Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reviewing Looking for Alaska is relevant for two reasons. The first is that John Green has a new book coming out next month called Turtles All the Way Down. [His older books are likely receiving a resurgence in popularity because of Turtles All the Way Down.] It’s also Banned Books Week in the U.S., and Looking for Alaska is a frequently challenged book as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. It made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the book taking the number one spot in 2015.

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Bloodlines – Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead

In Silver Shadows Sydney has just been kidnapped by the alchemists and taken to a rehabilitation center. She struggles to free herself while keeping her mind intact and her feelings for those she loves secret. She is considered a lost cause by all in the Moroi world except Adrian Ivashkov, who is determined to find her. No spoilers here! You will have to read the series from start to finish to find out what happens.

Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spin-off Bloodlines is getting ready to wrap up. Bloodlines takes those minor characters you loved like Sydney Sage, Adrian Ivashkov, Eddie, and Jill and a few new comers and develops them deeper so that, as a reader, you come to love them just as much as you did Rose, Dimitri, and Lissa. Continue reading “Bloodlines – Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead”

Turtles All The Way Down!

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: ‘What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.’ The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the tortoise standing on?’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the old lady. ‘But it turtles all the way down!’

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Something Real – Heather Demetrios

What would life be like if your family was a reality show?

This book follows the ins and outs (and the ins again) of a normal teen trying to live a normal life with the world waiting for her every move.  The good, the bad, and the reality of it all – it’s a fun read and it asks some great questions.  A good book for sharing with friends and talking over.

Book Battle: Miss Peregrine goes to Hollow City

Can a sequel ever be as good as the original?  When you’ve been waiting almost three years for the next one, can it possibly live up to expectations?

Well, yes.  And yes.

We’re not talking Sherlock, either.  Today we have Ransom Riggs going toe-to-toe with (drumroll) . . . . . .

Ransom Riggs.

Look at the covers – they are so ready to face off!

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So. What’s new in number two? What’s different?

Jacob and Emma are off the island and headed to London – will the reader still feel like they are in the setting?  Absolutely.

They are on a quest to find a cure for Miss Peregrine – will the plot still creak and speed through and make you want to read all night with the lights on?  You bet.

Is the second really as good as the first?  Yes.  But it will leave you clawing down the library doors for the third.

This Book Battle is a tie.