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11/30/12

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Book Description

August 7, 2012

A teen embarks on the road trip of a lifetime in this authentic, beautifully written debut novel.Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.
     On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.
     Lyrical and moving prose from an original voice whose writing Judy Blume calls “luminous” deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.




About the Author
Kristen-Paige Madonia is the recipient of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship and the New Orleans Literary Festival/Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. She is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach MFA program, and her short fiction has been published in New Orleans Review, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, and Sycamore Review, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Studios of Key West. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing. 

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MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Lemon was born to her single mother when Stella was only seventeen. The two have been a team since her birth, always drifting from one town to another when her mother decided she had enough with where they were living or a bad breakup with a current boyfriend.  Her unusual name came about because of her mother's artistic inclinations and how she gets hooked on a new color each month. As Lemon drifts through life she decides that she needs to experience sex and her first encounter is with the local stoner boy at her last school.  She finds nothing life altering in the act and thinks maybe another encounter would make her "feel".  As Lemon picks possibly the worst choice, a 27 year old tattoo artist that she meets when Stella wants new ink, she becomes pregnant.  

Lemon and Stella move to a new town in West Virginia for her senior year and there Lemon at least makes a friend, Emmy, who will support and encourage her.  For all of the hopelessness of Lemon's life, she never seems feel sorry for herself.  Instead, she always has a book in her hand and finds the good in small things.  She accepts responsibility for the pregnancy and tries to make realistic plans for her and the baby.  This baby makes her think about her own father and she wants to make peace with him and that part of her life before moving forward with her own.  Emmy and Lemon make plans to go to San Francisco on an adventure and Lemon has hope that she can find her father.  

As Lemon pages through a maternity book from her mother, she finds a small note with her father's address and finds him once they arrive.  Staying at a dive, Lemon also makes contact with Aiden, a boy who cares for her and treats her how she should be treated.  The meeting with her father, Ryan, is a turning point for Lemon as she finds traits in herself that are directly from her father.  Her love of reading has always been a mystery to her, since her mother never cared much for books.  The moment when Lemon discovers books inscribed by her mother to her father is a turning point for her.  

The growth in character and determination is just wonderful.  Her relationship with her mother turns into respect when Lemon realizes that her mother isn't as flighty as she first thought.  Emmy sticks by her and never faults her for getting pregnant.  Even when Emmy must cut the trip short because her father is wounded in the Afghanistan war, the pair support each other.  Lemon finding that she is indeed worthy of love and that her mother has always tried to do the best for her was a true revelation.  This is just such a beautifully written story that most teens will enjoy.  Parents:  there is some drinking, language and discussions of sexual situations, but nothing graphic.  




Details

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442429208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442429208





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11/29/12

BookHounds Review THE TINY BOOK OF TINY STORIES 2 @hitRECordJoe @ItBooks


Book Description

November 13, 2012 The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Book 2)

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Looper, 500 Days of Summer) made a big splash with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories - so now he’s back with volume 2! One of the most ingenious and successful projects to come out of Gordon-Levitt's online creative coalition hitRECord - an international collaboration of artists and writers - The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 offers more quirky, delightfully small, ingeniously illustrated haiku-like tales, proving once more that the universe isn’t made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories. The best things do come in small packages.

About the Author
HitRECord founder and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s acting career has managed to garner a massive popular appeal while maintaining a widely respected artistic integrity. He recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated Inception and received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit and People’s Choice award nominations for his performance in (500) Days of Summer. Currently earning rave reviews for his performance in 50/50, also starring Seth Rogen, his upcoming films include David Koepp actioner Premium Rush and Rian Johnson’s sci-fi thriller Looper, with Bruce Willis. He is currently in production on The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and will next begin work opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s Abraham Lincoln biopic, Lincoln.

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MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

The tiny book of tiny stories is just like the first although I thought it was a bit darker than the first installment.  Each page is a delight and each story will leave you pondering the thought behind each one for hours. There are some truly melancholy and some seriously silly little gems.   I think my favorite one is: "I'm tired of being tired of being tired of being."  Which just hit me at moment of sheer despair and when I turned the page a whole new emotion hit me.  This book will appeal to fans of Six Word Memoirs.  Fingers crossed the site will continue to explore these micro stories and more volumes will be published. 




 Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062121634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062121639

BookHounds Review THE SHADOW SOCIETY by MARIE RUTKOSKI @marierutkoski @MacKidsBooks @fsgbooks


Book Description

October 16, 2012

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

About the Author
Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of WondersThe Celestial Globe, and The Jewel of the Kalderash. She is a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature, and creative writing. She lives in New York City.

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MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Darcy doesn't understand why she seems different from other people.  Even though she is stuck in foster care when she was abandoned at a firehouse at the age of five, she has always been a bit peculiar.  Finally finding a stable home in her last year of high school, she meets a new boy in her English class, where they are paired together for a group project.  Her tight circle of friends don't like or trust the guy.  Conn has injected himself right into her life and just when she thinks she has found a boy to crush, he crushes her.  As she gets to know Conn, flashes of her life before she was abandon come into her mind.  When Conn arrests her for being a terrorist, she finds out the truth about her past.

As Darcy starts to figure out her past, she discovers that she is part of the Shades, a shadow society that is not human but a supernatural force with powers.  Although Conn has arrested her, he doesn't believe she is one of the Terrorists that caused a rift between the humans and Shades nor is she horribly evil as he been taught.  Forced to infiltrate the Shades as a spy for her life, she finds the Shades aren't as evil as Conn has made them out to be.  In turn, a Shade befriends her and Orion in turn makes her into a double agent.  When Darcy realizes that each society has there good and bad people, she tries to bring them together.

The story revolves around an alternate universe where the Chicago Fire was set to clear out the   Shades.  I really enjoyed the story and think it would be a wonderful read for younger teens. There is just enough suspense to be scary but not keep anyone from sleeping.  There are mentions of alcohol, some kissing and some violence.  I really hope that there is another installment for this world of Shades.


Details

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374349053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374349059

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11/28/12

Waiting on Wednesday WHY CAN'T I BE YOU by ALLIE LARKIN @AllieLarkin @PlumeBooks


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Book Description

February 26, 2013

At one time or another, everyone has wished they could be someone else. Exploring this universal longing, Allie Larkin follows up the success of her debut novel, Stay, with a moving portrait of friendship and identity.

When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout “Jessie!” across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but something propels her to seize the opportunity to become Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. Lonely in her own life, Jenny is embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends—and finds unexpected romance. But when she delves into Jessie’s past, Jenny discovers a secret that spurs her to take another leap into
the unknown.

About the Author
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella. She is the author of Stay.





11/27/12

Giveaway FIRST TIME by SAMUEL BEN WHITE @GarisonFitch - win $50 Amazon GC #bookblast


First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch

"What if history didn't happen that way ... the first time?"

Garison Fitch was one of the most revered scientists in the Soviet Americas until he left fame behind to work on a secret project in his log cabin in the mountains of Marx.

But something went wrong. Instead of traveling interdimentionally, Garison has traveled through time ... twice.

Now, he's in something called "The United States of America" and a woman he's never met before is calling herself his wife. It it a hoax? Or, has he somehow changed history?

If so, can he return the world to what he believes is "normal", or must he live in this strange world he created?



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"Sam continues to weave his magic as a storyteller. I always find myself anxious to find out what will happen next and what kind of twist will befall the adventurers. It helps to be familiar with the places that the heroines go, which adds to the story."
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"I've had a few very unproductive but enjoyable days thanks to Samuel Ben White. If you haven't read Sam's books you have been missing a treat. These were funny, suspenseful, spiritual and kept you turning the pages."
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Saving Time

Two years ago Garison Fitch traveled through time and rewrote history. An accident in the eighteenth century created a whole new world, and even gave Garison a wife he had never met before. Now, he’s got a daughter and he’s coming to enjoy this world he created. Until he’s attacked by men masquerading as Indians, and a funeral procession from out of the past enlists his help, and a tree grows from sappling to full-grown in a matter of minutes, threatening his daughter’s very life. Time itself is unraveling and Garison’s trips through time seem to be the cause. Garison must go back in time once again and keep himself from making the original trip that started the problem. But he can’t use his time machine to go back. How does one sew up a rip in time?





