Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Things that make Librarians Laugh

I was helping one of my regular teens with a project on video games today and was able to help him find two book sources that he needed. He then came and asked me if I had any headphones he could borrow to use for the computer and I said that I did. He responded:

"You're awesome! You're like my new best friend...aside from my mom!"

That quote totally made my day! :)

More Blog Love


Thanks to Emmy Reader for the Splash Award! Emmy Reader is a new blogger and I think she's off to a great start!

Liyana gave me the One Lovely Blog Award (go check out her blog-it's so cool!)
And I can't remember if I thanked Ashley at Pikealicious for the One Lovely Blog Award, so thanks Ashley! Ashley rocks because she's a librarian too!:)
I know I'm supposed to award other blogs now, but as you can guess, I'm super super busy at the moment, but I wanted to give shout outs to these two wonderful blogs. Make sure you stop by and read them!!:)

Want it Wednesday

Eek!! 3 days and counting til my nerdy bookish wedding!!! But don't worry, I've still got a Want It Wednesday for you! :)


Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers

Release Date: 9/29/2009

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: So I couldn't really find any info on this one, but I want it because I'm currently reading Save the Date by the same author (which turns out to be one of many pen names for the awesome Tui T. Sutherland.) I love when I find new authors, and Tui has written all sorts of fun stuff, so I'm excited to catch up and start reading her books and blog. Plus, how awesome is this: she's going to be on Jeopardy in June!!! Super cool to see a YA author on that show-I'll be watching!

Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Release Date 4/28/2009
About the Book: Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Yep, it's an adult book and nope I've never read Nora Roberts, and yep it's a typical adult romance, but something about my wedding filled brain really wants to give this one a try. And nope, I haven't been a bridezilla at all! People at work keep telling me how calm I am, which makes me laugh because I sure don't feel calm!! :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

People's Choice YA Book Blogs Award

The fabulous Steph at Hey, Teenager of the Year has organized a people's choice blog award. The nominations are up and the voting has begun! Voting is open until May 15, so head on over to Hey, Teenager of the Year and cast your vote. I think this is a great idea, but it was really hard to vote because so many blogs I love were on the list.
And guess what? I got nominated for best reviewer! Thanks to whoever nominated me-that just made my day!:)
P.S.-Five days until my nerdy bookish wedding!!! :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 5/12/2009

About the Book: Kyra is a 13-year-old girl who lives with her family in The Chosen Ones compound. She has three mothers, 20 siblings, and follows the prophet. She tries to live an obidient life, but she's in love with Joshua, and the two have been meeting in secret. Plus, Kyra's been sneaking off to visit the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels and reading books. Kyra notices that things aren't perfect where she lives and she starts to question things. When the prophet announces that Kyra is to be the seventh wife for her 60-year-old Uncle, Kyra knows she needs to escape.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book came with a lot of praise written up about it so it had a lot to live up to-and boy did it ever! This book is amazing! The Chosen One is a horrifying, chilling tale of a girl caught in the middle of a religious "cult" and her plans to escape. As heartwrenching as this tale is, there's also love, hope and friendship. Kyra develops a relationship with Patrick, the mobile librarian and she begins a romance with Joshua.

Kyra is a strong heroine and I liked her from the first page. She questions things around her. She's smart and she's brave. The story is told between present day and Kyra's flashbacks and the more you get to know Kyra, the more you want to root for her.

This book enticed so many emotions from me, and to me, that's a mark of Ms. Williams amazing writing talent! She could get me so worked up and angry or scared or hopeful and yet I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what would happen! I wanted to scream and cry along with Kyra This was a book that I did not want to put down.

I have to say that as an avid reader and librarian, I really loved the fact that Kyra could find her escape in books. She would visit the mobile library, check out a book, and that would be her refuge from the pain in her world. The power of books is a beautiful part of this story and any reader can appreciate that part of Kyra's world.

The Chosen One is a book that I will be recommending to everyone. This story goes so much further then the ripped from the headlines idea and gives readers a look inside and takes them on an emotional journey. Even if you're not a fan of issue-books or contemporary fiction, give this one a try. This book is truely a must-read for teens and adults. Get your hands on a copy of The Chosen One-you won't be sorry.

More Blog Award Love


Wow I got two nominations this week for the Lovely Blog Award! Thank you PikeAlicious Books and LiyanaLand!
Since I've nominated other blogs for this award already, I'm not going to nominate again, but wanted to give a shout out to these two lovely blogs who thought of me-Thanks!:)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

YA Movie News

Yes, I usually post these on Friday, but I had so much news I couldn't wait to share!!!

