Feature and Follow Friday – 5/23/14

FF_2013ButtonFeature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.  Fun!

 

Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre?  What book(s) and who was it?  Did they like it?

redeeming loveProbably my most often recommended book is Redeeming Love by Francince Rivers.  This book is wonderful!  I have been recommending it for years!  Redeeming Love is a Christian novel that is a retelling of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible.  It is set in the Old West and it is a beautiful story!  I have recommended this book so many times I can’t even keep track of who but absolutely everyone has loved it as much as I did.

 

garden spllsMy next most often recommended book is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  I absolutely love this novel.  It was my introduction to Magical Realism and is often the introduction to the genre to the people I recommend it too.  Again everyone has enjoyed it!

 

Want to play along?  Here are the rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

Be sure to let me know you are a new follower, so I can follow you too!  Also I would love to connect with you on twitter and facebook!

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Top Ten Books about Friendship

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This weeks topic is Top Ten Books about Friendship.

Now you may notice that it is not Tuesday!  There is a reason for my lateness.  Monday was our last day of school.  I arrived in my classroom, attempted to start up my laptop to grade finals and record grades, and it wouldn’t start!  Nothing!  A blackscreen.  The fan would run, the disc would turn, but no computer.  Thankfully, one of my students’ father is a computer genius, and he was at the school.  So he dove into helping me solve my problem which required him to return my laptop back to its default settings.  AHHHHH!  Thankfully, I save everything to the cloud so I didn’t loose any of my work but ALL of Tuesday was spent installing all the lost updates and programs like Microsoft Office, etc.  I am so thankful that I had a willing and knowledgeable person to save my laptop, even with my lost day.  Talk about friendship!

So here are my Top Ten Books about Friendship in no particular order.

little womentraveling pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

the helpthe book thief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the raven boysMarked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast

miss peregrinebefore I fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Harry PotterLightening thief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

 

 

Stacking the Shelves 5/17/14

stacking the shelvesStacking The Shelves  is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

I probably won’t be doing a Stacking the Shelves post weekly.  I just don’t buy quantities of books often enough to make it a regular feature.  However, I did just get my hands on a few books that look interesting.

cinder

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I know I’m late on this one but as I have mentioned in my previous post, I tend to be slow to pick up SciFi.  I just haven’t always “gotten it.”  Cinderella as a cyborg just sounded like too much SciFi for me.  Cyborgs?  But I finally caved.  I downloaded it Thursday night and have been enjoying it.  Surprise, Surprise!

hazards of hunting

The Hazards of Hunting while Heartbroken by Mari Passananti – Summer is coming!  I give my last final on Monday and my kids are done as well.  This looked like a perfect book for lounging on my deck this summer while I’m avoiding planning for next year.  While I hate the term “Chick Lit” I usually find myself gravitating to it at the start of the summer.

scent of lilacs

Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart – Doesn’t that cover just scream “Read me!  It’s summer!”  More deck reading!  Yeah!

tabula rasa

And from Netgalley:  Tabula Rasa  by Kristen Lippert-Martin – More SciFi?  Dystopian?  A bit of both.   I’m looking forward to this one.  Sounds like a page turner!

Review: Adaptation

adaptationTitle:  Adaptation

Author:  Malinda Lo

Genre:  YA SciFi

Source:  Netgalley

 

From GoodReads:  Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

What I thought:

I don’t read a lot of Scifi.  What I have read has been hit or miss.  I either love it and can’t put it down or I struggle to suspend my logic while I try to find something I find believable.  (I know, this coming from a woman who enjoys books about vampires, werewolves, angels, and ghosts!)

Adaptation started out promising.  Mysterious happenings, cover ups and conspiracy theories are all things that get me excited about a book.

Reese, her dabate partner, David, and their coach Mr. Chapman, are waiting in an airport for their flight home to board, when suddenly flocks of birds begin to strike planes causing them to crash.  All flights are grounded.  The three decide to rent a car to return home.  While on route, chaos has struck the city and the trio is victim to an attempted carjacking that has their debate coach shot dead and Reese and David narrowly escaping.  Still trying to get home, Reese and David are in a serious car accident and wake up nearly a month later in a government hospital where they received newly developed medical treatment to save their lives.  Upon returning home, both start to realize that their treatment has left them somehow changed.

