Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come and join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 

Jenn:


Audio: 

Icons (Icons, #1)Company Town





Finn:

For Review:
The Sinking of Captain OtterSir Simon: Super ScarerIf You Give the Puffin a MuffinTiger vs. Nightmare




What did you get this week?




       

Wee Reads: Idea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 



Idea JarIdea Jar by Adam Lehrhaupt


 
A picture book about where a boy gets his ideas and inspiration.


Do you like this book?
Yeah! Because it has dragons and robots and Viking with funny hats!

What's your favorite part of the book?
When the girl was on the dragon and when the dragon picked the robot up! The robot was so mad!

What do you think of the cover?
I like the words and the robot and dragon

Do you want me to read it again?
Yeah!





Idea Jar is such a great book about using imagination. I'm always down for a good book about using imagination, and this one is one of the best I've read.

The kids in a classroom have an idea jar for when they have ideas for stories, they just put the idea in the jar and then try to come up with a story. 

They add dragons and robots and vikings and a horseless cowgirl. 

The kids start writing a story but when it doesn't involve the viking he gets mad and spills the jar.
So now there are ideas with no story running around everywhere. So the kids have to quickly come up with a story involving everyone that spilled out of the jar.

It's such a fun book to read, it's well written and the artwork is adorable.



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Adam Lehrhaupt is the award-winning author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Please: Open This Book!, Chicken in Space (A six book series: Book 2 Chicken in School lands June 20, 2017), I Will Not Eat You and the upcoming I Don't Draw, I Color (March 21, 2016), Wordplay(July 2017), Idea Jar (Fall 2017), and This is a Good Story (Spring, 2018). He has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, two sons, and two bizarre dogs. Follow Adam on twitter and Instagram @lehrhaupt for the occasional brilliant thought or picture, and at adamlehrhaupt.com.




Friday, June 22, 2018

Delightful Discoveries

Delightful Discoveries are not yet or newly published books that we have discovered recently. 


Jenn: 



Sherwood
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Robin of Locksley is dead.

When news comes that he's fallen in battle at the King's side in the Holy Land, Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on. Betrothed to Robin, she was free to be herself, to flout the stifling rules of traditional society and share an equal voice with her beloved when it came to caring for the people of her land.
Now Marian is alone, with no voice of her own. The people of Locksley, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, are doomed to live in poverty or else face death by hanging. The dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sherriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley, and Marian’s fiancĂ©. Society demands that she accept her fate, and watch helplessly as her people starve.
When Marian dons Robin's green cloak, and takes up his sword and bow, she never intended that anyone should mistake her for Robin, returned from the Holy Land as a vigilante. She never intended that the masked, cloaked figure she created should stand as a beacon of hope and justice to peasant and noble alike. She never intended to become a legend.
But all of Nottingham is crying out for a savior. So Marian must choose to make her own fate and become her own hero...
Robin Hood.

Sawkill Girls
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.




The Disasters
The Disasters by M.K. England
Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.
But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.
On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.
They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.




Ash: 





A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.




Now You See Her
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki
AMELIA has always felt like a happy life is just out of reach. Having moved every few years with her mom and sister, she’s always had a hard time making and keeping friends; there’s never enough time, and never enough money to stay in one place. And now, in her senior year, right before tennis season, Mom wants to move again.
SOPHIE has a perfectly curated, Instagram-ready life, from her first singles wins to her cute, long-term boyfriend to the beautiful, landscaped home where she lives with her parents. Though they’re tennis teammates, the two girls almost never speak.
But then one night changes everything. When Amelia’s car breaks down on the side of the road in a rainstorm, a man she thinks is a Good Samaritan pulls over to help her. When he tries to abduct her instead, she escapes into oncoming traffic.
In one inexplicable moment, Amelia and Sophie switch bodies. Amelia wakes up in Sophie’s body. Amelia’s body is in a coma. Now Amelia needs to find a way to switch back into her own life—but before that, she must retrace her steps to unravel the mystery of the accident, her attempted abduction, and how it’s all tied to her mother’s secret past.




The Life and Death Parade

The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
 
One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.
With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.
Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.




Review: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotic by David Arnold

The Strange Fascinations of Noah HypnotikTitle: The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotic
Author:  David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date:  May 22nd, 2018
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Adult Contemporary, Coming of Age 
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  Audio
 

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .



I am a huge David Arnold fan. I have read both of his previous books and I always come away feeling like I was a part of a magical world. Just for a bit. His books are contemporary but they are also so magical. I fall in love with all his characters and the stories and his beautiful words. This book was no different than its predecessor. So wonderful, magical, lovely, beautiful... and so many other words, which none can give the book justice.   
Noah is a junior and a swimmer and a writer. He lives his life hanging out with his two best friends, Alan and Val. He is on the swim team. He gets good grades. He writes. He reads and gets fascinated with history. 

One night he goes to a party with his friends, he drinks, gets drunk, goes home and goes to bed. The next morning he wakes up and many little things are different. Little things that only he is noticing. Something is off and he doesn't know what happened but he knows its from the night of the party. Noah goes on a mission to figure it all out which in turns leads him to some very interesting things, people, and places. 

I am so in love with this book and the writing, and the writing in all of David Arnold's books. He is amazing. If you have not read his books you need to like now. ASAP. He has a way of writing that just sings to the soul. All his words, the way things are described, the thoughts of the characters, the character development. It's all so beautiful, lyrical, and just fascinating. I can't sing enough praise for this author. 

That being said. This book left me feeling no different than the other two books I read. They leave me with a smile because the story was so good. They leave with me warm fuzzies because his characters are so beautiful and amazing, then they leave me all empty inside because it's over and I no longer know what to do with my life. 

I can't say whether I like the writing or the characters the best. They are both so good. The writing is beautiful but the characters are magnificent. They are so well developed and every sing character in the book (which there are many) are strong on their own. They have such strong voices and strong personalities, it doesn't matter how much story space they take up, they all feel just as important as the main character. They are different and kooky and so amazingly strange. I love them all. 

Noah and Alan and Val have such a wonderful friendship. They are loyal to each other and they understand each other completely. Alan was my favorite. I missed him when he wasn't in a scene. Everything that came out of his mouth just cracked me and had me rolling. I loved him and I just wanted him in my life.

Noah is pretty amazing too. He had so much to say and such an intersting thought process. He understood all the connections in the world and put meaning to them all. He understood the world and knew the history of so much, yet he couldn't figure out his own life or himself. He was searching for sure. 

The story was just so very unique and interesting. I enjoyed following Noah and his quest to figure out what the heck was going on. I loved unraveling all the changes he was seeing in his world. I loved seeing things through his eyes, discovering the little things, and meeting all the amazing new people. The best thing about the story was though, the weight it puts on the fact that this life was not meant to travel through alone. We need people in our lives, family, and friends, that help us navigate through the journey of life. 

I really could go on and on and on about my love for this book but my words would never do it justice. This book and all his books really are amazing. READ THEM! I mean it. I think this one was by far my favorite though. 

I absolutely adored this book!!!! 


David  Arnold


David Arnold lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his (lovely) wife and (boisterous) son. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik; his books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Learn more at davidarnoldbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @roofbeam and Instagram @iamdavidarnold.

 
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