Book Trailer of the Week: Reached


Here at BookTasty I have a deep appreciation for book trailers.  So, every week (almost) I post a Book Trailer of the Week to spread the word about a book trailer that has recently caught my eye.

This week’s book trailer is for Ally Condie’s Reached, the final book in the Matched trilogy.

The first two books in this series make it one of my favorites and Reached has me very excited (I am reading it while I’m on vacation, actually!). I’ve always loved the whole glass bubble theme on all the covers and it’s significance, which makes me love all the Reached by Ally Condiecracking glass bubbles in the trailer!

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

I appreciate a good, short and to-the-point trailer which is another reason why I like this one so much-it’s the perfect length for the morning announcements. I’ll be using it at school as soon as possible!



Waiting on Wednesday: Strands of Bronze and Gold

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Every week I like to participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday event.  This meme was created with the purpose of bringing some attention to an upcoming new release.

Today I am waiting Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson, which seems to be a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her over-generous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

If you follow my blog at all, you probably know by now that I’m a lover of retold fairy tales.  Seriously I LOVE them!  I have to admit that although I’ve heard of the Bluebeard story, I haven’t read it and really don’t know what it’s about.  I do know that I love this cover and the summary intrigues me.  According to GoodReads, Strands of Bronze and Gold won’t be released until March 12, 2013 by Random House Children’s Books, so I have a little ways to go before I can read it.



Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am still on vacation this week (Paris!!) so I’ll only be posting my regularly scheduled posts while I’m gone.  You also won’t see me on Twitter because data plans while traveling internationally are mad expensive!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareEvery Tuesday I participate in a weekly event, called Top Ten Tuesday,  hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  Each week a theme is posted and book bloggers all over create bookish lists to go along with the selected theme.  This week the theme is our Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2013.  There are so many books that I can’t wait to read, and 2013 seems so darn far away!

1. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

2. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa MeyerScarlet by Marissa Meyer

3. Divergent #3 by Veronica Roth (This one is still untitled but I CAN’T wait!)

4. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis

5. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

6. Star Cursed (Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood

7. Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter8. The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

9. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

10. Size 12 is the New Black (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot (not YA but I love this series!)The Elite by Kiera Cass

There you have it!  Some of my most anticipated books of 2013! As you can see I’m a huge fan of series and always have been!  What books are you excited for in the upcoming year?



Coming of Age Amidst the Storm: Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Hello there! 

As you may already know, one of my goals is to read all fifteen books on the Florida Sunshine State list every year so I can better promote these books to my students.  Well, I read Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods a few months ago, but hadn’t been able to get around to writing the review until now.

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda WoodsSaint is a boy with confidence as big as his name is long. A budding musician, he earns money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it’s because of Shadow that Saint’s still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits. Saint’s not worried about the hurricane at first – he plans to live to be a hundred just to defy his palm-reader friend Jupi, who told him he had a short life line. But now the city has been ordered to evacuate and Saint won’t leave without Shadow. His search brings him to his elderly neighbor’s home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran’s medication runs out, it’s up to Saint to save her life – and his beloved Shadow’s.

This is a quick read about a teenage boy caught up in the middle of the historic Hurricane Katrina. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, our main character, is as lovable and energetic as his beloved New Orleans. Although a story about Hurricane Katrina, Saint Louis Armstrong Beach is really a coming of age story where Saint is forced to reckon with the truly meaningful issues in life.

Wood’s writing had me hooked and from the beginning I wanted to read more and more.  She included so much pre-hurricane build up that by the time the storm sets in, you’re already anxious with anticipation. Living in Florida since middle school I’ve experienced my own share of hurricanes (although none as devastating as Katrina) and I can say that Woods hits the pre-storm anticipation and build-up right on the nose!

So far, Saint Louis Armstrong Beach has been very popular with my students.  I have a school full of reluctant readers and this book is high interest and very short in length (heaven in their eyes!).  I sincerely recommend this book if you’re searching for a good read for the reluctant reader in your life, but remember  it is also captivating enough to entertain those middle school book lovers as well.

