Sunday, November 8, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
At the same time, in a parallel world, a young girl named Joa fights for her life in a hospital bed in Paris. While she is dreaming, she is transported to a magical realm where three young heroines fight a spectacular battle. Their success or failure will determine the fate of Fairytale ... and Joa's survival.
Age range: 12+
POV: Changes from third person, Jade, Opal, and Amber - Main characters, 14, third person, The Nameless One - Main character (I think), 18, and first person, Joa - Main character, 14
Review: Okay, so first of all, this book was written by a thirteen-year-old girl which is one of the reasons I was interested in this book in the first place. I think the idea for this story was a good one, but there were multiple things that made me not like the book as much as I could've. In the very beginning of the book Jade annoyed me pretty badly and I've honestly never had a character annoy me before! Then the story went on to have Opal, who's fourteen, fall in love with a sixteen year old who ends up kissing her. It was also a "love at first sight" type and I personally don't like that kind of relationship. There was another "love at first sight" relationship between Amber and The Nameless One who's eighteen which I really didn't like very much just because of the age difference...I also got really confused by the ending...I'm going to assume Joa lives, at least for a little longer, but the way it ended it almost seemed like it could've been either way...
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1. Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover.
It took me a while to find a book I got because of the cover!!
2. First Impressions: A book you got because of the summary.
Only one of many!
3. Sweet Talk: A book with great writing.
4. First Date: A first book of a series that made you want to pursue the rest.
5. Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night.
6. Always On My Mind: A book that you cannot stop thinking about.
Technically I'm still in the middle of this one, but it's true....XD
7. Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels.
8. Meeting the Parents: A book that you would recommend to your friends and family.
9. Thinking About the Future: A book, or series, that you know you'll re-read in the future.
10. Spread the Love: Who would you like to tag?
I don't really have anyone to tag, but if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!! :D
Thursday, July 16, 2015
This might be updated again later if I read the book again...I can't remember too many exact details.....This is what happens when you get behind in your posts!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
About the book: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own.
Pages: 381 plus 15 pages of the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series (The Lost Hero - review will be up soon!)
Genre(s): Preteen, Fantasy
Age range: 12+
POV: First person, Percy - main character, 15 (turns 16 at the end of the story)
Review: This review would probably be longer if I had finished this book more recently because then I would be fangirling like crazy, but anyway, I absolutely loved this book just like I did all the other ones...of course...XD Especially the ending because of a specific amazing scene that I can't explain because I refuse to give out spoilers.....I did like Luke's decision in the end, and the rewards the gods gave once the war was over. Plus Percy's decisions in this book made me love him even more....XD All in all, this book is very good!
Monday, July 13, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
I found this on Facebook yesterday and it was pretty fun! I chose to use The Last Olympian and I was kinda nervous considering there are a lot of battles in this book! When I did this yesterday I got "Not Important"....not exactly what I would've wanted one of my favorite books to tell me...XD Maybe I'll try it again later!!
Book update - The Last Olympian - Pg. 63 out of 381! (Chapter 4 out of 23!)
Monday, June 1, 2015
About the book: Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade it's once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
Pages: 361 plus 10 pages of The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Book 5 - Final book)
Genre(s): Preteen/Teen, Fantasy, Mythology
Age range: 10+
POV: First person, Percy - main character, 14
Review: So, warning, this review is pretty much major fangirly ranting! I honestly have nothing at all even remotely bad to say about this book (or this series!) whatsoever...XD This truly is my favorite book series! I've read this series at least three times and it hasn't gotten old! It'll probably be read like ten more times and still be just as good! I don't think I can narrow down the parts I liked either...mainly because if I did, they would probably be major spoilers! Let's just suffice to say I enjoyed every part of this book and leave it at that! XD
Friday, May 29, 2015
I'm definitely not got to run out of books any time soon!! There are over 200 books in here and I'm not even finished filling it!!! I really love this!! ^-^ Short post, but it's 1 A.M. and I was determined to post two tonight!!
