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(George) by E.L. Konigsburg

I've never read the famous From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler but I can say that I read E.L. Konigsburg's (George). If this book is any indication of how the Mixed-Up Files is I need to go read that book now!

Ben is a science prodigy. He lives with his mother and loud brother Howard. Howard is such an opposite of Ben. He got expelled out of Kindergarten! He's a very opinionated little boy. He's the only one who knows about George other than Ben. Ben knows George because he's inside of him. Literally a little man inside him who's funny and curses a lot. I don't know why they call George a little man when he supposedly his twin brother who lives inside him. His mom, Mrs. Carr doesn't know that she had concentric (having a common center) twins.

George makes Ben happy. He wants him to stop and smell the roses. He especially doesn't want him to try so hard to get people to become his friend especially that fake William. William is a se…

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six is the sequel to I am Number Four. You know how it even became a movie. I actually did not review I Am Number Four on here. Before I get into The Power of Six I want  to get into I Am Number Four.

So John Smith is an alien. Yep. He's from Lorien and he's one out of nine children that are the last hope for the destroyed Lorien and Earth because the bad guys, the Mogadorians, want to destroy Earth. The nine children will have legacies eventually which are different powers. They all seem to have Telekinesis. John has light up hands that creates fire. John is as you guessed it number four of the nine children. He can't be killed until the first three are killed. He's the next one. He along with his guardian Henri go to Paradise, Ohio. They are constantly moving and constantly changing their names. He ends up falling in love with Sarah.

So here I'm going to tell you about the big two problems I had with this book. First the Instalove with Sarah. They n…

Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters

Antonia can't wait to get out of her house and away from her family so she jumps at the opportunity to be a peer counselor so she can get an extracurricular. That way she can get into a program so she can graduate early. Problem is that she will be counseling Jazz, a punker, a druggie, and a gang hanger. One look at her and you might think the same thing with her purple hair, black ripped up clothes, and black lips. Antonia has to be convinced to continue on being her peer counselor and I'll tell you she won't regret it. 
Antonia's family life is like this: Depressed mom who doesn't work or clean, a bratty brother named Michael, and a sweet but can be a pain even littler brother named Chuckie. I have to comment on that name. Chuckie? That's probably the worst name ever because of that doll. It's not a good image to have when you're thinking of a toddler. So anyways Antonia is basically the mom most of the time. She cleans up, does the laundry, and make…

Extremely Late! June 2012 Cover Love

I was checking out my last post to see if it looked right and I happen to look on the side where it says what posts I have done this month. I haven't posted that much this month but I realize that the first post isn't the Cover Love for last month. For shame! I can't believe I missed it! So without further ado here on the June Cover Loves:

So my extremely late Cover Loves are Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams, Torn by Stephanie Guerra, and Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard.
Vampire Academy. I mean, come on. Rose is the perfect arrogant/sexy vampire. You know by the look in her eye that she's trouble. I just love it and as you know I love covers with faces. I prefer them really so as you can see with the other choices... you shouldn't be surprised. Glimpse was set in verse style and was about her sister trying to commit suicide and she's trying to find out why. This is probably my second book with a bicycle on it. Just mentioning …

Review Copy Cleanup August List

So what is better than making a list? I love lists so I'm making one for this challenge. Let's see how many books I actually do read out of my list shall we?
The World in Your Lunchbox by Claire EamerWill Love for Crumbs by Jonna Ivin Glitch by Heather Anastasiu The Emerald City by J.A. Beard Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy SchlitzBlink Once by Cylin Busby The Fine Color of Rust by P.A. O'Reilly Shift by Kim Curran The Normal Kid by Elizabeth HolmesBroxo by Zack Giallongo
Hmm... I think pictures will bring some light to this list don't you?

Much better. I am reading The World in Your Lunch Box right now but any suggestions on the next book after that you would like to see reviewed would be appreciated.

