Friday, April 30, 2010

Single Voice Tour

Single Voices Tour

Descent Into Paradise by Vincent Karl

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 1/14/2010

Publisher: Annick Press

About the Book: Two stories-one book. Descent Into Paradise is the story of police going too far, immigration, friendship and standing up for what you believe. During a police drug raid at school, a new student who has transferred from Afghanistan is targeted-even though he's innocent. What do you do when the police cross the line?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is a very short story-just over 100 pages, but it does pack a big punch. It's easy to read, fast paced, and raises a lot of questions. I couldn't believe the police were so mean, yet at the same time I know that prejudice is still very much alive so part of me wasn't surprised.

There's not a ton of characterization, although the narrator grew on me throughout. The plot gets right to the point-it's short and there's no messing around with parts of the story that don't need to be there. But I did think it was a powerful short story and one that could start a great discussion.

I would give this one to reluctant readers or readers who don't want a massive novel, but still want a book with high interest. The readability is very easy, so it'd be a great pick for those high interest/low level readers in the library. If you have a big hi/lo readership and need to beef up that collection, I would recommend adding the Single Voice books to your collection. There are three out now, with more to come. Check out the Annick Press blog for the whole collection of titles and tour stops.


I do wish the covers had different colors though-the cover of my story was pink, and while I love pink, I think the story has a lot of guy appeal, but I don't know many guys who would pick up a pink cover on their own.

Since this book has two stories in it, The Book Muncher has a review of the other story in this book, A Place to Live.

Check out the video trailer for the other books in the series:


YA Movie News

-Dreamworks is moving ahead on a sequel to How to Train Your Dragon as well as an animated TV show based on the movie. The movie is based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Bill Condon has been named as the director for Breaking Dawn. He also directed Dreamgirls. I thought the movie was going to be split into two, but reports now are saying that's not final. So there is still hope they won't be dumb enough to split the films. I'm still not sure I even want to see Breaking Dawn as a movie. Thanks to
Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-As I've mentioned before, ABC Family has two shows this summer based on teen novels. Both have Facebook fan pages-
Pretty Little Liars Facebook and Huge Facebook. You can also catch a sneek peak at Pretty Little Liars here.

And I'm sure you've seen it, but here's the latest trailer for Eclipse. Is it just me, or does Edward look even more pasty? And can someone remind me when it snows? I don't remember that part!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winners

I had a couple of contests ending, so I thought I would announce the winners!

The Cinderella Society Winner: Sophia at
The Book Basement

Here's her entry: "Being empowered means to take control of your own life proudly, in my opinion. You may need help, I'll admit, but you also need strength. You must have strong will and stick to what you believe in. You shouldn't sway your opinion, no matter what other people say about it. Plus, you always have to feel good about yourself. Walk down the hallways with your head held high and don't let anyone bring you down. Stay strong, believe in yourself, and don't be afraid to ask for help. That's what I think empowerment means."

LOVE IT! (And just so you know, I made GreenBeanSexyMan pick the winning entry!)

Perfect Chemistry Prize Pack: Natalie at
Mindful Musings

This one was a random drawing, but for entries I asked for lit crushes. Natalie said Jace from Mortal Instruments and Ian from The Host. It was so fun reading everyone's lit crushes, I might compile the list and post it if people are interested.

There are more contests still going on, so check the sidebar-and good luck!:)



Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: I found conflicting dates due to the various covers and re-pubs-but it's out now! and it's an oldie but goodie. :)

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About the Book: Condemned to death after she commits murder, Yelena is given an interesting opportunity. She can choose death or become the Commander of Ixia's food taster-and risk dying. Yelena chooses to be the new food taster. Valek, the chief of security, feeds her a poison called Butterfly's dust in order to keep Yelena from escaping and she must appear every morning for her antidote or she risks a slow and painful death from the poison.

Yelena tries to plot an escape, while rebels plot a siege of Ixia and Yelena may hold a key to Ixia's future.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This book is the perfect example of why I love blogging and meeting other bloggers! I had seen so much love for this book around the blogosphere, I decided to give it a try-even though fantasy and I sometimes don't agree. I trusted my fellow book lovers and I'm glad I did.

The story was inventive and I really liked Ms. Snyder's writing-it's very poetic. What I loved most about this book was the characters-they were vivid and real and I loved how the author kept you guessing on who was trustworthy and good. She keeps her readers on their toes! I also really liked Yelena-she's a very strong character and I really enjoyed reading about her. But Janco and Ari stole the book-I wish there would have been more with them.

What I didn't like was the romance aspect. If you know me, you know I'm a romance junkie-I have to have it in my books. But the romance wasn't as developed as I would have liked. And I know a lot of readers who have read this book love Valek, but he just wasn't super crushworthy to me, which may have made the romance fail somewhat for me.

I also would have liked more about Yelena as a food taster and that aspect to the story instead of the magic plot that got thrown in. Maybe it was because I listened to the audio, but once that started happening, I got lost and confused. (This might also be because I'm not typically a fantasy reader.) I listened to this one about a month ago, and there were parts of the plot I had to look up notes on because I couldn't remember-so there wasn't a lot of sticking with me long after I finished it.

In some ways this book reminded me of Graceling, only not as hot as Katsa and Po. (Sorry Valek fans, but Po wins for me!) I think if you enjoy fantasy, Poison Study would be a book to pick up. I heard from a friend that the other two books aren't as good as this one, so if you've read the series, I'd love to know if I should keep reading or stop at book one.

Full Discolsure: Listened to audiobook download purchased from Audible.com

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme I host to highlight great reads for tweens! Join in the fun and add your own Tween Tuesday post in the Mister Linky below.

