Sunday Stumper #49: Children’s Books

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Sunday Stumper

Children’s Books are a treasured favorite, even after you advance beyond the age for which they are intended (don’t worry, everyone still fosters a secret love for them).  We decided to resurrect a few favorites for our 49th Sunday Stumper!

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Review: Atlantia

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Book Review13047090Title: Atlantia

Author: Ally Condie

Series: none

Publisher: Dutton Books

Publish Date: October 28th, 2014

Genres: Dystopian

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

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Sunday Stumper #48: Ancient Classical Authors/Philosophers

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Sunday Stumper

Our 48th Sunday Stumper revolves around authors and philosophers from a variety of ancient civilizations from around the world.  While they may have preached contradictory messages, their works have survived for thousands of years and still remain timeless classics.  So hopefully you can remember back to your high school and college literature classes in order to complete this week’s stumper!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless

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Waiting on Wednesday


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: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Series: No series

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Publish Date: November 6, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Review: The Program

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Book Review13047090Title: The Program

Author: Suzanne Young

Series: The Program Series Series

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publish Date: April 30th, 2013

Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

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Review: November 9

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Book Review


November 9Title
: November 9

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Publish Date: November 10th, 2015

Genres: New Adult, Romance

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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Discussion: Where I Get My Books

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Discussion

I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks (I expressed my full-fledged dislike of them here), so the majority of the books that I acquire are either physical copies or ebooks.  Considering I’m a poor high school (almost college) student and dedicate nearly all of my money to purchasing books, I try to be as resourceful as possible.  Then again, I still shouldn’t be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card.

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Review: The Fourth Wish

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16166550The Fourth Wish

Author: Lindsay Ribar

Series: The Art of Wishing

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Publish Date: July 31st, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Fantasy

 

Here’s what Margo McKenna knows about genies:

She’s seen Aladdin more times than she can count; she’s made three wishes on a magic ring ; she’s even fallen head over heels in love with Oliver, the cute genie whose life she saved by fighting off his archenemy. But none of this prepared her for the shock of becoming a genie herself.

At a time when she’s trying to figure out who she wants to be, Margo is forced to become whomever her master wants. Everything she’s taken for granted—graduating from high school, going to college, performing in the school musical, even being a girl—is called into question. But she’s also coming into a power she never imagined she’d have.

How will Margo reconcile who she is with what she’s becoming? And where will she and Oliver stand when she’s done?

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Review: Lord of the Flies

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84943Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Publisher: Perigee

Publish Date: May 2006 (1st published 1954)

Genres: Classics, Young Adult, Dystopian

William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. –Jennifer Hubert

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Blog Tour & Review: Forests of the Fae – Devlin’s Door

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Title
: Forests of the Fae: Devlin’s Door

Author: Kristine Kibbee

Series: none

Publisher: Incorgnito Publishing Press

Publish Date: January 15th, 2016

Genres: Young Adult

At thirteen, Anne did not expect to find herself traveling all alone, on her way to spending her summer with family she neither knows nor wants to know. But here she is; stuck on this train with a most annoying nine-year-old boy whose only interesting contribution to her journey is the strange story of an abandoned Victorian town hidden in the woods near her destination

When Anne arrives at her backwoods stop, she is met by her ornery relatives and her horrific older cousin who is determined to spoil Anne’s summer with her maleficent tricks. Anne needs to escape into an adventure and remembers the story of the forgotten town. Determined to find this place, Anne follows her cousin and friends tothe abandoned town where they goad her into entering one of the cobweb-filled old homes and leave her locked inside

While searching for a way out, Anne stumbles through a hole in the floor and unknowingly steps into an ominous, ghost-filled mystery. As she digs deeper into the secrets of this house, she discovers a weathered journal that reveals a magic-infused history hundreds of years old and a tragic secret: a curse has trapped the town and its inhabitants in a place not meant to be found by humans. The more she discovers about the secrets of this place, the closer she gets to the chilling realization that she is not alone in Devlin.

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BRBAMW: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Here is the second edition of Book Reviews by a Movie Watcher!  This week, I will be talking about Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

For those of you who are new to BRBAMW, I am provided with the cover and summary of a book that I have never previously heard of.  Using this information, I create my own version of the plot and attempt to rate the book.  Let’s get started!

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Discussion: The “Perfect” Reading Weather

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Discussion

There are days when we open our blinds, groan, and collapse back into a pile of blankets and pillows and wish we had never woken up (these usually follow the finishing of an amazing night where you stayed up till 3 a.m. reading a fantabulous book). But, there are also absolutely enchanting days that spellbind you into wanting nothing more than to curl into your favorite chair and get lost between the pages of a novel.

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Review: The One

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Book Review8755785Title: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection Series

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: May 6th, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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