This is a great addition to the Divergent series. FOUR: A Divergent Collection is a collection of novellas from Four'sA must read for Divergent fans!
This is a great addition to the Divergent series. FOUR: A Divergent Collection is a collection of novellas from Four's point of view. If you already didn't love Four, you now. If you already did, you'll love him even more. I enjoyed getting to understand Four more. With this collection of novellas, Veronica Roth gives his side of the story. Fans will see what Four's motivation was for changing Fractions, why he wanted to be a trainer, the corruption between fractions, and his first impression of Tris. Oh yeah, it's a great read.
This book is movie and animation magic brought to life, aka book form. Being a huge Disney fan, I loved seeing the behind the scenes of one of my favoThis book is movie and animation magic brought to life, aka book form. Being a huge Disney fan, I loved seeing the behind the scenes of one of my favorite childhood Disney movies. I'm fascinated with the behind the scenes, and history of things, especially with what inspires a story. This book gave me all that and more.
Though this book was released around the same time as the movie Maleficent was, fans of the story of Sleeping Beauty, and Maleficent will enjoy all this treasured coffee table sized book offers. From the history and making behind the original story that started it all, to the movie, and story magic of Walt Disney's beloved Sleeping Beauty, and finally to what inspired the movie, Maleficent. This book is broken up into three sections. Section I gives the history of the original story, Section II takes fans on the behind the scenes of the making of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty movie, and Section III is the behind the scenes on the movie Maleficent.
I was totally fascinated about the similarities, and the changes between all three stories/movies, and what inspired those changes and why. I loved the rich details that went into Disney's versions of their movies. No little detail went unnoticed. Most importantly, I was fascinated about the differences between Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent as movies. I liked that while they had some similarities with their stories, over all Maleficent is it's own story, and one that introduces fans to her Fae world. Being a huge fan of Disney's trademark animated films, I loved reading about all the details that went into making Sleeping Beauty the most.
I think fans of all ages will enjoy this book. There is a lot that readers will get to know about the movies, and stories. There's a beautiful collection of artwork, the history of the stories, and the movie magic that went into Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent all captured within the pages of this book. It's definitely one I'd recommend spending the afternoon looking through and reading. ...more
This is a fantastic fairy tale retelling! Fans of fantasy, and fairy tale retellings will enjoy this new release from author Stacey Jay. Princess of TThis is a fantastic fairy tale retelling! Fans of fantasy, and fairy tale retellings will enjoy this new release from author Stacey Jay. Princess of Thorns is a fast paced, epic adventure with the right kind of romance. In one word, this is book is awesome! It is a truly unique story, and one I loved.
This was a fabulous read, and not at all what I was excepting.
This is more than just a story about two young boys who grew up on opposites of the fencThis was a fabulous read, and not at all what I was excepting.
This is more than just a story about two young boys who grew up on opposites of the fence playing soccer, it's a story full of historical information during a crucial time for the South African Country where the story is set. Bildner does a fabulous job at giving readers historical accounts that spanned a few years, and blended that perfectly into young Hector's love for soccer. Through Hector's eyes, readers learn about what it was like for him growing up in a country that was divided by race, and brought together by a love of soccer. The story spans from when Hector was really young, to Nelson Madnela's release from prison, his presidency win, and the 1996 Cup of Nations.
This is a book that not only tells the story of a young soccer fan who grew up in South Africa, this book teaches young readers about historical events that brought a country together. I'll admit I learned something from reading this book. The story is insightful, easy to read and understand. Bildner does a great job at teaching readers about apartheid in a way that young readers will understand it. I loved that he included the historical references about Nelson Mandela, his presidency win, and his love for sports. As the author points out in Hector's story, Mandela used sports as a way to bring his country together. The illustrations added a lot to the story as well. I like the way Watson was able to create pictures that showed a lot of emotion, without getting carried away with the illustration. I loved the end of the book as Watson created what looks like newspaper clippings that include the author's notes for the apartheid timeline which started dates from 1912 and goes through 2010.
