Monthly Archives: August 2014

Amity by Micol Ostow Review 8/9/14

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Amity by Micol Ostow
August 26, 2014
EgmontUSA
Hardcover, 368 pages

What it’s about:

Amity is an old house with a long and troubled history.  Connor’s family moved to the quite town where Amity is located in order to escape an unnamed scandal caused by their father. It doesn’t take the already disturbed teen long to realize things are not right with the house. It is almost as if the house is speaking to him, luring him, manipulating him. Ten years later, unaware of the tragic events that have transpired, a new family comes to Amity. Gwen’s family is looking for a fresh start, a quiet place for Gwen to recover from her breakdown. Amity has other plans and they are certainly not peaceful.

Why you might like it:

Do you like stories about haunted houses? Amity is HAUNTED! Are you looking for a disturbing, psychological thriller? Both Connor and Gwen find themselves questioning their sanity the longer they stay in Amity. Do you like parallel story lines that converge at the end? Connor’s and Gwen’s voices are distinct, but their experiences with Amity are frighteningly similar. Do you enjoy an edge-or-your-seat, spooky read? Amity is a great pick, with plenty of references to the classic horror story, Amityville Horror. This reader was thankful that the horror came more from suspense and tension rather than blood and gore, but readers looking for a bloodbath may be disappointed. Nonetheless, Amity should satisfy the reader looking for a creepy book!

Want more like this?

For more haunted houses and ghosts, try The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington, Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender, The Turning by Francine Prose, Stone Child by Dan Poblocki, and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley.com for providing a copy for review!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Waiting on Wednesday-Blue Lily, Lily Blue 8/6/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
October 21, 2014

 

From Goodreads:

The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I LOVE this series so much! I can’t wait for more.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Recommend If You Never Read X 8/5/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish want to know what we would recommend to people who never read X. I solved for X and came of with recommendations in a variety of genres.

If you never read TEEN HISTORICAL FICTION, try these:

1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Josie is the seventeen-year old daughter of a prostitute. It is 1950 and the French Quarter is home to organize crime, brothels, and bars. It is also home to the small bookshop where Josie works. The money she earns there will be her ticket out of the Big Easy. Her dreams are close to becoming reality when her mother is implicated in the death of a tourist. Plenty of local flavor, a murder mystery, and a girl with big dreams make this one a winner.

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2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. In 1918 Americans were dying at home and abroad. At home the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic had the nation gripped with fear. Abroad, WWI would eventually claim the lives of 110,000 Americans. In San Diego, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black watch as streams of mourners turn to seances and spirit photographers to contact their dead loved ones. The historic photographs only enhance the haunting text. A hint of romance and a whole bunch of creepy!

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. The year is 1914, and Europe is on the verge of a war. Prince Alek, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne is on the run from the Clanker Army. Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy, is an airman for the British Air Force learning to fly the genetically engineered air beast, the Leviathan. The two form an uneasy alliance as they struggle to protect their secrets and stay alive. Leviathan will appeal to readers of science fiction and steampunk, but one can argue that it also has a strong historical component!

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4. In Darkness by Nick Lake. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a teenaged boy is trapped alive in the rubble of a hospital. Alone in the dark, “Shorty” counts the story of his life, his involvement with a gang, the family members he lost, and all of the violence he witness and caused. Along side his story, readers learn the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a Haitian rebel who led a slave rebellion and helped to drive Napoleon and the French out of Haiti. This powerful story is truly deserving of the Printz Award.

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If all you know about TEEN CONTEMPORARY FICTION is John Green, you need to branch out and try these:

5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Seventeen-year old Gerald Faust was the child star of a reality TV show. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by his anger-filled past. Convinced that nothing will ever change, despite the fact that he works so hard to be nothing like that TV boy, Gerald is ready to snap. When a new girl at work shows interest in him, he is naturally weary. He tries to avoid her, with no success. This book is disturbing and heartbreaking, like most A.S. King’s books. However, her characters always manage to find some thread of hope, some form of redemption or have some realization that things can get better.

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6. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. Callie has spent her entire childhood on the run. Kidnapped from her family by her mentally ill mother, she can’t even remember what it is like to be normal. When her mother is finally arrested, Callie is reunited with the father she doesn’t know anymore. Living in a small town with big family is overwhelming as Callie has to learn to live in the present and be a part of a family. This one is gritty and sexy!