-Vanessa Hudgens has been cast in Beastly, based on Alex Flinn's novel. She's not exactly what I pictured, but I'll think she'll do a great job.
Alex Pettyfer, who I know as Alex Rider in the Stormbreaker movie but was also in Wild Child with Emma Roberts, is rumored to be Kyle, the beast character. I just hope they do a good job with this movie!

-Catherine Keener, of The 40-Year-Old Virgin will be playing Percy's mom Sally in the upcoming movie version of The Lightning Thief. I love this casting choice and am getting really excited for the movie!

-A movie version of the novel, The Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells has been optioned and will be renamed Rules of Dating for Teenage Girls. I haven't read this book yet, but it sounds fun!

-And lastly, check out this pic of the wolf pack from New Moon:


Check out USA Today and EW for more info.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Giles at the Library??



So I'm way behind and missed out on Buffy when I was younger, so I'm catching up now and loving it. Today at the library, I totally saw a guy who looked like Giles and I wanted to run up to him and start talking and telling him he's like the coolest librarian, but had to stop myself. So I admired Giles-look alike from afar and was reminded that I need to watch Buffy when I get off work tonight!:)

Missouri Book Award Winners

Yesterday the winners for the MO Book Awards were announced. Here's who won:

4-6 Grade
2009 Mark Twain Winner: The sea of monsters / Rick Riordan
2nd place: The million dollar putt / Dan Gutman
3rd place: Rules / Cynthia Lord.

6-8 Grade
2009 Truman Award Winner: Life as we knew it / Susan Beth Pfeffer
2nd place: Runaway / Wendelin Van Draanen
3rd place: Rash / Pete Hautman

9-12 Grade
2009 Gateway Award Winner: Just listen : a novel / Sarah Dessen
2nd place: Life as we knew it / Susan Beth Pfeffer
3rd place: What happened to Cass McBride? : a novel / by Gail Giles

-I was two for three on all the lists, having read two out of the three winners. I was happy to see that Sarah Dessen won, since that was my favorite from the Gateway list. And I loved Rules and Sea of Monsters so those were good wins too! The Truman list was hard because I didn't really love any of the picks from last year, but next years list looks really good.

Want It Wednesday

Georgia 10 by Louise Rennison
Release Date: 10/1/2009

About the Book: Final book in the Georgia Nicolson Series.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I know I'm not all the way caught up on this series, but I've loved the ones I've read, so I'm hoping to read the rest before #10 comes out.



The Comeback by Marlene Perez
Release Date: 8/1/2009
About the Book: Sophie Donnelly is one half of the most popular and powerful couple in school, until new girl Angie Vogel shows up and compromises everything. Angie steals Sophie's starring role in the school play, and, worse, her super-popular boyfriend. Sophie has been quickly dispatched to social Siberia, but not for long--she'll do anything it takes to make a triumphant comeback.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was a drama nerd in high school, so I enjoy books about school plays, drama nerds and all the drama. Plus, that dress is adorable and I so want to wear it!!!
Not a book, but I really want to see this movie! Anyone else?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

I know, I don't do Teaser Tuesday very often, but I think it's a fun meme, so when I'm reading something I think has great lines (and have it handy) I'll try and post a Teaser Tuesday for it.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Rules:

(1) Grab your current read

(2) Open to a random page

(3) Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(4) BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

(5) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"The Prophet was called. And all us kids standing around watching things unfold were sent home.

"This is the Devil's work,' Prophet Childs said. 'Get on home to your fathers and tell them what you saw."

We ran."

-The Chosen One (ARC) by Carol Lynch Williams
This book is addicting and one that's hard to put down. Expect a review soon!!

Update

Sorry for the lack of reviews, but can you believe I'm currently reading 5 books right now? (Three books, 2 audiobooks!) I'm hoping to post reviews soon, but life is taking over! I have a major project due for grad school, my wedding is in 11 days, and my teen space at work is getting re-done, which is great, but I've been without my office for two weeks!!

I'm going to work on reviewing older titles as well as newer books, so be on the lookout for a mix of reviews soon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Eyes LIke Stars News!

Remember my review of Eyes Like Stars and how much I adored that book?

Well, Lisa Mantchev has posted awesome news about her book being turned into an audiobook. And not just any audiobook, but one done by the amazing Full Cast Audio, which means there will be various actors for all the characters. I can't wait to listen to it-this book will make a wonderful audiobook! Congrats Lisa!!!

Cool Contest!

My library is located in a fairy conservative area, so I'm always looking for YA Christian fiction that's not annoyingly sappy. I know its not for everyone, but I'm always on the lookout for new series to recommend to my teens. This new series looks interesting:

Teens age 13-18: Enter the Rayne Tour Series' "Live Like a Rock Star" Sweepstakes today! Grand Prize: $850 night on the town, including dinner for 6 and limo service. First 200 entrants get a free copy of Always Watching.
Go here to enter.

