Tag Archives: Kiersten White

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

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White Review 7/31/14

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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
September 10, 2013
HarperTeen
Hardcover, 277 pgs

What it’s about:

Life can be really challenging when you are the teenaged daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora has always struggled with the fact that she is a mortal in a family of immortals. Knowing that her family’s will live on, long after she is gone makes her feel unloved and unwanted. Life at home has always been tense, but now that Isis is expecting another baby, things have gotten even worse. When Isis suggests Isadora spend some time with her brother in San Francisco, she jumps at opportunity to finally have a more normal life. A girl can dream, but she soon discovers “normal life” is also full of drama. She also learns that it is impossible to outrun family conflicts.

Why you might like it:

It’s summer! Are you look for a not-so-serious, fun read? You might enjoy the light, romance-y nature of this one. Are you confused and intrigued by Egyptian mythology (I am! I mean, have you read those stories? So complicated)? White does a nice job of simplifying some of the more complex aspects of Egyptian mythology. It’s a great place to get a taste of the myths! Do you like witty banter? White is an expert at witty banter. If you like family drama, teen angst, a dreamy love interest, and a bit of supernatural danger, then you might want to check out The Chaos of Stars.

Want more like this?

For more Egyptian mythology try The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. There is also plenty of Greek mythology to choose from, as well. You might like The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. For a different type of retelling, check out Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay.

Mondays With Megan-Summer Fun 7/21/14

Last week, on the coldest day of the summer, the library hosted a Luau on the Lawn. So much fun was had! We played musical beach blankets, had a limbo contest (boy, those kids were bendy!), there was a Nerf archery contest, an Iron Chef contest, and we topped it all off with a water balloon toss and fight. Good times were had by all!

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 This is just half of the balloons we had on hand! Also, how cool is it that my hibiscus got its first two blooms on the morning of our party?

This morning I gave away another fantastic basket! This week’s prize basket includes a make-your-own slushee kit, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, cookies, candy, Chipotle coupons, and of course, books! I think it’s another fun one. You can’t win if you don’t play, so be sure to stop in and see us. We are down to our last two prize baskets, so it’s now or never.

I am still working on my Summer Reading Throwdown Challenge. I pledged to finish 12 books in July. I am on track to exceed that number. Nine down, three to go, with ten days left. No problemo!

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:

fool moon landline rithmatist in the shadows

  • Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second installment of The Dresden Files. I am definitely a fan of this urban fantasy series starring a wizard and the Chicago PD.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell is yet another fun, romantic offering from the author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Big fan, here!
  • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is the first in a steampunk-y series. It took a while for me to warm up to this one, but in the end I really liked it! Sign me up for more!
  • In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo is a unique collaboration of story and art. Both the text and the images tell the story of a secret society of immortals and the young man who is trying to stop them.

Current Audio:

dreams of gods and monsters that night

I don’t ever want Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor to end. Ever. It is so beautiful and horrific. I also started That Night by Chevy Stevens, a new suspense/thriller.

Currently Reading:

juliet immortal amity chaos of the stars chapel wars

I am still trying to find my next big read. You know, that book you just can’t put down? The one you think about when you aren’t reading it? These books that I am working on are fine and I am enjoying them, but I am not lost in any of them. I want to be lost! Suggestions?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan 6/23/14 Summer Reading Week 2!

Summer reading is officially underway and our first winners have been chosen. Congratulations! A new basket full of goodies is just waiting to be won. Stop by to sign up (if you haven’t already) and check out this week’s prize. I see a beach towel, The Princess Bride on DVD, free Chipotle, some of my favorite books, really cute Duck Tape (it has owls on it!), Oreos, and more! You should win this one! If I could play, I would have a really good shot at winning because I read a bunch of books last week.

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

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  • The One by Kiera Cass. There was something so ridiculously compelling about this series. I *had* to finish it. I *needed* to find out how it ended. I really did not like this series and my dislike seemed to grow with each passing book. And yet, I read them all. I could rant, but that’s not very nice, so I will just say that these books were too shallow for my liking.
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Now this book? This book was beautiful. A love letter to quirky little bookstores and the people who support them.
  • Things I Learned in School by Connie Masters. That’s my aunt! She wrote a book! This is a thoughtful collection of essays discussing the author’s 30+ years working as a school psychologist.
  • BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant. I am still trying to wrap my head around this one. This was a brutal and brilliant ending to  the trilogy and I am so lucky to have gotten a sneak peek.

