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Early Review: Shapeshifter's Secret (Heather Ostler)

Product Details
Reading Level: YA
Pages: 328
Publisher: Cedar Fort (June 12, 2012)
ISBN: 9787462110339
Source: ARC from Netgalley
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Julia is finally discovering what–not who–she is.

Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia's used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia's reactions become oddly vicious and angry---more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very last page.
Eh... Sometimes I read a book that I just can't connect with. I really wanted to like this book. I tried soooo hard. I even read the whole thing when I wanted to stop 3/4 of the way in. But I just couldn't get the warm fuzzies about this one.

First off, the characters fell really flat in my opinion. Totally predictable. I never felt like I learned anything about them throughout the book. They …

Cover reveal: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Jeff Kinney)

I'm really late posting this one (sigh). Forgive me.

If you enjoy The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, you will be happy to hear that there is yet another book hitting the bookstores this fall. Yippie! My son loves these books (and I do too). Plus, Jeff Kinney is one of the nicest, most humble people I have ever had the privilege of meeting.

DOAWK: The Third Wheel will release on November 13, 2012.

Cover Reveal: Mark of Athena: Lost Hero #3 (Rick Riordan)

The new cover for the 3rd book in the Lost Hero series! I love this series (maybe more than the Percy Jackson books). I really think Rick Riordan did a fabulous job incorporating Greek and Roman mythology in these books. This book arrives in stores October 2, 2012!

Armchair BEA Day 4: Beyond the Blog

Another year of Armchair BEA is coming to an end...  I think today's topic is one of my favorites so far because it gives us another opportunity to learn about the people behind the blogs.

Something new that most people in the blogging community don't know about me is that I've started running this year. It's something I've always want to "do" but never really saw myself being successful with. I live in Florida, after all. It's hot down here! I'm not much for running on treadmills because they make me feel like a lab rat.

Then last year a co-worker told me about an awesome 5k in our city called the Never Quit Beach Fest. I walked that 5k (of course) and had a blast. (The finishers' prize was pretty awesome too, I won't lie.) So, I made it a personal goal to be able to run the same race this year. I started "training" with my handy dandy ipod app and now I'm ready for race day June 9th. (I'm just not ready for that early…

Armchair BEA day 3: Networking in Real Life

As an educator, one of my favorite things to do is attend conferences. I love that face-to-face interaction and the thrill of navigating large crowds of people to get the best seat in a session. I'm like a super ninja  salmon navigating upstream with supersonic speed. Short people can do that...

Last year I was able to attend IRA (International Reading Association) and a few other conferences. While the sessions are always great and informative, the exhibit halls entice me to spend long hours walking around in utter amazement. For a reader, an enormous room full of books and book related items is a dream come true. While I spend a great deal of time stalking the book vendors' shelves and making wish-lists, I also enjoy meeting the authors. The best authors always show up to teacher conferences! (I just wish I had clones so I could see them all!)

Last year I met:

I enjoyed meeting these authors so much! They were all amazing. Jeff Kinney is the most humble and down to earth per…

On Sale Today...

Look what made its way to book stores this week! Click on the images for more information about the books. I'm excited about Arise because I enjoyed Hereafter, but I have to say that Messy has me giddy with anticipation. It's the sequel to Spoiled, which I LOVED. Review is here. I had no idea this would be a series! How fantastic!

Armchair BEA Day 2: Best of 2012

So far, 2012 has been a great year for books! While I know there are many awesome books I haven't read so far, there are a few that have become favorites.

I absolutely adored this quirky fractured fairytale. It has become one of my all-time favorite books, and I'm sure I will treasure the entire series as it is published. I have talked this book up to so many people! They probably thing I'm insane. If you haven't heard of it, I have a reviewhere. But don't take my word for how amazing this book is. Go get yourself a copy pronto!

I thought Allegiance was brilliant. The writing took my breath away. I couldn't believe that the author is so young! She's amazing... beautiful story, beautiful talent. (review)

I also really enjoyed these books:

Review for Drowning Instinct Review for New Girl

Armchair BEA 2012 Introductions (day 1)

First, let me start off by saying that I am very excited to be participating in Armchair BEA this year. Since this is the first day of the weeklong event, here are my answers to the interview questions:

Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Well, the answer the first part of that question, I am a middle school Language Arts teacher in Florida (and probably one of the only people in a coastal city that hates the beach). I’ve been married to my hubby for 10 years and have 2 boys. My house is a constant zoo and I’m turning 30 in a few months. There is a mid-life crisis in my near future, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.
I started blogging in December of 2011 out of necessity. Seriously. My students know how easily I am distracted when they ask me about books (I eventually caught on to their tactics), so I started blogging out of a need for more teaching time. (I should go ahead and mention that I never talked books all day—even…