Friday, September 30, 2016

Mini Review: Sea Spell

 * Final book in the Waterfire Saga*
The six mermaids need more time before the final battle with Orfeo. With everything against them, they're going to have oi make a stand and hope that everything falls into place. Their world and their lives depend upon it.
The Good:
The struggles
The triumphs
The twists and turns of the plot
The friendships
The betrayals
The action and danger

The Bad:
It's over BUT dare I say there might be a spin off series? One can only hope

Final Thoughts:
An excellent ending to a super fun series about good vs evil, mermaids, friendship, family, and love. Perfect for both public and school libraries.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Teen Book Recommendations: Political YA Books

With so much in the world right now about politics, I thought it might be fun to round up some YA political books because there are quite of a few of them. 

Defending TaylorRed Girl, Blue Boy (If Only . . ., #5)The Wrong Side of RightZero DayThe Unexpected Everything

Extreme American Makeover (First Daughter, #1)The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)All-American Girl (All-American Girl, #1)My Life Next Door
First Daughter * The Fixer * All American Girl  * My Life Next Door

The President's Daughter
President's Daughter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Picture Book Review: Emerson Barks

Emerson likes to bark at things - squirrels, the mailman, and other animals. But the neighbor next door doesn't like his barking. In fact, she's fed up. Eva tries to stop him from barking, especially after the cat goes missing. Emerson tries really hard, but it's almost impossible to stop barking, especially since he has something Very Important to share.
My Thoughts: I adored this book. I loved Emerson, how he tried to be good and not annoy people. But holding in the barks made him uncomfortable. He had to be true to himself. I liked the ending of the story with Kissy the cat. The illustrations were charming. All around great read.

Cover Thoughts: Cute!
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for both schools and public libraries.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR List

This week's topic is one of my favorite - Biggest books in your TBR pile. And the season is fall. Fall for me is September thru November, but in the publishing world, they include December. So I will too. And there's no way I can limit myself to just 10. Also as usual, I'll separate them out by ages. And of course I'll be stalking everyone's lists, because one can never have too many books they want to read, right?
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Sugar and Spice (Whatever After #10)Showing Off (Upside-Down Magic #3)The Princess In Black Takes A Vacation (The Princess in Black #4)Some Pets
The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love StoryMaple & Willow's Christmas TreeLittle Babymouse and the Christmas CupcakesCara's KindnessMadeline Finn and the Library Dog

Middle Grade:
Lodestar (Keeper of the Lost Cities #5)Journey's EndThe Great Shelby HolmesEden's Escape (Eden of the Lamp, #2)Poppy Mayberry, The Monday (Nova Kids #1)
Lost in HollywoodTop ProspectTrish Trash #1: Rollergirl of MarsOut of TuneDear Poppy
Charmed, I'm SureReturn Fire (Moving Target, #2)The Bling QueenSting (Loot #2)

Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3)Bad Blood  (The Naturals, #4)Diplomatic ImmunityA Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)This Adventure Ends
My Unscripted LifeCherryThe Twelve Days of Dash and LilyWhat LightInterference

The Sleeping Beauty KillerTurbo Twenty-Three (Stephanie Plum, #23)High Heat (Nikki Heat, #8)Deck the Hallways: A Fixer-Upper MysteryIced Under (A Maine Clambake Mystery, #5)
Twelve Days of ChristmasSnowfall on Haven PointMiracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love, #3)The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay, #2)My Fair Princess
Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery, #16)Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in BetweenBetter Late Than Never (Library Lover's Mystery, #7)Christmas Caramel Murder (Hannah Swenson, #20)