Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring into a Good Book Read-a-thon Wrapup




I read 466 pages and I was able to finish three books, which is not too bad! I even wrote the review for Flora & Ulysses. I had to do booktalks for 5th and 6th grade, so I read the Case of Origami Yoda, even though it was not on my list. It was hilarious and perfect for the students. I hope to write the review for Snow and the two other books I need to write reviews for very soon! Thanks to Gina for hosting!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Once Upon a Time VIII

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The Once Upon A Time Reading Challenge is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. There are different levels and different categories, like short stories and films. More information and the signup is at this link. This is my first time participating in this challenge.
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I am going to try for Quest the First and read 5 books that are fairytale, folklore, mythology, or fantasy. Possibilities for these books include: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Crimson Frost by Jennifer Estep, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, and The Calling by Kelley Armstrong.
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I am going to try to watch Once Upon a Time, the rest of the first season. I watched 4 episodes a year ago, loved them, but never finished the series. I would also like to watch Frozen and Brave, which I have heard good things about.

I have watched Frozen now and it was very good!- March 23

For now I will stick with these categories and choices. Thanks to Carl for hosting!

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

I am participating in the Newbery Reading Challenge and this is my first Newbery of the challenge and this year's Newbery winner!


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo is a wonderful writer and she captures the joy of life in her works.
Flora Belle Buckman is a cynic, mainly turned this way by her parents divorce and her mother's indifference toward her. She needs something to believe in and what she finds is a superhero squirrel. Ulysses, the squirrel, did not ask to be sucked up into a vacuum cleaner and gain superpowers, but from the moment he meets Flora, he is willing to be the superhero she needs. As Ulysses crosses the lives of Flora, her dad, her dad's next door neighbor, and Tootie and Tootie's nephew William Spiver, he gives them all that needed feeling of the extraordinary. The only one who seems unconvinced is Flora's mother and Ulysses arch-nemesis. Told in alternate text and comic book illustrations, this is a wonderful story of finding what truly matters to us in this world and finding the courage to face our problems.

Loved it! I can't wait to booktalk this book. The situations are hilarious and the story is so sweet that you can't help falling in love with the "cynic" Flora, poetry-typing Ulysses, and the indomitable William Spiver. DiCamillo will have you believing in superhero squirrels and in the power of love.

Favorite Character: Flora. She is smart and very forgiving. She is so lovable that even a squirrel cares for her.

Favorite Quote: There are some awesome quotes in this story. I could really put quotes around the whole story, because the writing is so beautiful. My favorite is this: "Nothing would be easier without you, because you are everything, all of it- sprinkles, quarks, giant donuts, eggs sunny-side up- you are the ever-expanding universe to me."

Definitely 5 cups of cocoa! Who would have thought a story about a squirrel being sucked up in a vacuum cleaner would be so moving!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring into a Good Book Read-a-thon




This read-a-thon is hosted by Gina at Book Dragon's Lair and runs from March 20 to March 26. You can sign up at this link.  It ties into her Spring Into a Good Book Challenge that runs from March 20 to June 20. You can pick whatever books you want for the challenge and she says the main goal is to have fun!
I am going to try to finish two books this week. One will be Flora and Ulysses and I will try to finish another from my Spring into a Good Book Challenge list. I will post my updates here:

Day 1: Finished Flora & Ulysses! I had a bit of time between the classes I was reading to and was able to finish. It was a very cute story and worthy of the Newbery Award. 94 pages.
Day 2: Finished The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger- 145 pages! I went totally off list. I needed another book to booktalk to 5th and 6th grade and this was perfect. Hilarious for the upper elementary crowd. Reading Cruel Beauty- 12 pages, reading Snow- 25 pages
Day 3: Reading Snow- 25 pages
Day 4: Finished Snow- 87 pages!, Reading Cruel Beauty- 4 pages
Day 5: Reading the Calling- 16 pages
Day 6: Reading the Calling- 6 pages
Day 7: No reading :(



