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The Troll Toll: The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Well hello there BookTasty Fans!

*props to whoever gets the tv show reference in the title…*

I’m back! I know I haven’t posted a review in a little while (because the end of the school year is always jam-packed with events that take up my time) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading. I promise!

Recently I read (listened to) the entire Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking….see I was reading!

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers heSwitched by Amanda Hockingr mother might have been right. She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit. But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become. (summary from book one, Switched)

I was at my public library searching for an audiobook to listen to. It seems that they can’t keep up with my listening habits because there wasn’t anything that a. I hadn’t already read or b. was actually interested in. So there I was scouring the small audiobook section, when I came across Switched, Torn, and Ascend all sitting there like they were waiting for me to choose them. So I did.

I’m kind of lazy, so this post will be about the whole series, rather than reviewing each book independently.

When I started Switched, I was surprised by how much I was actually enjoying it! From the start I saw Wendy as an interesting character. She is flawed, hurt and knew that she never quite seemed to fit in. I love the whole idea of WTorn by Amanda Hockingendy’s mother trying to kill her because she believed her to be evil…I mean that whole scene described was pretty intense! No wonder Wendy is so messed up! I even liked the potential romance that was heating up between Wendy and Finn. The whole premise behind Wendy’s feelings of not fitting in is pretty cool and makes a lot of sense once you’ve realized what actually happened when Wendy was born. And she really does mature in some ways by the end of book three.  So, book one…I’m cool with you!

Then I got to book two, Torn. And this is where I realized that I wasn’t loving the series as much as I had while reading Switched. Don’t get me wrong, so much more happens in book two, and so much more is explained, but it’s also where the love triangle is introduced….DUN DUN DUUUUN!! I don’t normally have major issues with love triangles, but this one was super frustrating to me. Wendy pretty much gets tossed back and forth between Finn and Loki and can’t seem to get her own emotions straight.

And then we get to Ascend where the love triangle becomes…WAIT FOR IT…a love QUADrangle! That’s right…three guys and one Wendy! What’s a girl to do?! Kiss them all and marry one (whom she doesn’t love) so she can pretend she doesn’t need the others.  Oh Wendy…I can see right through you! Stop it! Be a strong young woman and just pick one of these guys instead of running into their arms one after the other. uurrrggghhh

Ascend by Amanda HockingOkay, so what was pretty frustrating for me while reading the Trylle trilogy is the way in which the love tri…quadrangle overshadows the rest of the plot. There was some really potentially cool stuff happening between the Trylle and Vittra tribes involving war, secret powers and birthrights, but all that is treated like small potatoes compared to the romance, which is such a shame.

So, all this aside. Was the Trylle Trilogy entertaining? Yes.

Did I enjoy these book? Sure.

Did I love them? No.

Did they have major flaws? Heck yes!

I have students who completely love and highly recommend The Trylle Trilogybooks, but in my mind these books are categorized as superficial fun romances with a little supernatural/fantasy thrown in. Not the first books I’d recommend to readers, but if this is what you’re in the mood for, like I was, then go for it.

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (Switched 2010, Torn 2010, Ascend 2011)

Format: Audiobook

Length: Switched (8 hrs, 48 mins), Torn (9 hrs, 2 mins), Ascend (7 hrs, 59 mins)

Series: The Trylle Trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Switched (Trylle)
Torn (Trylle Trilogy Book 2)
Ascend: A Trylle Novel

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Dream Thieves

Hello!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  This week I am showcasing the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series, The Dream Thieves.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterNow that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after.

I finally read The Raven Boys a few months back and was surprised by how much I liked it. It wasn’t that I expected it to be bad or anything, I just had misgivings about the book’s fit for my tastes. Well, I ended up really enjoying it and you can read my review of The Raven Boys, here.

Now I am pretty excited to read The Dream Thieves. I know it doesn’t come out until September  (2013) but I have high hopes. There is just so much about the characters and their stories that I want to know more about! I will say that I don’t like this cover as much as the first one (which it’s pretty painted raven!), so hopefully that isn’t a sign! :p

What upcoming releases are you waiting for this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

Hello!

Every week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. This week we’ve been given a Freebie Week to create lists based on whatever theme we’d like. So, since we’re almost six months into 2013, I thought I’d focus on my favorite books that I’ve read in 2013.