Alchemy and Meggy Swan by Karen Cushman

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical

Release Date: 4/26/2010

About the Book: Meggy Swann arrives in London lost and confused. Her father summoned her, yet wants nothing to do with her. She walks with the help of walking sticks and often feels like an outsider. Yet in London, Meggy finds a new life-she begins to make friends and learn new skills and her outlook begins to change. Things just might look up for Meggy Swann!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: In full disclosure, I grew up loving Ms. Cushman's Catherine Called Birdy. It's one of my favorite books from my childhood. So I'll admit I may have been pre-disposed to like this book.

I really feel that Alchemy and Meggy Swann is Ms. Cushman at her best. All the reasons I love her books are here. The historical detail she puts into her writing is superb. I really think Meggy would be a great introduction to the time period. (Meggy takes place in 1573) It's fascinating to read about Meggy's daily life and how people lived during this time.

I really loved Meggy. She was somewhat annoying at the start, but she grew on me. She is such a strong girl and I loved her comebacks-she's very funny. I don't want to give away too much, but I really liked the fact that Meggy could have been negative about everything-I wouldn't really blame her for it either. Her growth throughout is what made the book for me. I think she might rival Catherine for my favorite Cushman character!

The book has an overarching storyline, but it also has the feel of smaller vignettes in Meggy's life. It all comes together in the end and it's a treat to see how Ms. Cushman pulls it all together.

The book is somewhat heavy in historical detail and language, so it might not be an easy read for some younger tweens. But if you have historical fiction fans or readers looking to "read up," give
them Alchemy and Meggy Swann. This is one treat of a book you won't want to miss.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Who Knows You Blog?

So I was thinking the other day about how blogging is somewhat solitary. Sure, there's the blogging community, but that's online and I don't engage in conversations with other bloggers on a regular basis. We leave comments, read what others have written, and sometimes will participate in book chats. But blogging at times can be very solitary.

I blog by myself and even though people read what I write, I blog mainly for myself. Readers in the blogging community know me, but I was thinking about how odd it is that my blog is such a big part of who I am and my life, yet very few of my friends and co-workers know about that part of me. They know I'm a teen librarian, they know I love to read, and some know I blog, but if they don't have an interest in YA lit (and really-they should!:) why would they know about or care about my blog? It's strange to me that so many people in the online world "know" who I am, yet people I see on a daily/weekly basis don't really know about this part of me.

I'm wondering if those around you know about your blog or if you keep it to yourself? Do you sometimes feel like you have two lives-one online and one in person?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Traveling to Teens: Read, Remember Recommend Guest Post PLUS Contest

As part of the tour for Read, Remember, Recommend, the author Rachelle Knight is writing about great summer reads. Check out Rachelle's website for more summer reads.

The theme of the Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens Traveling to Teens Tour is "Great Summer Reading". For each of my guest posts on the tour, the blog host and I will both recommend a book we feel would be worthy of some sunny weather, summer reading.

Is a trip to a deserted and sunny tropical island in your summer plans? Have you ever wanted to search for buried treasure from an old map? Would you like to spend some time with pirates named Black Dog, Bones and Long John Silver? Then Treasure Island, the classic and famous book about pirates by Robert Louis Stevenson, would make the perfect summer read. Don't let the idea of rum swilling, gun toting, scruffy men scare you - this is a book anyone can enjoy - and no one will regret reading.

Treasure Island is the quintessential pirate book. Almost all of our currents ideas of pirates are from Stevenson's story of Jim Hawkins; including treasure maps with an X marking the spot, peg legged pirates, parrots on shoulders of the meanest of men and voyages to tropical isl
ands.

Jim, a young boy from England, gets the chance of a lifetime when he is asked to join the treasure searching ship Hispaniola. What follows is one of the best adventures in the history of literature with mutiny, stockades, rum, death and of course, treasure.

Treasure Island is listed in the College Board 101 Great Books: Recommend for College-Bound Readers list on page 109 of the Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens reading journal.

You can
win your own copy of Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens-just for GreenBeanTeenQueen readers!

Traveling to Teens Tour: Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens

Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Journal

Release Date: 4/1/2010

Purchase Online Author's Website
Traveling to Teens Tour Schedule

About the Book: A journal for booklovers. Full of booklists, resources, and pages to write notes, keep track of books loaned and write thoughts on books reads.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: One thing my mom has always done is keep a notebook full of the book titles she reads each year. She told me to do this as a kid, but of course, I didn't listen, and now I wish I had lists of books that I read as a child and teen. Now I keep a journal, but it's no where as extensive and detailed as this one.

Read, Remember, Recommend is a great place to start book journaling. I like the fact that there are extensive award winner lists and you can mark each title with read, want to read, own, recommend. There are some genre booklists, and while they aren't incredibly extensive, they could be a good starting point. I would have liked to see longer read alike and genre lists.

I like the reference list in the back-teen library sites, book blogs, author websites are listed. (And I'm excited to say that GreenBeanTeenQueen is listed as a resource-how cool is that?) I also liked the resources for parents, although it is very short-I wish more could have been listed. I would have also liked to see more listed on the Teen Reading Sites list-TeensReadToo.com wasn't listed at all!

The actual journal part of the book leaves something to be desired. I have really bad handwriting and I need a lot of space to write, so small boxes for books to read and a small box for notes won't really work for me. I need more space to write. I also thought the actual journal pages section was pretty short-only four pages to journal. If you read a lot like me (and need larger pages) you'll fill up those pages easily. I do like the fact that there are sections to record your thoughts which encourages teens to think critically about their reading and write reviews. We include reviews as part of our Teen Summer Reading Program, so a journal that encourages teens to write reviews is great. The loaner list is also a good idea, especially if you let friends borrow books a lot, but again the section is really short and has small boxes.

I think with more journal pages and larger boxes to write in, this could be a great book. I would give it to a teen who likes to read but won't quickly fill this journal up as there's not a lot of actual journaling room.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Exciting News!


