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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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St Viper’s School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery- Kim Donovan

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Demon Kid has goals, and at the top of his list is being the best super villain at St. Viper’s School for Super Villains. Unfortunately for Demon Kid, all the other super villains in training have the same aspirations and right from the start, Demon Kid has a slew of enemies. Apparently, being surrounded by evil geniuses in training creates the perfect background for rivalry.

Luckily, Demon Kid also makes a few friends and with their help, hopefully Demon Kid can survive not only his newly developing arch enemy Chill, but also the difficultly of mastering World Domination.

Kim Donovan creates an amazing story, with a rich storyline, unique characters, and Super Villains, that is filled with enough action to keep even the most reluctant readers interested. Littered with funny and detailed drawing throughout the pages, St Viper’s School for Super Villains makes a great addition to any school or personal library and a great start to a new series.

Recommended for readers ages 7 and up.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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Now Available…My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

My Bookstore :  Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop- Edited by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America  is now available for purchase!

Make sure to check out my review here

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Events

 

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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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Otto Runs for President- Rosemary Wells

Just  in time for the upcoming presidential election, here is a great read for children.

A great children’s book about elections and what really matters

It is election time at Barkadelphia School and the competition is fierce.  Tiffany a brown poodle is the prettiest and most popular girl, and she wants to win the election, but Charles the bulldog, is the captain of all the sports teams and her biggest competition.

Meanwhile, Otto with the help of his friend Melanie, decides that he wants to run for class president as well. While Tiffany and Charles are busy promoting themselves, Otto talks to all of the students at Barkadelphia School and asks them what they really want.  They desire blankets for nap time, watermelon in the cafeteria, and bigger towels in the gym. Not hairspray and mirrors like Tiffany wants or more meat at lunch and skateboards in the hall like Charles.

Throughout the book, Tiffany and Charles campaign throughout their school until a simple election turns into a contest of insults and smears between the two, while Otto continues talking to his classmates. When the time for voting comes, who will win?

Perfect for the young reader, Otto Runs for President explores the voting process and shows that a good president cannot be won by insults and lies, but by listening to the voters and meeting their needs.

Recommended for readers age 4-8.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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The Casual Vacancy- J.K. Rowling

Dark, unexpected, and vivid

In the small English town of Pagford, everyone knows everyone else’s business and privacy is a luxury. When Barry Fairbrother unexpectedly dies, the town is left with much unanticipated circumstances. A casual vacancy, as it is known on the town’s Parish Council.   The town has been going through a long term political struggle over who is responsible for the costs of supporting the poverty stricken area, the Fields. Fairbrother was an ally of those who wanted to maintain support for the Fields, and with his death, the two opposing sides square off. The politics of the Parish Council only set the stage for the book. The turmoil is the stage for the real story about the variety of people who call the town home and their daily struggle in life.

When the isolated town’s main source of gossip, the Parish Council message board begins to receive anonymous posting revealing some of the characters deepest and darkest personal secrets, a town already struggling with the death of one of their biggest personalities must reconcile their own places in Pagford.  There are a multitude of characters in this book and at times it is hard to follow, but through the course of the book their diverse personalities, personal hardships, familial loyalty, and relationships are explored. What follows is a well told story that reaches the underbelly of society and the dark truth of its residents. Abuse, drugs, rape, teenage hormones, and sexual affairs are some of the few topics explored in the interwoven stories of the characters.

This book was a struggle for me to start and I am still undecided about the end. The book really seems to not have a point to the plot, other than an exploration into the lives of the town’s residents, but I cannot declare that I did or did not enjoy the book. Overall I am still undecided, and I think readers will also be torn. If you are seeking another Harry Potter phenomenon, you will be highly disappointed. This is a book for adults and the topics inappropriate for young adults and children.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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