Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Review: Paper Towns, by John Green

Paper Towns
By: John Green
ISBN-10: 1606869132
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Quentin “Q” Jacobsen has an obsession with Margo Roth Spiegelman—a mysterious, beautiful girl who also happens to live next door. One night Margo climbs in Q’s bedroom window and they go on the wildest adventure Q could ever imagine. Then the next morning, Margo has vanished, and Q is convinced she’s left clues behind for him to track her down.

It contains:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, faggot, and milder swearing)
• Kissing
• References to sex, masturbation, making out, private parts, STDs, and virginity
• Teens smoke and drink (and get very drunk)
• At the beginning of the story, Margo and Q stumble upon a man who has shot himself; Q wonders if Margo has committed suicide
• Two characters play pranks that include breaking and entering, graffiti, and vandalism

Paper Towns is an engaging young adult contemporary novel revolving around the cast of complex, and often hilarious, characters.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2), by Ilona Andrews

Book Review: Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2), by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, Book 2)
By: Ilona Andrews
ISBN: 0441015832
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When an elusive criminal steals important pack documents and a coven of witches goes missing, Kate rushes to figure out what's really going on before Atlanta becomes a battleground. A flare is coming and powerful things want to come out and play.

Magic Burns is an adult paranormal/urban fantasy and the second book in the Kate Daniels series. Much like the first book, this installment is fast paced with a healthy dose of action and mystery; but it builds upon the first with additional character/relationship development and world building.

Magic Burns contains:
  • Profanity (wh*re, b*tch, d*ck, sh*t, f word, *ss, d*mn it)
  • Drinking
  • Reference to cannibalism
  • Dead animals 
  • Injuries/death/killing/corpses (some gruesome references)
  • The enjoyment of killing
  • References to rituals and dissecting a living animal
  • An academic type discussion about the details of sex
  • Kiss
  • References to erection
  • Full nudity (both male and female)
  • Desire for sex

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere
By: Jandy Nelson
ISBN-10: 0803734956
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Bailey’s sudden death nearly drives Lennie over the edge in grief as she mourns for her sister. Playing the clarinet helps her feel better, and so does talking to Toby, who used to be Bailey’s boyfriend. Will the new boy in town, Joe, help Lennie find herself again? And how will she sort out her sudden, confusing feelings for Toby?

This is a young adult book that contains the following inappropriate material:

• Profanity (including several F-words)
• Making out
• Discussions about sex
• A few references to erections
• A girl wears a skimpy, revealing outfit in a plan to seduce a boy
• A man smokes marijuana
• Teenagers get drunk

Readers who enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere might also like:

This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

What to Expect from Jim Butcher’s The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

What to Expect from Jim Butcher’s The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass
The Aeronaut's Windlass will be released September 29th, 2015.
I had the privilege of hearing Jim Butcher read seven chapters of his upcoming book The Aeronaut’s Windlass. If you don’t know him, Butcher is famous for his New York Times best selling book series The Dresden Files and his fantasy series The Codex Alera. The Aeronaut’s Windlass begins a new series called The Cinder Spires. This time, Butcher’s creating a steampunk world, and from what I heard, it’s going to be epic. So while you’re waiting for the book’s release this fall, here’s seven things to expect from the first seven chapters of The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

·      Steampunk in the Clouds: Butcher himself calls this series a “Steam Opera”, and rightly so. The world is a deadly sphere, and mankind’s civilization is built above it in the clouds, on spires. These spires are the stages of the highflying adventure of the book, which combines romance and honor with saber fights and fantastic technology.

·      Airship Warfare: The only way to travel from spire to spire is airship. So, of course, there are navies, pirates, and smugglers duking it out in the skies. We get one of these air fights rather early in the book, a gripping battle where two ships use cloud-cover to surprise one another in a fight where the first ship to hit the other wins.

·      Fast Pace Reading: This book is a rush. Each chapter is from a different character’s perspective, usually from one of the three main characters, though occasionally chapters are from a side character’s point of view. What they all have in common, however, is the pacing. From action scenes to royal drama, it reads quickly, a page-turner that’s guaranteed to keep readers up way too late at night for that one more chapter.

·      Crystalpunk: The steampunk comes alive in this series while portrayed in a unique way. Crystals run the ships and gear, though they are volatile in nature, and can backfire in catastrophic ways. From wrist-launchers to ship cannons, the crystals are used devastatingly, and are sure to be a key aspect of the series. Not much was mentioned about them, but they were nearly in every scene, so I’m sure it’ll become a plot point as the story goes on.

·      Aristocratic Drama: The book begins with two of the main characters preparing to go to school at an academy for nobility. Tension mounts as old grudges from noble houses surface between students, and new grudges are also created. Not all are equal in the eyes of aristocracy, and Butcher lets superiority complexes bubble into verbal, and physical, schoolhouse brawls.

·      Female Protagonists: What I enjoyed the most from the reading were the female protagonists. The Dresden Files is great, but there we get the story from one source: Harry Dresden. Here, however, two of the main characters are young women, both royal, though of very different backgrounds and mannerisms. They’re easily what I enjoyed most about the reading, and look forward to seeing what happens to them in the rest of the book series.

