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Friday, April 19, 2013

Books Hot Off The Press!

Hi! I’m back, and I apologize for not posting lately, I’ve been busy with school and after several days of not posting, I decided to take a break for a while. To make it up to you, here are the new books that have been recently published, just the type of thing to take your mind off the rainy spring weather here! Enjoy!

  • Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis. Published by April 16, 2013.

  • Light: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant. Published April 2, 2013.

  • Taken by Erin Bowman. Published by April 16, 2013.

  • Divine Madness (Cherub) by Robert Muchamore. Published by April 16, 2013.

  • What Happened To Goodbye  by Sarah Dessen. Published by April 9, 2013.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

You vs. Your Twin

Dualed is a book written by Elsie Chapman. It’s a book based on a dystopian future. The city of Kersh is a safe haven in a war-torn environment, but their safety comes at a cost. In order to reside in the city, you must be able to survive and defend it against any group that tries to attack it. When you are born, another person is born baring the same identical features of yourself. In other words, your genetic alternate or twin. To be able to lead a better life, with higher education, better jobs, permission to marry, you must be prove yourself to be the better alternate, and eliminate your twin before your twentieth birthday arrives. This is the story of West Grayer, and how she attempts to face the situation that she is in.

You might remember this book in a post that I published earlier. This is one of the books that I included when talking about newly released books. I thought that this might be a good read, and I did enjoy it. I thought it was interesting how a person might deal with the fact that they have to permanently defeat their twin. The story has includes violence and has characteristics similar to the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. However, that’s what makes it so intriguing. Dualed is Elsie Chapman’s first novel, and the sequel Divided, is coming out soon!

 

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Books Hot Off The Press!

Here are some more books for you! Read, browse, and enjoy!

  • Extinction Machine by Jonathan Maberry. Published by March 26th 2013.

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. Published by March 19th 2013.

  • If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. Published by March 26th 2013.

  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction. Published by March 19th 2013.

 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

I Remember!

I was browsing through the likes page on Facebook, and just exploring things that I enjoy. I saw some books that I had read as a child, and immediately had that “I remember” moment. So I’m putting the names of books that I recall and enjoy as a child. If you remember any of these books, feel free to comment, write down some of your favorite childhood books, and enjoy!

Good Night Moon: This is such a sweet story, and the fact that it was published in 1947 and is still loved by children everywhere, speaks volumes for itself!

Green Eggs and Ham: I love the rhymes in this book! “I would not eat them in a house, I would not eat them with a mouse, I would not eat them here and there, I will not eat them anywhere! I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I Am! ”

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Giant doughnuts, ice cream, hot dogs, and pancakes falling everywhere, could this get any better!

Fox in Socks: I was determined to meet the challenge this book presented. Complete those tricky tongue twisters, or prepare to end up with a tragically terribly twisted tongue!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: All I can say for this book was the ending was my favorite part!

If You Give a Pig a Pancake: If you give me this book, then I’m going to get a snack. If I get up to get a snack, then my brother will ask me to help him spell a word. When that happens, I need to find a dictionary so I can give it to him. But I can’t find the dictionary, and discover that there’s a hole in my pants. To fix the hole, I need to get some needle and thread….

Having just finished, I notice some underlying themes, most of the books that I’ve read as a child has to do with rhymes or food! Maybe the answer to writing a successful children's story is to think like a starving artist!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Books Hot Off The Press!

Here are some more books for you! Read, browse, and enjoy!
  • The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman. Published March 12th 2013.

  • Chomp by Carl Hiaasen .Published March 12th 2013.

  • Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. Published March 7th 2013.

  • Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. Published March 12th 2013.

  • Panic by Sharon M. Draper. Published March 12th 2013.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hoot, Flush, Scat, & Chomp

All the words included in the title, are names of books written by Carl Hiaasen. The reason why I mention this is because while my little brother was playing Sonic & SEGA All-stars Racing on our X-box 360, I was checking my email online and happened to see a book called Chomp. Carl Hiaasen published a new young adult novel, seeing Chomp published brought back memories of when I was in the sixth grade, reading his novel Hoot, and it was a hoot.

For those of you who haven’t read Hoot, it is a story whose setting is placed in Florida. It is a story of three kids trying to save the habitat of the miniature owls, whose homes are close to being destroyed a construction project. The aim of the project is to construct  a restaurant called Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House, for the people of Coconut Cove. Roy, Mullet Fingers, and Beatrice Leep must band together to save the home of the burrowing owls.

Carl’s novels, Flush, and Scat follow similar themes and story lines. All of them revolve around animals and the environment. When I saw Chomp, it brought back those memories, and I will be excited to read it once I get my hands on it!

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Leviathan!

Leviathan: a sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile, and with the devil, a very large aquatic creature, esp. a whale.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, is a book that is based on World War One in 1914. Fifteen year old Deryn Sharp is a free spirited girl, who wants a chance be an airman like her father. Unfortunately in 1914, women didn’t have rights as men do today. To realize her dream, she must dress as a boy named Dylan, and fool everyone into thinking that there is nothing more to her than shortly cropped hair, and a gruff voice. She means to employ into the air service with her brother Jaspert, but she gets into an accident and winds up on the most famous ship in all of England, the Leviathan.
Meanwhile, Aleksander Ferdinand, the prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run from his own people. With his parents (the Archduke and his wife) murdered, everything he owns including his title, is worthless. His loyal crew and a Stormwalker (a mechanical machine that walks on two legs) is all he has to protect him. Through the course of the war, events begin to happen that allows Alek and Dylan/Deryn to meet up with each other and form an unlikely friendship and ally.
Scott Westerfeld creates a story that includes biology and machines. British, France, and Russia are Darwinists Empires. Meaning they create and evolve creatures that are able to do a variety of things. Lizards can give messages, giant Jellyfish can be be used as a hot air balloon, and the airship Leviathan, is a fabricated whale with many creatures supporting it.
The Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Germans are Clankers, meaning they use machines to replace things they use in warfare and daily life. Machines that walk on two, four, six legs are common. Advanced weaponry and inventions virtually have no limit.
To tell you the truth, the beginning of the book, was dull for me. Especially the parts when Alek was narrating. His sections of the book didn’t hold that much interest for me, but when he met up with Deryn/Dylan, things change much more dramatically, and begin to get interesting. Leviathan is a enjoyable book with a lot of history involved. He does a unique job of mixing fantasy, history, and technology into one book.
 
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