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han with pictures by Julia Kuo

I'm going back to my roots! Jenny Han was the author of my first book reviewed on here. This time Han introduces Clara Lee. Lee is her last name but everyone calls her Clara Lee because it sounds better. She's in the third grade, has a really annoying younger sister named Emmeline, and loves her Grandpa. Her grandfather is from Korea and her parents and her are from America which means she is Korean American. Just want to do a little shout out for some diversity yeah!

So the big thing with Clara Lee and her story is that she wants to win and become Little Miss Apple Pie so she can ride on a float across town. I have to mention how it is a pageant... which irks me. But it is a little girl's pageant and all it is, is a speech so I don't mind as much. Clara Lee would love to be Little Miss Apple Pie but problem is she is just so afraid to go out there in front of the whole school and speak. But with a little bit of Good Luck she might be able to succeed.

Her Good Luck ca…

Review Copy Cleanup August

I discovered this challenge from Shout With Emaginette which I'm happy I did because a) I'm failing at my yearly challenges so bad so this will make me feel better b) it's only a month so it's convenient and c) I really need to read a bunch of my to reviews from NetGalley and another source.
What is the Review Copy Cleanup?
Two bookish friends were getting swapped with to read and review books so they decided to make it a little fun by doing with a bunch of other bloggers. The two people hosting are Nyx Book Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea. They've done this before so they are just continuing the challenge.
The Guidelines
* The challenge runs from 1 to 31 August
* To sign up go to one of the bloggers websites and you can link your blog there. Here's one here.
* Every book you received for review counts toward the challenge, both ebooks and hard copies, including   all genres and lengths
* You don't need to follow the two hosts in order to be able to sig…

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox's parents never had time for her which made her grow up into a very unhappy, spoiled, and rude child. She got everything she wanted from her Ayah and other servants in India. They did this to please her mother who didn't really ever want her and doesn't want her in the way of her lavish parties. But then comes Cholera and everyone flees leaving her alone with nobody knowing she's still in the house. When she is discovered they tell her how her parents died. She's not a very sentimental child so she only thought of where she would go now. She would go live with an uncle in a mansion. Little does she know that she will discover happiness and friends. She will do this all with first discovering the secret garden.

This classic children's book was nice to read but I loved watching the 1993 version more. I'll be comparing the book and movie. When they were talking Yorkshire I had to be careful I understood what they were saying. They didn't talk …

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

I don't know if you all remember the Vampire Academy but this is its descendant. Last time we met Rose, the spunky Dhampir who is a bit... well a big trouble maker who took her friend, a Moroi, Lissa away because she thought she was in danger. If you don't remember a Dhampir is half human and half vampire. They protect the Moroi and are trained to one day be the guardian of one while a Moroi is royalty. They need blood to sustain them. They do all have an element that they could use but they don't. That's a big problem when the Strigoi, evil immortal vampires, are killing them off left and right.

We found out that Lissa's power isn't so simple. She has the power of spirit which means she can heal people. She healed Rose and brought her back from the dead. So now they have a bond that links them together. Love does befall these two. Rose goes for a stoic yet sweet older guardian while Lissa goes for a snarky royal whose past is shrouded in pain and shame. Lissa…

Road Trip

I've been a way for a while now. No I have not abandoned you I just went on a mini road trip. I'm sure you guys wouldn't call spending a couple of days in Georgia and north Florida as a road trip but for me it was something new. I've never been out of state so it was a pretty big deal for me. I went to Helen which is this small swiss? town in north Georgia. I even made a u turn in Alabama so technically I've been to three states. I know, I'm a cheater. It was nice. You know how I've always wanted to be an outdoorsy type of person? You know how you are who you are? So I'm definitely not outdoorsy but I absolutely LOVED climbing up part of a mountain, going to a falls, and hiking part way of a canyon. It was hard but I loved it. I can so see my future being like that. The other times I went to Tallahassee and checked out the sites. Went to a great FREE museum there. I also swam a lot and hung out with my cousins up north of us. I, like a little kid, did g…

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Another book club book down! It's Alaska in the 1920's. Jack and Mabel are an older couple who have moved to Alaska to work the land. It was a dream of Jack's to make it out there. Alaska is synonymous with its rough terrain and to me Jack London. Jack and Mabel are a quite type but it's not just their personality's that are making them quite. There has been tension since Mabel had a stillborn. They never tried for another and never tried to adopt. They have been just quietly sad. Jack is having trouble farming his land while Mabel is at home alone for hours making her pies and cleaning and such.

