and the characters. The writing style was interesting and different which I loved. I need more books like this in my life. I just which I would have enjoyed and connected with the characters more. If that would have been the case, I would have been pushing this book at readers. Plus the humor started to annoy me a bit…but overall it was an enjoyable read.(less)
Warning: You WILL want a cupcake after reading The Cupcake Club: Peace, Love & Cupcakes!
This book is overall just plain cute. It is a very cute book and a great book for a young girl to read. It also hits on issues such as bullying, money, small business, failure and making friends. Kylie is a character that does her best to move past the bullying and to do something to make her life happier and more enjoyable and in the process, also helps other girls and she makes new friends. All of these girls have a great work ethic and it makes me proud of them.
I loved reading about all of the successes and failures the club had while baking. At first you get to see them make the worst cupcakes and then before you know it, they are making cupcakes that people are buying and they are getting more orders they can’t even handle. I loved the “Batter Butt Dance”…had me cracking up!
This book is packed with baking tips and tricks that are perfect for a younger crowd…or even brand new bakers. The recipes that are included at the back of the book are simple to follow. The Berks also include a list of tips for the new cupcake baker that I found to be helpful.
One day when I was reading this book at park, a little girl came up to me and asked me about it! Obviously the cover is eye catching to the right audience! My four-year-old is even jealous of my book!(less)
Where Things Come Back is a “rib-sticking” good book. Comparing it to a meal that leaves you satisfied and not having you hungry in another half-hour,...moreWhere Things Come Back is a “rib-sticking” good book. Comparing it to a meal that leaves you satisfied and not having you hungry in another half-hour, was my first thought when I closed the book.
As many of you may know (or maybe not), Ginger at GReads is a fan or Where Things Come Back. I added it to my wish list after reading her review and seeing her pushing it on everyone via Twitter. Once I found out that Corey won the Printz award, I requested it from the library and started it right away.
I’m surprised at how long it took me to read this book. It’s relatively short, but it took me a great deal of time to finish it. I caught myself setting it down just to let things sink in and to try and contemplate where Mr. Whaley was taking his story. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how he was going to bring the story together at the end…but he did it and he did it well. About 20-30 pages before the end of Where Things Come Back, the pieces seem to fall in place. I caught myself reading with my hand over my mouth.
I wouldn’t call Where Things Come Back a complete tear-jerker. I admit, I cried at the end of the book just a little. I had that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you know/think/assume something bad might have happened and you’re just playing the waiting game (or trying to read faster game) to see how everything works out.
Cullen Witter’s thoughts and dialogue were true to reality and heartfelt. The book titles that Cullen wrote and were included in the story, added something different to this particular story. I loved Lucas, Mena, Gabriel, and all of the other characters who are in this story.
Where Things Come Back is a well thought out novel and I can’t find one thing wrong with it. John Corey Whaley deserves all of the praise and awards he is getting from this book. I’m hoping he is working on another novel. :) I want to thank Corey for this novel and I want to thank him for teaching me what “elephant ear plants” are.(less)
I’m going to start out by talking about the cover...the girl on the cover has the BEST. LIPS. EVER! Seriously, she does and they are so shiny! Plus I...moreI’m going to start out by talking about the cover...the girl on the cover has the BEST. LIPS. EVER! Seriously, she does and they are so shiny! Plus I want a ring like she is wearing! And I love that the cover is a blue envelope, goes great with the title and the story line.
Now we will get to the words written on the pages. My initial thought from reading the back of the book I have is that some boy sent Ginny on a crazy trip with these blue little envelopes. But nope, that’s not who it was and I will let you read it to find out. I felt like I was on this trip with Ginny and I was able to experience all the places she got to experience like London, Rome, and Amsterdam. It was also great to watch her see all the differences in culture she was exposed to.
I’ve read a couple reviews on this book and some people said “What parent would let their 17 year old daughter go to Europe all by herself and without a cell-phone?!” I think my mom would have let me go and if I thought my daughter was mature enough at 17 I would let her go to Europe by herself, it just depends on the teenager.
Oh yeah, how could I forget, THERE’S GONNA BE A SEQUEL! It’s almost 6 years after the last book, but better late than never right! I’m excited to see what’s happened since Ginny has finished her life changing trip to Europe. The Last Little Blue Envelope will be on shelves April 26th.(less)
Somewhere in the middle/end of reading Silver Borne, I was afraid it may become my least favorite of the series, but it ended up possibly being my fav...moreSomewhere in the middle/end of reading Silver Borne, I was afraid it may become my least favorite of the series, but it ended up possibly being my favorite of the series so far! If you love Samuel in all the other Mercy Thompson books, then you’ll absolutely adore Silver Borne! Patricia Briggs made Sam a key character in this book and we learn much, much more about him to the point that I was choked up a couple of times. Like always, Mercy seems to find herself in some sort of trouble as in all the other Thompson books. We also delve deeper into Mercy and Adam’s mated relationship and also Mercy’s bond with the pack as a whole. Short review I know(didn‘t take notes while I was reading, bad Jacinda!), but I loved the book and I can’t wait for River Marked!(less)