Author: Brenda Woods

Publisher:  Penguin Books (September 1, 2011)

Format: Paperback

Length: 144 pages

Series: standalone


Buy the Book:  Saint Louis Armstrong Beach


Book Trailer of the Week: Infinity Ring

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Today is Friday which means that it is officially Book Trailer of the Week time! Every week I love to exhibit my love for book trailers by showcasing one that has caught my attention.

This week’s book trailer is for The Infinity Ring series.  This is Scholastic’s next big series and it follows in the footsteps of The 39 Clues book series. The trailer is super quick so let’s check it out!

All the books in the series will be written by different authors.  James Dashner (whose books I love!) wrote the first book in the series, A Mutiny in Time by James DashnerA Mutiny in Time, so you know it’ll be good!

History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right! When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great

My students were rabid fans of The 39 Clues books so I know they’re going to eat The Infinity Ring right up!  You better believe I’ll be playing this trailer on the morning announcements soon!


Waiting on Wednesday: These Broken Stars

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Every week I participate in Waiting on Wednesday, which is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. The point of Waiting on Wednesday is to shed a little light on some upcoming new releases I’m excited about.

I was browsing GoodReads a few weeks ago and stumbled upon These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.  I read the These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spoonersummary and immediately fell in love with it!

Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen never should have met. She’s the socialite daughter of the richest man in the galaxy, and he’s a decorated soldier fighting back rebellions on newly terraformed planets. But when the vast luxury spaceliner they’re both traveling on crashes, they find themselves thrown together as the two sole survivors on an alien planet.

As they survive harsh conditions and dwindling supplies—not to mention each other—the two begin to uncover a mystery surrounding the abandoned planet that neither of them could have guessed.

The first in a trilogy, These Broken Stars sets into motion a series of timeless, standalone love stories that span galaxies—and are linked by their shared worlds and one mysterious enemy.

Doesn’t this sound really interesting? Like really, REALLY good?!  I know right?!  It looks like I’ll have to wait until 2013 for These Broken Stars to be published by Disney-Hyperion though.  Will I be able to wait?!


Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Book Fest

Well hey there!
I hope all is going well! I’m currently in Europe on vacation (I know right?!) so you won’t see me on Twitter or posting anything but my regularly scheduled posts.

So, now let’s get down to business!  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where they post a theme and book bloggers near and far create bookish lists related to that theme. This week’s theme, in honor of Thanksgiving, is Top Ten Books or Authors I’m Thankful For. All of the authors on this list are all authors whose books make me smile and wish for more!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Austen: Need I say more?! We should all bow down to her genius!

Ally Carter: I want to live in her books so bad!

Shannon Hale: She is the queen of retold fairy tales and the worlds she creates are magical!Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Cassandra Clare: Her books helped me realize that I really enjoy supernatural fiction. Also she created Will Herondale, my favorite Welsh Shadowhunter! *squeeee!*

Veronica Roth: For writing a dystopian novel that rivals my beloved Hunger Games…seriously the Divergent books are THAT good.

Gordon Korman: I heart him and the fact that my students adore his books!

Rick Riordan: This guy knows exactly what my students want! Thank you for writing fabulous stories!

Jeff Kinney: For writing a new Wimpy Kid book every year because my circulation increases every time a new one is released (because my students are salivating over his books)!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff KinneyStephanie Perkins: For writing romances that make me want to hibernate in my house for days until I finish reading (and maybe rereading) them.

Heather Brewer: I’m thankful for Vlad Tod…this series made me realize, that okay…I do like vampires!

So, seriously if you are an author and your name is on the above list…THANK YOU so much for your wonderful books! They make my world (and my students’ world) a much better place!


Book Trailer of the Week: The Vampire Stalker

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I’m back with this week’s Book Trailer of the Week!  Every week (eehhmm…almost every week…) I like to place the spotlight on book trailers because I think they’re awesome.  I use them at my school all the time and they’re a great way to promote books!

