Monday, September 28, 2015

Mini Review: Lois Lane: Fallout

Mini Review: Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.
-summary cover via Goodreads

Mini review: I loved this book! If you know me, you know I love superheros and anything related to them. Getting to read about a teenage Lois Lane, before she met Superman was a lot of fun! Lois is an interesting main character, and I loved getting to know all the other characters in the book, too! If you love superheroes, Superman, or just a very good YA book with a awesome female main character, then I highly recommend this book! I'm looking forward to the next book a lot! :)

I checked this book out from my library.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

What books are on your Fall TBR list? Are any of these? :)

Review: Rebel Mechanics

Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children's young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

-summary and cover via Goodreads

Plot: The whole idea of this book sounded good to me! I have to admit that I haven't read many books in this genre, but the few I have read I love! The plot of this book was interesting, fun, and just all-around good! It wasn't too predictable, it had twists in it that I didn't expect. Very fun!

Characters: Verity was an amazing main character that I loved reading about! From the Rebel Mechanics, to Henry and his nieces and nephew, to all the other characters Verity meets, I had fun reading about them all!

The cover: Like it a lot! :)

Overall: I had been hearing good things about this book, which game me high hopes that I would love it when I got it. But I'm always nervous to try a book that has been highly praised by people. But I'm happy to say that this book met those expectations! I hope there is going to be another book! This is definitely a five-star book, and a favorite of mine this year! If you like Fantasy books, History, or just a good book, I highly recommend it! :)

I checked this book out from the library.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: How to Outfox Your Friends When You Don't Have a Clue

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine blog

(Minor spoilers for previous books in summary!)
What would middle school be like if you lived in a zoo? Just ask Ana Wright, star of the hilarious, award-nominated My Life is A Zoo series that combines first crushes, friendship fails...and pack dynamics.
Surprise! Ana's long distance BFF is finally coming back to visit. But with her purple hair and new attitude, Liv is barely the girl Ana remembers. This new Liv probably thinks a birthday party at the zoo is lame. Maybe if Ana has a super-secret sleepover instead, she'd never have to introduce Liv to Ashley, former enemy and now Ana's best-ish friend. What could go wrong?
Creature File for Liv:
Species Name: Best Frendicus
Kingdom: New Zealand
Phylum: girl who used to be Ana Wright's best friend, girl who used to like getting milkshakes at Shaken, Not Stirred
Feeds on: video chats with Leilani, attention from boys
Life span: undetermined, but if things keep going the way they are, the lifespan of Ana and Liv, BFFs isn't going to be the "forever" they thought...
Jess Keating combines the quirky humor and animal-centric plots of Carl Hiaasen with the awkward adolescent antics of Lauren Myracle in this fresh new middle grade series!
-summary and cover via Goodreads
This series is a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to getting to read more about Ana and her friends (And the zoo!) even more in this book! :)

This book releases October 2nd 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Top Ten Nancy Drew Books I Want to Read and Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog

I love Nancy Drew books! (Not to mention the games!) And even though I have read a lot of them, there are many, many, many, I have never read. Did you know there are are 64 original books, 111 of the ones that followed after them, 124 Nancy Drew Files, 36 Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys Super Mysteries (Then 4 of the new Super Mysteries.), 69 of the Notebooks, 25 Nancy Drew On Campus, and 47 of Girl Detective. That's 480 books! Not to even mention The Nancy Drew Diaries (10+), the Nancy Drew Graphic Novels (21+), and Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew books (39+), which are still releasing new books! :)

That's why I thought it might be fun this freebie TTT to list ten Nancy Drew books that I either want to read or reread eventually! :)

Top Ten Nancy Drew Books I Want to Read and Reread

This is going to be a reread! This was the first Nancy Drew book I ever read (Except for a few of the beginner reader ND Notebooks), and it's what first made me LOVE the ND books! It also began my love of mysteries! :)

I have never read this book, but the game of the same name is loosely based on it (At least I think it is.). And being that this game is one of my favorites (And the first ND game I ever won!), I need to read this book! :)

This Nancy Drew File sounds interesting! :)

The whole summary for this book sounds good! :)

I love the Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys super mysteries, and I have never read this particular book! :)

Another of the super mysteries I have never read, but it looks good! :)

I like the idea of this book! :)

Another book that a I think a game was loosely based on, that looks good! :)

I love horse books, which means I have to read this book! :)

This book hasn't released yet, but I'm looking forward to it! :)

Do you like Nancy Drew books? :)

Review: Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

Review: Princess Juniper of the Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette

In this royal adventure, Princess Juniper learns what it means to rule a kingdom–at least for the summer.

For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kingdom, Juniper's father decides to grant his daughter's wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small country–even just for the summer–is a bit harder than she'd expected, especially when cousin Cyril challenges her rule. Still, the most difficult part is to come. Juniper and her friends discover that her father's kingdom is at war. The only way to stay safe is to remain in the Hourglass Mountains much longer than planned. Juniper may have her own country after all . . . but what will that mean for the kingdom of Torr?

This book is perfect for fans of Frozen and Brave, who like their princess strong and smart as well as sparkly. 

-summary and cover via Goodreads

Plot: The idea of this book was fun! A Princess asks her father for her own kingdom for a summer? Fun! The whole book was very good, and I enjoyed getting to read about Juniper planning her kingdom. And having to learn how to run a kingdom.

Characters: Juniper was a awesome main character to read about! I liked Erick a lot! And Tippy was fun! All of the characters were interesting, and I look forward to getting to read more about them in the next book!

The cover: I like it! (When I look at it, I'm reminded of the new covers for the Frog Princess books by E. D. Baker.) :)

Overall: This was an excellent book! Going to be one of my favorites this year! And after everything that happened in this book? I need to read the next book to find out what happens! If you love Princess books, or just a good book in general, I highly recommend it! :)

I checked this book out from my library.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Picture Books: Read and Enjoyed!

I love reading Picture Books with my Mom! No matter how old you are, they are always wonderful. The art is beautiful and fun, there are ones that make you laugh, and it's just fun to read them! I thought it might be fun to list a few today that we have read and enjoyed recently! Then tomorrow I'm going to list a few that we want to read together! :)

(I'm thinking of making posts like these more of a regular thing here on the blog!)

Have you read any of these? Do you want to? :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015