{Cover Reveal} Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

By: | Jun 30, 2012
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Chickity-check it out!!

One of our favorite people no longer has to keep the 4th, and FINAL *sniff sniff* book in her series a secret anymore!

I am so, SO looking forward to this book but at the same time I am dreading the end of a series I have grown to love.

Since I know you are also dying to read this…no pun intended…I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that if you click the book cover you can add it to your TBR pile on Good Reads.

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DEAD SILENCE
The Body Finder #4
By: Kimberly Derting

Release Date: April 13th 2013

 

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{Book Review} Pushing The Limits

By: | Jun 29, 2012
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10194514Pushing the Limits  Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012

My rating: 5 Birds
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.  
"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series. 
So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

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My Review:  
Noah and Echo... Echo and Noah. Both of these characters were phenomenal. I fell in love with both of them from page 1, well more like Chapter 1 and 2 LOL because that's when you are introduced to each of them. It has not happened many times that I fall totally in LOVE with a book like this. Yes, I think it's sort of amazing that every book that I've read this year I have really liked... well, except for one and I make sure to tell you guys how amazing those books are. Well, this one is on a whole other level! Pushing The Limits is Phenomenal! First off I love Simon Elkeles and I heard that this book would be similar to his. While is has certain similarities let me assure you it is a story all of its own and you should read this! This is my favorite debut of this year!

Echo is a troubled and talented teenager with a love for all things artistic. In her past something very traumatic happened to her and she can't remember. Psychiatrists try to help, but when one pushes too far she exploded. Echo knows that this traumatic event has something to do with her mother and she wants to figure it out. Echo's Dad has always pushed her even when her brother Aires was alive, but when her brother died it got 10 times worse.

Noah is also troubled, he has been tossed from foster home to foster home and lost all rights to see his only living relatives "his brothers" after hitting his Foster Dad because he was going to beat a child. The problem is no one believes that Noah is a good kid until Mrs. Collins steps in! Mrs. Collins is who "accidentally" brings Echo and Noah together by doing counseling sessions with each of them and making Echo, Noah's tutor.

When both of them finally interact Noah offends Echo by making fun of her name... but there is more to Noah than just the punk that he appears to be on the outside. Noah and Echo start to feel a physical attraction to each other and no matter how hard they try to stay away from each other and make their lives go back to normal... it doesn't work. They are literally like two magnets and they always gravitate towards one another! For a YA book this romance was pretty "steamy" as Debbie put it. Well, I agree! There is definitely some out of this world kissing going on.

This book was an amazing adventure to embark upon. Figuring out Echo and Noah's true problems are very enlightening and yet heartbreaking, Look out for Katie McGarry guys! I know I will be. If you are a lover of adventure, mystery, and romance you should definitely read this. I guarantee you will fall in love with this book like I did. I swear it... you stand no chance if you'll just read page 1!

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{25th Anniversary} The Princess Bride

By: | Jun 28, 2012
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INCONCEIVABLE! 25 YEARS OF….THE PRINCESS BRIDE

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As You Wish… Rob Reiner’s Fan Favorite Fairy Tale Celebrates Silver Anniversary;
the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition Debuts October 2 from
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Fans Will Have A Chance To Vote On The Blu-ray Box Art Beginning June 28

Scale the cliffs of insanity, battle rodents of unusual size, face torture in the pit of despair, and join Princess Buttercup and Westley on their spell-binding journey to find true love when The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray debuts October 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A classic fairy tale complete with heroes, villains, trickery, mockery and death-defying miracles, The Princess Bride captured audiences young and old with its brilliant, memorable dialogue, enchanting story line and bewitching characters.

WANT TO VOTE ON THE COVER ART!?

The Princess Bride 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is loaded with special features including the all-new featurette “True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon” which includes brand new interviews with Reiner, Elwes, Wright, Goldman, Christopher Guest (For Your Consideration), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night) and executive producer Norman Lear. Additionally, fans will have a chance to vote on the Blu-ray artwork on the 25th Anniversary tab of The Princess Bride Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theprincessbride) beginning June 28. Voting ends July 11 and the fans choice will be revealed on July 12.

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies of all time and I can’t believe it’s been around 25 years already. I am so looking forward to celebrating the Silver Anniversary of a timeless classic, and I hope you will all join me!!

