Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finds #29


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finds #28


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Finds #27


Friday Finds is a blog meme hosted over at Should Be Reading that highlights the books you found and added to your To Be Read list, whether you found them online or in a bookstore and etc. They are not necessarily books that you purchased!

Here are the books I'm showcasing for this week!



If We Survive by Andrew Klavan
Control by Lydia Kang
After the End by Amy Plum

(These all put off a very dystopian vibe.)

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FREEBIE FRIDAY

I've neglected the Friday Freebies for several months now but I am going to try to post free amazon ebooks more often from now on. 



Fell by David Clement-Davies {Goodreads | Amazon}
(This is the sequel to 'Sight' which I recently bought used but haven't read yet. I did read his novel 'FireBringer' and loved it.)
Dream Quest by Bill T. Pottle {Goodreads | Amazon}

Crybaby Bridge by Lisa Simpson {Goodreads | Amazon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 2014 Wrap-Up

MARCH 2014 WRAP-UP

I read 10 books in March! 
(Technically, I read 2 graphic novels, a comic set, a short novella, a few children's & middle grade books, and one adult fiction novel but Goodreads counts it all so I will as well.)  


The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher


A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Goodreads | My Review



Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman
(graphic novel illustrated by: )
Goodreads | My Review


The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
(Divergent #0.1)
Goodreads | No Review



Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz by Joe Brusha
(graphic novel)

Goodreads | My Review




Emily and the Strangers by Mariah Huebner and Rob Reger
(graphic novel illustrated by Emily Ivie)
Goodreads | My Review



Beloved by Toni Morrison
Goodreads | My Review (coming soon)



The Blood Guard by Carter Roy
Goodreads | My Review 



The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Goodreads | My Review (coming soon)



The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
Goodreads | My Review (coming soon)

Started but haven't finished yet



The Maze Runner by James Dashner



The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Goodreads


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Stacking The Shelves
#23#24, #25
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Have you read any of these? What did you read in March? 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Book Review: The Blood Guard


The Blood Guard
by
Carter Roy


Genre:
Juvenile/Middle Grade

Published:
March 4th, 2014 by Two Lions

Source:
Goodreads 'First-Reads' 

Pages:
279 

My Rating:
4 stars

SYNOPSIS:


When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove's seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she's a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities—gymnastics, judo, survival training—she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure—dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he's never much liked and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom's last words of advice: Trust no one. That's a lot for an ordinary kid to deal with. But then again, maybe Ronan's not ordinary at all.

MY THOUGHTS:

What an unfortunate name! Evelyn Ronan Truelove's mom has kept him busy with extra-curricular activities for as long as he can remember. He might not have time for friends but he can defend himself in a sword fight!
One day his mother picks him up after school and ends up in a highspeed chase. His father has gone missing and people are after them! His mother has very little time to fill him in on what is going on (something about a Blood Guard?) before she dumps him at the train station with a cryptic message to help him find someone who is supposed to help him but before he can even board the train, more people come after him. Using some of the skills that he acquired in a gymnastics class, he evaded his followers.  Finally on the train, he meets the elusive helper and runs into an old schoolmate that ends up tagging along throughout the fast-paced, thrilling race to survive. 


The Blood Guard is the first in a new series that will thrill middle-grade readers. The language is pretty clean but there is some violence, as would be expected in a good vs. evil situation. Ronan and his companions spend the majority of the book running and fighting for their lives. 

This book was pretty enjoyable and reminded me that I don't read enough thriller/suspense novels that speed you along on a marvelous ride. That is one of the things that I love most about middle-grade novels; they are always entertaining and adventurous reads.