Today is an exciting day in the GreenBean household. Mr. GreenBeanSexy Man and I are closing on our first home today!:) We're very excited to have found our perfect house after looking at about 45 houses and three months of searching and waiting. And now today's the day. And how perfect that we're buying our first house a week before our one year wedding anniversary? I think that's a good present, don't you?

Of course, one of the bedrooms will become my office/library and I can't wait to have a room full of bookshelves. I'll be sure to post pictures when it's all finished.

Now comes the painting and decorating and honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing! If anyone has good suggestions on books to read (of course) or TV shows I should watch, I'd love to hear them.

YA Movie News

-Katherine Paterson has an upcoming YA fantasy book, The Flint Heart, that is already in a movie production deal. The movie will be helmed by her son, David Paterson and produced by Arcady Bay Entertainment, who also worked on the movie adaptation of Paterson's Bridge to Terebithia. The book will release in 2011. Thanks Cynopsis Kids for the news.

-Travis Adam Wright is set to write the script for Here, There be Dragon and Search for The Red Dragon based on the YA fantasy series The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen. The movie option has been out since 2006, so here's hoping with a script writer attached, the film will get made. I have teen readers who really like this series! Thanks to Publisher's Weekly for the news.

-A new trailer for the movie Beastly was released this week. I'm more excited about the movie after seeing this trailer and now I can't wait to see it!



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cinderella Society Contest

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

First off, thank you to Daisy Whitney, author of the upcoming novel Mockingbirds, for hosting this tour.

The Cinderella Society is Kay Cassidy's debut novel and it's all about girl power. Jess, our main character, is recruited to join a secret society called The Cinderella Society. The goal of the Cindy's is "celebrate your strength, embrace your future, be extraordinary." (ARC p. 56)

I'm in the middle of reading this book right now and I'm really enjoying the book so far. It's a great read-especially for girls who need a reminder of how awesome they are.

We want to share the girl power with you, so as part of The Cinderella Society Blog Tour, each stop is giving away a copy! What do you have to do to win? Leave a comment with a story/line/quote/thought about what it means to be empowered as a teenage girl. I can't wait to see what everyone says. The winner will receive a copy of The Cinderella Society.

And that's not all! The winners from all the blog stops will be entered into a grand prize drawing and the blog tour memebers will pick a winner who will recieve a signed copy of The Cinderella Society and $100 donated in her name to
Girls Inc.

This contest will end April 28th at midnight Central Time. Must have US address for shipping. Ages 13+.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical/Gothic

Release Date: 8/1/2009

Publisher: Little Brown

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About the Book:
(From Goodreads because I could not come up with a decent sounding summary!): Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.




GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I always love the idea of Gothic novels and then they don't work out for me or I find them boring. Not so with Prophecy of the Sisters! This book pulled me in from the start and wouldn't let me go. I listened to this on audio in my car and I kept finding reasons to drive around so I could keep listening.

Michelle Zink's writing was amazing-she had the Gothic feel down perfectly and I loved the way she phrased things. It had the feel of being old fashioned without relying too heavily on old fashioned language which I really liked.

Lia and Alice are great characters and I liked the interplay between them-I just wish there had been more. This is more Lia's story and Alice wasn't in it as much as I thought she would be. But the moments she is-wow! Talk about evil twin! I don't think I've ever met a character quite as evil as Alice-she's so good at being bad and I loved it.

There were lots of surprises and I liked the twists Ms. Zink threw the reader. The only thing I didn't like was that this was very much a set up novel and setting the stage for more to come. Although there was still plenty of action in this one so I could almost forgive that. I'm very eager to read the next book in the series and I have to applaud Ms. Zink for writing a gothic novel that kept me entertained.

I do have to mention that I really liked the audio version. Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was the narrator. I typically like narrator's who do various voices, and Ms. Dushku gave more of a straight reading without voices. But her voice fit the book perfectly and I really liked her as the reader.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from Audiobook CD checked out from library

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Simone Elkeles Interview PLUS Giveaway

Please welcome Simone Elkeles to GreenBeanTeenQueen! Ms. Elkeles is the author of Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction, Leaving Paradise, and the How to Ruin series. I had the pleasure of meeting Simone in person at YALSA's Coffee Klatch last year at ALA and she is so incredibly sweet and very funny!

GreenBeanTeenQueen: You have such fun and unique book trailers for your books. Where do you get the ideas for your trailers?

Simone: For Perfect Chemistry I wanted to do something totally different and unique. I wanted the book trailer to stand out. Then I thought about the television show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I LOVED the rap that Will Smith did in the beginning. I thought it would be hilarious to do a parody rap video as the book trailer. Some fans hate the rap and some think it’s hilarious and have downloaded it to their iPods. It definitely got attention!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr0OtYYpyek&feature=related

For Rules of Attraction I wanted to do something totally different. I wanted my book trailer to look exactly like a real movie trailer – with actors acting out snippets of scenes from my book. I called Pete Jones, a friend and writer/director whose screenplay Hall Pass is currently being filmed with Owen Wilson and Bill Murray and being directed by the Farrelly Brothers. I told Pete I wanted him to direct a “movie trailer/book trailer” and he said he’d do it. Alexander F. Rodriguez, the groom from Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold music video, signed on to be hot and sexy Alex Fuentes and we held auditions in Los Angeles for the other parts. As soon as I saw Giancarlo Vidrio’s audition tape I knew he’d be perfect for the role of sexy bad boy Carlos Fuentes and Catesby Bernstein would be a great Kiara. I flew out to Los Angeles for the shoot and being on set for that was one of the highlights of my life. Of course I could never have done it without the help of director Pete Jones and producers Pat Peach and Ron Rothstein…they were amazing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhEx0kaUlrU

GreenBeanTeenQueen: I love both trailers and the Perfect Chemistry rap gets stuck in my head if I watch the trailer!:) All of your books have sequels to them. What's the hardest part about writing a sequel?