Let’s chat up some TPB right now! Sound off in the comments and tell me all about what your favorite part from the movie is! I know, it’s practically impossible to pick just one…so pick several – I don’t care! Who doesn’t love reliving this movie!

Here’s one of my favorite moments! Also, when you are done commenting here – check out my THE PRINCESS BRIDE Board on PINTEREST!

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{Blog Hop} Freedom To Read

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Time for a Giveaway!!! In celebration of the 4th of July and because the fantastic people at Mundie Moms & I am A Reader Not A Writer are hosting a great event!
We are #167 on this hop – follow the linky to keep hopping to more giveaways!
We have two contests! One international, and one just for the US – so enter the right one! And we are keeping entering super super simple! Just 2 things need to be done to enter! Your name, and a blog follow! SIMPLE!

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The first Is the US Giveaway and the prize if great!
An Autographed ARC of CROSSED by Ally Condie!
Who wouldn't want this? You must live in the US or have a US mailing address to enter.
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Make sure they ship to your country for free before entering!

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- You may enter both contests if you qualify for the shipping requirements on them.
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{Character This or That} George from My Life Next Door

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Me, My Shelf and I is proud to be participating in the MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick blog tour, hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene.

Today we have the adorable 4 year old George from MY LIFE NEXT DOOR participating in a This or That – check out which he prefers!!! Be sure to click the banner to visit the other tour stops for more fun posts and reviews!

*Click book cover to add it to your GoodReads TBR pile!

Super Hero's or Monsters Superheroes. Monsters are scary. Even the nice ones, like the Cookie Monster. Sometimes I dream that he’s in my house trying to take cookies. If you came down into the kitchen and there was a big blue furry fat monster in your house and all he would talk about was cookies? That would be scary.

Pizza or Chicken Fingers Pizza. Eating anything that’s called “fingers’ is kinda yuck.

Batman or Superman Superman! He saves the whole planet.

Blue or Green Both. Like Earth.

Cowboy or Astronaut Astronaut. Like Buzz Lightyear. I like him better than Woody.

Spiders or Worms Spiders. Like Charlotte. Except she dies. And DIARY OF A WORM is really good. I like the part where he talks to his sister.

Swimming or Tree Climbing Swimming. I can almost do it without swimmies now. In the deep end, too.

Puzzles or Coloring Coloring. Our puzzles are always, always, missing pieces because when Harry gets mad, he hides them. Once he ATE a piece, just to make me mad.

Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms Lucky Charms. Except I’m not sure why they have the part that isn’t ‘charms’ because nobody really eats it.

Tag or Hide and Seek Hide and Seek. Actually, Sardines. Which we play in our family, which is like Hide and Seek except when you find the person, instead of the game being over, you hide next to them, and then the next person to find you does the same thing, until there is only one person left looking and you’re all squashed together. When the last person finds everyone, everybody laughs.

Reading or Being read to I can’t read yet. So being read to. Unless it’s by Alice, and she is tired because then she does this thing where she just says “Once upon a time, they lived happily ever after.” And that’s not even a story.

Baseball or Soccer Baseball. I almost can hit the ball now. Except last time I hit it into Duff’s eye and he thought I did it on purpose. But I didn’t. Because the ball never goes where I want it to. I would have hit Harry if it did.

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{Book Review} The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

By: | Jun 27, 2012
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Bloodlines #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 418 pages
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 + birds

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

I finished this book in one day and then I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall, I loved it that much! This book is better than the first one in the series and made me love Adrian even more if that is possible. I don’t want to spoil the first book if you haven’t read it (see review here) but the cliffhanger of an ending is nothing compared to the ending of The Golden Lily.

Sydney loosens up some in this book and her interaction with other characters is greatness. Angeline adds to the second book making me laugh because I wasn’t too sure how she would fit in to the new school given her background. Adrian is pretty awesome and his and Sydney’s relationship is or could be epic. Mead gave the reader more of an insight as to the character of Adrian and gives Sydney a glimpse to show the two are not so different. Team Adrian!! (sorry had to throw that in there) Now the central reason everyone is in Palm Springs is Jill so I cannot leave her out of my review because she grows up in this novel and begins to think about who she is and the responsibilities that entails.

I suggest not starting this book late at night like I did and then having to stay up to finish because it is too good to put down. The plot is never boring and just when you think you’ve got things figured out a curveball changes everything.

