Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I am so happy to be sleeping in my own bed again. I hope you all had better luck in this icky weather than I did. I'll be posting the contest winners later today-once I get a chance to finish catching up on everything. Stay warm everyone!!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
About the Book: This story takes place about eight weeks after Emma- Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Emma-Jean has developed a crush on Will Keeler and is hoping she can dance with up at the seventh grade dance. Her friend Colleen is worried that no one will ask her to the dance, but when a note shows up in Colleen's locker, Emma-Jean decides to help Colleen find her secret admirer.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I just fell in love with Emma-Jean when I read Lauren Tarshis' first book, so I was thrilled when I saw on her site a sequel is due out in May! Emma-Jean is a grea character and one you will remember, so if you haven't read Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, get your hands on it now-trust me, you'll be glad you did!
The Amarant Enchantment by Julie Berry
About the Book: (From Amazon) When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart
of a prince.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I came across this one in my Shelfari searches and I knew I had to read it! The cover is just beautiful and the story sounds like a great fantasy/fairy tale, which I'm always up for reading. Look for this debut author's book to come out March 3.
Sent (The Missing) Book 2 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
About the Book: Ok, I can't really say much about this one without giving away the story, so you'll just have to read my review of book one in the series, Found.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Book one in the series, Found, ended with such a HUGE cliffhanger, I can't wait for August to come so I can keep reading! The good thing is, author Margaret Peterson Haddix apologized for the cliffhanger ending on her site,
so I guess I'll forgive her. This series is a great action/adventure/suspense read that's great for all ages, so I'm looking forward to sharing this one with my brother, who is also eagerly awaiting August.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
In honor of it being Audio book Friday, I have chosen to review the Audio books for Harry Potter series. (I love the British adult covers for the Harry Potter books, so that is why I have used them as the picture rather than the American covers. Although I have to say that Mary GrandPre does a wonderful job on the cover art on the American covers as well.)
Now I know that this series is old news by now and most of us have found out Harry’s ultimate fate already, but what most people do not know is that the Audio books performed by Jim Dale are some of the best ever made.
About the books: This series chronicles the story of Harry Potter, a orphaned British boy with a lightning shaped scar on his forehead who discovers that he is a wizard. Harry, who is a famous hero in the secret “wizarding world”, leaves his muggle (non-wizard) family to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he makes his way through a world of magic that he never knew existed, Harry discovers that his fate is somehow entwined with Lord Voldemort, the most evil wizard to have ever lived.
Andy says: J.K. Rowling crafts a masterful story and Jim Dale’s execution of over 400 different character voices are a joy to listen to. Jim Dale’s dulcet tones describing Rowling’s vibrant characters and majestic backdrop weaves its own spell around the listener. My only criticism is that Dale’s voices for the young female characters still sound a bit masculine. However, the whole of his performance more than makes up for this one shortcoming. I give these audio books 5 stars and I cannot wait to listen to them with my children. And because I can’t wait I will get them from the library again soon.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
About the Book: When Danny visits the museum, he discovers that there's a dinosaur there that's still alive! Danny and his new friend the dinosaur end up spending a fun filled day together, playing hid and seek, helping people cross the street, and giving rides to Danny's friends.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Danny and the Dinosaur was one of the books I had my parents read to me over and over again. I would take it bed with me and read it every day. I even heard the story so much, I could recite the story and knew when to turn the pages to make it look like I was really reading it. I'm not sure if it was the idea of having a fun dinosaur as a pet or the pictures or the simple story, but something about this book made me smile every time I read it. I went on to learn to read to all of Syd Hoff's books and Danny and the Dinosaur helped me become the reader I am now. This book will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for teaching me the joy of reading, Danny and the Dinosaur!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Ok, seriously, how cute are these shoes??? I saw them on Meg Cabot's website last week and I have been lusting after them ever since! If only I had a good place to wear them. As cute as they would look at my school visits for summer reading, I'm afraid I'd end up tripping over myself. (Which surely would entertain the teens!) I just had to share with everyone, because they deserve to be shared.
This Twilight thing has gotten so out of control, there's now Twilight perfume! I guess that's what happens when you can't think of anything else to market the movie. Yes, Harry Potter has Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, but at least those were in the books. The perfume-not so much. But I must admit, as silly as I think it is, it's in a pretty cute bottle. I just hope it smells good, or my library will be full of funky smelling teens!
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I couldn't find a summary online anywhere, but the story revolves around Kat, who is a psychic, and in middle school. The first book in the series, School Spirit was one of the first books I reviewed for TeensReadToo.com, so this series holds a special place in my heart.
When the Earl of Blackmoor is mysteriously killed, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. But will Alex's heart be stolen in the process? In an adventure brimming with espionage, murder, and other clandestine affairs, who could possibly have time to worry about finding a husband? Romance abounds as this year's season begins!