Lost Time

Jason Kerrigan and Brownwyn Dalmouth are pilots with the Republic of Texas Army Air Corps. A world war is going on and bombs have just brought an end to Crockett Air Field in south Texas. Jason and Bronwyn, though, are called away from the battle to be test pilots for a new aircraft that-they're told-will bring the war to an end. The experimental craft lives up to expectations in early tests, but then it lands them somewhere it never should have sent them. Another place? Another time? Another dimension? Somehow, they've taken a trip to the future and changed the past. Or did they? The answer to their change of reality may be known to a Justice of the Peace in Colorado named Garison Fitch. To figure it out, though, Garison may have to team up with his least favorite person: Bat Garrett.





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Author Samuel Ben White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the national newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at www.tuttles.net) and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.” (found at www.destinyhelix.com). He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as both a minister at a small church and a chaplain with hospice. In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.





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Crossroads by Mary Ting:

Claudia Emerson has a good friend who shares the same first name and last name. That friend unfortunately dies in a tragic accident during homecoming dance. Claudia is distraught at the loss of her friend, but is even more disturbed by her dreams, which seem to take her to another place called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth. It is where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander.

There, Claudia meets Michael, a nephilim, a half angel, half human, whom she often meets in her dreams. It turns out that this isn't her first visit to Crossroads, which is an enigma for no human can ever travel there until Claudia. Now the fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special and it is up to Michael and the other nephilims to protect her.

Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should? The answer awaits you! Follow the exciting path to Crossroads!



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“Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.”
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"Love is in question. Trust is debatable. No one is safe. Between by Mary Ting is an enchanting, nail-biter that will leave you breathless from the exquisite cover to the thrilling end."
~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What’s Beyond Forks

"Crossroads is an exciting debut book with a rich paranormal mythology, unique angel-lore, forbidden romance, action, suspense and plot twists. With her detailed writing and a plot that flow wells, Mary created a world I enjoyed visiting, and a story that was hard to put down."
~Katie with Mundie Moms

“Beyond is an extraordinary story with unforgettable characters, passionately written by an author who clearly understands the true identity of love.  Compelling and exciting; this is a must-read for all hardcore fans of the paranormal romance genre.”
~Angie Edwards @ Books4Tomorrow

“Reading the Crossroads Saga has always put me in a very ethereal place while turning its pages. In BEYOND, Mary Ting takes it to another level and I embrace the new darkness with open wings just like Michael would with his heart-shaped wings”
~Yara, Once Upon A Twilight

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Crossroads Excerpt:

He held me gently with both of his arms and wings this time.  All I needed was his touch, for him to hold me that way; it made all the difference in the world.  I was safe again.  Without thought, I turned toward him.  The look in his eyes was so tempting, telling me that he wanted me too.  I knew it was impossible for him to want and need me the same way, but his eyes told me something else. The depth of my yearning and what I wanted to do at this very moment was undeniable.
I leaned toward him and tenderly placed a kiss on his supple lips to thank him.  It was an innocent kiss.  What was the harm in just one small kiss?  I was extremely surprised that he didn’t push me away.  I was even more surprised at myself.  I was never the type to make the first move.
“Thank you for saving me,” I whispered, looking straight into his soulful eyes, as something came over me.  Uncontrollable heat ran through my body.  He was right.  It was dangerous, but it was me who couldn’t control myself.  His eyes gave me permission to continue, so I gave him another kiss, but slower and longer this time.  He kissed me back, but with much hesitation.  His lips were warm and sweet like honeysuckle, just how I imagined they would be.  The warmth spread all over my body like a blazing fire.
Still holding me, he pulled me away with a sudden jerk, his eyes piercing into mine with anger.  His left hand was tightly wrung around my hair and the other gripping my shirt so I could feel the tightness from it.  Panting, wanting more of him, I forgot how to breathe, and so did he.  His eyes, still fierce with anger, gripped me even tighter as he slightly pushed and pulled me, fighting and uncertain of what he wanted to do.  Feeling petrified, I had to prepare myself for the consequence of my actions, for I knew I had crossed the line.



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 Between: 

As the alkins head back to Crossroads, Claudia leads her normal life; but not for long. Having a special soul, Claudia attracts danger, and she soon finds out who Gamma asked to watch over her. The Twelve, known as Divine Elders on Earth, are very much involved when they find out that Aliah, one of the God's first angels, escaped from the Abyss when the gates were opened by Aden. Needing Claudia's soul to escape the only place Aliah can reside-a place between Heaven and Earth-he sends his demons in search of all Claudia Emersons on Earth. Taking her soul will enable him to be released from Between and cross over to Crossroads, which would give him immense power. As more secrets are revealed Claudia learns about the venators--nephilim, demon hunters. Now two opposing forces must work together in order to save Claudia and humanity from the most dangerous angel ever created. But along the way, trust becomes a big issue. Will love be enough to keep Claudia and Michael together? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice? Who will betray them all?




Beyond:

Torn between the past she can't remember and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions, she is certain there is more to her past than just being a venator. Finding the missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion. The venators and the alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect her. Drawn to the beautiful angel, Claudia finds she must unravel the mysteries of her past in order to help save the world. Who is the angel assisting her and why does she feel a strong connection to him? Time is running out. Will she discover all the secrets before it’s too late?






Author Mary Ting:
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing Crossroads was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. It was inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl.




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11/26/12

BookHounds Review SEVER by LAUREN DeSTEFANO @SimonTeen @LaurenDeStefano


Book Description

February 12, 2013 Chemical Garden (Book 3)

Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.



About the Author
Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. Visit her at LaurenDeStefano.com.


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MY THOUGHTS
OMIGOSH -- PERFECT CONCLUSION

I tried to keep this spoiler free....

Ok, let's talk about that cover.  There are a thousand words in that cover.  There are so many details that make sense once you finish this book. Since those details are in view, I am going to talk about those rather than how this series ends.  First off, the apples in the lower part of the image:  Rhine finds that she can only eat in her new location at Reed's home.  Reed is Linden's uncle and the complete opposite of Vaughn.  He is a mad inventor living off the grid and remembers the way the world used to be before the virus.  In Reed, Rhine find some comfort and he helps her even more than she realizes.  

Cecily and Linden join her with their son, Bowden there.  There are lots of secrets that Reed knows about Vaughn and gives hints to the group.  Then there is Rhine holding her ring.  Yep, she finally has the nerve to ask Linden to remove it, thereby annulling her marriage to him.  While she is relieved by this action, at times, she misses the closeness that she shared with him.  She also knows that this action will comfort Cecily and in turn makes Cecily a stronger person.   Rhine is not perfect and she knows it, everything she thinks is right turns out to be wrong but she still knows what is good and true to her. 

THAT is the story of life. There are so many gray areas that occurs in day to day life that you can't possibly imagine that something your parents do will have consequences beyond their lives that will impact your own life.  You hope that they choose wisely and if not you grow up to overcome their choices if you feel that they are wrong.  So the story ends, but not without Rhine questioning all of her choices, regretting some, rejoicing in others.  One hint: she does reunite with her brother, which I am still trying to figure out where he stands.  Hmm, maybe I need a story with Rowan's point of view?  Parents: I don't remember any steamy scenes or a lot of violence in this one.  This is just a fitting conclusion to the story.  




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Dead Running

Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.

With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.

Dying to Run

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.

Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place.

This must-read sequel to Dead Running will have you laughing, biting your nails, and hoping for more.



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Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.


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BookHounds Review SLEEPING WITH THE BEAST by DALE RYAN


Book Description

June 1, 2012

Sleeping With the Beast is not just another pretty book filled with pictures of dogs and owners romping in the fields. It is about a New England family that just happens to be comprised of a couple with two sons... five dogs--all cohabitating in one large farmhouse. In Sleeping With the Beast, Dale Ryan invites us into her home for a close-up view of what it's like to live with dogs--from cooking to decorating to gardening to literally sleeping with the beast.