Simone: Reintroducing yourself to characters and forgetting certain aspects about them and the first book makes writing sequels really difficult. Ally Carter (bestselling author of I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You) told me that sequels are the hardest books to write. She’s so right! I can’t even put my finger on why it’s so hard, but it is. Sometimes you just want to move on.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: So many readers have book crushes on Alex(including myself)! Who is your lit crush?

Simone: I have to say that I also have a crush on Alex Fuentes. I wouldn’t be able to write a young adult romance without also falling in love with my hero…hopefully if I fall in love with them, my readers will also fall in love with them. When we were casting for my book trailer for Rules of Attraction, I wanted to really find “my Alex.” When Alexander F. Rodriguez agreed to be Alex Fuentes and he walked on set the day of the shoot, I melted. I took tons of pictures of him and Giancarlo (the gorgeous actor who played Carlos Fuentes) that day. They were my heroes come to life…who wouldn’t have a crush on the heroes they created?

GreenBeanTeenQueen: If you weren't a writer, what other job would you want?

I love animals and would love to be a veterinarian, but I can’t stand shots or blood…and I get grossed out easily. I’d get kicked out of medical school, for sure. I don’t think I’d want any other job. I love being a writer and hope I can do it forever.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: Perfect Chemistry is nominated for the 2010 Romance Writer's of America RITA award for young adult romance.-congrats! Do you have any big plans on how to celebrate if you win?

Simone: I remember my first RWA conference in New Orleans, LA. I went to the RITA awards ceremony and watched in awe as RITA winners walked on stage and accepted their statues and said their speeches. To be honest, I thought there was no chance I’d ever get nominated for a coveted RITA – the ultimate prize for romance writers. I am thrilled, honored, and excited to now be nominated for a second time (I was nominated in 2008 for my book Leaving Paradise but didn’t win). If I win, I’ll probably cry like a baby and think of my dad who died when I was 24…he said I can achieve anything if I work hard enough at it. I’ll be with my RWA friends that night – I imagine if I win we’ll eat chocolate to celebrate…lots and lots of chocolate! (and I’ll probably sleep next to my RITA statue for at least a month, ha ha)

GreenBeanTeenQueen: If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you to read?

The Hunger Games
Pride and Prejudice
Ain’t She Sweet
Perfect Chemistry (;-)
The Idiot’s Guide to Surviving on a Desert Island (I don’t know if this is a book, but it would be right up my alley!)

GreenBeanTeenQueen: I'd need that last book too! Thanks so much for visiting Simone!

Want to win a Perfect Chemistry prize pack? One lucky winner will receive a copy of Perfect Chemistry, a copy of Rules of Attraction and a Perfect Chemistry/Rules of Attraction bookmark!

Rules:
-Must be 13+ to enter
-Must have US address for prizes to ship to
-Must fill out form below to enter
-Contest ends April 28 Midnight Central Time
Good luck!


Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 4/13/2010

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

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About the Book: Carlos Fuentes has returned to the United States after living in Mexico for two years. His older brother Alex has a plan for him to get his act together and make a better life, but Carlos wants none of it. When Carlos meets Kiara, they immediately butt heads. Kiara is shy and keeps to herself, Carlos loves to party. But their lives keep intertwining and the two will learn that maybe they're better for each other than they both thought.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I loved Perfect Chemistry, so I was somewhat nervous about reading this one. I'm happy to say I was not disappointed! Once again, Simone Elkeles writes a hot steamy romance that I quickly devoured. If you ever find yourself in a reading slump, pick these books up because they will get you back into your reading groove!

I did have some trouble connecting with Carlos more than I did Alex in Perfect Chemistry. Carlos is very hotheaded and while he knows he should stop acting like a party boy player, he enjoys that image and gets himself in trouble. I felt it took Carlos longer to really learn he was playing with fire, which was frustrating, but I also think it was true of his character.

I liked Kiara. She was a shy, but she could also stand up to Carlos, which I liked. I loved her cookie prank-brilliant!! I also liked the fact that she had a great family and enjoyed having family movie nights, hung out with her little brother, and didn't mind helping her mom at her shop. She was very down to earth and I liked that.

The romance took me a little bit to believe-at first I wasn't sure why these two would really be attracted to each other. But I warmed up to it and found it to be a fun (and hot!) romance. The ending got a little cheesy, but what's a good romance without a little cheese? And I actually liked the epilogue of this one better-I just found it more believable.

Fans of Perfect Chemistry will of course enjoy this one. There are some glimpses into Brittany and Alex's life, which is fun for fans. You don't have to have read the first book as Rules of Attraction stands on it's own very well. Again, this one is very steamy so I'm warning you if you blush easily! Overall this is a fun romance that's a quick read and will leave readers happily sighing.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent by publisher

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Morpheus Road: The Light Giveaway

Do you love scary stories? Check out Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale.

D.J. MacHale, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pendragon series, has a new adventure for readers in Morpheus Road.

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In The Light, the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, sixteen-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it's clear whatever this is--it's huge.

Marshall has no idea what's happening to him, but he's soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend Cooper, who's been missing for over a week. Together with Coop's sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.



Want to win a copy?

One lucky winner will recieve a *SIGNED* copy of Morpheus Road: The Light!

Contest Rules:
-Must be 13+ to enter
-Must have a US address for prize to ship to
-Contest will end May 4th, 2010 at midnight Central Time
-Fill out Google Doc to enter-good luck!


Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that highlights great tween reads. Join the fun and post your own Tween Tuesday post in the Mister Linky below.

Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre: Horror/Adventure
Release Date: 4/20/2010
Publisher: Aladdin Books-Simon and Schuster
About the Book: Marshall Seaver is being haunted. It starts with strange noises and symbols appearing to him, but then things get stranger. Marshall starts to see Gravedigger, a comic character he created. When his best friend Cooper disappears, Marshall must work together with Sydney, Cooper's "ice queen" sister to figure out what is happening. The two discover that something bigger than they ever expected is after them-and no one is safe.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'll admit it-I'm a wimp-I can't do scary stories. But I have readers who love them, so I try to read some every once in awhile. Since D.J. MacHale's previous series, Pendragon, is very popular at my library, I was eager to give this one a try.
Morpheus Road: The Light had somewhat of a slow start for me. I like dialogue in my stories and this book starts off with a lot of description. But that does make for action at times, so I could see how readers who like suspense in their stories and description would enjoy that. The book does pick up eventually, but it took a long time to get there. When it does finally pick up it takes off running. (This might just be because I'm not a big description reader, but I felt like it took about half the book for it to really get going. But if you have fantasy fans who eat up those big wordy books, they would probably wouldn't think twice about the slower pace at the beginning.)

There may be some things that could scare some readers, but for the most part, I didn't see why older tweens couldn't pick this one up. The book lists ages 10+ and I think that works, especially if you have tweens who are watching big screen scary movies! I think this would be a good pick for readers who are ready for the next step up from Goosebumps. The author used to write for the TV show Are You Afraid of the Dark? (anyone else remember that show?) and I thought this book had the same feel. The plot jumped around a lot, which might have been another reason it took me awhile to get into it.
Readers looking for a good suspenseful read will enjoy Morpheus Road. This is the first in a planned trilogy, so while the story wraps up in some places, there are plenty of loose ends to give readers lots of questions. Give this one to readers who love scary ghost stories and are ready to move on from Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark to something more.
Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by Big Honcho Media for giveaway promotion


Monday, April 19, 2010

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 3/23/2010

Publisher: Egmont USA

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About the Book: When wizard Wayland North shows up in Sydelle Mirabil's town and brings with him the long missing rain, he's offered a reward-and chooses Sydelle to accompany him on his journey. A cursed wizard, a looming war, and powerful storms brewing wherever they go, Sydelle is whisked off on an adventure she had only dreamed about before meeting North.

GreenBeanTeenQueen: I've never been a big fan of high fantasy, so I wasn't sure if I would really enjoy Brightly Woven. Turns out, Alexandra Bracken has what it takes to make me enjoy fantasy!

The book starts off quickly, which I loved (I've mentioned before how I hate when the summary mentions part of plot that doesn't occur until halfway through the book). That's not the case here-the adventure is off and running from the start. One of the reason's I'm not typically a fan of fantasy is that I find the worlds and magic and rules somewhat difficult to follow. But the world set up in Brightly Woven wasn't overly complicated. It still took some time for me to understand everything-things are revealed throughout the novel, so you discover the world and how magic works in pieces.

There were a few plots that I felt could have been developed more. I felt the relationship between Sydelle and her childhood friend could have used some more background. But there are some brilliant moments of storytelling and plot twists that made up for that and the last few chapters of the book were fast paced and full of adventure-I couldn't put the book down once I reached a certain "gasp" moment in the book (if you've read it, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about it!) It really took me by surprise and I had to hand it to Ms. Bracken for such a clever surprise. Well played indeed. (I also loved that fact that when North started calling Sydelle "Syd" early on, she was annoyed at him and told him not to call her by a nickname-he hardly knew her! I loved this since early nicknames are one of my pet peeves in books.)

This is Ms. Bracken's debut novel and I thought it read like a first novel-the story could have been a little tighter in places and some of the characters developed more. But I do think Ms. Bracken is a writer to watch and I think she has a great future as a fantasy writer ahead of her. I also like the fact that the book ended in a place that I'm happy to have it end-no major cliffhanger, still room for a sequel, but I'd be ok as a reader if there's not. I would be interested to see another story set in this world, since I really enjoyed Ms. Bracken's take on how magic worked.

I do have to mention that one of my teens at the library borrowed my copy and when she finished it told me that it was amazing and she loved it and she couldn't wait for a sequel. So this one should have high teen appeal and I'm sure your fantasy readers will love it.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC provided by publisher at ALA

Saturday, April 17, 2010

National Library Week Guest Post

I wrote a guest post for National Library Week at Bookworming in the 21st Century. I hope you stop by and let me know what you think!

And don't forget to support your local library!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Meg Cabot Twitter Party!


Join Runaway author Meg Cabot and Thea and Ana of The Book Smugglers for a Twitter party Thursday, April 22, between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. EST!

  • Be sure to follow Meg @MegCabot , Point at @ThisIsPoint, and Thea and Ana @BookSmugglers before the party!
  • Join the fun! No one expects you or your tweets to be perfect; we’re just happy you made it to the party!
  • Anyone who tweets during the party using #MegCabot is entered to win a limited edition Runaway t-shirt – featuring the winning design voted for by fans!
  • Watch for questions from @BookSmugglers and win awesome prizes including an iPad, $50 Sephora gift cards or $25 VISA gift cards!
  • To join the party, you can use our official party tweetgrid or just search #MegCabot on Twitter.
  • Ask Meg questions or chat with other partygoers—just use the tag #MegCabot in all of your party tweets! (This is added automatically in TweetGrid.)
  • Please don’t post any spoilers and don’t forget to pay attention to the time zones, the party starts at 8:30pm EST.

YA Movie News

-What do you think of this promo poster for ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars? I really like it and I think the show will be a hit with my teens who are currently loving Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries.