Book update - The Battle of the Labyrinth - Pg. 270 out of 361! (Chapter 15 out of 20!)
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Name: American Girl
Age range: 8+
Number of books in the series: I honestly have no idea how many books are in the American Girl series all together! XD
Books I own: Meet Kaya and Kaya's Escape! by Janet Shaw (Kaya - Books 1 & 2), Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp (Felicity - Book 1), Very Funny, Elizabeth! by Valerie Tripp (Felicity - Special edition), Josefina's Surprise, Josefina Saves the Day, and Changes for Josefina by Valerie Tripp (Josefina - Books 3, 5, & 6), Kirsten series by Janet Shaw, Addy's Surprise, Happy Birthday, Addy!, and Addy Saves the Day by Connie Porter (Addy - Books 3, 4, & 5), Meet Samantha, Samantha Learns a Lesson, Samantha's Surprise, Happy Birthday, Samantha!, and Changes for Samantha by Valerie Tripp (Samantha - Books 1-4 & 6), Meet Kit by Valerie Tripp (Kit - Book 1), Meet Julie by Megan McDonald (Julie - Book 1), American Girls Short Stories Sets 1, 2, 3, and extras, Lady Margaret's Ghost by Elizabeth McDavid Jones, Danger at the Zoo by Kathleen Ernst, Missing Grace by Elizabeth McDavid Jones, Lindsey by Chryssa Atkinson, Marisol by Gary Soto, Jess by Mary Casanova, Nicki by Ann Howard Creel (Nicki - Book 1), Mia by Laurence Yep (Mia - Book 1), Lanie by Jane Kurtz (Lanie - Book 1), McKenna by Mary Casanova (Mckenna - Book 1), Flying High, Pogo! by Constance M. Foland, Nowhere, Now Here by Ann Howard Creel, Meet the Bitty Twins, The Care and Keeping of Friends, More Help!, The Manners Guide for Girls, School Smarts, Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends, A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys, A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles, A Smart Girl's Guide to Liking Herself, and The Care and Keeping of You
Books I've read: We're just gonna go ahead and say all of them that I own...XD
About the first book: (Meet Kaya) It's hard for Kaya not to boast about her beautiful, spirited Appaloosa mare, Steps High. Kaya wants to be one of the very best horsewomen in the village. But when boasting leads to a daring bareback race, Kaya puts both herself and her horse in danger. And she also endangers her little twin brothers, who've wandered off into the woods during Kaya's race. Although Kaya finds the boys unharmed, she still must face a punishment. All her friends must, too, since one person's actions affect the safety of the whole village. Kaya's mistakes earn her a terrible nickname - will she ever be able to lose it?
Opinion: Okay, so I'm just giving an opinion on all of these put together because I am not going to type out reviews for every single one of these right now! XD As you can probably tell, I really love the American Girl books! The sets like Felicity or Samantha are so short I can read one in less than half an hour usually! I love the story lines for each one and the fact that each one is in a different time!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper
About the book: The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago.
Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle. Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King?
I loved this book! You would think with many points of view it would get confusing, but the story wasn't confusing at all. I really enjoyed learning about the kids' powers. I fell in love with the characters and am looking forward to the next book by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper, Venom and Song.
Romance: NONE! No romance at all! There was talk toward the end where a group of girls mention Timmy as being "cute." But that was the only thing!
Magic: Each of the seven kids has "Powers:" walking on air, reading minds, shooting fire from his hands and telling the near future. The enemy uses Arc Stones, which flash blue. There are creatures called "Wisps" who remind me of shape-shifters, and they can turn into any elf or human form.
Violence: If you don't enjoy fighting scenes or mentions of blood this book isn't for you! There is extensive use of swords, bows, and spiders; and mention of blood, death, and killing. The descriptions of the spiders being killed and killing are detailed.