ALWAYS WATCHING – Rayne Tour Series book #1

This daughter of a rock star has it all—until murder crashes her world.

During a concert, sixteen-year-old Shaley O'Connor stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens' death connected to her?

Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk Shaley. Her private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at times like this?

As the clock runs out, Shaley must find Tom's killer—before he strikes again...

Seatbelt Suspense® for young adults.

Watch the trailer
Read prologue and first chapter
Join The Rayne Tour Series fan club.


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: 3/17/2009

About the Book: When wild Meg is caught trespassing on a bridge, she gets a week shadowing a cop as punishment.

Officer John After chose to stay to enforce the rules and plans on teaching Meg a lesson.

When these two get together, they will question and push each other-and maybe end up falling for each other...

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had read some great reviews on this one (check out Kiss My Book's review!) so I had high hopes for this one. The story was good and Jennifer Echols is a wonderful writer, but this one just didn't meet my high expectations.

I don't really know why I didn't like this one as much as I thought I would-I can't really put my finger on it and I wish I could. I've been waiting several days to write this review hoping it would come to me, but nothing has. That's why I have to give it a 3.5-I liked it, but I wasn't in love, but the story still held my attention and did end up being really good at the end.

The story took awhile for me to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed it. The reasons for Meg's wild actions and want to escape and John's stiffness and "follow the rules" attitude are slowly revealed throughout. John's story was a little predictable to me, but Meg's wasn't and I appreciated that. I did find myself getting annoyed at times, because like all romantic comedies/dramas, you just want to yell at the couple to talk to each other. There was a lot of romantic tension between John and Meg, so when they finally got together it was HOT!!

The thing I did like was how Ms. Echols shows that she can write anything! This is different than her other books and she excels at writing. She creates realistic teens and great snappy, witty, sassy dialog between them. I was amazed at her writing skills.

Overall, this was a good gritty romance. I would recomend this one to fans of non-fluffy romance and realistic fiction.

Blog Award



Thanks to Liyana for awarding me the You Don't Say award. This award is for bloggers who take the time to comment on blogs.

I really love this award, because I love reading comments and leaving comments, so that fact that someone actually noticed that I leave comments is so cool!:)

I am awarding these wonderful commentors:

Steph Su-Steph loves Anne of Green Gables too, so how I not award her? :)

Cupcake Witch-She's a librarian too and she leaves lots of fun comments that I love to read.

Epic Rat-Cool blog and cool comments!

Rebecca's Book Blog-Rebecca and I both enjoy The Luxe series and have left each comments about it which has been lots of fun.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

YA Movie News

Check out this new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. So excited! Yay Harry and Ginny!!!!

Funny Librarian Moment

I started listening to the audiobook of Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick today, which is on the 2009-2010 Truman Award List. I just had to share this fun moment in the book:

From page 34-35

"I went over to the information desk, which was abandoned, and rang this little bell that said RING FOR ASSISTANCE. Apparently in the wacky world of libraries, "assistance" could mean "hot mama." An incredibly beautiful, young-looking lady popped out of a back little room and glided toward me. I felt myself blushing as I cleared my throat.

"Are you...um...a librarian?" Oops, I hadn't meant to sound so shocked.

"No, I'm a lawn gnome. Yes, I'm a librarian. Well, a librarian in training. My name is Amanda."

"Umm, well, I was wondering if you could help me find some books."

"Sure," she said. "Here! I give you...some books!" She gestured in a wide circle at the stacks all around us, then kind of giggled.

This just made me laugh because there are so many days when I want to answer back with a fun snarky remark when people ask if I'm a librarian or do you work here or do you have any books? Amanda, you are an inspiration! :)

Happy Support Teen Lit Day with my Favorite Teen Reads

This week is National Library Week-so visit your library and give a shout out to your librarian for all their hard work! Today is Support Teen Literature Day, so be sure to talk up some teen books, participate in Operation Teen Book Drop, an d then sit back and enjoy a great teen read.

In honor of support teen lit day, I'm posting about my top five favorite books I read as a teen (which yes, was awhile ago). This was a hard list to come up with, partially because I read a lot more as a kid than a teen (teen lit didn't really start to take off until after I was out of high school) and partially because I felt like because I couldn't find anything in our measly little teen section of the library, and because I was a good reader, I had to suffer through all those horrid adult books-which I hated. Let this be a lesson to you all-don't be afraid to ask a librarian for book suggestions-I was shy and never thought to ask. And don't think that just because you're growing up and can read a higher level you have to read all those bestsellers. Read what makes you happy. Ok, on to my list:

1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery-ok, yes I did read this as a child too, but it's number one on my list because when my high school switched to block scheduling we had a required 20min. reading time twice a week in seminar/study hall, I pulled out my old copies of Anne and got truly lost in the books. I would have to bring myself back to reality and I really felt like I was there in the book with Anne and friends-that's true book magic. This series has something for everyone no matter what your age.