All that changes when they meet a girl. A girl who appeared out of nowhere after one day they created out of the snow a little girl. Their wish... This girl comes and goes out of their lives. Mabel is convinced that she is the snow child they created come to life. She was read a story by her father long ago about a snow child. So she knows it could be true. Jack on the ot…

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

Sam Cruz is the ultimate player. He just puts on his charm and girls go flocking. He has never been into attachment and relationships. He doesn't understand how girls don't get the concept of just sex. Why ruin it with a relationship?

Sam's best friend Ally has just been dumped on her birthday! I might add by her geeky earth loving activist boyfriend. If she were more like guys she wouldn't have to have all this pain. That's when she decides that she's just going to use guys just like Sam uses girls. Sam decides that he will help his best friend. It's the perfect situation. He will finally prove that his way of life is better and he gets to boost his friend's self-esteem. But what happens when Ally really turns into this really beautiful girl, someone he would usually go out with? And not only that but her personality with his make them connect as friends. What has he gotten himself into...

This book has got me comparing it to The DUFF. Same concept. T…

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Milo is a boy who whenever he was somewhere he wanted to get out of there but whenever he was at the destination he wanted to be somewhere else. Learning about solving problems, the people of the world, and anything really at school is just plain boring. (Who can blame him for saying school is boring?) His life is a blah. He's a very abnormal boy. He sounds too much like an adult. One day that all changes when he finds a mysterious package in his home. He discovers it's a tollbooth. Now all I was thinking was Doctor Who and it came around the same time so I wonder.... Anyways the tollbooth can take him to a place not on Earth. He goes there with his toy car which he drives in. He visits vast places with strange names and strange ways. It reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland which I loved that it did.

It was all about words and numbers. There's the kingdom of Wisdom, Digitopolis, and Dictionopolis. He meets a dog called Tock who has a clock on him and a Humbug who want…

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Brewster nicknamed the Bruiser because of his bulky appearance, his mysterious life, and of course his name pretty much begs to be nicknamed the Bruiser is the star of this book. Tennyson named after the Tennyson is pissed. His sister is dating this hulking mass of loser. I mean he lives on an acre of dirt in a shack. He was voted Most Likely to get the Death Penalty. He won't touch his sister! He will make sure he knows to stay away from her. He is known for being this athletic and intelligent guy as well as a bit of a bully. But he knows he's doing the right thing. His sister just sees him as a stray. She has a thing for strays. And at first Bronte named after the Bronte Sisters (Their parents are literature professors) does see Brewster that way but then it forms into something else. She genuinely likes and cares about him so she's not going to let her brother tell him or her what to do. This is her decision, her life. But there is something about the Brewster that the…

The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Ana is Pure or she thought she was until she ordered the death certificate of her mother thinking her father was covering something up. Now she knows he covered it up for her own benefit because her mother was depressed. She had to be if she died from exhaust fumes. So her father, a powerful person who first developed the Pure tests, must have changed her test to make her look Pure right? Well two years later her father got off the charges, she is considered a Sleeper which means her disease might become active, and she's facing the potential of Jasper accepting her to be joined (married) with her but if not she will be sent to live with the Crazies.

I think I need to clarify some things first. In the time it's about thirty years from now. The people who have parents or ancestors with depression, anger problems, etc are called Crazies. The people who don't have those genes are Pure so they are joined with other Pure people to preserve the race. Towards the end you will fu…