10 February 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Who wouldn't be interested in reading a book that lands within so many, normally conflicting, genres?

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A World Without You
Author: Beth Revis
Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill

After the unexpected loss of his girlfriend, a teenage boy suffering from delusions is convinced that he can travel through time to save her, in this gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending The Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At The Academy, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.
 
But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her. 
Not since Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story has there been such a heartrending depiction of mental illness. In her first contemporary novel, Beth Revis guides readers through the mind of a young man struggling to process his grief as he fights his way through his delusions. As Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he has to decide whether to face his demons head-on, or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

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09 February 2016

{Book Birthday + Giveaway} Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Happy, happy HAPPY Book Birthday to Victoria Aveyard and GLASS SWORD! While you’re here be sure to enter the giveaway for an amazing RED QUEEN prize pack from HarperTeen! 

About The Book

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GLASS SWORD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

08 February 2016

{Bok Review} Behold The Bones by Natalie C. Parker

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 February 2016 at 11:07 AM | | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Behold The Bones
Beware The Wild #2
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Release Date: Februray 23, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Birds

Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.

But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.

As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.

An awful lot can happen in a small town like Sticks, and if you don’t believe me then you need to pick up the Beware The Wild  series by Natalie C. Parker. With it’s southern Gothic vibe and tales of magic and ghosts, I promise you there is nothing like it in Young Adult right now – and you need it in your life.

BEHOLD THE BONES starts off as every great book should, with a bunch of people standing in a privates cemetery bordering a swamp almost everyone is scared of, discussing the family curse. Add in some Clary Moonshine and a heat that would make the Devil grab a fan and you have the beginning of a beautifully twisted tale.

07 February 2016

{Children’s Book Review} I Love You Already! by Jory John

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I Love You Already!
by Jory John, Benji Davies (Illustrations)
Release Date: Decemeber 22, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Children’s Book, Hardcover
Pages: 32

From the creators of Goodnight Already!, Jory John and Benji Davies, comes another standout hilarious picture book about Bear and Duck. Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. His persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear. He just wants Bear to like him already. . . .

Now this is a children’s book that I can totally relate to. Yep, you heard me…I can relate to this. Bear is my buddy, I need him in my life. A little introverted and trying to make sure his over zealous neighbor, Duck understands that just because he wants to be along now and again doesn't mean he doesn't care about him.

Bear my man, I have been there. You get cozy with a book and snuggle into a nice quiet lazy day at home and then there’s someone at the door or on the phone. You can’t just say you’re busy because to them sitting around relaxing ins’t “busy. What some people don’t understand is you NEED time to yourself and this story shows that in a humorous way that kids will understand and enjoy! 

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06 February 2016

{Children’s Book Review} The Happy Egg by Ruth Krauss

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The Happy Egg
by Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
Release Date: January 18, 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Childrens Harcover
Pages: 40

When a little bird is inside an egg, it cannot walk, it cannot sing, and it cannot fly. All it can do is be sat on. But when the time is just right: "Pop!" -- out it comes. And then a little bird can do almost anything!
With the same insightful simplicity of their classic The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson celebrate the promise and confidence of little birds (and young children) everywhere.

A simple and short children’s book that focuses on reminding children that you can only achieve certain things at certain times, but if you wait and grow you will be able to do everything in time.

I loved that this was illustrated by the creator of Harold And The Purple Crayon. It made a new (to me) tale feel familiar and welcoming.

Overall I loved the simplicity of this story and how it still manages to deliver a powerful and necessary lesson to children of all ages. 

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05 February 2016

{Movie Review} Goosebumps starring Jack Black

By: Me My Shelf And I | 05 February 2016 at 8:20 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!
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Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette
Available now on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital
Run Time: 103 Minutes
Rating: 4 Birds
Genre: Family

After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. Stine is very strange and mysterious and it turns out for good reason. He is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

Who didn’t love Goosbumps growing up? Book after book full of the crazy popular just-creepy-enough-for-tween tales that made checking one out at my school library more like the 74th Hunger Games than a quiet and reasonable event.

When I found out they were making a movie based on the books I was pumped. I think that the whole book world was really. Well, pumped and every so slightly terrified that they would ruin things. You know, because that’s how we feel about every single book that jumps to the screen, be it big or small.

I was pleasantly surprised with how they managed this one, I mean with over 100 books in the Goosebumps series (and that’s just the original series) how could they possibly manage to do it justice. Well with brilliance – they simply plucked the biggest, baddest and most loved villains from the books and brought them all to life. You see, each Goosebumps manuscript is loved in R.L. Stine’s office, containing the monster within. 

You can guess what happens next – nosy kid opens a book and all hell breaks lose as all the books get opened in a series of terrible events. The movie races to the end with R.L. Stine, his daughter Hannah and the outcast boys from school Zach and Champ find they have to work together to contain all the monsters…but will containing them mean they lose something even more important to them?

I watched this with my 6 year old and my 11 year old who both loved it. It’s more than family friendly and I highly suggest it for the Goosebumps fan in us all!

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