Free Books!

Hello Readers!

I’m a book lover, there’s no secret there. I love reading, shopping for, and even collecting books. But the thing is, I have a few books too many. In order for me to make room for some new books, I need to unload some old ones. Books that I’ve read and loved, books I just know I’ll never get around to, and even books I didn’t love. What I’m saying is this: free books to whoever wants them.

These are the books I’m looking to find new homes for:

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Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau (ARC)

Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen (Paperback)

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson (Paperback)

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman (ARC)

Splintered by A. G. Howard by (ARC)

Will by Maria Boyd (ARC)

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi

What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard (ARC)

K-On by Kakifly (Paperback – Manga/Graphic Novel)

Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons (ARC)

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelly Coriell (ARC)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (ARC)

Eventide by Tracy & Laura Hickman (ARC – Signed)

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen (Paperback)

Skinny by Donna Cooner (ARC)

Not Shown, But Still Up For Grabs:

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley (Hardcover)

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison (Paperback)

Like I said these books are free, but there is one catch. I can’t quite possibly cover all the shipping costs. So if you are willing to cover shipping and there is a book or two you want, please comment on this post and I’ll be in contact with you.

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Zip

Zip by Ellie Rollins

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Once upon a time Lyssa’s life was near perfect. She didn’t have much, but she had a talented mother who loved her more than anything else in the world, even more than singing. She had a place to call home  with a garden full of sunflowers and a best friend who lived close by. She had witnessed magic – her mother’s magic – with her own eyes.
But that was before. Before her mother got sick. Before her mother and Michael got married. Before her mother died.
Now Lyssa is stuck living in the after. After her mother died, her new stepfather Michaels moves her far from Texas – from her home with the sunflowers, away from Pen her BFF, and away from all those memories her and her mother created together. Now living in rainy Seattle, Lyssa spends her time riding Zip while Michael bikes, and preparing for school.
Before long though Lyssa finds herself plotting her escape. It’s not that she wants to leave Michael or even rainy Seattle, she has to in order to save her former home in Texas before it’s bull-dozed down to the ground. With a few bucks in her pocket and Zip underfoot Lyssa sets out for the adventure of a lifetime.
But will she make in time? Or will all of Lyssa’s dream crumble like the childhood home she shared with her mom.
Zip, written by author Ellie Rollins, is a debut middle grade novel that is based upon Homer’s epic classic The Odyssey. And just like the original it chock full of action, adventure, and a touch of magical realism.
Rollins writing is fun, smart, and above all things strong. Her way with words and with description, not just draws the reader into the story, but makes them feel as if they are a part of it.   To say her descriptions were vivid would be an understatement. Readers will clearly gain of who Lyssa is as a character from the inside out, why her scooter Zip isn’t just a scooter but also a trusted companion, and the importance of a good adventure.
The writing that fills Zip is thoroughly enjoyable. But the only thing that feels off about the book as a whole: the overall pacing. Clocking in at just over three hundred pages, Zip often felt as if it were a six hundred page book. There were moments though that picked up and read like the epic, whirlwind tale of adventure it was supposed to be. But other moments were a bit too sluggish, dragging the whole pacing of the plot downward.
The pacing obviously did not work for me as a reader. To the point where I thought, more than once, I should just put the book down and walk away from it. But something stopped me. And that something was Lyssa. She’s a refreshing character that has a whole lot of spunk and even more heart. A true heroine, Lyssa isn’t afraid to follow her heart, even if her heart leads her into some troubled waters.
Not only is Lyssa a fantastic character, all of Rollins’ characters are. They individually and collectively add an extra layer of depth to this book. And I love how Zip, an inadiment object, felt as if it were a living, breathing character.
Author Rollins has mastered the art of the retelling. She took a classic tale that young readers may have no interest in and made it interesting. Besides making it interesting, she made it her own and told it from a unique perspective.
I did struggle slightly with Zip. But after some thought and reflection I realize now that a big part of the problem for me was the pacing. It felt too slow for such a hearty book. Another part that I struggled with has absolutely nothing to do with the book at all, but rather me as a reader. I have real issues with the whole suspension of belief. Even though the emotions, situations, and problems Lyssa experiences over the course of the book were realistic, I had a hard time believing them because of the magic. Some of it was so over the top, so out of place, it just didn’t work for me.

I’m Fantastic (Mr. Fox)

Hello Readers!

I’ve been noticing a ton of people of Facebook taking a bunch of BuzzFeed quizzes. And while some are rather funny, some just seem downright stupid. But there’s one that caught my eye: Which Roald Dahl Character Are You? Yes, I took this quiz and found that I am Fantastic Mr. Fox. I was hoping for Matilda, but I’ll take being fantastic!

It seems that there’s been some uproar in the world of Harry Potter this week. Recently, author J.K. Rowling announced that Ron and Hermione shouldn’t have ended up together. The head strong, wicked smart witch in training should have ended up with Harry himself.

I’ve been busy reading this week, what with one sick day and another snow day (today). Currently I’m reading author Elizabeth Eulberg’s upcoming YA novel Better off Friends. She recently posted on her blog about the creation of her two lead characters Macallan and Levi. You should read it!

No, I haven’t read Divergent (yet!) But I have seen the trailer! Have you?

Last week the official trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie was released. People, get your tissues ready!

I’m sure everyone has already heard all about this already, but in case you live under a rock, and haven’t heard — the winner’s have been announced! Last week the Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott winners were announced. And sadly, I haven’t read any of the winners 😦

If you’re in the NYC area and you love all things YA than you probably already know about this: The NYC Teen Author Festival. Miss Print and I go every year.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

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(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and was altered by me for the purpose of Top Ten Tuesday posts. Please do not take without permission)

 

Hello Readers!

Today I will be talking about all those books that will made you cry … or at least, made me cry.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

6. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

7. Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

8. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

9. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

10. Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve teared up, wept, and cried big fat tears while reading these books. What books have you read made you tear up, weep, or cry?