Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mini Review: Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)Percy Jackson and his friends are still trying to save the world and stop a war between the Titans and the Olympians.
The Good:
The Friendships
The Action
The Danger
The Fight at Camp
Paul meeting Percy's Dad
Percy's trust issues

The Bad:
There's only one more book after this!

I read this book for our Year of Percy Jackson Book Club at the library. I'm so glad we picked this series because I read the first three when they came out but the fourth one escape me and then too much time had past and I forgot everything that came before. It's hard for me to re-read books because my TBR pile is HUGE. So I'm thankful for being able to finish up this series.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Middle Grade Review: Armstrong and Charlie

Armstrong & Charlie
Neither Charlie nor Armstrong are looking forward to sixth grade. Charlie's friends are all going to different schools while Armstrong's part of a new experiment, being bused to an all white school. At first, they hate each other, making each other miserable and getting in trouble with the teachers. But the more they're thrown together, the more they begin to understand each other.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. It tugged at the heart strings as I felt for each boy. I loved their families - and how they made these two boys come together. I like how the boys pranked each other but also how they saw how the other lives. It helped cement their friendship. I loved Mr. Khalil; he was tough but fair. A great historical novel about being different yet the same and perfect for discussions.

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library
Read for: Cybils Award
Library Recommendation: Get this for both school and public libraries!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: It's Hard Out Here for a Duke

* Book 4 in the Keeping up with Cavendishes series *
It's Hard Out Here for a Duke <blockquote>(Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)
James's world turned upside down when he discovered he's the new Duke of Durham. But he hasn't warmed up to the idea. He hasn't gotten to London yet and in his mind, until he does, it isn't true. He's not ready for it, which is why he's in the pub where he meets an intriguing woman. He spends the night with her, saddened that she left before he awoke. Without her name, it's doubtful he'll ever see her again.

But his luck is better than that; she's part of his household. She's the duchess's companion. As the new Duke attempts to learn societal rules, she's there teaching him and his sister. They share secret looks and whispered conversations. James wants her by her side, but she knows the Duke can never marry someone like her and she's not about to become a mistress. Does he have to chose between his heart and his duty?
My Thoughts: This is the final book in the series that I simply adored. I loved the Duke's relationship with his sisters. I loved how they teased each other, how they talked together, and how they stuck together. I enjoyed the stolen moments between James and Meredith. I love how the series ended.

Cover Thoughts: Fun
Source: Purchased at an Avon author event

Library Recommendation: A must have series for public libraries' romance section.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Picture Book Review: Trailblazers

Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson

The story of Raven Wilkinson  - the first African American woman to dance for a major ballet company.

The title says it all: a wonderful tale about her courage, determination, and race. I loved learning about her love of dancing. She struggled but achieved so much. I love that she's the inspiration for Misty Copeland (who wrote the forward). I love the pictures of the two of them at the end. A powerful book to share with anyone, but especially those who love dancing!

Romance Authors

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have a great day!
For me Valentine's Day is all about books and chocolate.

Of course the books are romance books. Here are my go-to Romance authors and my most read authors. They simply make my day better and I'm glad to read anything they write.

Thank you to:
Meg Cabot
Debbie Macomber
Sherryl Woods
Susan Mallery
Jill Shalvis
Julia Quinn
Kristan Higgins
Sarah Morgan
Sarah MacLean
Sophie Kinsella
Shana Galen

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Friendship Books

This week's topic is about love and since it falls on Galentine's Day, I'm choosing the love of friends. My post mixes some old favorites with some new favorites! Enjoy.
 meme from That Artsy Reader Girl

MoxieThe Lonely Hearts Club (The Lonely Hearts Club, #1)Just As Long As We're TogetherShut OutBatgirl at Super Hero High
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood, #1)The Mother-Daughter Book Club (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #1)ttyl (Internet Girls, #1)Bass Ackwards and Belly Up (Bass Ackwards and Belly Up, #1)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Nightfall

Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)
* Book 6 in the Keeper of the Lost City series *

Sophie's parents have been taken, but her sister remains behind as she was able to stay hidden from the elves. Now Sophie's ready to do whatever it takes to rescue them - even if it means joining forces with their enemies. With so many questions to answer, Sophie's frustration grows as time ticks away. Luckily, she has more than enough to occupy her time, but time for her parents is running out....

My Thoughts: Oh my god, I Love this series! I love the friendships, the action, the danger, the banter between the characters, learning more and more about the elvin world, and Sophie's sister.  Another magical chapter in this series. And of course that makes me need to next book ASAP!

Cover thoughts: Love it - captures the moment in the book
Source: My Library

Library Recommendation: If this series isn't in your school and public libraries - what are you waiting for? Get it now!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: Restart

To say Chase isn't the nicest person is a huge understatement; he's downright mean. Or at least he used to be. After falling off the roof and hitting his head, Chase doesn't remember anything. He's not sure why people cower in front of him at school or why his friends act like Neanderthals.

It's not hard to guess that he used to be the biggest bully in school - but he's changed. As Chase navigates the halls of middle school, he becomes interested in things besides football, which he can't play due to his head injury. He joins the video club, under protest of some of the members.

Chase's new actions gain him new friends but leave his old friends feeling neglected. Could this be a permanent change?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved the premise. I liked the story told from perspectives of Chase and those he bullied. I liked watching Chase and Mr. Solway build a relationship. I really liked Chase's interactions with others from his friends to victims of his past bullying. I felt the other characters were brave and trusting. I don't know if I could be that trusting. The ending seems a tiny bit unrealistic, but it was a nice touch. I hated Chase's downfall, but enjoyed him struggle past it. Another hit for Gordon Korman.

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library
Read for: Cybils' short list
Library Recommendation: A must have for all public and school libraries.