2. Roswell High by Melinda Metz-This was my addiction in high school-I love this series. And yes it was the basis for the WB show Roswell, although they changed it up and I stopped watching. But pretty much it's a series about teen aliens in high school. Totally soapy and teen but I would wait eagerly for the next book release. I got all my friends in high school hooked. It was our high school Harry Potter.

3. Fingerprints by Melinda Metz-Ms. Metz's second series about a girl who can hear the last thought someone had when she touches their fingerprint. Of course, she thinks she's going crazy, joins up in this therapy group, meets a hottie guy who believes her and solves a mystery. This one was shorter than Roswell High and ended kind of sudden, but it was another addicting series and I eagerly awaited each release.

-If you can find either of the Metz series at a used bookstore or library I highly recommend them!!

4. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman-Not necessarily a teen book, but it didn't come out until I was a teen, and when I read this in seventh grade I was in love. Catherine is a great main character and her diary entries over how she avoids the men her father is trying to get her to marry is so much fun. Plus, it's an interesting look at medieval life. Catherine stayed with me long after I finished this book and I think she paved the way for more contemporary diary format books.

5. Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman-One of the few books I found in the teen section of our library-and I was sold on it purely by the cover. This is a book that while I enjoyed, didn't really stick out as a favorite when I first read it. But over the years I've found myself thinking back on this book and remembering it and wanting to read it again, so it's on my top reads of my teen years.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Win Geektastic

Ok, remember the other week when I posted about how much of a geek I am and really really really wanted to read Geektastic?

Well, the awesome Brooke Taylor is holding a giveaway for all us geeks to win an ARC of the book! Check it out here and embrace your inner geek.

My TBR Pile-or how do I decide what to read next

So there have been some interesting posts lately about blogging, free books, ARCs and what do you accept. I got this idea from Books are Life. I've been looking through my In My Mailbox posts and even though I post a lot of books at times, I don't have reviews for all of them (yet). So I thought I'd give you an idea of how I organize my TBR pile and I'd love to hear how everyone else does theirs.

First up in my pile are books that are sent to me for review, either from the author, publisher or TeensReadToo.com These are the books that I pull from first. I try to read them in order recieved and by the time they are released, but there are times I get really excited about a book or I know the author is looking for some early buzz, so I'll read those sooner. I do try and put my TRT books before others, because that is a professional site, and not just my personal blog, but I'll switch between and read one for TRT and then the next for my blog.

After that comes books I buy or get from the library. Sometimes I get ARCs through the library. Just because these are ARCs, they have to come second in my pile, because I've promised reviews on the other books first. There are times that I will move a library book up and finish it quickly because it's due and there's a big hold list so I know it will be awhile before I get it back. And sometimes I just really need to read something light and fun.

I think in my future mailbox posts I will put a disclaimer with library books that a review is not guaranteed. There have been many many times I've posted that I checked out a book, but then had to return it because I just didn't get a chance to read it. But I like talking about the books, so I don't want to stop posting them, and I love reading comments on what people have read and enjoyed. It's really hard to limit my library check out since I'm around new books every day, but maybe I need to! :)

I have a couple of sources that send me ARCs, but most of what I review are books from the library or ones I've bought. I will accept books from authors and publishers, but only if I have time to read it and it sounds like something I'd like. Some bloggers were talking about canned e-mails, and while I haven't gotten any of those, I have gotten onto some e-mail list for books review books that I am not interested in at all! When that happens, I reply with a professional and honest e-mail explaining that while I'm glad they are interested in my blog, I don't read that type of book/don't have time, whatever my reason for not reviewing the book.

I just wanted to clarify how my TBR pile works. Even though there are books that get snuck in there, I try my best to stick to this order. But if Catching Fire were to magically appear on my desk one day, that would totally jump ahead in the pile! :)

Want It Wednesday

Splendor: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Release Date: 10/27/2009



About the Book: I couldn't find anything about it, but this will be the final book in the Luxe series, so it will take place after Envy and hopefully wrap up the way I want!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love this series, so I can't wait to read this one. I've been really happy with the girls on the past covers for Elizabeth, Penleope and Diana, but this doesn't seem like Lina to me, which is who I'm guessing she's supposes to be. But despite the cover, I can't wait to see what happens!!!