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7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Eighteen-year old Leonard Peacock plans to spend his last birthday on earth saying goodbye to the four people he cares about. Leonard is sad and weird and the target of his former best friend’s torment. He has had enough and he has a plan to put an end to all of the pain he is in. This is a powerful and haunting novel.

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If you don’t read TEEN SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY because you think it’s all supernatural romance and Hunger Games-type dystopian, think again and try these:

8. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. In an alternate reality past, the American Isles are being threatened by Wild Chalklings (yes, chalk monsters). Rithmatists have the power to bring two-dimensional figure to life to battle these creatures. Joel, the son of a chalkmaker, must satisfy is desire to learn Rithmatics by sneaking into lectures at the Armedius Academy. When students start disappearing, leaving trails of blood behind, it is up to the Rithmatist to solve the mystery. As the professors work to find the missing students they also discover that Joel, despite not being one of them, has some unique talents of his own. Unique, unusual, steampunk-ish.

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9. BZRK by Michael Grant. In a not-so-distant future a battle is taking place. What is at stake? The human mind. Free will. The combatants? On the one side you have the batsh*t crazy conjoined twins, the Armstrong brothers. They want to create utopia. Opposing them is a radical fringe group known as BZRK. The battle ground is the brain and the weapons are nanotechnology. Things end one of two ways: victory or madness. This series is both exhilarating and terrifying.

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10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This fractured fairytale of a story features a cyborg Cinderella, a handsome prince, a wicked stepmother, and an evil Lunar queen. An orphan and a cyborg, Cinder is a second-class citizen, but she is also a gifted mechanic. It this skill that brings the young Prince Kai to her stand at the market. A malfunctioning android, a mysterious plague, and the threat of war loom large and Cinder may be the key to saving everyone. Fans of sci-fi and fairy tales alike will love this fresh twist on a classic story!

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Isn’t Over, But Summer Reading at the Library Is! 8/4/14

It was with a little sadness (and honestly, a tiny bit of relief-summer reading is a big project!) that I drew the final summer reading winner. Despite the fact that our contest was shortened by two weeks this year, I had more teen readers sign up! I love keeping stats, so I can tell you that 119 teens signed up and those who went on to read and enter for prizes read a combined 351 books!

In really sad  news, I just learned that L.A. Meyer, the author of my most beloved Bloody Jack series, passed away last week. He had been ill with Hodgkin Lymphoma. The final chapter of Jacky Faber’s saga is scheduled to be published this November. This final reading will certainly be bittersweet. I am forever grateful for this series. Thank you, Mr. Meyer, Jacky is my hero.

Now, on to my Monday reading report. It’s a small one this week. Not because I wasn’t reading. I was. I just can’t say what I was reading. I know, that’s so mean of me. I am sorry. Forget I said anything. Let’s just look at my sad little reading list….

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 Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished

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  • That Night by Chevy Stevens was a fast-paced thriller/mystery. Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are convicted of murdering Toni’s younger sister. Despite their insistence that they are innocent the pair spend more than 15 years in prison. Upon her release, Toni wants nothing more than to rebuild a life, but Ryan is so sure that he can prove their innocence once and for all. Plenty of twists and turns, this one was exciting and heartbreaking all at once.
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a new graphic novel full of creepy short stories. The illustrations are stunning and the stories are reminiscent of Poe. Dark and lovely.

Current Audio:

arsonist mr.mercedes

Two more thrillers! Mr. Mercedes is delightfully horrifying.

Currently Reading:

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My 9-year old nephew has started a Hatchet Book Club. Members include me, his mom, his younger brother, and my aunt. I love this kid’s enthusiasm! I am still working on Amity. The problem is that it is scary. I can’t read it at home. I almost finished with The Chapel Wars. It is very cute! I also started a new graphic novel, Memorial by Chris Roberson. It’s a pretty interesting concept.

On Deck:

I have no idea!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Random Reads August 2014

Where has the summer gone? It’s August already?? The new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

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Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White and I have now read every book she has written. Paranormalcy is still my favorite, but this one was still a fun read.

This month I am going to read #22 on my TBR list, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. This one has been on the list since December 12, 2012.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan