Monday, September 30, 2013

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

Favorite Quote:
                “His talking voice was amazing, but his singing was like honey and smoke had hooked up in the back of a van at a rock concert and had a love child. Smooth and rough at the same time.”  (loc. 1283)

I remember liking some of this book, but I had issues with Taylor’s willingness to lash out physically against Hunter. She punches him in the face when she first meets him. Then, when she has a meltdown later, she blacks his eye! Hello! Abuse can go both ways! No one seems to bat an eye at her actions, but if it had been him this would have been a totally different story.

I read this in a day or two and now can barely remember what Taylor’s big secret was. I remember Hunter’s – I guess it was more memorable to me. Taylor is seeing a counselor, but she never talks about hitting Hunter, or her anger issues. Everyone is so protective of Taylor, and treats Hunter like he’ll deliberately hurt her.  For all his issues, he’s actually well-adjusted.

I am curious about the next book in the series. I’m not sure how it’s related to this one, maybe just the setting. I’ll be looking for more character growth and fewer red flags.  Hope it’s better!  


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

I didn’t want to finish this . . . I wanted to finish this, but I was afraid of the creepy guy Charlie was selling his underwear to . . . um, yeah; I know—it’s bad.  But, the creepy guy, Tom, isn’t really what this book is about.  It’s about Vera:  trying to avoid her destiny, trying to change her destiny, figure out how to live with regret, or do something about it. 

The writing is excellent.  I love the different points of view presenting the story.  Vera, main character, is a pizza delivery technician, potential alcoholic and mourning friend.  Charlie, Vera’s dead best friend, betrayed her.  Ken, Vera’s dad, a self-help king, is an abandoned son and husband trying to do the right thing while raising his daughter.  The Pagoda, a red, neon lit building standing watch over the town, provides perspective and commentary.  

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Meeting Antony John at the Children’s Literature Festival 2012, just made my day.  He’s an interesting, charming man, who is also funny!  He made the students laugh, and they loved his accent.
Piper is a teen girl who just happens to be deaf.  She doesn’t see what is right in front of her, but often sees others very clearly, at least when she truly pays attention.  Piper’s growth is an amazing thing to watch and be a part of as the novel goes on.  I read it faster than I expected; I finished in just over four hours, I was so caught up in her world. 

Piper’s story made me laugh and cry, cliché, I know, but I did actually laugh out loud while reading parts of this novel-much to the amazement of some of my students.  After tearing up in chapter 3, (!) I decided to finish it at home.  I don’t mind admitting a book made me cry; I just don’t want to be on display when it happens.  Antony John did such a good job of getting into Piper’s head and making me understand how she felt about her deafness, and her confusion over her parents not understanding her.  He made me wondered who in Antony’s family was deaf, no one, it turns out.  

One of my favorite quotes: 

“I nodded, which was stupid because “honest” is just a code word for “critical,” and I should have realized I wasn’t ready for that--especially not from Ed.“  (pg, 137)  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ash by Malinda Lo

6472451Aisling is distraught at the death of her mother, but nothing has prepared her for her life after her father’s remarriage and subsequent death.  Torn from the only home she has known in a small village, to serving her step family to “repay” her father’s debts is quite a shock.  Her only “friend” is a fairy prince, who is as frightening as he is intriguing.  Ash only sees him when she walks in the woods, and then only when he decides to show himself to her. 

Ms. Lo’s take on the Cinderella fairy tale replaces the fairy godmother with a fairy prince who demands a price for the wishes he grants.  Complicating that potential romance is the growing friendship and attraction between Ash and Kaisa, the King’s Huntress.  Sacrifices must be made but who will make them is up in the air. 

Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale; I had the Disney sound track on a record as a child and can still sing those songs.  I had to have the movie when it was released on VHS even though I was in college at the time.  So, I read a lot of retellings of this tale.  Ash blends the traditional story with a love triangle, and weaves in its own “old tales” of fairy.  I wasn’t familiar with the tales Aisling/Ash told, but then, I haven’t read everything.  I am working on it, though!  The Huntress is a companion to this book.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

Because my students
Love books about kids
who hurt;
this doesn't stay on the shelf.
They like to know their lives aren't as bad
as someone else's.

My students talk to each other,
and come in one after another to get this book.

I love my students,
I buy them books they want to read:
Ellen Hopkins--books in verse.
Elizabeth Scott--books about abused kids.

Because I am Librarian.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

11870085I didn’t want to read this book. Hazel has cancer! I avoid books that will make me cry. I also like to be first, I don’t want to read something after everyone else has recommended it. (I guess I really am a librarian snob! Sob! That must be my hamarita.)

Some of my favorite lines:

“Finally, I decided that the proper strategy was to stare back. Boys do not have a monopoly on the Staring Business, after all. p. 10

“Mom’s policy was never to wake me up, because one of the job requirements of Professional Sick Person is sleeping a lot.” p. 38

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.” p. 124

“I couldn’t be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentation:  I couldn’t unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to." p. 214

"It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important than they had been hours before." p 262

                I fell in love with Hazel and Augustus. They are funny people who happened to have cancer. They made me laugh and cry. I cried the last 25% of the book; even though, it didn’t end the way I thought it would. I’m glad I read it, as late to the party as I am.  I give it 5 stars.  Something I seldom ever do.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Deeper by Blue Ashcroft

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Characters – Knight, Rain both supervisors and life guards.

Setting – California water park, inner city area, current day.

Mood – Things are hot then cold between Rain and Knight, because neither want a relationship because of past issues.   

Song – This boy’s fire, by Jennifer Lopez 

I enjoyed this NA. It was nice to have a summer setting instead of the typical college town. My only issue was the lack of closure on the several almost rapes. Although – with the short time frame (just a summer) I guess we wouldn’t have time to find out what happened after arrests were made. But it bothered me that nothing was said even after another and then another occurred.  Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

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Emma’s senior year is not starting off well – she’s dealing with emotional trauma from the death of her best friend and the new guy at school is the same one she met at the beach this summer. I loved the interaction between Emma and Galen, she wasn’t afraid to be snarky and funny. Poor Galen – having not spent much time around many females – he was unprepared for her actions.

Goodreads blurb:  
       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.

Quick takes from me:

  •         Hot stalker guy – ugh
  •         Great writing
    •      nice dialogue
    •      funny quirky characters
    •     did have to learn new vocab
  •         Ends with a revelation – leaves you wanting next book right now!
  •         Will buy for PHS as a set
  •         Would recommend for fans of paranormal
  •         Mermaids are the next Angels/Weres/Vampires/Zombies