Scripture/Bible stuff: There are many mentions of God. The G in God is capitalized. (In the elven language God is called Ellos.) Several mentions of God being the creator. Romans 8:38-39 is quoted.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Name: The 39 Clues
Age range: 10+
Number of books in the series: The Clue Hunt - 11 books and 1 special edition, Cahills vs. Vespers - 6 books and 2 special editions, Unstoppable - 4 books, and Doublecross - 4 books
Books I own: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (The Clue Hunt - Book 1), The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis (The Clue Hunt - Book 3), In Too Deep by Jude Watson (The Clue Hunt - Book 6), The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman (The Clue Hunt - Book 8), The Black Book of Buried Secrets by Rick Riordan (The Clue Hunt - Special edition), and Day of Doom by David Baldacci (Cahills vs. Vespers - Book 6)
Books I've read: All of The Clue Hunt, all of Cahills vs. Vespers except for the special editions, and the first two Unstoppables
About the first book: What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the clue - and begin a very dangerous race.
Opinion: So, if you haven't figured it out by now, I read pretty much everything from children's books, to Young Adult, to even some adult occasionally... Anyway, I really like this series! The story line is very good and I love the characters! I love the fact that the series is written by multiple authors and each books fits so perfectly into the next like they're only written by one! The first one is another Rick Riordan book, so I obviously love that one! I have also read multiple other books by Peter Lerangis and multiple books by Gordon Korman other than the ones he's written for the 39 Clues, and I've really enjoyed all of them. Gordon Korman is on my favorite authors list because I've liked every book of his that I've picked up! I plan on reading the first and second series over again soon and then reading the third and fourth ones which I haven't yet!
Book Update - The Battle of the Labyrinth - Pg. 171 out of 361! (Chapter 10 out of 20!)
Review! The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles Crossover - Book 3 - Final book)
About the book: In their first encounter, demigod Percy Jackson and magician Carter Kane had to battle a giant crocodile on Long Island. A month later, Annabeth Chase ran into Carter's sister, Sadie, on the A train to Rockaway, where the pair fought a god named Serapis. Now trouble is brewing again, this time on Governor's Island. An ancient Egyptian magician named Setne has come back from the dead and is experimenting with Egyptian and Greek magic, trying to become a god himself. He's so powerful and tricky that all four - Percy, Annabeth, Carter, and Sadie - have to team up against him. But their usual weapons and spells aren't going to cut it this time. Will the heroes be taken down by a wannabe god who looks like Elvis, or will they rise to the challenge?
Pages: Ebook version so I'm not sure, also a small preview of The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard - Book 1) that I am super excited for!!
Genre(s): Preteen/Teen, Fantasy
Age range: 12+
POV: First person, Percy - main character, 17
Review: This one honestly didn't meet the high expectations I had for it... It was very good, but out of all three of them my favorite is still The Son of Sobek! I did like the fact that they had to use both Egyptian and Greek magic together! And Percy hosting an Egyptian goddess was pretty entertaining! I'm not entirely sure why I didn't like this one as much, but for some reason parts of it just didn't draw me in... I really hope Rick Riordan makes more crossover stories, but I'm not sure he will...I can still hope though!!! XD
Book Review! The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles Crossover - Book 2)
About the book: In this adventure, Annabeth encounters more oddities in the subway than usual, including a two-headed monster and a younger blond girl who reminds her a little of herself. This is the story fans have asked for, in which Annabeth Chase teams up with Sadie Kane. The demigod daughter of Athena and the young magician from Brooklyn House take on a larger-than-life foe from the ancient world. Perhaps even more disturbing than the power-hungry god they encounter is the revelation that he is being controlled by someone - someone all too familiar to Sadie.
Pages: Another ebook so there isn't a particular number, also a short preview of The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus - Book 5) which I have yet to read because I haven't finished House of Hades and I hate spoilers!
