Tuesday, May 31, 2011


by Scott Westerfeld

I chose this book for two reasons. The first reason was that it is a steampunk novel and the second was that I really enjoyed his Uglies/Pretties series.

Steampunk is a blending of science fiction and history. The name comes from the fact that it often includes Victorian age social and technological  elements such as steam power. The books can be set in that era in history or a world that contains Victorian elements.

I first discovered this genre while reading one of my Favorite blogs Epbot.com. If you click on the link it will take you to some cool pictures of Steampunk style weddings and give you an idea of what Steampunk is, if you are unfamiliar with the genre. Fascinating stuff!

So when I saw that Scott Westerfeld wrote a steampunk novel I decided that I had to check it out and lucky for me my Library had it.

I try really hard not to compare an authors other books but honestly it is really hard not to. Especially when I enjoyed his other series so much. It is a great Sci Fi series!

I though the story was interesting but I just did not enjoy it as much as his other books. I didn't love the characters and the story was a little slow moving for me.

The steampunk aspect of it was very interesting. It was set during the beginning of World War I and both sides have developed scientific advances that could help them win the war.

I do think this a book that both boys and girls could enjoy.  I thought it was nice that there were two main characters, a boy from the Clanker view point who are all about mechanical advancements and a girl from the Darwinst viewpoint who are all about creating new animal life forms.

But overall I was a little disappointed in this book.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Water for Elephants

Water For Elephants
by Sara Gruen

It took me a while to get a hold of this book. I was 79th on the holds list at the library but It finally became available last week. I really hate buying a book unless I know I'm going to like it even if it is a best seller. I was really excited to finally read this book and find out what all the fuss was about.

First I will start with what I liked about this book. A few years ago I worked with elephants and so it should come as no surprise that I just fell in love with Rosie the Elephant. She was portrayed as intelligent and endearing.

I though the story was fascinating and the characters interesting. It gave me a perspective of what life in the circus in the 1930's might have been like. I also liked how the author switched between present day and the past. Between where Jacob was in his 90's and what he was doing in his early 20's. I also liked how she ended the story.

But with all that being said I was disappointed with some of the other content of this book. The sexual content was just too much for my taste. Sometimes it is better to just leave somethings to the imagination. I do not think I needed all the detailed descriptions of these encounters to come to the conclusion that many of the circus folks were sleazy and amoral. This really highlights my reasons for not wanting to buy a book before I read it first.

Of course after reading this book I am really excited to see the movie. I think that this story will be great as a film. I think this may be one of those rare cases where I like the movie more than the book. But I'm getting ahead of myself now so I guess I shall just have to wait and see if that holds true.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


by Laurie Halse Anderson

This story is a haunting tale of a teenager's struggle with Anorexia. It delves deep into the emotional and physical challenges a person with anorexia might face.  It explores the triggers that cause this desire to continually lose weight.

I found the story to be fascinating and eye opening. It was interesting to read about the distorted self image, the attempts to hide the truth and the physical toil the disease takes on the body. I also found it interesting how unaware her family seemed to be about how deadly her struggle had become.

The story was very intense at parts but I could not put it down. I ached for her and could not stop reading as her desire to live came into direct conflict with her desire to lose weight.

I though this was a great book and a must read, especially for parents and teens who want to understand the struggles that those with eating disorders face on a daily basis.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fablehaven Update

Grip of the Shadow Plague
by Brandon Mull

Secrets of the Dragon Sancuary
by Brandon Mull

Finished book 3 and 4.  Still loving the series. Lots of exciting twist and turns. They are full of adventure, courage and fascinating characters.

I've always enjoyed books about Dragons  and book 4 is full of them. One of my new favorite characters is one of the Dragons. I really hope he is in the next book.

Now on to book 5, once I find it!

The Fires of Jubilee

The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner's Fierce Rebellion
by Stephen B. Oates

I have always loved History. I find it fascinating. Some of my favorite books are Historical fiction. Novels based around a specific culture and time period.

This book is not a Fictional novel. It is a Biography of Nate Turner written by a historian who wanted to explore his life and what lead to his Rebellion.

I don't often read Non- fiction but sometimes I come across one that peaks my interest. My husband was actually assigned this book for his History class and I picked it up because I wanted to know what it was about.

I thought the author did a great job of portraying the life of the southern slave owner and the life of their slaves. It was a very interesting read. I don't remember learning about him in school and I learned a lot about that era from this book.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fun reads

Looking for something funny to read your kids. Here are couple books that we find hilarious at our house.

The Odd Egg
By Emily Gravett

I love the drawings in this book and the story is funny. It is the perfect book for littles who have short attention spans. Only a few words on each page and awesome pictures!

Where's My Mom
by Julia Donaldson

My son could not stop laughing at this book. Easy and fun to read, it really is a great little story. The pictures are fun too. Even I thought it was a clever and funny story. Win-win at our house.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Digby Takes Charge

Digby Takes Charge
by Caroline Jane Church

Looking for a cute, fun book to read to your kids?
Well, this is the one for you.

I really loved this book about a Border Collie who must figure out how to herd 6 very stubborn sheep.

The pictures are adorable and I loved the story. A great way to teach your kids about saying please. Seriously, it was adorable!