*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg


Title: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Author: E.L. Konigsburg
Have I Read it Before: yes


I had forgotten just how much I love this book! Claudia doesn't really remember why she wants to run away, just that she needs to do it. She chooses her younger brother, Jamie as her running away companion, mostly because he is a cheapskate and has enough money for them to run away in style. Unlike most that runaway, Claudia doesn't want to head for the woods or outdoors. Instead she and Jamie make their way to Manhattan and set-up new lives living in the  Metropolitan Museum of Art. They get away with it too, hiding during closing time, sleeping in the antique beds, and learning about the items in the museum. Things don't get really interesting until the beautiful Angel sculpture arrives at the museum. It is speculated that it was that it was sculpted by Michelangelo, but no one has proof. Claudia makes it her mission to find out the truth about the sculpture, and she will not return home until she knows it's full story. 

This book is so wonderful. I can actually picture Claudia and Jamie as they make their way into the city and as they figure out how they can make their adventure doable. It's easy to imagine Jamie insisting that he and Claudia be as frugal as possible, despite her desire to live with a little more fun.  This book really is the My Side of the Mountain for those that can't stand the outdoors. The only problem I have with this book is how it holds up for today's audiences. As this book was originally published in 1967, there are many things that have changed about the world. The book itself addressed the security of the museum, something that has greatly increased since the 60s. Other things that modern audiences could have difficulties with would be the fact that the two are able to survive in New York City on less than $30 and that they are able to come and go so easily without being recognized (a much tougher feat today as these two missing children would be all over social media today). Don't get me wrong, this book is still excellent, but I predict that kids that are familiar with the ways of the world today may be a little confused (unless this like so many other books has been modernized, but I really hope that is not a thing). 

I just cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has just about everything; adventure, education, a mystery, and most of all, fun.

Happy Reading!
-Melly

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley, illustrated by Ed Emberley

This book actually surprised me. I am familiar with the tale itself, but when I first started to read this re-telling, I couldn't help but assume it would have an altered, happy ending. I am pleased to say that this take on The Crocodile and the Scorpion was true to the old tale that I have heard many times before.

Neither the crocodile nor the scorpion is very intelligent. The scorpion wants to cross the river but knows he can't do it without help. Crocodile is able to help, but also know the risk that the scorpion has a deadly stinger. And the scorpion knows that crocodiles like to bite. Will the two be able to trust each other and get across to the other side of the river?

So what makes this version stand out from any other version? For me, it was the beautiful illustrations. Every page is an absolute work of art. Rebecca and Ed have created an absolute masterpiece. If you are familiar with the story, then you know it has a somewhat tragic end. I wouldn't recommend this book to the youngest of readers and I would count on kiddos asking questions about the ending,but I also think that book discussions are good at any age. Hope you like this book as much as I do!

Happy Reading!
-Melly

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: "Fallen Angel, Part II" by Tracie Podger

Title: Fallen Angel, Part II
Author: Tracie Podger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Cover by: Crackstone Designs
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

~Synopsis~

When Brooke Stiles had said, “It was in a small room in an office block in Washington, DC, that my life changed, forever,” she had no idea of the enormity of that statement. Just a few short months ago, Brooke, had lived a quiet suburban life in the UK. She now owns a closet of clothes she could only dream about and has been swept off her feet by trouble with a capital T. Once Robert Stone came to terms with the fact that he was in love with Brooke, he knew he could never let her go. Not letting her go means introducing her to his life, past and present. However, when Robert’s past and present collide, Brooke does the one thing that Robert begs her not to. Does it change her? Has that light that he sees in her eyes been extinguished? This is a story of an ordinary girl who finds the strength to become the extraordinary woman, and keeps her promise to the man she owes her existence to.

Add to your Goodreads To Be Read List

 

~ About the Author ~

Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She is a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor who has a passion for writing. Tracie has been so fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Connect with the Author: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads



Rock the Drop 2014!