Genre(s): Preteen/Teen, Fantasy
Age range: 12+
POV: Third person, Annabeth - main character, 17
Review: The story line behind this one was very good and I of course loved the fact that Sadie and Annabeth meet! However, since the other two books are written in the first person point of view, I wish this one had been too. I was also a little surprised that Sadie and Annabeth told each other pretty much everything the second they met. From all of the books I've read that Annabeth has been part of, I can't see her giving up that much information so readily... I did enjoy how close Annabeth and Sadie became, I just wish it had happened at a bit of a slower pace! All together, it's a very good book and anyone who enjoys the Percy Jackson series and Kane Chronicles trilogy should definitely read it!
Okay, so it's totally two a.m......but I was determined to write more than book reviews today, and I really wanted to introduce my book jar! I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it, so I found a big jar with a lid that I could fit my hand into, decorated it, and turned it into my book jar! The book jar is pretty much for those of us who have the hardest time trying to decide which book to read next! All you have to do is write the name of a book on a piece of paper, fold it up, and put it in the jar! I'm sure I have at least 100 books in it in this picture, and this is from a couple of months ago! I think I'm going to take them out one day and rewrite them on colors depending on their genres! Now that it's Summer break, I have time for it!! ^-^ Okay! I've officially put two more reviews and my book jar on my blog! I can now go to bed!!! I can't wait to post tomorrow!
About the book: Carter Kane is investigating rumored sightings of a monster on Long Island when he runs into something else: a mysterious boy named Percy Jackson. And their meeting isn't exactly friendly. . . .
Pages: Ebook, so I have no idea, but there is a short preview of House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus - Book 4)
Genre(s): Preteen/Teen, Fantasy
Age range: 12+
POV: First person, Carter - main character, 15
Review: Okay, so my five star rating might be biased for this one since Rick Riordan is pretty much my favorite author and I love both Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles! Plus I've been wishing for a story where the Kane Chronicles meet Percy Jackson for a while and then I found this on my kindle book store! In my opinion, this is the best one out of the three crossover books. I really like the story in this one, and the way that Carter and Percy interact is so fun to read! I honestly don't particularly have anything negative to say about this one!
About the book: You know the rain we had two weeks ago, or that nightmare you had last night? Becker Drane can tell you exactly who or what was responsible because Becker works as a Fixer for The Seems. From the Department of Weather to the Department of Time, The Seems is the world-behind-our-World, and it keeps everything running smoothly. But every so often, something goes wrong. When a Glitch makes its way into the Department of Sleep, Becker is called in for his very first Fixer assignment and he's got to get it right. But this Mission is tricky, and his regular Tools aren't up to the test. If Becker doesn't find a Fix fast, he just might lose the coolest job ever - and The World will lose a lot more than a good night's sleep.
Pages: 254 plus 25 bonus pages and 6 of the next book, The Split Second
Genre(s): Children, Fantasy/Science Fic.
Age range: 10+
POV: Alternates between third person, Becker - main character, 11 and multiple other side characters
Review: I'm honestly not sure what I think about this one....XD I really liked the story line and the characters were pretty good, but I wasn't used to the set up where they changed the setting of the story in the middle of some of the chapters and it took a chapter or two to understand what was going on. Once I knew though, it was a pretty good book and I'll most likely end up reading the next one!
Monday, May 25, 2015
About the book: When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one - neighbors, parents, teachers - is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem-solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?
Pages: 254 plus 16 bonus pages and 9 of the next book, The Wright 3
Genre(s): Children, Mystery
Age range: 10+
POV: Alternates between third person, Petra - main character, 12 and third person, Calder - main character, 12
Sunday, May 24, 2015
About the book: Disaster and destruction are all thirteen-year-old Louisa has ever known. But now she and her best friend, Maddie, are among the lucky few being sent to boarding school, far from home. Finally, a taste of freedom! Country Manor School isn't perfect: The girls' roommates are tough to get along with, and the school is hard work. Still, Louisa loves CMS - the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn't even miss not having TV, or the Internet, or any contact with home. It's for their own safety, after all. Or is it? (I just realized how mysterious that last part sounds...XD)
Pages: 211 plus 5 of the next book, Run For Cover
Genre(s): Preteen, Dystopian
Age range: 10+
POV: First person, Louisa - main character, 13
Review: I really liked this book! I do wish it had been bigger, but I don't mind small books that I can finish in a day or two like this! I also really like when books give me a preview of the next book because it usually pulls me in and makes me feel really excited for the next one! I have to admit I wasn't a big fan of the fact that it was written in present tense instead of past tense which is what I'm used to, and it did get a little bit in the way of me being able to focus in the very beginning, but once I got used to it I enjoyed it very much! I can't wait for the next book!
