Saturday, October 30, 2010



by Carrie Jones

My rating: A

Zara is shipped off to Maine to live with her step-grandmother after the unusual death of her beloved step-father. After months of feeling depressed, Zara is finally starting to get the hang of things and is starting to feel a little more normal. That is, she feels normal until the pixie dust begins appearing and a strange man follows her wherever she goes. Teenage boys begin disappearing, and Zara and her friends find some very strange clues while they are on the hunt for answers.  Can Zara be the hero without putting herself into more danger?

First of all, HELLO beautiful cover! You all know me and know that I can't help but be drawn by a beautiful cover. I saw this in the library and hadn't heard a thing about it, but I was willing to give it a go. I'm so glad I did! Zara is in so many ways your average teenager, but she's also so much more than that. I love that Jones introduces a love interest (I'm not telling who; you'll have to read!), but their relationship is very much one on the rocks. She kept me guessing a bit, too.

Great job, Carrie Jones! I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book in the series, Captivate.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blue Moon

Blue Moon

by Alyson Noel

My rating: B-

Blue Moon is the second book in the Immortals series, immediately following Evermore.

Blue Moon picks up where Evermore left off. Ever and Damen seem to be figuring out this relationship stuff, high school, and all of the lessons that come with being immortal. Of course, the peace couldn't last. Ever finds herself intrigued by the new stranger at school, but not in a good way. Damen begins acting very unusual, and Ever knows the new boy must be behind it. Now, she just has to prove it. In the process she finds out some pretty intense stuff about Damen's past. Can she handle it, and what will she do about it now that she knows?

I didn't like Blue Moon nearly as much as I liked Evermore. I felt like the story was really slow to start and then was rushed and a little confusing near the end. I definitely like Ever and some of the things that I learned about her character from this book. I can't say the same for the other characters. I am interested to see where the story goes from here, so I will most likely read the rest in the series.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Husbandly book reviews

My husband doesn't read. Or at least, he didn't. Sometime this year, he's really started to embrace books and find his enjoyment of reading. Perhaps his new career has something to do with it? He has an hour lunch but eats like it's a race, so he's left with A LOT of extra time each day. What better way to use it than to read?

Lucky for me, I've gotten to see a lot of this lately:

Sorry for the crappy phone pic.

In the last 3 months, he's read more books than in the last 5 years combined. Right now he's reading Mockingjay and is about 1/3 of the way done. I need some "husbandly" book recommendations. If your husband/brother/dad/significant other is a reader, what do they read? Most of the books I read are not at all interesting to him.

Rusty is into Fantasy and Mystery. He's NOT into non-fiction as far as I can tell. I could really use your help here, friends!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sookie Stackhouse Series #5-10







Sookie #5-10

by Charlaine Harris

I've reviewed the previous books on here, so if you haven't read them, please go there first. This review MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. You've been warned.

I've been waiting to review these because I wanted to finish the series and review them all at once. I felt like reviewing them individually was getting tedious and redundant. I flew through these last few books this week. I guess I was in a vampire smut sort of mood.

I really liked that even though these are pretty formulaic, the author still left a few surprises that I definitely wasn't expecting. I totally didn't see the Bill/Sookie relationship twist coming, though I can't say I'm disappointed. I don't normally go for the bad boy in books and movies, but I was a total Eric fan after this. I'm not sure what it was about him, but I couldn't get enough. I guess it doesn't hurt that I've been watching episodes from season 3 of True Blood and I get to stare at this hunk of man meat very talented and intelligent actor:

Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood

I'll be your mistress any day, Mr. Northman.

I really liked the way we saw a more human side of Pam than we do in the show. So far, I'm definitely a bigger fan of the books (is that surprising?) than I am of the story line in the show. I am anxious to see who they'll cast for the role of Claude and Claudine, the twin fairy cousins. I have a pretty clear picture in my head, but no actors yet to play the part. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Have you finished the series? What did you think? For me these are like a mixture of No Roberts ra and Anne Rice- traditional vampire canon with love and humor mixed in. I'm going to miss the characters.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cell phones for reading?

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I came across this story on the local news website and wanted to share it with you. The link to the original story is here.

Harvard researchers are doing a study with 6th and 7th grade students in the Oklahoma City school district. They had the students set reading goals. Then, as students read books and complete an Accelerated Reader quiz, they are rewarded with a prepaid cell phone and minutes.

On one hand, I like that it would motivate students who might otherwise not be reading. On the other, I believe that reading should be done for the love of it, rather than for a reward. Believe me, as a teacher, this is a hard balance to find.

My final thought: Why won't some one reward me with cell phone minutes for reading? That seems like a pretty sweet deal.

What are your thoughts on this?


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