I will be participating in this awesome event today! As I will also be driving to Texas, I have no idea where I will be leaving books, but it will most likely be in various gas stations on my trip. Keep your eyes open, people around the country will be participating (maybe even around the world) so who know where you might find a new book!

Happy Reading!
-Melly

Rock the Drop 2014
Operation Teen Book Drop 2014 will be held in honor of Support Teen Literature Day on Thursday, April 17th, 2014. Above is the banner celebrating the day and our fabulous sponsors: iheartdaily and Justine Magazine. Feel free to share the banner at your blog and on social media, then print out copies of the bookplate below. Slap the bookplates in your favorite YA books and leave the books in public spaces for lucky readers to discover.

Want to join in the fun? Here's how you can get involved:
* Follow @readergirlz on Twitter and tweet #rockthedrop
Print a copy of the bookplate and insert it into a book (or 10!) On April 18th, drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP!
(If you think people won't pick up the book, slap a Post-It or note on the front cover that reads, "Take this book - IT'S FREE!" Bonus points for using recycled paper and/or making your own funky design!)
Post the banner at your blog and social networks. Proclaim that you will ROCK THE DROP!
Snap a photo of your drop and post it at the readergirlz Facebook page. Then tweet the drop at #rockthedropwith all the other lovers of YA books.
Visit our blogFacebook page, and Twitter for more news and pictures before, during, and after the event!
Here's the bookplate - save, print, and paste.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Pandemonium" by Lauren Oliver

I enjoyed Pandemonium quite a bit more than Delerium. It felt like Oliver had hit her stride with the plot and the characters and the story got started a lot quicker this time around. Lena escaped her old life at the end of Delerium and now faces a new life in the wilds. She is soon adopted by a group of people that also make the wilds her home and begins to learn what it like to live without constant regulation but instead with fear of being caught rebelling. She no longer has Alex so has to make this transition mostly on her own. Soon she will be caught up in the fight against the government as those that are against The Cure try to make a change.

The book alternates between two story lines, both from Lena's perspective, just at different periods of time. I thought this was a very interesting plot device because no matter what trouble Lena was in during the "Then" segments, I knew she had to get out of it because of the "Now" segments. There is more action in this than in the first installment and I spent much of my time reading it on the edge of my seat. Though I did enjoy this book, I am still not the biggest fan of this series. As a whole it is good, but not the strongest set of books I have read. But at the end of the book I was entertained and anxious to read Requiem and that is part of makes it a worthwhile read.

Happy Reading!
-Melly

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own

Theme via: The Broke and the Bookish
  1. T-shirts depicting my favorite books that I would then take to author visits/conferences and get them signed (when possible).
    I actually have this one!

  2. Shoes also depicting book characters.
     
  3. A tablet that would make it easier to take my blogging on the go.
  4. A room big enough to just store books
  5. Shelves in said room that are set into the walls
  6. An awesome case for my kindle (I have one signed by Ellen Hopkins, it just isn't designed for the Kindle Paperwhite)
  7. Many library cards (to multiple libraries)
  8. This:
    Harry Potter Hogwarts checkered hoodie - Click Image to Close
  9. This:
    Looking for Alaska by John Green Miniature Book Necklace or Bookmark - Nerdfighter, Vlogbrothers, Hank Green
  10. And This:
    Baby-Sitters Club Minibooks

"Mortal Enchanment" by Stacey O'Neale: Cover Reveal

Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for
MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!
Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!
On to the reveal!

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...
If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!


Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Also available in PRINT from Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
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Today, Stacey O'Neale and Phoenix Reign Publishing are revealing the cover for

MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, releasing on May 20, 2014!

Check out the awesome cover and enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card!!!

On to the reveal!
Mortal Enchantment

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author


In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...

If you haven't read THE SHADOW PRINCE, you can download if NOW for FREE from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!
The Shadow PrinceEvery sacrifice has consequences.


Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:


Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.


Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Available for FREE on Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Also available in PRINT from Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Photoshoot-21Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.


Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.


Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.






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