About the book: Since his mother's death six years ago, Carter Kane has been living out of a suitcase, traveling the globe with his father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. But while Carter's been homeschooled, his younger sister, Sadie, has been living with their grandparents in London. Sadie has just what Carter wants - school friends and a chance at a "normal" life. But Carter has just what Sadie longs for - time with their father. After six years of living apart, the siblings have almost nothing in common. Until now. On Christmas eve, Sadie and Carter are reunited when their father brings them to the British Museum, with a promise that he's going to "make things right." But all does not go according to plan: Carter and Sadie watch as Julius summons a mysterious figure, who quickly banishes their father and causes a fiery explosion. Soon Carter and Sadie discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking, and the worst of them - Set - has a frightening scheme. To save their father, they must embark on a dangerous journey - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its links to the House of Life, a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Genre(s): Preteen, Fantasy
Age Range: I would most likely recommend this for ages 10-12+
POV: Alternates between First Person, Carter - main character, 14, and First Person, Sadie - main character, 12. There are a couple of scenes told in third person from the other magicians' point of view.
Review: So, I have to admit that this is probably about the third time I've read this book....Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors and I have loved every single book of his that I've read! I have so many favorite characters and parts in this book that I probably couldn't choose just one if I had to! I really like that the chapters alternate between both Carter and Sadie so that you get to learn both of their personalities and thoughts the further in you read. Plus I enjoyed seeing how they both mature and grow closer as the story progresses. I'm having such a hard time trying to think of something that I didn't really like in this book! I may have to read it again just so I can look for something! ;) If I can think of something I'll update this! If not, it'll just have to stay just like this!!
Monday, May 4, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
So, while we were in Kentucky this past weekend we went to this awesome half off book store and I got six new books!! :D First, I got the fifth book in the Warriors : Dawn of the Clans series by Erin Hunter called A Forest Divided! I usually ask for the new Warriors books for Christmas, but I saw this one and totally couldn't wait eight months! The second book I got was a book called Spy High Mission One by A. J. Butcher. :) I'm not positive if it's a series or not, but I'm hoping because of the title! In case the title didn't explain, this book is about a "regular" high school that's actually a school for teen spies. I can't wait to put it in my book jar and read it! The third book I bought is the second book in the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson called Disney at Dawn! I've already read this book at least twice, but I really love this series!! It's based in the Disney parks where all of the characters are real and the villains are trying to take over! The last three books I bought are called Behind the Gates, With the Enemy, and Set Me Free. They're the first, third, and fourth books in the Tomorrow Girls series by Eva Gray! I bought the second one, Run For Cover, a few months ago, so now I own all four! I can't wait to put this one in my book jar too!! Goodnight!!
Book update - The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan - Pg. 247 out of 516! (Chapter 20 out of 41!!)
Woohoo!! Day one of my book blog!! :D I'm gonna try and post on here at least once a day! I'll probably make three posts tonight including this one! So, I plan on taking pics of any new books when I buy them and putting a little info along with them! I'll post updates for the books I'm reading,(The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan right now!) and reviews when I finish a book! And finally, I'll give bookshelf tours, (Thank one of my awesome friends for that idea!!) choosing a couple of books each day from my bookshelf and saying what they're about and, if I've read them, I'll say what I thought of them! Enjoy Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm!!