Friday, September 28, 2012

Audio Book Review: Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando [Plus Book Trailer!]

Title: Dreamland Social Club
Author: Tara Altebrando
Genre: Teen Fiction,
Publication Date: May 12, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
ISBN-13 Book: 9780525423256
Audiobook Publisher:  Recorded Books
ISBN-13 Audio:  9781461813026
Length:  9 CDs (10 hr., 15 min.)
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for committee work and checked out the audio book from my public library.  This is my honest review!


Dreamland Social ClubDreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
When Jane, her brother, and her father move to the house they inherited from a maternal grandfather Jane has never known, she begins to find out all sorts of interesting facts about the grandparents she never knew, and the mother she lost so long ago. Her grandfather’s house in Coney Island is a museum of Coney Island memorabilia, and so much of Jane’s life before her mother died revolved around this place she has never seen. Yet Coney Island is a place of controversy, where they try to merge the past with the present, and with hard feelings on all sides. Can Jane find herself, her mother, and her place to belong in the childhood home of a parent who died years ago?

Review:
I love books with a strong sense of setting and this book definitely falls into that category. Of course I have heard of Coney Island—who hasn’t, but that doesn’t mean I really knew what Coney Island was. In this novel and in reality Coney Island is a battleground where the past clashes with the present, and Altebrando has done an amazing job teaching us to appreciate Coney’s history, and hope for the best for Coney’s future. In this novel, Coney itself was almost a character. It was vividly depicted and a place I felt myself longing to explore.

At first you aren’t sure what to make of Jane. She is a nice enough character, but she is also kind of a blank canvas. She is a girl who isn’t sure about who she is. All she knows is she is moving into the childhood home of her mother. The home of a deceased grandfather she never met. She isn’t sure what to make about her unusual relatives, or about the unusual group of characters she meets as she gets to know more about Coney.

Jane herself is torn, she wants to remember the past, remember her mother, but at the same time she wants to get on with her life and feel like she belongs somewhere. The irony being she is a perfectly normal girl who shouldn’t have trouble fitting it, but can’t seem to find her place with the oddities of the characters around her—normal as abnormal.

Audiobook Review:
The audio book is produced by Recorded books and read by Erin Moon. I loved Moon’s nartion of this novel. She does a great job with the voices and especially pulling you into Jane’s story and Jane’s voice. The CD book is 9 discs long roughly 10 hrs and 15 minutes. The beginning of the novel is a little slow, so the audio is a good way to get yourself into the action of the novel. It is a clean production and a pleasant listening experience. I would definitely recommend the audio.

Overall:
This was a wonderful novel about a search for identity and belonging. What the future may bring, no one knows, but you want to remember where you came from. I love learning about Coney and really had trouble putting this one down because I always wanted more of this great setting.


Book Trailer:
I love listening to authors talk about there books, but what is even better about this one is that I can see some of the places she mentions in the books--great for visualizing!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Sometimes Life Interferes

I love blogging, really I do.  I know it seems like I have been absent or even a bit distant the past few weeks, but I am still around.  Fall is my busiest time of year, work wise.  We have conferences, library programs, fall sports, and a whole host of other things going on. 

A few weeks ago, I attended the annual CYPD (Children and Young People's Division) conference.  I love going to that conference because I come away with such wonderful ideas.  Right now I am wondering if I will be able to convince my bosses and the custodians that I can do "Peep Wars" and an egg drop with out messing up the library too badly.  Wish me luck, because I really want to try. 

After the conference I was supposed to enjoy a week off.  The only problem was that I booked it full of doctors appointments.  I had an MRI on my knee, and ended up with a cortisone shot and a boot for my bad ankle--unfortunately the knee and the ankle are on different legs, so I was jokingly saying I didn't have a good leg to stand on.  Sad but true.

The boot came off last Thursday (yeah, it was only a two week stint in the boot thank goodness), and on Monday I started physical therapy for the knee.  After therapy on Monday, I found walking a little on the difficult side Tuesday and Wednesday--I felt like I had been worked over by a meat mallet.  :) 

Meanwhile at the library we are kicking off our "Get Graphic" program for our first ever "Redesign a Book Cover Contest" and preparing for booktalks at a local middle school.  I also am desperately trying to finish up my reading for the Rosie Committee--I hope I can finish 5 books by October 1st.  Did I mention the 500 questions I have to write for Battle of the Books???

So what's all this got to do with books and blogging.  Well, these are the reasons that I currently have two unwritten reviews, and have been neglecting my blog.  Sometimes finding time to blog isn't a problem, but lately I have so much to do I am working even when I am home.  Wish me luck--hopefully my sanity, and regular blogging will return after mid-November.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review: The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Title: Monstrumologist
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre: Teen Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror
Publication Date: September 22, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416984481
Audiobook Publisher:  Recorded Books
ISBN-13 Audio:  9781440735646
Length:  10 CDs (11 hr., 45 min.)
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of the book from Barnes and Noble and checked out a copy of the audiobook from my public library.  This is my honest review!


