Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D Schmidt

 

 

I’ve been seeing this book at my library for a few years now, and I’ve grabbed it many times but never read it before returning it. Well I finally grabbed it and sat down and read it in one sitting. Oh my gosh this book wrecked me! I had so many feels while reading this heartwarming and heartbreaking book!! I hope it wins many book awards because they would all be very well deserved. I was immediately drawn into the characters and felt like I had known them for a long time. Jack telling the story of his foster-brother Joseph and how Joseph’s only real goal was to find his daughter Jupiter was what intrigued me about this book. It is told by a 12-year-old boy  about a 14-year-old boy. That right there I’m not sure has ever been done, add the fact that they are just babies themselves. Joseph had a bad home life, heck he had the worse home life and got put into foster care. After a few tumbles he ended up with a loving opening family that ended up being his forever home. He wasn’t going to settle down till he got Jupiter back even if it meant doing it on his own. The book takes a drastic turn and I pretty much bawled through the last half of the book. Grab a copy of Orbiting Jupiter you will not be disappointed!!

About the Book: 

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

Awards & Honors: Capitol Choices 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2015, Middle Grade
Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015
ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers
VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2015; 2016 Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society
CCBC Choices 2016, Fiction for Young Adults
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Fiction
ILA Young Adults’ Choices, 2016 Reading List
YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Coming of Age
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Daughter of Deep Silence

by Carrie Ryan

Daugher of Deep Silence

 

First off I have to say look at this pretty book cover! Don’t you just love it, and it doesn’t give away anything but definitely draws you to pick up the book.  Daughter of Deep Silence is quite the mystery and thriller. Not in the way you might be thinking, it is a edge of your seat thriller that slowly unravels and has you going oh my stars. Frances is out for revenge and she will not rest till someone pays for killing everyone she has loved. I can’t even imagine witnessing what she saw and being 14. Carrie Ryan did an excellent job at character development and having the reader really fall into the world she created for Daughter of Deep Silence. I loved how each character  had their own back story not just Frances/Libby. You really got to know the main characters and she even developed great little back stories for the minor characters. My favorite besides Frances/Libby was Shepherd. I really like him! The ending is not what I expected and I loved it. This book is absolutely perfect for summer reading. However don’t plan on doing much else than just reading this book. Trust me I speak from experience, I love books that grab you and don’t want to let go of the book till you finish it. This book would be perfect for a movie (hint, hint) it kinda reminds me of Revenge for YA readers. It is really pretty clean minus a few kisses and talking about wanting to kiss someone, no bad language or adult situations. 

summary: At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

Don’t Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel

by R.L. Stine

Don't Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine

My kids have always been big R.L. Stine fans. I think we have owned every Goosebumps and watched every episode and movie over the years. My oldest still enjoys a good scary book and so I knew I had to grab her a copy. Little did I know we would all read it and love it. It was like our own little book club and it was fun! R.L. Stine has a great series for kids who are out of elementary school and into the bigger books and bigger scares. Fear Street is for middle and high school readers. I love a good scary books as much as my girls and R.L. Stine is a master storyteller right up there with Stephen King in my book. Now we just wish the Fear Street Relaunch would launch into a series like his fabulous book series Goosebumps! 🙂 Wishful thinking we know but hey maybe one day…

Don’t Stay Up Late had me grabbing minutes here and there so I could finish it. I had to know if I was right about what was going on. Don’t Stay Up Late will keep you staying up late just to finish it. R.L. Stine is the master at writing creepy scary books that are real page turners but not so scary they cause nightmares! Grab a copy and block out a chunk of time because you will not want to put this down! Now we are off to read The Lost Girl, and Can You Keep A Secret before My Dead Boyfriend comes out September 27.

summary: Ever since a car accident killed her father and gave her a severe concussion, high school junior Lisa’s been plagued by nightmares and hallucinations, and when she accepts a babysitting job in hopes it will banish the disturbing images, she faces new terror as she begins to question exactly who–or what–she’s babysitting.

The Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

 

When I read that Emma Watson was going to be in the movie adaptation I was so happy and grabbed a copy of book 1 and 2. I mean what bookworm wouldn’t love to read a book series about a kick butt Queen that loves books!  Than I read in an article a publishers 11 year old read it and loved it, so I was thinking cool my upper elementary aged reader would love this since it’s got Emma Watson, a Queen and she is a bookworm. Wrong, so glad I read it before hand, no way am I letting my upper elementary aged reader read this, or probably see the movie. This book is very heavy and has many adult situations  as well as the F word. I enjoyed the book and will read book 2 The Invasion of the Tearling. However I didn’t jump right into it, I took a break to read a light hearted book. I would recommend this book only to high school aged readers, however you use your own judgement since only you know what is right for your child.

summary: On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon–from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic–to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Into the Dim

by Janet B Taylor

Publication Date: March 1 2016

Into the Dim by Janet B Taylor

 

Can I give this book more than 5 stars, please! I loved each and every minute I read this book. Into the Dim is a wonderful time traveling, action – adventure, mystery, historical, and love story all rolled into one. I was on the edge of my seat and sneaking moments here and there to read more of it. I was so sad to see the story end. I love the world building and there was a lot and the author did a fabulous job. The characters were great and many times she took you on such a roller coaster ride. I didn’t know which way this was going to end. I know this is book 1 so there will be a book to and I hope I don’t have to wait long for it to come out. Into the Dim is fine for readers as young as middle grade all the way through YA and adults. I can now say enough about this book. This will be at the top of my list of books I loved in 2016. It comes out March 1st and while I’ve already read this book I will buy a hardback copy and I know it will be one of my go to re-read books.

summary: “Seventy-two hours, then we have to be back at the clearing. Sunrise on the third day.”

Being “the homeschooled girl,” in a small town, Hope Walton’s crippling phobias and photographic memory don’t help her fit in with her adoptive dad’s perfectly blonde Southern family. But when her mother is killed in a natural disaster thousands of miles from home, Hope’s secluded world crumbles. After an aunt she’s never met invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is actually trapped in the twelfth century in the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, she’ll discover more family secrets, and a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.

Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group for allowing me to read Into the Dim. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

 

What Waits In The Woods

by Kieran Scott
Point Publishing, an imprint of Scholastic

 

What Waits In The Woods is a real edge our seat thriller that will keep you guessing. The author has a great catchy writing style and builds a great story with likable characters. I enjoyed her Shadowlands trilogy that she wrote under the pen name Kate Brian. So it was no surprise that I enjoyed What Waits In the Woods.
I don’t really want to say much about the book for fear I might give away spoilers. If you love spooky thrillers than grab a copy of What Waits In The Woods you won’t be disappointed!

summary: It’s a beautiful, sunny day. Callie Velasquez holds hands with her boyfriend Jeremy as they follow Callie’s new BFFs Penelope and Lissa up the trail. The four friends are embarking on a camping trip — a trip that immediately goes awry. They lose their way on the trail, and encounter a charismatic stranger with questionable motives. And when Callie stumbles upon a dead body, it becomes clear that the danger that lies in the woods is deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Tensions mount and friendships are tested as these teenagers try to survive the most sinister of circumstances.

Faceless

by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Faceless
I grabbed this one through one of my libraries (yes, I am lucky and can have 2 different library system cards so lots and lots of books to pick from). Faceless was one of those books that got under my skin and has stayed with me. I finished a few weeks ago and finally sat down to write the review.  The cover is what grabbed my attention, the summary is what made me click checkout and download the book to read.
Let me start by staying Faceless was very moving, and you will be cheering Maisie along from the sidelines. You will laugh, cry, be mad and go through just about every emotion possible. This book was so much more than I ever expected.  The big message through out the book is about loving yourself and accepting yourself. Many of claimed it to be the Wonder for the YA crowd and yes I think that is a great description. The author was very graphic in describing Maisie’s accident and the extent of her injuries but please don’t let that stop you from reading it. You really need to have this in her to understand everything she is going to through in the healing and acceptance process.

summary:  When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant–but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognize yourself anymore?

She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student…a normal girl. Now all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did–and didn’t–shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what “lucky” really means.