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Peculiarly Fast Read…In the Best Way!

Library of Souls

Library of Souls Ransom Riggs YA Fantasy Rating: 4.5

I’m back! It’s been over a year, but I’m FINALLY getting settled now…Graduated with an MLIS, getting comfortable with the new eResources job (I get to buy eBooks and eAudiobookss for 10 libraries!!), and my house is finally starting to look a home. The best part is that there is finally some time to read again 🙂

Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to read the last book in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Library of Lost Souls. It definitely didn’t disappoint. I brought this book with to read during the four days I’m out of town for a conference…it only lasted the first night. It was addicting and almost impossible to put down.

Library Souls starts out right where it left off, in the middle of an action scene where it seems all hope is lost. Now, I will admit to skimming some of the action fights and “scary” stuff (it’s more creepy than scary, but I’m a wuss). The heart of the book is awesome though. Discovering who you are, making tough decisions, trust, families, and of course a little bit of romance. Jacob, the gifted hollowgast seer, is the main character once again and remains relatable despite his peculiarness. He struggles with confidence, trust, and ultimately discovering who he is all while trying to save his peculiar friends and beloved ymbryne from the Wights.

Action-packed and beautifully written, I highly recommend this series (if only for the great pictures!).

Expect more reviews shortly! Now what to read over the next 2 days….

Review: Timebound by Rysa Walker

Timebound (The Chronos Files, #1)

Timebound (Chronos Files #1)
Rysa Walker
YA Fiction/Fantasy
Rating 3.5

I was excited to learn about the Kindle First program through Amazon which I received this eBook through, because it is a really cool idea. Give a try if you haven’t yet.

Timebound was an OK read for me. I was immediately drawn to the promise of time travel and the lure of a love story (and, yes, the gorgeous cover!). However, in actuality they didn’t wow me. The time travel aspect was a bit hard for me to follow and there were parts that just didn’t feel/flow right. If I had felt more ambitious, I would have liked to have gone back and picked it apart to make sure it was all “correct”, but alas, I’m a bit short on time at the moment.

 The love story aspect… I don’t know, it wasn’t my favorite either. The relationship developed too quickly and I was rooting for the wrong team apparently…blurgh. I’m not attracted at all to the guy our character is crazy for. But it wasn’t a bad read. The story held my attention and it certainly was unique. So, again, it was ok…I will most likely read the next one just to see how things play out, but it won’t be a high priority read.

 

In the Mail…

As part of the books n blogger’s swap hosted by the Chaotic Goddess, my, wonderful partner Kirsten from The Book Monsters sent me these 3 wonderful books!

 Splintered (Splintered, #1)  The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)  Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

I am sooo excited to read them, you have no idea! I’ve seen good things around the blogosphere 🙂

I also received this ARC through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program:

One Realm Beyond (Realm Walkers)

 

 

Top Ten 2014 Book Releases I’m Uber Excited For!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity.  So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:

513AaGSa1lL__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare- May, 27

Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4

I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5

Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂

That Summer by Lauren Willig

….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20

I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7

OMG!!!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3

Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!

Great first book, excited for this one.

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15

So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8

Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.

Thoughts, feelings, additions???

A-Mazing: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

 

Infernal Devices Book 1 - Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare Rating; 5!

Infernal Devices
Book 1 – Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare
Rating; 5!

Oh, Infernal Devices…You were amazing. The recovery process from the overload of emotions has taken a while, but I feel progress is being made. So much happened within your pages. So much love and hate, mixed feelings, action, heartbreak, and I met many, many wonderful people…I mean characters.. And that ending, in Clockwork Princess? OMG. I tried not to sob, I did, but it didn’t work. Now that you’re over…I feel empty. I’ve picked up 3 books since then and only finished one. I wasn’t even all that impressed with the one finished either. I have a feeling you have something to do with this. Nothing can quite compare to my friends the Shadowhunters. I miss Tessa, Will, and Jem along with all of the others and feel a little lost without them, but happy for having met them.

So my readers…go out and read the Infernal Devices, but beware that the books will change you…

Books ‘n’ Bloggers Swap!

I missed out on all of the Secret Santa book swaps over the holidays so I was super excited when I saw Chiara’s post on Books For a Delicate Eternity about a Book Blogger Book Swap hosted by the Chaotic Goddess. So I hurried on over and signed up!

