Monday, December 1, 2014


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin By: Liesl Shurtliff

Rump hates his name very much, and we all know why. The kids are always teasing him about it.  Rump has had a hard life, living day to day in the mines so that his grandmother and him can eat. But when he finds a spinning wheel, and is able to make gold his luck begins to change.

I loved this retelling of the story of Rumpelstiltskin.  It was very clever, and will take young readers into the fairy tale quickly.  I liked how Rumpelstiltskin was not told as an evil character, like he is in some of the fairy tales, that he was just a normal boy with a talent that he thought could help him.

I purchased this book from Scholastic.
ISBN: 978-0-545-76586-2

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial By: Holly Black and Cassandra Clare Illustrated By: Scott Fischer

Call does not fit in anywhere he goes, he has trouble at school, and does not have any friends. His father is taking him to the Iron Trial, and tells Call that he needs to fail the test so that he is not taken to the school for magic.  Call does everything he can, but is still chosen by Master Rufus.  Call is now living at the Magisterium.  Call does his best, but always feels like his is failing. He finally is able to befriend his two partners Tamara and Aaron, and they begin to work together. That is until Call finds out who he truly is.

This is a great read for upper elementary and middle school readers.  I really enjoyed Call's character, he is the misfit kid, who just needs to find his place in the world.  I also enjoyed the relationship between Call and his father, it showed true caring.  I highly recommend this book!  I hope the next book in the series comes out soon.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-0-545-52225-0

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Girl On A Wire

Girl on a Wire By: Gwenda Bond

Jules is a really great tight rope walker.  She wants her family to have the best in life, so she tricks her family into joining The Cirque American.  She has no idea what is in store for her!  The other members of the Cirque are not thrilled that her family is there, because of the past of her grandmother and the story that she hurt people.  But she meets Remy, and even though their families do not get along, they find themselves falling for each other. With many mysterious things happening, Jules tries to figure them out, while making a name for herself. She has to look out thought because someone is out for revenge.

I really liked this book.  I loved the storyline, the mystery, and the cool circus things.  I highly recommend this one.

I borrowed this from the public library
ISBN: 978-1477847916

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul By: Jeff Kinney

It is no secret that I really love the Wimpy Kid books. This one was just as funny as ever.  I loved the idea of the long road trip, because when I was little we took them every summer.  The pig addition to the family made me laugh and laugh.  Keep writing Jeff Kinney, you are hysterical.

I purchased this book from Scholastic Book Clubs
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1499-3


Atlantia By: Ally Condie

Rio has always known that she wants to go Above. But she stays with her twin sister Bay in Atlantia so that she is not alone after their mother dies.  Rio is shocked one day when her sister decides to go Above and leaves her alone. Rio has always had to hide her true self, because she is s siren, and now it will be even harder. Rio meets True, who helps her make money so that she can buy her way to the top. Things do not go as planned though and what Rio thought she wanted may not be so anymore.

This was a great young adult book.  I was interested in it immediately because of Rio, she would do anything for her sister and when her sister leaves her she is left uncertain of things.  I also liked that Rio was able to find a way to do what she needed to do in order to survive and figured out quickly who she could trust.

I borrowed this book from the public library.
ISBN: 978-0-525-42644-8

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Back To Blogging!

I don't really think anyone checks out this blog, but for any who might I am back!

Here are a few things I read while I was gone.

Divergent Series By: Veronica Roth
     This is the story of Beatrice Prior, in a post apocalyptic Chicago area. I was instantly hooked on this series again (I read the first one a while ago).  I finished all four of the books in two days.  Although I hated the end. 

The Pledge By: Kimberly Derting

     I loved this book about Charlania who has to hide her ability to understand all languages. She meets the prince, who is in disguise, and they end up finding friendship.  Charlania is the key though to overthrowing the evil reign of the kingdom.  I can't wait to read the next two books in the series!

Mortal Instruments Series By: Cassandra Claire. 

    I finished this series and was thrilled with the ending  I am glad I was able to find out what happened with Clary and Jace, and how they work tougher with their friends to overthrow Sebastian, Clary's brother.

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