Monday, January 23, 2017

Adult Review: Worth the Wait

 * first in a series *
Vivi has loved her best friend's brother since the day she met him. Over the years, they've developed a special friendship. But lately things are off. David left on a business trip and hasn't kept up with anyone, even his family.

When Cat invites Vivi to her family's summer home for a week vacation,she has no idea her brother (and his girlfriend) will be there.

David works hard to insert himself back into his family's lives. But he's holding on to a secret that threatens to destroy him - terrible secret he can't share with his brother or sister.

But the time on the island is making him reevaluate all his relationships - including Vivi. Could he actually have feelings for her?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved the layers of family dynamics - how Vivi's family fell apart and how Cat's family took her in. I love that she had a relationship with all the siblings. I felt terrible for David and how learning the secret changed him. I like how he attempted to come back into his siblings' lives and how he kept that awful secret. I loved Vivi gaining more confidence and becoming stronger in her life. I enjoyed the flashbacks to their younger days, especially with Vivi's art. I liked Cat and Jackson, so I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series to see them gain their happily ever afters.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: my Library
Library Recommendation: A fun summer romance about relationships that will be a welcome addition in public libraries.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Summer Reading Ideas: Program Ideas

I know it's mid January, but summer will be here before you know. Deadlines are looming for performers and/or community magazines. I've started pulling together ideas on Pinterest. I'm planning to concentrate on building activities and STEAM programs. But Pinterest as so many great ideas that it's hard to choose. So I'm sharing my Pinterest finds. I hope you find them useful.

Spaghetti and marshamallow tower: tallest in the class:
Spaghetti and Marshmallow Tower 

STEM Challenge: Build a bridge with the easiest of materials- marshmallows! It's such a fun building time and will have your kids working and engaged!:
Marshmallow Bridges

Upcycled Suspension Bridge--This cool and creative project will help kids learn about civil engineering. #CampPBSParents:
More Bridges
cardboard sculpture:
Art Sculpture
Week 2: Project to do as we talk about William the Conqueror.Made from toilet paper holders and shoe boxes  (C2, Wk 2):

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: Sleeping Beauty Killers

 * Book 4 in the Under Suspicion series * 
Casey Carter's spent years in jail for a crime she claims she didn't commit. Upon gaining her freedom, she tracks down Laurie Moran and asks her to take on her cold case for her television show.

Laurie isn't sure it's the greatest idea, but she feels for the girl who was sleeping while her fiance was murdered. Everyone treats Casey as though she's guilty - even her own parents believe she killed her fiance in a fit of rage. But Casey's not stopping until she uncovers the truth.

Will all the  questions about the past force someone to break?
My  Thoughts: I adore this series. I love the television aspect and seeing the back ground research for the show. I love how everything comes together. I was a bit worried about Laurie's new partner, but I think he might work out just fine. I like how Casey stuck to her innocence throughout the book, never wavering. I felt terrible for her that no one believed her, including her parents. I uncovered the truth before the heroine did, but it did not make the book any less enjoyable. I devoured this book in one sitting. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Cover Thoughts: Love it - it's striking
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: This series is a must have for Public Libraries.

Friday, January 20, 2017

YA Political Books - Contemporary (again)

Just in case you like politics, but need a better world than the one we have today, I'm linking to a fun book list made previous in the year when we all had so much more hope for the country. Since this is going to be a tough weekend, I've decided to do what makes me happy. So I'm watching West Wing and crafting and playing with the puppy all day because that makes me smile. I invite you to do something that makes you smile (maybe read one of these books!)

Check out my list of books here.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mini Review: Take the Key and Lock Her Up

 * Book 3 in the Embassy Row trilogy *
Secrets have a way of coming out. Now that Grace knows the truth about her lineage, she's on the run. She's worried about her injured brother. She's worried about her friends. Most of all, she's worried about her future.

And when she's worried, she comes up with a terrible idea for a plan...

Things I enjoyed:
All the plot twists and turns

There's so much going on in this last book of the trilogy. I really did like Grace. She was determined to find the answers. Sure she made some bad choices (who doesn't). But she's strong and she's a survivor.

I can't wait to see what Ally Carter writes next!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommend this series for all YA departments.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Picture Book Review: A Season To Bee

The editor of Buzz Magazine hosts a fashion show to showcase the new colors for the Spring season.  All the bugs want to know what colors to wear. Miss V. McQueen shares lots of looks but confides that the more important thing of all to be is...yourself!
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book - I loved the unique way it introduced colors. I love the bug aspect. Most of all, I loved the book's message. I love how the colors splashed all over the pages during the fashion show. Just a really fun book.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: Book sent for Review
Library Recommendations; Recommended! A fun fashion book that displays vibrant colors - perfect for concept collections. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books read in 2016

This week's topic is - underrated books. I'm choosing books I read last year that I think deserved more attention than I saw...I just picked the first ones in my list that I felt needed more notice - equal amount of YA and Middle Grade books. I look forward to reading about others, so I can add them to my TBR pile. 
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 
YA Books:
CherryMy Unscripted LifeGoing GeekInterferenceThe Flip Side
Sex positive, Hollywood comes to town, boarding school politics, family politics and photography, about to be famous gymnast with a secret life

Middle Grade:
The Great Shelby HolmesTruth or DareLast Man OutKitchen Chaos (The Saturday Cooking Club Book 1)Where You'll Find Me

Mystery of the missing dog, friendship drama, death of a father and love of football, cooking club and family drama, and loving yourself - finally.

Have you read any of these books?

Tween Tuesday Review: Saving the Team

 * First in a series *
Devin loves playing soccer, especially with her friends. When she moves across the country to California, she's hoping to make the soccer team. She worried for nothing. Tryouts are a joke. Everyone makes the team. Everyone seems to get equal playing time, no matter how good they are.

And Devin is good.

She wants to win.She wants the team to be an actual team. She makes friends with a few girls on the team. Before long, she's co-captain. Can she make a difference and help change the team to become more serious?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this sports book - both for the fun of sports and the seriousness of playing because you love the game. I liked how Devin made new friends and helped out her teammates. I love the bond they had. I felt a little bad for Mirabelle, because I feel there's more to her story. But I do love how Devin stood up for herself and her teammates against bullies and those who spoke badly about the team. I love how she infected the team with her love for the sport. I love her ideas for her two friends who had trouble playing in front of people. I loved how annoyed Devin was at the soccer conditions for the girls team and how she worked to change it. An entertaining read with great messages. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A great soccer book all about teamwork and friendship - perfect for any school or public library. Recommended.