Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: When We Collided by Emery Lord

“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.

When We CollidedThis week, I picked:
When We Collided
By Emery Lord
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

From Goodreads:

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

Why I picked it:

I'm excited for this one, because I've enjoyed the other books by Emery Lord. But I'm also kind of nervous because this one seems like it will be sadder than the others.... If you want to find out if this one is awesome or sad... or both. Click here to put your name on the hold list.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Meme: Gardening

Springtime is for flowers! Here are a few springy reads to get your gardening groove on.

The Gardener- S.A. Bodeen: This greenhouse grows humans. An experiment to make humans totally self-sustainable is all I'm going to tell you about this one- you'll have to pick it up yourself. Click here for the library link.

Wither- Lauren DeStefano: The first in the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither tells the story of a young girl forced into marriage- because in her society, no one lives past 25. Click here if you're interested.

The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett: This classic tale is one of my favorites from that genre. A young girl finds (predictably) a secret garden where the troubles and pains of the time melt away, and the separation of rank falls away as well. Click here to enjoy this classic as well.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

“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.

Tell the Wind and FireThis week, I picked:
Tell the Wind and Fire
By Sarah Rees Brennan
Publication Date: April 5, 2016

From Goodreads:

Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…

Why I picked it:

I really enjoy Sarah Rees Brennan's books. They're a little bit quirky, and extremely quotable. If you'd like to read this book and see how the doppelganger thing works out, click here to put your name on the hold list 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Meme: For All Ages

You may think that books are geared only toward one audience. While that may be true, here are a few books that transcend the age groups. 

Delirium: Lauren Oliver- In a world where love is a crime, there are a few who fight to keep their emotions. This trilogy tells their story. Click here to get the first one.

All the Bright Places- Jennifer Niven- A new take on an old tale-- a story about mental illness, love, and finding brightness in the dark, this standalone novel tells the story of two people who save each other- or so they think. Click here to check out this Howard County Reads nominee for yourself. 

Legend- Marie Lu- The first in an action-packed trilogy, Legend is a post-apocalyptic thriller at the top of this monstrous genre. In the company of countless novels, Legend stands apart. Click here to check it out.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae

“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.

What You Always Wanted (If Only . . ., #8)This week, I picked:
What You Always Wanted
By Kristin Rae
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

From Goodreads:

If Only . . . he was the boy she's been dreaming of. The If Only line continues in this fun high school theater-themed romance!

Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she's struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family--but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball--not dance--is Jessie's passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?

Why I picked it:

This is the 8th book in the If Only series, and I think that they're so much fun. These books are quick and fun to read, and they aren't too heavy or overly serious. If you'd like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Summerlost by Ally Condie

“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.

SummerlostThis week, I picked:
By Ally Condie
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

From Goodreads:

It's the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar's father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. 

Infused with emotion and rich with understanding, Summerlost is the touching middle grade debut from Ally Condie, the international bestselling author of the Matched series, that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.

Why I picked it:

I've only ever read Ally's Matched Trilogy, and that one I have mixed feeling about. But I'm still curious to see how this one is, especially since it's aimed more towards Junior High. If you'd like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, March 7, 2016

If you like: CATS

I think all people like cats to some degree. And if not the animal itself, then the hilarious pictures like the one above of cats doing human things. So if you like cats, here are a few good books that have something to do with them. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll- This book features a famous feline- the Cheshire cat. That strange, otherworldly smile is a sign of something wrong in Wonderland. Click here to read the adventure. 

The Looking Glass Wars: Frank Beddor- In the same vein as the one above, this is a twist on Carroll's original, where Wonderland is a real place, and Alice is Alyss, a scared princess trapped in our world, who only wants to get back to her home and defeat her evil aunt Redd and Redd's minion, The Cat. Yes, this Cat is a deadly assassin, not a fluffy little kitten that bits at your hands. Read it to see what I mean. 

Life of Pi: Yann Martel- Maybe you saw the movie. Maybe you just saw a preview. But did you realize that the hit movie of a few years ago is based on a book? Yes, you can find more of that gorgeous tiger by clicking here to get it from the library.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

“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.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)This week, I picked:
Lady Midnight
By Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

From Goodreads:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Why I picked it:

I love, love, love Cassandra Clare's books! I love the world of Shadowhunters, and I'm so glad that this one is finally almost here (because I've been waiting on it since 2012) I can't wait to meet all the new characters, as well as some old favorites (Magnus, Jace, Clary, Simon, Tessa, Jem) If you would like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list.