Birthday Books

I am so excited! I just had a birthday and received a lot of books as presents!

The gifts included The Dust Girl trilogy and a collection of Jules Verne books including Five Weeks In A Balloon and Journey To The Center Of The Earth! (And oh by the way, I got permission to read the Insurgent on my birthday – Done!!)

I can’t wait to read and review all of these soon… stay tuned!

 

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Thank you everybody for an amazing birthday!

Book Review: If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book is an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley and will be published by Scholastic on August 26th.

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Mike’s father is dead. He died in the war against Afghanistan hoping that his sacrifices and those of many others would end it.

Eight years later, Mike is 16 years old, and the war is still going on.

Mike is not sure that his father ever loved him, when one day, he receives a letter from his dead father. Mike’s father had written this letter before he died and now some anonymous person had sent this letter to him. A couple of days later, Mike gets another letter, and then another!

He is overjoyed at seeing these letters that his father had written himself. His father also tells him to never stop playing football. Football has been Mike’s passion. Mike gets hurt in a game and his mother forbids him from playing ever again.

When the next football season starts, Mike can’t help but forge a signature on the registration paper. He joins the team, helps win a game, and becomes a school wide celebrity.

Mike also falls in love with a girl named Isma. She disapproves of sports but likes Mike anyway. Mike still hasn’t told his mother about Isma much less the football team.

Also, his fathers letters have started becoming more personal and Mike finds out a secret that he would have never guessed in his wildest dreams.

This secret now joins the many others hidden from his mother.

Will Mike’s mother find out the secrets?

If you would like to read this book, you can pre-order it here:  If You’re Reading This

Book Review: The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Age Recommended: 12 and up

Genre: Realistic Fiction

This book was an ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

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He is the most famous of them all…

He is… Jackson Greene!

Jackson is a crook. Well, not really a crook. More like a very talented individual who has no idea what to use his talent for. Jackson is good at thievery and he is known school wide for his tricks.

Jackson had gotten into trouble a lot and one time it cost him his best friend: Gabby. Jackson has had a crush on Gabby for as long as he could remember. When he committed that mistake, he lost her forever.

Now, Jackson’s school elections are coming up. Gabby is running but so is his arch nemesis, Keith Sinclair.
Jackson obviously wants Gabby to win but Keith is going to rig the election by bribing the teachers with his father’s wealth.

Jackson swore to his family that he would stay away from trouble in school but he thinks that helping Gabby win the election may show her that he still loves her.

When one of Jackson’s group betrays him, he has to think of a new plan. One that is even more dangerous and impossible than the previous.

Will he be able to pull it off?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Great Greene Heist

Book Review: Eye Spy by Tessa Buckley

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

A funny book about twins who open a detective agency to earn money.

This book was an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley.

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Donna and Alex are twins. They live with their father and their grandmother, Nan. Their father is an inventor but he has never sold any of his work products. The family is quite poor because of this.

When Donna and Alex get into trouble for playing cards during their break time at school, their pocket money is taken away. To earn some money for the family, the twins open a detective agency called Eye Spy Investigations.
They  get their first case when the lapdog of a wealthy woman goes missing. The lady has offered a 100 euro award to whoever can find her dog. The twins ask her some general questions, then set out to find some clues and uncover the mystery.

While they are looking for clues, Donna and Alex hear a lot of people say that they wish the twins were more like their mother. The twins’ mother had died giving birth to them and the twins didn’t know a thing about her. They decide to find out what she was like, but while they are searching, they stumble on something bigger that will change their lives forever…

If you would like to buy this book, you can purchase it here:  Eye Spy

Book Review: Disaster Strikes Book Two- Tornado Alley by Marlene Kennedy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 8 and up

A good sequel to Earthquake Shock. I can’t wait to read and review the next two books: Volcano Blast and Blizzard Night!

The book is about a boy who appreciates his family more after he is separated from them.

This book is an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley.