Current audio:

francona boys in the boat

Still listening to Francona: The Red Sox Years and I just started The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Currently reading:

in the shadows what i thought was true sunrise

I started In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo the other night, but decided the illustrations were to creepy for bedtime. I am a baby. So, I swapped it out for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. In the spirit of finishing up trilogies (The Selection, BZRK), I dove right into Sunrise by Mike Mullin. It’s a hefty book, so it should keep me busy most of the week.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Time is Here! 6/16/14

It’s here! On of my favorite times of the year at the library! Summer reading! Yes, all those exclamation points *are* necessary, thank you very much. Summer reading may conjure of images of being forced to read dusty old classics, but here at the library it is all fun and prizes. Reader of all ages can find a program, so be sure to stop by the Children’s Department and Adult Reference and we will get children, teens, and adults all signed up. Teen readers will have a chance to will a weekly basket full of goodies. This week’s basket has the movie Goonies and the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer, plus plenty of candy, coupons for free Chipotle, and much, much more. For a chance to win all you have to do is read. Fill out a slip for each book, drop it in the entry box at the AV Desk and cross your fingers. Easy, right? We’ll even give you prize just for signing up. See you soon! P.S. Adults, your summer reading is very similar-entry slips, awesome goodie baskets, prizes for signing up…come visit us soon!

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

10% happierheaven is for real return of the maharajahero's guide outlaw

  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris is a compelling memoir about the anchorman’s struggle with anxiety and how his discovery and practice of meditation helped calm his mind. This book definitely inspired me to continue learning how to meditate.
  • Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo tell the story of the author’s son’s experience with the afterlife. This book was definitely not for me. I completely understand why readers are fascinated by this story, but I just kept seeing gaping holes and major flaws with this story. I am neither an evangelical Christian or a skeptic, but this one didn’t work.
  • Fairest: Return of the Maharaja by Sean Williams is just the latest installment of the Fables spin-off. I am always pleased to be in the world of Fables, but this one was more about Prince Charming than the leading lady. Not horrible, but not may favorite. I do look forward to what come after this installment.
  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy is the final chapter in the League of Princes trilogy. This book was epic. And huge. And all over the place! I am sad to see them go, but I have to say, the ending leaves room for more…maybe. Hopefully.

Current Audio:

storied life francona

I am so close to finishing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It is so good! I am about half way through Francona. It’s pretty interesting. I did not realize what divas some of these players are/were. I suppose that is just naive on my part, but really?!?

Currently Reading:

originals bzrk 3 in the shadows

I just started The Originals and In the Shadows. I am still slowly plugging away at BZRK. Not because it isn’t awesome, because it is.

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday Illusions of Fate 6/11/14

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 so excited about this one:

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
September 9, 2014

From Goodreads:

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.”

Kiersten White is a writing machine and she has yet to disappoint me!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Well, This Stinks…3/10/14

Hello Monday! I hope everyone had a smooth transition to daylight saving time. You know who didn’t have an easy transition? The skunk who has apparently been living under my back porch and one of my dogs! The skunk did not get the memo that the new 6:30 am is the old 5:30 am and even though it is still dark, it’s time for him to skedaddle. The dog did not get the memo to leave the skunk alone. So, not an awesome start to this week and I am pretty sure I still smell like skunk. I apologize to everyone who has to be around me. And yet, this is actually better than last week. Last week I was incapacitated with a bad back and it was not fun. The only good that came out of the whole ordeal is the obscene amount of reading I got done and my first totally awesome experience with acupuncture.

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Finished:

house of stairs outcasts evolution of mara dyer selection perfect lies

  •  House of Stairs by William Sleator was chose for me by my high school book club readers. They thought they were being clever by assigning me the worst book they have ever read. Too bad I kind of liked it! This is old-school science fiction here. Five orphans trapped in a building that is all stair cases and nothing else, except for the machine that gives them food. The machine is a fickle and demanding little thing and soon the food only comes when the starving kids complete certain tasks. I get why my teen friends did not enjoy this book, but I thought it was pretty disturbing.
  • The Outcasts by John Flanagan is the first book in The Brotherband Chronicles. This new series takes place in Skandia and stars a new cast of young men who are basically training to be sea-faring men. I miss Will and Halt, but I think I am going to enjoy Hal and Thorn just fine.
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a 500 page book that I devoured in one sitting. What is it about this series? It is so strange and intense and utterly compelling. I really need the third book now.
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass is a book I had not intended to read, but some of my avid readers really enjoyed it, so I gave it a shot. It’s pretty fluffy, and yet, it interested me just enough that I want to know what happens next.
  • Perfect Lies by Kiersten White is the sequel to Mind Games. I really enjoyed getting to know Annie better and I loved the ending, but I struggled to keep up with the wacky timeline. I also seemed to have forgotten a lot from the first book and there was very little recapping. Still, an exciting and fast read.

Current Audio:

cuckoos calling call the midwife

I didn’t do much walking or driving, so I am still not finished with these audiobooks.

Currently Reading:

crash grave mercy

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

˜Megan