·      Talking Cats: And yes, there are talking cats. The best part of the book is also the most discussed online. There are indeed sentient cats, and they. Are. Awesome. Butcher perfects cat-mindedness, and these cats are perfectly willing to share their curt remarks to the humans who displease them, regardless if said humans can understand them or not. One of the female protagonists is from a special noble house that speaks Cat, and it’s her cat companion that steals the show in every scene he’s in. He’s a great character, and I’m sure that soon after the book’s release there’ll be a lot of pictures of cats with his quotes written all over them.


Jim Butcher Fans May Also Enjoy:
Peace Talks (Dresden Files Book 16) Sneak Peek / Spoilers

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy, Book 2), by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy, book 2)
By: Marie Rutkoski
ISBN-10: 0374384703
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Recently engaged to the crown prince of Valoria, Kestrel now has to battle her conflicted feelings about Arin while playing devious games with the cunning emperor, who is trying to eliminate the Herrani race.

The Winner’s Crime is an engaging installment in a young adult fantasy trilogy. The book is part breathtaking romance, part nerve-racking political intrigue. The relationship between Kestrel and Arin is also more intense.

It includes:

• One use of d*mned
• Mention of homosexuality and a homosexual couple
• Some sensual touches and neck kisses
• References to unfaithful husbands
• Violence (a torture scene where the skin on a man’s fingers is peeled off, mentions of suicides [people stab themselves with a dagger and scissors, and a character plunges his open wounds into a waste bucket], murder, reference to someone dying from a disease, a city’s water is poisoned so the people get sick, a man’s face is cut in an ambush, medical scenes, a fistfight, kidnapping, a fight with a tiger, recounting a legend where a woman stabs her husband’s throat with knitting needles, flashback to someone’s ears and nose getting cut off)
• Drinking
• Drunk sailors throwing up
• Smoking tobacco

More Winner’s Trilogy reviews:
• Book 1: The Winner’s Curse

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3), By Pittacus Lore

Book Review: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3), By Pittacus LoreThe Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, book 3)
By: Pittacus Lore
ISBN: 9780061974588
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Sam is gone, Four is hurt, and Nine is . . . odd. But nothing helps develop a friendship like a bit of life and death trouble and they don't have long to wait.

Six is anxious to get back to Four and Sam, but uniting the Garde could be the most important step to beating the Mogadorians. To unite the guard they must find Eight.

The Rise of Nine , book three in the young adult Lorien Legacies series, is told from the point of view of Six, Seven and Four. In spite of the constant point of view shifts, the story moves forward at a nice pace and keeps a good balance of action and character development.

The Rise of Nine includes:
  • Profanity (sh*t, h*ll, *ss, p*ssed off, G*d d*mn, *ss h*le, h*ly sh*t) 
  • Kissing
  • References to guys being attractive 
  • References to a desire to go make out with some random girl 
  • References to a girl looking good in a sweater 
  • Fighting (to the point of injuring) to try and resolve differing opinion between non-enemies
  • Injuries & torture (burns, blood) 
  • Death / killing in war like situations 
Note: This is a young adult book and has content unsuitable for younger readers.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy, Book 3)

The Winner’s Kiss is the final book in the best-selling fantasy romance trilogy by Marie Rutkoski and will be published on March 1, 2016. Meanwhile, the cover for The Winner’s Kiss has just been revealed! I know, I know, it’s another “girl in a pretty dress” on the front of a young adult book, but I think the covers for the books in The Winner’s Trilogy are an exception to the popular trend, because they’re just so fabulous, dazzling, and plain gorgeous!

What do you think of the cover?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Queen of Shadows Sneak Peek: First Three Chapters

BookCon recently released the first three chapters for Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the bestselling Throne of Glass Series. Queen of Shadows will be published on September 1, 2015. These chapters include the appearances of Celaena, Arobynn, and Chaol. Enjoy the preview!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Looking for Alaska
By: John Green
ISBN-10: 0525475060
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Miles is obsessed with last words, and moves to a boarding school in hopes of finding the “Great Perhaps,” which was quoted in the famous last words of a poet. Miles gets more than he bargained for when he instantly falls in love with quirky, cigarette addict Alaska Young.

This young adult standalone contains inappropriate material, including:

• Profanity (many uses of the F-word and sh*t)
• A (somewhat descriptive) oral sex scene
• Sexual-oriented conversations
• Kissing
• References to masturbation, erections, and groping
• Some characters watch pornography
• Lots of underage drinking
• Death

Looking for Alaska is a quick read, and deals with friendship, loss, and speculation about what happens after life.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
By: Jesse Andrews
ISBN-10: 1419701762
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When Rachel finds out she has leukemia, Greg’s mother forces him to befriend her, even though Greg barely knows Rachel. He would much rather spend his time with his best friend, Earl, doing what they do best: making terrible films based on their favorite movies.

But the three of them do eventually become friends, and Greg and Earl come up with a brilliant plan: create a film for Rachel to make her feel better and take her mind off her cancer.

Parents should be aware that this is a young adult book and contains:

• Profanity (many uses of the F-word and sh*t, as well as crude sexual talk like boobs, boner, butt hole, and p*ssy)
• Some jibes against Christianity
• Greg and Earl talk and think about sex a lot
• Looking at a picture of breasts online
• Reference to getting an erection
• Violence (angry outbursts, broken arm, punching)
• A family does drugs
• Drinking mojitos
• Two teen boys accidentally ingest marijuana

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a hilarious and melancholy book about friendship, the life of teenagers, and cancer.

Readers who enjoyed this book might also like Paper Towns, by John Green.

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