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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Update

I will not be posting until September 2 or August 31 and I just wanted to let y'all know. I'm going to be away for a little while and I just decided to take a week to take a break. Sorry, but I really need to. Sierra

Friday, August 24, 2012

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1)
Summery:Maximum Ride (or Max) and her family of five: Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman (don't ask), and Angel were tested upon since birth, in the School. Each has special talents and all of them have wings (yeah wings as in flying wings) so they're basically freaks. Four years ago they were rescued from the School. By Jeb Batchelder, a white coat who worked at the School. But he disappeared two years ago. Now, somehow, they have been found. The School has attacking them and kidnapped Angel, taking her back to the School they presume. Max and the others are determined to get her back. Because although each of them wants  a real, normal family...they already have in the flock. Which is to say, in each other.

Romance:One kiss.

Language:3 (mostly minor)

Violence:Torture, shooting, killing, chasing someone, yelling/arguments, fighting. injuries, threats.

Other:Mutation, experimenting on children, stealing, homeless people, lying.

Time Period:Modern.

My Thoughts: I don't now why but I thought this was going to be like Alex Rider. (Must be in the names, as I keep saying Max Rider....) It isn't. If anything I like it better (sorry Alex!). It is exciting, sassy, totally unique with the wings and mutation and very cool. An adventure the whole way through that keeps you turning pages well into the night. I wish I had started reading this series earlier! I would recommend this book to teens, girls and guys.

My Stars:5
Sierra
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Looking Forward To:Caught

I'd guess that a good deal of people have heard or read at least one of Margaret Peterson Haddix's books. Frankly I think she is an amazing author. She writes several different genres and has had so many books published!
She is writing a series called The Missing which is basically a time travel and historical fiction series.   You can read my reviews here: Found, Sent Sabotaged, Torn.   And now the fifth book is coming out September the 4th. I'm really super excited to find out what the next chapter in the adventure is going to be about. There have been time problems, time sabotages...it's getting interesting! Here is the summery/blurb from Amazon on Caught.

Caught (Missing)Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling through time, but when learn they next have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, they think it’s a joke—they’ve only heard of his sons. But it turns out that Albert Einstein really did have a daughter, Lieserl, whose 1902 birth and subsequent disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Lieserl was presumed to have died of scarlet fever as an infant. But when Jonah and Katherine return to the early 1900s to fix history, one of Lieserl’s parents seems to understand entirely too much about time travel and what Jonah and Katherine are doing. It’s not Lieserl’s father, either—it’s her mother, Mileva. And Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear.

So what do you think? Does it sound interesting enough to get? 
Sierra
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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Reason

The Reason by William Sirls.

Summery: In a small Michigan town a storm is causing the lights to flicker... and then they go out. Not long after lightning strikes the large cross outside of the St. Thomas church.The blind minister, James Lindy, knows they don't have enough money or resources to fix it on their own. And through it all he is told to "only believe". Meanwhile Brooke and her son Alex are facing a tough time without thinking about the broken cross. They have just learned that the little boy has been diagnosed with leukemia. James Lindy was given a message to tell her: "only believe" and he will be made well. Macey Lewis is challenged to trust in God's power not her own and also told to "only believe". Zach Norman is being weighed down from the past and is started to question all he thought was true with the strange goings on in the small town. it all seems to be centered around the stranger in town.


Romance: 1 kiss? Several cheek kisses, flirting, touching/holding.
Inappropriate Romance:Premarital s-x (past), sleeping with someone who was already married, several affairs mentioned briefly.

Language:1 (wh-re used three times and s-ck once)

Violence: Suicide, car/motorcycle accident killing, death, hitting someone, bullying, yelling/arguing, abusive boyfriend (past).

Other: A good bit of drinking (but expressed as bad), smoking, divorce, cancer/illness, lying.

Time Period:Modern.

My Thoughts: Wow. That is just one of my thoughts concerning this book. I wasn't sure at first if I would like it. It seemed exciting enough. But this is a story of healing and God's love. It takes you through the changing of several lives that are touched and healed by God's hand. The ending was at first super sad but then happy. I will warn you, I was crying at the end. However is was really well written I thought and kept me wanting to read more and more. I would recommend this book for older teens, as there is some drinking and bad relationships led in a life of one character. And it is an adult book. However it is a truly moving and wonderful book and would definitely recommend it. Both girls and guys/men and women would enjoy.

My Stars:4
Sierra
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I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher and the views I expressed are my own.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer.
Book eight in the Artemis Fowl series.

Artemis Fowl: The Last GuardianSummery: Having just been given the all clear for being completely(or mostly) sane (he could have told you that!) Artemis Fowl is going home! However before he can even start his journey back above, Opal Kaboi has unleashed her latest scheme and put it into action. It's devastating what she has achieved,  the shutting down of the underground world pretty much. Butler, Holly and Artemis barely have escaped the underground and they are now on their way to try and stop Opal. However they have hardly any chances of doing so...with their resources so depleted. And she has ancient ghost warriors helping her too. They are the last line of defense against her, to what just might be the end to the humans race.

