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Waiting On Wendesday: Clockwork Princess

Hi there!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Breaking the Spine where book lovers get to pour some love on their highly anticipated upcoming titles!

So yesterday was the big Clockwork Princess, book three in Cassandra’s Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy, cover release day and I (along with millions of others) got to be a part of it! Every tweet made yesterday afternoon with the #clockworkpricess tag revealed a pixel of the book cover image. It was fun to be a part of a big thing like that with everyone. It made the reveal that much more exciting!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareThis is why I chose to highlight Clockwork Princess as the book I’m waiting on this week. I’m sure I won’t be alone in my pick this week because please…just look at that cover. It is so pretty! I want to steal that gown and wear it around town (that rhymes!)!! Also don’t the colors look so good with my blog theme!?

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?

Oh I love, love, LOVE this series so much I can’t even describe it! As much as I like Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I ADORE this trilogy that much more! So, the cover has been released and I still have until March 2013 until Clockwork Princess is actually released! I have no idea how I can wait that long, but I guess there are plenty of other books to fill my time until this one comes along. Just know that the books in this series are always highly anticipated by me!

Okay, if you haven’t read any of Clare’s books in either Mortal Insturments, or Infernal Devices series you have about nine months to get through them all before Clockwork Princess releases in March! What are you waiting for?!

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I Really Wanted to Like It: Beastly by Alex Flinn

Well hi there!

Let’s talk Beastly by Alex Flinn.

I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with Beastly by Alex Flinnfangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

So, Beastly is a modern-day retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, set in New York City. Beauty and the Beast had always been one of my favorite fairy tales ever. I felt a that Beauty (at least the Disney version of her) was a kindred spirit since she always had her nose in a book. She’s bookish and I’ve always loved that about her. I’ve always loved this story so you’d think I would have loved a modern retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales. Well, you’d think so, but you’d be wrong. I was pretty disappointed in Beastly. Flinn’s version of the story just didn’t connect with me.

I’m not usually a fan of male main characters, so maybe that has something to do with my disappointment. I just couldn’t like Kyle Kingsbury. Yeah I know he transforms from his snooty, wealthy, narcissistic self into someone kinder and more gentle, but I still just didn’t like him. I also felt that Linda (our story’s Beauty), although bookish and nerdy (yay!), was pretty boring and one-sided. Now, this could have also been the fact that I listened to this on audiobook and wasn’t impressed with the narrator’s female voices. Oh well.

This is pretty much a point for point retelling of the classic tale without much new to add to it other than the setting. I will say, that I did enjoy the chat room scenes. Kyle joins an online support group for those who have been magically transformed and meets some other famous fairy tale characters, like the Bear in Snow White and Rose Red (another of my faves!), the Frog from the Frog Prince and the Little Mermaid. These scenes are super cute, fun and too far and few between. Other than those bright scenes the rest of this story was slow going and I had to force myself to finish it.

So, overall I was disappointed in this story. I had high hopes because I love fairy tales retold and I’ve so many people recommend Alex Flinn’s books to me. I really, really wanted to enjoy it, it just fell flat with me. Maybe I started with the wrong Alex Flinn book? Suggestions anyone? Now, just because I wasn’t a huge fan, it doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy Beastly, in fact I know many who do. If you’re into fairy tale retellings go ahead and give this one a try, it might end up being something you like!

Author: Alex Flinn

Publisher: Brilliance Audio (June 22, 2010)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins

Narrator(s): Chris Patton

Series: First in The Kendra Chronicles

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Beastly

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One Hot Romance: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Hello! Glad to see you back!

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsBut Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

First, I need to thank the author, Jennifer Echols, for my ARC copy of Such a Rush! When I received it I was so surprised and happy to discover that it is personalized! I love it so much, thank you!

Now, I must admit that I was a little hesitant to read Such a Rush because of the flying and airplane themes. I was worried that I’d come across pages and pages of piloting description that I’d have no interest in, and this was my introduction to Jennifer Echols so I had no idea what her writing style was like. I was pleased to find that this book didn’t bog me down with technical description at all. The flying details were there, but they were woven into the story so gently that they fit in perfectly. The funny thing is that I read most of this book on the airplane to Boston (book about flying while flying!) and became so engrossed that I stayed up late for the first three nights of my vacation to finish Leah’s story.