This is where the story loses me.  I find the characters’ passivity infuriating.  A teen is treated in a medical facility for almost a month and her mother has not been involved or even aware of anything related to her treatments.  She just passively accepts the “top secret” label and waits for her daughter to come home?  Huh?  I don’t think so!  They would have to put me behind bars, in chains and sedated to keep me away!  And this mother is a lawyer!  I found this book filled with situations just like this that had me wondering what in the world they were thinking!

I had a hard time finishing this book.  I just didn’t really care about the characters or the outcome.  As this is my first “review” book, I feel bad that it is a negative one.  I would hate to tell anyone to pass up on a book, but this one wasn’t for me.

Note:  I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Feature and Follow Friday 5/16/14

FF_2013ButtonFeature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.  Fun!

 This week’s question is:

Have you ever met a famous author and have a picture?  Share.

Sadly, my answer is “No, I haven’t.”  Sorry, I know, boring!  I did take my son to meet Mary Pope Osborne when he had been into her Magic Tree House books but he has the picture to prove it.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures.

 

Want to play along?  Here are the rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

Be sure to let me know you are a new follower, so I can follow you too!  Also I would love to connect with you on twitter and facebook!

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Review – The Raven Boys

the raven boysTitle:  The Raven Boys

Series:  The Raven Cycle #1

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Genre:  YA Paranormal

Source:  Library Digital Audiobook

 

From GoodReads:  “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before

What I thought:

I know we have been told not to judge a book by its cover.  However, when I saw this book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, I knew I had to read it.  Once I read the cover, it was done.  I struggled over wanting to buy the book because I was there to pick up a school book for one of my children and this one was not in the budget.  But after a search on my library’s digital website, I found an audiobook and immediately downloaded.

I love audiobooks but I find the narrator makes or breaks the book.  This narrator was perfect.  He had exactly the right voice and style to make listening to Maggie’s magical words a treat!

Maggie Stiefvater has written a very detailed novel with a complicated, layered storyline that is full of mystery.  Throw in a long list of characters and I often find myself lost and flipping back though previously read pages to figure out what I missed.  This is a task impossible with an audiobook.  However, I didn’t need it!  Somehow Maggie managed to not only write her story beautifully but also clearly.  I never felt lost or confused at who a character was.  Maggie’s characters are so unique and well developed that it was easy to keep them straight.

Blue Sargent comes from a family of women psychics.  She lives with her mother, Maura, and aunts, Persephone, Calla and Neeve.  While Blue herself isn’t psychic, she somehow acts as a magnifier for others’ psychic abilities and phenomenon and is often brought along for this reason.  Which is how she finds herself at a small church on the “corpse road” with Neeve on St. Marks’ Eve, waiting for the soon-to-be dead to walk by, and it is also how she, a non-seer, sees her first spirit, an Aglionby boy named Gansey, who falls to his knees in front of her.   Blue has been told her entire life that she is destined to kill her true love with a kiss, and she learns that the only reason she should be able to see a spirit on St. Mark’s even is that he is either her true love or she will somehow kill him.

Blue soon finds herself involved with Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys, as students of Aglionby Academy are known, as they follow an obsessive quest of Gansey’s involving ley lines and a long dead king.  Blue’s friendship with the four boys is sweet one.  Elegant, wealthy Gansey, Adam, the scholarship earner who is keenly aware of the affluence of his friends, dark mysterious Ronan, and quiet Noah, all invite Blue in and include her in their adventure.  The hint of romance takes a back seat as friendship and trust grows which I love as way too many YA books careen into a desperate love at first sight pace.

I completely enjoyed this book and upon finishing, immediately went and downloaded the sequel, The Dream Thieves, also on audiobook.  I’m interested in seeing where this story goes!