Thursday, February 28, 2013

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)

What do Kings, Queens, & Princes; servants, orphans, & treason have in common?
...a false Prince...and in only two weeks! 

This is a must read!  It is about a deceitful man named Connor, who is supposed to be loyal to the court, who takes four boys from different orphanages to groom them into becoming the next Prince.  The trials and tribulations of this scenario make the book a page turner.  There is danger and suspense around every corner, lives at stake, and plenty of secrets.  The antics of one of the boys, Sage, will keep you smiling.  He is brilliantly cunning and defiant. 
The great news is that The False Prince is the first in a trilogy.  The next book, The Runaway King, is fresh out on the shelves!  I can't wait to read it!!! 

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy, #2)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

World Read Aloud Day - March 6

Following Read Across America day, we can join in on the world-wide endeavor.  March 6 is World Read Aloud Day.  Click on the picture above to go directly to their website.  

We can help celebrate this wonderful day by reading aloud, giving a book to someone, or donating money through their website.  The following is 2013's World Real Aloud Day's video, filmed around the world.  Join the reading fun that is sweeping the world!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Read Across America Day - March 2

Get ready to help build a nation of readers!  March 2nd is National Read Across America day.  It was started 1997 as a culminating event to celebrate the National Education Agency's literacy program to help our kids love books! 
...and what a coincidence?  It is Dr. Suess' birthday too! 

For our little ones - Click on the picture above to visit Seussville and have lots of fun! 
For our educators - visit here for many classroom ideas.                                                                                                          

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Fox Inheritance

The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #2)

When I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of Fox Forever, thanks to Macmillan, I realized that I hadn't reviewed The Fox Inheritance.  These are the 2nd and 3rd installments of the Jenna Fox Chronicles.  The first is The Adoration of Jenna Fox which I absolutely adored.  I decided I must go back and write about The Fox Inheritance.  I highly recommend that these books be read in order. 
The second book, The Fox Inheritance finds our favorite characters Jenna, Locke, and Kara 260 years later.  It is mostly the story of Locke and Kara, entering a world they no longer know, in bodies that they recognize as theirs, but they don't feel like theirs.  Where are they?  Why is everything so futuristic?   And...where is Jenna? 
After reading the first book, I was very satisfied with the ending.  After reading the second way!  I can't wait to read Fox ForeverIt is expected to be released March 19.  Watch for my review of Fox Forever coming soon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock by Krisin Levine appears on the Texas Lone Star reading list for 2013 and rightfully so!  This book captured my heart.  It is the tale of two best friends helping each other with their weaknesses.  Liz helps Marlee find her voice and Marlee helps Liz learn when to NOT use hers.  Their friendship finds trouble when Liz's secret is out - she is a Negro, going to a white school.  The girls decide this is ridiculous and shouldn't matter at all.  But, during the time of does.  What lengths will the girls go to see each other, help each other, and keep secrets from their own families?  What harm will these decisions bring?   This historical fiction book takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas during very tumultuous times.  This era is brought to light in a way that the reader will feel - not just read.  I can't recommend this book highly enough.  Fantastic!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Like Bug Juice on a Burger

Like Bug Juice on a Burger

If you liked Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, you will love Like Bug Juice on a Burger!  Julie Sternberg and Matthew Cordell have done it again.  A humorous, yet challenging trip to summer camp is the plot of this one.  Matthew Cordell's illustrations move the storyline along and add the perfect touch and visual appeal.  I sure hope there are more of these little treasures to come - I'll like any juice on any food in this format. 

Thank you NetGalley and Amulet Books for the digital ARC.  I highly recommend this series for any elementary campus.  Look for Like Bug Juice on a Burger on April 2, 2013.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

[Un]Remembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)

Amazing!!   I gave [Un]Remembered 4 of 5 stars on GoodReads.  It begins with a girl (Jane Doe, Violet, Sera, Seraphina) being the only survivor of a plane crash.  The problem is that she has no memory (hence all the names)...and that is where it all begins.  This book was a page turner and sucked me in from the first page.  It is science-fiction, mystery, with a little romance to boot.  I r-e-a-l-l-y can't say too much without giving something away, but I want to say that the romance was not too sappy.  Even though we didn't get to know the boy, Zen, very well, I thought the love interest had a longevity that made it real.  You have to read it and ride the roller coaster of Sera's memory retrieval journey yourself!!  There are so many plot twists that it keeps you wanting more.  I found the end to be satisfying which is something that I always appreciate. 
Thanks to Macmillan and Farrar Straus Giroux for sending me this ARC to read and review.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Look for [Un]Remembered at a bookstore or library near you around March 5, 2013.