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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Thought I’d Like More Than I Did

Well hello there!

Welcome back to BookTasty for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly event is hosted by The Broke and Bookish and let’s us book lovers have some fun with bookish lists!

This week the theme has to do with expectations while reading. Sometimes I finish reading a book and am left surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is always an awesome feeling! It’s like being delivered flowers at work! And then sometimes you think you’re really going to love a certain book and in the end you just weren’t impressed. Both happen to me, but today I’m focusing on the latter, books that I thought I’d like more than I did.

NOTE: I DO NOT HATE these books. I just didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought I would.

So here we go!

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

I thought surely I’d love this period piece…nope.

Drama by Raina TelgemeierDrama by Raina Telegemier

I wanted to LOVE this one so bad, but I only liked it.

Reached by Ally CondieReached by Ally Condie

I was left underwhelmed.

Daughter of Smoke nd Bone by Lani TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

Really enjoyed the first half then *BOOM* not so much the second part.

My Fair Godmother by Janette RallisonMy Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

So much potential, but I felt like it went too long.

Beastly by Alex FlinnBeastly by Alex Flinn

Was unimpressed with the characters.

Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My husband LOVED these books but I couldn’t get into them.

The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van DiepenVampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

My students LOVE this book but it was “meh” to me.

Vixen by Jillian LarkinVixen by Jillian Larkin

I love the 1920s = I will love this book! Not exactly….

Tunnels by Roderick GordonTunnels by Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

I was kind of bored and wondering when it’d end. Which is sad because I’d heard good things.

So there you have it! I went into reading all ten of these books hoping and wanting to LOVE them, but in the end I was disappointed. Have you read any of these titles? If so, how’d you feel about them? What books did you want to love but just couldn’t?

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Vampire Stalker

Hi there!
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?

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

Imagine your favorite fictional hero has left their fictional world and walked straight into yours?

Teenager 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. (le sigh)

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.

I first noticed The Vampire Stalker in our school’s fall book fair, when all of my girls wanted it; it was the best seller of the week.  Once I took the time to read the summary on the back cover, I was hooked immediately while visions of my favorite fictional crush (Mr. Darcy- how ardently I admire and love you!) danced through my mind; I could totally relate to Amy and the premise behind the novel.  What female reader wouldn’t be drawn in by this?  Amy is a teen version of myself and I couldn’t help but love her for it.
So, I totally enjoyed the story and thought it was really fun and creative.  There were some flaws, however.  I wasn’t crazy impressed with the character development.  I felt like there were pieces missing.  As much as I like Amy I felt like her anger towards her father and her frustration with her little sister ran a little flat.  I would have liked Van Diepen to flesh Amy out a bit more.  Additionally, things just seemed to move to fast and I wasn’t scared of Vigo like Amy and Alexander suggested I should be; I wasn’t worried about the safety of the characters while Vigo was on the loose.  I guess the length of the book didn’t allow for more of what I was hoping for.
Plus, literary physics?  Is this a real theory?  If not, totally creative and unique.  Even if it is a preexisting theory, it’s a great idea.  I’ve decided I want it to happen to me. Now.
Despite the flaws mentioned above, I am  incredibly intrigued by Otherworld, the fictional world Alexander Banks hails from.  I really hope that Van Diepen will write a sequel or companion novel to share more of Otherworld with us.  All in all, The Vampire Stalker was a fun and entertaining read for middle grades readers and up, although it’ll probably appeal most to younger teens (and anyone who has been crushing on fictional guys for years).
PS…sorry for the strange formatting issues. WordPress has a mind of its own tonight I see.
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Just Finished: The Vampire Stalker

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The dedication in Allison Van Diepen’s “The Vampire Stalker” reads : ” For those of you who have ever fallen in love with a character in a book”. Fun read; review to come soon!
On another note I’m only like one page into “The Maze Runner” and I can’t wait to give it more attention. What titles are you munching on?

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Tuesday Top Ten: Most Popular Sellers at Our Fall Book Fair

The fall Book Fair is in full swing in my Media Center.  We’ve been open for a full two days, and already I’ve had to order some title restocks, which will hopefully arrive tomorrow or else the natives may revolt!  This week’s Top Ten will list the ten most popular sellers at our fall book fair.

The Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

The NightMarys by Dan Poblocki

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Dowling Hahn

Killer Pizza: The Slice by Greg Taylor

39 Clues Cahills Versus Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Maximum Ride Manga #4 by James Patterson