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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy Review 11/6/14

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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
HarperCollins
2007
Hardcover, 392 pgs

What it’s about:

Twelve-year old Stephanie Edgley has a pretty normal life. Until her beloved Uncle Gordon, a famous author of mystery novels, dies and leaves her his estate. It is at the reading of the will that Stephanie first meets her uncle’s strange friend, Skulduggery Pleasant. It’s not until Stephanie herself is almost killed at her uncle’s home that she learns about Skulduggery’s true nature. He is a walking, talking skeleton. He is also a sharp dresser, an ace detective, and a powerful sorcerer. Stephanie is thrilled to make his acquaintance and eager to leave her dull and predictable life behind to become his apprentice. As Stephanie learns all about her magical heritage and abilities, she and Skulduggery prepare to face off against an evil sorcerer who is after a magic item he believes Uncle Gordon possessed. The race is on to save the world from the rise of the Faceless Ones.

Why you might like it:

Are you a huge fan of wise-cracking skeletons who are out to save the world from evil sorcerers? Um, who isn’t?! Are you itching to read a book that takes place in Ireland? Here you go! Have you been down-in-the-dumps since you finished Harry Potter ages ago? Is your reading life devoid of magic? Cheer up, my friend! This series is for you! Obviously I am WAY late to the Skulduggery party, but here’s the good news: all nine books of the series are published, so NO waiting for the next book. So, if you are craving an action-packed adventure full of witty banter, dastardly villains, and fantastical magic, this could be just what you need. I am so thrilled to have finally started this series. I just finished the second book and I am officially hooked.

What more like this?

For more wise-cracking paranormal adventures try Lish McBride’s Necromancer series and/or Firebug or the Bartimaeus Trilogy and/or the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen Review 10/14/14

evil librarian

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Candlewick Press
September 9, 2014
Hardcover, 352 pgs.

What it’s about:

There is a new librarian at Cyn’s high school and he is hot…too bad he is also a demon who has enthralled her best friend, Annie, and is sucking the life essence from the students. Cyn has an unusual immunity to his charms so while she juggles school and the set design for the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, she also now has to save her best friend. Luckily she has help from her long-time crush and star of the musical, Ryan to help her out.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for a creepy Halloween book? Look no further! You have found your evil, murdering demon. Are you a fan of musical theater? Well, you will definitely appreciate all the Sweeney Todd references and Cyn’s dedication to making the best murder chair. Want a fast-paced horror story full of memorable characters? Cyn is a fantastic heroine. She is smart and snarky, full of fight and optimism. And how often do you come across a smarmy, hot librarian guy? What a rare literary gem! But wait! There’s more! How about an awesome teen romance? That’s right, folks, even a soul-sucking demon can’t temper all the raging, lusty hormones. Ryan is total dreamboat. As a librarian I admit to laughing out loud at some of the library jokes. I also really loved being in Cyn’s head when she was around Ryan. News flash: girls think about IT too! Finally a female character who gets to be all lusty and swoony and not be labeled a slut.

Want more like this?

Try the Maggie Quinn: girl vs evil series by Rosemary Clement-Moore, Firebug by Lish McBride, and Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

There is a new librarian at Cyn’s high school and he is hot! He is also a demon who has enthralled her best friend, Annie and is sucking the life essence from the students. Cyn has an unusual immunity to his charms so while she juggles school and the set design for the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, she also now has to save her best friend. This devilishly hilarious book has a little something for everyone-horror, humor, romance, as well as musical theater! And while a soul-sucking demon is not necessarily an improvement, I find this librarian to be a refreshing change of pace from the stereotypical shushing old lady librarian!

Mondays with Megan-Fall Fun!

Here in Cleveland Fall has arrived. This is my favorite time of year! I took a trip to a local apple farm and picked up apple fritters and kettle corn, and of course, apples. The apples were promptly turned into pie and sauce by my talented sister. I broke out the pumpkin scented candles and the down comforter for the bed. The hoodies came out in time for a clam bake yesterday. I also made my first batch of soup of the season. I love soup. I love fall! I even managed to get some reading in, which is a good thing, because I suspect I won’t get much reading in this week. I will be attending the Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo in Columbus Wednesday-Friday. This will be my first time attending and I am really looking forward to the event.

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by and check out more lists!

 

Finished:

ruin and rising gregor famous last words

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is the final book in the Grisha trilogy and I loved it. It was full of surprises and twists and jaw-dropping shocks. I am very satisfied with the way things wrapped up.
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is the first book in her middle grade series. Twelve-year-old Gregor and his little sister fall through a vent in their apartment building and end up in the Underland, a world populated by giant insects, humans, rats, and bats. The Underlanders believe that Gregor is the warrior they are waiting for to fulfill an ancient prophecy. I did not love this first book, but it really picked up in the end so I will probably continue the series.
  • Famous Last Words by Katie Alender is a murder mystery with a ghostly twist. I received an e-galley of this one and will have a full review up soon. I am a fan of her other works and this one did not disappoint.

Currently Audio:

pure skulduggery

  • Pure by Julianna Baggott. I am feeling a little meh about this one.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I am LOVING this one!

