Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Review: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls
By: Patrick Ness
www.PatrickNess.com
ISBN-10: 1406311529
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Connor just wants his life to go back to being normal again . . . But that was before his mother became so ill she had to be hospitalized several times, and before he met the monster.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Mild profanity (three uses of h*ll, one d*mn)
• Brief mention of a man and woman cuddling while nude
• Vomit
• Some violence (killing, fighting, and injuries, such as blood and a broken arm)
• Bullying

A Monster Calls is a middle grade novel, but can be read by older readers as well. The story is extremely emotional and depressing, and a few scenes might disturb younger readers, so I would advise parents to be cautious in letting young children read this book. Fans of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Trilogy should also be aware that this book is entirely different from his dystopian thriller series, but just as moving and well-written.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Review: Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, Book 8), By Jim Butcher

Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 8
By: Jim Butcher

As a new warden for the White Council, Harry Dresden has the responsibility of hunting down Warlocks. So when black magic starts claiming lives in Chicago, it's his job to find the culprit and bring them to justice regardless of their age or reasons.

Proven Guilty is a fast paced and enjoyable installment in the Dresden Files that leaves Harry's life changed. It contains graphic injuries, an execution, profanity, teen pregnancy, references to drug use, nudity, arousal, and would be sexual situation, although there are sex scenes.

Readers should be aware that while it is not strictly necessary to read the first eleven Dresden Files in order, there is an overriding story that is easier to follow if you do.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Paper Towns Movie Trailer and Poster!

The trailer for Paper Towns, based on the book by John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars), has arrived!


Check out the poster featuring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne as Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, Book 1), by Michelle Hodkin

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, book 1)

Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital after being caught in a building collapse that resulted in the death of her friends, unable to remember anything about the event. As haunting flashbacks begin to hit her, and Mara discovers a dangerous power she didn’t know she had, everyone around her thinks she’s crazy—everyone except Noah Shaw, a boy with his own secrets whom Mara feels strangely drawn to.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Sexual banter
• Smoking
• Making out with heavy sexual tension
• Attempted rape (this is an intense and disturbing scene)
• Descriptive violence (very gory deaths)
• References to animal abuse
• Profanity (including the F-word)

This is a fast-paced, suspenseful paranormal/horror debut that ends with a cliffhanger. Many scenes are very frightening, so I would recommend people read this with the lights on. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer contains a lot of profanity, gory violence, and sexual references throughout. Suitable for older teens.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4), by Marissa Meyer

USA Today just released the cover for Winter, as well as an except for the book, which will be published on November 10th, 2015. Winter is the fourth and final book in the best-selling fairytale retellings/sci-fi series by Marissa Meyer.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4), by Sarah J. Maas

The U.S. and U.K. covers for Queen of Shadows, the fourth upcoming book in the Throne of Glass Series, have just been released!

United States of America

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United Kingdom

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When I first saw the cover (U.S. edition), my reaction went something like: “Ahhhhh asdfghjkl ohmygosh, I knew it would be pink—and Celaena’s hair!”

Queen of Shadows will be published September 1, 2015. Which of the Throne of Glass covers is your favorite so far?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: The Young Elites (The Young Elites, Book 1), by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, book 1)
By: Marie Lu
MarieLu.org
ISBN-10: 0399167838
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Adelina is a fugitive struggling to gain control over her newfound powers in a medieval-like fantasy world, but when she teams up with a group of young people like herself, who call themselves the Young Elites, her will to stay true to herself starts to fade, and her dangerous powers begin slipping out of her grasp even more.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Child abuse
• Violence (a finger is broken; killing; descriptions of dead bodies)
• A young man kisses and suggests he’s done more with a married woman
• References to breasts
• A main character is a prostitute, and there are some references to his job at a brothel, and his clients, who are both men and women
• Mild profanity (d*mn, b*stard)
• Some drinking

Fans of Legend won’t be disappointed with this darker, grittier, and more sexual-oriented first book in the author’s new fantasy series. Although it’s slightly more mature than Marie Lu’s dystopian trilogy, it’s just as intriguing, and the cast of characters is large and complex.


Readers who enjoyed The Young Elites might also like:


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review: The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, book 5), by Pittacus Lore

Book Review: The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, book 5), by Pittacus Lore
The Revenge of Seven (Lorien Legacies, book 5)
By: Pittacus Lore
ISBN: 0062194720
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While Six, Nine, and Marina are busy dealing with the aftermath of Eight's death and Five's betrayal, John and the others are making plans to attack a Mogodorian base. Little do they know how close the Mogodorian's endgame is and how much they could soon learn about their true destiny.

The Revenge of Seven is the fifth book in the Lorien Legacies series and contains themes of loss, guilt, revenge and some interesting moral quandaries regarding right and wrong (hurting/killing/murdering enemies or others that stand in your way). It should be noted that no real explanation is ever given as to why murder/killing/injuring is considered acceptable in some instances in this story and not others.

Like the prior few books, The Revenge of Seven is told from multiple points of view (John, Six and Ella) but manages to keep a nice moderate pace to the story in spite of the regular transitions. The majority of the characters show little to no character growth and in several instances display levels of emotion driven recklessness / violence that seems out of place in characters that have theoretically become so grown up. That said the characters are still as interesting, if not a bit more so, as in prior books.


The Revenge of Seven contains:
  • Drunks, drinking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Profanity: D*mn, Jesus Christ, hell, b*ll sh*t
  • Use of magic/legacies to heal and harm
  • Kissing
  • References to a hookup and teens spending the night together
  • Injuries (blood, broken bones, knife wounds, bullet wounds, burns)
  • Intentionally causing injury to another outside of self defense
  • Attempts to kill/murder another
  • Dead body
  • Killing & death


The Lorien Legacies series
  1. I Am Number Four (Book Review)
  2. The Power of Six (Book Review)
  3. The Rise of Nine
  4. The Fall of Five
  5. The Revenge of Seven (Book Review)
  6. The Fate of Ten (Expected Publication 2015)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl
By: Rainbow Rowell
RainbowRowell.com
ISBN-10: 1250030951
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Cath is a fan of the popular Simon Snow book series, and writes fanfiction about the characters, but when it comes to college, she’s terrified at the thought of starting it without her twin sister by her side.

It includes:

• Profanity (many uses of the F-word, as well as *sshole, b*tch, and sh*t)
• References to loss of virginity
• Making out (some clothing removal)
• Fistfight in a bar
• Drinking
• Two characters in a fanfiction story are homosexual, and kiss

This young adult standalone is sad, funny, adorable, and full of lovable characters. Fangirls and bookworms alike will be able to relate with the story and its protagonist.


Readers who enjoyed Fangirl might also like:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Reviews: The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, book 2), By Rachel Caine

The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires, book 2)
By: Rachel Caine
ISBN: 0451220897
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When Shane is arrested for the murder of a vampire, Claire, Eve and Michael set out to get him back. But with Morganville's swift "justice" in play and a bonfire in Shane's future, there isn't much time to prove his innocence.

The Dead Girls' Dance picks up directly after Glass Houses leaves off. Reasonably fast paced, the plot is centered around teenagers facing some very serious situations with the stereotypical teenage level of good/bad judgement. There is a fair amount of more mature content (see rape attempt, roofie, etc) that could be inappropriate for younger audience.

This story includes:

  • Language (bitch, bastard, F word)
  • Teenage drinking
  • Roofie
  • Rape attempts
  • Implied sex
  • Making out between teen and legal adult (kissing, touching, full body contact, all clothing remains on.)
  • Physical abuse
  • References to past death 
  • Killing
Illegal romance is a theme in this book.
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