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Want It Wednesday #15 (Geektastic Edition!)

I'm mixing things up this week and letting out my inner geek!:) Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd (I couldn't find any cover art!) About the Book: (From Amazon) Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr. With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on! GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I have been wanting this book since I

Thank You!!!

Wow-I've reached 100 followers! Thanks so much-you guys are the best. Don't forget this is the last day to enter my blogiversary contest! And I might be throwing another contest soon!:)

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Rating: 5/5 Stars Genre: Contemporary/Humor Release Date: February 2006 (an oldie but a goodie !) About the Book: Ashley is just a normal girl who wants nothing more for high school to be over. She's ready to be out of her parents house and move in with her boyfriend . Ashley is definitely not the prom going type. But when a math teacher steals the prom money, Ashley finds herself on the prom committee and sucked in to helping her best friend make this the best prom ever. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm trying to catch up on all my Laurie Halse Anderson books and so far this one tops my list! I loved Ashley and thought she was a great main character. There were so many great lines and I wish I could have quotes, but since I listened to this one on audio, it was hard to keep track. The thing I loved most about this book was Ashley's family. I found her family to so refreshing. There's always YA books where the family is dysfunctional, the teens don't get along with


So I joined Twitter again. I had an acount about a year ago, but never did anything with it, so I deleted it. But, now that so many of you are on Twitter, I thought I'd better join again. If you want to follow me, you can find me at greenbeanblog (my whole name wouldn't fit-how sad is that?) Happy Twittering!:)

Zombie Chicken Award

Thanks to Melissa for giving me the Zombie Chicken Award-I love it!:) Here's the rules: The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all... Some of these people might have gotten this award already, but these are five blogs I would brave zombie chickens to read: Shooting Stars Mag -she was one of my first followers and first blogs I found. She made me feel welcome in the blogging world-and she totally rocks!:) Bookworm at BookwormBookLovers -I love how much our reading patter

The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

Rating: 3/5 Stars Release Date: January 13, 2009 Genre: Contemporary/Romance/Girls in Sports About the Book: Parker Stanhope's junior year is not starting out right. Everyone got moved up to Varsity soccer, except two players-one of which was Parker. Parker knows she should be on varsity-she's a good player, she's worked hard and all her friends are there. But now her friends are cutting her loose, she's stuck with a team of (gasp!) freshman, and her reputation is on the line. Parker comes up with a crazy plan to get herself on varsity and back with her friends by pulling a stunt at the upcoming sports fair. She'll get a kiss at the kissing booth that will raise so much, the soccer team will have to make the most money and Coach Hartley will just have to put her on the team! But the kiss has to look real, and Parker doesn't have much experience in that department. Parker needs a kissing coach and the boy across the street seems to know a lot... GreenBeanTeenQu


I've been thinking about book ratings recently and I'm interested in finding out what everyone thinks about them. Right now I rate books on a five star system. Do other people use a rating system? Do you like when reviews have a rating? Are there other things reviewers should include when coming up with a rating? I know I look at Amazon ratings, but even if a book has a low rating, I'm still going to read it if I'm interested in. I also like to see what the people who have given a book I really liked a low rating have to say about it. I don't know that a rating really helps in my decision of a book over a general review. I don't really look at other ratings on other sites, even though I can rate books on LibraryThing, Visual Bookshelf, etc. I think I just get too lazy to go through and rate everything. Should I keep rating books or just write a review? I'd love to hear what others have to say.