I completely recommend this book to everyone! The third book in the series The Indigo Spell is set to be released in the U.S. February 12, 2012 and I can’t wait!! I did learn that if you purchase this book at Wal-Mart the first chapter of The Indigo Spell is included.

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 28

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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.

See something you like here?
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The Blood Keeper
The Blood Journals #2
Author: Tessa Gratton
Release Date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It's all she's ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she's connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab's magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

 

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Teeth
Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Hannah Moskowitz's (author of BREAK and INVINCIBLE SUMMER) TEETH features a sixteen-year-old boy whose family, in an effort to cure his ailing brother, relocates to a remote island where legendary magic fish are said to have healing powers, and he discovers the island has terrible secrets, including a half-teenager, half-fish.

 

 

 

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{Cover Reveal} Sever by Lauren DeStefano

By: | Jun 26, 2012
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Check out the AMAZING that is the cover of SEVER, book three in The Chemical Garden series by the fantastical Lauren DeStefano! I have to say, I have loved all the covers of The Chemical Garden series, but the green took me a few glances to really start to love, love.

If you have read The Chemical Garden series, you will know that each cover is full of very important bits from the book. Unlike any other books covers I have ever seen, TCG series literally tells you the story on the cover! Needless to say I am staring at each item on the cover and trying to put together where the next book will take me!

Click the book over to add it to your TBR…oh who am I kidding, you all already have it on your TBR, right!!?

 

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What do you think of the cover? Which cover from The Chemical Garden Series is your favorite?

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{Top Ten Tuesday} 27

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI, although admittedly we have not done them in a while – let me tell you, we are happy to be back at it!

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN Characters Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life

1. Bella Swan from Twilight – reminds me of me. Clumsy, falls in love fast and the shoes….we have the same taste in shoes.

2. Kira from Partials by Dan Wells – reminds me of my co-blogger Melissa (Rosmelie) because she’s tough, doesn’t take no for an answer and will show you, just like Kira did that no matter your age or gender, she is just as (if not more) capable of changing the way things are.

3. Joey from Dawson’s Creek – OKay so it’s a show, not a book – sue me. She reminds me of my friend Beth. They have the same vocabulary *smile*

4, April from Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski – reminds me of me again, only as a younger me. I tended to get into trouble, think I was able to handle things I couldn't and I was a bit of a liar when it came to may parents….shhh don’t tell.

5. Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon – reminds me of my friend Liz, when life isn’t what she thinks it should be or could be, she makes up her own.

6. Tris from Divergent – reminds me of my co-blogger Kayla. She will make her life what she knows it should be, regardless of how hard doing it might be.

7. Elie from Angelfire – Isalys from Book Soulmates because she could kick your ass and would look good doing it!

8. Stephanie Plum from One For The Money by Janet Evanovich would be my friend Jen from Fictitious Delicious just because she has the same attitude and would be a kick ass bail bondsman!

That’s all I could come up with. Who would you be? Tell me in the comments and leave me a link if you have your own list up on your blog!

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{Book Review} Of Poseidon

By: | Jun 23, 2012
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Author:
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Pages: 324

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Rating: 5 Birds


Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

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My Review:
This book was simple and pure perfection. I haven't enjoyed reading a book like I did with this in a while... it was original and super fun. Anna Bank's writing style hooked me from page 1, and that's hard to do! It usually takes me awhile to get into a book, but I was into this book right away. One of my friends Debbie told me I was going to LOVE this and she was absolutely right!



Emma is a girl with friends, family, and she is only worried about teenage things until something very tragic happens while she is on vacation with her best friend Chloe. Chloe is funny and very outgoing... totally opposite from Emma lol. Emma "accidentally" runs into this really hot guy named Galen because Emma is SUPER clumsy as you will find out and then that's where the action TAKES off, without even giving you a warning.


