Monthly Round Up: March 2015

Ahhh Spring is here! I’m loving the warmer weather and the longer days.

Recommended Reading

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Diverse Pairings: Novel-in-Verse

As a library paraprofessional and an avid reader, I’m a fan of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. It can be difficult to get books into the hands of readers if you’re not quite sure how to ‘sell’ the books. I thought I would try out a feature where I pair a book with a companion Diverse* book. If a reader likes one book, they’re sure to enjoy the other one.

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Quick Thoughts: “Monument 14″

“Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1)” by Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Post Apocalyptic

Other Monument 14 books

GoodreadsSource: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

 

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Quick Thoughts: “Lichgates”

“Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)” by S.M. Boyce

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Freebie

Other Grimoire Saga books

Summary from Goodreads:

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she’s safe, her new “friends” show their true colors.

Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea’s monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there’s something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

 

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Cover Love: The Lunar Chronicles

I’m a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles. It’s got everything I love: fairy tale adaptions, YA science fiction with politics, great characters, and a fun story.

The original American covers for the series are lovely but check out the others:

Cinder

Spanish Cover

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Unboxing March 2015 Uppercase Box

This month is my second month of Uppercase box. Let’s see what I got!

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Book Review: “The Death Cure”

“The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)” by James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult Fiction,  Science Fiction, Dystopia

Other Maze Runner books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

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