Friday, February 28, 2014

From the shelf of the Reading Warrior....

Ok.  So I've finished my reading list that I posted.  I read "Six Months Later" in one day.  One day of sick leave, curled up at home.  I just couldn't put it down it was that good!

Six Months Later is about a teenager, Chloe, who falls asleep in study hall in May, and wakes up, six months later, in November.  She has lost the entire past six months of her life and does not know what happened. She has no memories of those months and things have changed for her, and she has no idea why or how.  Before she falls asleep she has a best friend, Maggie, and a huge crush on Blake Tanner, all around good guy, popular and athletic and who probably doesn't even know Chloe exists.  After she wakes up, six months later, suddenly Blake is her boyfriend and Maggie won't talk to her.  The truth is dangerous, yet the loss of time and her best friend is unbearable.  When things start to unravel, Chloe is faced with some difficult choices. 

I did finish The Alchemyst: The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flammel.  Two twins, Josh and Sophie find themselves thrust in the middle of a magical war between the Elders and the man who is attempting to hide a book, so powerful, that if in the wrong hands will destroy the world as we know it.  It is also holds the key to Nicholas Flammel's long life and without that book, Nicholas and his wife, Perenelle, will die.  Josh and Sophie's world is turned upside down when they discover that they are the center of a prophecy foretold when the book was written thousands of years earlier.  Will they survive?  Read The Alchemyst to find out.  While I did enjoy it, it was easy to get distracted.  If you really like Harry Potter you will love this story.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs is extraordinary.  Jacob has grown up with his grandfather's stories of life on an island in a children's home during the Nazi regime.  As Jacob grows older, however,  he finds his grandfather's stories less believable, until the day that his grandfather is raging about the monsters coming for him, and is mysteriously killed.  It is this event that catapults Jacob, and his dad, on an unforgettable journey that links the past, the present and the future.  When Jacob arrives on the island where his grandfather, Abe, grew up, he seeks to understand, and come to know better his grandfather's childhood.  Jacob finds the house Abe grew up in a bombed out wreck, but what he finds inside is more than he ever expected.  This book will leave you haunted, amazed, curious and wanting more.  Ransom Riggs is a collector of found photographs.  The story interweaves actual photographs with a fictional story that give an explanation, of sorts, to the pictures.  I've never read anything like this and I just gobbled it up.  You will too.

Watch for the trailers of these captivating books!

The Reading Warrior

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reading Warrior:

Ok.  So I don't usually post anything off-duty but I'm inspired!  I'm inspired by the teen lit I've been reading.  Nothing heavy duty, mind, just lite fare.  Although, two of the books on my list sound creepy and mysterious.

Because of my new found joy in teen lit I've rediscovered my reading warrior...

I like cozy mysteries but I'm stepping out of my box to challenge myself to read new things.

I just read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares AND Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink.  Both really great reads and pair adventure and love story so smoothly I did not feel overwhelmed by either.  If you like adventure fueled by romance with a dash of literature you'll love these books.

Book trailers to come on both aforementioned books!

Next up in the lineup is The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel, by Michael Scott.  I've already started it and so far so good.  It has really drawn me in.  Helps me to reconnect with Harry Potter again, without having to actually reread HP.  Harry lives on!

So here are the two that are next on my list to read after Nicolas Flamel:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
Six Months Later, by Natalie Richards

All with intriguing story lines!  Miss Peregrine is on the best seller list and is a series.  Sounds creepy and mysterious.

What's your story?: What are you reading?  What books inspire you to read more?

Let me know...I'll post the list.

Read on readers!

From the library of:
The Reading Warrior