Sleeping With the Beast is a rather intimate book about dogs and their human partners. Furthermore, the book touches on legal, moral, and philosophical issues that confront our diversified families. The author also describes how dogs should be regarded not as 21st century accessories but should be respected for their multi-dimensional character. The term "beast" is used here in the most affectionate way. While the dictionary describes a beast as an animal other than a human, in a sense we are all beasts, whether two or four-legged. Humans have been domesticated and dogs have been as well, but rules are often broken. Gorgeously illustrated with four-color photographs of Dale and her family--especially the dogs.




About the Author
Dale Ryan has studied art and design and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education. She has been working on projects ranging from dog shelters, schools, and sustainable, local foods for hospitals. Dale lives in Connecticut with her family.


SOURCE: PUBLISHER


MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Photographer Dale Ryan has captured the joy of living and sleeping with her wonderful dogs.  Her lovely home is packed with all sorts of amazing objects that are displayed with such care that it looks like a page ripped out of Home Beautiful. .  This is a gorgeous book that should be left out on your coffee table for all to enjoy.  I am so jealous of the author's garden and dogs! I love that she allows her dogs to roam free throughout the place.  They are part of her family and it shows.  I do wonder how she can get any rest with those three big Shar Peis in bed with her.  I would love to kick the dachshund out of my bed, but she is just too smart and can sneak back in  whenever she likes.

Ryan used complimentary colors that hid all the pet hair, something I didn't think about when I tried to do my own home in creams and whites.  That just didn't work out with two black dogs.  I have since adjusted to more autumn colors, much as Ryan has used in her own home, and now have a dog that blends in so well with the furniture that she is hard to find at times.  She makes things as pet friendly as possible for her dogs.  There are lots of little tips to help make your home and garden as pet friendly as possible.  I am going to treasure this book!






Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Breeze Hill Books; 1st edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098500830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985008307

11/24/12

Review ROCKOHOLIC by CJ Skuse @Scholastic @CeejaytheAuthor @chickenhsebooks


Book Description

November 1, 2012

She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage?

Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit, loses her precious moon rock, and bodysurfs backstage, she ends up with more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. And now he doesn't want to leave.

It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series . . . but who got punk'd?!

About the Author
C.J. SKUSE loves graphic novels, '80s sitcoms, Gummi Bears, My Chemical Romance, and malamutes. She hates omelettes, carnivals, and coughs. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in England. BCCB called her novel PRETTY BAD THINGS "a fast-paced action adventure [that] provides a subtle sociolgical study of the effects of living in a hyper-mediated culture"! ROCKOHOLIC is her second book.

SOURCE:  NETGALLEY - PUBLISHER

MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Bristol teen, Jody,  has a major crush on US rock star Jackson Gatlin.  She has his posters plastered on her wall, eats what he professes to eat and just generally fangirls out at his concerts.  Her best friend, Mac, wants to be on Broadway star and genially puts up with her Gatlin rants with a stoic front.  They spend most of their time together at his family's pub and taking care of his little sister, Cree while his parents work.  Her divorced mother has moved the family in with her father and Jody develops a special relationship with her grandfather.  When he passes away, Jody is left bereft and slowly spins out of control.  The only bright spot in her life is seeing Gatlin's band preform, so when she angers her mother and her mother in turn rips up Jody's ticket to the show, things get desperate.

Mac graciously gives Jody his ticket and even drives her to the show, even waits for her to finish.  When she ends up injured at the concert, Mac tracks her down and finds her with Jackson, in a bizarre and accidental kidnapping.  They find that Jackson doesn't want to go back to his band and evil manager and also has a horrible drug addiction to uppers and downers.  So what is super fan Jody do?  She takes him home to nurse him, hiding him in her grandfather's garage and rehabing him.  What ends up happening in the story is truly heartwarming, bittersweet and funny enough to make this one of my favorite reads of the year.

Although the characters are in England, this story should resonate with any young adult just coming of age and trying to deal with what they want to do with their lives.  The fact that Jody is so clueless about Mac's feeling for her really was a sweet moment when she realizes that Mac is and has been in love with her forever and it is the right kind of love.  Both of them have families with major issues and the fact that these two aren't more messed up is amazing.  Parents: there is language, some kissing, alcohol mentions, drug abuse.  Please note that this book takes place in England where the drinking age is different.  The drug abuse is shown in a bad light. 

Details

  • Reading level: Ages 14 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Chicken House (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545429609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545429603