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Back From the Dead with August’s Book Club Nominations

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Don’t worry, I have not actually died. I simply went through several back to back phases of laziness and antisocialness with the occasional too busy to get to bloggingness. Seeing as it is finally once again my turn to nominate books for book club I decided to grace you with a post. This means that this month all voters get two chances to vote, here and at Niki’s. (I’m kinda hoping I’m the only one who notices this so that I can sway the votes. Shh.)

If you have no idea what book club I’m talking about click here.

 

Here are my nominations:

This month I decided to add a little variety. They are all books I’ve already read, which means I know they’re awesome. I’m too lazy to post the summaries, and really you can read them anywhere, so instead I’ll tell you why you should vote for them.

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How to Ditch Your Fairy

This is one of those books that I think every person should read. Primarily because I want to have discussions with people about what type of fairy they think they have, but also because it is an awesome book. The style of the world building reminds me of (dare I say it) Harry Potter. The characters are realistic and down to earth. The idea is original and compelling. What’s not to love? The first time I read it I enjoyed it, but then I couldn’t get it out of my head and to read it again and again until it became one of my all time favorite books. Really, you all need to read it and then tell me what type of fairy I have because I can’t figure it out.

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Night of the Howling Dogs

This one is based on a true story, which really makes it that much cooler. (Hopefully, that also clues you in that it is not a fantasy book.) A boy scout troop in Hawaii camps at the base of volcano and ends up being at the epicenter of a giant earthquake. Need I say more? If you want a break from science fiction, but still have lots of action (not to mention great character building) then this is the book for you. It’s also only $6.99 🙂

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Bloodlines

One of my all time favorite series. The fifth book just came out, (Today actually, but don’t worry I’ve already finished it) and I was tempted to nominate each book as my five nominations just to force you all to read this series. I may still do this. This is a sequel series to Vampire Academy, which is also awesome, but I surprisingly like this one more. If you like Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance then you definitely need to read this book.

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Slammed

My coworker insisted I read this book, but also told me to ignore the summary. That is because it is the worst summary ever written for a book. The book itself is awesome though. It was one of those books that was e-published and became so popular a major publisher picked it up. Slammed is technically considered by some to be New Adult rather than Teen, (which I don’t understand because the main character is a teen) but it is so great I nominated it anyway. I cannot even put into words how well written this book is. I read it twice in a row.

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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You

Great teen fluff. Kind of a romance, but also comedic and action packed. She goes to a school for spies, which means Niki should love it because she loves books set in schools. I don’t really care about school settings, but I loved the humor and the characters.  I loved the idea that girls can be tough and strong and know how to defuse a nuclear bomb, but not realize that searching a boys trash in order to gain intel is maybe not the best way to have a relationship. 🙂

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Unwind

This is a dystopian novel, but a good dystopian novel. Meaning, I actually found it to be quite original. I thought the idea of unwinding people to be intriguing. I think this book could create some great discussions. I haven’t read beyond the first book though so I can’t promise the series ends well. You have been warned.

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May Book Club Nominations

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Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because both Niki and I love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

Here are May’s contenders (nominated by Kayleen):

I’m too lazy to post the summaries right now.

Happy voting! 🙂


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Escape Reality Book Club’s Selection for April

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!)

Votes have been tallied and this month’s winner is Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen!

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Reading starts today!  Join us for discussion at our Facebook page and on Twitter at #EscapeRealityBC all this week. Comment below if you’ll be joining us. 🙂

If you’re wondering what this book club is you can read about it here.


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April Book Club Nominations

Escape reality book club

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy and Rhetoric

The Escape Reality Book Club is monthly feature where members take turns nominating the Young Adult titles they most want to read. We started it because we both love geeking out about books, and knew a lot of other people who felt the same way. This is a very low-pressure book club where anybody is invited to join. All you have to do is click here to be directed to our official Facebook page and asked to join the group. Those of you who live in the Southern Utah area are more than welcome to come to the monthly meetings to discuss the book, otherwise Niki and I are willing to host a twitter discussion at #escaperealitybc if anyone is interested.

For now, here are April’s contenders (nominated by Kierra):

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Title: Scarlet

Author: A.C. Gaughen

The Overview: Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

 

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Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Libba Bray

The Overview: Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order.

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Title: The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

The Overview: Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

 

partialsTitle: Partials

Author: Dan Wells

The Overview: The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

half badTitle: Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

The Overview: Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.

 

 

Which would you like to read?


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Escape Reality Book Club’s Selection for March

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!)

Votes have been tallied and this month’s winner is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman!

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Reading starts today!  Join us for discussion at our Facebook page and on Twitter at #EscapeRealityBC all this month. Comment below if you’ll be joining us. 🙂

If you’re wondering what this book club is you can read about it here.


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Book Review: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

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Sky Raiders Review

Official Overview:

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them and ends up in The Outskirts. The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home before his existence is forgotten.

4 stars

My Review:

When I started Sky Raiders I was worried it was going to be a little too fantastical for me, but the more I read the more I enjoyed it.  The world Mull creates is amazing.  The Five Kingdoms is a combination of originality and the dreams and imaginings we all had as children. Was it weird sometimes? Yes, but only when it was meant to be weird.

My biggest issue with the book was I felt the plot kept getting in the way. (I am aware this is a weird issue, and I may be the only person who suffers from it). This isn’t to say I thought the plot was bad, it was just I got introduced to this great culture of the Sky Raiders and wanted to spend the entire book exploring the world and lifestyle, but wasn’t able to because the plot took me forward to a different part of the Five Kingdoms.  It was like reading Harry Potter, but not being able to explore Hogwarts. My favorite parts of books are the characters and the world building, and while I was able to learn more about the characters, I felt I never got enough of the world, which in all honesty, is probably a sign that the world was amazing. A book that makes me want more is usually a good thing.

I’m definitely looking forward to continuing the series.

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Two Side Notes:

1. This book isn’t due to come out until Tuesday, but I’ve seen some stores putting it out early, so you may be able to get a hold of it today if you so choose.

2. Brandon Mull will be visiting the bookstore I work at on March 18! 😀 This will actually be the second time I get to meet him. He is an incredibly nice guy and takes the time to talk to each person who comes to get a book signed. I’m not sure how much time he’ll have to answer questions, but if there is anything you are dying to know about him or his writing process put it in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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Escape Reality Book Club: March’s Nominations

Hosted by Apathy & Rhetoric and The Obsessive Bookseller #EscapeRealityBC

#EscapeRealityBC

 Hosted by The Obsessive Bookseller and Apathy & Rhetoric (That’s me!).

Escape Reality Book Club is a monthly online book club. Everybody is welcome to join. If you want to know more about how it works click here.

Here are the nominations for March:

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

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The 100 by Kass Morgan

In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland… before it’s too late. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they’ve only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they’re haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

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Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died… and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

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Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

You have until March 10 to vote. Choose wisely.