Want It Wednesday #14

Band Geeked Out by Josie Bloss Release Date: April 1, 2009 About the Book: (From Amazon) Senior year is here, and trumpet goddess Ellie Snow is facing her toughest decision yet. When she gets accepted to an all-girls college out east (which doesn’t have a marching band), Ellie’s lock-step life and future plans are thrown totally out of sync. Confusion abounds when she visits the beautiful campus and meets Alex, a girl who’s free and fun—and completely unlike anyone she’s ever known. Will Ellie trade the familiar safety of home and her cute sophomore boyfriend, Connor, for the cool newness of . . . something else? GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I reviewed Band Geek Love back when it came out and loved it. As a choir person and friends with many band geeks, I could relate. I'm excited to read more about Ellie. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede Release Date: April 15, 2009 About the Book: (From Amazon) Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh so

Teaser Tuesday

So I keep seeing everyone else with their Teaser Tuesday posts and it's so much fun I'm going to try and post some here and there. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB . Here's the Rules: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Please avoid spoilers! He bit back a smile, dribbling the ball. "Well, well, if it isn't the love of my life." "Yeah. About time you realized the effect I have on you." -The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro page 89

More Blog Awards? You guys rock!:)

I was nominated for the Sisterhood Award from Insert Book Title Here ! Here are the rules to spread the sisterhood spirit: 1. Put the logo on your blog or post. 2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude! 3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post. 4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog. 5. Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award. I nominate the following blogs-I have to pick librarians, since we're pretty much a sisterhood of our own :) Plus all these ladies are super nice!! 1. Abby (the) Librarian -I love her reviews. Plus she posts an awesome around the internet post that has all sorts of great links! 2. Cupcake Witch -Great reviews and fun posts and her vlogs always make me laugh. 3. Carrie at Carrie's YA Bookshelf -Fun reviews and contests, plus she works at a bookstore which is super cool and is working on her MLS like me!:) Bookworm nominated me for the Proximity Awar

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Rating: 5/5 Stars Genre: Fantasy Release Date: July 7, 2009 About the Book: Beatrice Shakespeare Smith lives in a theater. She's not an actress, but she knows every part. The Theatre Illuminata is the only home Bertie has ever know. But one mishap too many has the Theater Director determined to send Bertie on her way-unless she can prove that she is a valuable part of the Theater. Now Bertie must fight for her home while unlocking the secrets of her past... GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I'll try to control my gushing and fan girliness over this book, but Eyes Like Stars is amazing!!! This has to be one of the most creative, imaginative, beautiful novels I have read. I loved the setting of the Theatre Illuminata and the idea that all the players of every play lived in the theater and were able to be called upon whenever they are needed (and sometimes when they're not needed!) Lisa Mantchev has managed to capture the magic of the theater in this stunningly writte

Review Policy

Here's my review policy as of March 2013: Reviewing Policy: I am willing to accept most types of books, but I focus on young adult and middle grade fiction. My favorite genres are romance, paranormal, historical, science fiction and fantasy, although I am open to other genres. I will accept books from all publishers. I do not accept self-published books and some independent books at this time. I will accept emails from authors and publishers for review requests, but only respond if it is a title I am interested in. I can not guarantee a positive review, but will be open and honest in all my reviews. I will also not guarantee a review of every book I receive. I will notify authors and publishers when a review is posted if provided with contact information. In addition to blogging, I work full time as a librarian. I am also heavily involved in work for ALA and my state library association. This means I have a lot of commitments outside of my blog that must come first. I love blogg

Want It Wednesday #13

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel Release Date: July 7, 2009 (YAY! It got moved up!!!) About the Book: (This is Book 2 in The Immortals Series, so there may be spoilers in the synopsis): Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day... GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was super excited to read Evermore and I was thrilled when I got an ARC and was able to review it a few months before it came out. Bad p

Weekly Geek: Worst Book to Movie

Here's this weeks Weekly Geek: Worst movie adaptations: The recent release of Watchmen based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore got me thinking about what I thought were the worst movie adaptations of books. What book or books did a director or directors completely ruin in the adaptation(s) that you wish you could "unsee," and why in your opinion, what made it or them so bad in contrast to the book or books? My pick is the 1995 TV Movie of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler . Mixed Up Files was my favorite book when I was in fifth grade. It was also one of the first book I listened to on audio (on cassette!) I would listen to the book every night before I went to be for weeks and was always checking it out from the library. The idea of running away and living in a muesuem like Claudia and Jamie do just seemed so fabulous to me-and then you add in a mystery about art??? I was hooked. So when my mom opened the TV Guide two years later and said "l

Teen Book Drop

Last year my library participated in Teen Book Drop and donated books to one of our local hospitals. They were thrilled to get books from us. If you get the chance this year, join in on Teen Book Drop. Everyone needs a great book to read!

