Monday, September 16, 2019

On Your Radar: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation

Title: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
Author: Stuart Gibbs
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 17, 2019

Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation
Reasons It Should Be On Your Radar:
* Girl Genius
* Albert Einstien
* Thriller
* Danger
* Action
* Plot Twists
* Family
* Clues
* Saving the World

** BEA ARC 2019

I couldn't put this book down; it's a must have book for school and public libraries!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review: The Wonder of Now

The Wonder of Now
* Book 3 in the Sanctuary Sound Trilogy *
Peyton wishes she could go back  to life before - before cancer and maybe before she hurt her best friend. But wishes don't come true. She's embarking on a European book tour with her memoir about her darkest moments battling cancer. Peyton's not sure she can do it.

She's not thrilled about sharing her most private moments. She doesn't want to relive the pain and the fear again. But she has a job to do, as her publicist reminds her. He's there to make sure she stays on track; his no-nonsense ways are getting under her skin. They say opposites attract, could there be something brewing between them?
My Thoughts: I was really curious about this book because it the previous book, Peyton isn't really likable. Of course, Jamie Beck masterfully takes an unlikable character and turns her into someone you can understand, sympathize with, and root for. I loved seeing Peyton travel the countryside, eating in her favorite places. I loved how she bravely spoke about cancer, giving hope to those with cancer or their family members. I appreciated how she didn't want to talk about herself and her trials - how talking to bloggers wasn't her priority.  I can't imagine going through all that. I like how she worked to repair her relationship with Claire. It was nice seeing favorite characters appear again. I really liked Mitch. I enjoyed the banter between Mitch and Peyton. They were great at pushing each other's buttons and make each other see different points of view. I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to read what Jamie Beck writes next.

Cover Thoughts: I love how it matches both Peyton and the other books in the trilogy.
Source: ARC sent for review
Library Recommendation: Jamie Beck should be on your library shelves.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cozy Review: Dying for Devil's Food

Dying for Devil's Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #11)* Book 11 in the Cupcake Bakery series *
Mel is so not interested in her fifteenth high school reunion. But Angie convinces her to go - and not just because the reunion hosts want to hire the bakery for the cupcakes. Angie knows that Mel needs closure on her demons from high school - she wants Mel to look everyone in the eyes and show them how successful she turned out. Mel doesn't care what those people think about her.

When Mel arrives with her handsome fiancé on her arm, she does find a certain amount of satisfaction standing up to the people who made her life miserable - until the Queen Bee turns up dead in the bathroom. A note written in lipstick makes Mel the prime suspect. She's not about to go down without a fight.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this addition to this charming series. Of course, I'm with Mel. I'm not interested in attending any high school reunions and I can see why she didn't want to either. But I was impressed with her bravery and her courage to attend. It was interesting to see how people grow and change since high school - and even the ones that stay the same. The cast of characters was entertaining if not the nicest bunch of people. This book contains all the fun of the others in the series - some romance, strong friendship, witty banter, and loveable characters. So looking forward to the next book in the series.

Cover Thoughts: Delicious as always
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: If you don't have this series in your library's mystery section, you're really missing out (and so are your patrons)

Up Next: Coming April 28, 2020
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review: There's Something About Sweetie

There's Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi, #2)
* Book 2 in the Dimple and Rishi series *  
Ashish Patel has lost his swagger. His girlfriend broke up with him and is now dating someone else. He feels lost. When his parents state they can find him a nice Indian girl like they found his brother Rishi, Ashish doesn't believe he has anything left to lose.

Enter Sweetie. She's from a great family, is kind, and respectful. His mother seeks out Sweetie and her mother at the market. But when she brings up the idea of Sweetie dating her son, Sweetie's mother rejects the idea. Sweetie is fat and fat girls don't date boys who look like Ashish.

Sweetie's used to her mother's insults, but that doesn't make them right. She sets out to prove to her mother (and herself) that being fat doesn't have anything to do with being Fabulous.

