New Books April 2012

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Well what a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be!  Earlier this school year, I was doing Freshman Orientation at the local high school and finished the incredible book "Monsters of Men" by Patrick Ness and was in need of something to read. Fortunately, the orientations were for the school's library so I was able to easily find a book to read. I checked out the display for "Read for a Lifetime", the state of Illinois' High School Reading Challenge.  There I found this book.  This book about Lo that has hardcore OCD and hoarding issues whose brother is dead and she wants to know why.  I tell ya, it was better than I was expecting. I finished it in about a day and there were some twists and turns that I did not see coming!!!  I'm glad that I read this book and urge you to do the same. Check out the synopsis and reviews below!!!  And if you are interested in reading the books on the Read for a Lifetime List, check out the link here. I have already read quite a few and am looking forward to reading more!

SYNOPSIS: "Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death." 

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Holy Toledo!!! What a way to end a series!!!  Patrick Ness has easily become one of my favorite authors!!! There's not much I can say about this book series aside from wow!  Check them out!!!  Please!!!!


SYNOPSIS:"War," says the Mayor. "At last." Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge - the electrifying finale to the award-winning "Chaos Walking" trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war."

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Ask and the Answer

Fabulous book, Cliffhanger ending...again!!! Patrick Ness, what are you doing to me!!!!  This book is amazing...I can't believe it took me so long to read these!!!

I'm in the middle of reading the Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver so look for the review soon!  In the meantime, check out the synopsis and reviews for The Ask and the Answer!


"We were in the square, in the square where I'd run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her - But there weren't no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men...

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode...

"The Ask and the Answer" is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy."

End of Summer Wrap Up!

End of summer reading is tomorrow, be sure to turn in all your raffle tickets!!!  I will be pulling today for our Hunger Games Laser Tag Raffle.  Our final party is getting moved, if you completed all of your reading, you will get a phone call with the details!!!
Tonight is Teen Just Dance from 6:30-8pm. Last day to turn in raffle tickets is Tuesday, July 31st!  Leave a comment if you have any questions!!!

Ms Laura

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness is a mean mean man! So this book is incredible, but it just ends....ENDS!!!  When you read it, make sure you have the next one available!!!! And I hear the 2nd one just ends as well, so you might as well just get the whole trilogy!!! :) Check out the synopsis and reviews below! Happy Reading!


"Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?"

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book was awesome!  It took me a while to read it but only because I've been super busy.  When I was finally able to sit and read it, I think it took about 8 hours total so really, that's not too shabby for an almost 400 page book!  I really enjoyed this book!  Am I mad that it's a series of four and I have to wait for the next one cause the book kind of just ended?  YES!!!  But at least I have so many other series that come out at various points during the year, the next book will be out before I know it!!!  Check out the Synopsis and Reviews below!

Happy Reading! :)


"Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."

Friday, April 20, 2012

Starters by Lissa Price

On the negative side, this is not a stand alone book and yet another series that I have to wait for the next book to come out...on the plus side, it is only a 2 book story and the final book comes out in December so at least I dont have to wait THAT long!!!  This book was awesome.  As I was reading, the climax kept growing and growing and growing...nonstop!  I can't wait to see what Lissa Price does with the rest of the story!!!  I like this story so much that if I try to write what it's about, I will give something away, so check out the Synopsis and Reviews below!!!


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . "

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

My God!!!  What a fabulous sequel to Delirium!!!  I mean, it took me a little while to get into it since I read Delirium so long ago and I was only reading on my lunch break, so it took some time to finally get going for me...but once it did?  I finished this bad boy in like 3 hours!!!  I love love love this book!  I really am upset that I have to wait til next year for the final installment in this trilogy, however as long as it ends well, I'm sure the wait will be worth it!

I'm not one for giving away crucial points of a book so I dont want to say anymore than it was great and you should read it!!!  For a Synopsis and Reviews, check below!!!



"I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite."

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

City of Lost Souls Chapter Reveal!!! Only til April 4th

City of Lost Souls – Shadowhunter Chapter Reveal
City of Lost Souls - Shadowhunter Chapter Reveal
 Starting Wednesday, March 28th visit the blogs below and piece together the first chapter of Cassandra Clare’s next installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments! 
 Wednesday, March 28th 
 Thursday, March 29th 
 Friday, March 30th 
 Monday, April 2nd 
 Tuesday, April 3rd 
 Wednesday, April 4th 
This is the ONLY sneak peek you’ll get until City of Lost Souls goes on sale on May 8th! And you’ll have the chance to win a very limited edition Shadow Hunter Family Ring!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Dead to You

Lisa McMann is definitely one of my favorite authors!!!  I have read everything she has written except for one which I have every intention on reading.  This book was a little different from what she normally writes but I enjoyed it all the same.  The first paragraph drags you in and nothing is what you expect it to be!  Check out the synopsis and reviews below!!!

"Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable"- goodreads

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Hunger Games Trailer!!!

CLICK HERE to see the newest movie trailer for the Hunger Games!!!  I am uber geeked about this guys!!!

It's been a while since I have posted on here but I was busy having a baby!!! So my books have kind of been on the back burner...

But I promise, I will start reading again soon and posting!!!  In the meantime, enjoy the trailer!!!

Happy Reading!
Ms. Laura