-Film rights to the Young Adult novel The Homelanders: The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavin were picked up by Summit Entertainment. I haven't read this one yet, but I gave it to one of my teens who was looking for adventure, action and survival so I'm eager to see what he thinks of it. There are two books in the series with a third coming in November. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the news!

-Martin Scorsese will be filming The Invention of Hugo Cabret in 3D. The more I hear about this movie, the more I get nervous. I really hope it works out! Thanks to Cynopsis for the news.
-Former Saved by the Bell Star Elizabeth Berkley will be penning a self-help book for teen girls which will hit shelves next year. The book is based on workshops the actress has been hosting with teens. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the news.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Today I have a special guest-my husband, Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan. I told him how I needed some more "guy reads" featured on my blog and since he is a guy and all, who better than to recommend a great guy read? If you like his post, I'll ask him to come back and give more suggestions-he reads a lot of fantasy and the more I can convince him to read MG or YA the better!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: various-all three are available now

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Purchase from Indiebound.org
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I am a picky reader and I have wanted to pick up a new series for quite awhile now. I have been looking to fill that void left by Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and others, but nothing has been holding my attention lately. Then by chance I saw the first book of the Bartimaeus Trilogy on audio book on a display and picked it up.

I was immediately swept away by the bold storytelling. It also helped the Simon Jones narrated the audio books and his performance would give even Jim Dale a run for his money.

About the books: The titles of the books in this series are: The Amulet of Samarkand (2003), The Golem’s Eye (2004), and Ptolemy’s Gate (2005). This series is a fantasy steam-punk hybrid that pulls its roots from genie (spelled djinni in the books) mythology. Set in London, the timeframe seems to be a bit of a mash-up of the last 300 years of British history. There are cars and airplanes, but everything else is old fashioned. The roads are still cobblestone and soldiers still use muskets. The story follows three main characters: Nathaniel, Kitty, and of course the genie Bartimaeus. Nathaniel is a young but powerful, up and coming magician. Kitty is the idealist radical fighting the “injustice” of magician rule. And Bartimaeus is the all-powerful, cunning, frightfully witty djinni (at least that’s what he wants you to think).

Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan says: Jonathan Stroud tells a deliciously dark and twisting tale that has more than enough humor to keep even the most stoic reader laughing. Bartimaeus is hilarious and is among my favorite characters of all time. The story drags a bit at the beginning of the second and third books as you wait for Bartimaeus to be brought back into the story, but as a whole the story flies by almost too quickly. There are times that the story seems to fall back onto fantasy convention, but even then Mr. Stroud seems to quickly bring his singular viewpoint back to the central focus. But what makes this series different from so many others is the ending. Without giving any spoilers away, I can tell you that this series has the most appropriate ending that I have ever encountered. Whatever it is that you may feel the story may lack, make sure you finish this series because the end more than makes up for any shortcomings that you may notice elsewhere. I give this series 5 stars based on the strength of the ending.

While this is a trilogy right now, Bartimaeus is returning in a fourth book entitled The Ring of Solomon due for release November 2, 2010
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Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook copies from the library

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy National Library Week!

It's Wednesday and we're halfway through National Library Week-have you visited your local library yet this week?

I know many of us bloggers use the library frequently. We're avid readers and booklovers, so why wouldn't we visit the library? I don't love the library because I work there, I work there because I love the library. I thought in honor of National Library Week, I'd share one of my favorite library memories.

My favorite event my library held was the library booksale. Sure the main booksale was fun-it was in one of the local mall's and you would walk through the halls and there were tables of books everywhere-it was an all day event for my family! But the best booksale was the children's only booksale/swap. You had to be under 18 and you had to bring books to swap. For each book you brought, you got a ticket to use for the books inside. And the best part-no adults allowed! My parents were always good about letting me read what I wanted, but there was something really cool about going to a booksale without any adult with me. My mom would stand outside wherever the sale was being held and sometimes I'd go over to the entrance and show her what I had. But in the end, the books were all books I had chosen and that was very special.

Do you have any favorite library memories?

I love this clip from Reading Rainbow. Thanks Heather for sharing it!




Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Glee: The Booklist

With the return of Glee this week (yay!) why not promote some great Glee read-alikes? (This is not a comprehensive list and I'd love to hear more suggestions! I've linked to my reviews of titles I've read and reviewed on this blog.)

-No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman-This is my go-to book for Glee read-alikes. Somehow the book just reminds me of the show-a jock who ends up in the theater department, the drama queen, and a teacher who wants to make a difference. Such a hilarious read-and I agree, no more dead dogs!!

-My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger-This book really does have everything, and there are some great Glee-ish moments with the characters. I can see Glee fans loving this book.

-Dramarama by E. Lockhart-Give this one to the hardcore theater lovers who live and breathe the theater. Chances are they'll relate to the theater camp experience.

-Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev-Not the most Glee-like book on the list, but readers who enjoy high theater will love this fantasy set behind the scenes.

-Drama! Series by Paul Ruditis-I have yet to read this series, but from the synopsis, it sounds perfect for Glee fans. Set in a superposh high school's drama club, there's drama, gossip, and romance, and more drama.

And of course, don't forget that Glee tie in novels will be heading your way soon!

Any other novels you'd suggest for a Glee reading list?

Suggested by readers: Castration Celebration by Jake Wizner-A satire of the high school musical-this one's for older YA. I have yet to read it, but the reviews have said it's very funny, so I'm sure Glee fans would enjoy.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson-This I have read, so I've linked to my review. I don't know why I didn't think of it! It's a fun read with theater and romance.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford-The audiobook is hilarious and the humor is exactly what Glee fans are looking for.

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme to highlight great reads for tweens. Add your own Tween Tuesday post in the Mister Linky below!

Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown by Daniel H. Wilson

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Humor

Release Date: 4/13/2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids

Add to Goodreads Purchase from Indiebound

About the Book:
(From Goodreads): Bro-jitsu is a highly stylized form of physical and mental combat that has been practiced and honed to perfection over countless millennia by billions of human beings who all have one crucial thing in common: annoying siblings. The book breaks down Bro-jitsu into three strategies: offensive moves, defensive moves, and psychological manipulation. Each section delivers step-by-step instructions on performing crucial techniques, from the classic Wet Willy to the inventive Full-Body Defensive Fish Wiggle. No sibling should be without it!


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'm somewhat mixed on this book. After reading Bro-Jitsu, I was reminded of the many things my siblings and I would do to torture each other. There were moves that made me chuckle-pillow fights, couch wars, tying sleeves together to trap arms, and putting bugs on your sister-my brother still does that to me! There's the gross-out moves-farting, spit, burping, and dog poop. There's the psychological-looming, lick the floor, "uncle." This book covers them all.

I think middle school boys would love this book. It's presented in a very humorous way, it's a quick read and there are lots of illustrations (my copy was in black and white, but the final book will be full color, which will really make the illustrations stand out). But some of the moves could possibly do harm-maybe Im just a cranky old person and am seeing things from an adult perspective instead of a tweens. There are some cautions given about some of potentially dangerous moves, but the whole tone of the book is pretty light, I'm not sure how serious those would be taken by some readers. I think most readers would get a kick out of Bro-Jitsu and most likely have already tried many of the moves that are listed.

It's a book that I don't know who the target audience really is though. I think it has high tween appeal, but I could also see college students laughing over it remembering their own sibing fights. It strikes me as a gift book-you know the ones that have a niche market that sit on the front table of the bookstore around the holidays. I would give this to a reader who wouldn't take it too seriously but would also find the humor in the subject and enjoy a good laugh (and maybe a new way to annoy a sibling).


Monday, April 12, 2010

Runaway (An Airhead Novel) by Meg Cabot PLUS GIVEAWAY

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary with a touch of Science Fiction

Release Date: 4/20/2010

Publisher: Scholastic

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from ARC sent for contest purposes

Official Airhead Trilogy Website
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About the Book: (From Book) High fashion with a touch of sci-fi. In Runaway, the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed Airhead novels by Meg Cabot, Emerson Watts is on the run: from school, from work, from her family, from her friends, from herself. With everyone she loves furious with her for something she can’t explain, and nothing but the live Stark Angel fashion show on New Year’s Eve to look forward to, Em’s reached the end of the rope…what’s the point of even going on?

But when she discovers the truth about Nikki’s secret, she knows there’s only one person she can turn to. Will Christopher be able to put aside his personal feelings and help her expose her employer to the world? Is it even fair to get Christopher involved—since if he agrees, there’s every chance that Stark Enterprises will try to have them both killed—this time, permanently?

Maybe it would be better for Em to just keep on running…


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love Meg Cabot. I think she excels in any genre she writes, she always has a mix humor and a pop culture which I love, and she writes great romances with crush-worthy characters. When I first heard the premise for the Airhead books, I wasn't sure how it was going to work, but if anyone can add a dash of science fiction to chick lit and make it work, it's Meg Cabot! Where Airhead is more about Em adjusting to her new life and body, Being Nikki and Runaway have more mystery to them-first with Nikki's missing mom and then with the secret about Stark and his project.

I thought the series got stronger as it went on. Em was a character I could cheer for from the beginning-she's a science fiction fan and gamer-I love "nerdy girl" main characters. And I really felt she grew in each book. As she adjusted to her new life, she became stronger. I don't think Em in book one has the guts she has in books three. My favorite character is still Lulu. I don't know what it is about her, but she's so sweet and funny and lovable-the opposite of the stereotypical rich girl. I want Lulu as my best friend-she's one of those characters I would love to hang out with.

Of course it wouldn't be a good chick-lit without romance, and the romance in Runaway is Meg Cabot perfection-fun, frothy with some swoon worthy moments and great kissing. If you're looking for a fun chick-lit series with a twist, I would give the Airhead series a try. It's a short series, which is always a good thing in this age of sequels and never-ending series, and it's a fun escape. Take this along as a summer beach read.

Want to read the series? I've got your chance to win copies! And of course, the series is all about fashion, so you've got to dress in style if you're going to be seen with Nikki Howard.



One lucky winner will receive a $50 American Eagle gift card AND an Airhead Prize Pack consisting of Airhead, Being Nikki and Runaway.


Rules:
-Must be over 13 to enter
-Must have a US mailing address to send -Contest ends May 10th at midnight central time
(Winners addresses will be collected and shared with Big Honcho Media for shipping purposes only)

Fill out google doc to enter-good luck!

Friday, April 9, 2010

YA Movie News

The upcoming MG novel, Dark Life which releases May 1, has a movie version in the works with Robert Zemeckis now signed on to direct. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news!

The Smurfs movie has started filming-and check out the cast! My mom wouldn't let me watch The Smurfs as a kid, but with this cast, I think a movie version could be fun.

ABC Family added
Chad Lowe to the cast of Pretty Little Liars as the father of one of the girls and Gina Torres to Huge, as a camp doctor.

Here's the teaser trailer for the movie version of John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began. I haven't read the series yet, but my mom recently finished them and said they were great and addicting-she stayed up late to read them!


Tomorrow When The War Began - TEASER TRAILER - Click here for the funniest movie of the week

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Release Date: 12/23/2008

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

Purchase from Indiebound.org Add to Goodreads

THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS!!

