Book Trailer of the Week: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father

Book Trailer of the WeekHello!

It’s Friday! On Fridays I like to give a shot out to a book trailer that has caught my attention.  I love book 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brodytrailers and hope that other educators can utilize my blog to help them find good ones to use with their students.

Today’s book trailer is for the book 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

Doesn’t it sound like a fun summertime read?  A little Clueless meets fairy tale?  I love it and can’t wait to read this one which just released on July 3.

Now, the book trailer is a little over two minutes, which would be way to long for me to use in my school, since I only get about a minute of air time on the morning announcements, but it’s still a really cute and well done trailer. Check it out for yourself!

What do you think?!  Does the trailer do it’s job?  Do you want to read it now?


Book Trailer of the Week: Tiger Lily

Book Trailer of the WeekHappy Friday everyone!

It’s time again to showcase a book trailer that has caught my attention.  As a school media specialist/librarian I love book trailers because they help me to promote awesome titles and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Andersonmotivate my students to read.  They’re just awesome and I love them!

This week’s book trailer is for Jodi Lynn Anderson’s new novel Tiger Lily.  I was lucky enough to be a part of the Tiger Lily ARC Blog Tour hosted by Southern Book Bloggers (THANK YOU!) so I got to read this book before the release date which was this past Tuesday, July 3.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. .. Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Seriously.  I really, really enjoyed Tiger Lily (you can read my full review here) and think you should check out the book trailer for it now!

I love the colors of the dress/flower on the cover! It is a beautiful cover, one of my favorites of 2012 for sure!


Book Trailer of the Week: Legend by Marie Lu

So, I was in Boston this past week on vacation visiting my brother!  I had a fabulous time exploring the city and learning my way around the T (I did pretty good if I do say so myself!).  But now, I’m back in the sweltering heat of Florida and it is time to get back to regularly scheduled posts.

It is Friday so we all know that its time to showcase a book trailer!  This week’s trailer is for dystopian, sci-fi novel Legend by Marie Lu.  Here is a little bit about the boo, which I’ve heard is a really awesome read!

Legend by Marie LuWhat was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

This trailer is short and sweet closing in at right around 30 seconds.  In my opinion this is the perfect length for a book trailer because I only have a few minutes to promote books on the morning announcements at school.  Plus, it allows for a quick sneak peek without boring the students or giving them too much info before they actually read the book.

I have already heard great things about this book, which was released this past November, so here is another one to add to my ever-growing To Read Stack!


Book Trailer of the Week: The Iron Fey series

Book Trailer of the WeekIt’s Friday!

And you know what that means! Book Trailer of the Week time! Every week I bring you a book trailer that I believe deserves a little attention.

Iron Fey series by Julie KagawaToday I’ll be showing off the book trailer for the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.   I honestly can’t escape good the buzz for these books! They’re raved about on tons of book blogs, so I know I’m going to have to make these a priority!

Half human. Half faery. Fully endangered. Meghan Chase is about to come into her legacy.  The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both—to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl.

Doesn’t it sound like a fun supernatural fantasy series?  Like I’ve said, I keep hearing great things about these books and the trailer makes me want to read them that much more!


Book Trailer of the Week: Grave Mercy


Book Trailer of the WeekWelcome back to BookTasty!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversI love book trailers and think they’re a fabulous way to reach potential readers. So, every week I bring you a book trailer that I think deserves a little time in the spotlight! :)

This week’s book trailer is for Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This book just screams awesome and I’ve had my eyes on this book for a few months now. It was released this past April (2012) and I’ve heard that if you liked Graceling by Kristin Cashore, this is one is for you!  I loved Graceling so I want to get my hands on this one as soon as possible.  Plus, that cover is so beautiful! For realsies!

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.  Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I am a huge fan of this book trailer so hopefully you will be too!


Honestly, it sounds like Ismae could kick some major butt! I love it!


Book Trailer of the Week: Revolution

Book Trailer of the WeekHappy Friday!  The last day of school was yesterday so I’m officially on SUMMER BREAK now! WHOOT!! WHOOT!!

Its time for the Book Trailer of the Week!  Every week I highlight a book trailer that has caught my attention.  It can be an older or newer book trailer, it doesn’t matter!  I love book trailers and think they’re incredibly effective modes of promotion, especially with students.

Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyThis week’s trailer is a historical fiction read that I’ve had my eyes on for a while now, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  It has intrigued me since the first day I saw it in the library.  I didn’t have the opportunity to read it then, but I recently bought it at my school book fair.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

It’s such a teeny tiny short trailer, but Revolution is definitely on my summer To Read List!


Book Trailer of the Week: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Book Trailer of the WeekHappy Friday everyone!

I think book trailers are awesome ways to promote books, so every week I showcase a different book trailer.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman PhilbrickRecently I posted on the new Florida Sunshine State list for Grades 6-8. As a Media Specialist my job is to read all fifteen books so I can promote each title at my school.  Today’s trailer is for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, a historical fiction middle grades title.

Young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War. Through a series of fascinating events, Homer’s older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union.

I’ll be honest, this doesn’t sound like my usual type of book, but I do find that I’m often pleasantly surprised by the Sunshine State books each year, so I’m completely open.  Anyway, lets check out the trailer!


Book Trailer of the Week: Of Poseidon

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So, what do you think of my swanky new Book Trailer banner?!

Isn’t it cute?!  My husband is the master craftsman behind my book monster and I am so thankful for him to take the time to book trailer-ify the little guy (THANK YOU!!).

Of Poseidon by Anna BanksI’ve said it before, but I think book trailers are made of so much awesome, so every week I pick a book trailer to spotlight.  This week’s trailer is for Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, which is a fantasy filled with mermaid lore—which sounds totally fun!

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help–no matter what the risk.

So, now that you’ve read the summary, lets watch the book trailer!

Doesn’t it sound intriguing?  I have yet to read any mermaid fiction, which has recently become pretty popular, so I’m going to have to rectify this sad situation and get my hands on Of Poseidon as soon as I can. I need to add it to my ever-growing Summer To Read List!


Book Trailer of the Week: Gone by Michael Grant

Happy Friday!

It’s time to highlight the Book Trailer of the Week.  I think book trailers are wonderful, but incredibly underused forms of promotion for books and  I wish they were on TV like movie trailers.  So, I like to showcase some book trailers on BookTasty, and I focus on a new one each week.

Gone by Michael GrantThis week’s book trailer is for Gone by Michael Grant.  This book is currently in my To Be Read Stack, so I wanted to give it some more attention.  I’ve heard amazing things about this series.

In the blink of an eye.  Everyone disappears.  Gone.

Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.  Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.  It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.  The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.

Check out the book trailer!

Doesn’t it sound like an awesome read?


Book Trailer of the Week: Chomp

Book Trailer of the Week is my weekly event where I get to showcase my love to book trailers! Every Friday I highlight a young adult or middle grades book trailers.

Chomp by Carl HiaasenI think book trailers are fabulous methods of marketing and I love to use them frequently in my Media Center and school to promote books and reading.  This week’s book trailer is for the newest Carl Hiaasen middle grades novel, Chomp.

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he’s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one.   When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called “Expedition Survival!”, Wahoo figures he’ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show’s boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo’s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.   They’ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna’s dad shows up with a gun . . .

If you haven’t read any of Hiaasen’s middle grades fiction, you absolutely must.  They’re full of mystery, adventure, animals, and humor! And his books’ covers are always AH.MAZE.ING!  Check out the trailer for Chomp to see what I mean!