The Soccer Fence is great read for fans of soccer and historical fiction. This is a book that would be great for grades 3rd-5th. ...more
LOVE this series! I love that the two books are bundled together in this must have book for fans of Jennifer's series. I'm added the hc edition to myLOVE this series! I love that the two books are bundled together in this must have book for fans of Jennifer's series. I'm added the hc edition to my collection of JLA books, and it's totally worth spending the couple extra dollars to get. LOVE it!...more
LOVE this series! I love that the two books are bundled together in this must have book for fans of Jennifer's series. I picked up both the pb and hcLOVE this series! I love that the two books are bundled together in this must have book for fans of Jennifer's series. I picked up both the pb and hc editions, and the hc is my favorite!...more
A must have! This is a book that explains the importance of The Pledge of Allegiance, and what it means, so that young children can understand it. ItA must have! This is a book that explains the importance of The Pledge of Allegiance, and what it means, so that young children can understand it. It also tells the story about why Young Libby's great aunt immigrated to the United States from Mexico, and why it was important for her to become a US citizen. Never forgetting her heritage, her new home has provided her the freedoms, education and a better way of life that her parents wanted her to have.
This is a book I'd highly recommend picking up to have in your home, classroom, and libraries. It's an educational read, a great story, and the illustrations are fabulous. This is a must have for all ages....more
*As reviewed on our NA/A book review site, this is a read for those 18 yrs & up*
Rush and Blaire's story is addicting. Once I started read*As reviewed on our NA/A book review site, this is a read for those 18 yrs & up*
Rush and Blaire's story is addicting. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop no matter how tired I was (I totally lost sleep over this one). Abbi hooked me with Rush and Blaire's heartbreakingly beautiful, and complex story. So much so that everything I knew about them was forgotten the moment I started reading Rush Too Far. I was sucked right back into their first meeting. I went through all the emotions they did. Abbi Glines totally made me cry! I don't remember the last time I read a new adult book, and cried. I couldn't help it.
Even though I already knew the outcome of Rush and Blaire's relationship, getting this story from Rush's point of view may have broken my heart just a little more, or a lot, and made me fall for him that much more. I got so wrapped up in reading Rush's story/point of view, I couldn't help but be emotionally connected to the story. It was so emotional watching these two go through all they did, and come to terms with the harsh and heartbreaking realities they had to face.
The Warrior is a thrilling, suspenseful, action packed end to the Dante Walker series. Brimming with plenty of Dante Walker mouthiness, swoon worthy sThe Warrior is a thrilling, suspenseful, action packed end to the Dante Walker series. Brimming with plenty of Dante Walker mouthiness, swoon worthy scenes, and an epic battle, this is a series ender that rocked. Victoria Scott pulled out all the stops in this book. With shocking secrets, betrayals, character deaths, and plenty of surprises, The Warrior wraps up Dante's story perfectly, and in the most fitting way possible.
Dante Walker rocked in this book. He's still the same old egotistical, say it how it is, fiercely protective, loyal character fans have come to love. As the series draws to an end with The Warrior, we see just how much Dante has grown as a character through out the entire series. Don't worry, Dante still banters, and says things that make me laugh, but there's a maturity to him now that I don't think was as dominant in the previous two books, as it was in this one. Through all that happens in this book, Dante does a lot of self reflection, and comes to terms with the choices he's made, and where he's at now. I like that he owned up to how he used to be, compared to the guy he is now. I couldn't help but love that vulnerability he has.
Historical fiction, romance, snark, and a few surprises, YES please! Thank you Rachel Harris for giving me a book I happily lost sleep over, because IHistorical fiction, romance, snark, and a few surprises, YES please! Thank you Rachel Harris for giving me a book I happily lost sleep over, because I had to stay up reading it. Rachel's writing in this book is fabulous. This is one of those books I sat down to read thinking this will be the perfect book spending a few minutes with. Wrong.... this was a book I spent more than a few minutes reading. Once I started reading it there was no stopping until I was done.
Rachel has this rich writing that hooks me. Her imaginative world easily comes to life, and gives way to thinking, "what if". What if fate had a silly way of taking you on this incredible journey back in time to the 16th century where you mingled among relatives in the beautiful country of Italy. What if while there you learned a little bit more about yourself, fell in love, and gained a better appreciation of who you are.
Cat is one of those characters I couldn't help but fall in with love. This girl definitely gets herself into some tough situations, but she also finds a way out of them. She's a smart girl who figures things out, though sometimes it may take her a bit. I loved going on her journey between now, and back to the 15th century. Along the way I watched Cat grow into this incredibly strong person who learned to take risks, stand up for herself, and learned to love. In true Rachel Harris fashion, she infuses her story with moments that were laugh out loud funny, moments that made my heart melt, other moments that broke my heart, and oh there were moments that were sigh worthy.