You are introduced to super hot Galen, his sister Rayna, Rayna's mate Toraf, and Rachel "Galen and Rayna's sort of land guardian". Galen, Toraf, and Rayna are what you would call Syrena which is basically mermaids and mer-men. This was no ordinary under the seas story, it was so freaking awesome for lack of a better word. I love Rayna and Toraf's relationship, ha-ha I'm laughing just thinking about it. Rayna plays "hard to get" because she is stubborn and Toraf just keeps pursuing her.
Galen and Emma's relationship was just OMG, I love them together! Emma is feisty, stubborn, and straight-forward and Galen is the same way... which equals a lot of disagreement but its funny/good disagreements. My favorite part was how Emma "really" found out Galen's favorite color ha-ha!
Emma has a secret... that she doesn't even know about, but Galen suspects it and he is determined to figure out if his suspicions are true. Let me tell you the cover of, Of Poseidon is simply beautiful but it doesn't have nothing on the ACTUAL story! The ending KILLED me, I would have never guessed what happened would have happened; it was a SUPER MAJOR shocker to me.... so glad Debbie didn't tell me the ending. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
Drop whatever you are reading, and read this NOW... it is that darn good! The ending will leave you screaming Oh my freaking gosh, I did not see that coming. I am totally dying to read the next book already. I know my thoughts on this book seem like they are all over the place, but it's because it was so good. If you love books that are funny, romantical, mysterious, and just plain entertaining pick up Of Poseidon... I guarantee you will love it (or your money back) lol just kidding.

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{Waiting on Wednesday} 27

By: | Jun 20, 2012
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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.

See something you like here?
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12950372The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Mara Dyer #2
Expected release Date: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: S&S Books For Young Readers

Two days after Mara walks into a police station in Miami at the close of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, she is committed for psychiatric treatment for what her parents believe is a mental breakdown. But what seems like a hallucination to everyone else is a chilling reality for Mara. Someone from her past has discovered her strange, disturbing secret and that someone wants her to pay. But she's about to discover that the price is more than she can bear.
Dark and thrilling, suspenseful and passionate, The Evolution of Mara Dyer will have readers breathlessly turning pages to find out what will become of Mara Dyer next

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The Raven Boys
Raven Cycle #1
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Expected Release Date: Sept 18th 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Are any of these being added to your TBR pile? If you have a WoW post, because to link me to it so that I can check it out too!

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{Book Review} Eddie’s War

By: | Jun 19, 2012
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Author: Carol Fisher Saller
Pages: 194
Publisher: Namelos
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

World War II. Hitler is threatening to take over the world. Eddie Carl thinks America should stop him—it’s just plain right. But Eddie’s just a kid, and the farm in Ellisville, Illinois, is a long way from the fighting.

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I love the way the book is written! Each entry in the book was short and to the point which you could follow from Eddie's point of view of what was going on. Each entry talked about the beginning, middle and end of WWII with dates.  The flow was great as it was almost written like poetry.  Short and simple to the point, no one can resist this story.

I liked how Eddie learns of Jozef who has family over in Poland which makes him think a bit about WWII and it's actions.  Of course there is some discrimination at the time towards Jozef who is seen as a gypsy.  Eddie doesn't fall into the clutches of discrimination and keeps an open mind on things.  He also learns to stand up for things that are right.  He helps Jozef and also his grandmother which I found to be a great trait in Eddie.   This shows of Eddie thinking for himself and also a process of growing up.

Since it is during WWII, Eddie does keep in mind of his brother, Thomas going off to war to fly airplanes and hopes all the best for him.  There's a wide variety of emotions in this book on this subject matter. Eddie did get worried for his brother and others, who wouldn't be?  It's wartime.

It's a great book for kids learning about WWII and how it effected people of all ages.  I actually read this book in one sitting since I had a car ride for four hours along with my kids in it!  I'm glad I got to read this little gem filled with history.  I loved how the radio blasted away updates on the war.  Even the library was mentioned where Eddie would go and get updates along with his first time meeting Jozef.  I'm a fan of libraries.


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{Top Ten Tuesday} 26

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well - so you will see it frequently popping up on MMSAI, although admittedly we have not done them in a while – let me tell you, we are happy to be back at it!

Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!
As always they are in no particular order.

This Weeks Topic is:
TOP TEN BOOKS ON YOUR SUMMER TBR PILE

My TBR pile is out of control, if I even go look at it on Good Reads I think I might cry knowing I couldn’t read everything on it in this life time. Instead I’m going to pick 10 books I actually have here, at home that I hope to read over the summer months:

1. Thumped by Megan McCafferty – the conclusion to the Bumped series. I can’t wait to see how this ends!

2. The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton – Have you read the first book in this series, Blood Magic? OMG go get it, read it and then add this one to your TBR!!!

3. Across the Universe by Beth Revis – Yes I own it and haven’t read it….I’m horrible. I will change that this summer!

4. Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey – I got this for x-mas and it sits on my shelf, calling to me. Reeeeeead meeeeee! And I shall!

5. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – I haven’t read a good witch story ina while. This one looks like it will fix that problem for me in a very good way!

6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I know. I’m like the only person who hasn’t read this yet….

7. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – I loved Anna Dressed in Blood, the first in this series, can’t wait to read the next!

8. Paranormal State: My Journey Into The Unknown by Ryan Buell – I love this show and real ghost stories. This has been on my TBR for-evah!

9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – One I missed when it was released because I was backed up with reviews. Can’t wait.

10. Crossed by Ally Condie – I have it, sitting there also begging me to catch up on a great series!

What’s on your TBR pile this summer? Tell me in the comments! If you participated in this link up – leave me yours so I can check it out!

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{Book Review} Charmfall

By: | Jun 18, 2012
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Author: Chloe Neill
Pages: 242
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
Rating: 4 Birds

High school can be a battlefield, but for Lily Parker, surviving at St. Sophia’s School for Girls is a matter of life and death...
Protecting Chicago from the dark side can be an exhausting job, especially when you’re a junior. So when the girls of St. Sophia’s start gearing up for Sneak, their fall formal, Lily decides to join in on some good, old-fashioned party prep—even if it means not giving demons, vampires and the twisted magic users known as Reapers her undivided attention.
But when a Reaper infiltrates the school, Lily doesn’t forget what she’s sworn to protect. She reaches deep into herself to draw out her magic—and finds that it’s gone. And it turns out she’s not alone. A magical blackout has slammed through paranormal Chicago, and no one knows what—or who—caused it. But Lily knows getting back her magic is worth the risk of going behind enemy lines...

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The third novel in the Dark Elite series by Chloe Neill is more mystery than action. The adepts and reapers have both lost their magic so most of the novel is spent trying to figure out what is going on, who took it and why.
While there wasn’t a ton of action in this book (due to no one have any power to create action with), Neill’s ability to create unique, fun characters make Charmfall a quick and entertaining read. The characters really are the driving forces behind this book with Scout and Lily taking the lead. I love their relationship and their smart comebacks. They are both very snarky and seem to truly understand each other, despite the fact that they haven’t known each other very long.
Another character I am always interested in seeing more of and learning more about is Sebastian. I was pleased to see that Sebastian has a pretty large role in this book.  I feel that there is so much more that could be developed with his character. Throughout the first two books and this book as well, I feel that there have been many hints thrown about why he’s a reaper and what the reapers are really doing. Sebastian continuously tells Lily that things aren’t black and white and that the reapers aren’t all bad. I keep waiting to see what good the reapers are doing but it has yet to be explained.
I thought that the plotline about both the adepts and reapers losing their powers was an interesting one. Even though adepts plan on giving up their power when the time comes you can tell that none of them are ready to at this time. They are all desperate to figure out what is going on and get their powers back.  They are so desperate in fact that they are willing to work with the reapers to get to the bottom of everything. Lily’s boyfriend, Jason, was the only one that really had a problem with this and I’m not sure what his deal was. For most of the book, Jason just seemed kind of moody. I realize he had a lot going on with his family but I just didn’t understand why he was so upset about it.
The one thing I had a problem with this book about wasn’t even really about the book itself. I’ve heard that there are no plans for any future Dark Elite novels. I feel like that when Neill began writing this series, she did so planning for it to be a very long series (like her other series, The Chicagoland Vampires). There were little tidbits of information here and there that I felt were placed there to come back to at a later time. The part about Sebastian and the reapers was one thing and also the part about where Lily’s parents are. I hope that things change and there are more books because these are both storylines I am interested in learning.
Overall, I thought Charmfall was a fun book. The character’s witty banter made for a quick read. I feel that there is a lot more to be told in this series and I sincerely hope that I eventually get the chance to see more adventures for Lily and Scout.
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{Charity Auctions} Last Day!

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The Charity Auctions to raise money for Christian Hurt and his neck surgery are going good but we can make them go WONDERFUL!

The auctions close at 12:00 PM 6/19 (cst) That means just one day left to bid!! To make finding them even easier than it already is , I am putt them all here. Just click the photo of the items and bid away!

AUCTION

Things to remember:

Shipping in US only – No PO Boxes
Must be 13+ to bid, 18+ on any adult packs
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Lets-write-something-writing-4545938-1024-768   The Top Right Pen photo is a Query Critique Auction and the one directly to the LEFT is the writers pack full of everything new writer needs!

Bid away! On;y a day left!

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