Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Jewel

The Jewel By: Amy Ewing

Violet has always known what her job will be in life. She understands that she will be sold, and then forced to carry the children of someone with power.  It doesn't matter what she has been told, after being sold to the Lady of the Lake, reality is much worse than she feared.  The powerful people are able to do things to the weaker ones that are terrible, and Violet finds that she has a lot more to learn.  But with the promise of someone that claims they want to help her, and meeting Ash, Violet has a little hope for her future.

This was a great book.  I enjoyed Violet's character, she was determined to help her friend, even though life was hard for her too.  I thought the balance of power over the people who were buying girls, and the way they treated the people without the ability to fight for themselves was terrible.  Honestly the plot was really strange, but I didn't want to stop reading, because I wanted to make sure that Violet was able to get out.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-0-06-223579-4

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Heir Of Fire

Heir Of Fire By: Sarah J. Maas

Celina has been sent away by the King of Adarlan.   She is not expecting to be caught by Rowan, the prince of her Aunt Maeve.  Maeve wants something from Celina, because she is the rightful Queen Aelin.  Maeve sends Celina to train with Rowan, and they spend countless hours every day, with Rowan forcing Celina to be who she is meant to be.  Chaol is fighting a battle of his own as he works with Aedion, who is trying to overthrow the evil of the King of Adarlan.  Manon is an evil witch who is preparing for the battle against anyone who stands to fight the King of Adarlan.  The fate of everyone is in the hands of Celina, and we will see just how strong she is.

It is very hard to explain the depth and character of this book.  There were so many things going on in the book and so much action to follow.  I loved this book just as much as the rest of the Throne of Glass series. Celina is absolutely one of my favorite characters,  I love her strength, and her fight for what is right. The only problem I have with this book is that it ended, and I wanted more.

I borrowed this book from a friend.
ISBN: 978-1-61963-065-9

My Crocodile Does Not Bite

My Crocodile Does Not Bite By: Joe Kulka

It is bring your pet to school day and Ernest has decided to take his gigantic crocodile with him.  Cindy Lou, the very mean girl, says that he can't have him because he will bite the other kids. Ernest insures everyone that he does not in fact bite, and shows off all his tricks to the class. But, Cindy Lou just gets more and more upset because no one in the class cares about her dog, so she does something mean.  Ernest is correct, his crocodile does not bite, but he sure can swallow.  This book was really funny, my boys loved it, and think they need a crocodile for a pet.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-0-7613-8937-8

The Nuts: Bedtime At The Nut House

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nuthouse By: Eric Litwin  Illustrated by: Scott Magoon

This is a hilarious book about a family of nuts.  The little Nuts do not wish to go to bed and are trying to find anyway to get out of it.  Mama Nut is not happy with Wally and Hazel and uses her big voice to make sure they will listen.  The story has a free download of the song and lullaby of the book. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and perfect for the story.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-0-316-32244-7

Night Knight

Night Knight By: Owen Davey

This is a cute story about a knight who goes on many adventures on his way to bed. He rides his horse down the hall, swims through the ocean in his bath, and finds treasure on his way into his room.  The illustrations in this book are really great.  My five year old son couldn't get enough of this book.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5838-0

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lily Quench

Lily Quench and the Dragon of Ashby By: Natalie Jane Prior

Lily is part of a family of dragon slayers.  She is brought to the castle of Ashby to hunt down and kill the dragon that is making a mess.  Lily finds that she would rather be friends with the dragon, and the Dragon Queen takes her on an adventure she will never forget. She gets taken to Monkey Island and is given clues to the missing prince. But the whole time she is gone there is another fight in Ashby, one that could change it forever.

This was a cute book that any third through fifth grade reader would enjoy.  Lily is a lovable character, and so is the dragon she is taken to quench.  The story reminded me a lot of Roald Dahl's writing style and characters.  Strange with a twist.  I loved her adventures.

I borrowed this from the school library
ISBN: 0-140240020-3

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wilfred

Wilfred By: Ryan Higgins

     Once there was a lonely giant named Wilfred, who only wanted a friend. He came to a town that had a whole bunch of little people in it, and none of them had hair. When he tried to introduce himself the people all ran away, except one boy. The boy and Wilfred became friends and had a ton of fun, until the other people in the town told Wilfred that hairy monsters were not allowed to be in the town.  If he wanted to come back he had to give them all his hair. So they took all of Wilfred's hair, and he was cold and lonely. The little boy tried to help him, but he got lost in the snowstorm.  Wilfred found him and protected him, and then the people of the town knew that they had done wrong.

     I loved this book. It was touching and had a great story.  I thought that it showed that people can be very selfish, and that sometimes the things that are different are the object of our torture.  I loved how Wilfred protected his only friend in this story.  My boys loved listening to it, and I cannot wait to share it with my class.

   I borrowed this from the public library
   ISBN: 978-0-8037-3732-7