So, let’s talk Leah. I really loved Leah despite the fact that I didn’t immediately connect with her on a deep level. Leah is not the type of main female character I automatically relate to. She is gorgeous, tough and confident. I usually relate more with the bookish, average, smart girl who uncovers her hidden strength type, so Leah was a little difficult at first. The more I got into the story though, the more I realized that with Leah what you see on the outside isn’t always a reflection of whats going on inside. Her tough confident character is at times a wall she puts up so that she can’t be hurt by others. Leah doesn’t want people to know she is feels deeply and is as vulnerable as she is; she is complex. One thing about her that I don’t get though, is why does she so often just let people misinterpret her? Why doesn’t she stand up for herself when she knows people are judging her unfairly? Maybe she realizes it ultimately doesn’t matter. I don’t know. But I do like Leah.

Oh yeah! Leah also has crazy curly hair, and I laughed at Echols’ description of how Leah finally realized that she needed to embrace her curly hair because I had a moment just like that when I was in high school!

The romance in this book is hot. Yeah, that’s right. I said hot. There is some major pent-up passion just waiting to be released and although I loved the Hall brothers, I’m still not sure if I forgive some of their words or actions at specific parts in the story. I guess that’s okay though because it seems to me as I’m writing this review, that maybe that’s the point. Echols is writing contemporary fiction, not fairy tales, so her characters are ultimately incredibly flawed, but just like real people. Her characters are flawed because people are flawed.

I wouldn’t recommend Such a Rush to readers younger than high school because of some of the content. There is quite a bit of discussion about sex and even a sex scene or two (although Echols does leave us to imagine most of them).

The back of my book says that Such a Rush is “engrossing and intense” and I would completely agree. This is a really enjoyable summerish read for anyone searching for a quality contemporary romance. I’m definitely going to be on the look out for Echols’ other novels!

Author: Jennifer Echols

Publisher: MTV Books (July 10, 2012)

Format: ARC, Paperback

Length: 336 pages

Series: Standalone

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: Such a Rush (pre-order)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for People who Like Jeff Kinney

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Before we get started I want to wish my awesome husband a Happy Happy Birthday! Yeah, he’s pretty cool! :)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish so that us book bloggers can talk even more about what we love best, books and all things bookish!

This week’s Top Ten theme is Books for People Who Like X Author. I chose to focus on the middle grade side of things this week and am providing you with a list of books you might like if you enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Wimpy Kid books are wildly successful all over (I know the copies in my Media Center are never on the shelf!) and some of those readers might be looking for read-alike books to dig into.

Well, fear not because today I have a list of Books for People Who Like Jeff Kinney! These are all books that are written in a journal-like style and often include little drawings and doodles that add to the story. I will include an asterisk (*) next to the titles I have read. If it doesn’t have an asterisk, I still recommend the title because I’ve heard great things about it!

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger1. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger *

The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell2. The Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell *

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton3. Dear Dumb Diary by

The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt4. The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald5. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald *

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce6. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce *

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm7. Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Middle School the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard9. The Boy Project by Kami Kinard *

Journal of a Schoolyard Bully by Farley Katz10. Journal of a Schoolyard Bully: Notes on Noogies, Wet Willies and Wedgies by Farley Katz

Hopefully this will help guide your own future reading or help you pick books out for the middle grade reader in your life!

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Top Ten Tuesday: July New Releases

Welcome back!

Its time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and Bookish to encourage book bloggers getting to know one another and showcasing all things book related.

As usual a new month brings new delicious looking books to desire! July has tons of new books but this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I’m showcasing ten July New Releases that look and sound like good reads. It’s a good thing I don’t have an unlimited amount of money because I would buy all of the books, not just these!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson1. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (July 3) YA

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.

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines2. The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines (July 3) YA

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop’s detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers details about her mother’s supposed suicide, suddenly Iris is thrown headfirst into her most intense and personal case yet.

