Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cinder


Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

I saw the cover for this book at the Library a while ago and was immediately intrigued. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy and I was not disappointed. This was a great book!

This is one of my favorite Sci fi books I have read. I loved how she took the story of Cinderella and created her own unique story. The book follows a young girl who is a cyborg in a futuristic earth, where an evil Lunar queen and a new plague is threatening the population. When her stepsister becomes infected her stepmother volunteers Cinder for Plague research.

I couldn't put this book down. It was such a fun story. I loved the characters and the world that the story is set in.  I didn't mind that I figured out very early on what the big reveal at the end of the book was going to be. I didn't think that changed the outcome of the book for me and will only become much more important in the books that follow.

I was also a big Sailor moon fan when I was younger and I definitely felt that the author put in some things that seemed to allude to the cartoon. It was really blatant but cool for someone who might be a fan too.

I can't wait to read the rest of this story. I have high hopes that the other books will be great too!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Club- May

Since I just read this months book not that long ago, I decided that I would watch the movie instead. I figured that it would at least jog my memory for when we got together to discuss the book.




You can read my post about The Book Thief (click Title for the link) but for those who have been reading my blog you may already remember just how much I loved this book. It is such a beautifully written story!

I thought that they did a good job with the movie. Sure there were things left out but it stayed true to the story. The casting was great too! I would definitely recommend this movie if you haven't seen it yet.

We had such fun discussing the book. We agreed that that would have been such a difficult time period to live through and the courage that some had to try saving others is truly touching.


Next Month's Book is...



Austenland 
by Shannon  Hale

Monday, May 26, 2014

Out of the Easy


Out of the Easy
by Ruta Sepetys


This is a story about a girl in the 1950's, whose mom works as a prostitute at Brothel in New Orleans, who hoped to get way from it all. The plot was very interesting and moved quickly. It took me very little time to get caught up in the story. I liked the characters and found myself hoping Josie could figure out how to get away from the life her mother had create for her. There was plenty of intrigue and drama which made for a fun read. I really enjoy historical fiction and found it fascinating to read about what life would have been like in New Orleans in the 1950's. My only complaint about this book was that it ended a  bit abruptly. It just seemed like there were lose ends that never really got tied up. I mean the story had an ending, so I wasn't left wondering what happened to Josie, but it just seemed like not everything got resolved to my satisfaction. (I hope that makes sense.) I still enjoyed the book though.

Monday, May 19, 2014

For the Kids

Here are some books from the library we had fun reading this week:


If You Give a Dog a Donut
by Laura Numeroff

This series is always fun to read. The dog is cute and my boys enjoyed the story. Hmmmm... I donut sounds good right now!


Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You!
by Leslie Muir

This was a cute story about a young vampire who gets his adult teeth and wants to try them out.


Three Hens and a Peacock
by Lester Laminack

This was a funny story about some hens who become jealous of all the attention a Peacock is getting at their farm. The pictures are beautiful and the story really fun to read.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Monsters

We checked out some books by Mercer Mayer from the Library this week. They have been a bug hit with the boys. My oldest was so excited to find some books that Grandma has at her house. I was surprised that he remembered about her collection. Although kids seem to have amazing memories, so I probably should not have been surprised! These fun books seem to also be about some kind of creature/monster that hides in different parts of the house and how the child deals with their fears.

Here are the couple we brought home:


There are Monsters Everywhere

The boys especially enjoyed this one because the boy learns karate to scare away the monsters. They love anything that involves fighting. Boys...


There's an Alligator Under My Bed

They though the ending to this one was funny because the boy decides he needs to warn his father about the Alligator.


Cute books and fun to read!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory


The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my all time favorite Young Adult writers. Her books are beautifully written and this one did not disappoint.

This story is about a teen girl who is trying to adjust to high school, while dealing with a Father who suffers from PTSD. This story was raw, emotional, and striking. It was an eye opening look into the lives of people affected by PTSD, especially Veterans of War. Anderson has a gift for creating a world where we get to peak inside someones head to truly understand what they are feeling. These are complex emotions and situations, that can be hard to understand if you have never experienced them. After reading this book I really feel like I have a better understanding of what Soldiers must go through, both in the field and after they come home. Most of the story is told from the girls perspective but there are a few chapters in between that give you a real glimpse into what the War was like for her father. War is not an easy thing to deal with and I thought that these chapters did a very nice job of highlighting the pain that it creates.

I really love Anderson's style of writing and I'm glad I picked this book up from the Library.

Here are a few of her other books that I have read, with links to my reviews:

   

Speak                                     Catalyst                                Wintergirls

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Son

Wahoo... I managed to read a book yesterday!


Son
by Lois Lowry

This is the final book in The Giver series and I thought it was a great conclusion. This was my favorite of the three books that follow The Giver. I enjoyed it so much I finished it all in one day. I love a good book that I can't put down.

I think I liked this book so much because it brought all the books together really well. The questions from the first book were answered and I liked learning more about the society that Jonas came from. The story was fascinating and there were some great new characters. Spoiler: I loved reading about Gabe's Mother and what became of her, after Jonas escaped with Gabe.

I love when a series ends so satisfactorily. I would definitely recommend reading all four books.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Ocean at The End of the Lane

I managed to read the book this months book club. Thankfully it was a quick, easy read and I was able finish it all in one day.


The Ocean at The End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

This story definitely wasn't what I expected. Although it is by Neil Gaiman so I should have assumed that it would have a supernatural and unpredictable story line. I think that is why I enjoy reading his books so much. They are always so unique and create such an interesting view of the world.

I can't say that this was my favorite book of his (I still love The Graveyard Book and Stardust) but the story drew me in and I couldn't put the book down. There were times I found the story to be strange but still fascinating.

We were talking at Book Club and it was interesting that we all agreed that the Villain in the book was scariest in her human form. Once she was in her supernatural form she didn't seem so frightening. It was definitely interesting to read a story about a young boy who has to deal with an adult doing terrible things and having to find a way out. Children are so dependent on adults and it is very easy for adults to make escape from them very difficult.

I really liked the character of Lettie, the young girl he meets, who helps him get free. I think she was a great example of what true friendship means.

I enjoyed this book and it really seems like the story is so much deeper then a man reliving a supernatural event from his childhood. It says so much about childhood, memories, and sacrifice. Is this how the events really happened or is this the way he imagined it has a child, has a way to deal with the change world around him?



Next Months book is...



The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak