Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Girl with the Iron Touch

 * Book 3 in the Steampunk Chronicles Series *  

After coming back from New York, Finely and Emily are annoyed with the boys. Something's bothering Griffin, but he refuses to share his troubles. Sam's having a hard time sharing his feelings with Emily. None of that matters when Emily is kidnapped.

Without jumping to conclusions, the gang fears their old enemy has somehow returned. While they don't understand how that's possible, all of them will do anything in their power to bring Emily back.

Can they defeat their greatest enemy - again?
My Thoughts: I really enjoy this series for the friendship, the action, and the romance. I love the four main characters - how they're different form everyone else, their sense of loyalty, and their desire to do the right thing. While I like the mechanics on the series, the automatons raise numerous ethical questions. I can't wait until the next book to see how it all ends.

Cover Thoughts: Fabulous
Source: My Library 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On My Hold List (79)

My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea.  It's to highlight the books on hold at the library. I usually have 20-40 items checked out at the library and another 20 items on hold. 

Some fun looking picture books:

This is a Moose: Sounds really funny and looks super cute

Princesses Are Not Just Pretty: I love Princess books

Tuesday Tucks Me In: Looks really good

Pilot and the Little Prince: Loved the Little Prince when I read it in French class in High School

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: BFFs

This week's topic is:  Top Ten Characters Who I'd love to be my BFF. This is super hard, because I want to be friends with everyone. I'm looking at the books I read this year first.

Bird from Wildflower
Maggie from Also Known As
Harper Price from Rebel Belle
Celaena  from Throne of Glass series
Seraphina from Deep Blue
Macallan from Better Off Friends
Harper Mcallister in Summer State of Mind
Gwen Frost from Mythos Academy series
Lucy from Geography of You and Me

Tween Tuesday Review: Cleopatra Queen of the Nile

* Book 3 in the Time Traveling Fashionista *

Louise loves vintage clothes, especially going back into the past and living the history. She's had two close calls on board the Titanic and at Versailles. Now, she travels back to the best time - Old Hollywood.

When Louise wakes up this time, she finds herself on the movie Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. She has a job in the costume department and it's the perfect place for her. While searching for a belt, Louise finds a necklace.  As she slips it over her head, she realizes that it's an ancient necklace. She ends up going from the movie set to ancient Egypt.

While there, Louise is stunned to learn about Cleopatra: her intelligence, her confidence, and her crazy competitive family. Once again, Louise find herself in major trouble.
My Thoughts: Another fun book in this great series about fashion, history, and discovering yourself. I feel bad for Louise who is struggling to keep this secret from her BFF and still be close.  She hates keeping secrets, and sooner or later it's bound to blow up in her face.  I love how Louise went from Old Hollywood to the ancient world. I loved Cleopatra - how she had the strength to survive her cutthroat family. I love how her beauty was described - it's simply perfect. I can't wait to see where Louise travels next.

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Hung Up

Lucy called James twice- leaving a voicemail each time. He called back to let her know that his number wasn't the company she's been trying to reach.

When they realize they're both in high school, they start talking about school, midterms, and where they live. Afterwards, James calls Lucy to let her know how to track down the company she was trying to reach. James tries to text Lucy, but she refuses to text. Instead, they end up talking about camping, skirts, James's ex girlfriend, and essays.

James pushes Lucy to share details with him, but she has a hard time trusting people. Still, she keeps answering his calls. Could a wrong number lead to something much more?
My Thoughts: I heard about this book from Anna Reads - and thought it sounded cute - a little like This is What Happy Looks Like. I love that the book's all in conversation - voicemails, phone calls, a couple texts. A fast book to read, but very entertaining. I like the banter between the two of them. I also like how things get deeper - how they start talking about things more meaningful. An enjoyable read that's great for reluctant readers or any reader looking for a quick fun book to pick up.

Cover Thoughts: Not a fan. This isn't how I pictured Lucy or James.
Source: My Library

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mysterious Saturday Review: Blackberry Pie Murder

* Book 17 in the Hannah Swensen series* 

On a rainy day, Hannah and Lisa are having trouble seeing the road. Due to lightning, Hannah wants to make it around the bend where there is some cover before pulling off the road until visibility improves. A branch in the road makes her lose control. She swerves and accidentally hits a man.

Devastated, Hannah knows that while it was an accidents, she's still responsible. With no ID on the man, she's curious to his identity and why he was in town. Can Hannah uncover more about this past to understand his injuries that don't match up with those made by her cookie truck?
My Thoughts: I love this series - but in no way did I expect this turn of events. I love how everyone rallies around Hannah. What an awful thing that could happen to anyone. I felt horrible for Hannah - for her heartache and all that guilt. I love the baking scenes, the Moishe scenes (especially with him and the treadmill), and the conversations about the wedding. I can't wait to read the next book to see how it all turns out.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library.

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Mini Review: Ring and Crown

Book 1 in a new series

Last week I had a giveaway of this great book and compared it to Taylor Swift's song Love Story.

I really really enjoyed this book and here are a few reasons:
* Multiple perspectives
* A kingdom in trouble
* Magic
* The aftermath of War and trying to figure out peace
* Romances and Alliances (Love vs Duty)
* The Friendships
I devoured this book and can't wait to see what happens next!

Cover Thoughts: It's ok.
Source: Book sent for review

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Assassin's Blade

* Prequel to Throne of Glass * 

I'm so in love with this series. I found it fascinating to see Celaena's life before Throne of Glass - her dealings with Sam and Arobynn.

Here's what I loved:
1. Seeing Celaene rise to power
2. Her Consciousness - and how it didn't matter, she was going to do the right thing
3. The feelings - especially at the end. 
4. Her banter with Sam
5. Her love for girly material things - made her a bit more human
6. Her time in the desert.

If you haven't read this series yet - what are you waiting for? Run to your library/bookstore and grab it.