Did you know: Tornado Alley is the name given to a strip of land that runs from Texas to North Dakota. This is where the most tornadoes occur in the U.S.

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Wyatt’s cousin, Alison, has come to live with him and he is already fed up. She is perfect in every regard. She is a prissy who loves pink.

Wyatt’s friends come to visit him and the four of them get stuck in a tornado. They get to a tornado shelter but Alison runs out to save their dog, and ends up almost running into the tornado.

Wyatt runs after her, endangering himself in the process. When the two of them are reunited with their other friends, another tornado appears.

The four of them get on four-wheelers and try to out-drive the tornado but as it gets closer, all hope seems lost.

Will they survive?

If you would like to read this book, you can buy it here: Disaster Strikes #2: Tornado Alley

Book review: Disaster strikes series Book One- Earthquake Shock by Marlane Kennedy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age recommended: 8 and up

This is a story about the fortitude a 10 year old boy shows in the face of adversity and how he comes to appreciate his family and friends more through it all. It should be a quick and exciting read for younger kids.

This book was an Advanced Reading Copy, courtesy of NetGalley. I just got approved for an ARC of the next book (Tornado Alley) in this series also and can’t wait to read and review it!

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Joey, Fiona, and Kevin are good friends. Joey and Fiona love to skateboard while Kevin loves to make mini movies showcasing their tricks. Kevin wants to be a movie producer when he grows up.

One day, Joey and Fiona are at the skate rink when Joey’s mom says something that embarrasses him in front of other kids. She wants him to come home immediately because she has run out of diapers for his little sister. Dylan, a kid who lives next to Joey and teases him all the time, tells Joey’s mother that he’ll walk Joey home in a short while.

Joey knows that something is up but he’s just happy that he gets to skate a while longer. The four of them head home a short while later and are up to their usual antics. They are performing and recording skateboarding tricks under an overpass, when a massive earthquake hits. Roads collapse, the overpass crumbles, cars are a jumbled mess and people start panicking.

Joey and Fiona escape from underneath the overpass but they cant find Kevin and Dylan. They look everywhere but then realize that the Kevin and Dylan could be under the rubble.

Will Joey and Fiona be able to find their friends? Will their families be okay? What if there are aftershocks?

If you would like to read this book, you can buy it here: Disaster Strikes #1: Earthquake Shock

Book Review: Gabriel Finley and The Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen; Illustrated by Scott Bakal

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

This book is well-written and has an amazing concept with raven and human body-switching.

This book is an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley. It will be published on October 28, 2014.

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Gabriel Finley lives with his aunt.   His mother died and his father disappeared a while ago. Gabriel finds out that long ago, people and ravens were best friends. They could talk to each other, and when they found the raven or the human who had the closest connection to themselves, they could switch bodies.

Gabriel Finley found out that his uncle, Corax, was a half raven, half  human mutation and that he was a ruthless demon who spared nobody. You see, long ago, one day someone offered a raven eternal life. The raven asked what he had to do, and the person just said to eat the flesh of your elder.

A raven did that and he became a Valraven – an invincible demon. Valravens were always hunting down ravens to kill them. The only way to tell a valraven from a raven was by asking them a riddle. If one answered a riddle correctly, the ravens would burst out in laughter but valravens would just find it stupid. For this reason, whenever ravens are confronted by another raven, they ask them a riddle.

There was also the powerful Torc. The Torc was a necklace of great power that would grant any wish. The ravens were in possession of it but the valravens wanted it for their master Corax. It brought immense power and malevolence to those who unworthily wielded it.

Gabriel now finds out that he is the type of person who has the power to join a raven’s body. He finds his raven partner with whom he can do that. Gabriel also finds out that his father is being held captive by Corax and that the only way to free his father is by finding the Torc.

Gabriel sets out on a mission with some of his friends to stop the evil.

Will Gabriel find the Torc? Will he save his dad? Will he be able to stop Corax?

If you would like to read this book, you can pre-order it here: Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle