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Review: Siren's Storm (Lisa Papademetriou)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: July 12th 2011 by Random House Children's Books
ISBN: 9780375842450
Source: library book
Read it in 1.5 days

Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is A…

Splash Into Summer giveaway!

The super awesome Bonnie of A Backwards Storyand Jen ofLiterally Jen are hosting this year's Splash Into Summer event. It's an amazing dedication to all things mermaid.
Obviously I'm super excited since I have an entire summer reading list dedicated to mermaid books. To help celebrate the event and give mermaids their time in the sun, I'm hosting a giveaway.
What's up for grabs, you ask? Well, hopefully you realize it's something mermaid related. I have a signed hardback copy of Tera Lynn Child's FINS ARE FOREVER and a mermaid cookie cutter. (I couldn't resist this awesome kitchen gadget!)


Want to enter? Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The contest is open to US/Canada mailing addresses only, and will run from 7/5 to 7/15. Visit A Backwards Story and Literally Jen for other splash-tastic contests and events during the month.

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Review: Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill
ISBN: 9781595141712
Source: library copy
Read it in 1 1/2 days

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.
Oh. My. Goodness. This was such a great book! Why didn’t I read it before now? Shame on me.
As you’ve probably guessed, Hannah killed herself. What you (and the other characters) don’t know is why she did it. Until the tapes arrive. The stories that she shared are heartbreaking. Hannah refers to things as “the snowball effect” and that’s exactly what happened. There is no one specific event that caused her to want to take her own li…

Mini-Review: Alaska Curiosities (B.B. Mackenzie)

Product Details:
Pages: 296
Publisher: Globe Pequot (June 5, 2012)
ISBN: 9780762770090
Source: My personal copy



This is such a fun book! Unfortunately, I bought it at the end of my trip to Alaska. I really wish I had it when I started out. There are so many fun things to "see" in this book that it would have made my visit even better.

I am happy to say that I did manage to find some of the odd spots/highlights all on my own. I am naturally drawn to off-color topics and slightly odd attractions. But it makes me feel better that there is a book celebrating the same things.

If you're looking to plan a trip to Alaska, you need to get this book! Each region is highlighted and there is a plethora of activities, sites, and events for you to see. Each season is also highlighted because not everyone is brave enough to visit Alaska in the winter. One of my favorite activities mentioned is the Anchorage Outhouse Race and the ghost tours.

This was a quick read (I only read the se…

In My Mailbox

I've been taking advantage of all my Netgalley books that are patiently waiting to be read! I feel very proud of myself. I also went to the library this week. I am making a personal effort to use my public library more. I always visit during the summer, but I want to extend that into the year as well.

For review:



Bought: (I got these wonderful books in Alaska at the Anchorage Museum)



Bought (not from Alaska):



Borrowed (from my local library):





Netgalley:

On Sale This Week

Great books heading our way this week! Why not grab one to read while you're waiting on the Fourth of July fireworks? Click on the images for more information.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about Waking Storms! Finally the wait is over! This is one of my most anticipated books of the year!