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See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

Standalone. Sourcebooks Fire. (Jan. 2014) NetGalley I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it's a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O'Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley's parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn't for her safety...but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O'Leary.

I have to give major props to the author for keeping me on my toes with See Jane Run. Everything started coming in all at once and Jane's world was turned upside down. I could not figure out who Riley could trust and who she could not for the life of me. The twists and turns from this book were spot on, making me question every character and moment that passed by. 
There were a few things that I would have liked to be different…

Read-a-Long: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Earlier this year I mentioned that I might participate in the Read-a-Long happening at Simpler Pastimes. I ended up reading the famous story yesterday and below are my thoughts on a particular edition of The Wizard of Oz. The illustrations are by Lisbeth Zwerger and she says about the experience of drawing this story: THE WIZARD OF OZ was new territory for me, and for an illustrator nothing could be better. Since I have no "seriously illustrated edition of the book and I've never seen the complete MGM film, I was able to approach the story with no preconceived ideas.

Oz #1. North South Books (Jan. 1999) Library
After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help Dorothy return home to Kansas.

I had high hopes for The Wizard of Oz because I know this story and the way it was written wasn't complicated. I was able to easi…

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered #1 Farrar Straus Giroux (March 2013) Library When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.              Her only hope…

Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

Standalone. Balzer + Bray (April 2004) Library Roger is too jolly to be a pirate.
He does not scowl, growl, or strike fear into sailors' hearts like his pirate friends. So poor Roger is sent away whenever there is any real pirating to be done. Then one day, in the middle of a great battle, Jolly Roger cooks up a wonderful idea . . . and pirate ships will never be the same again!

Growing up I read The Series of Unfortunate Events all day long. Those were the books that I used to get complaints about because I would zone everyone out and just read. That series introduced me to the art of Brett Helquist whose distinct style and command of the page through his illustrations made me fall for Roger's story. 
The story itself was short and sweet. As sweet as a pirate story can be... Roger is just too jolly to be a pirate and isn't really seen as one by his fellow crew mates. Roger figures out a way to try to prove himself. While nothing went according to plan, Roger was able to find …

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Standalone. The Dial Press (February 2012) Library I’ve lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !! Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life. What ensues is a hi…

Blog Tour: Netherwood by Jane Sanderson

Eve Williams#1. William Morrow & Company(Dec. 2013) TLC Tours Eve Williams is about to discover just how the other half really live, in this epic and absorbing "big house" drama perfect for "Downton Abbey" fans
Above stairs, Lord Netherwood keeps his considerable fortune ticking over with the profits from his three coal mines in the vicinity. It's just as well the coal is of the highest quality, as the upkeep of Netherwood Hall, his splendid estate on the outskirts of town, does not come cheap. And that's not to mention the cost of keeping his wife and daughters in the latest fashions--and keeping the heir, the charming but feckless Tobias, out of trouble. Below stairs, Eve Williams is the wife of one of Lord Netherwood's most stalwart employees. When her ordered existence amid the terraced rows of the miners' houses is brought crashing down by the twin arrivals of tragedy and charity, Eve must look to her own self-sufficiency, and talent, to prov…

Sunday Post: Jan. 19th 2014

(Image Source: GiftLee) The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
This last week wasn't my greatest week so far in 2014 concerning the blog. I had a lot of homework to do and still have some I need to finish right after this. There are some things coming up in the blog and I have to read a few books before I have to return them to the library this week so I expect to do a little more reading. 
Last Week on the Blog:

Last Week I reviewed The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand and Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie.
Plans for Next Week:
I finished reading I've Got Your Number so you can expect a review next week. You can also expect a blog tour stop here tomorrow for Netherwood.

Other than the two books above I do plan to read a bunch of YA books this week so hopefull…

Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

Standalone. Orchard Books (October 2004) Library Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the beloved classic tale of Peter Pan, with this gorgeous storybook containing the unabridged, original text complemented by luminous new art.
The beloved story of the boy who won't grow up is brought to life in this sumptuous edition illustrated with stunning full-color art.                                                                                                   When Peter Pan pays a visit to the Darling children, everything goes topsy-turvy. Wendy, Michael, and John follow Peter to Never Never Land, where they have the most exciting adventures and battle the evil Pirate Captain Hook.