They begin to date. The more time they spend together Ashish starts to think that...there's something about Sweetie.
My Thoughts: I adored this book. I loved Sweetie - for her big heart, her kindness, and her Sassy Sweetie project. I loved how she challenged Ashish to a race and how that turned out. I love her acceptance of her body and knowing her body didn't change her. I loved her moment in the spotlight singing. I loved her insightfulness, her banter, her determination, her strength. I love how she and Ashish brought out the best in each other. I really liked the dating contract and the type of dates the pair could go on. I like that Ashish lost his swagger - in dating and on the basketball court. I enjoyed his change after dating Sweetie. I loved his parents, especially his mother. I loved both sets of friends, especially Oliver and Elijah and their love story.  Of course I loved seeing Dimple and Rishi again. I can't wait for Pinky's story!

Cover Thoughts: Perfect, the model captures Sweetie
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have diverse, body positive swoony romance book for your school and public library.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Picture Book Review: Halloween Books

I needed to update our library Halloween collection, so I purchased several popular characters books. Here are some that I've purchased for the library.

Trick Arrr Treat: 
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A Pirate's trick or treating experience. Great for the pirate language and the fun illustrations.

The Night Before Halloween:
A cute fun story with a familiar rhyme 

Peppa's Halloween Party:
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Just another Halloween party - fans of Peppa Pig will enjoy this one.

Fancy Nancy's Ghostly Halloween:
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Trick or Treating takes a turn when imagination takes over.

Luke and Lottie: It's Halloween
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The twins get ready for Halloween and a night of trick or treating.

Happy Haunting:
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Not everyone enjoys scary times, but friendship shines through in this book.

Where's My Mummy:
A gentle read about a small mummy who has lost his/her/their parent. This book talks about fear and what might you be afraid of...
Also makes a cute bedtime read.

Pink or Treat:
This one had fun problem solving, superhero costume and mentality, a librarian moment (gotta love that!), and strong community ties. I really enjoyed this one.

Splat the Cat: What Was That?
Lift the Flap story that reveals spooky items because the friends are in a dark scary house, but their imagination gets the better of them and most of the objects are every day objects. It was cute. 

Stay Tuned next week for another edition of Halloween Books.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Outside of My Comfort Zone

This week's topic is books we want to read outside our comfort zone. I'll admit, I'm not the best at reading books outside my comfort zone. I'm looking at books not yet published that intrigue me, but aren't my usual go to books mostly because they seem like they will make me a little too emotional.

Watch Over MeThe How & the WhyA River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, #1)Give and TakeThe Year They Fell
All Eyes on Us

One I've been gearing myself up for:
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

Monday, September 9, 2019

On Your Radar: Ali Cross (32)

Title: Ali Cross
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: November 25, 2019
Ali Cross by James Patterson
Why It Should Be On Your Radar: 
* Alex Cross's son
* Friendship
* Determined
* Mystery
* Holiday Season
* Family
* Video Games
* Middle Grade

** Source: BEA 2019 book

Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: No Judgements

No Judgements

When a hurricane threatens the island where she lives, Bree isn't concerned. She's lived through one before. But when everyone starts asking her about her evacuation plans, she briefly wonders if she's made a mistake. Her ex-boyfriend, her mother, and her roommate all try to get her to leave. Instead, she stays.

And it's a good thing she did, because the bridge connecting her island to land collapses in the storm, leaving people stranded. Bree realizes this mean their pets they left behind will need someone to care for them. When she tells one person she will look after their pet, word spreads. Now she's looking after numerous pets and making sure they have enough food. Luckily, she has someone to help her.

Drew is her boss's nephew. He's sexy, stubborn, and an animal lover too. She's been warned about dating him. But when the storm throws them together, sparks fly. Is there something real between them?
My Thoughts: I saved this one for a day off because I knew that I wouldn't want to put it down. And it was the right choice. I loved Bree - how she wasn't sure what to do with her life but fell in love with the island. My heart broke for her - in regards to her ex-boyfriend and also her mother.  I loved how Bree spent time with boss's family - and her relationship with each of them. I enjoyed the banter between Bree and Drew. I love how they helped the island and the animals in the aftermath of the hurricane. I admit, I was surprised by the ending. That threw me for a loop. I'm looking forward to reading more about this island community.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for review
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Library Recommendation: A must have for your romance collection.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Upcoming Review: Paris Project

The Paris Project

Cleveland hates her hometown, but she has a plan to leave. She can't wait. She's going to gain cultures and then move to Paris. The first step - take ballet lessons. Her sister pays for lessons, but on the first day, Cleveland gets kicked out of the school.

