Monthly Archives: April 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind

This week the fine folks at The Broke and The Bookish are giving all of us Top Ten Tuesday newbies (that would be me) a chance to play some of the old Top Ten Lists. I decided to make a list of my Top Ten Heroines. I apologize for the pictures, WordPress just does not want me to be able to have a list with pictures the way I want it to look.

1. Jacky Faber, from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. She is my all-time, number one, favorite heroine.
2.  Flavia de Luce, precocious star of Alan Bradley’s charming mysteries
3. Cammie Morgan, the super-tough star of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. I wish I could be a spy.
4. Tally Youndblood from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Hoverboards! (I think I have mentioned these before…)
5. Piper from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Piper doesn’t need hoverboards or spy school to be amazing. She rocks!
6. Sophie Mercer from the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. I love a sassy girl.
7. Evie from the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White. Total tough girl, with fashion sense. Everything I am not.
8. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Liesel is unlike all these other heroines, but I loved this book and was moved my her story.
9. Annah from The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan. Sigh. I wish it wasn’t over…
10. Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (it’s a tie, these were two of my favorite books from childhood. I had to give them a shout out!)


I am sorry Diana (Gone by Michael Grant), Maggie Quinn (Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore), Octavia (The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade), Mary Quinn (The Agency by Y.S. Lee), and Calpurnia (The Education of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly) I really do love you all, but this is a Top Ten, not Top Fifteen List. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules. I am sure you will make it on to another awesome list soon.

I can’t wait for next week’s Top Ten Mean Girls! My list is almost done already!

Happy Reading!



Happy Day, the Weekend is Here!

I don’t know about you guys, but my brain is tired out from this long week. It’s a shame too, because I got a lot of reading done but my remaining functioning brain cells are busy keeping me in an awake and upright position, so no reviews today. I am impressed with myself for plowing through two very enjoyable books this week: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare and Rival, a debut novel by fellow Ohioan, Sara Bennett-Wealer. I hope to get to some real reviews next week, but in the mean time, I hope you trust me when I say they were both quick, fun reads.

Speaking of quick, fun reads, I have taken a break from YA to read Lisa Lutz’s new book, cowritten with David Hayward (her ex-boyfriend), called Heads, You Lose. I have only read the first few chapters of this quirky little gem, but I am pretty sure I laughed out loud more than once! I have a feeling I will finish this over the weekend. I should also try to read some graphic novels this weekend-I’ve been slacking on those. Ok friends, I’m calling it a day here. Have a great weekend!

Happy Reading!


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter Review

 I have had a soft spot for the goddess Persephone ever since I was assigned to reenact her story in my freshman year English class in high school (picture mop puppets-ghastly, but fun!). This is one of the many reasons I was excited to find out about Aimee Carter’s debut YA novel, The Goddess Test, a modern retelling of the story of Persephone (sort of). How lucky of me that I got an e-galley from the publisher!

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Harlequin Teen, April 2011

Eighteen-year-old Kate Winters has been caring for her sick mother for more than four years. Mom’s final request is to spend her remaining days in her hometown, Eden, Michigan. Kate doesn’t really want to leave New York, but she will do anything for her mother. Kate struggles with the idea of her mother’s imminent death and the fact that she will be all alone in the world once her mom is gone. She has no other family and just a few new friends in Eden. If things weren’t hard enough, Kate’s already complicated life becomes even more problematic when she meets Henry. Henry is dark and mysterious and seems to appear at the most unusual times. He also claims to be Hades, the god of the Underworld who has the power to grant her heart’s one true desire-to have more time with her mother. Kate is reluctant to believe him, but the more she gets to know Henry, the harder it is not to believe.

First of all, this book is not about Persephone. She’s mentioned, and the story of her marriage to Hades is discussed, but the focus is more on Hades and how he has been misrepresented throughout history. Here I am walking around thinking the worst of Hades, when really (according to Aimee Carter) he’s a decent guy! Who knew? Pair this dark and tormented man with the fiercely loyal but innocent Kate and you have a sweet and suspenseful romance. While the book has a few flaws, the biggest of which is the fact that there is A LOT going on in this one small book, The Goddess Test is an admirable debut work. Readers interested in an “accurate” retelling many not enjoy this book, but fans of paranormal romances will certainly want to look for this one.

Those interested in other mythology books may like Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. For another retelling of the Hades and Persephone story try Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman. For fans of modern fairy tails or retellings try Beastly or A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, or Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

 Now, before I finish I have a confession and a word of warning.  Confession: I read the last page. I almost always glance at the last page before I read a book. I have heard all the arguments against this practice, so just content yourself with shaking your head in disapproval. Trust me, I have learned my lesson. What I saw on the last page almost ruined the book for me. Just trust me on this one. Don’t peek. I would make you pinky swear on it if you were here!

The Goddess Test is on order, put a hold on it today and stay tuned for the sequel, Goddess Interrupted, due out in January 2012.

Happy Reading!


On My Desk: This Week’s New Book List

I got a TON of new books in this week, and while I have tried my best  not to hoard them for myself…a lot of them went home with me. I promise to be a speedy reader and pass them along ASAP. Want to know what I got?

1. Plague: a Gone novel by Michael Grant. This is book 4 in the series and it is amazing! If you are looking for an action-packed, super creepy series, this is the one for you. Start with the first book, Gone.

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano. This the first book in the Chemical Gardens Trilogy. I have heard amazing things about this book and cannot wait to read it! I have to wait my turn…

3. Clarity by Kim Harrison. I snagged this one because our book club is reading mysteries this month. Murder? Check! Psychics? Check! I’m all over it.

4. Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell. This book about a teenaged girl with hippie parents living on a goat farm trying to have a “normal” life sounds like fun!

5. Other Words for Love Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. This book set in Brooklyn, 1989, tells to story of a young artist and her first love.

6. Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson. You should see the bright yellow cover of this book! When an unpopular teen starts getting text messages telling her how to be popular she needs to decide what kind of person she wants to be.

7. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jane Oliver. When a demon killer her father, Riley is left in the care of Beck, a famous demon trapper who she hates.

8. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler. When injured teen athletes Chelsea and Clint meet at a resort they are drawn together by the losses they share.

9. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter. Sixteen-year-old Kylie is sent to Shadow Falls Camp, which turns out to be a training ground for young people with supernatural abilities.

10. Cirque de Freak the Manga, Vol.8 by Darren Shan. The saga of Darren Shan, the vampires assistant continues in this awesome graphic novel edition. I can’t wait to get to this one.

11. The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetskey. Fashion and time travel? Sounds good to me! Louise dons a vintage dress and finds herself transported back in time as the dress’ original owner.

12. Pink by Lili Wilkinson. Sixteen-year-old Ava isn’t sure where she fits in, so she tries a new personality, complete with a new sexual orientation.

13. Red Glove by Holly Black. It’s mine! I call it first! I must have the sequel to White Cat right now. Sorry, the greedy book-hoarder in me got loose for  a second there. Ahem. I apologize. This book picks up where the first left off, so I won’t give any spoilers. Get the first book while you wait your turn. You will not be disappointed! Magic, curses, and the mob all in one!

14. The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison. This is the next book in the Monster High series. I haven’t read the first one yet, but the back of the second book promises that “Freak is the new chic.” Check it out.

Wow! That is a big list. I hope you find something good to read here. I know I did (3 to be exact, that’s not too greedy, is it?).

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Like to See Made Into Movies

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week, people are talking about the books they would like to see made into movies. Here is my list:

1. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter-Because of the awesome spy-girl action
2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan-Because you can never have too many awesome zombie movies.
3. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel-Because air ships, pirates, and flying creatures=super special effects
4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld-Because I want to see hover boards and all the crazy face modifications
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins-Because you need a sweet and funny romance to balance out the zombies!
6. White Cat by Holly Black-Because it’s the Sopranos with crazy supernatural powers
7. Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan-Because it would have amazing sets, horrendous beasts, and super cool sword fights and because Halt is hilarious!
8. Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade-Because steampunk is cool
9. Feed by M.T. Anderson-Because who doesn’t love a good mind-control movie?
10. Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey-Because seven hot vampires brothers? Yes please!

You should probably read these books before someone realizes that they would make awesome movies! Get busy.

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan:Readathon Wrap Up

This is my library. Isn’t it pretty? What’s the occasion? National Library Week! So, Happy National Library Week everyone. Be sure to visit the American Library Association’s site to learn more about the history of National Library Week. This year’s theme is Create your own story@your library. Thanks to my library, I get to create my story everyday right here on my blog. So, without further ado, here is a recap of my very first Readathon. I didn’t participate in all 24 hours, but I came close. I participated in a few really cool mini-challenges and got some great ideas for future posts/features for my blog. I especially liked the Book Title Sentences and Book Puzzles. I read two books and listened to two audiobooks. I only finished one, but made a huge dent in the second. Hour 1 was 8am Saturday.

Hour 1:  The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen 10 minutes
Hour 2: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter pg 123-140
Hour 3: The Goddess Test pg 140-164
Hour 4: The Peach Keeper 27 minutes
Hour 5: The Goddess Test 164-176
Hour 6: The Goddess Test 176-206
Hour 7: The Goddess Test 206-217
Hour 8: The Goddess Test 217-240
Hour 9: The Goddess Test 240-262
Hour 10: The Peach Keeper 40 minutes
Hour 11: birthday party
Hour 12: birthday party
Hour 13: birthday party and Peach Keeper 30 minutes
Hour 14: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare 21-26
Hour 15: The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 20 min, CoFA 26-32 , The Goddess Test 262-282
Hour 16: The Goddess Test 282-293, CoFA 33-61
Hour 17: 30 minute nap,  CoFA 62-84
Hour 18: Snacks CoFA 85- 122 The dog got restless, confused by my being awake. She didn’t sleep much either and it made her whiny!
Hour 19: CoFa 123-168
Hour 20: nap 169-198
Hour 21: sleep!
Hour 22: sleep!
Hour 23: sleep!
Hour 24: sleep!
audio minutes: 127 minutes
pages read: 341 pages, One book finished, one half-finished.

I hope you get a chance to visit your library this week. Happy Reading!


Read-a-thon Hour 14 Mini-Challenge: Book Title Sentence

Hi everyone! I had to take a little break from the Read-a-thon to go to my nephew’s first birthday-lucky me, tasty treats and toddler kisses! I am back now and ready to read some more. I thought this mini-challenge was going to be tough until I looked at my enormous TBR pile. The idea is to make a sentence out of at least three book titles. Well, my tired brain and eyes are thanking their lucky stars, because these three books were stacked neatly in order, doing all the work for me! I was excited, but Lexi was not impressed. Her walk is being neglected and she is not happy about it.

Across the universe, darkness becomes her rival.

Lexi has had enough of this nonsense. I am throwing in the towel on hour 14 to walk the dog! I will be listening to The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier while we walk. It’s a win-win for all!

Happy Reading! And thank you Midnight Book Girl for hosting this great challenge!