Review: Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks (Robert Gray)

Product details:
Reading Level: upper elementary, MG
Pages: 252
Publisher: November 8th 2011 by Createspace
ISBN: 9781463765668
Source: review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Eve Hallows and the Book of ShrieksFor fourteen-year-old Eve Hallows, life can be summed up in one word—horrible. She has the most horrible friends. She lives in a horrible old castle. Even her family is a bunch of horrible monsters.

However, in the monster-inhabited world of Gravesville—a world where messages are sent through Ouija boards, jack-o’-lanterns get facials to suit their moods, and the worst thing Eve has to deal with are those annoying zombie tourists who overrun her favorite graveyard during the Halloween season—horrible means wonderful. And everything for Eve is perfectly horrible.

But her life is about to go head over heels when a mysterious group known as The Source starts terrorizing Gravesville. Now she must move to the human world—where everything is opposite ... and for Eve, that's absolutely adorable!

This was actually a super cute read. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to wait until closer to Halloween to read the book, but I thought it would be a perfect quick summer read… and I was right.

I’m glad to say that this will be a series. I really enjoyed the characters. Eve is a human that was adopted by a monster family. She has spent her entire childhood living in the monster realm, so she can relate to the monsters. In fact, she feels more monster than human. That is, until she has to move to the human world. Once there, she finds herself having to overcome many stereotypes that she has held about humans while also trying to fit in at a middle school. The friends that Eve make along the way were also cute. I just got the warm fuzzies from them all. But I do have to admit, that my favorite character was Eve’s mom. She was from a line of Gorgons, so you can imagine the fun stuff she found herself getting into.

The idea behind the story was unique. I am anxious to see what will develop in this mystery series as it continues. Eve has a new purpose in the mortal realm which will lead her on many adventures to come. I would suggest this book to 4th-6th grade readers.


Summer Giveaway Hop

I can't believe how quickly the summer went by! In honor of my favorite time of year, I am participating in the Summer Giveaway Hop being hosted by Imareadernotawriter and BookHounds. Woo hoo!

I think I have a great prize up for grabs this time around. I am offering up the first book in Neil Shusterman's super creepy dystopian series: Unwind. So if you haven't had a chance to read this book, now is your chance. Plus, the second book--Unwholly-- will be coming out later in August! I promise you, this book will leave you gasping. It's like nothing I have ever read before.

Not sure what Unwind is about? You can read my review HERE to decide if it's for you. You can also check out the synopsis for the second book, Unwholly, HERE. (You may even want to go ahead and pre-order your copy!)

The rules:

* You must complete the Rafflecopter form below.
* You must be 13+ to enter
* You must have a US shipping address (no INT shipping)
* You must reply to the confirmation email within 48 hours.

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July Wrap Up

Man, it's been forever since I did a wrap up post. Sigh.

It seems that when the end of the month approaches, I just don't have the time to put a wrap up together. Of course, some months are also rather uneventful, so I don't want to draw extra attention to that.

But since it's summer vacation, I did manage to do a good bit of reading. I also managed to make a wrap up post. (Go me.) Here is how my month went:

Read and reviewed: (click the cover to see my review)

The Circle of Blood (Forensic Mystery, # 3)

Fury's Fire (Siren's Storm, #2)Alaska Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff  Siren's Storm (Siren's Storm, #1)   Thirteen Reasons Why  Anna and the French Kiss  Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy, #1) Nerd Girls (A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions)

 Read (upcoming review):

Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess, #2)

Eve Hallows and the Book of Shrieks


I hosted a super fun mermaid inspired giveaway for the Splash Into Summer Event.

Guest Post:

Also for the Splash Into Summer Event, I wrote a guest post on my top 5 reasons being a mermaid would rock. You could read it HERE.

So that was my July! Whew. It doesn't seem as impressive as other readers' progress, but considering I also went to Alaska, Orlando, North Carolina, and spent a week doing VBS this summer, I think this was alot.

Review: Nerd Girls 2: A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions (Alan Sitomer)

Product Details:
Reading Level: MG * Pages: 272 * Publisher: July 31, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion Books
ISBN: 9781423139973 * Source: NetGalley
My review of book 1: Nerd Girls: Rise of the Dorkasaurus is here

Nerd Girls (A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions)The Nerd Girls are back. And though they seek to leave behind all the drama with the popular girls, the ThreePees feel they have a score to settle with the Nerds and will stop at nothing to do so. Fed up with the perpetual infighting, the school principal insists that if the two groups want to continue to "compete" with one another, they will do so in a productive manner and thus forces all six girls, Nerd Girls and ThreePees, to participate in the Academic Septhalon. But Maureen has family troubles. And issues of self-esteem. And a desire to bury her head in the sand and pretend that all of the very real issues she's facing as a kid who is now growing up are not really happening to her. Are cupcakes, a sarcastic sense of humor and a hope that it will all "just go away" on its own enough to get Maureen through eighth grade? Will Beanpole wake up and smell the coffee? Will Alice really be able to cure herself of the allergies that plague her? It's A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions, a fast-paced, funny, foray back into the lives of the three nerds we got to know and love in Nerd Girls Book I: The Rise of the Dorkasaurus.

Yep, still love this series. I am convinced that it is the perfect read aloud for middle schoolers. Last year, I read the first book aloud and had a captive audience every day. Maybe it was due to my dynamic reading that could win a Grammy, or maybe it was the great characters. Either way, the kids loved the book. Nerd Girls: A Catastrophe of Nerdish Proportions is no different. This book should be read aloud!

Let me start by saying that the biting sarcasm of the narrator is fabulous. I love the self-deprecating humor and I think students can relate to it as well. Middle school is all about finding your self-esteem and your place in the food chain, which Mo does with biting sarcasm and “real” humor. I laughed out loud in so many places, I’m sure the people around me wondered whether I was really reading or not on my Kindle. I knew this would be another hit when I read Mo’s description of a “squeaker” in the first chapter! I nearly chocked on my tea I laughed so hard.

Like the author’s other novels, these fun, quirky books actually have a hard lesson hidden between the pages. As I said, middle school is a treacherous time and most kids have a hard time finding where they fit in. The characters in this book are no different. What is different, though, is the positive message that you will find. Do the three misfits transform from ducklings into swans? Hardly. They are still awkward and unpopular at the end, but that doesn’t matter because they have self-worth and a place. I really like how the group of three grew in this book. The fact that they accepted another member into the Nerd Herd was great. The side story dealing with Maureen’s (MO) absent-until-now father was also important. Many kids struggle with not knowing their fathers (or other members of their family) and it’s a hard thing to deal with. Mr. Sitomer does a nice job showing the struggles kids might have with this situation through humor. I think many kids will find themselves relating to Mo once again.

I highly recommend this book (and series). It’s fabulous! I’ve already ordered my copy of this book to read aloud again this year. I promise you will not be disappointed if you do the same.


Pinterest + Images = Book Cover Love (Fairies)

This week is all about Fairies! I fell in instant love when I saw these images on Pinterest. I'm sure my friends think I'm nuts when they see some of my random pinnings, but that's ok.

Wouldn't these make amazing book covers?  What do you think?




My favorite! I don't know why, but I love this one.


Layered hair
Ok, this was my runner up.


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