Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick deserves a solid 5 star rating! Just the prologue is intense enough to make me want to read the book in one sitting. I have heard nothing but great things about the Hush, Hush series from my library patrons. Nora and Vee are best friends in their sophomore year of high school. A new student, Patch, becomes Nora’s desk partner in biology class. He is mysterious and stubborn and Nora finds him exasperating, but there is something about him that won’t let Nora get Patch out of her mind. Strange things keep happening to her, causing her to be spooked and cautious. She meets Elliot, a new student and she believes he’s hiding a sinister past. The mystery builds and, as Nora touches Patch’s v-shaped scar on his back, she gets pulled into a vision. The danger and suspense become intense and Nora finally learns the truth about her past and Patch’s. 5 stars for this engrossing supernatural story!

Remake by Ilima Todd

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Remake by Ilima Todd is told in parts. Part one describes the lifestyles of batchers and the decisions they get to make when they turn seventeen- gender choice, occupation choice and physical appearance choices. Nine finds out that she is an experiment and that’s why she looks different from the other batchers with her red hair and freckles. On the trip to have their choices come to fruition, the shuttle crashes in the ocean and Nine is the only surviving batcher of her group. Part two begins when Nine washes onto a beach and is rescued and taken care of by a loving family that grows to love Nine as she grows to love them. Feeling safe, Nine decides she wants to remain with Kai and his family, but then her tracker goes off and the family knows it needs to be removed for everyone’s safety.  Part three tells of Kai and Nine taking the canoe to The Rise, freedom rebels who will remove the tracker.  Throughout this story many things come full circle for Nine and her eyes, heart and mind are opened.  Remake is a touching story set in a sci-fi dystopian world – 4.5 stars!

2016 Reading Challenge Completed

2016 Reading Challenge

For my last blog of 2016, I wanted to share my completed 2016 Reading Challenge.

  • A book published this year: Holding Court by K.C. Held
  • A book you can finish in a day: First Contact by Kat Green
  • A book you’ve been meaning to read: Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan
  • A book recommended by your local librarian: Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
  • A book you should have read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A book chosen for you by your child: The Western Front by Utah Valley University photographers in France honoring World War I veterans
  • A book published before you were born: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • A book that was banned at some point: Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • A book you previously abandoned: Bleed, Blister, Puke and Purge by J. Marin Younker
  • A book you own but have never read: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  • A book that intimidates you: Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone
  • A book you’ve already read at least once: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I have thoroughly enjoyed my reading material this year and this challenge is just a tidbit of the 200+ books I have consumed during 2016.

For 2017, I am thinking of these challenges from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s website: 2017 Reading Challenge

Good luck with your future reading and Happy New Year!

Manga Art by Mark Crilley

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Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for the opportunity to read and review Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator by Mark Crilley! Mr. Crilley shares his story with his readers, encouraging artists everywhere. The beautiful artwork in this book will open up worlds for aspiring artists and I especially like the “your turn” sections that encourage artists to think outside the box and create out of their norm. I will purchase this book for the library where I work because I can see it being beneficial to many students. They will enjoy this book as much as I do- 5 stars for this nonfiction art instructional book!

The Bad Boy Bargain

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“Received an advance reader copy for a fair review.”

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley!

Kyle keeps his distance from everyone and he enjoys the reputation that has been created about him, the playboy delinquent. Faith is in a relationship that she wants to end. She is ready to find love, not popularity. Faith walks in on her boyfriend, Cameron, cheating with another girl. Cameron then starts rumors about Faith and how cold and horrible she is. At this point, Faith decides to seek revenge. She strikes up a bargain with Kyle to get revenge on Cameron because it just so happens that Cameron and his friends bullied Kyle horribly in middle school. Kyle wants revenge just as badly as Faith does. The revenge doesn’t work exactly as planned and a lot of things change for both Kyle and Faith. Family dynamics, personal secrets and vulnerable characters make this story endearing. 4 stars!

November/December 2016 Writing Contests

WRITING, WRITING CONTESTSNovember/December 2016 Writing ContestsPosted on November 2, 2016November 2016Type: Fiction (Short Short Story)Hosted by: Writer’s DigestDeadline: November 15, 2016 (early-bird)Entry Fee: $20Type: Fiction (Fall)Hosted by: The Masters ReviewDeadline: November 15, 2016Entry Fee: $20Type: Fiction/Nonfiction (Fall)Hosted by: Narrative MagazineDeadline: November 30, 2016Entry Fee: $24Type: Flash FictionHosted by: WOW-Women On WritingDeadline: November 30, 2016Entry Fee: $10Type: FictionHosted by: Glimmer TrainDeadline: November 30, 2016Entry Fee: $2Type: Nonfiction (Dreams and Synchronicities)Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the SoulDeadline: November 30, 2016Entry Fee: NoneType: Nonfiction (Military Families)Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the SoulDeadline: November 30, 2016Entry Fee: NoneDecember 2016Type: FictionHosted by: So To SpeakDeadline: December 1, 2016Entry Fee: $15Type: Flash fictionHosted by: The Conium ReviewDeadline: December 1, 2016Entry Fee: $10Type: Fiction (Short Short Story)Hosted by: Writer’s DigestDeadline: December 15, 2016Entry Fee: $20Type: Flash fiction, nonfiction, or poetryHosted by: RedividerDeadline: December 15, 2016Entry Fee: $6Type: Nonfiction (Inspiration for Teachers)Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the SoulDeadline: December 31, 2016Entry Fee: NoneType: FictionHosted by: River StyxDeadline: December 31, 2016Entry Fee: $10Please be sure to read through the guidelines for each contest. Information may change.

Source: November/December 2016 Writing Contests