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Waiting on Wednesday: Inhuman

Hello!

I hope you’re all having a relaxing summer! We’re still in the middle of unpacking our new house so I’ll have to post pictures when we get everything settled.

Every week I participate in Breaking the Spine’s Waiting on Wednesday.

I recently saw Inhuman by Kat Falls featured on someone else’s blog and got pretty excited. I loved her first book Dark Life so much and from this summary this one has awesome potential!

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit. America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.
Inhuman by Kat Falls
Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught. Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

Doesn’t this sound like it could be really good?  I love the whole “maninmal mutation”  idea! The cover is pretty cool too, but I’ve realized it’s a little too similar to the covers of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy…hmmm…oh well I’d try ride that success too if I was a publisher!

Inhuman is slated to release this upcoming September 24, so I’ll have to wait patiently until then!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Bone Season

Hiya!

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

This week I’m patiently waiting on The Bone Season, a debut by Samantha Shannon

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal The Bone Season by Samantha Shannonunderworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

So, The Bone Season is getting tons of awesome press. Apparently the Samantha Shannon has already signed a six figure deal with her publisher for the first three books in this seven book series. It’s all very, very interesting. I like the premise behind what I read in this summary, so hopefully The Bone Season will live up to the hype! But, we won’t know until August 20…but that’s not TOO far away!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations I Still Haven’t Seen

Hello!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish!

It seems that book to movie adaptations have been pretty popular recently (YAY!). And the film industry has begun to show a lot of interest in in YA, and even some MG, fiction with many movies based on YA books in the works. (YAY!!!)

Well, this isn’t just a new phenomenon and there are still quite a few book to movie adaptations that I haven’t seen yet. Usually when I read a book and a movie is made I immediately rush to see it. With that in mind, not only are the titles in this list movies I have yet to see but they’re also books I haven’t yet read (for whatever reason).

Winn-DixieposterBecause of Winn-Dixie

based on the book Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

WarHorseposterWar Horse

based on the book War Horse by Michael Morpugo

BEastlyposterBeastly

based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn

I did read this one…and wasn’t a huge fan….

PerksOfBeingAWallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

based on the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

HolesPosterHoles

based on the book Holes by Louis Sachar

Layout 1 (Page 1)Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging

based on the book Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Georgia Nicolson

PercyJacksonPosterPercy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

based on the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I did read this one. You can read my review here.

BridgeToTerabithiaposterBridge to Terabithia

based on the book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

NickNorahposterNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

based on the book Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

FlippedposterFlipped

based on the book Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanan

I’ve heard some of the movies on my list are “meh” although the books are good…but that’s pretty normal right? Have you seen any of these? What are your thoughts on these book to movie adaptations?

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The Courage to Hope: One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

Hello!

What is it with me and crying books recently?!

Do I usually like books that make me want to cry?

No.

Well, I recently picked up One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt because it is on the 2013-2014 Florida Sunshine State list despite the fact that it is a crying book. In the end it was a pretty good read!

Twelve-year-old Carley ConnorOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunts can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It’s easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she’s there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determined to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protected the boys from a neighbourhood bully and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then just when she’s feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world.

Yes, I may even have teared up once or twice.

One for the Murphys is a sweet and at times heart wrenching story of courage forged out of an incredibly difficult situation.

Carley, the main character is a storm of emotions. She misses her mother, but is hurt and angry by her. She wants to love the Murphys but resents their happiness. She desires love, but struggles with believing she deserves it. I completely understand Carley’s push/pull emotions. She wants so badly to be loved the right way but it’s so unfamiliar to her that it scares her and she pushes attention away.

The story of a child in the foster system is so often untold that it is nice to read Carley’s (although fictional) perspective. I also appreciate the insight into not only the experience of the foster child, but also the experience of the fostering family. You have Daniel who is resentful of Carley’s presence and Mr. Murphy who is unsure about his wife’s choice to invite this unknown girl into their home.

Without getting spoilery, I really love how the ending is open. One for the Murphys is all about hope when you feel like none is left. Throughout each chapter we see Carley learning to hope, finding the courage to hope and then ultimately fighting for it. In the end, although we do not know what happens exactly, we’re left with an abundance of hope.

This was such a quick read! The chapters are short and poignant, which will appeal to middle grade students (especially mine!). All in all, I think One for the Murphys is a great addition to the Sunshine State list and I recommend it to middle grade readers and up, especially those who enjoy contemporary fiction.

Author: Linda Mullaly Hunt

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Group for Young Readers (May 10, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Length: 224 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book:  One for the Murphys

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Waiting on Wednesday: OCD Love Story

Hi there everyone!

I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week so far! I can’t believe it’s already July 3!

With that said:

Happy Birthday to my awesome Husband! For your birthday I got you an:

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Haha I kid I kid!

Okay, so let’s get back to talking about books!

This week I’m interested in the soon to be released OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands hOCD Love Story by Corey Ann Hayduer like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.
But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic… and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.
Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control, but this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down… and she might end up breaking her own heart.

I’m not sure how I feel about this summary other than the fact that it interests me. It totally doesn’t sound at all like a book I’d normally be into, but I think that’s what makes me curious about it!  Also, the “I will not stalk this boy” scrawled across the cover makes me laugh a little. Well, we don’t have to wait long because OCD Love Story is due to be released on July 23!

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Reading Queue (July)

the-reading-queueWelcome back to BookTasty!