About the Book: Brittany and Alex are opposites. Brittany is a rich girl, Alex is a gang member. Brittany makes sure her life appears perfect, Alex tries to keep up a tough guy image. When the two are assigned to be chemistry partners, their lives collide and personalities clash. But as they learn more about each other they realize their lives aren't so different and that the chemistry they share can't be denied.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: This is one hot book! I had read lots of great reviews about this one, had my teens tell me how good it was, but it wasn't until I saw there was a sequel coming out that I knew I had to hurry up and read this one. I tore through it. If you ever find yourself in a reading slump, pick up Perfect Chemistry and it'll pull you right in.

We got rid of our romance genre in young adult in my library, but if we still had it, this book would be a perfect fit. This is a typical romance-they dislike each other, they start to like each other, there's miscommunication, and SPOILER a happy ending. Sure, it's somewhat predictable and parts of it were a little corny, but I ate it up anyway.

I wasn't sure I would like Brittany-or Alex for that matter. From the description they seemed like characters I would find obnoxious. But from the start I loved them both. I felt sorry for Brittany and she wasn't the rich girl snob I thought she'd be. Alex was a bad boy, but not so much a bad boy because he wanted to be, but because that was what life had handed him. I really liked this spin on the stereotypes.

I also really liked the alternating chapters from Alex and Brittany's point of view. Sometimes when I read books like that I find myself checking pages to see when the character I like will be appearing again. But I enjoyed both Alex and Brittany and they were great together as well as on their own.

There were some things about their relationship I didn't like-SPOILERS I really didn't like how Brittany went to the garage to seduce Alex. I thought that was a dumb way to try and get him back. I don't know-just didn't work for me. Also, the epilogue was corny, but I almost didn't care. It was exactly like something my sister always wished for in movies-she didn't just want a happy ending, she wanted the whole rest of the story. I'm hoping she'll pick this book up just because I know she'll get a kick out the ending!

The romance is hot, the characters are great, and it's a fast fun read. There is a lot of language-Alex is in a gang, and there are sexual situations-Alex and Brittany are seniors in high school so this isn't a light clean romance. For readers who want a great romance with lots of swoon worthy moments give Perfect Chemistry a try. I'm looking forward to Rules of Attraction just so I can visit with Brittany and Alex once again.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from personal library copy (I bought it at Borders)

Who could forget the book trailer?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Novels in Verse

Yesterday I made a display of poetry books and novels in verse at my library in honor of National Poetry Month. Novels in verse always seem popular with my teens-they read fast, they can pack a lot into a short book, and they're a great way to discover poetry. I get asked for novels in verse a lot, so here are some of my favorites:

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones (and sequel, What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, as well as Sones' other titles)
-The first novel in verse I read and I read it all in one sitting. It's beautifully written and the reader relates so well to Sophie. This is one of my go-to books when teens ask me for a good read.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder (and Schroeder's other titles)
-An emotional ghostly love story, readers will be haunted by this one for a long time.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins (and Hopkins' titles)
-I've enjoyed all of the Ellen Hopkins books I've read, but this one stood out to me and is my favorite. It's a heartbreaking story of a girl who comes into her own, religion gone bad, and first love.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
-One bad boy, three girls, and a string of relationships that teaches them all. Every girl should read this one!

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
-A fantastical re-telling of the Lady of Shalott. Rich with history, romance, and Arthurian legend, fantasy fans will love this.

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (and sequel Hate That Cat)
-A young boy learns to love poetry in this fast fun read from Sharon Creech.

Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli
-A young girl looks forward to her family's summerhouse time, but this year things are different. Her favorite cousin won't talk to her, she starts to notice boys, and things with the family are changing. A great novel in verse for tweens.

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge(and sequel Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs)
-Baseball and poetry-somehow Ron Koertge make them work together seamlessly. Two great books that teach you poetry without even realizing it! Plus, with the male main character, give these to guys looking for novels in verse or books about sports (so many novels in verse seem to have female main characters)

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems by John Grandits (also Technically, It's Not My Fault)
-While not a novel in verse, both these books have concrete poems, which means the poems themselves take shape of what the poem is about. The poem about volleyball looks like a volleyball net, lips tell the story of Blue Lipstick. There's a lot of turning the book all around to read the poems which makes it even more fun-and the poems are great. I read the tongue ring poem on my school visits and it's always a hit.

Have any other novels in verse you enjoy? I'd love to hear about them!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tween Tuesday

Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme that highlights great tween reads. Add your Tween Tuesday link in the Mister Linky below.


The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schiltz

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 2/23/2010

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Purchase from Indiebound.org, Add to Goodreads

About the Book: Flory is a young night fairy who finds herself without wings when a bat snatches them off. Without her wings, Flory can't fly and has to find a way to fend for herself. Flory encounters a great cast of characters-some nice, some not and Flory finds herself on a grand adventure.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I adored this little gem of a book! In just over 100 pages, Ms. Schiltz builds a beautiful magical story. Flory is not your typical fairy. Sure she's small, has wings, and lives in a small house. But Flory isn't a dainty fairy-this is a fairy story for reader's who want a fairy with spunk and attitude.

What I really liked was the growth of Flory throughout the story. Flory started out as a character I didn't really like-she was even somewhat mean. But as she grew and encountered new adventures, she became a character that I liked at the end. She grew up and learned lessons along the way that made her stronger. I loved that Ms. Schiltz could change my mind about Flory.

A lot happens in this short read. There were plenty of fun adventures and encounters with other animals that will keep readers engaged. The writing is beautiful and readers are swept up in the story. The illustrations are gorgeous and compliment the story perfectly. The Night Fairy would work well as a read aloud or if reader's found it on their own. Even though the target age is 8-12, I think reader's of all ages should pick it up and discover the treat that is The Night Fairy. This one is on my Newbery watch list-I would not be surprised to see this one somewhere on the Newbery list in January.

Check out The Night Fairy website the publisher has made for a sneak peek.

Full Disclosure: I checked this one out from the library



 
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