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The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Penelope Lumley is off to start her way in the world. She's 15 years old and apparently she is an adult so she's going for an interview as a Governess at the Ashton Place. It's acres and acres of land are completely foreign to her. To have that much wealth is what isa foreign to her because she was left as a child on the steps of Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She annoyingly acts older then she is just a teenager. She meets the Ashton's and is immediately accepted to become the Governess of three children whom she is not allowed to meet yet. And then there is that strange howling coming from the barn. Having a sweet spot for animals she decides to help the poor creatures. She is in for a shock when she figures out the are not the dogs that she was told they were but 3 children completely naked under hefty blankets. She is now in charge of them - children who were raised in the wild by wolves no less. ready for the challenge she endearingly named Lumawoo. S…

Favorites of 2011:The Covers

As you know I basically love ALL the covers I come across. I won't pick 10 though. I have decided to become more picky on my Cover Loves and I'm starting now.

Favorites of 2011:The Characters

On to the next Favorites of 2011 which will probably my favorite section... characters! It'll probably be the toughest too because I love basically ALL the characters I come in contact with.

Favorite Female Main Character I've got to say again Before I Fall has the best female character. There were a lot of girls that were pure awesomeness like girls always are but she just moved me the most.
Favorite Male Main Character I absolutely LOVED The Maze Runner so I have to pick Thomas. He is the reason why I loved the book. The Scorch Trails confirmed it even more. He was just so wrapped in mystery and he was sort of psychic! This series has been one of the greatest twist series ever! I forgot to say that in The Books section but now you know. I can't wait to reread them all and finish the trilogy. I'm sad but extremely excited.
Best Couple <3 So hard! Three books stand out in my mind as having the best couple. The Education of Hailey Kendrick, Delirium, and Divergent. All the…

Favorites of 2011:The Books

I'll only put the ones that I feel I can answer so here I go!

Favorite Book Read in 2011 The first question and I can't decide! Well there were a lot of 5 star quality of books I read and I don't really know if I can say this is my favorite but I'll pick Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver of Delirium fame.

This book had me wary of it from the beginning but I can honestly say I fell in love with it. She was difficult in the beginning. Annoying really but I knew of course she would change. She would transform.
Most Powerful Book The most powerful... I feel I read a lot of deep books but even more entertaining ones. I'll have to say A Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I don't know why this book really. I know I could have picked more powerful books. I guess I'm interpreting it in my own way.

I remember watching part of the movie. The ending with my luck. I wrote something about it earlier in the year but not on here. So here it is: I knew what was going to h…

Update #4

Well I'll be going away for a little while. I'll be with my cousin for a couple of days. I might not get to use a computer and review any books so just letting you know. I hope you enjoy my posts and have yourself a wonderful New Year's! The next few posts I saw on Ashleigh Jayde's blog as well as others that I can't remember... I liked it so much I want to participate in it too. It's originally from Inkcrush's blog. Hope you enjoy!

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Zach has no idea how he got to Rehab. He is supposed to try to remember but remembering hurts. The last thing he remembers being in a hospital. He doesn't know why he's there and how he got there. He doesn't ask. His family home wasn't the greatest. Well that's a bit of an understatement. His mother was depressed and wouldn't leave the house. She would completely zone out for long periods of time. His father was a drunk. His brother was an abuser of drugs. He also liked to hit Zach. He would feel sorry afterwards and give him things. His father still went to work. It was okay according to Zach. But with all that it wasn't a surprise that he got into drugs but his specific poison was Bourbon. He used to walk around just chugging it down his throat. It was his father's. He would search for it when he needed it. It was like Easter all the time.
Now he's in Rehab with Raphael as his roommate and then later Sharkey comes along. Raphael is just like him.…