Interview with Allie Emerson from Moonstone by Marilee Brothers

After I read Moonstone by Marilee Brothers , I knew I had to get an interview with the books wonderfully spunky main character Allie. Check it out: 1. What can you tell us about the moonstone? Allie: Wow! It’s hard to know where to begin. The whole moonstone drama was totally unexpected. One minute, I was just your average teenage girl trying to survive her freshman year. Then, within twenty-four hours – whammo - I fell off a ladder onto an electric fence, acquired a guardian angel and the town witch gave me the moonstone and insisted I’m a Star Seeker meant to save the world from evil. What’s even weirder is that the moonstone has all sorts of magical functions. But, since it doesn’t come with an owner’s manual, it’s up to me to figure it out what they are. Bottom line: be careful what you wish for. Magic powers come with a lot of baggage! 2. What’s it like growing up in a small town like Peacock Flats, Washington? Allie: Since I live in the middle of an orchard, it’s pretty frui

Moonstone by Marliee Brothers

Rating: 4/5 Stars Genre: Paranormal Release Date: August 1, 2008 About the Book: Allie lives in small town Peacock Flats in a trailer on her Uncle's property. Her mom has retired from life and Allie faces school bullies and drama queens on a daily basis. After an electrical zap while trying to fix the TV antenna, Allie finds herself with a crazy hippie guaridan angel and psyhic powers. When her neighbor and town "witch" gives Allie a powerful moonstone and claims Allie plays a part in a prophecy she's been holding on to and calls her a "star-seeker", Allie's not sure this is what she signed up for. But when some unsavory characters show up and appear to be after the moonstone, Allie knows she's got her destiny to fulfill. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: With so many paranormal young adult books out right now it's hard for each one to be different or stand out. Marilee Brothers succeeds in creating a fun original heroine in Allie. Allie is smart, sassy

Where do you Read?

I take books with me everywhere and I pretty much always have an audiobook going in my car and my office. I read everywhere I can-waiting for appointments, at lunch, on break, at home, in the bathtub (I'm really careful not to drop my books in!)-I always have a book with me. Whenever we go out to eat, I take a book with me so I can read while we're waiting for a table. My fiance Andy makes fun of me for this and hates that I do it because I "ignore" him. I tell him he gets my attention all through dinner, so he can give me the 10-15 minute wait to read a book, especially since I'm reading books for review! Last night we went to TGI Friday's and when we walked through the crowd of waiting people to put our name in I noticed a guy standing against the wall reading a book while he was waiting. (I think he was late teens-early 20s, but I'm not for sure. He was reading a mystery.) I laughed as I pulled mine out too and said "See Andy? I'm not the only

Blog Awards!!!

Wow-I got nominated three times for two blog awards this week! I'm feeling very loved:) Th e first award is the Premio Dardos Award from Alyce at At Home With Books. Check her blog out-she's got great reviews!! This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his or her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. Ok, I know I'm supposed to nominate 15 blogs but most of the blogs I want to nominate have been chosen already. I'm going to pick a couple blogs that made my week this week! 1. My Favorite Author -they rocked by having the awesome Jessica Day George stop by for an interview! 2. Not So Closet Geeks -they're hosting Geek Fest and it's been a blast! If you haven't checked it out, be sure to do so. There are lots of great interviews and contests! The second award I got was the I Love Your Blog Award. I got this from Wrighty and Epic Rat . Thanks guys-I love your blogs too!:) I'm giving this award

Author Interview Winners

The past two weeks I have hosted two author interviews. The first was with Storyheart , author of Across the Pond. The second was with Kathryn Fitzmaurice , author of The Year the Swallows Came Early. Each interview had a contest with it and here are the winners! Winner of a copy of Across the Pond: Erika Lynn 1st Winner of The Year the Swallows Came Early: MJ 2nd Winner of The Year the Swallows Came Early: Carlene Winners, let me know where you'd like your prizes sent and I'll get them sent your way! Congrats!

Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard

Rating: 4/5 Stars Genre: Regency Romance (and time travel!) Release Date: June 11, 2009 About the Book: Callie is on a class trip to London and she's miserable. When she overhears a group of popular girls talking about how they plan to sneak in a club that night, Callie is determined to join them. But first she needs something to make her cool-Prada heels! Callie is a huge klutz and one step in those three inch Prada heels send her tumbling over-and waking up in 1815! There Callie gets mistaken for a long lost friend of Emily. Callie soon gets mixed up in family scandal, engagements, and high society-and she can't seem to keep from butting heads with the arrogant (but very hot) duke Alex. GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book was so much fun-I loved every minute of it! Callie is a fun modern girl and Regency England just isn't sure what to do with her. I loved the authors ideas of how a modern girl would react to the customs and society of 1815. Callie's adventures were c

Blogiversary & New Contest

Wow I can't believe I have been blogging a year! I first started blogging back in March, which is the same time I started reviewing books for My blog was born out of a way to keep track of the books I read, even the ones I didn't review for TRT, so I could go back to them when I needed good book suggestions and booktalk ideas. Now I have followers, author interviews, contests and tons of books to read, plus an awesome community of book lovers that I'm so glad I connected with! So, to say thanks for making this blog a wonderful success, I am hosting a new contest!! The contest will run between now and April 1, to celebrate the start of a new blogging year. I am giving away three prizes this time. The grand prize is a pack of books (the first three books I ever reviewed on my blog) and a $10 gift card to The books are: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel Second

Want It Wednesday #12

I have been eagerly awaiting this weeks Want It Wednesday post since last Wednesday when I fell in love with a new series I saw on Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf . Thank you Lauren! Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton Release Date: December 22, 2009 (Waaay too long, I know!) About the Book: (From the Author's Site) Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.) Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired…and before Maya ends up with her heart split in

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Rating: 4/5 Stars Genre: Fantasy Release Date: 3/18/2008 About the Book: (From the Book): Benevolence is not your typical princess and Princess Ben is certainly not your typical fairy tale. With her parents lost to unknown assassins, Princess Ben ends up under the thumb of the conniving Queen Sophia, who is intent on marrying her off to the first available “specimen of imbecilic manhood.” Starved and miserable, locked in the castle’s highest tower, Ben stumbles upon a mysterious enchanted room. So begins her secret education in the magical arts: mastering an obstinate flying broomstick, furtively emptying the castle pantries, setting her hair on fire . . . But Ben’s private adventures are soon overwhelmed by a mortal threat facing the castle and indeed the entire country. Can Princess Ben save her kingdom from annihilation and herself from permanent enslavement? GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love fairy tale-ish stories and Princess Ben was the perfect combination of magic, fantasy,

Weekly Geek Quote

I first found out about Weekly Geeks through the wonderful Erika Lynn . This weeks Weekly Geek Assignment is to pull a quote a day from your favorite books. I'll hopefully be able to pull a quote a day, but I decided to post one of my all time favorites today. "He'll be famous...a legend...I wouldn't be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future ... there will be books written about Harry -- every child in our world will know his name!"- Minerva McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone I love this quote because it really sums up the whole Harry Potter phenomenon, and it was written in the first book in the first chapter before J.K. Rowling really knew that what she was writing to be true in her wizarding world would become true in the real world too! That just amazes me every time I think about. I think that's the main reason this is my favorite quote from Harry Potter. I have a ton of other quotes I like from the series t

February Reading List

I didn't get any books in my mailbox this week, so instead I'll post about what I read in February. Here's what I read in February: 1. Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells ( My Review ) 2. Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman ( my review ) 3. Project Sweet Life by Brent Hartinger ( my review ) 4. Across the Pond by Storyheart ( my review and author interview ) 5. Water Steps by A. LaFaye ( my review ) 6. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder ( my review ) 7. Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman ( my review ) 8. Moonstone by Marileen Brothers (review to come) 9. Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Mudock (review to come)

