Showing posts from July, 2013

Hedgie's Must Reads: July 2013

t's that time of the month again! The beginning of the end of summer! Normally, I'm very sad about that prospect, but not so much this time. I have too much to look forward to in the fall! Movies, books - and Season 3 of BBC's Sherlock!! While July was a great month, with a fun Independence Day, it wasn't as good of a month as June, when it comes to books. Still, I had some really awesome one!
The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni (5/5) A young girl returning to her childhood rural home. An arranged marriage that may not be as wonderful as she expected. A town full of secrets. And two mysterious caged graves, surrounded by rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Welcome to 1867 Catawissa, Pennsylvania. It isn't what Verity Boone was expecting. But she's determined to make the best of it - and to solve the mystery behind her mother's caged grave. I fell in love with these characters and was hooked to the intriguing mystery. I didn't know if it would turn…

Top Ten Tuesday #5

This week's topic: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books. I've divided the two, so I have listed my top 5 favorite beginnings, and my top 5 favorite ends.
Top Five Favorite Beginnings:
"I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin." Other than the fact that this book starts out with Kat Stephenson trying to run away disguised as a boy, I just adore these opening lines. It introduces the Reader to Kat as a character so well, and they are very memorable.

"It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." Another really memorable and attention-grabbing beginning phrase. But the whole beginning itself - when Sean Kendrick is a boy and witnessing his father's death during a Scorpio Race - is a terrific setup for the story's tone, Sean's world, and even Sean's character. It told me everything I needed to know about this book.

Entwined doesn't have a…

Review: One Came Home - Amy Timberlake

One Came Homeby Amy Timberlake Genre: Middle Grade, historical fiction, mystery Published on January 8, 2013 Published by Knopf Books Pages: 272 Read From: 7.21.13 - 7.28.13

SYNOPSIS In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly.But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn't, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body - wearing Agatha's blue-green ball gown - everyone assumes the worst.Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western fronti…

Stacking the Shelves #8

From the Library:
Towering by Alex Flinn
Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she's always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That's why he's been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that's never been read, not even by her overbearing mother . . . until now.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have …

Review: Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Grayby Ruta Sepetys
Genre: YA, historical fiction
Published on March 22, 2011
Published by Philomel
Pages: 344
Read From: 7.19.13 - 7.20.13

"Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch."Lithuania, June 1941Fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school and looking forward to summer. In the dark of night there is a knock at the door and life is forever changed. Soviet secret police arrest Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, tearing their family apart. The three are hauled from their home and thrown into cattle cars, where they soon discover their destination: Siberia. Separated from her father, Lina embeds clues in her drawings and secretly passes them along, hoping they will reach her father's prison camp. In this dramatic and moving story, Lina desperately fights for her life and the lives of those around her. But will love be enough to keep her alive?
Cover Blurb: Yes or N…

Review: Spirit's Chosen - Esther Friesner

Spirit's Chosenby Esther Friesner Series: Spirit's Princess #2 Genre: YA, historical fantasy Published on April 23, 2013 Published by Random House Pages: 496 Read From: 7.15.13 - 7.19.13

SYNOPSIS Himiko's world is falling apart. An attack by the Ookami clan has left many from her tribe dead or enslaved. And those who remain in the ransacked Matsu village are certain they've angered the gods. Himiko cannot give in to the chaos and fear. Instead, she devises a plan to save her beloved tribe. Tapping into all she's learned as a shaman, she also must become a leader and warrior. Then, just as it seems her plans will succeed, the Ookami capture her.Enslaved, Himiko starts to realize that not everyone in the enemy tribe is against her, and perhaps each step of her journey has prepared her for something greater than she ever imagined. Though she may not see her path as clearly as the spirits seem to, there's more adventure - and even unexpected love - for this unconventional …

Waiting on Wednesday #8

The Falconer
(The Falconer #1)
by Elizabeth May
Publication Date: May 6, 2014

From Goodreads:

Lady Aileana Kameron can sing, paint prettily, and murder the Fae as easily as dancing a waltz. But how far is she prepared to go for vengeance?
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844
Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh's social events - right up until a faery kills her mother.
Now it's the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She's determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city's many dark alleyways.
But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind…

Top Ten Tuesday #4

This week's topic: Top Ten Words/Topics that will make you NOT pick up a book! This is, thankfully, a fairly easy choice for me, and so here it goes!

Vampires. Dracula is the only execption because he's a classic. And I love Bram Stoker's style. Teen drug/family abuse problems. Real life is depressing enough! Why would I want to read about that? Gay/lesbian couples. Unless it serves the plot's purpose to make a character gay or lesbian, and it isn't just the Author trying to preach his/her personal views, this just isn't something I care to read about. Hot guys. If this or a description akin to it appears in a synopsis, no thank you! Because "hot" and "guy" equals a truly horrendous read. "Attractive" may be used, or even "mysterious," but not "hot." Zombies. If there's zombies, I pass. Zombies just aren't my thing. Superheroes. I don't care if it's a middle grade comedy; I don't do superheroes. Ev…

Review: Maid of Secrets - Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secretsby Jennifer McGowan
Series: Maids of Honor #1
Genre: YA, historical fiction, mystery
Published on May 7, 2013
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pages: 416
Read From: 7.13.13 - 7.15.13

Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets - until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expects, she's whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service as a spy. With a fake noble identity, Meg joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen's secret society of protectors.Her natural talent for spying proves useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish court is visiting, and with it come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can't deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it's hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to …

Stacking the Shelves #7

From the Library:

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Three thousand planet-bound years have fled since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young - travelling the stars at relativistic speeds, a hundred years or more might pass while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, his books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon have become holy writ, and the name of Ender anathema; he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings, the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy. The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized.

On Lusitania humans found another race of ramen . . . a young race, beings just beginning to lift their eyes to the stars and wonder what might be out there. The discovery was seen as a gift to humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. And the so the Pequininos, as they were named by the P…

Review: DiSemblance - Shanae Branham

DiSemblanceby Shanae Branham Series: Hologram Series #1 Genre: YA, mystery, science fiction, thriller Published on August 20, 2012 Published by CreateSpace Pages: 369 Read From: 7.8.13 - 7.13.13

SYNOPSIS As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father's secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer's new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? My opinion of the cover art is somewhere in between. I like the whole descending mirrors and I don't even mind the character impersonator reflections. But there's almost something about the whole thing that kind of makes it feel bland. It just catches my interest, but only just.
Characters: I d…

Review: Doll Bones - Holly Black

Doll Bonesby Holly Black
Genre: Middle Grade, supernatural
Published on May 7, 2013
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 247
Read From: 7.7.13 - 7.8.13

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game - a game that takes place in a world populated with pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over them all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll imprisoned in a cabinet, cursing those who displease her.But the three friends are in middle school now, and Zach's father is pushing him to give up make-believe for basketball. When his father gives him no choice, Zach quits the game and lies about the reason. It seems like their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen - and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until her bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.And so Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay…