Quick Thoughts: “The Isle of Blood”

“The Isle of Blood (The Monstrumologist #3)” by Rick Yancey

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Horror

Source: Library

Other books in the Monstrumologist series

Summary from Goodreads:

When Dr. Warthrop goes hunting the “Holy Grail of Monstrumology” with his eager new assistant, Arkwright, he leaves Will Henry in New York. Finally, Will can enjoy something that always seemed out of reach: a normal life with a real family. But part of Will can’t let go of Dr. Warthrop, and when Arkwright returns claiming that the doctor is dead, Will is devastated–and not convinced.

Determined to discover the truth, Will travels to London, knowing that if he succeeds, he will be plunging into depths of horror worse than anything he has experienced so far. His journey will take him to Socotra, the Isle of Blood, where human beings are used to make nests and blood rains from the sky–and will put Will Henry’s loyalty to the ultimate test.

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Diverse Pairings: Graphic Novels

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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Series to Binge Read?

I’ve been taking it easy this year with my blogging and reading. I wouldn’t say I’m over my blogging fatigue yet but I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel yet.

One of my resolutions for the year was to allow myself to binge read series when I find one that I like. I just started Blue Lily, Lily Blue and I’m really enjoying The Raven Cycle so far. I think I’d like to try to binge read some more series.

SO do you have any recommendations of great YA or MG series to binge read (or read in pretty close succession)?

DNF: “The Last Dragonslayer”

“The Last Dragonslayer (Chronicles of Kazam #1)” by Jasper Fforde

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

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Quick Thoughts: “Mark of the Thief”

“Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)” by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

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Other Mark of the Thief books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

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A Psuedo Librarian’s Take On: Tween Programming Part 7

I’m not a full library professional at the moment but I am making baby steps in that direction. My coworkers know I’m passionate about libraries and youth services so they allow me to have control on many projects around the library. This will be a somewhat regular feature where I talk about what I’m trying and how it’s working/not working.

Angry Birds

Who doesn’t love Angry Birds? This was a really easy program to do. I bought a bunch of pom poms (the bigger, the better). I printed out some Angry Birds faces that I found online. Then all you need is some glue, scissors, and toothpicks (for gluing the faces to the pom poms). Let the kids go wild with assembling their birds.

I found some cheap disposable cups so I passed out 6 cups per kid. They used the cups to make their towers. The teeny tiny pom poms make great ‘pigs’ to set on top of the towers.

Verdict: It went really well. All the kids had fun and time flew by. It’s a great program to put on quickly. You have most of the supplies.

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Quick Thoughts: “Gifted”

unnamed“Gifted” by H. S. Stone

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads:

In a kingdom where the Gifteds are captured and thrown into fights to the death, Voima is fortunate that she is just a Regular. However, her brother, Vendd, isn’t so lucky. Since his Power started manifesting itself, the siblings have lived a life on the run, barely escaping the king’s soldiers.

Just as Voima and Vendd have settled into a new home, a fleeing Gifted enters their lives, begging for help but bringing soldiers after him. Despite the siblings’ efforts, the soldiers discover Vendd’s Power. Now Voima, an outmatched Regular girl, must find a way to defeat the kingdom’s most dangerous Gifteds in order to save her brother from certain death.