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.

My Bookish Birthday Wishes!

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Well, it’s not  my birthday yet. My birthday is on Tuesday (May 10th) and since I didn’t get anything last year (my birthday was pretty much forgotten), I’m guessing I wont be getting anything this year. However, I still thought it would be fun to share with you guys what books I would love to get. These are just some of the books I am dying to get my hands on. If my parents surprised me with one or two of these books, I would be so happy. So parents, even though I’m sure you don’t read my blog….*hint hint* 😉

ADULT

YOUNG ADULT

NON FICTION

CLASSICS

Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Yesterday I  went to the city with my mom and my cousin and when we picked up my cousin, the very first thing she said to me was that she had a surprise for me. She surprised me with books. One of them is signed and the other one she knew was on my wish list. 🙂

Books I Didn’t Get Myself:

I Bought At Goodwill:

 

 

Review: Grimm House by Karen McQuestion

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Publication Date: November 12th 2015
Details: Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Nightsky Press
ISBN: 9780986416477
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

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Buy Grimm House:
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Summary

When Hadley’s parents leave on a cruise and then are reported lost at sea, her perfect world is turned upside down.

In a flash she is whisked away to a new life of drudgery at Grimm House where she waits on not one but two persnickety old aunts. As she grudgingly fulfills their commands of cooking, cleaning, and even after-dinner-dancing, she comes to suspect the aunts are really witches who are scheming to take the thing she loves best.

With only her wits and the help of some unlikely new friends, Hadley makes a plan to escape Grimm House and find her way home before it’s too late.

For ages 7 – 11, or those who are young at heart.

Review

Grimm House was a good read. It wasn’t amazing but I liked it. I gave it three stars because I’m sure I would have really enjoyed this book when I was a kid. I wish I had it when I was seven and was obsessed with Goosebumps, but was wanting creepy books that were a bit bigger. This one would have been perfect.

If you have a kid or know a kid that likes reading books that are a bit dark, I would recommend this one. It’s not scary, but it is a bit creepy. That is the best word to describe this book. Whenever I think about the aunts and their house the first word I think of is creepy.

Overall, probably a two star read for me, but getting three because I’m sure I would have liked it a lot when I was a kid.

3 out of 5 stars

Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Once again my mom has bought me books. We went to the mall on Tuesday and stopped by the bookstore. Of course I had to check out the table with all the bargain books and I found a bunch that were one my wish list. I somehow managed to get it down to four books and my amazing mom bought them for me. She is seriously the best. Here is what I got:

You Caroline KepnesThe Year of Shadows Claire LegrandThe Ice Dragon George R.R. Martin

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister George R.R. Martin

Waiting on Wednesday: A Curious Tale of the In-Between

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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: 

20499923A Curious Tale of the In-Between (Pram #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Details: Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: Pram Bellamy is special—she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

Lauren DeStefano is beloved by critics and readers alike, and her middle grade debut is lyrical, evocative and not to be missed.

Waiting on Wednesday: George

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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: 

24612624George by Alex Gino

Details: Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Waiting on Wednesday: Ghostlight

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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: 

23743749Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: Things that go bump in the night are just the beginning when a summer film project becomes a real-life ghost story!

Avery is looking forward to another summer at Grandma’s farm, at least until her brother says he’s too old for “Kingdom,” the imaginary world they’d spent years creating. Lucky for her, there’s a new kid staying in the cottage down the road: a city boy with a famous dad, Julian’s more than a little full of himself, but he’s also a storyteller like Avery. So when he announces his plan to film a ghost story, Avery is eager to join in.

Unfortunately, Julian wants to film at Hilliard House, a looming, empty mansion that Grandma has absolutely forbidden her to enter. As terrified as Avery is of Grandma’s wrath, the allure of filmmaking is impossible to resist.

As the kids explore the secrets of Hilliard house, eerie things begin to happen, and the “imaginary” dangers in their movie threaten to become very real. Have Avery and Julian awakened a menacing presence? Can they turn back before they go too far?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

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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: 

22673361The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne

Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pre-order: Book Depository

Summary: Grave robbing is a messy business. A bad business.

And for Thomas Marsden, on what was an unremarkable spring night in London, it becomes a very spooky business. For lying in an unmarked grave and half covered with dirt is a boy the spitting image of Thomas himself.

This is only the first clue that something very strange is happening. Others follow, but it is a fortune teller’s frightened screams that lead Thomas into a strange world of spiritualists, death and faery folk.

Faery folk with whom Thomas’s life is bizarrely linked. Faery folk who need his help.

Desperate to unearth the truth about himself and where he comes from, Thomas is about to discover magic, and ritual, and that sometimes, just sometimes, the things that make a boy ordinary are what make him extraordinary.

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.