The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook

Hailey is going to one of the top school's in the country. Well it's where all the rich kids go. She's the type of person who colors in the lines. She always follows the rules. She's always felt she needed to be perfect since her grandmother sat her down and told her that she needed to help her father out. Why? Her mother died when she was 12. Her mother was just crossing the street and a drunk driver killed her. She didn't even think to worry when her mother didn't pick her up and hours later she was found at school still. She never thought anything was wrong and couldn't explain it to others when she was asked. But, everything changed. So she knows everything that can kill you and the statistics of it which is pretty sad.
For almost four years she's been at this school and for almost all that time she's been with her boyfriend Tristan. The most popular guy in school. But then something happens and her world becomes upside down. Now everyone stops…

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Flavia is not the ordinary type of eleven year old girl that you'd find anywhere. She's a bit of a genius. She lives with her Father an avid stamp collector who's never been the same since his lovely wife dies when Flavia was one. There is also Ophelia and Daphne her sisters or Feely and Daffy respectively. Ophelia does "nothing" but look at herself in the mirror. Daphne always has her head stuck in a book. She is the youngest of the bunch and due to that she is particularly tortured but who knows who started all the fighting because the way Flavia acts it could have been anyone. They are always taking revenge on each other. They act like they don't care about each other but in their weird way I guess they do... The thing that most irritates Flavia about her sisters is the memories they have of her mother Harriet. She absolutely despises those memories. Yeah she's a bit crazy but if you think about it she's eleven.
Also, she is always stuck up in he…

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Ethan can't wait to get out of Gatlin. His small town prison. He has posters everywhere on where he would like to go. All the places he reads about are on there. Well don't tell anyone else because he is a basketball player and in this small town it's not cool to read books. That's why he has all of them hidden under his bed.
He lives with Amma who raised his father and now is raising him. She puts charms everywhere that are kind of creepy but also pretty thoughtful. She's a crossword loving cooking machine. Now you may have noticed that I said she is raising him. His mother died and his father just lost it. He hardly comes out of his room and is always stuck there writing his novel. He loved his mother and now it seems he's losing his father.
For months Ethan has been having dreams about this girl that feel almost real. She slips from his grasp as they both fall into darkness. He wakes up smelling Rosemary and Lemons with mud caked under his fingernails. So…

8th Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Reggie otherwise known as Pukey on account of puking in front of everyone in the beginning of his 8th grade year just wants everyone to forget him. After the incident everyone always calls him Pukey especially his relentlessly cruel former friend Donovan. One day he just stopped hanging out with him, Joe C., and Ruthie. Joe C. always has a bottle of Juiced! with him which comes with random information that no one needs to know. Ruthie is what you would call an activist. She cares about everyone and will take any chance she gets to talk about global issues.
Now after the great fiasco Reggie is laying low this year. They'll forget about it all... eventually. In comes Blaylock, the principal of Clarke, telling everyone there will be a redo of the presidential candidacy because of the last one resigning like the next day. Ms.A, his teacher, looks at him encouragingly. He doesn't know why. What's the point? It's just a popularity contest. He would really like to help out …

Matched: upcoming movie

Hey look who's going to turn into a movie! That's right Matched was picked up by unfortunately Disney. Not that there is anything wrong with Disney but Percy Jackson. That's all I have to say. Here is the link. It better stop being compared to Twilight right now! There are love triangles in a lot of books.

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia Maria Reyes has always followed the rules. She has never questioned the decisions of the society who tell her who to marry, when to have children, when to die. Cassia is 17 now and lucky her the Matching Banquet falls exactly on her birthday so she will know who she has matched with to spend the rest of her life with. This is all for the good of the citizens of course. This way they will live the most optimal life possible. So Cassia is dressed in her green dress which she gets to keep only a piece of later. She is stunning compared to others because no one else picked a dress like hers.