What are you wanting this Wednesday?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
The other thing Antonia is dreaming of is her first kiss. She’s hoping it will be from the very cute love of her life Andy Rotellini.
There’s also Michael McGinnis, who Antonia was friends with a couple of summers ago. Her friend Maria seems to think there’s something between them, but Antonia doesn’t want to agree.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Winners, let me know where you'd like your books sent and I'll get them out right away. Stay tuned because tomorrow I'm posting a new batch of books!
About the Book: Thirteen years ago, a plane mysteriously landed, and the only people on board were babies.
Now, thirteen-year-old Jonah and his friend Chip are beginning to receive anonymous letters in the mail that say "You are one of the missing" and "Beware! They're coming back to get you."
Who is after Jonah and Chip? And how can they find the answers to who they really are?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: One thing I love about this book is that it's such a great sell to my tweens and teens. They love anything written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, so they were thrilled when this book came out. Add in a short suspenseful booktalk and they're off reading which makes this librarian smile.
The audiobook for this book wasn't wonderful, but it wasn't terrible either. The narrator had a soothing tone that actually added to the suspense of the story. There were several times I didn't want to turn it off because I wanted to know what would happen next. The voices weren't very distinct though, which made the characters blend together at times.
The story itself is great and has a neat twist that I hadn't figured out. There's plenty of action and suspense to keep readers reading well into the night.
Right after I picked up my copy, one of my teens came up to me and said he had just listened to the audiobook and did I know when the sequel was coming out because he couldn't wait! After finishing this one, I have to agree. SENT (THE MISSING BOOK 2) is out on August 25th, and if you're not a fan of cliffhanger endings, I would wait to read FOUND!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Rating: 5/5 Stars
About the Book: Since the accident that killed her family, Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story just by touch. She also has regular conversations with her dead sister. She didn’t ask for these new talents and her efforts to hide her gifts have left her a freak at her high school. But when Damen Auguste enters the picture, everything changes.
Damen is movie-star gorgeous, mysterious, and the one person who can block all the psychic energy Ever keeps trying to avoid. Damen and Ever are drawn to each other, but Ever can’t shake the feeling that there is something that he’s hiding. He’s the only person that Ever can’t read anything about. Damen has no aura, Ever can’t hear his thoughts, and she has know idea who - or what - he really is.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: First off, how can you resist that cover? It's so beautiful and mysterious and it captures the story perfectly!
Every once in awhile, a book comes along that I end up getting sucked into and become addicted. EVERMORE was one of those books. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about how I could sneak away to read some more. I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. When I finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.
Ever is a wonderfully realistic character that grows throughout the novel. The guilt she feels over her family’s accident and her grieving process are heart-wrenchingly real, as is her growing acceptance of her new psychic gifts. I also loved the scenes with Riley, Ever’s little sister. Who knew a ghost could be so funny and charming? I know she’s just waiting to have her own series written about her. And Damen…well, what can I say - I’m in love. If you’re looking for a new lit-boy crush, Damen is it.
Alyson Noel knows how to write for and about teens, and this is one of her best books yet. I can’t wait to find out more about the mysterious Damen and step into Ever’s world again.
Combining mystery and romance, EVERMORE is the beginning of the next must-read paranormal series. Be sure to get your hands on this one - you’ll be swept away.
Here's my star ratings:
5 star=Go out and read this book now-you will love it!
4 star=It's a great read-you're sure to like it.
3 star=A good read-give this one a shot.
2 star=An okay book-some readers will like it.
1 star=Sorry, I didn't like it.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Evermore by Alyson Noel.
About the Book: (from the cover): Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, to be honest I was super lucky and got an ARC of this one and reviewed it for teensreadtoo.com (review coming soon to my blog!) But I'm such a big fan that I can't wait until the book comes out so I can buy copies to give to friends and buy a copy for myself that I won't mind passing around to those who want to read it (I feel protective of my ARC copy and would hate to lose it!)
The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor
About the Book: (from Amazon): Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrounded by thorns.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This one is from a debut author, so if I decide to do the '09 debut author challenge, I'll be one author in with this one-yay! I've read some great reviews and heard some buzz about this book and even some whispered comparisons to Sarah Dessen-so I can't wait to read this one!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
More Than Friends: Poems From Him and Her by Sara E. Holbrook and Allan Wolf
Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell (signed by the author!!)
Don't forget all entries will go in the grand prize drawing to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card and prize pack of books! Drawing will be held Jan. 9.
Each week in January, I will be giving away books. Some books will even been signed copies! At the end of the month, all entries will be put into a drawing for a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a prize pack of books! Drawings will be held on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30.
So how do you enter? There's three ways you can enter:
1) Get one entry for following my blog
2) Get one entry for each comment you make on blog posts in January
3) Get two entries for posting about this contest in your blog and sending me an e-mail with the link (greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com
Good luck and Happy New Year!