My Reading Goal for 2013 is to read 80 books. So far I’m a little behind on that goal, but I have read 22 books so far. Of those 22 books the list below are the ones that I’ve enjoyed the most.  They all have the BookTasty stamp of approval!

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtOkay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Read: May 18

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Read: March 23

A Northern Light by Jennifer DonnellyA Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Read: March 20

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Read: March 8

The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Read: February 2

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Read: March 26

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon

Read: February 15

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Read: January 2

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex LidellThe Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Read: January 27

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina MarchettaFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Actually, I haven’t finished this one yet. I’m listening to the audiobook and am only about 40% of the way through.

So, what books are you favorite reads of 2013 so far? Have you read any on my list?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Distance Between Us

Howdy!

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday! This weekly event is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

So, today I’m particularly excited about The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her The Distance Between Us by Kasie Westmother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Summertime is always the best time for a quality contemporary romance and I think I’ve found a good one for this summer! This summary makes me think of a John Hughes movie like Pretty in Pink, which I love so I have high hopes for The Distance Between Us. The release date for this one is July 2, so there isn’t much longer to wait until we can get our little paws on it! Yay!

Are there any particular titles you’re waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear

Hi there!

I skipped out on my Top Ten post last Tuesday because life got kind of busy and I kind of forgot about it! Oh well! It’s to be expected because the end of the school year is always a busy and exhausting time.  But I’m back this week! Yay!

For those of you who arent’ familiar with it, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme and we create a list surrounding that theme. This week the theme is Favorite Book Covers of Books I’ve Read. I have such a hard time choosing on favorite covers because I like to many different types of covers for so many varied reasons.  So, instead of picking favorites, this week I’m choosing based on Book Covers with Gowns I Want to Wear.

Entwined by Heather Dixon1. Entwined by Heather Dixon

So gorgeous!!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

I love the breezy flow to this one. I do prefer the dress on the cover of Endlessly, but I haven’t read it yet so it doesn’t count.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen3. The Luxe series books by Anna Godberson

I’m sure it would be insanely heavy but just standing it in for an hour would make me happy.

The Selection by Kiera Cass4. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I do love this one’s fluff, but to be honest I prefer the one on the cover to The Elite…but I haven’t read that one yet.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger 5. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

WANT.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen6. Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

A slinky little one!

Vixen by Jillian Larkin7.  Vixen by Jillian Larkin

I must add that I completely disliked this book. But I can’t help but love that gown!!!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George8. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

I love the way it flows and it’s purely fairy tale style.

Matched by Allie Condie9. Matched by Ally Condie

It’s just so green and soft looking!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Its Victorian!!!

Aren’t they all so beautiful?! I would love to wear them! There are TONS of other gorgeous gowns on book covers that I also love but I haven’t read them yet or else they’d be on this list. :)

Are there any dresses on book covers that you just wish you could wear? Which of these are your favorites?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Not a Drop to Drink

Hi there!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week I am really excited about a book that sounds like Little House on the Prairie meets The Maze Runner- Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnisRegret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

So?! I’m totally right aren’t I?  Not a Drop to Drink sounds like a Maze Runner/Little House mash-up! This sound like it could be a super post apocalyptic creepy read but the story itself sounds so strange and interesting I think I could deal with the potential creep factor. This one won’t be released until September 10, so I still have a few more months to wait. I must be patient!

So, what do you think? What are you waiting for this week?

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Fun and Bright: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Hi there everyone!

For years my students and other book bloggers told me that I need to read Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy. And for years I planned on it but kept getting distracted. Well, that is no longer the case. I have finally read Paranormalcy and now I’m trying to get my hands on the second book Supernaturally!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteEvie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

I now know why everyone wanted me to read this book! It was so much fun! White has written an easy-going and bright paranormal mystery, which is so refreshing! So often supernatural fiction can have a dark and heavy feel, but Paranormalcy is the complete opposite!

Evie, the main character, is likable and relatively normal…for a girl who “bags and tags” vampires and other supernatural creatures! She is insecure, boy crazy, lonely and longing for more, and is obsessed with her favorite teen TV drama….she is a lot like I was in my early high school years! I really felt like I could connect with Evie because I’ve been “that girl” (minus the vampires…). So, yeah I enjoyed Evie as a main character even though she sometimes (okay most of the time!) made really dumb thoughtless decisions, but I guess when I think back on it I did a bit of that as a teenager too!