There she is standing ready for the boy who would at 21 be her husband. She waits for awhile but the screen is blank. That could only mean that the person she is matched with is in the same town/province/city/district (sorry can't remember what it is exactly called). It's Xander who every girl would have wanted. He is also her best friend. It's perfect. But when, even though she kn…

Cover Love: Matched

This whole trilogy of book covers are so unique and so beautiful! It looks real too. It is a picture of a girl but of course she is not in a bubble well a glass bubble. Cassia is different then everyone else. She is more daring. She stands out more. She stood out at her Matching Banquet with the only one with the green dress. I'm already going to tell you that I really loved this book so you can expect a rave review coming soon.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains is one out of three of the Seeds of America trilogy so you can expect the story to go on more. Isabel lives in the time of the beginnings of revolution in America. It is 1776 so you know things are about to go down. She's just a lost little girl trying to take of her slow sister who everyone thinks is a little bit odd if not amusing. She also has bursts of something else that I'll leave out because I liked the surprise and it will surprise you. Her mother died earlier on and now that her master (grumble grumble...) has died she has to go with someone else. But wait she was given freedom but there is no way to prove it. So sadly she is sold again to the Lockton's. You will grow to hate the "lady of the house" soon enough. What she does... SHE MADE ME SOOO ANGRY. IT WAS RIDICULOUS. That's the problem with reading historical fiction. It's not that bad. I have read worse I think. It was muted down to what it could have been I think.

On there arrival t…

Cover Love: Chains

I LOVE this cover! The illustrator who did it, Christopher Silas Neal, has done some other books as well including the next book of this trilogy which is Forge. He never shows the face of the characters he's doing. It's just not there or they are covered up. It's a really great book. It's historical fiction which is pretty rare for me but again the cover drew me in. It also by Laurie Halse Anderson who has done among others Speak and Wintergirls. She seems to like to go after the hard topics. The review is coming soon!

Wolves, Boys, & Other Things that might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

First of all I really like the first cover. That's what attracted to me to it. She looks really pale though like a vampire. The second one is pretty good but doesn't really do anything for me. I guess because it doesn't have a wolf in it and the girl...

No. This book doesn't have any werewolves. Sorry. If you didn't have that same thought when you read the title well... yeah. It's just me then. KJ Carson lives near Yellowstone. Her father is a guide there. He is very serious and always brooding. Her mother dies in a car crash when she was little. She was in the car but nothing happened to her. She's the clumsy type of person that is like the girl you don't really know. Well in this really small town they do know a lot about you.
Then comes in Virgil the really good looking guy from Minesooda. His mom is a researcher of Wolves which have been getting some attention now because they are killing off cattle. There are a lot of angry ranchers. She starts so…

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Hazel and Jack are best friends. They have been for six years. They are pirates, knights, and anything else they want to be. There love of everything fantasy is what brings them together from Narnia to Wonderland they are always in their own world making up heroes and villains. That is a problem for Hazel at school well her new school... everything is so structured. Rules about how to act and even how to be it seems. Hazel has had a completely different view of school for most of her life where her imagination is encouraged and rewarded. Here she doesn't do any of the work and stares out the window all day. Mrs. Jacobs doesn't like that she does that very much. But it's all okay because Jack is in her school and she gets to see him during recess and of course after school too. They live right next door to each other. Yes. That is cute.
The reason why she can no longer go to the school she wished she was in is because of her father. He kind of left. He left and is marrying …

Cover Love: Breadcrumbs

This book not only comes with this great cover but great illustrations inside as well. It's weird she looks much older inside then in the outside cover. There is also randomly if (maybe) you click the image there are three what looks like bugs in front of Hazel. I thought this was going to be fairies and I was sadly disappointed... I'm an analyzer so I was thinking why is her footsteps like that? Why don't they just go straight ahead? She's wasting time. I know. I'm going to far. I looked up this illustrator and I live her work! There is this really beautiful picture she drew in the book but she never put it anywhere on her blog... it's the picture of her sitting on the toilet. The toilet seat is down! She's just sad about her best friend. Anyway she's also done Lucky for Good and I also think the others in the trilogy as well as French Ducks in Venice. The illustrator is named Erin Mcguire.
Hazel from Breadcrumbs French Ducks in Venice
Pretty right? Here …

