Review: Bubble World (Carol Snow)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: July 30th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co
ISBN: 9780805095715
Genre: sci-fi, dystopian
Source: ARC from publisher


Bubble WorldFreesia’s life is perfect. She lives on the beautiful tropical island of Agalinas, surrounded by idyllic weather, fancy dress shops, and peacocks who sing her favorite song to wake her up in the morning. She has so many outfits she could wear a different one every day for a year and not run out.

Lately things on the island may have been a bit flippy: sudden blackouts, students disappearing, even Freesia’s reflection looking slightly . . . off. But in Freesia’s experience, it’s better not to think about things like that too much.

Unfortunately for her, these signs are more than random blips in the universe. Freesia’s perfect bubble is about to pop.




Stinkerific. The end.

Ok, I'll explain. This book managed to hit some of my bookish pet peeves, which ruined it for me. First off, I really get annoyed when books create words. I understand that sometimes this is needed to help create a setting (like in Scott Westerfield's series). Unfortunately, in Bubble World, instead of adding to the setting it just got annoying... and confused the mess out of me for a good portion of the book. For instance, what the H is "un-utter" supposed to be? Gah! And "scrummy"? You do not describe something that is supposed to be amazing as "scrummy". It looks too much like scummy; therefore, it's a terrible choice in made up words. If you're making crap up, at least make it make sense.

Pet peeve #2 that was breached: superficial characters. Not a single character in this book made an impact on me, except for maybe the 10 lines the English teacher had towards the end. Freesia/Francine is an idiot. Spending time in Bubble World just makes her more of one when she returns. I'm struggling to find something redeeming. Her family should be taken outside and tied to a tree and left to the elements. What a bunch of a-holes. I hated them all. Her dad might have been okay, but he wasn't around enough. Plus, he did everything the crazy mom wanted, which just made him seem spineless. Psycho mom was too much. She was horribly self-absorbed and all over the place. The phrase "sell out" comes to mind when thinking about her, which made her credibility plummet. Not that she had much/any to behind with. Then there is the sister- Angel. OMG. What a whiny brat. I would have slapped her. Several times.

Bad characters lead me to pet peeve #3: unanswered questions. There are so many things that were not resolved. For instance, what is up with Angel? Why does she keep saying no one likes her? A little explanation would be nice. Then there are the old friends/enemies of Freesia/Francine. Erin's role I understand, but what's the deal with the other girl? Why is Angel connected to this chick? I'd like that explained. This book also needs more back story for why the parents were okay with hooking their brilliant child up to a tube for 3 years without ever really following up. Even for a dystopian type book, that is not believable.

I could keep ranting, but I'm not finding this book very "de-vicious" (yeah, another stupid slang word). It's irking me to think about it. I do not recommend reading this book. In fact, you should probably go scrub your toilets or give the cat a bath instead of reading it. At the very least, get it from the library when you have nothing else to read. Do not waste your money on it.

** I'm sorry this sounds so harsh, but I was seriously let down with this one.


Cover Reveal: Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins

The final book by Karen Ann Hopkins, Forever,  in the Tempation series has a cover!


Information about Forever:

Release date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Romance

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All I want is my happily-ever-after.
That's all I've wanted since meeting Noah Miller.
From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I'm carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there's a storm on the horizon, and it's sure to cause serious devastation.
If we can get through this, we'll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.
But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off







About Karen Ann Hopkins

 
 
 
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.
 
 
 
 
 
The first two books in the Temptation series are:
 

 
 


Blog Tour: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right

Sixteen year old Jules Blaze, heir of a Keeper, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It's bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King's Books, penned with the Majesty's own blood, did not help ward off this anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle's agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.  






 
 




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 Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
 
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
 
Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: www.emmaright.com and follow her on facebook.com/emma.right.author or her fanpage on facebook.com/keeperofreign, or follow on twitter @emmbeliever
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review: Midnight Frost (Jennifer Estep)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 400
Publisher: July 30th 2013 by K-Teen
ISBN: 9780758281494
Genre: mythology
Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley


Midnight Frost (Mythos Academy, #5)Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …



I really enjoy this series, and I think any fan of mythology would also enjoy it. Jennifer Estep does a great job of incorporating different mythologies into this series. One of the things I like the most is learning about the artifacts. I don't know if they are real or not, but she makes them seem real-- and that's good enough for me.

What did not dazzle me with Midnight Frost is the lack of Logan. I knew he was MIA for a bit, but I still wanted him present and accounted for. In fact, without Logan, the majority of the book felt like a diary. There was a lot of telling and little action. Granted, Gwen's story and history developed a lot more in Midnight Frost, but as a whole something was lacking.

We do meet new characters which I enjoyed. I'm sure they will reappear in Killer Frost. Rory, Gwen's cousin, is spunky and as jaded as Gwen at times-- and she's a kick butt fighter. Thank goodness she's on a the good side! Beyond that, there isn't much going on with the characters. They don't really develop anymore. In fact, this felt like a continuation of the previous book and it probably could have been shortened and added to Crimson Frost instead of being a new novel.

It may seem like I didn't like this one, but I did. It was a super fast read. While the novelty is starting to wear off for me (loved the first two books), I still read them as they come out. I just adore Logan! I am sure Killer Frost is going to pack a HUGE punch because everything has been building for it. Don't miss out!

Minute Review: Ghostopolis (Doug TenNapel)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 267
Publisher: July 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX
ISBN: 9780545210287
Genre: graphic novel
Source: library book



GhostopolisA page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.

Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.







Well, this isn't my favorite graphic novel so far. It really didn't leave much of an impression on me. The illustrations were great, though! The characters' faces were very expressive and the colors were vivid.

As for the story, Ghostopolis is a place in the netherworld. It's divided into sections with rulers united by one main honcho. In the real world, there is a special department that keeps ghosts in check. When one is spotted, they send them back to Ghostopolis. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong.

Enter the main conflict, a young boy gets sent to Ghostopolis along with a ghost and no one is certain how to bring him home. There was some adventures and a few surprises along the way, but the synopsis summarizes most of them. For younger readers, this would be an enjoyable read.


 

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