Review- Isla and the Happily Ever After

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: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephine Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publish Date: August 14, 2014

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance,

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Review: Marked

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Author: P.C. Cast

Series: House of Night Series

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin

Publish Date: May 1st, 2007

Genres: Fantasy, Supernatural

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)

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Literary Movement Challenge- Medieval

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Literary Challenge Review: Beowulf

Goodreads Summary: The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Everyone has a favorite author – whether it’s due to his/her writing style, characters, narration, etc.  You have a tendency to read each and every one of their books, regardless of the book summary, simply because one of your favorite people in the entire world wrote it.  We’ve decided to share some of our top authors with you, along with our favorite quotes that are attributed to each author.

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Review: Let It Snow

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imageTitle: Let it Snow

Author: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

Series: None

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publish Date: October 2, 2008

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Christmas

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

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Review: City of Bones

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Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments Series

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publish Date: March 27, 2007

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure Supernatural

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Review: Mockingjay (Re-Read Challenge)

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WARNING THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW…

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!


Title
: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

Series: The Hunger Games Series

Publisher: Scholastic Corporation

Publish Date: August 24, 2010

Genres: YA, Dystopia

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

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Teaser Tuesday- January 20th

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Discussion: Bookish Habits (the good, the bad, and the ugly)

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Every reader has their quirks – whether it’s reading while standing on one’s head, atop an elephant, in the pool, or at 3am. While we may be proud of our impressive reading-while-simultaneously-doing-yoga skills (or something of the like), I think we’ve all picked up a few habits we’re not overly fond of… at least I hope I’m not the only one?
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Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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3Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

Series: The Harry Potter Series

Publisher: Scholastic

Publish Date: November 1, 2003

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

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Review: Matilda (re-read challenge)

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imageTitle: Matilda

Author: Roald Dahl

Series: none

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Publish Date: 1988 (was not able to find exact date)

Genres: Childrens, Brithish Literature

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

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Review: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

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Title: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Series: none

Publisher: The Modern Library Classics

Publish Date: October 10, 2000

Genres: Classic, High School

This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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Movie Review: Into the Woods

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Reviews image Movie Review: Into the Woods Into the Woods was released on Christmas Day, (It seems like a theme is occurring) It is a musical movie based on a play. It focuses on the retelling of the Grimm Fairy Tales (not Disney). The main characters are a baker, the baker’s wife, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (from the Jack and the beanstalk), Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince, and the Witch. The plot centers around the adventures of each of these characters as they travel through the woods. The movie contained most of the songs that are in the play, but some had to be redone, others were cut out entirely from the poem. Continue reading

Review: Fallen

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Author: Lauren Kate

Series: The Fallen Series

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publish Date: December 8, 2009

Genres: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall…

Waiting on Wednesday- I Was Here

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Author: Gayle Forman

Series: none

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Publish Date: January 27, 2015

Genres: YA Contemporary

Synopsis: When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

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