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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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In the sequel to The Selection, America Singer is now one of 6 girls left competing for the affection of Prince Maxon and the title of Princess of Illéa, she is an Elite.

Though Prince Maxon has made his feelings for America obvious, she still is on the brink of deciding between wanting to be with Maxon, or her first love, Aspen. With Aspen now a guard both Maxon and Aspen, that make her indecision understandable, if not a little taxing on readers.

Like The Selection, the first book in the trilogy, The Elite offers a more in-depth look at the life of royalty in this dystopian society and Cass begins to reveal some of the history that led to the dissolution of the United States and the creation of Illéa. Of course since this is a competition we have cat-fighting and tension between the remaining girls and the invasion of rebels into the palace creates dramatic action and has America wondering what the rebels are really after.

Cass does a great job of setting the stage for the third book, and many surprises lay in store for readers, making them questions if they should root for Prince Maxon or Aspen to win America’s heart. The third installment will determine if this series has the staying power or will fall short of high expectations.

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Posted by on July 17, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Set in a dystopian America, society is divided into a caste system where9780062059949_p0_v1_s260x420 your lifetime occupation is determined at birth and few are privileged. The only opportunity for escape from the struggles they face on a daily basis is The Selection. A competition between 35 girls selected from each of the areas across America, to compete to win the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon and become a princess.

For most girls and their families, The Selection is a chance of a lifetime; but, for ironically, America Singer, being chosen among the Selected would be a nightmare. America doesn’t want the glittering gowns and priceless jewels. She would rather hope for a happy married life with her secret boyfriend Aspen, who is a caste below her and try not to get caught.

When America is selected and meets Prince Maxon, she learns that the plans she originally had might not be what she really wanted after all, and the life she always dreamed of might be lacking in compared to a future she is gradually beginning to imagine.

A Hunger Games meets The Bachelor; Kiera Cass set the stage perfectly for her trilogy. Hosting a strong female lead, two completely different males fighting for her heart, and a backdrop of political undercurrents and violence, The Selection is my top pick for YA in 2013.

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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Now Available…Sirens by Janet Fox

Sirens is now available to purchase. Please check out my review here.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Events

 

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Press Here- Herve Tullet

Simple yet fascinating

Giggles will accompany both parents and children alike in this whimsical book. Begin by pressing the yellow dot, and then follow the instructions. By pressing, shaking, tilting, and blowing on the pages, readers will embark on an imaginative journey filled with color.

Although very simple, Press Here is not only fun, but educational, using repeated words, children can practice following instructions and learn directions like left and right.

Recommended for readers age 2-5.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Now Available…Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (paperback release)

Reflected in You in now available in paperback. You can find my review of Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)- Sylvia Day –>here.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Monster Mash- David Catrow

A visual take on the classic Halloween song

Using the popular Halloween song, “Monster Mash”, David Castrow provides vivid illustrations to accompany the lyrics. Filled with colorful ghosts, monsters, and even wacky scientist, Castrow creates a silly visual representation. Monster Mash will make a fun read to follow along with when listening to the song.

Recommended for readers age 1 and up. Monster Mash is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback at select Scholastic bookfairs.

To hear the song, click here.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Halloween, Videos

 

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Skeleton Cat- Kristyn Crow (Illustrator) Dan Krall

A catchy rhyming read

Skeleton cat awakes from the grave with a big dream. He wants to be a drummer. Despite the discouragement from the other ghost and ghouls of the graveyard, when he sees a flyer for an audition that night, Skeleton Cat makes his was across town. As he rattles and shakes, clinks and ka-plinks, Skeleton Cat finds his beat. But will he find his perfect band too?

With silly rhymes, an upbeat attitude, and catchy illustrations, Skeleton Cat makes a great read out loud.

Recommended for readers age 4-8.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Halloween

 

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