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Blind Date with a Book

Borrowed, yet again, from Pinterest and other libraries, this is my version of “Blind Date with a Book.”

I used YA books and wrapped them in pretty paper. I printed out blurbs on each book from Goodreads and put them on the front – careful to erase anything about the title, author & character names. I realized after that I had to have the barcode avilable – it wouldn’t be much fun to unwrap the book at the circ desk to scan the barcode. I probably could have done this a better way, but I felt through the paper for the barcode and used an exacto knife to cut around it. This took a little while….to say the least. Then I looked up some lame pick-up lines. That was pretty fun.

I think only one person has checked out one of these so far – and only because I told her to 🙂 Oh well, it looks kinda cool, anyways. Below is my flyer and some pics of the books on display.

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Cheers.

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YA Fiction Review

The Dark UnwindingThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn’t have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this story. I thought the characters were very well done. The main character was interesting because she wasn’t your typical saintly, innocent heroine. She had a job to do and her own interests to look after, especially in a time when females typically had no income without a husband or someone to take care of them.

It was a well-told tale, full of intruging imagery and mysteries that kept me wondering. I did crave a bit more darkness and maybe some more romance. But it is still a creepy and chilling tale, without even being supernatural, which is usually the case for these types of Victorian/Gothic/Clock-work-ish novels. Because of this, I would recommend it for younger teens +.

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YA Fiction Review

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore’s third book in the – well, I’m not sure exactly what to call it. Realm Trilogy? I don’t know. Regardless, it was good! It made me want to re-read Graceling and Fire to remember some of the history of the characters. Bitterblue’s grown-up character was very believable and refreshingly real for a fantasy novel. I loved how honest and frank she is about herself as she discovers, not only the mysteries of her re-awakening kingdom, but who she is as a queen and woman. It was dark in a way that I hadn’t expected, and that Graceling had only scratched the surface of, but that was what made it so good I couldn’t put it down. The other great thing? I got to read my very own autographed copy from BEA where I actually spoke to Kristin (we have so much in common since we both went to Simmons and all – haha.)

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YA Book Review

Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really amazing story. Voice, characters, plot, style – all of it just works and I could hardly put it down. Vera is such a strong, honest main character and her story is heartbreaking. You can feel everything she is going through. I loved getting the different character voices every now and then, including inanimate objects. Hearing from other characters made Vera a not-so-unreliable narrator and put things in perspective. I think this could go very wrong in other novels, but King gets it just right. Enough wit and humor to counteract the pain and raw truth. Definitely Printz-worthy.

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YA Audiobook Review

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Slightly disappointed in Abandon. The premise is definitely a good idea and I would like to read the rest of the trilogy just to see what happens (and hope it gets a little bit better.) I wasn’t crazy about the main character – I felt like she was intended to be something she wasn’t – if that makes any sense at all. There were some plot tie-ins and connections made that felt a bit stretched. However, I did listen to this on CD so I always feel like if I didn’t like a book on CD, maybe it would have been better to read. Sometimes the voice or even the pronunciation of certain words might turn me off.

At any rate, still willing to give the rest of them a try.

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Young Adult Book Review

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Incredible. John Green has outdone himself. Honest, witty, poised and catastrophically beautiful. If only there were more stars to rate this book.

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YA Audio Book Review

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an incredible story! I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile and I finally snagged the audio book from the YA shelves at my library. The book is read by Alan Cumming, who does a great job with the voices and accents. The alternate history is really interesting, as it winds around real events and fiction. The idea of the Darwinist technology is pretty cool. Characters are very well done, well-rounded. I’m already listening to the second one, Behemoth, also read by Alan Cumming. It’s just as good as the first one! This is my first “Steampunk” experience. Loving it!

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