Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.  It is even better and funnier than the first book.

With gnomes named Gnomie Malone and Gnome ChompSky and a Sasquatch called Sexy Gary, you know this book will keep you entertained!  Sam is a great character you will cheer for, in spite of being a necromancer (someone who can raise the dead.)  Each chapter title is an old rock song, and adds to the fun spirit of the book. 

Give it a try!

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Win, lose, or draw: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

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You think your summer is going by fast! Chloe fell asleep during study hall on a sunny May day of her junior year and awoke to a dark cold classroom in November of her senior year. In this new life, she is finding she now has everything she wanted, but everything is terribly wrong!

•She is now dating the boy she had a crush on last year. But when he touches her, her blood runs cold

•She is an academic superstar and one of the most popular girls in school, but her best friend, since elementary school, wants nothing to do with her

Chloe is desperate to find out what happened. This new life doesn’t feel right and there are so many missing pieces.

Verdict: Win

This story moves along at a great pace and will keep you guessing.    I was guessing through half of the book about what caused Chloe’s memory lost and guessing through the other half on who Chloe could trust.

 

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Afterworlds vs. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Afterworlds

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is really two stories wrapped up in one neat package. One of the narratives tells the story of a young writer who wants to put off college after publishing her first book to pursue a career as an author in glamorous New York City. The second narrative follows the life of a girl who walks in the space between life and death after a terrorist attack at an airport.

I’m a fan of Scott Westerfeld.

I LOVE the entire Uglies series.

I LOVE the Leviathan series as much as pretty much any book I’ve ever read.

I even LOVE Peeps.

And I LOVE part of Afterworlds almost as much as I despise the other part. I fell so deeply in love with the fictional world within the book. I don’t like realistic fiction in general, and I genuinely didn’t enjoy the realistic aspects of this book. I wanted to sink into the creative in between space with Lizzie and exist in that world, but I was frustratingly jerked back to reality with the realistic fiction in alternating chapters.

If you want a bit of variety this book is definitely for you, but it isn’t an immersive experience. In this book battle, I say skip Afterworlds and go back to re-read the other amazing Scott Westerfeld books!

I got a free e-ARC through Edelweiss, thanks Scott Westerfeld and Simon Pulse for the intriguing read.

FOR ALL YOU LEXOPHILES (LOVERS OF WORDS):

ENJOY…
1. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.
2. The dead batteries were given out free of charge.
3. To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
4. He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.
5. He had a photographic memory which he never developed.

Clash of the Covers – Forsaken vs. Shatter Me

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Six Word Summary Showdown:/ Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Blood-soaked clothes and bodies in the trunk!

 

 

Kelly Armstrong

Darling, I AM the local psychopath!

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The Clash of The Covers

WHICH BOOK COVER WILL WIN?

 

HUSH HUSH

BOOK COVER 1

HEAVEN

BOOK COVER 2

 

Monster High vs Monster High

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VERSUS

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Okay, confessions first. I am doing a battle here. But it is a biased battle. I am currently onto reading the third book of the Monster High series. I have never actually watched an episode of Monster High. BUT, I guarentee you the books aren’t as babyish as you are imagining if all you have seen are the dolls and the shows. As a matter of fact, looking at the website – http://www.monsterhigh.com/en-us/index.html?mh – I didn’t even see the main character in the books and website doesn’t even mention the books! The books are totally inappropriate for the age range the show and dolls are geared toward. So, with that out of the way, let’s move on to the books.

In the first book we are introduced to normal teen Melody, whose family is moving from Beverly Hills, to Salem, Oregon because of Melody’s asthma. Her parents hope the fresh air will clear up the asthma and that maybe Melody’s beautiful singing voice will come back. We are also introduced to Frankie Stein, who has just been brought to life at age 16 by her father and mother, descendants of Frankenstein. We learn that the Steins are just one of several RAD (Regular Attribute Dodgers)families who call Salem home. The RAD’s motto is “hide with pride” and they have been sucessfully fitting in with the normies (non-monsters) for decades. When Frankie decides her green skin is beautiful and she convinces the other RAD teens of the same thing, hilarity ensues.

These books are clever and funny and filled with horribly humorous puns. Every stereotype you can think of in high school is presented in either RAD or normie form. There are love triangles, fights over boys and drama galore. If you like monsters in general, you will not be disappointed by the spectrum represented in this series- mummies, werewolves, mermaids, dracula and invisible men just to name a few. If you are looking for something light, fast-moving and funny to read, I would reccommend this series.

Teen Book Battle:/ 10 Things to Do Before You’re 16 by Caroline Plaisted Vs. The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life by Lauren Myracle

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Caroline Plaisted

 

This was a funny little story (148 pages) about two British girlfriends who want to be popular.  They make a list of all the things they think they need to do to achieve that goal.  Unfortunately, things don’t turn out quite like they expected!

Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle

In just 125 pages we find out about Allie, who wanted to make a big impression on everyone upon entering 7th grade, but NOT in the way it actually happened!  I had to check this book out because I once worked with a MAN who had the same thing happen to him, and it was hilarious! (Well, for the rest of us – for him, not so much.)

 

Both of these stories were obviously written with the younger teen in mind and done well.  All the tribulations of trying to fit in at school, getting along with your family, and finding out where you belong in the world are all part of the angst of growing up.  Everyone goes through it and we all survive.
Both books made me laugh and I identified with some of the actions taken by the characters. These are quick reads – give them a try!

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Prisoner of Night and Fog

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Gretchen Muller’s father gave his life to save Adolf Hitler and ever since she has grown up under the wing of her “Uncle Dolf” in the National Socialist Party. That is until one fateful evening when she meets Daniel Cohen, a Jewish reporter, and she can’t seem to stay away from him. She should hate Daniel but she finds herself attracted to him. She shouldn’t believe a word he says, yet she is drawn to his stories and finds herself questioning everything she has been brought up to believe.

Investigating the new found mystery of her father’s death and escaping a cruel brother, Gretchen finds her world turned upside down by the people she trusted most and the only person who can help her is the one she has been told to despise.

The Prisoner of Night and Fog is an exciting read that envelopes the reader in the turmoil of examining your beliefs and struggling with changing your whole way of life. Daniel develops a fragile friendship with Gretchen on faith and it grows to an unexpected outcome for the both of them. Pick it up for a day at the beach or read it in the comfort of your bed on a rainy day. Whichever you choose, make sure you put it on the “to be read pile” this summer!

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