All children, except one, grow up.
Peter Pan's tale is timeless. It's the story of a boy who never grew up. It's about how some ordinary siblings learned to fly and went off with Pan to Neverland - a place of immeasurable wonder and danger. Filled with Lost Boys, Redskins, Pirates, and Fa…

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

Standalone. Simon & Schuster Books (August 2012) Library At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, you will definitely learn your lesson. A dark, timeless, and heartfelt novel for fans of Coraline and The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)
But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t come out at all. If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy.

Victoria likes everything just so. She likes organization, studying, and making sure her best friend Lawrence is doing what he is supposed to. Her…

Sunday Post: Jan. 12th 2014

(Image Source: Sarah Watts)
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.
The above image is in honor of finishing The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls which you can expect a review of this week.
Today's the last day of Bout of Books 9.0 and I have one more book up my sleeve. I'm so happy I've done so well this week. It's good that last week was the first week of Spring Semester (which went really well) because otherwise I don't think I would have been able to read so much. It's back to a regular amount next week.
I've made a lot of scrambled eggs for my personal challenge and I was thinking of what I should learn to do next. I'm thinking of making pancakes this week. I've also got down to 8 minutes 1 second for running for .52 miles. I haven't been e…

Books That Bring Out The Reader in You

I've read a good many books this January about well... books. From Matilda who devours books from an early age to Meggie who loves reading books and goes on an adventure where book characters literally come alive in the real world. All these books about booklovers has me thinking of some other stories I want to read with the same feel to them. Below are some books that I want to read because of their bookish nature:

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. 
"The Land of Stories" tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, …

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Standalone. Philomel (April 2006) Library Like many children, Henry loves books. But Henry doesn't like to read books, he likes to eat them. Big books, picture books, reference books . . . if it has pages, Henry chews them up and swallows (but red ones are his favorite). And the more he eats, the smarter he gets—he’s on his way to being the smartest boy in the world! But one day he feels sick to his stomach. And the information is so jumbled up inside, he can’t digest it! Can Henry find a way to enjoy books without using his teeth? With a stunning new artistic style and a die-cut surprise, Oliver Jeffers celebrates the joys of reading in this charming and quirky picture book. It’s almost good enough to eat.

One day, accidentally, Henry tastes a book. He thought it tasted pretty good so he tried some more. He eats a letter, a word, a sentence, and then a whole book! Before you know it Henry has consumed hundreds of thousands of books. He becomes smarter with each book he eats. Then h…

The Savages by Matt Whyman

Standalone. Hot Key Books (June 2013) Own They'd love to have you for dinner . . .
Sasha Savage is in love with Jack - a handsome, charming ... vegetarian. Which wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that Sasha's family are very much 'carnivorous'. Behind the family facade all is not as it seems. Sasha's father rules his clan with an iron fist and her mother's culinary skills are getting more adventurous by the day. When a too-curious private detective starts to dig for truths, the tight-knit family starts to unravel - as does their sinister taste in human beings . . . .

The Savages are unlike any family around. They have a secret that keeps their family bond so great. Food dominates their lives. They always sit together for dinner and celebrate every so often with a feast. Titus, the head of the family, wishes to keep the traditions passed down to him from his parents. When his eldest daughter, Sasha, announces she's going out with a vegeta…

The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin

Standalone. ECW Press (October 2013) NetGalley Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa — and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteer placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humour and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye Honesty Pact), and — perhaps most stressful of all — her new love interests (yes, love interests plural).
Will Pippa make it to Vantage Point without having a panic attack? Will either one of the guys prove less sk…

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkworld #1. Chicken House (June 2004) Library Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

I don't think I've ever read of a book like Inkheart before. I've heard of books where lucky children stumbl…