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy3. Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy (July 3) MG

After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta4. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta (July 3) YA

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove. Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman5. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (July 9) YA/MG

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

A World Away by Nancy Grossman6. A World Away by Nancy Grossman (July 17) YA

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She’s never even talked to someone her age who isn’t Amish, like her. When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can’t wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can’t imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (July 10) YA

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever. But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman8. The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman (July 10) YA/MG

The woods behind St. Bede’s Academy really haunted, or does bad stuff just happen there? When Calista Wood, a new student, arrives midway through her junior year, St. Bede’s feels like a normal school . . . until she discovers that a girl had disappeared a couple of months earlier. Some kids think she ran away, others think she was murdered, but it’s only when Cally starts digging around that she finds the startling truth.

Before You Go by James Preller9. Before You Go by James Preller (July 17) MG

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her. Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Endlessly by Kiersten White10. Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White (July 24) YA/MG

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.

These all look so good, I can’t wait! Are there any new releases you’re excited about this month?

 

 

 

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Men in Black? The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

Happy summer everyone!

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson is the first Florida Sunshine State book (of fifteen) that I’ve finished so far this summer. I haven’t ready any of James Patterson’s adult fiction, but am familiar with his Maximum Ride series’s, so I was excited to dig into The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. Also, I listened to the audiobook as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge!The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

The greatest superpower of all isn’t to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power. Daniel’s secret abilities – like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses – have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond anyone’s imagining.
From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents’ dying breath, he is closing in on the killer. Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.

So, I know for a fact my boys at school are going to love this book. It’s like a teenage Men in Black as Daniel is pretty much an alien hunter. This is a fun, quick read that will appeal to my reluctant readers because the chapters are super short. In fact they were so short and choppy that I had to check my iPod multiple times to ensure that the tracks weren’t out-of-order (sometimes the tracks aren’t titled correctly so they skip around in iTunes.).

Every single chapter is jam-packed full of action as Daniel X follows the trail of the aliens across the country. Now, like I said this is a fast paced sci-fi thriller that is a fun read. However, because it’s so action packed Patterson doesn’t leave enough room for actual substance. I didn’t really feel for Daniel’s plight (his pain from being orphaned at the hands of alien super power, The Prayer). I mean I knew he was attempting to avenge his parent’s murder, but there wasn’t much depth to Daniel’s character.

Despite any shortcoming The Dangerous Days of Daniel X had I still feel strongly that my students are really, really going to enjoy this sci-fi thriller! Patterson’s goal was to write a book for teen readers and I think he succeeded! So, if you’re a middle grade reader in the mood for a fast adventure read, check out this book!

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Hachette Audio (July 21, 2008)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins

Narrator(s): Milo Ventimiglia

Series: First in the Daniel X series

YA/MG: MG

Buy the Book: The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

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A Comeptetive Streak: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Well hello there!

Today I’m reviewing dystopian romance, The Selection by Kiera Cass.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them The Selection by Kiera Casssince birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secrett love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I’ve wanted to read The Selection ever since I first saw the cover. Covers that have girls in pretty gowns is pretty much “a go” for me! This gown is stunning. I want it so bad!

I received the audiobook from the generous folks at Harper Audio (Harper Collins) – thank you! The Selection is Kiera Cass’ debut novel and it was a fun listen, though not without its flaws. I found the story pretty slow at first, but once America gets to the palace things start to pick up. After a few chapters of wondering if I’d get into this story, I suddenly found myself really wondering what would happen next and was anxious to get back to it! (This is why I listen to audiobooks while running people-it makes me want to run more just so I can listen!)

Cass is pretty creative in turning the premise of a The Bachelor type competition and weaving it into a dystopian setting. The Bachelor and Bachelorette TV shows have always intrigued me so I liked this as the means for which the monarchy chooses their next queen. This reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – they are different takes on this whole royal contest idea. I also love the fact that society is split up into different castes based on the type of work you do.

I also liked that we got an insider’s view of the whole story behind the pageantry. America is both likable yet frustrating at times. I like her down to earth nature and the fact that despite this humbleness she does get caught up in the contest and her new life in the palace, just as any girl would! She also finds her competitive streak although she originally hates the competition. She frustrates me a little because she contradicts herself a lot throughout the story. At times Cass’ dialog can be a little trite and some of the things America says don’t seem to fit her personality.