Spring into a Good Book Reading Challenge


This is hosted by Gina at Book Dragon's Lair and you can sign up at this link. I have several books I need to read in this time frame and I hope to finish at least 10. My list will include:
Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Once Upon A Time)
Simon Pulse

Snow by Tracy Lynn
Cruel Beauty
Balzer + Bray

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)
HarperTeen

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
Harper

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Candlewick Press
 Flora and Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo


I will add to this list soon! Thanks to Gina for hosting!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ides of March Wrap-up

Ides of March Read-a-thon


I was able to finish one book (Dark Frost), so I met my goal there and I also participated in 3 of the 4 mini-challenges. I read 220 pages, which is not great, but good enough for the busy time I had. I am slowly getting over my sinus problems and hoping I will get back into the swing of things with my reading soon! Thanks to Kimba for hosting!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Dark Frost is the third book in the Mythos Academy series, so this review will definitely have spoilers for the first two books. I am addicted to this series now!
Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)
K-Teen

A routine trip to a museum for a school assignment shouldn't be a cause for bloodshed and death, but when Gwen and her friends head to the museum, they and their classmates are attacked by Reapers. The Reapers leave behind an important clue, a map that should guide Gwen to the Heilheim dagger, the last artifact that stands in the way of Loki's return. The attack shows Gwen that she must train and be strong enough to face down the Reapers and to hide the dagger before it falls into the wrong hands. She also is driven by revenge and wants to be the one who kills the Reaper girl. However, she may have to do all this alone. Daphne is angry about her powers quickening and blames others for her puny ability to heal rather than something like fire magic. Logan is upset, once he learns the truth about Gwen knowing part of his secret. When the unthinkable happens, Gwen will be on her own and the fate of the world will hang in the balance.

This one started off quick and stayed fairly fast paced through out the whole book. The excitement is mounting, especially with that ending. I also enjoyed seeing some of the secondary characters be more fleshed out and learning Logan's and Nickamede's secrets. 

Favorite Character: Gwen. She is nosy, but caring and even when the worst happens she deals with it. I am also starting to like Logan better and I think their relationship works.

Favorite Quotes: "The next day was exceptionally average. Except, of course, for my aching heart."
"You know, having the fate of the entire world on my shoulders is a lot of freaking pressure."

I think this is my favorite in the series so far and I can't wait to pick up the next one! 4.5 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday #6


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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea and they are memes for sharing books you've purchased, borrowed, or been sent for review. The books can be physical or e-format. It has been a couple of weeks, since I last did a new books post. I have been trying to read what I own, have for review, or already had checked out at the library. I only have review books to share this time. I have been trying to be good!

Review: 
Thanks to Netgalley and MacMillan Children's: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Second Star!

This is a twist on the Peter Pan story with Wendy caught in a love triangle with Pete and Jas, twists on Peter Pan and Captain Hook. I like twists on classic stories and loved the cover!

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for The Girl with the Windup Heart!

The Steampunk Chronicles is one of my favorite series and I was super excited when I received this one! I love the characters and their clothing and their special powers. I think this may be the final one in the series, but I hope not.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Egmont for Of Monsters and Madness!













I haven't read any of Jessica Verday's books yet, but I like twists on Poe's stories. This one is a twist on Annabel Lee and the cover is kind of creepy, so I decided I had to try it!

Hope you all got some great reads!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ides of March Read-a-thon Starting Line and Updates

Ides of March Read-a-thon

Day 1 Update: No reading. :( Work is kicking my butt this week and I can't get motivated to read at night. Hope to do better tomorrow.
Day 2 Update: Currently reading: Dark Frost-198 pages!, Snow- 2 pages: An hour wait in the Fish Fry line, definitely helped me to catch up on my reading and I got absorbed into Dark Frost. I hope to finish it tomorrow!
Day 3 Update: Finished Dark Frost- 15 pages! I didn't have much left of Dark Frost, so I was glad I found time to finish it. It was a hectic day of running to my cousin's birthday, then back home to go to the Symphony with Nathan. I hope to have time to read and do the mini-challenges tomorrow!
Day 4 update: Completed 3 of the 4 mini-challenges (did not do a Spine Poetry this time)Snow- 5 pages.
Day 5 update: No reading :(. Work was hectic and I was too tired to read last night.

