Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a story about a small Island where horse racing is held on the beach each November. But these are not your typical horses, they are flesh eating sea monsters that the locals catch from the ocean each year. I thought this was a really unique idea for a story so I was excited to read it.

The story is told from the perspective of two different riders. One the returning champion and one the first girl to enter the deadly races. I'm not sure if I really like her style of writing. The story jumps rapidly between these two characters which made it hard for me at first to get into this book. It would be a couple page of Puck and then jump to a page of Sean, which made me feel like I wasn't getting enough information to really understand these characters. It just made me feel like their was more to their past that would help explain what led them to make the decisions they did. 

Really I would have liked more history on the Horse Races and more details about the Water Horses. The story was pretty slow moving, taking the entire book to cover about a month worth of events. But I have to admit that I got caught up in the story. I found the whole idea of man eating horses fascinating. I liked Puck and wanted her to succeed. By the end of the story I finally felt like I understood who these characters were and what they wanted from life. I actually really liked the ending, and I was glad I read the book.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Les Miserables - Official Trailer (HD)

This gives me chills every time I watch. I love Anne Hathway's version of this song. Just beautiful and so full of emotion. I am so excited for this movie now!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordan

This is the second book the the Heroes of Olympus Series, the follow up to the Percy Jackson series. 
Once again, I really enjoyed reading about Percy Jackson. This story was full of adventures, new monsters, and new friendships. I liked it just as much as the last one.

This one follows Percy Jackson, who has lost his memories, as he discovers Camp Jupiter and helps them in their quest to stop the Giants. 

I liked the new characters he meets and there are a couple things that make me think there is more to come about their pasts in future books. I always like when a book makes me guess what the future may hold and make me want to try to figure out what secrets from the past are still hidden.

The story does end somewhat abruptly. They complete their quest and then they are going to meet the Heroes from Camp Half blood and the story ends. It will be interesting to see if the next story will take off from that point or if it will go back a few months and follow Camp Half blood to the point they are about to meet Camp Jupiter. I'm excited to see how this story plays out but it looks like I will have to wait a while since the next book doesn't come out until October.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Which books sparked your love of a good mystery? Here are a few of mine.

The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
This are some of the first mysteries I remember reading. They are really fun and the perfect books to introduce the Mystery Genre to children. I loved reading about these four children who will do anything to stay together.

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Nancy Drew
by Carolyn Keene
I was immediately drawn to these books when they were first introduce to me. It was great to have a smart female role model to read about in a book. It shows young girls everywhere that it can be cool to be smart!

And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie

This is a classic and it  was my first Adult Mystery Novel. I read it when I was in High School and I loved it. I'm pretty sure that I was hooked to Mysteries after I read this book. Ten strangers are brought to an Island and then they start dying. Who brought them there to kill them? 
And Finally:

The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin

Did anyone else love this book as much as I did? I read it at least twice when I was in high school. I loved the story about a group of people brought together in an apartment complex to solve of murder of a Millionaire. They are read his will and charged to solve his murder by following the clues. I loved trying to solve the clues along with the characters. This should be considered a classic for all teens to read. It is an amazing example of Mystery writing.

I love mysteries! 
How about you?

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan

I really loved this book. I couldn't put it down. My husband didn't like it as much as the Percy Jackson Series but I'm not sure why.  It had just as much humor, action and drama and it was a great read. 

This book introduces you to three new heros and follows them on their first quest to save Hera. I liked all three of them and I thought it was fun that I got to see the story from each of their perspectives. I thought it was great that Roman mythology was involved in the story this time around. 

 Every time I read one of these books I wish I had learned more about Greek and Roman Mythology. I really think that I may have been able to figure out who some of the characters were quicker if I knew more. I sure do love learning about the different characters they run into along the way. 

I am very excited to start the next book in the series. In fact I already read the first chapter! Percy Jackson is back so that is always exciting. My husband loved the second book and I think this is the main reason. 

These are the kind of books that I love to read. Just the right amount of fantasy, with characters that make the impossible seem possible.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


by Neal Shusterman

I am so glad that I finally got to finish reading this series. This book was really good and I couldn't put it down. I think I read it in 2 days which for me is quite an accomplishment since it can be hard to find time to read when I have two young boys to take care of.

I loved how the story ended. It was the perfect ending. Seriously, it was like having all the piece to a puzzle come together to reveal a beautiful picture. Yup. I loved it that much.

I really enjoyed reading what happened to each of the characters that I had grown to love (or hate).

This was a great series. If you haven't read it yet, you need to!

Neal Shusterman has such a unique way of creating stories that are not only fun and interesting but also have layers. His stories are thought provoking and I love that about them.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Distant Waves

Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic
by Suzanne Weyn

This story follows a girl and her four sisters and the path that leads them to be on the Titanic during that tragic event. The story is fictional but many of the people that the sisters cross paths with were historical figures from that era. It was interesting how the author was able to create a fictional story but at the same time include real people and make it seem like those conversations could have truly happened.

Most of the story was a lead up to their voyage on the Titanic, the path that brought them to that fateful day and then it ends some what abruptly. I wished there had been a little bit more to the story. One minute the hit the ice burg and the next the story is wrapping up. 

It did make me want to read some Sherlock Holmes because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was in the story. Or maybe I will just watch the movie. I love that movie...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Children's Book Week

It is Children's Book Week.

I decided to participate by sharing some favorites from my childhood.

I know I have shared some in the past so here are a few more to add to my list. I really have a hard time narrowing it down to one favorite!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

I loved reading this book as a kid. It is fun, creative story and now it is a movie.  

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst

I can still relate to this story some times. Some days are just no good!

Cassie's Magic Flowers: The Story of Calico Crossings
by Nan Roloff

This was my favorite book to read when we visited my grandparents. I've never seen it anywhere else.
I loved how everything starts black and white and eventually becomes colorful.

 Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

This is a classic. Great pictures and great story. The author of this story just recently passed away. I'm sure that many, many people will remember this book fondly!

What was your favorite childhood book?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Animals are Fun

This week at the Library I tried picking out some animal books because my 2 year old is really into making animal sounds right now.

Here are some fun ones we found.

 Whose Chick Are You?
by Nancy Tafuri

Cute pictures and my boys liked the different types of birds that come to see the egg. My two year old is obsessed with Ducks right now so this book was perfect for him. (yes, I know that is actually a swan)

 I Got Two Dogs
by John Lithgow

This story comes with a music CD. We haven't listened to it yet but my boys like the story a lot so I'm sure they would love it set to music. I guess I should play it for them sometime soon. What's not to love with a story about 2 dogs!?

 Who Wakes Rooster?
by Clare Hodgson Meeker

Cute pictures and a fun story about a sleepy farm.
Lots of different animals to find which was just the kind of book I was looking for.

And out favorite new book:

Duck! Rabbit!
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

We think this book is really funny. My 4 year old keeps asking for the funny book. It makes him giggle  that the two people are arguing over what type of animal it is. So what animal is it a duck or a rabbit?