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Release Date: 8/1/2009
About the Book: (from Amazon) For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I have yet to read this author's first novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, but really want to after reading some awesome reviews-check out Addicted to Books review! I love the premise for this book too.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 3/9/2009
About the Book: When Lucinda Chapdelaine was young, her parents left for a royal ball and never came back. Now Lucinda works in her Aunt and Uncle's jewelry store where her Aunt treats her like a slave. When a mysterious woman with a strange piece of jewelry and a handsome enter the store on the same day, Lucinda finds herself on a journey that is full of magic and mystery.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I thought this story was very creative and I enjoyed it. Lucinda's story is sometimes reminiscant of Cinderella, but there are hints of other fairy tales that show up throughout. I really liked how the author introduced several characters along the way and then showed how each one was connected. Each person was important to the story.
The thing I didn't like was that I felt it started off strong, but then started to drag. I'm not what it was exactly, but it just lost some of it's magic for me. I think I just wasn't as interested in all the characters. Also, the ending seemed abrupt, and I would have liked to know just a little more about what happened to everyone.
I have to say that my favorite character was Peter, the street thief. At first, I wasn't sure how he would play into the story, but I liked how the author tied everything together. The banter between Peter and Lucinda was some of my favorite and it was scenes with the two of them that would make me laugh. I also have a soft spot for Dog, the goat and I'd love to have Dog as a pet.
Overall, The Amaranth Enchantment is a charming story and a great read for fans of fairy tales. This is also a great fantasy/fairy tale pick for tweens as well as teens.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lovely Blog Award

I was awarded this award from The Book Resort.

This award is given to new blogs and new blogging friends.

I nominate:

1. Just Your Typical Book Blog-These girls are so cool and one has even visited my library!

2. Ravenous Reader-This blog is so full of great posts, I love reading it.

3. YA Romance Reviews-I love YA romance, so of course this blog rocks!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Weekend means Wedding Planning and Homework

If I don't post very much this week, it's due to the fact that I'm swamped with end of semester projects for my MLS (yay-my first semester in is almost finished!) Plus, I'm working full time and my wedding is THREE WEEKS AWAY!!! I'm really excited, even if I am a little stressed too. I can't wait to share with you all the ways I'm incorporating books in the wedding. Take a look at these awesome flowers my mom made (I helped a little!)


I'm almost finished with The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry, so expect a review to come soon. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Audiobook Friday: Airhead by Meg Cabot

Rating: 3/5 Stars



Genre: Contemporary


Release Date: 5/13/2008

Books in Series: Airhead, Being Nikki, Runaway


About the Book: Emmerson Watts is a normal girl who enjoys playing Journey Quest with her friend Christopher (who she's secretly crushing on) instead of keeping up with anything pop culture...well, except for when her sister just happens to leave one of her teen magazines around and there's nothing else to read.


When Em takes her sister to the opening of a new Stark Music Mega Store, an accident occurs and Em wakes up not Em anymore, but as teenage supermodel Nikki Howard. How can an average normal girl fool everyone into thinking she's Nikki? And how can Em win Christopher back?


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love Meg Cabot's books. They are funny, she puts in just the right amount of pop culture references, and I always find myself laughing. Honestly, I did get a little tired of how the Princess Diaries all seemed the same after awhile, but maybe that was because I did a Princess Diaries binge and read them all in a month!


I'm glad to see Ms. Cabot back with a fun original idea for this new series, even if it is a little crazy. The thing I always enjoy about Meg Cabot's books, whether they are adult or YA (I haven't yet read the Allie Finkle series) is that she excels at writing about normal everyday teens. Em is a gamer, she's not a popular pretty girl, and she's probably a little bit of a nerd-which I enjoy. (Us nerds gotta stick together!) I love how Meg Cabot can take these characters and put them in situations that feel totally outside of their normal world. It's fun to watch them transform, and I think the author pulls it off wonderfully.


My biggest complaint about Airhead is that it seemed a little choppy. The ending was very abrupt and I felt like the whole point of this book was to set up everything else in the series. (Two reviews in a row like that, what's up with these number one books in series recently??) I know that book one needs to introduce characters, set up the story, etc, but I felt like an actual plot was missing in this one. I wanted Em to do more than find out she's now a model and oh that's weird and hm, Christopher now thinks I'm dead and doesn't know I'm a hot model so how do I get him back? That was pretty much all that happened and I wish there had been more. Because of this, I didn't think Airhead was up to par. It seemed to lack some of the usual fun. It's not my favorite Meg Cabot novel.


That's not to say that there weren't fun parts-I love the character of Lulu! And I have high hopes for this series after reading that Being Nikki has more of a mystery element to it.



