May 24

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Series: Harry Potter #5
by J.K. Rowling
Published by Pottermore, Scholastic on December 8th 2015

"'You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.'"
Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time...




May 14

Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to the subjects of a sexual nature, drug and alcohol use, language, violence and/or other controversial material. The flames indicate my subjective opinion of the degree of these subjects in the book. They may or may not all be represented and there may be others represented that are not specifically mentioned. Please research the suitability of all books for yourself and your family, especially if you are unfamiliar with the author or publisher. A rating of 0 flames does not necessarily mean the book is suitable for young children. It merely means there is no "mature" content.
Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisDead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Published by Orion on February 25th 2010

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty, she's a very cute bubbly blonde, or not interested in a social life - she really is ... but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable.
And then along comes Bill: he's tall, he's dark and he's handsome - and Sookie can't 'hear' a word he's thinking. He's exactly the type of guy she's been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he's fussy about his food, he doesn't like suntans and he's never around during the day ...Yep, Bill's a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble - of the murderous kind.
And then one of Sookie's colleagues at the bar is killed, and it's beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim ...



May 13

Review: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins

Review: Rachel’s Deception by Karen Ann HopkinsRachel's Deception (Temptation, #4) Series: Temptation #4
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 8th 2015

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author
Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.
Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change in the community?
Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.
As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.




May 11

ARC Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

ARC Review: The Unbound by Victoria SchwabThe Unbound (The Archived, #2) Series: The Archived #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on January 28th 2014

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe. Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace,and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels? With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.



May 08

ARC Review: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

ARC Review: The Archived by Victoria SchwabThe Archived (The Archived, #1) Series: The Archived #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content on January 29th 2013

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.



May 06

Book Blogger Hop (4): Why I Started Blogging

Book Blogger Hop

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s question:  Why did you start your blog?
I had had blogs before, mostly just rambling, ranting, ranging personal ones.  They were never purposeful and never had much focus.  But this one.  Oh, this one had a purpose and a goal in mind!  I started blogging about books for a very simple reason:  I loved books.  And my friends didn’t.
I know, I know.  How could I possibly be friends with people who weren’t as obsessed about books as I was?  It just seemed wrong.  But alas, everyone around me was completely sick of hearing about what I was reading.  So Just Another Rabid Reader was born.
But I had no idea when I dove in head first into this book blogging thing that there were whole communities surrounding it!  And that there were all of these people that were just as neurotically obsessed with books as I was, that would obsessively leaf through pages day in and day out with reckless abandon the same way I do.  I had finally found my clan, my people.
Is your story similar?  Did you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, a traveller without a home, until you found book blogging?  Let me know in the comments below!
May 05

Review: The Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4 by Breeana Puttroff

Review: The Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4 by Breeana PuttroffThe Dusk Gate Chronicles Boxed Set, Books 1-4 Series: ,
by Breeana Puttroff
Published by Smashwords Edition on March 9th 2013

What would you sacrifice to find true love and save a kingdom?
For the first time ever, the beloved Dusk Gate Chronicles are together in one special boxed-set edition!
Quinn Robbins is about to go on an adventure that will change her life, and alter the future of two worlds.
This specially priced boxed set includes the first four books, which together tell the complete story of Quinn's discovery of Eirentheos, and finding her place in her own destiny.
Described by readers as "The Chronicles of Narnia meets Cinderella" the characters in the Dusk Gate Chronicles will win your heart forever.




May 02

DNF Review: Middle Grade: Mission Titanic by Jude Watson

DNF Review: Middle Grade:  Mission Titanic by Jude WatsonThe 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic Series: The 39 Clues: Doublecross #1
by Jude Watson
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 24th 2015

Follow the Leader At only seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time. A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice . . .




Apr 29

ARC Review: Shadow Chaser by Jerel Law

ARC Review: Shadow Chaser by Jerel LawShadow Chaser by Jerel Law
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on 2013

Join part angel Jonah Stone as he faces his biggest challenge yet!
Many months have passed since part angel siblings Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone began their angelic training. As part angels, orquarterlings, the siblings joined other children of nephilim to begin honing their special powers.
In this third installment in the Son of Angels series, Jonah's story comes to resemble a modern-day Job as he's faced with trials that affect his health, strength, relationships, and most-prized possessions. As he and the other quarterlings prepare for mid-term exams, their powers are tested once again in the most fierce battle against Abaddon's forces yet. Will Jonah's faith in Elohim continue to persevere as he fights Abaddon in his hardest battle yet?
Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle-grade series packed with action, adventure, and supernatural fights. But the message is solidly based in Scripture, conveying God is always in control.
Meets national education standards.



Apr 28

Beyond the Books: (2) Birth Order

KissinBlueKaren

Quoted from Kissin Blue Karen

Beyond the Books is a weekly meme where I throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other.

 This week’s question:  Where do you fall in the birth order of your family? First, middle, baby, only? Do you think that affected who you are today?