Children’s Book Review: Frozen Noses by Jan Carr

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Describes the delights of such winter activities as throwing snowballs, making a snowman, and going ice skating.

My review:

I really love this book my daughter made me read this to her every night before bed.. I read it so much I can probably say the whole book with my eyes shut!

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Book Review: Revolution By Jennifer Donnelly (Audio book)

 

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Revolution artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love; it spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

 

My Review:

This was actually one of the few books I have listen to as a Audio Book, and I want to give props to the people who Jennifer got to Read Andi and Alexandrine’s Parts! Their voices and they way they did accents were phenomenal, Just like this story! Jennifer brought the characters and the French Revolution to life in this book, She really did her research for this book! I love the transition between the present and the past and how they intertwine.

Jennifer made her characters very believable and you feel what they feel when you are reading/Listening to the story. I really loved this book, which says something because I never really got into books about History. so well done Jennifer Donnelly, I give this book 5 stars!

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Book Spotlight October: Untamed (the Untamed series) by Madeline Dyer

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Title: Untamed

Author: Madeline Dyer

Genre: Ya Science Fiction/Fantasy, Dystopian

Release date: May 20, 2015

Publisher: Ineja Press

Synopsis:

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

 

About the Author:

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Madeline Dyer lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes.

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Monthly Book Spotlight October: Emerge by Tobie Easton (October 2017)

 

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Title: Emerge

Author: Tobie Easton

Genre: Ya Fantasy

Published: April 19th 2016

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Synopsis:
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? 
That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.
Author Biography:
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Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books). She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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Book Spotlight September: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper 

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Ya Science Fiction/Fantasy, Historical, and Mysteries/Thriller

Release date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Author Biography:

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Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

 

List of Kerri Maniscalco’s Books

 

My Review:

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco (No Spoilers)

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Book Review: Untamed City Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr

Also Known as Carnival of Souls

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In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the carnival, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures—if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father—and every other witch there—fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable.While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the carnival.

My Review:

To start this off right I would like to say I had high hopes for this book since I love Melissa Marr’s other books! I am not sure if it was because I listened to it on audio instead of reading this book. ( I normally don’t do Audio books so it could be) Mallory was written a little too naive for me and seemed to be useless in a battle even though she has been training to fight her whole life! I did however loved Kaleb, he had a lot of depth to his character unlike Mallory. over all it was a pretty good story but nothing spectacular.

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Book Series Review: Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

The summoning (Book 1)

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Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

My Review:

This novel has a little bit of everything, action, adventure, fantasy, suspense, and the Characters are written really well! Chloe and Derek are my two favorite characters from the book but all of the character went well with the story line. I love how Chloe was put in a “special home” for troubled teens only to find out that is much more then that! This was my first book of Kelley’s that I have read and it’s not the last! Also, Look at the cover how could I not be intrigued to look inside and I am glad I did!

The Awakening (Book 2)

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Synopsis:

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl—someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I’m as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment—not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I’m a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I’m running for my life with three of my supernatural friends—a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch—and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

My Review: (Possible Spoilers Ahead)

In this book Chloe finds out that she was genetically Altered by this organization and they all end up captured by them, then breaking loose trying to find Derek and Simon’s father. Chloe and her entourage are now on the run. We have Tori the sarcastic rich girl, Simon the ever so sweet gentleman, Derek the leader and authority figure of the group, and of course sweet and naïve Chloe. the best part is that it keeps you on you toes and makes you what to know what happens next! the only thing I did not like about this book was that there was a the love triangle, like was it really necessary? No it really wasn’t, but at least it was written well enough for me to not care too much about it!

The Reckoning (Book 3)

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Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders. I’m fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

But normal is one thing I’m not.

For one thing, I’m having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I’m leaning toward the werewolf.

Not normal.

My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

Definitely not normal.

And finally, I’m a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

As far away from normal as it gets.

My Review:

This book is the third and final book in this series and its bitter sweet. I loved reading about Chloe and her Friends and really wish that there was more books in this series, like really wish! anyways this book also was a fast paced book that kept you on your toes. You find out the backgrounds of Simon and Victoria (Tori) in this book, I wont spoil it but its juicy, like very Juicy! anyway I love how at the end of this book Chloe and Derek’s relationship seems to be just beginning, yes i know they had moment in the other books but it starts to become clearer to both of them how much they mean to each other in this book! IT ENDED!!!! 😦 what a great Series and I cant wait to read more of Kelley Armstrong’s books in the future!

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