Lorenzo..... I do believe Lorenzo could give Romeo a run for his money. This heart throb literally steals the show when he comes into Cat's life, or should I say when she finds herself in his time. No matter how hard she tried to resist, she finds herself falling for him, as much as he's falling for her. I'll admit a small part of me wanted her to run off with him *coughs* What!? I did. How romantic would that have been? After all much of this book has a very romantic setting. But luckily Cat is smart girl, and doesn't do anything too foolish, though she does find herself in a bind, and not being in modern times, she is in a predicament that she can't easily get out of.
Everything about Cat's journey felt incredibly real. I loved finding myself feel emotionally attached to a story I didn't think I would be. The "what if" accept of this story was fabulous. I love it when an author can tell a story that makes me wonder & wish that something like that could happen, and what would I do if something like that happened. Rachel Harris has definitely created an enchanting story that has romance, magic, beautiful world building, action, and a few surprises. I'd definitely recommend picking up this book!
A fantastic modern fantasy! Talon has all the makings of another Julie Kagawa sensation read. With romance, danger, betrayal, and that fabulous abilitA fantastic modern fantasy! Talon has all the makings of another Julie Kagawa sensation read. With romance, danger, betrayal, and that fabulous ability Kagawa has with blurring fantasy elements with real world elements make Talon my favorite Julie Kagawa to date. Not surprisingly, Kagawa had me falling for all of her characters. Whether they were deemed good, bad or traitors to their organizations, I felt like I understood each of the characters, and started to fall for them the same way Ember was.
Talon has found a spot among my bookcase that houses my favorite fantasy books. What Julie Kagawa has done with her dragons is awesome. When it comes to fantasy books, I love it when the world I'm reading about comes to life so easily, and makes the story feel like it's a possibility within the real world. That to me is the signs of a gifted story teller. I think it would be awesome to live in a world where Dragons blended in with humans, and in a secretive way their worlds collided with our own. I'm just saying. After you read Talon you might be thinking the same thing. Now if only I could get to a beach and search the skies for Riley.... *coughs* Sorry, back to my review.
I need to admit a few biases right now -- I love any plot having to do with love letters and sisters. As an only child, I always wondered what it woul
I need to admit a few biases right now -- I love any plot having to do with love letters and sisters. As an only child, I always wondered what it would be like to have an older or a younger sister, and Lara Jean has both. But, she also has a mom who died when her youngest sister was barely a toddler. Living in the perfect shadow of her older sister and in the proximity of her older sister's boyfriend, the boy-next-door Josh, makes life interesting for Lara Jean. Complicating the matter is the fact that her older sister has left for college and somehow the unsent letters to all of Lara Jean's crushes (including Josh) have been sent out.
Those of you who know my taste in books just gasped with me. I was hook-line-and-sinker-ed within the first few chapters. Jenny Han complicates and twists those family bonds so well that I felt like I could invite all the Song girls over for dinner and it would be like having old friends over for a drink. These girls know their roles -- the responsible oldest, the dreaming middle one and the pining-for-a-puppy youngest. But in Jenny's hands they are complex and completely three dimensional.
Jenny also handles that much maligned Love Triangle concept really well. I'm a fan of well executed love triangles, and I know even the biggest critics will love this one. As a reader, we are meant to fall in love with Josh, but Josh isn't always as dreamy a choice as he appears to be. Conversely, Peter (the big man on campus) isn't as stuck-up and jerk-ish as he appears to be. The blurring of these lines makes choices much more difficult and therefore much more realistic. I won't tell you who I was cheering for, but it may have to do with a certain boy in a hot tub who knows just the kind of donuts a certain girl likes. See? No spoilers.
Then there's Jenny's gorgeous phrasing and ability to convey the deepest sadness and disappointment as well as a poetic understanding of family ties. I think I highlighted more quotes in this story than I have in any other this year or last. Here's one of my favorites (from page 294): When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little buts slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit. That's why you can't save it all up like that. Watching Lara Jean mature and step out of the spotlight of her older sister reminded me of so many of those "new chapter" moments in my own life. Those moments when I accepted changes, new people and yes, shocking developments. I'm placing this on my Share with the Kids bookshelf. In fact, I've already told my soon-to-be-sixth-grader about it. I have a feeling that she will love this story as much as her mama does.