It’s the first day of July which means it’s time for the Reading Queue! (Ok so I didn’t post yesterday because I was having linky troubles…but it’s here now!)

Reading Queue is a monthly meme where you share what books you plan to read for the month. You can hop to other blogs and see what others are reading and maybe find someone reading the same thing as you! Or you can ask for people to vote on what you should read next if you can’t decide. Reading Queue is hosted by Book Tasty (hi!) and Books: A true story.

The premise of Reading Queue is to provide a review of what we’ve read the previous month and create a list of what we’re planning to read in the coming month. It seems like there are bloggers doing both separately so we thought it’d be fun and helpful to combine the two together. The goal for the Reading Queue is simply to talk with other bloggers about books! It’d be really cool to know who has plans to read the same book as you during the same month. Maybe it’ll even be helpful in providing reading recommendations!

Remember, the focus of this meme is what you are planning to read, but if you already do a monthly recap post that has things in addition to what you are reading, feel free to join us! Please feel free to contact me in the comments if you’d like to join and/or if you have questions!

My Reading Queue

Okay, well the moving will be finished soon. You can bet my book boxes will be some of the first boxes to be unpacked! So, I’m hoping to get to the following books in July:

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

Chomp by Carl HiaasenChomp by Carl Hiaasen

The False Prince by Jennifer A NielsenThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen

Enders Game by Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Lions of Little Rock ny Kiristen LevineThe Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Moon and More by Sarah DessenThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

How I Did Last Month

Yeah! So, I read six books in June! Not too shabby amidst all the packing and general moving chaos going on in my house right now! So, let’s take a look at what I did read in June.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

This book was so haunting and gorgeously written! (My Review)

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

Loved this fantasy novel! So engrossing!

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth RossBelle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

This debut novel was a total summer escape read for me and I adored it! (My Review)

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly HuntOne for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt

My second Florida Sunshine State Book of the summer.

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

This sci-fi fairy tale retelling of a series is just so freaking fun!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Just finished this one yesterday and I’m a huge fan! I must get the other books in the series.

There you go! What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the titles on my Reading Queue? Which of these should I read first?

If you’re interested in joining up, please do and add your Reading Queue post to the linky below! :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books

Well hello there!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week they post a theme to create out weekly lists around.  This week this theme is Most Intimidating Books.

So, I was thinking…what makes a book intimidating? Is it size? Is it content? Is it hype?  Yes. Yes. And Yes. I think it can be all of these things, at least it can be for me. So, which books have I been so intimidated by that I’ve kept my distance?

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I loved Graceling and Fire so I thought, surely I’ll devour Bitterblue. But then I saw just how big it was. You see, I listened to the other two companion books on audio so I never saw just how long they were. Bitterblue is scary! I’m waiting until I find it on audio.

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Two kids dying of cancer fall in love? Cry me a river! No, seriously. If I read this I’d cry a river…and we all now how I feel about books that want to make me cry…I don’t like them. So I’ve stayed away.

Copper Sun by Sharon DraperCopper Sun by Sharon Draper

The whole idea of what reality would have been like only a few hundred years ago for some of my students is so heart wrenching I can’t handle it. I don’t hide from it, because I’m very aware of those realities, but I don’t want to read fiction about it…too much.

The Book Thief by Marcus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is another one that is just too much. I have a vague understanding that this one takes place during the Holocaust. Again, I’m afraid of crying books.

VampireAcademy by Richelle MeadVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I want to read this one, but if I do there is a whole series of like a million books that I know I’ll want to finish.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonWinter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson

An award-winning story about a girl struggling with anorexia and recovery. Talk about intensity!

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

An award winning book about a girl with a terrible secret about one night at a party…I know what this is about…and it wants to make me cry…

MightyMissMalone by Christopher Paul CurtisThe Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

This one is so long…but I’ve heard wonderful things.

Skinny by Donna CoonerSkinny by Donna Conner

Too emotionally close to home. I don’t really want my own body image issues coming to the surface, which is what I know will happen if I read this book…

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. PearsonThe Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

This one is (surprise) not a crying book. But it sounds so strange and unlike my preferred reads I am always drawn to it, yet have still not read it.

Now, I have to clarify…I have heard AMAZING things about all of these books. Some are award winners, while others are just good books. I have no beef with them other than the fact that they majorly intimidate me. I hope that one day I can be brave enough to read some of them…but until I work up that courage I’ll keep my distance. :)

Please tell me I’m not alone and that some of these books intimidate the bajeezus out of you too!

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July New Releases

Well hello there!

Can you believe it’s already July? I can’t! We move in less than a week!

Remember, every month tons of new books release…so many books! I want all the books!

But alas, I cannot have all the new books so I’ll just feature ten of them in this post. So let’s take a look at ten of July’s New Releases! :)

Prep School Confidential by Kara TaylorPrep School Confidential by Kara Taylor (YA)

45 Pounds by K.A. Barson45 Pounds by K.A. Barson (YA)

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West (YA)

Starglass by Pheobe NorthStarglass by Phoebe North (MG/YA)

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer EcholsDirty Little Secrets by Jennifer Echols (YA)

The 5th Wave by Rick YancyThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (MG/YA)

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish CookA Really Awesome Mess by Trisk Cook (YA)

This Is War by Lisa RoeckerThis is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker (YA)

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay ElandA Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland (MG)

The Glass Puzzle by Christine Bordien-JonesThe Glass Puzzle by Christine Bordien-Jones (MG)

What new releases are you excited about?