I listened to The Selection as part of the 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge and although I did think the story was entertaining I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator. Her voice was pretty monotone and she didn’t change-up any voices for the different characters. Now, although I didn’t like the narrator, I still enjoyed the book as a whole, despite the flaws. I also think my students would absolutely love this book so I’ll definitely be adding it to our library catalog. The story ends pretty abruptly and I actually had to check my iPod to see if I missed some tracks, but I didn’t. Although I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, the story was still fun and I’ll definitely be looking for the sequels (its supposed to be a trilogy)! Sometimes it’s okay to just enjoy a book for the story and ignore any faults it may have. The Selection has such a fun story you can just sit back and enjoy!

Girls from middle grades to high school and up, who are always up for a book with some romance, will enjoy The Selection and seeing how America fares in the contest to be queen. Also, get excited (!) because it sounds like the CW is making a pilot for the The Selection series. To read more about this check out Kiera Cass’ website.

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Audio (April 24, 2012)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins

Narrator(s): Amy Rubinate

Series: First in The Selection trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Selection (Selection – Trilogy)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Before You Go

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

As you know Wednesday is the day I place the spotlight on an unreleased book that I’m looking forward to reading. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and is a weekly meme I love participating in!

Before You Go by James PrellerThe book I’m sharing with you today is called Before You Go by James Preller. Now, I was introduced to James Preller when I read his book, Bystander this past year as it was on the Florida Sunshine State list for grades 6-8. It was one of my favorites and my students loved it too. I’m also proud to say that I also had the opportunity to meet James Preller at the annual FAME (Florida Association for Media Education). You can read about that awesome experience which included me meeting other authors and geeking out a bit here.

So, Preller’s new book, Before You Go, is scheduled to be released by Feiwel & Friends on July 17, 2012 so it’s less than a month away! The cover is awesome and incredibly ominous, which I think fits the subject matter well.

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Wow. I have to admit that the subject matter intimidates me a little as it sounds like it’s dealing with some intense stuff- accepting a painful past and moving towards redemption while overcoming guilt. Normally this wouldn’t be my first choice in plot (I tend to like things a little happier!) but I have high hopes because I enjoyed Bystander so much. Plus James Preller was such a friendly guy that I’ll probably read anything he writes in the future! Seriously, he was so nice he let me interrupt his quiet planning time in a cafe, before the sessions began, with my generally book geekiness!

I plan on buying Before You Go for my Media Center because I know that my students who read and liked Bystander will be interested in his other books.

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Who Can You Trust? The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Hola and welcome back!

Today’s review is for The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. This is the second book in the series and I think I may have liked it better than the first. You can read my review of the The Maze Runner here.

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

The Scorch Trials by James DashnerBurned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal. The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

James Dashner is amazing at giving his readers just enough detail to get you on the edge of your seat, but knows when too much would be too much. This book is so much creepier than the first. The danger is palpable and the action is constant.

The Scorch Trials picked up right where The Maze Runner left off with Thomas and the others learning that WICKED has more in store for them than originally thought. This is what is so creepy to me about this book is that there is so many mind tricks going on, that you are left without any sense of trust. Dashner had me going back and forth thinking I knew what was going on so many times, but in an exciting, not annoying way! Seriously though, there were so many twists and turns you have no idea who to trust.

My husband and I listened to the audiobook of The Scorch Trials together. We both love the story and characters so much and we’re so glad the narration, done by Mark Deakins is really good too. His voices and accents for all the characters, and there are many, are consistent throughout the whole book. That’s super important for me, for the accents to be consistent.

If you’re into post-apocalyptic thrillers, or you’ve already read and enjoyed The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials comes highly recommended by me!

Author: James Dashner

Publisher: Listening Library, (October 26, 2010)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins

Narrator(s): Mark Deakins

Series: Second in The Maze Runner Trilogy

YA/MG: YA

Buy the Book: The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Trilogy)

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Kill Order

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

The Kill Order by James Dashner
My husband and I are pretty excited about this prequel book to The Maze Runner series. We listened to The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials together and we just started book number three, The Death Cure over the weekend. If you haven’t read these books you simply need to! Dashner creates suspense with the best of them and this story leaves you wondering what is truth and what is a lie so many times! Here is the summary for The Kill Order.


Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. 
The Kill Order is the story of that fall.

So hurry up and read this series before Delacourte Young Readers releases The Kill Order on August 14!