I was really a fan of all the different supernatural and mythological creatures. Vampires and werewolves yes, but also mermaids, fairies, elemental spirits, shapeshifters and even hags. Seeing bits and pieces of these creatures and their lore was incredibly refreshing. It makes sense that if there are some supernaturals in the world that there would be others as well! These supporting characters are all interesting! Lend, the mysterious guy who breaks in to The Center had me intrigued from the beginning. And Lish, the mermaid, was so cute I’d like to meet more of her kind in the sequels.

The little hints of Evie’s history left me wanting more. Why can she see beneath the supernaturals’ glamours? Who is she exactly? White gives us small pieces of Evie’s mysterious beginnings, but I’m sure that we’ll learn more as the series continues. Which is why I really, really can’t wait to get my hands on Supernaturally!

And…there is a very sweet romance. So cute!

If you’re one of those readers who is looking for a fun and bright read because you’re tired of the under dark paranormal reads then you should definitely check out Paranormalcy! I highly recommend it as a good summer poolside read to middle school aged readers and older.

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher: Harper Teen (August 31, 2010)

Format: Paperback

Length: 335 pages

Series: First in the Paranormalcy trilogy

YA/MG: MG/YA

Buy the Book: Paranormalcy

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Burning Sky

Welcome back everyone!

Most of you know that Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that I like to participate in and is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. The goal is to showcase an upcoming new release that we just can’t wait to get our hands on.

The Burning Sky by Sherry ThomasThis week I’m all about The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas.

It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

I’m pretty much always in the mood for some good fantasy! And throw in a little bit of love and romance and I’m most likely hooked! It sounds kind of like it has Kristin Cashore-like qualities, which if it does I’m sure I’ll be in love with this book by the end of the first page!

Sadly, we do have a little while to wait before The Burning Sky is released since it’s scheduled for September 17. What do you think? Are you waiting patiently for this one or another title today?

 

 

 

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Quick Pic: “And Some Hairy Bacon”

Hi there!

One of my Battle of the Books team students came into the Media Center to show off her socks which she called “An ode to The Graveyard Book“.  The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, was one of this year’s fifteen Florida Sunshine State Books HairyBaconthat the team studied and competed on.

In the book, one of the characters, Ms. Owens, sings a song and she’s unsure of the final lyrics.  Since she’s not sure what the lyrics actually are she sings them as “and some hairy bacon”!  This student in particular loved this part of the story so when she found her socks she had to have them! Today she ran into my Media Center to show them off! 

Aren’t they hilarious?! And I love that they’re bookish!

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Top Ten Tuesday: When You’re in the Mood for Light and Fun

Hiya!

Welcome back to BookTasty!

Every week I participate in The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday event. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on books that are light and fun reads.

Light and fun reads are super important and necessary to any reader’s repertoire, just like the deep and serious books are. You can’t have too much of one type or else you get bored. Sometimes you’re in the mood for a deeper more complex story, and other times all you need is a break! So, what books do I recommend if you’re in the mood for something of the not-so-serious and complex type? Well, let’s take a look at some fun and entertaining reads!

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally CarterGallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

These do get darker as the series progresses, but even in this Carter manages to keep the mood light.

Poison by Bridget ZinnPoison by Bridget Zinn

Poison is such a fun fantasy read. It’s a great new addition to my list!

Smile by Raina TelegmierSmile by Raina Telegemier

This graphic novel is so fun and sweet you can’t help but…smile!

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn ChildsForgive my Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

A fluffy mermaid fantasy full of corny puns and sweet romance.

The Luxe by Anna GodbersenThe Luxe series by Anna Godbersen

Elaborate gowns and tantalizing gossip make for a simply entertaining read.

Hush Hush by Becca FitzpatrickHush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

A fun not so serious supernatural romance.

39cluesThe 39 Clues series by various authors

It’s like National Treasure in book form. SO FUN!

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale (not YA)

Jane Austen. Romance. Darcy. Need I say more?!

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg CabotThe Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot (not YA)

A murder mystery series in chick lit form. Heather Wells is a hilarious Bridget Jones-like character who makes you love her and laugh at the same time.

A Rather Lovely Inheritance by CA BelmondA Rather series by C.A. Belmond (not YA)

This is just such a breezy chick-lit mystery series set in many gorgeous and luxurious locales across the world.

All of these are titles I love and recommend to you. They’re light and fun reads that are good mix-ins between more weighty reads. Do you have any suggestions for books on the airy and delightful side?