Romance:None really, a paragraph on how Foaly met his wife nothing more.

Language:2

Violence: Killing, shooting, injuries, battles/fighting, a bunch of mini bombs blowing up a lot of stuff, kidnapping, wanting to hit/hitting someone, yelling/arguments.

Other:Possession, cloning, lying/hiding something, manipulation, magic, warlocks, goblins, pixies, fairies, demons, centaurs, stealing.

Time Period:Modern.

My Thoughts: I was a bit disappointed as this wasn't as good as the three books before it. It seemed like Artemis was missing a certain spark. However I still enjoyed it as I have the rest of the series and it was an interesting way to end the series. I felt that it was a good way to end even if I wasn't completely satisfied. It was exciting and it was great to be "watching" the characters you grew to love through the series in action one last time. I would recommend to guys and girls Tween aged plus.

My Stars:4
Sierra
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Looking Forward To:A Mutiny In Time

Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in TimeSo this is a new series by the author of the Maze Runner trilogy (he also just released the prequel to the series) and the 13th Reality series. I have read The Maze Runner Trilogy and it was amazing. The third and second were a little depressing but wow the first was great! The 13th reality series is a bit more for tweens rather then teens, but I still enjoyed the three (or two?) that I read. So basically, he is a good author.So when I saw he had a new series coming out I started getting excited! Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time, isn't that title just so exciting? I cannot wait until it is out. It's release date is August 28, not far away. So will you be checking it out? I hope so, here is a little summery that they have given on Amazon:

History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel -- a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring -- they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.

Now it's up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak's missing parents while they're at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Library Wars Volume 2

Library Wars Volume 2 by Kiiro Yumi.
Book two in the Love & War:Library Wars manga series.
Read my review of the first book.

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 2Summery: Iku Kasahara is learning. Her mistakes still can end up in a fight with Instructor Dojo, but she's still learning! And lately she has been seeing a gentler side of Instructor Dojo, which surprises her... but doesn't mean she argues with him any less. Meanwhile Iku's friend, Hasoko Shibazuki is suspicious of the acting director who is leading the Kanto Library base while Commander Inamine is sick. She thinks he may have something to do with missing books that are steadily disappearing. Could he be turning them over to the MBC? (Media Betterment Comittee) She soon enlists Iku help in tracking down answers.

Romance: Flirting, asking someone out, touching, maybe liking someone.

Language:Barely 3.

Violence:Shooting, yelling/arguments, flicks, slaps, injuries, several mentions of a murderer.

Other:Mention of Instructor Dojo drinking a lot once, a scene is shown in the girls bathroom while they're bathing in a pool (just the girls) and several forms are shown, lying.

My Thoughts:As I read the first two books I was getting used to reading from right to left which was a bit of an adjustment! I was also getting used to the characters and such. The plot was still developing and I really liked it even then. Now that I have read all the published ones (in the US at least, the eighth comes out in September, reviews of the others coming soon) and fallen in love with this series I can't imagine not liking the series. I'm sure that you will enjoy them and get pulled in as well. I would recommend this series to girls, some guys would enjoy I think, YA+...as there is some language.

My Stars:3.9/4
Sierra
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Looking Forward To:Palace Of Stone

Princess Academy: Palace of StoneThis book is the sequel to The Princess Academy. I must have read that book when I was...10? I've just loved it since forever! I really like this author and it was the first book that made me fall in love with her writing. It was a fairy tale and I have since read several of her other fairy tales and have really enjoyed them. Upon hearing the sequel was going to be coming out (and so soon!) I was practically freaking out from excitement. I am hoping that it will be just as good as I remember the first to be and that I haven't gotten "too old" but how can you get to old for a good book? I'll be rereading the first book so I'll be able to remember everything when this book comes out. Speaking of it coming out, it's really soon! August 21 to be exact. So have you read any of the author's books and enjoyed them? If so you'll want to check out this series! Sierra
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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Peculiars

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry.

The PeculiarsSummery: Lena Mattacascar is a girl with irregularly large hands and feet. Having grown up hiding and being ashamed of her peculiarity. Her Nana Crane calls them "Goblin phalanges" and she tells Lena that she got them from her father.  It was rumored Lena's father was a goblin. She'll never know for herself it feels, he left when she was five. Now on her eighteenth birthday she given a letter from her father that includes a small inheritance for her. With that in hand she sets of Scree, a wild untamed place rumored to be filled with "Peculiars" like she and her father are supposed to be. She wants to finally find out the truth about him and who or what she is. As she journeys for the truth she'll also gain an adventure and new friends.

Romance:Liking someone, flirting, thinking/talking about someone, an engagement.

Language:1.5

Violence:Shooting, a good bit of injuries, yelling/arguments, kidnapped by bounty hunters, mistreatment of Peculiars, threats.

Other:Lying, Peculiars like goblins, people with wings and such.Slight drinking (they had wine and mead), evolution discussed a couple times, stealing,  a paragraph about prostitutes  (not being appreciated out in open but appreciated in secret etc.).