Day In the Life of a Teen Librarian

Abby from Abby (the) Librarian posted a day in the life of a children's librarian, so it inspired me to post about my job as a Teen Librarian. My days are all a little different, since some days I have programs and others I don't, so I'll just include what happens on a typical program day. Every day in the teen department is different which is one of the reasons I love my job-I never know what that day will hold!:) This picture is from a tour of the Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch at the ALSC Conference I attended last year (yep, I got paid to meet authors and tour libaries and learn about cool library stuff!) 10:30AM-Arrive at work, straighten up New Books and check that XBOX is on before heading out to the Reference Desk. 10:30AM-1:00PM-Work on adult reference desk. Typical questions asked: Can you help me find a book about (fill in the blank)? I want to place a hold on several DVDs? Can you look up a phone number for me? I'm doing a research project and I

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Today I have a wonderful interview with debut author Kathryn Fitzmaurice, author of The Year the Swallows Came Early. Check out my review . Kathryn will also be giving away signed copies of the book to two lucky commentors. You have a week to enter-drawing will be held March 13. -Where did you get the idea for The Year the Swallows Came Early? Kathryn Fitzmaurice: When I sat down to write the book, I had two ideas in my mind. The first one was that I wanted to include the swallows and their annual migration to San Juan Capistrano each year. And the second one was that I wanted to write about my grandmother and her unfinished manuscripts which she left to me when she passed away. I am not really the type of writer who uses an outline. I had a general idea of where I wanted the story to go, but really, the story fell into place as I wrote it. -Groovy's great-grandmother was a sci-fi writer as well as your grandmother. I know that you gave Groovy your grandmother's nam

Teen Books Everyone Should Know

I saw this on Facebook today and then again on some blogs, so I thought I'd fill it out and share. It's not fair though, because there are so many on this list that I've checked out from the library meaning to read but haven't gotten to them yet! Instructions: Put an "X" next to the books you've read Put a "+" next to the books you LOVE Put a "*" next to the books you plan on reading Tally your "X"s at the bottom Share with your friends! 1. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy / Douglas Adams 2. Kit's Wilderness / David Almond 3. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie * 4. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson * 5. Feed / M.T. Anderson 6. Flowers in the Attic / V.C. Andrews 7. 13 Reasons Why / Jay Asher X 8. Am I Blue? / Marion Dane Bauer 9. Audrey Wait! / Robin Benway X 10. Weetzie Bat / Francesca Lia Block * 11. Tangerine / Edward Bloor 12. Forever / Judy Blume * I have to read for grad school 13. What I Sa

Want It Wednesday #11

No, I really didn't plan that both my books this week had similar covers. Both of these books have romance, but the stories seem to go deeper than typical light romance or chick-lit. Does anyone know what that would be called, other than "Sarah Dessen-esque?" (Which I totally just made up!) Waiting for you by Susane Colasanti Release Date: May 14, 2009 About the Book: At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? GreenBeanTeenQu

Shower Photos

I mentioned last Thursday that I was heading up to Illinois for my wedding shower. I got asked to share some photos, so here you go!:)

I Am Fabulous Award

Aww...I am so flattered to be nominated for the I Am Fabulous Blog Award. I was nominated by Marie at CupcakeWitch and Bookworm at BookwormBookLovers . I love both of these blogs so much, so I was tickeled that these awesome bloggers like my blog!:) Here are the rules: List five things you are obsessed with/addicted to and then nominate five other fabulous blogs to pass on this award on to! My five things: 1) Books , of course! I can't have enough. I'm addicted to getting books from the library and buying books whenever and wherever I can. I always have been addicted to books-my first word was actually book! 2) Blogging - I am seriously addicted to blogger. I spend waay too much time checking every update on every blog I follow, but I love it and I love connecting with other book lovers. I think this one goes hand in hand with #1! 3) Scrubs -I got my fiance to watch Scrubs a few years back because I liked it and thought he would too. Well, now he's hooked and it&#