The Ides of March read-a-thon is hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I decided to do back to back read-a-thons in the hopes that I could get back into the swing of reading. I did manage to finish a book (Attachments) for the Rapunzel read-a-thon and I am hoping to finish at least one with this read-a-thon. I am also participating in Kimba's Take Control of Your TBR challenge, so I am going to try to finish books from that stack, with the addition of Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. My reading list for this challenge:
Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Once Upon A Time)
Simon Pulse

Snow by Tracy Lynn
Cruel Beauty
Balzer + Bray

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)
HarperTeen

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)
K-Teen

Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
Harper

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Candlewick Press
 Flora and Ulysses by Kate Dicamillo

Rapunzel Read-a-thon Wrap-up

http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-month-of-rapunzel-rapunzel-readathon.html


Well, I did at least finish Attachments, but overall I did not read much. I read 132 pages and am almost half-way through Snow, which is really good. I like the twists Tracy Lynn is putting in the story. Hopefully I can finish Snow soon. I did the cover jigsaw puzzle challenge. I love those! Thanks again to Rachael for hosting!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Rapunzel Read-a-thon Goals and Updates

http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-month-of-rapunzel-rapunzel-readathon.html

 The Rapunzel Read-a-thon is hosted by Rachael at Rachael Turns Pages. My goals are to try to finish Attachments by Rainbow Rowell and read more of Snow by Tracy Lynn and Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep. I would also love to start Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, since it is my Random Read and a fairytale retelling. Hopefully I can finish at least one of these! Thanks to Rachael for hosting!
Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Once Upon A Time)  Cruel Beauty Attachments Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)
Day 1: Finished Attachments- 59 pages
Day 2: Reading: Snow- 29 pages
Day 3: Reading Snow- 39 pages
Day 4: Reading Snow- 5 pages
Day 5: No Reading :(

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ides of March Read-a-thon Signup

Ides of March Read-a-thon

This read-a-thon is hosted by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and the sign up link is here. Kimba does a Take Control of Your TBR month long challenge and this is to help with that challenge. I will pick a reading list and goals soon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Rapunzel Read-a-thon: March 8-12


http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-month-of-rapunzel-rapunzel-readathon.html
Rachel Turns Pages
The Rapunzel Read-a-thon is hosted by Rachael at Rachael Turns Pages and you can get the button and sign up at this link. Rachael lists the goals as this:
"The goal for this read-a-thon are simple just read. Although this readathon would seem like I want you to read Rapunzel novels I won't require it although I do want to push people to read fairy tales during this readathon. I will hopefully be reading fairy tales to prepare for Fairy Tale Fortnight in April. I'm not going to be picky because nobody likes to be told what to read. Read whatever you want during this Read-a-thon. No matter what you are reading you can join me for the Rapunzel themed challenges I have planned for this week."

I have a few fairytale twists I want to read including Cruel Beauty and Snow. I will post an actual reading lists and goals soon!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March Random Read: Cruel Beauty

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This is a meme hosted by Sarah at imlovingbooks.com. You can choose to use Goodreads or create your own list or use your bookshelves.  The idea is to use random.org and type in the number of books on your list. Whatever number you receive is your random read for the month. I have decided  to use the books on my Kindle as my list. I buy or get free far too many books on my Kindle and then never read them. My current number stands at 435. I have finished both books so far this year, so I hope to keep up! This month's number is 96, which is Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This is a twist on the story of Beauty and the Beast and an eARC I received, so I am glad to finally read it. I picked this up in hardcover from the library, so I should be able to read it on the go too! I am going to do the Rapunzel Read-a-thon hosted by Rachael Turns Pages, so this should fit the fairytale guidelines!

Cruel Beauty
Balzer + Bray