Dead End in Norvelt.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Don’t ever forget your history,” she sang, “or any wicked soul can lie to you and get away with it.”

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel about this book and at first I almost stopped listening to it. I decided to continue and I am so glad that I did. This book was really great and it was so hilarious. Jack was such a funny kid and all the things he got into ended up being funny and sometimes pretty crazy. So many crazy things happened to Jack in the summer. Miss Volker was hilarious too! She was also kind of crazy, but it was cool. I really enjoyed reading this book and the characters were fantastic.

It was a fun book and will definitely have you cracking up! I was laughing so much throughout work. I loved that lots of the things in the story were true. Jack Gantos took part of his life and turned it into a fictional book, but lots of things that happened in the book really happened to Jack in real life. I also loved that there was a lot of history in the book and it was fun hearing about things that happened long ago. Jack Gantos actually read his own book for the audiobook and that was cool. I definitely recommend this book.

“You don’t have to do what your parents want, or what your boyfriend wants, for you to be happy. You just have to be yourself, for there is no love greater than self love.”

Goodreads Description: Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.  But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. 


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I plan to read as much as possible this weekend, because I really want to get An Ember in the Ashes read. I also need to finally really read ’89 Walls for review. Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye! ❤

Red Queen.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5 out of 5 stars.

Red Queen was such a fantastic book! I loved it so much and I got through it pretty quickly! It was great from beginning to end and it kept my interest and attention throughout the entire book. I loved the whole concept of the book and idea between the Silvers having these special powers. There so many different powers and it was pretty crazy and cool. Mare was a really great character and I loved her so much. I was kind of off and on with my feelings about Maven and Cal. There were a lot of twists and turns, which was great. I’m still so shocked at how the book turned out! It made me so angry at times, because I had no clue what was going to happen and what happened definitely made me angry. I was pretty much saying “what?” “are you kidding me?” “noooo” throughout. Ahhhhh! I was just so shocked! I definitely recommend that you read Red Queen if you haven’t already. It’s a really awesome book and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I am so excited to see how this plays out in future books! I am dying for more!

Here were my feelings throughout the book…

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Goodreads Description: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Have you read Red Queen? If so, what did you think about it? What is a book that you read with a color in the title?

In case you missed them, here are a couple of the recent posts that I have done!

  • Mini Book Haul & Other Stuff. – A look at the last of the books I bought in April and some pictures from my trip to the science museum!
  • April Reads Recap. – All about the books I read in April and a look at some of the books I’m going to read this month.

I hope everyone has a great Monday! I may make a post later tonight with one of the blogger awards I was nominated for over the weekend. I need to get to work now, BYE! ❤

Talon.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa
4 OF 5 STARS.

I finished this audiobook today and it was pretty great. It was a pretty interesting read and I loved that the dragons were able to hide in human form. It was exciting and it kept me interested. There were some pretty good characters in the book, but Ember and Dante both annoyed me at times. I also wanted to punch Dante in the face a million times. I still want to punch him in the face when I think about the book. I am really curious as to how this is all going to play out. It ended at a point that makes you want to know more. I am really excited that the second book; Rogue was released today! Now I just need to buy it ASAP or cross my fingers that the library gets the audiobook ASAP! 🙂

Goodreads Description: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

What are some of your favorite books that are one-word titled? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Short post, so here are some pictures of my furbabies. You can never see enough of them…at least I can never see enough of them, lol.

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Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them and want to check them out!

That’s all for me tonight! It’s kind of getting late and I have to work in the AM! Goodnight! ❤

And Then There Were None.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
FOUR STARS.

I’ve never read a book by Agatha Christie, but this one sounded really interesting. My library had the audiobook version, so I decided to listen to it at work. The audiobook version the library had made it seem like I was listening to a movie. Each character had their own narrator and it just seemed like it was being acted out as a movie. You can hear all the sound effects and things going around in the background; like the ocean, the rain, crashes, glasses clinking, screaming, etc. All kinds of stuff. It was so fun to listen to!

The story itself was great and so interesting. It was quick, but it was really good. I kept going back and forth with myself trying to figure out who the killer was. I love “who done it” type mysteries, so this was great. I was totally thinking “it was Colonel Mustard in the library with a lead pipe“…hah. 😉 But really, I definitely enjoyed this book and I really want to look into more books by Agatha Christie.

Goodreads Description: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them and want to check them out!

I hope everyone is having a good day! Bye! ❤

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
FIVE STARS.

“We believe in the wrong things, that’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”

This book was set during Christmas and ended during New Year’s. I wasn’t really sure I would find a book to fit this category without it being some really Christmassy (is this even a word? lol) type story. I do LOVE Christmas, but too Christmassy can be a little much. This had the perfect amount of Christmas and cookies. I wasn’t actually looking for a book set during Christmas for this particular challenge yet, but hey, it fell into my lap…well my headphones. This book sounded like it was going to be a really fun read and it totally was!

I listened to the entire audiobook today at work and it was great. It was hilarious, fun, and cute! I loved the whole concept of the story with leaving the notebook in a bookstore for someone to find. If I didn’t already have a boyfriend, I might have given this idea a try. 😉 It would totally be fun running around New York passing a notebook around and looking for clues and doing silly things! I loved Lily so much and she was so hilarious. Dash was so great and his best friend Boomer was the best, he was always so happy about life. So many great characters in this book. I really loved this book and I am glad I found it!

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 Goodreads Description:“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

“There are just lots of possibilities in the world…I need to keep my mind open for what could happen and not decide that the world is hopeless if what I want to happen doesn’t happen. Because something else great might happen in between.”

What are some books that you read set during Christmas? I don’t think I’ve read too many of them. Leave a comment below!

Here are some of my other recent posts in case you missed them or want to check them out!

I need to get some reading done tonight and also Supernatural is on tonight. 🙂 I’m off to go read until then! I hope everyone had a great day! Bye! ❤