 

For the swap you’ll be paired up with another blogger and you’ll purchase them:

1. A book you have read and loved.

2. A book you have not read yet but looks awesome.

3. A book from your partner’s wish list.

And then you’ll get a package in return with your partner’s picks for you! A chance to get to new reads and connect with other bloggers in a new way…Count me in! Head on over to the Chaotic Goddess to get signed up.

Harry Potter Party! Library Program

I was a bit skeptical about this as Harry Potter was big in my day, so would it still create excitement now with youth? Apparently so…

IMG_0335 For this event we got sorted into our Houses, created our very own golden Snitch, Transformed into owls, went to Potion’s class, made a witchy treat, and had couple of props for photo ops. And we all had a blast.  And most surprising to me was that the boys outnumbered the girls…which NEVER happens!

For the sorting I found a great printout for (what I considered badges) at My Cotton Creations and after cutting them out just stuck them in a witch’s hat and had the kids pull out their House for the night.  They were excited they got to wear the badges and it made everyone feel involved because EVERYONE wanted to know who was in their House.

After we were sorted and settled we began our Snitch making (See example in above picture). For this project all that was needed were:

  • Small Styrofoam Balls
  • Gold Glitter
  • Gold Glitter Glue
  • Long White Feathers
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brushes

(Covering all tables to be used for the event with old newspaper is major clean-up time-saver too! And if you can get some volunteers to do it…Even better)

So first we poked holes in two opposite ends of our Styrofoam balls where our feathers would eventually go and then coated the whole thing in some Mod Podge.  Then things got a little (well more than a little..) messy and we covered our Snitches in gold glitter.  After that we put a squirt of gold glitter glue in our previously made holes, and stuck in our feathers.  And there you have it…magnificent Snitches!

We left our Snitches to dry for a bit and moved on to Transformation class!  For our transformations into owls we decorated some eye masks.  For this project the following materials are what I used, however, the possibilities are endless:

  • A few packages of Eye Masks (they are 5 for a $1 at the Dollar Store)
  • Colorful Feathers (again tons of options at the Dollar Store)
  • Sequins
  • Puff Balls
  • Glue/Glue Dots

This one’s pretty self explanatory…just let the kid’s creativity go crazy and they will come up with a great “owl” mask.

After our Transformation we headed over to Potions. The following items are needed for this interactive experiment (Also, it’s nontoxic if anyone happens to get the urge to try the potions…which WILL happen):KOOL-AID POWDERED - SOFT DRINK MIX - LEMONADE UNSWEETENED

  • Tonic Water
  • Different Colors/Flavors of Kool-Aid
  • Sugar
  • Lots of Clear Plastic Cups
  • Spoons
  • Solid Colored Plastic Cups

For this project, myself and a volunteer had prepared our magical potions beforehand.  All the “magical potion” requires is mixing a bit of the Kool Aid flavoring in with enough sugar so that the color of the Kool Aid can’t be seen in the solid colored plastic cups. (It will take quite a lot of sugar in comparison to the Kool Aid.)  Then we also filled up our clear plastic cups with the bubbly tonic water.

When the “students” arrived all they saw were cups that were apparently all white powder and then clear bubbly cups.  They each took a cup of magic potion and a cup of bubbly water and then spooned in a bit of their potion.  I didn’t know if this would go over because it was so simple, but they all seemed to enjoy it…a lot. Then they all began exchanging potions to see what would happen and of course they ended up turning different colors which was pretty cool too and not something I would have thought of.  Of course everyone started to sneak in quick tastes of their potions so luckily nothing bad was in it.

https://i2.wp.com/media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/65/12/bf/6512bf0e748799bb436b2ce94e607de9.jpgAfter everyone was done with mixing their potions (and washing their hands) we moved on to creating our own snacks. Witch hats made out of Fudge Stripe cookies. I found this idea on Go Grow Go! They were simple for the kiddos to make and were verrry tasty!

  • Fudge Stripe Cookies
  • Orange Frosting
  • Hershey Kisses

So each kid got a napkin with a cookie on it and a Kiss to unwrap, while an adult went around with the frosting.  The frosting just got squirted on top of the bottom of the cookie and then the Kiss gets planted on top. Then they were ready to be eaten!

There were also a couple of photo props like the one below which I just handmade myself.  The kids had fun taking pictures of themselves with their phones and I had some fun some with it too!IMG_0330

Confession’s of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey

Confessions of Marie Antoinette ()

Confessions of Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette, #3
Juliet Gray
Rating: Did Not Finish

 

Well the New Year’s reading has not started off with a promising start…but it can only get better from here then right?

