Saturday, May 12, 2012

This Book Room: filled with children's and YA books!

How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

My thoughts: I really enjoy Roald Dahl's writing, and this book is so fun and wondrous. This book is perfect for a middle school grade student and up.

Join the Mysterious Benedict Society as Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance embark on a new adventure! When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, the foursome must unravel clues relating to a nefarious new plot, while their search for answers brings them closer to danger than ever before. Filled with page-turning action and mind-bending brain teasers, this wildly inventive journey is sure to delight.

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series. You can read my review of the first book here and my review of the second book here. There is a prequel that just came out for the series. From what I can tell, this series will then be finished.

My thoughts: I started off absolutely loving this series, as did Jason. We were both so into this series. Then, we picked up this book from the library. We both started reading it. We both got to page 28. We had two Post-It notes to mark our pages - one for Jason and one for me. And those Post-It notes did not move for quite awhile. When I finally picked it up again, it took every ounce I had to keep going. The book picks up around page 100, so you have to make it at least there. After that, I read the book fairly quickly, but I do feel this book moved slowly and annoyingly. I ended the book with the taste of disappointment. And I was disappointed that I was disappointed {perhaps needless to say but Jason is still making his way through the book... that's how slow this book is}.

Dumpster Diving! One cat's trash is another cat's treasure, and in this all-new book, Garfield creator Jim Davis has collected the best of the worst: never-before-seen rejected comic strips, questionable covers, silly sketches, gross gags, and over-the-top, over-the-edge outtakes sure to offend just about everyone. So hold your nose and dig in!

Additional notes: This is a companion book to the Garfield franchise. You can read my thoughts on the comics here {with pictures and summaries of the first 50 comic books}, the fifty-first book here, the fifty-second book here, the fifty-third book here, the Christmas companion book here, Odie's book here and Garfield's 30th anniversary book here.

My thoughts: As with any Garfield book, this one is a must-read for serious Garfield fans {and I proudly am one}, but tread lightly. This book is horrible! Not in the "Jim Davis, you suck" way, but in the "OMG, I cannot read this" way. The comics are as the summary describes: offensive. But funny.

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone--from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud--threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

Additional notes: This is the first book in the Luxe series. There are four books in this series and all have been released.

My thoughts: This book reminds me of the Gossip girl series a lot. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just this year, I have to come to really love historical fiction. This series is Gossip girl... set in 1899. Perfect! This book left me wanting more, and who doesn't love that?

Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.

So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life... and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.

It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last...

My thoughts: The characters in this book are both real and annoying. But since that's what teenaged girls are like {I was one some years ago, so I'm allowed to say that}, Sarah does a phenomenal job of portraying reality and adolescence all in one cupcake. I enjoyed the book, and it definitely reminded me of the angst I had as a teen. Plus, I love ice skating - not actually doing it, mind you, but reading about it, watching it, etc. This book was a fun read and very appropriate for teens.

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