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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

At 12:07  Conor woke up from the same nightmare he had been having for the last few months to a monster standing by his window.  Huge and ugly, but definitely real, the monster says Conor has called the monster to help Conor. Reluctantly at first, Conner  accepts his help, and the monster tells him three stories. The monster only requires Conor to tell his story when the monster  had finished telling its own. This is a wonderful book about accepting life’s circumstances and moving on.

Wow! This story was a strange mix of scary, sad and evokes emotions Ness so wonderfully puts into words. There are so many life lessons hidden in this book – you could read it a hundred times and still find something valuable. It was different from other book I’ve read because of the unique and powerful storyline and everyone should read it. In fact, once my mom read it, she made it assigned reading for both my younger brothers!

This book was also made into a movie last month – has anyone seen it? Is it any good?

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One

One by Sarah Crossen

Grace and Tippi have never spent a second of their lives apart from each other. The conjoined twins have defied every doctors’ prediction and lived a relatively normal life. Now sixteen, they are starting at a private school for the first time. High school is hard enough for normal teens, but Tippi and Grace are always stared at and mocked wherever they go.  As if navigating school isn’t hard enough, a truth they’ve never wanted to admit is surfacing, and they soon must make the hardest choice they’ll ever make.

This book was one of the best I’ve ever read. It was written in a poetry form, which brought out and made real the emotions and thoughts that a conjoined twin might have. I’ll admit, it made me cry! I loved how Sarah Crossan made Grace and Tippi so unique but so close and dedicated to each other. You could understand their longing for a normal life, but satisfaction with who they were. This book was beautifully written and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a unique but realistic book!!

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Flavia de Luce

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted – mostly due to school – but here’s an awesome series just in time for Christmas Break!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce is not your ordinary eleven-year-old girl. Living in the small town of Bishop Lacey, she is independent, charming, and fierce. She also knows about twenty ways to poison you with household items – which come in handy when her sisters tie her up and leave her in the cellar. But when a stranger takes his last breath in their garden, all normality is forgotten as she is swept up in to the mystery. Secrets are reveled and history comes back to haunt the citizens of Bishop Lacey in this wonderful book.

This isn’t what I normally prefer to read, but I was happily surprised. Flavia is a unique character you will instantly love and every character has their own wonderful quirks that propel the story along. Clues and revelations lead you along, coming to a surprising answer in the end. All the details made these books a pleasure to read. With eight books in total, this series will keep you entertained for hours!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne, Inspired by J.K. Rowling

It’s been 19 years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry now has a job with the Ministry and three kids, but his past won’t stay in the past. Many innocent people died during the battles, and the guilt is crushing. Meanwhile, Albus, Harry’s youngest son, is going through trials of his own. Sorted into Slytherin and best friends with the rumored son of Voldemort, Albus is resentful of his family name. Determined to fix his father’s mistakes, Albus sets off on an adventure that will turn out to be much bigger than anyone expected.

Us Potterheads have been waiting a very long time for new stories. So I was thrilled when I found out a new book was coming out. But I was exceedingly disappointed. The book is in script form, which is very hard to read, and doesn’t give any of the emotion and feeling that we love from the original 7. The story line is confusing, and seems forced. I could not get into it. Yeah, it was mildly interesting, but it wasn’t the Harry Potter we know and love. I honestly think the HP series would have been better without this book. It might be cool to see as an actual play though.

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Keeper of the Lost Cities – Lodestar

Putting it mildly, I FREAKED OUT!!!!!!!!!!

http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/2016/03/behold-gorgeous-lodestar-cover-and-plot.html

November 1st. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t want to give any spoilers but I am soooooooo mad at ———–!! (Read the series, you’ll see why.)

READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I literally screamed for an hour when I found this. AMAZING SERIES!!!!!!!!!

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2015

Wow. It’s  been a full year. Even though I haven’t posted a lot, I have been reading. A lot. Here are some of my favorites.

Inkhear Triliogy – Cornelia Funke

Wondla – Tony DiTerlizzi

H.I.V.E. – Mark Walden (just realized there are 2 more books! got to get reading.)

