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.

Quick Thoughts: “Sent”

“Sent (The Missing #2)” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s Fiction, Science Fiction

Other The Missing books

Summary from Goodreads:

Jonah and Chip have barely adjusted to the discovery that they are actually the missing children of history when a time purist named JB sends them, along with Katherine and Alex, hurtling back in time to 1483. JB promises that if they can fix history, they can all return to their present-day lives. Now Chip and Alex have to reclaim their true identities—as the king and prince of England. But things get complicated when the four discover that according to the records, the princes were murdered. How can they fix history if it means that Chip and Alex will die?

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The Movie Was Better

STOP. Please don’t stone me.

For the most part, books are better than the movie. It’s almost a universal truth. There are some rare occasions where the movie rises above the book as a clear winner though.

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Quick Thoughts: “Pretty Little Liars”

“Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)” by Sara Shepard

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery

Other Pretty Little Liars books

Source: Freebie

Summary from Goodreads:

Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

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Quick Thoughts: “We Should Hang Out Sometime”

“We Should Hang Out Sometime” by Josh Sundquist

Genre: Young Adult/Adult Non-Fiction, Memoir

Goodreads

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love–or at least a girlfriend–in all the wrong places. Continue reading

If You Like…TV Edition Part 4

We do these at work so I thought I’d see how they worked out on the blog. It’s pretty easy, if you like book A you might also enjoy books B, C, and D. I’m tweaking this a bit and using a television show for inspiration instead.

If you enjoy the show Doctor Who,

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Currently: April 28th

Reading

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I plan on starting this at lunch today. I was largely unimpressed with Shiver but everyone seems to love this series. That’s enough for me to give Stiefvater another try. Plus this isn’t a paranormal romance which should help with my enjoyment.

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