The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Summary:
When Will’s parents die, he takes over his father’s job as an assistant Monstrumologist.  A job that entails dark stormy nights, blood, gore, and creatures that are the stuff of myths and legends.  When a gravedigger finds evidence that New Jerusalem may have an infestation of monsters, he brings the evidence to the doctor Will serves.  What they find will haunt your dreams and lead Will on an adventure that will take him into the bowels of the earth.

Review:
A friend recommended this book to me, I know she loved it.  While I can appreciate the writing, and the gruesome horror of the book, I really had a hard time getting into this book.  Maybe it was the topic, maybe I wasn’t in the mood, or maybe the book just wasn’t for me.  I can’t be sure, but I will say it wasn’t a favorite.

I liked Will our young protagonist, but hated the doctor—that is until another character came along who earned my complete animosity and made the doctor look good by comparison.  Yancey’s characters are very well drawn, and some so deplorable in their moral standards that I felt myself physically disgusted by them.  It is a sign of a great writer, when you find yourself really wanting to slap (or in some cases feed them to a monster) the characters of his novel.

The settings were well drawn and the book really sets a mood that is reminiscent of classic horror literature.  It was dark and stormy and what they were doing was even darker.  Yancey, completely pulls you into his world and makes you squirm.  He certainly knows how to make gore come alive on the page.

The pacing of this novel is pretty quick, but the details can slow you up a bit.  Only a short amount of time passes from the beginning of the book to the events in the final chapters, but so much happened in that short amount of time that it felt longer.

Audiobook Review:
The audiobook for this novel was produced by Recorded Books and read by Steven Boyer who does a fine job with the narration.  The CD book is well done, but there is nothing remarkable about it that sets it apart from other audiobooks out there.  It is a pleasant way to experience the book.  I had trouble starting this novel, so the audio kept me going, I probably wouldn’t have finished the book without it.  The CD book consists of 10 CDs and while it wasn't the longest book I have read, it felt pretty long to me.

Overall:
While this book is extremely well written, I didn’t find myself really getting into the book until the very end.  I don’t know if I am curious enough to move on to book two in this series, only time will tell.  Overall though, I think readers who like creepy books with lots of gore, and violence will find this book to be very interesting.

Cautions for Sensitive Readers:
Violence and gore—lots of it.




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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Booktrailer

I really enjoyed this book, and thought I would share this fantastic book trailer. Seriously, if you haven't picked up this book yet you must. I couldn't put it down! Better yet, you can enter my giveaway and win a copy! Win Pushing the Limits.

Enjoy the trailer!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Q & A with Pushing the Limits Author Katie McGarry

I loved the book Pushing the Limits and I was thrilled to find out more about the author.  So here is a Q & A with Katie McGarry.  Don't forget to enter to win a copy of Pushing the Limits!




Q&A With Katie McGarry

Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?
A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.

Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?

A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the manuscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it always felt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek mythology so it made perfect sense that she would name her children after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the moment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.

Q: Which character is the most “like” you?
A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.

Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?
A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have un- fortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.

Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?
A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The people I grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willing- ly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and congratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.

Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?

A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even stranger to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Giveaway! Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Pushing the Limits


I am not really a realistic fiction fan, but this book hooked me from the start.  Don't believe me?  Check out my review!



About Pushing the Limits (Harlequin TEEN, August 2012, $17.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN.):

"My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has...welll...issues.  How do you think I am doing?"  - opening line of Pushing the Limits

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that  horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude  and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. Echo and Noah couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves united by a common goal: to sneak into their court- ordered social worker’s case files in order to learn the truth about themselves and their families. What they didn’t count on is falling in love -- and now Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the  limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

About author Katie McGarry:


Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and she remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings and reality television, and is a  secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour  and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. Katie loves to visit schools and talk to teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach.


Giveaway:

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre:  Teen Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN-13 Book: 9780373210497
Disclosure: I received a copy from the publicist for review.  This is my honest review!


Pushing the LimitsPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
Echo doesn’t remember what happened on that night two years ago that left her scarred, and when she tried to remember in the past, it lead to a psychotic break. All she knows is that it had something to do with her mother, and that it was bad, very bad. Noah is a foster kid growing up in a system that could care less about him. They have separated him from his only family and labeled him a loser and a stoner. When these two damaged teens meet, it isn’t love at first sight, but they both need something and are willing to work together to get it. In the process they will discover who they really are, and what they really want, even if it is each other.

Review:
McGarry does an excellent job pulling the reader into this novel. Right from the start she hooks you, and makes you want to know more about her characters. You start caring for them and their situations right from the beginning. The pacing doesn’t slow, and the tension keeps building, making this a book you will loath to put down.

I love her characters. She did such a nice job making both Echo and Noah seem like real people with real pain. Noah was so much more than the bad boy stoner, and McGarry makes you see that. She makes you see who he was before his parents died, and even makes you think about who Noah might have been had his parents lived. I couldn’t get over how real these characters were—even the secondary characters have dimension, and realistic actions and characteristics.

The plot to steal their files seemed a bit extreme to me. Echo is such a “good girl” it did seem out of character, but that particular plot device did make things interesting.

Overall:
Overall this was an enjoyable book. I couldn’t put it down and absolutely loved the characters (even Beth). If you like realistic fiction this would be a great addition to your collection.

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