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Mini-Review: Wonderstruck

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry. How they unfold and ultimately intertwine will surprise you, challenge you, and leave you breathless with wonder.Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are mi…

Best Book Ever! Greek Mythology

Coranne (or Amanda C.) from Short and Sweet Reviews hosts a weekly feature called "The Best Book Ever." Each week, different bloggers (some stay the same each week) will be "facing off" Food Network style to tell you why their choice of book is the best one in the genre. Each week a different topic will be featured.

This week's topic... Greek Mythology I had a hard time thinking of a favorite Greek mythology book. Since it's one of my favorite genres, I couldn't narrow it down to just one. So, I decided to pick a book that is probably not that well known. This is a fantastic Helen of Troy story mingled in with an even greater adventure. (So complicated!) If you enjoy historical fiction, adventure stories, or Greek mythology, you MUST read this book.


My featured book:

At age six Anaxandra is taken by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter on the island of Siphnos. Anaxandra has adjusted to her new life when, six years later, Siphnos is sa…

Review: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

Where to start… I devoured this book as quickly as possible. I had to know what happened after the cliffhanger ending in Catching Fire. However, I was mildly disappointed. When the actual Hunger Games ended, there seemed to be something lacking from the plot. I had a hard time getting into the complicated political overthrow plot. This book also had some new characters that seemed a little out of place. Maybe out of place isn’t the right term. They were there, but I couldn’t figure out what purpose they served. It was hard to connect to any of them because there wasn’t much depth. It was as if they were there for the purpose of the plot’s subterfuge only. I really felt like there was no attempt to grow the new characters at all, except for maybe Boggs.
** Spoiler alert**
Then there is the problem with Katniss herself. In the other books I thought she was so strong and defiant. Now, she seems so weak. In the aftermath of the events in Catching Fire, it makes sense. Her mental breakdown…

On Sale Today!

Forget about the dragon, 2012 is turning out to be the year of books! More reading goodness on sale today...






Just before her 16th birthday, Brie Eagan literally dies of a broken heart after her boyfriend tells her he does not love her. She then must go through the five stages of grief, while watching her friends and family try to cope with her death, before her faith in love is restored and she can move on to the afterlife.





When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel's identity, gaining the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn't as easy as he hoped--and Chap isn't the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel's disappearance, Chap realizes that he's in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together i…