It totally wasn't her fault. But without ballet, will her own plan fall apart? How will her life get better if she's forced to stay in Florida with small minded people? 
My Thoughts: I was excited to read this book because of the Paris aspect, but there's so much more going on in this book. I really liked it. I loved the relationship between the sisters. I liked reading about Cleveland's incarcerated father - because I haven't read many middle grade books with a parent in jail. My heart broke for her as she struggled with her relationship with him - trust issues, sadness at his being behind bars, missing him, and anger. I loved her obsession with Paris. I liked her friendship with Declan, especially the foodie parts. There's so much going on here that I just wanted to wrap Cleveland up in a hug and tell her it will be okay.

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: BEA signed ARC
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your school and public libraries.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Picture Book Review: River

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A traveler takes her canoe down the Hudson river and has herself an adventure.

This is an older picture book for early elementary school students. It's about hardship, determination, and adventure. The woman has a plan but of course things don't go as expected, but through it all, she stays strong. She meets animals. She sketches her trip. She makes the best of things. The illustrations are amazing and peppered throughout the story - in a watercolor format. The ending of the book is sweet. This a fantastic book to share!

* Release Date: October 1, 2019

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Taylor Swift Book Tags: Lover

I saw this at Musings of (Book) Girl and I adore Taylor Swift, so of course I gave it a try. 
I'm choosing books that I've read and enjoyed this year. 

This book was SO sad. There's a terrible moment with a dog that made me cry like a baby. But it was a good book. I simply don't like books with sad parts about animals

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Both the main characters have been through A LOT of family and personal drama. It's what initially connects them. A wonderful book about flawed (human) characters who don't always make the best choices.
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Could it be anyone other than Hattie? I'm so impressed by the Year of Hattie and all her plans. Of course Whit is amazing too. 
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

Daisy Swan doesn't need a man - with her brains she can create a cosmetic line. 
Although Theo is quite useful in his own way...
Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale

Riley doesn't think she has an eating disorder, but her parents sent her to treatment center anyways. (I know that eating disorders are an illness and are not strictly mental health, but they do require a new way of looking at the world, your body, and food. Plus this book was amazingly good and the author struggles with her own eating disorder.)
Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy

The boy next door gets a second chance at love while Brooke tries to pull herself together. 
The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

Stalking - public libraries - and a possible challenge for the mayor. I can't wait to see how this all shakes out in the next book.
Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay

I loved the romance in this book - the banter, the looks, and the forbidden nature of it. I loved the nerdiness and of course the fact that she's a librarian.
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

I don't think any explanation here is necessary. A powerful yet hard to read book. 
Parkland Speaks by Sarah Lerner

Because it made me think about a LOT of things in my WIP - and how much it needs to change before it's ready. If you're a writer, there's lots of great writing advice in this book! 
Dear Ally, How do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter

This book made me want to wander the streets of Paris!
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

What would you do if your life shattered into a million pieces?  And in an instant everything changed?
Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

I don't read much about science fiction and space, but this was really good!
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

I'm a sucker for books about royalty and boarding school, so this was always going to be one that I loved. Also I love the enemies to lover trope. This book is so good, but doesn't get talked about enough. It's more of a quiet YA.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

Again with this book, but the characters make Terrible choices. And you feel bad for them anyways.
Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

I'm cheating here with two. Of course the royal book with the banter. It made me laugh. I didn't want this book to end. 
And then of course the ending of the Sarah J Maas series. I cried, I smiled, and I worried over my favorite characters something fierce. 
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonKingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

I love this group of friends. They are supportive and make time for each other.
Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis

Cheating here again: 
Obviously with going to a new school and finding friends and figuring out your place, the New Kid is an excellent graphic novel.
And Sarah Dessen - I will always read her books. I loved how she didn't know half of her family until this summer. And how the summer changed her.
New Kid by Jerry CraftThe Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen