Friday, August 29, 2014

Follow Friday



Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Tell us about a book character you’d trade places with – Suggested by Escaping Within Pages

You know, I would like to be super smart like Sydney Sage with a hot boyfriend like Adrian from the Bloodlines series.  I'm not sure how I would feel about being chased by Strigoi though....I would definitely be investing in a few more martial arts lessons...and perhaps some heavy duty weapons and ninja training...
- Christinabean

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike


Published: April 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 320
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
Kimberlee’s dead. Has been for a while, actually. Stuck haunting the halls of her high school, she’s doomed to an afterlife of boredom. That is until the new kid shows up.

The first thing Jeff spots is Kimberlee lying on the floor as other students walk right through her. Pretty soon she’s harangued him into helping her escape to the afterlife.

Kimberlee guesses that once Jeff rights her mean girl wrongs she’ll be able to move on. But nothing is simple in life after death...

Review:
To be honest, I knew nothing about this title until I read the novella One More Day.  I added it to my TBR list because I am a fan of Aprilynne Pike's Wings series.  It was a good twist on a modern day thief trying to redeem herself in the afterlife by convincing someone to help her return the good she has stolen.  It reminded me of a made for TV movie and lacked the depth I am used to from this author but it was still a fun read!

Jeff goes through the usual peer pressure of trying to fit in at a new school while being coached by the ever popular Kimberlee only to realize that he is better off being himself to attract the girl he likes.  We also discover a few things about Kimberlee that are not so likeable.  Towards the end of the book, I felt like I wanted to punch this girl out.  There are definitely themes you could draw out for an ISU assignment - shop-lifting, peer pressure, dating, bullying.  Tons to analyze for a stand-alone title.  Overall I would recommend it to a pre-teen audience just heading into high school.

On a side-note, the beginning of Chapter 30 is like an updated version of Say Anything...without the boombox (for those of you old enough to know what a boombox is and can quote "Say Anything")....

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Deliverance (Defiance, #3)




Everything hangs in the balance, and nothing is certain: Rachel has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while Logan, imprisoned and awaiting trial, is unable to leave Lankenshire. Separated from each other and their Baalboden comrades, each must find a way to achieve what they desperately want: to rid their world once and for all of the Commander and the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One.

Fighting through her pain and embracing the warrior she’s become, Rachel will do whatever it takes to escape her enemies’ clutches and join Logan in his fight. But when she learns a secret that changes everything, she realizes that escaping Ian and his tracker friends is no longer an option if she wants to save the people she loves. Instead, she’ll have to destroy Rowansmark from the inside out—if she can survive the journey through the Wasteland.

Logan needs allies if he wants to thwart Rowansmark’s power grab and rescue Rachel. But securing allies will mean betraying his beliefs and enlisting the help of the man he hates more than anyone: Commander Jason Chase. Driven by his fierce love for Rachel and his determination to make their world safe, Logan may be just the weapon the city-states need to defeat the Cursed One.

But as Rowansmark bears down and uneasy alliances are tested, will Rachel and Logan’s love for each other be enough to surmount the unbelievable odds against them?(less)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Musings - Library Cards


I love libraries. I really really love them. 
I could spend hours and hours in a library.  I have probably logged more hours than I have working.
I have even visited libraries when I've been on vacation...have you?



I came across an interesting article this week about library cards. (Click on the link and take a look at different library cards from different states.  Have you ever given thought to how different each card is?  Some of them are even key fobs now.  The last time I renewed my library card, I was able to choose betwee 4 - 5 different designs.  The librarian mentioned that patrons find them easier to locate in a bag or purse and because kids get a choice as well, it helps them remember to use it.  GREAT IDEA!!  Librarians, school representatives and technicians take note - Wouldn't it be great to see libraries hold a drawing contest for children and let patrons vote on a design to place on their library card??

Here is a picture of my current library card.  When I first signed up for our local library, I asked the librarian about the cards because she gave me a choice of 4 or 5 different designs.  She explained that researched showed that giving a patron a choice helped them remember to use the card and helped them FIND it in a purse or wallet.  Here's what my card looks like


It gets used a lot...and I also contribute in other ways...like my fines... :)



(this was me as a child...now most of my books go on the micro SD card on my phone and I just don't have the same muscle tone in my arms...)

- Christinabean

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received.


This week I received a copy of Unbreakable via NetGalley.  Kami Garcia is 1/2 of the super duo who wrote Beautiful Creatures.  Loved it! I'm sure I'm going to love this one as well!

- Christinabean


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel




We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and  are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here is this week's pick:



We have all heard of the fabled perfect being, the Greek God.

Well, how about a geek god? Named Bernie, yet.


Fresh with his diploma from God School, determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie faces the challenge of building his own universe. If only it were that easy...


An old school rival will do whatever it takes to ensure Bernie's failure, even if it means destroying his world.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his evil foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything. 

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.


We asked Steve:

Why do I write for Young Adult?
First of all, I love fantasy and science fiction.  When I started writing my book, I had the pleasure of 25 people volunteers who read the early drafts.  When I talked with them about their reactions, I was surprised that half of them thought the book was for young adult while the other thought it was for adults.  When I started, I didn’t have a particular group in mind.  I just had a story I wanted to tell.
My writing style, shaped from years of business writing, was focused on communicating simply and effectively. Descriptions and embellishments were not a part of business writing.  When I wrote The Universe Builders, I had to learn a more descriptive style of writing and even describe the feelings and emotions of the characters.  But I still did it as simply as I could.  The outcome is a book that is easy to read.  The major themes are adolescent and young adult, although some have called it a coming of age book because of everything the young god experiences during the book.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Same Book, Second Look - Anna and the French Kiss


Published: December 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 372
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

Review:

If you follow our blog regularly, you know that I'm not a big fan of contemporary YA but I do read it every now and again for a break from the supernatural and because there are some books that receive so much buzz that I have to find out what the hulabaloo is all about.  Anna and the French Kiss is one of these books.  I have been waiting nearly 4 years to read it and found it to be incredibly refreshing.  Stephanie Perkins captures the very essence of falling in love for the first time.  I had this book finished in two days and it takes a lot for me to read that quickly.  Or rather to find the time needed to read that quickly.  

Anna was not thrilled to go to Paris for school and was totally against it.  She has to cope with making new friends, culture shock, adjusting to language barriers.  She's got a lot on her plate.  Normally I don't like it when books make modern day references but I love how Anna compares her board in school to Hogwarts without everything cool.

Not to mention, Anna starts to fall for a friend.  A guy friend who has a girlfriend.  And a friend who has another secret admirer.  It is all very confusing but somewhere along the way, Anna and St Clair develop a bond that makes sense and works for the time being.

Anna's journey takes her through a lot of personal development and she bends the rules a little bit.  She is a good girl who makes some really good decisions.  I loved this book.  It felt real and the environment in Paris made me want to spread my wings and try something new.  Read Anna and the French Kiss if you want to reminisce about falling in love, going outside of your comfortable boundaries and exploring the limitations of your heart.    

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