As for the audiobook, I think this was a great book on audio. I enjoyed the narrator and loved the voices she created for Em/Nikki and Lulu.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann


Release Date: 3/4/2008




Release Date: 2/10/2009

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery


About the Books: Fade and Wake both tell the story of Janie, a high school student who is pulled into other people's dreams. This is very tiring and annoying and Janie isn't really sure what she can do about it. She meets up with Cabel, a boy from school who has come back this year and is hot, who wants to help her. When Janie is pulled into nightmares, it's more than she can handle.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I read Wake about a month ago and finished Fade not long after, but I've been waiting to post my review. Unlike every other book blogger, I didn't love these books and I wanted to make sure I could express why.
Wake has an interesting premise, but it seems like all the dreams Janie falls into are sex dreams or nightmares that are memories. I thought this was an easy way out. It seemed too easy how the dreams were related to real life-where was the dream interpretation? The hiding spot for a drug bust is revealed in a dream?? That all seemed a little too easy. I know if Janie fell into one of my dreams, it wouldn't make any sense-so why do all these dreams seem to have some sort of answer to a puzzle?
I also wasn't a fan of the writing style. It was choppy, which yes, I understand is a way of expressing to the reader Janie's life, how it's stop and start and how tired the dream jumping makes Janie. Plus, I didn't like how I was told constantly "Janie sprints through the snowy yards..", "Janie is curious." "Janie wishes.." "Janie's vision returns slowly." It just seemed overdone and personally, I found it annoying.
As far as the dream-jumping/catching thing, nothing was really explained in Wake which really frustrated me. I felt it took a long time (after 100 pages in a 224 page book!) to really get the story going. Wake felt like I was watching a pilot of a TV show-the characters are still shaky, the acting isn't that great yet, the chemistry is still being learned-it was good, but its main job was to set up what could be great.
Now on to Fade. I liked this one better. It was longer, the story had more time to develop, and more was explained. Again, I found the mystery too easy and kind of silly and the whole side job thing that Janie and Cabel have going is just really corny to me. I like the relationship between Janie and Cabel and thought it was much better than the first one. Janie was such a strong character but then halfway through she was a whimpering girl who couldn't live without Cabel-it seemed somewhat out of character for her. At least in Fade she stays strong throughout, even if their relationship has a lot of communication problems. There were many times I wanted to yell at them for being so stupid and just talk to each other!
With all that said, don't think I didn't like these books. I did, I just didn't love them. The story was enough to keep me interested and keep reading-I was interested enough to finish both in one sitting each. I'm interested to see what happens next and I'm intrigued by Janie's dream catching, I just wish the mystery/crime solving aspect wasn't so easy. I think Lisa McMann is a talented writer, I'm just not a big fan of the style she's using in these books. Maybe I'm just not the right target audience since I'm not a teenager anymore. I would recommend these books and I think they'd be great for reluctant readers. I'll be reading the next one, but they're not going on my list of all time favorites.
(One last thing-my side tangent. I don't know why but I find it really obnoxious when characters who don't really know each other all that well or have hardly talked suddenly have a nickname for each other. Janie hardly had talked to Cabel and then suddenly on a school trip she calls him Cabe. This grates on my nerves-maybe because my name is too short to have a nickname so I'm jealous of these book characters? I don't know. Unrelated, but I also hated it in Breaking Dawn, when suddenly Rosalie, who had never really been a friend to Bella, was now Rose. UGH!)
Ok, that's all-am I going to get yelled at now?:)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Want It Wednesday #16


Only one pick this week because I'm super excited about it!!

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Release Date: 10/6/2009

About the Book: (From Sarah's site) When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of ICE.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Last summer as part of our summer reading program, I was able to host author chats via phone. One of the authors we spoke to was the wonderful Sarah Beth Durst. Sarah Beth Durst is funny and super nice and one of the coolest people I've "met" via phone. Not only does she rock, but we have the same first and middle name which makes her a super cool Sarah, AND she loves libraries!

I adored Into the Wild and have great success booktalking it on school visits. I was thrilled to see that Sarah would be writing more fairy tales (she currently has Into the Wild and its sequel Out of the Wild)

I wasn't familiar with the tale of East of the Sun, West of the Moon until I read Jessica Day George's take on it in Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. I'm eager to read another take on the tale and I know Sarah will do a fabulous job!

My Favorite Books from Childhood

One of the other options for Weekly Geeks this week was to list your favorite books from childhood. There's also the Top 100 Picture Books poll results on the Fuse #8 blog at School Library Journal, so I thought I should chime in. I know I can't remember all my favorites, but here's the ones that remain near and dear to my heart:

*I'm picking books that were my favorites from 0-12. I'll do a favorite teen books post soon.

Picture Books: It was really hard to pick only five, but ultimately I made my decision by picking what I would have talked about if I ever had been on Reading Rainbow. These were my Reading Rainbow practice books (Don't laugh, you know you did it too!)

1. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff-This was the first book I learned to read. I've blogged about my love for Danny and his Dinosaur before.

2. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka-Oh, Jon Scieszka, how I love you! Your books make me laugh each time I read them and I own multiple copies because you can't have just one!! This was a hard one to pick, because I also adore The Stinky Cheese Man, but I gotta love the wolf trying to set his story straight-makes me actually like the bad guy in the story! (I believe he just wanted to bake a cake!)

3. King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood: The illustrations alone made this book one I would check out at the libray again and again. Each time I gained a younger cousin or sibling, this book would come out at storytime. I delighted in the fact that I could find something new in the pictures each time I read it-the illustrations are that rich and detailed. Plus, who can't relate to King Bidgood?

4. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina: I actually found this book when I was at a garage sale when I was about five, not knowing it a classic children's book. I love monkeys, so maybe that's why I loved this one, but the pictures are bright, the story of the caps being stolen and the creative way the peddler gets his caps back always made this a fun read.

5. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett: This one had such a quirky sense of humor that I loved it.

Chapter Books:

This was even harder, but these were five that made a big impression on me or helped me get through elementary school as a shy awkward girl.

1. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: I wanted to run away to a museum and solve an art mystery after reading this one! Plus, I could relate to Claudia and this was a big coming of age book for me-I don't think I could have gotten through fifth grade without it.

2. Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry: As much as I love The Giver, another Lois Lowry great, Anastasia was always my favorite. Anastasia was another series that helped me out as a shy, awkward girl. I think this series also gave me my love for current girl series like Princess Diaries and Georgia Nicolson.

3. The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed by Bruce Coville: Thank you to Ms. French, my fifth grade teacher who decided to give each one of her students was getting a book for Christmas. This was the one she picked for me and she made a great choice! This one is part of the Nina Tanleven triology, which I still enjoy. I even recently passed the series on to a friend of mine who loves mysteries. Bruce Coville made me realize that mysteries didn't all have to follow the Babysitters Club Mystery format and that ghosts weren't all bad.

4. Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin: Honestly, I don't remember why I loved these books, other then they were about flying cats, which seemed cool.

5. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle: Every young girl should get to know Meg Murry. Meg is smart, she gets to go on an adventure, and she even gets popular Calvin to like her! Meg was another of my heroes growing up, and books like A Wrinkle In Time made me want to become a librarian.

Picture Book Review: The Composer Is Dead

Weekly Geeks
April 2nd was International Children's Book Day. And April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, I have two lovely options for you this week:
Option A: Be a kid!You could read a picture book (or two or three) and share what you read.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Humor/Mystery

Release Date: 3/3/2009

About the Book: The composer is dead-and someone in the orchestra is to blame! The inspector must question all the instruments for they all seem to have a motive, but they also have an alibi. Who killed the composer?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, I will admit that I got through only four books in the Series of Unfortunate Events because I just couldn't take all the terrible stuff those poor Baudelaire orphans had to deal with! Even though I couldn't finish the series, I did like Lemony Snickett's humor, so I was eager to pick up this new picture book.

The Composer Is Dead is lots of fun and it had me laughing. I thought maybe I appreciated some of the jokes because my mom is a music teacher and I've grown up around classical music and played the clarinet briefly in elementary school. But I gave it to my fiance, who is not a musical person at all, and he enjoyed reading it as well, so I'm sure there's something for everyone.

The best part of the book is that it comes with a CD which includes the author reading the book along with accompaniment from the San Francisco Symphony. The second half of the CD is the music only, with no narration. This makes reading the book with the CD a treat, since you get to hear the waltz from the strings and bird sounds from the flutes. The illustrations are simple, which might make the story somewhat long for younger children and due to the length of the CD, it's probably not the shortest read-aloud picture book.

Overall, I think this is a fun way to introduce readers to classical music. There's plenty of humor for children and adults, which makes this a book I wouldn't mind reading more than once. I would definitely recommend this to any musicians or music lovers of all ages!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Envy: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Rating 4/5 Stars
Genre: Historical/Gossipy Romance
Release Date: 1/27/2009
About the Book: A newly married couple that are the talk of society. The husband's former lover. The darling of society, broken and mourning. And a social climber who could fall at any moment. It’s 1900 in New York and scandal and gossip are never far behind.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Why oh why do I love this series? I know that things aren't going to go the way I want, because how can there be a happy ending when more books are coming and the drama needs to be drawn out in another 500 page book? But for some reason I keep coming back.
I’ve been addicted to The Luxe series since it began and Envy continues to add more gossip and scandal to the story. I really like The Luxe, but then the second book, Rumors, seemed to move really slow. I was glad to see the story pick up again in this one. I loved that the author moved a lot of the action to Florida-it added new scenery and lots of fun situations. There were many times I told myself “just one more chapter” because I needed to know what would happen next.