Ashtown Burials – N.D. Wilson (also read his 100 Cupboards series and Leepike Ridge)

The Land of Stories – Chris Colfer

The Unwanteds – Lisa McMann

Maximum Ride – James Patterson

The Nethergrim – Matthew Jobin

Kingdom Keepers – Ridley Pearson

Fuzzy Mud – Louis Sachar

The Great Greene Heist – Varian Johnson

Spy School – Stuart Gibbs (all his books are good)

 

What did you read this year?

 

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Keeper of the Lost Cities

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Sophie has an annoying power. She can hear what everyone is thinking. All. The. Time.  Which isn’t fun, especially if your a twelve year old in her senior year in high school. So she does her best to hide, hide her knowledge, hide the headaches that come with hearing everyone’s thoughts. So when she meets a boy whose mind is silent, she’s not sure what to think. What he tells her is even more unbelievable. All to fast, her life is changed forever, and she has to leave everything behind, to go to a place that is strange and completely different from the world she is used to. The people there are nice and do their best to make her feel welcome but there is something she’s not being told. Something dangerous.

!!!! These books are awesome! All the characters and creatures are unique and the talents are desribed very well. Through the four books, the storyline twists, with new characters, new enemies, new allies. Even though there is so much changing, the story is not confusing. The twists keep you wanting more.  These books are full of action, suspense  and secrets. I was hooked. So far there are four books, but book five will be coming soon! I heard maybe fall 2016! Eek!!!! So if you haven’t read this book…. you are missing out. I feel bad for you. READ THEM!!!!!!!

ps. Go Team Black Swan!!!!

http://pages.simonandschuster.com/keeperofthelostcities

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Michael Vey- The Prisoner of Cell 25

Michael Vey- The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey is electric. Literally. Every since he can remember, he’s been shocking people without meaning to. Now he’s older and can control his powers. Most of the time. After an incident with a group of bullies, Michael’s life has become dangerous. Things go downhill quickly. His mother is kidnapped and shortly after that, a girl with mysterious powers like Michael’s disappears. What is going on? Why does Michael have powers? And most importantly, will he ever see his mother again?

Wow. I might have a new favorite book series. One thing that makes these books so good is that they could really happen. The books are a great mix of science and fantasy and the suspense keeps you hooked. I could not put this book down. Every book blends together so you never feel like the author is trying to find one more enemy for them to fight. Yes, there are some mushy parts, but the action makes it easier to ignore that. If you like suspense, danger, and superpowers, you need to read this book!!

http://www.michaelvey.com/books.php

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The Ruins of Gorlan

 

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

When Will is accepted as an apprentice for Ranger Halt, he’s not sure what to think. The Rangers are a mysterious group that most people think are black magicians. But as Will finds out, they are really an elite group of men dedicated to protecting the kingdom’s fifty fiefs. He soon begins his training, and spends most of his days practicing archery, tracking, geography, and most importantly, learning how to move without being seen. But soon it becomes evident that the kingdom is in danger. Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is preparing to attack the kingdom. And he is determined to win.

This book is amazing! It was recommended to me by several people before I finally read it and I’m so glad I didn’t skip it. This is another one of those books you will not be able to put down.  It is the first book in a series of 12, called the Ranger’s Apprentice,  and there is a companion series, the Brotherband Chronicles. There will also be 2 prequels. Don’t wait to read it like I did. READ IT!

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Theodore Boone- Kid Lawyer

 

 

Theodore Boone- Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

Theodore Boone loves the law. Not like excited-to-follow-the-rules loves the law, but everything to do with courtrooms, lawyers, and judges. In fact, he’s so known for it, that when his fellow students need legal help, they’ll come to him. Most of his “cases” end up in animal court, the only courtroom that anyone can be a lawyer in, but soon he’ll get involved in a bigger case. Pete Duffy is accused of  murder and Theo is ready for some excitement. But when he stumbles across the missing piece to this courtroom puzzle, can he act fast enough? Or will a murderer go free?

This book is a fun mix of adventure and law, and is different from any other book I’ve read. I like the fast pace and unexpectedness of every book. Another thing I like is I now know more about the law than I did. Interesting facts are sprinkled in and make the story very realistic. So far there are five books, but there is definitely room for more.

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