Time Period:1880s in another world  similar to ours.

My Thoughts:Although this wasn't like some of the steampunk books I have read it was unique. Lena journey was interesting and the way the author described it was great. It was a little slow to get going and around the middle or slightly before, but the last half was really fast paced and such an adventure! It was quite clean and I really enjoyed it. I didn't love like others, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend this book to teen aged girls 13+. Some guys might enjoy it.

My Stars:4
Sierra
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Looking Forward To:Rise Of The Elgen

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the ElgenMichael Vey: Rise Of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans. This is the sequel to Michael Vey: Prisoner Of Cell 25 (you can read my review here) and boy was it good! It was exciting, I liked the characters and the plot was really nice too. I read the first book about the end of May (or the middle) and I'm really excited that it is coming out so soon! It comes out August 14 only slightly over a week away. There are several mysteries still to be uncovered, although there were plenty of secrets discovered in the first book. I'm really excited to see what will be happening to Michael and his friends as they have just escaped the headquarters for the bad guys. But I'll won't tell you any more, go read it and if you like try to get a hold of this sequel once it's out! Sierra
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Monday, August 6, 2012

The Jerk Magnet

The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson.
Read my reviews of other books by Melody Carlson.

Jerk Magnet, The (Life at Kingston High)Summery:Chelsea Martin is a plain looking girl with brown mousy hair, bad acne and cares more about her grades than looks or friends. Or she would if she had any. However when her dad drops the bombshell that he is getting remarried, to a woman Chelsea barely knows, and that they will be moving too. With his promotion at work they will be moving out to San Jose, California. Kate, Chelsea's soon to be step-mom tries to help Chelsea out some and also bond with her... by giving her a makeover! Chelsea does start to like Kate afterward. She has highlights, her acne is better, and she has a whole new wardrobe. And she looks pretty gorgeous. But on the trip to their new home Chelsea has started to notice something. And her new friend, Janelle Parker seems to catch on pretty quickly, Chelsea seems to be a jerk magnet!

Romance:Liking, holding hands, attraction, unwanted guy/jerk attention.

Language:0

Violence:Yelling/arguing.

Other:Inappropriate clothing, lying, several sentences where Chelsea says her dad wouldn't mind Kate in a bikini when he gets onto her for wearing a slightly inappropriate one, talking about beauty and how it effects guys.

Time period:Modern

My Thoughts: This was perhaps one of the best written of the author's books (that I have read). For one thing it had a great message about inner beauty and beauty in general that I really liked. It was clean and I really liked Chelsea. You get several different points of view about "pretty people" and some of the ways people stereotype them. It was really interesting and like I said, one of my favorites from this author. I hope that she keeps up this streak of good books! It will be a delightful read for other teen girls as well. I would suggest it for girls 13+

My Stars:4
Sierra
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Looking Forward To:The Kill Order

The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) (Maze Runner Trilogy)
 The Kill Order by James Dashner. Isn't that an ominous title? It would fit as these books are filled with edge of your seat excitement and mysteries. Through the series The Maze Runner, Thomas and his fellow Gladers don't remember the life before the Maze. When they escape they are given more trials and the mystery of WICKED. Is it good or bad? But before all of that came the sun flares and the disease that brings humanity to its knees. So this is the prequel. What happened before. And what is sure to be an enticing and exciting read. Releasing in about a week and a half (August 14)  this is a book I'm anxiously awaiting!
Sierra
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

First Date

First Date by Krista McGee.
Read my reviews of other books by Krista McGee.

First DateSummery: Addy Davidson is being pretty much forced to go onto a reality show where the contestants will compete to be the president's son, Jonathon Jackson's, prom date. Sure he is cute and seems nice, but Addy doesn't like the attention all of the show...it just isn't her! Soon she has made friends with her roommate, Kara Mckormick, and has actually started to think Jonathon is a really nice guy. However as she continues to have increasing popularity with each show from the viewers and that makes her an enemy to the rest of the girls competing. And she's still trying to work up a time and a way to tell Kara and the others about her faith. She feels like she was put on the show to do just that, tell them the good news!

Romance: Liking someone, thinking/talking about someone, flirting, admiring, holding hands, going on a date.

Language: 1 (one use of the word d-ng, I consider it to be a minor cuss word, however others might not)

Violence: Death, shooting, yelling/arguments, mean words, attempted kidnapping, hating Christians and being mean to those who are Christians because of a past experience with Christians.

Other: Lying, bribing, paparazzi lying and hiding out taking pictures etc.

Time Period: Modern.

My Thoughts: As you read you'll start to see more and more relations to the story of Esther. And why? Well it's a sort of modern day retelling of Esther. Esther is my favorite lady from the Bible, definitely. And I just love her story of faith and it also is a fairy tale love story, the kind only God can write! So I was looking forward to it in that way after reading Starring Me and loving Krista McGee's writing style. This one was just as good and Addy is so sweet, you just love having her as a main character. The plot is pretty good and it's an enjoyable one. I would recommend to girls 13+


My Stars:4.5
Sierra
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