It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read In July:

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui IshidaRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe Roc UpchurchGod Emperor of Dune Frank HerbertThe Wind Edward WillettNew Girl Harper BlissThe Girl from the Blood Coven Brian MorelandDeath Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi ObataDay of the Wolf Charles G. WestThe Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) C.S. LewisHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. RowlingCrank Ellen HopkinsConfess Colleen HooverPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy Bil WrightThe Gunslinger Stephen KingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling John Tiffany Jack ThorneNineteen Eighty-Four George OrwellGrand Escape Strain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:


The Alpha Drive Kristen MartinThe Alpha Drive (The Alpha Drive #1)
by Kristen Martin

Synopsis: It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

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Review: The Haunted Mask II by R.L. Stine

791812The Haunted Mask II (Goosebumps #36) by R.L. Stine

Details: Paperback, 124 pages
Published: 1995 by Scholastic
Source: I got it from my Dad
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: JUST CALL HIM PRUNE FACE!

Steve Boswell will never forget Carly Beth’s Halloween mask. It was so gross. So terrifying.
But this year. Steve wants to have the scariest costume on the block. So he gets a mask from the same store where Carly Beth got hers. It looks like a creepy old man. With stringy hair. A wrinkled face. And spiders crawling out of the ears!
Steve definitely got the scariest mask around. Too bad he’s starting to feel so old. And so tired. And so evil…

Review: When I was a kid The Haunted Mask was one of my favorite Goosebumps books. I always wanted to read the second one but could never find it anywhere. Now that I have it in my collection, I thought I would finally give it a read. I was not disappointed.

Even though The Haunted Mask was better, I still really enjoyed this one. It had the creepiness that I loved in the first one. Plus, Carly Beth is in it. It’s basically the same story, just a different kid and a different mask, but I don’t care. I don’t know why I love The Haunted Mask books so much. It could have something to do with the fact that I’m obsessed with Halloween and collect scary masks. Not sure. All I now is this was a great read.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Haunted Mask II and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Mini Review: Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine

1196570Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes (Goosebumps #34) by R.L. Stine

Details: Paperback, 119 pages
Published: 1995 by Scholastic
Source: I’ve had it since I was a kid
My Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: SOMEONE’S BEEN STALKING IN MY GARDEN!

Two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe Burton’s dad loves those tacky lawn ornaments. But then he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes. And that’s when the trouble starts.
Late at night. When everyone’s asleep.
Someone’s creeping in the garden. Whispering nasty things. Smashing melons. Squashing tomatoes.
No way two dumb old lawn ornaments could be causing all the trouble.
Is there?

Review: This was another one of those fun but not creepy Goosebumps books. I’m not going to lie, even though I should hate the gnomes, I really don’t. I thought they were kind of funny. Joe was pretty great too, but I didn’t like his sister or his best friend. The gnomes were definitely the best part of the whole book.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and do another review. I swear I didn’t write this review when I was a kid. It might sound like it, but I wrote it last year. I probably shouldn’t have even posted it. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Waiting on Wednesday: Book Scavenger

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

22718727Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Details: Hardcover, 368 pages
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold’s attackers make them their next target.

Review: The Horror at Camp Jellyjam by R.L. Stine

523106The Horror at Camp Jellyjam (Goosebumps #33) by R.L. Stine

Details: Paperback, 128 pages
Published: 1995 by Scholastic
Source: I’ve had it since I was a kid
My Rating: 3 Stars

Summary: IT’S NOT WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE – IT’S HOW YOU STAY ALIVE!

Swimming, basketball, archery. King Jellyjam’s sports camp has it all. Too bad Wendy isn’t a total sports freak like her brother, Elliot. But how excited can you get over a game of softball. It’s just a game, right?

WRONG!

Because Camp Jellyjam is no ordinary sports camp. And Wendy’s about to find out why. Why the counselors seem a little too happy. A little too obsessed with winning. And why the ground is always rumbling late at night….

Review: When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Goosebumps. The Horror at Camp Jellyjam was my favorite. One summer my friends and I made our own King Jellyjam’s Sports Camp. We would spend all day playing sports and trying our hardest to win. Only The Best. We even made King coins.

I was super excited to re-read this one again as an adult. I probably shouldn’t have done it. It was a fun read but it just wasn’t the same as when I was a kid. I think that is why I’m only giving it three stars. There was nothing wrong with it, it just didn’t have the same, I don’t know, magic I guess. Something was missing. Oh well, I still enjoyed it.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read The Horror at Camp Jellyjam and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Review: It Came from Beneath the Sink!

2363300It Came from Beneath the Sink! (Goosebumps #30) by R.L. Stine

Details: Paperback, 112 pages
Published: 1995 by Scholastic
Source: I’ve had it since I was a kid
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: THEIR LUCK’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN THE DRAIN…

Kat and her brother, Daniel, are so lucky. They just moved to a new house with tons of rooms, two balconies, and a lawn the size of a football field!
But all that good luck is about to run out.
Because there’s something really evil living in their new house.
Something that’s moving. Watching. Waiting.
Something that comes from beneath the kitchen sink….

Review: It Came From Beneath the Sink isn’t one of R.L. Stines best books, but it was still a fun read. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what kind of bad luck Kat would have next. I gave it three stars because I liked it, but it wasn’t as creepy as some of the other Goosebumps books I’ve read. As I’ve been re-reading them, I’ve noticed that even as an adult some of them are actually a little creepy. This wasn’t one of them, but I still really enjoyed it.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read It Came From Beneath the Sink and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.