Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Meme: A Special Spy Series

Today, I would like to focus in on one author, on one series that I absolutely love to death. My love for it is being rekindled right now, because I miss the level of excellence this series brought to my literary life. Every book was amazing- even though I never finished the last one because I couldn't bear to have it end.

This series is the Gallagher Girls series.


Ally Carter, in Gallagher Girls, has created a fun, mystery-filled world of diverse characters, twisting alliances, huge surprises, and more. I loved this series when book 1 came out ten years ago, in 2006. I was 10. I listened to them on audio with my mom, and she loved them. Since then, I've done continuous rereads as each progressive book came out, and I'm getting ready to do another one, because they're appealing to every age, and because they feel like home. So if you haven't read them yet, and you want a fun, fast read about spies, you should go grab them, and then tell me about them! I work at the South Branch ;D Here's the link.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Meme: For the Dragon Lovers

Dragons are cool. And in stories, they add an element of danger or even personality that can really get people interested. Here are three great dragon books (besides Eragon) that will satisfy your desire for more of these scaly beasts.

1. The Story of Owen- E.K. Johnston: The story of a modern day dragon slayer, as told by his friend, a classmate who agreed to tell his story. It's how one teen, a dragon-slaying prodigy, could protect his entire town from the dangers of dragons. Or could he?  Click here to check it out.

2. Talon- Julie Kagawa: Okay, so this one is about dragon shapshifters, but it's still cool. This is the first in a 5-book saga that is still in progress (book 3 was just released) but you can get in on it now! Click here to reserve a copy.

3. Seraphina- Rachel Hartman: In this novel, it's the dragons that turn into humans to lend their brilliant logic and mathematical skills to humankind. A royal assassination casts doubt on the dragon kind, and a young musical prodigy has to help find the truth while hiding her own secrets. Click here to get it!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Meme: SEQUELS!

We all know that sequels to books are dangerous creatures. They can go a thousand different ways, and oftentimes they don't beat out their predecessors. But here are three sequels I think went above and beyond.

Fire (Graceling 2)- Kristen Cashore: This companion novel soared for me. It had luscious characters, intense world-building, and a beautiful, twisting plot that I adored. Graceling was amazing, too, but Fire really hit it out of the park. Click here to put a hold on it.

Pretties (Uglies 2)- Scott Westerfeld: A lot of people loved Uglies. I didn't. I had no interest in continuing with the series, but way back when it was so hugely popular my friends convinced me to continue. Pretties is the only book in the series that I own. I love the Pretty world, the characters, the flavor of the writing, and really, it was the only one (apart from Extras, which is a different story) that I really enjoyed. Click here to check it out.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls 2)- Ally Carter: I talk about this book a lot. It's one of my go-to recommendations for someone looking for a light mystery with a little bit of fun. I liked it better than the first book, mostly because of the appearance of a certain character I won't name for fear of spoilers. But if you're interested, click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:
The Problem with Forever
The Problem With Forever
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

From Goodreads:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Why I picked it:

1. It's a Jennifer Armentrout book. I have yet to meet a book by her that I did not like.
2. I want to see how Mallory and Rider reconnect.
3.  I want to see how Mallory handles all of the problems that she will end up facing.

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)This week, I picked:
The Crown's Game
By Evelyn Skye
Publication Date: May 17, 2016

From Goodreads:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose

Why I picked it:

1. For some reason, I thought of the show Yu-Gi-Oh! (A show that I was obsessed with when I was younger) when I was reading the summary for this book. I don't know why, because I'm certain they're absolutely nothing alike, but hey, it has to mean something... right?
2. I've not really read any books set in Russia, but this one really caught my eye. Kind of like a Russian, magical version of The Hunger Games.
3. I'm meserized by the cover

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Meme: Books for the Beach! #2

     I think everyone loves the beach, or at least likes to go squish their toes in the sand. But I like to read on the beach, and here are three books you should take along to your summer destination!

Along for the Ride- Sarah Dessen: This beachy romance is a relaxing, fun read for lounging on the sand. Two insomniacs find ways to occupy their nights, and find themselves in the process. It's really a great one- and here's where you can get it at KHCPL.

This is What Happy Looks Like- Jennifer Smith: A light, easy read, perfect for basking in the sun with a smile on your face. It's not the ultimate literary novel of the ages, but it's fun, it's fast, and best of all, it's happy. So click here to get a copy. 

The Royal We- Heather Cocks + Jessica Morgan: This one I haven't read. But I've heard great things! A modern royal story, it's a cheerful story that'll make you happy that you spent the time on it. Click here to reserve a copy. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

The Unexpected Everything
This week, I picked:
The Unexpected Everything
By Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 3, 2016

From Goodreads:

Andie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?

Why I picked it:

1. I love Morgan Matson's books. LOVE. THEM. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was absolutely fantastic, though it worries me that my expectations may be too high.
2. I read a review that said the love interest is a fantasy author, and there are lots emojis involved. And who doesn't like emojis??
3. I love the cover. It's a little bit different from Matson's previous books, but it's still gorgeous.

if you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list