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Steven loves playing his drums. He plays it every day whenever he can. He even plays for the school band and is the only eighth grade drummer to ever do so. Him and Annette, a prodigy on the piano, play for the same school band. Annette could be pretty annoying sometimes especially when he stops doing his homework.. but I won't go into that yet. He's had a huge crush on Renee since third grade. I think every boy has. She wears too much tight clothes for a thirteen year old. She acts kind of superior but turns out okay.
Now to the main part. The story starts off with him at his eighth grade reunion. Then he goes in to a journal entry he had earlier that year which was "The most annoying thing in the world." The most annoying thing in the world for him is his little brother Jeffery who since his Grandfather told him that he would be his protector he has done just that. He has protected his five year old little brother but what happens when he no longer can? He can't…

Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B is different than your average kid. She talks to trees for one and she hears them respond back to her. She even has names for them like you have with your dolls or stuffed animals when you are little. At least I did. Anyways one day the trees are silent. She knows something isn't right. Viola speaks first. She's asking about her family and the Paulie T. That punk Paulie T. says that something bad is going to happen. Everyone seems to think that way. And guess what? There right. And it really is pretty horrible that they are right because you already get to like Ida B. from the start. It's Ida B. not Ida. She really doesn't like it when her kindergarten teacher won't call her that. Ida is her Mama's name. She gets this sinking feeling in school and that how her schooling lasts two weeks and three days. Well until she has to go back. Those trees were right. And she builds up this wall and her heart gets hard so all she is committed to do is to get everythin…

Edward's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

The narrator Jake first met Edward when he was three years old. His mother who he never called mother just put him in his arms. Edward opened his beautiful eyes and it was like he was his. He pretty much raised him and read to him about Baseball which he grew to love. Edward even managed to pitch a Knuckleball which was nearly impossible. Everyone pretty much think Edward is great. He is a very insightful kid. He even knows when his sister Sabine is going to be born and he named her too! It's really weird. It's like one new kid gets born and the the one before it takes care of them. Edward likes to believe in signs. So does Albert or maybe it was Trick? Trick is a 90 year old man and Albert is his son who is almost equally as old. They hang around with the rest of the family. A very weird family. There's a couple of older kids but I can't really describe them. I know one loves to read. There mother likes to dance and sing and they own a bookstore.
This book was disappoi…

Cover Love: Edward's Eyes

I love this cover as you may already be aware of. It's just beautiful and makes you think. This book from just the look of the cover and the name it makes you think. I love how Jake is in the background (his older brother) because he is the narrator of the story and it's all about Edward and also partly about his love of baseball. Well as you know this is the next review coming up soon so stay tuned!

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Catherine's little brother is autistic. She has to have rules for him since he doesn't act like he's supposed to. Rules like Pantless brothers are not my problem or No toys in the fish tank hence the cover. As you can see there is a rubber ducky in the fish tank. There are other things that get in there because of David and Catherine makes up what they are saying there. Catherine has Rules of her own too. She has to constantly make sure her brother doesn't embarrass himself well more like her. She sometimes wishes he was normal and that he could stick up for her.
See there is this boy named Ryan who likes to tease David and David doesn't know that he's making fun of him. I don't know how his mother doesn't know he is like that but whatever. Kristi is her new next door neighbor. She so badly wants her to be her best friend and play at the pond or use Morse code with flashlights. She discovers that she isn't the ideal friend especially since she likes…

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

April, May, and June are three sisters whose parents have just divorced. After May's tequila breakdown they decided to move. Now there at this new school and about two weeks into it strange things start happening. I know I'm sounding cliche.
April is the eldest and she acts like it. She's pretty protective over her sisters especially June. She's the book worm and gets straight A's. She's bossy too. It all starts with her and her waking up seeing red. We find out later that she can see the future. You know there's going to be trouble already. She can look at people or think about people and sees things. She does this with this guy all of a sudden. They are going out and kissing and other stuff... which wasn't necessary. She knows something with June is going to happen so she tries to prevent it.
May is the middle child and feels completely invisible which is actually her power. Becoming invisible. She is kind of goth I guess. She's a loner too wit abs…

Cover Love: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

Such a cover love! So beautiful! I've got a bone to pick with the cover though. The story is about three sisters. April is the eldest, May the middle child, and June the youngest. June is where her name is. She looks older than May! She's supposed to be 12. I thought May would have a looked a little tougher because she has that type of personality. She's supposed to look kind of mean and pretty skinny which she is but just not how she is described in the book. April actually looks pretty good. She looks like she could be the eldest of the three sisters. It's just May and June who are bugging me. Sorry if you are getting confused by the names. The first time I read it I thought I wasn't going to get it but if you don't think about worrying so much you'll get it! There personalities are pretty different so I was able to get used to it. Well now you know what will be my next review. Get excited peoples!

The Sea of Monsters: the movie

You read correctly. There will be a second movie. Why? Because it's not like it totally failed. You know why? Because people who really liked the book actually wanted to see it. Of course you ruined it for them! Ugh. I have no idea if I am going to watch this movie. Maybe I'll have a burst of hope one of these days and decide to watch it. Look what is said about it here. It wasn't a great failure? Nice. Here's another link that talks about it some more. It is being released March 27th 2013. I'm so disappointed in Chris Columbus.

Percy Jackson Highlight: Tyson

Warning: Do not read this if you haven't read the book or you might get some things ruined for you! Continue at your own risk! (;

I'm not going to outwardly put a picture of because that would ruin everything for people who don't want to know yet! But if you do want to know here is my Highlight of the lovable Tyson! Tyson is a Cyclops! Percy couldn't tell right away. He is more than six foot tall. The Mist affected him which was the real problem. It was weird to me because he is a demigod. He probably didn't notice any weird things before he knew but now he should be able to see through it already. I hope that Chiron does one day show him how to control the Mist.
Tyson is compared to an eight year old. He's a baby in the family. When Percy finds out that he actually is his brother he's not too pleased about it. Poor Tyson. I get it though. A Cyclops my brother? Pretty embarrassing. But, he was friends with him all year... I still understand. Tyson loves poni…

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

It's been awhile hasn't it? You though I forgot didn't you!? Nope. I remember the Percy Jackson Marathon. Here is the next book up. The second in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series.
Instantly Percy is in one of his all to real dreams that are not really dreams they are actually happening. Grover is the center of the dream and he is running trying to get away from something... in a wedding dress. That's pretty awkward for Percy to see Grover like that. Especially since he's a boy! There's just a glimpse of what he is doing then. There is more throughout the book but right now Percy is waking up to a start. Not only that he actually sees a shadow through his window and then it just vanishes. He goes and gets breakfast. No I'm not going to recant the whole book. It's just I wanted to post a really wonderful quote. My mom made blue waffles and blue eggs for breakfast. She's funny that way, celebrating special occasions with blue food. I think it…

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2012

I've entered my first challenge with this blog! I've never read any cozies but they look like they'll be fun to read. I'm going for Investigator with 10 books. Here are the rules:
1.Choose the level you wish to participate"
Level 1- Snoop- Read at least 6 books Level 2- Investigator- Read 7-12 books Level 3- Super Sleuth- Read 13 or more books
2.The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
3.You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.
4.Books can be any format- paper, audio, all counts!
5.You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists.
This challenge is being hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews.

How to Train Your Dragon: the movie

As I said in the last post the book and the movie of How to Train Your Dragon have completely different concepts. Dragons terrorize his home and take the villagers sheep which causes the Vikings to want to fight back. This all results in their homes being severely damaged with fire! So they don't train dragons they train to fend themselves against them and kill them. Hiccup is his same awkward self but he looks a little different. He is still very intelligent and he even creates useful things throughout the movie. The Night Fury is like the Nightmare dragon but way cooler! He is more stealthier. He is not small but he does stand out of the crowd. He is the dragon that everyone (I guess you wouldn't say fear?) sees as the strongest. He's a pretty funny character when you see him starting to open to Hiccup. The only reason is because he is stuck in this low place after Hiccup actually hurt his wing. They bond together after awhile and he creates a something to help him fly. T…