Currently Reading:

blood of my blood

It’s weird to be reading just one book at a time…I should start some more!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan

It was a busy weekend for me that actually included a lot of reading, despite the fact that I worked both Saturday and Sunday. The big boost came on Saturday when I proctored a practice ACT test at the library. That means I had about 4 hours of reading time! I also squeezed in a little book shopping. I am very excited about my purchases:

afterworlds in a handful of dust

 I will be starting Afterworlds sometime very soon! In the meantime, check out all the books I finished in the last week. I am still so far behind in my goal, but progress was made!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by and check out more lists!

Finished:

letters from skye firebug calvin evil librarian sisters

  • Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole-an epistolary novel set against the backdrop of WWI and details the relationship between a young Scottish poet and a young American fan. I lingered over this one, reading a few letters a night. A sweet, easy read.
  • Firebug by Lish McBride-LOVED.
  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson-I decided by nephews needed a little Calvin and Hobbes in their lives. I was right, they ate it up and even shared with me.
  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen-There is a new librarian at Cyn’s high school and he is hot! He is also a demon who has enthralled her best friend, Annie and is sucking the life essence from the students. Cyn has an unusual immunity to his charms so while she juggles school and the set design for the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, she also now has to save her best friend. This devilishly hilarious book has a little something for everyone-horror, humor, romance, as well as musical theater! And while a soul-sucking demon is not necessarily an improvement, I find this librarian to be a refreshing change of pace from the stereotypical shushing old lady librarian!
  • Sisters by Raini Telgemeier-in her companion to Smile, Telgemeier recounts her changing relationship with her younger sister. Anyone with a sibling can relate to the ups and downs having a brother or sister.

Current Audio:

pure ruin and rising

Currently Reading:

famous last words gregor blood of my blood

On Deck:

skulduggery killer instinct pawn

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde Review 9/18/14

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The Last Dragonslayer (Chronicles of Kazam #1) by Jasper Fforde
October 2, 2012
HMH Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 287 pgs.

What it’s about:

Jennifer Strange is a 15 year-old foundling who manages Kazam, an employment agency for magical types. Unfortunately for the resident wizards and magicians magic is fading. Whether it is the invention of modern conveniences or the dwindling dragon population, no one is sure why there is less magic to go around. However, everyone agrees that change is coming. Big change. Maybe even Big Magic. And it is all predicted to begin with the death of the last dragon at the hand of an unknown last dragonslayer. With the last dragon out the way the last of the protected dragon lands with be up for grabs and everyone in the Ununited Kingdoms want to stake a claim. Everyone except Jennifer. Will she be enough to stop the seemingly inevitable destruction of the dragon land?

Why you might like it:

What’s not to LOVE? Humor, magic, and dragons, PLUS a really interesting ethical conundrum. The Last Dragonslayer invites readers to think about destiny and greed and manipulation all while entertaining them with the antics of a quarkbeast. Oh, how I love the quarkbeast. If you are missing Harry Potter, give Jennifer Strange a try. If you are looking for a heroine who is unwavering in her beliefs, Jennifer is your gal. If you are looking for a fantastical story without any romance to gum up the works, this is the book for you. The Last Dragonslayer is pure, magical entertainment and suitable for all ages!

Want more like this?

For more dragons try Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley, and Eon by Alison Goodman. For more wizards try The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, and The Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathon Stroud.

 

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading is Almost Over! 7/28/14

It’s hard to believe, but Summer Reading is coming to an end. I have one more basket to give away. Be sure to get all your entry slips by Saturday. Despite the unseasonably cool and rainy weather, I managed to to squeeze in a ton of summer fun. But not a lot of reading. Part of it is that I still have not found a book that  I feel the need to be lost in. I am enjoying my reading, but nothing has sucked me in lately. Luckily I managed to finish a couple of things so I something to talk about today.

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

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

juliet immortal dreams of gods and monsters

  • Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay was recommended to me by one of my avid teen readers. This book offers a unique twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet tale. In this version, Romeo betrays Juliet in order to secure immortality. For centuries the two have been battling for the souls of true lovers. Good versus evil, light versus dark; it’s always the same, until the day Juliet falls in love…again. I am a sucker for retellings, and this one certainly is satisfying. It was a quick and suspenseful romance and I will definitely read the companion book.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor is the third book in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I am not ready to be done with Karou and her gang. Not at all. The ending is fantastic, except that it’s an ending. Zuzana and Liraz really stole the show for me.

Current Audio:

that night mr. mercedes

  • That Night by Chevy Stevens-the story has really picked up! I need it to stop raining so I can take this book and the dogs for a walk.
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King-I just started it yesterday, so it’s too early to tell, but the reader is fantastic. Will Patton reads The Dream Thieves series as well. I really enjoy a familiar voice.

Currently Reading:

chaos of the stars chapel wars amity hatchet

I am still working on all the same books as last week, with the exception of Hatchet. My nine-year old nephew recently read and loved Hatchet and decided that he and I should have a Hatchet book club. I am reading the first book while he devours books 2-4!

On Deck:

questionI don’t know!! Suggestions?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Waiting on Wednesday-The Young Elites 7/23/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am eagerly waiting for:
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Young Elites by Marie Lu
October 7, 2014

 

From Goodreads:

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt

.”

Despite the disappointingly plain cover, I expect the story to be epic!
Happy Reading!
∼Megan