Each chapter tells a part of the story from a different character and I found myself enjoying each storyline this time around. Yes, I still wanted to yell at Penelope, would get annoyed at Carolina’s social climbing, and tell Diana not to make so many stupid assumptions, but I think that’s part of the fun of The Luxe series. Anna Godbersen does such a great job at getting the readers involved in the characters that you can’t help but cheer them on, or even root against them. I also thought there were some characters this time around who got stronger and started to stand up for themselves, so I’m eager to see where they end up.
The ending left me wanting more, of course, and I will be first in line to get my hands on a copy of Spelndor, the next (and final?) book in The Luxe series. I would recommend this to fans of romance or gossip girl style books.

Also reviewed for TeensReadToo.com

Friday, April 3, 2009

Day In The Life of a Teen Librarian-School Visit Edition

So today I had a middle school visit to do research on their reports on famous Americans. School visits to the library mean that I show they how to use the catalog, tour the library and then the students spend the next 2 1/2-3 hours reseaching (I think the teachers enjoy being out of school just as much as the students!) Here are some of the gems from my morning:

Me: When you are looking for biographical information, don't forget about children's biographies. They can be a good source of information and sometimes provide you with a list of other sources to check. So are you going to be a book snob and not look at children's books today?
Students: Yes!
Me: Right, let's try this one again...

Student: Wasn't that Mandela guy that one guy?

Student: I want to find information on Orville Redenbacher.
Me: That sounds like a fun project. What made you pick him?
Student: So I could bring popcorn to class.

Student: I'm going to do that peanut guy because I like peanut butter and they make that out of peanuts.

And my personal favorite of the day:

Student: Can you help me find books on Delight D. Eisenhower?

YA Movie News #3

I remember reading and loving this book as a kid. I like the idea of a movie, but I'm always wary of when they try to take a 32 page book and turn it into a 90 min. movie. I'm not sure what I think of this yet, but I might go see it just for the spaghetti falling out of the sky.

What do you think? Should picture books become movies?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Blogiversary Winners

Thanks again to everyone for making my first year in book blogging so much fun. Book bloggers totally rock! I used Random.org to help pick my winners.

So drumroll please for my winners.....
Winner of prize #1-3 books and $10 gift card to Amazon (or bookstore): Campbele
Winner of prize #2-$10 gift card to Amazon (or bookstore)-Alyce
Winner of prize #3-$10 gift card to Amazon (or bookstore)-ddurance
Winners please contact me so I can get your prizes to you! Congrats!!!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: April 2, 2009
Genre: Contemporary
About the Book: Mia is finding herself faced with choices about her future. Should she go to Julliard and study Cello and leave her boyfriend and family behind? When a terrible accident happens, Mia suddenly finds herself with only one choice left-should she stay?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book is a wonderful read. Do not read this in public because this one will bring tears to your eyes-I'm warning you! That doesn't mean it doesn't have humor though, because there were many times I found myself laughing out loud. This is an intense story that will not only appeal to teens, but have a lot of crossover adult appeal as well.
Gayle Forman does an excellent job going from Mia's present to Mia's past and drawing the reader in so they truly understand her love for the cello, her family, and Adam, her boyfriend. As I was reading, I felt like I really got to know Mia and her family and found myself grieving along with Mia-the writing is just that powerful.
If I Stay is a short read, but it packs so much in and I wanted to savor every moment. At times I found myself reading slower and drinking in the words because I didn't want the story to end. The story centers around music, Mia with her cello, Adam with his band, and Mia's dad being a drummer, and Gayle Forman's writing felt lyrical. She was able to capture music and put it into a book. I don't know how to describe it but it was like I was reading a song-hopefully that makes sense!
The themes of love, loss, grief and hope are so powerful and beautifully written that this story will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Gayle Forman has made a soundtrack for the book, which you can find on her website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March 2009-What I Read

Wow-in some ways it seems March flew by and in others it seems like it lasted forever! But between work, grad school, and wedding plans, I managed to get a lot of reading in. Here's what I read: (I read a lot of these in the last week, so reviews will be coming soon!)

1. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard-my review
2. Wake by Lisa McMann
3. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev-my review
4. Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas-2009-2010 Gateway Award Nominee
5. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson-2009-2010 Gateway Award Nominee
6. ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro-my review
7. Envy: A Luxe Novel by Ana Godbersen
8 Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson-my review
9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman-my review
10. Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson and Rohitash Rao
11. Fade by Lisa McMann
 
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