This week I’m featuring the book trailer for a book that has been incredibly popular with the students in my school, The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen.  You may remember that I reviewed the book last year, but I also really like the book trailer and think it captures the viewer’s attention well.

The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van DiepenTeenager Amy has a major book crush on a fictional guy; Alexander Banks, the gorgeous vampire hunter in the wildly popular Otherworld trilogy. Her love is so deep that she even writes fan-fiction about Alexander.  Even her screen name,  “MrsAlexanderBanks8021″ is an homage to her obsession!  Amy pretty much spends much of her time wishing and dreaming that Alexander Banks was a real person.

Then late one night, as Amy is walking home alone she is saved from a violent attack by a boy who looks strangely like Alexander Banks.  Amy soon realizes that he is in fact the real Alexander Banks; her love from the books and he needs her help!  The evil and unstoppable vampire Vigo has mysteriously entered Amy’s world and Alexander is determined to stop him from destroying Chicago like he has done to Otherworld.  Together, Amy and Alexander must track Vigo and figure out how and why Alexander crossed over into her world and time.  After chemistry seems to spark between her and Alexander, Amy questions whether or not she even wants him to return to the world of fiction.

So, what’d ya think? Did the book trailer do it’s job and make you crave the book?


A Classic Fairy Tale Whodunit: A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

Well hello there!

It’s been a while since I posted a review, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! Work and life just got so busy that I had time to read, but not blog about what I was reading!  But I’m back!

Recently I listened to the audiobook of A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine, and I highly recommend it!

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carsen LevineMysteries abound, especially in Two Castles. A handsome cat trainer, black-and-white cats, thieves on four legs and two, suspicious townsfolk, a greedy king, a giddy princess, a shape-shifting ogre, a brilliant dragon. Which is the villainous whited sepulcher?

Elodie journeys to the town of Two Castles to become a mansioner—an actress—but luck is against her. She is saved from starvation by the dragon Meenore, who sends her on a dangerous mission inside the ogre’s castle. There, disguised as a kitchen maid at an ogre’s feast, she finds herself cast in the role of a lifetime and pitted against a foe intent on murder.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine weaves an entrancing tale of a fearsome ogre, a dragon detective, and a remarkable heroine, who finds friendship where she least expects it, learns that there are many ways to mansion, and discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.

Gail Cars0n Levine never lets me down! I adored this book! Fairy tales are one of my favorite genre and this one is so unique because it is a fairy tale murder mystery. Seriously there is so much fun medieval fairy tale stuff in this book, mixed in with intrigue and is a classic “whodunit”.

Teenage Elodie is our enchanting main character who travels to a new city in search of the chance to become an actress. I really fell for Elodie right away with all her naivety, intelligence, creativity and boldness. She is funny, sweet and strong main character. In fact, she is the only character who is exactly as she seems.

All in all this is a middle grades murder mystery set in a fabulous fairy tale setting, where Elodie must figure out who is truly deserving of her trust. Fans of Levine’s previous titles (especially Ella Enchanted) will really enjoy A Tale of Two Castles. Also, if you’re looking for a well narrated audiobook, definitely pick up this one! The narrator, Sarah Coomes, had some great voices, especially the one for the dragon Meenore!

Author: Gail Carson Levine

Publisher: HarperTeen (May 10, 2011)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins

Narrator(s): Sarah Coomes

Series: standalone


Buy the Book: A Tale of Two Castles


Waiting on Wednesday: Maximum Ride Manga (Vol. 6)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and is intended to promote those books whose release we’re excited for!

Maximum Ride Manga Volume 6 by James PattersonThis week I’m waiting on the newest edition to James Patterson and NaRae Lee’s  Maximum Ride Manga series, Volume 6.

The time has come for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution,” a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them-but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?
Now honestly, I’m waiting on this book not for myself but for my students.  I haven’t read the whole Maximum Ride series and I haven’t read any of the manga series, but these books get massive circulation in my Media Center.  I know that when I add Maximum Ride Manga Volume 6 to my collection my students are going to go CRAYZAY!  I need to preorder this one which will be released on December 11- only a few weeks away!