I decided to try a historical fiction novel, Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey which I received from LibraryThing’s wonderful Early Reviewer’s Program. My mind needed a break from the Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world I was immersed in for two weeks and for which my heart still misses. (I will post  a review of the Infernal Devices Series once school has started back up again : ) 

This historical fiction story just couldn’t capture my attention. I read about 80 pages before  calling it quits, which I DESPISE doing. (However, I guess I do already know how it’s going to end…) There may have been a couple exterior factors affecting why I didn’t enjoy the book like I didn’t realize it was the third book in a trilogy and I was still on a major book hangover from the Infernal Devices trilogy. Nonetheless, I did not feel any sort of connection to the characters and it felt more like I was reading nonfiction than fiction. Perhaps reading the first two books in the series would provide the reader with necessary background information and giver more depth to the characters.

Well on to finishing the Matched series by Ally Condie…let’s see how this goes!

Are there any cool Reading Challenges going on this year? I would really like to do one besides the Goodreads one I participate in every year…. Let me know!

Top Ten Reads of 2013

Top Ten Books of 2013

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

I read so many wonderful books this year it was hard to pick just 10..but here ya go:

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder/Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (YA Fantasy/Fairiytale)

I expect these are many, many lists this year. They’re amazing and Marissa Meyer is wonderful 🙂

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)

So addictive. I didn’t sleep the few nights it took to read these. I just had to Keep. Reading.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig (Adult Historical Fiction/Romance)

I love Lauren Willig. Every time a new bok by her comes out, it feels like Christmas and I know I’m in for a special treat. I always try to make the books last a week, but end up staying up all night and finishing them in a couple days…

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio (Junior Fiction)

Everyone must read this book! Haven’t reviewed it yet, but it’s A-Mazing!  Forces readers to look at how they treat people and will most likely make you a better person for reading it…

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (Review to come…I’m still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster (YA Fantasy)

Started and finished this trilogy over my Holiday break…and I am still an emotional wreck because of it…In a good way. I am in love with Clare’s writing! Please write faster Ms. Clare !!!

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Junior Fiction)

Like Willig, with Riordan every book is a treat and this was no exception. I used reading a chapter of this book as a reward system for writing a page of my school papers… It was such an epic story!

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde (Adult Fiction Fantasy)

I love this series and frankly, I don’t think I will ever get tired of Thursday Next. This one was the most hilarious out of all of them for me so far. I quote from it daily….

Delirium (Delirium, #1)The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver (YA Fiction Dystopian)

I loved this trilogy…and the ending was much better for me than the Divergent trilogy.  It focused more on feelings than actions, but I love the way that Oliver writes.

FearlessFearless by Cornelia Funke (YA Fantasy/Fairytale)

Cornelia Funke is spectacular. This book (2nd in a series) is haunting and exciting, yet beautiful. I love the worlds that Funke can transport me to.

The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (JF Fantasy)

Great action packed series! I love the world it’s set in and the characters are awesome…wish the third book would hurry up though 🙂

There you have it. My top 10 for 2013. Any of the same? Strongly disagree with some??

Fantasy, Time Travel, and Romance: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles, #3)

The Angel Stone (Fairwick Chronicles #3)
Juliet Dark
Adult Fantasy/Romance
Rating: 5

So I enjoy reading books based on the seasons and since it’s October and gloomy, it’s also my favorite time to read about witches, magic, and vampires. Which is why I was so ecstatic about receiving a copy of Juliet Dark’s The Angel Stone, the final book in the Fairwick trilogy, from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s program. (LibraryThing is amazing btw!)

Anywho, I loved The Angel Stone! It was super hard to do homework when all I wanted to do was keep reading it. So book two, The Water Witch, left us at a pretty rough spot and we pick up right where we left off.  It was very fast paced and humorous and …this story even had time travel (I love time travel!).

Callie, the main character, must find a way to save Fairwick and destroy the Nephilim that have taken control. I thought this was going to be a fairly predictable plot to be honest with you, and I was going to be okay with that, however…l was wrong. There were soo many twist and turns I was amazed…and it all made sense too! (At one point I got really excited and started explaining what was happening to my fiancé, who then asked why I wasn’t just reading it to him because it sounded so good 🙂 And I absolutely loved how everything was wrapped up in the end.

So yes, I do recommend this series, although I will admit, I never read the first book Demon Lover.  You don’t really have to read it to understand what is going on, but now I wish I would have…

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