Friday, November 27, 2015

YA TV: Wolf Blood

Television Show: Wolfblood 

Series Dates: 2012-
Creator: Debbie Moon
Production Co.: BBC

I have recently made a commitment to exercising and am encouraging these healthy behaviors by watching YA television shows.  The first series I have chosen to watch has been in my Netflix queue for months and I am so excited to finally watch it. My only exercise rule is that I can only watch new episodes if I am on my elliptical machine.  Since I am loving this show, it's working really well.

The series was created by Debbie Moon for British television.  It follows the lives of two teenage "wolfbloods".  Wolfbloods can and have lived amongst humans for centuries.  While some wolfbloods live peacefully with humans others do not.  Maddy and Rhydian are the two main characters and they have to keep their secret from all their school friends.  While Maddy lives with supportive parents who can teach her about her heritage, Rhydian lives with foster parents.  Even though I have only watched four episodes they have all been great and addressed several important yet predictable themes in tween/teenage television: parental neglect, hostile teachers, and school cliques.

Wish me luck!

Posted By: Sheri

Friday, November 20, 2015


Fun Facts from YallFest

Julie Kagawa's literary crush is Valek from the Poison Study series.

Julie Kagawa only wrote The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) because her editor said she couldn't end the series how she did.

Kiera Cass only read Lauren Oliver's Delirium (and not the rest of the series) because she thought the ending was perfect.

R.L. Stine's son has never read his books.

Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy was partially inspired from Romanian vampire mythology.

Margaret Stohl's worst year was the year the movie Beautiful Creatures came out.

Lemony Snicket recently donated one million dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Richelle Mead believes that strong female leads don't have to be violent in order to be strong.

We also absolutely loved visiting Charleston (can you imagine going to College of Charleston?) and agree that we do NOT like standing in lines.

Anyone else go to YallFest?

Posted by:  Sheri and Pam

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author:  Jenn Bennett
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends, 304 pages
Publication Date:  November 3, 2015

From Goodreads:
Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

LOVED this one. Perfect combination of light and fluffy with drama/serious issues. It reminded me of My Life Next Door in the sense that the drama did not involve love triangle/relationship drama but family drama. Jack was absolutely adorable and the open discussion of sex was refreshing. At one point, he's asking Bex about her likes and dislikes when it comes to sex and when she's embarrassed to tell him he basically says, if we can't talk about it, how can we do it? LOVED that. For this reason alone, every teenager should read this book.  One minor complaint: Although everything was wrapped up in the way I like, there was one small detail that was left open. WHY????

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart made me smile and I'm definitely checking out the author's other books.

Posted by:  Pam

Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Review: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow #1)
Author:  Pintip Dunn
Publisher:  Entangled Teen, 400 pages
Publication Date:  November 3, 2015

From Goodreads:
It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

LOVED the premise of this and it really made me think.  What would life be like if, on our seventeenth birthday, we found out something important about our future? Like you saw yourself married to one person but you were currently dating someone else?  You saw yourself in a career you currently had no interest in?  These future memories (sent by your future self) determine everything in your life.  

In this book, the main character actually sees herself killing her little sister.  What?? Although I loved the premise, the world-building and romance were just so-so.  But that ending…talk about cliffhanger.  I read the synopsis of the next book and now I really don't know what to think.  This one is worth reading for the ending alone.

Posted by:  Pam

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (118)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  It is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.


What books did you add to your shelves this week?

Posted by:  Pam

Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

The Distance From Me to You
Author:  Marina Gessner
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 352 pages
Publication Date:  October 20, 2015

From Goodreads:
McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.

Really enjoyed this one. I would never, in a million years, hike the Appalachian Trail but I loved reading about MacKenna's struggles. She was smart and resourceful and she never lost sight of her goal. I also appreciated her desire to get away, leave technology behind, and just live in the moment.

I felt so bad for Sam and his life, I just wanted to give him a hug.  

Let me just say, the last 20% or so of the book was INTENSE.

My biggest complaint is the open ending. Realistic, but I wanted to know what happened!  This is one of those books that needed an epilogue.  I sort of wrote one in my head so I'm going to pretend that's what happened.

Posted by:  Pam

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Return Once More (The Historians #1)
Author:  Trisha Leigh
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date:  October 20, 2015

From Goodreads:
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

I absolutely loved this book.  It wasn't perfect, I had a couple of issues with the time travel stuff and the one true love thing didn't make much sense, but I just didn't care because there was just something about this book!

Time travel moral dilemmas, action, romance.  Twists and turns, twists and turns.  

That ending.  Jaw dropping.  Need. Next. Book. Right. Now.  

Posted by:  Pam