Awesome YA is awesome.

A while back I read and LOVED the wonderful and amazing ‘The Archived’ by Victoria Schwab and then last November for my birthday I was gifted the second book in the Archived series, “The Unbound” which is JUST AS WONDERFAB!

It’s taken me forever to get around to writing a review for ‘The Unbound’ because life and also thieving children, but finally and with much fanfare, here is my review:

‘The Unbound’ picks up pretty much where ‘The Archived’ left off. After a crazy summer of chasing down Histories, working with and finally trusting Wes, and fighting to save both the Archive and her own life, Mackenzie Bishop is ready to try something resembling a normal life. A new school and a new group of friends gives her the chance to start over, but Mac is haunted by the events of her past and when dreams start to feel more like reality, she knows she’s in trouble. When people start to go missing, Mackenzie realizes that there is something bigger going on, and all the evidence points straight at her. If Mac doesn’t figure it out fast, she’ll lose her place as Keeper, her friendship with Wes, and the most precious parts of her memory.

With ‘The Unbound’, Victoria Schwab delivers AGAIN!  Mac and Wes are wonderful characters (yes fans, there’s lots of Wes in the 2nd book) and the story is unique, rich and engaging. A little darker in tone than ‘The Archived’ be prepared for a rather thrilling adventure.

Why did I mention thieving children? Well, my eldest daughter occasionally moans and whines that she has nothing to read, and I sometimes (rarely) dare to recommend to her something from my own bookshelf. I’ve been trying to push books her way since before she could read (hehehehe) but when she was around eight years old I realized that her stubborn streak was so incredibly wide, that if I was TOO enthusiastic with my suggestions she would refuse to have anything to do with them. I did recommend ‘The Book Thief” and that was the last I saw of my copy, she later bought me a replacement copy, having fallen so in love with the story that she couldn’t part with it.

But I digress.

In passing I suggested that my daughter might enjoy ‘The Archived.” She didn’t bite. I walked away. Then one evening,  I was cooking dinner one handed while reading ‘The Unbound’ and she asked me if it was really that good.. I told her yes, and that she should read the first book. After dinner I handed her my copy of ‘The Archived’ and went back to reading ‘The Unbound’ and the following morning she explained how she had stayed up MUCH later than she had intended because she simply could not stop reading!

Two days later she asked if I had finished reading ‘The Unbound’ because she “needed it” – if that’s not a glowing recommendation for a YA book, I don’t know what is!

My daughter has since informed me that ‘The Archived’ and ‘The Unbound’ are now HER books, she is never giving them back, and that I should contact the author and make sure the third book is published ASAP.

Victoria Schwab has written quite a few other books including “Vicious”  and her brand new release “A Darker Shade of Magic” which I really think my daughter should buy for me.

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To the library…

I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have not been to my local library in years and so when I took the kids last week to help stimulate their brains, I had to renew my card.

And then I looked around and the shelving had totally changed – which was kind of cool, yay new shelves! And kind of wha? because there was more empty space than books.
Hopefully the lack of available titles is because so many other local parents had already stocked up their kid’s reading lists.

Oldest Daughter was off at drivers ed class (omg omg no no no she’s a baby what madness is this??!!) so she didn’t get a book 😦

Boy didn’t see anything that caught his attention, but almost frothed at the mouth when I pointed out a super cool looking Zorro graphic novel.

Little One picked out a cute picture book and I wanted to hit her over the head with it because despite her nickname she is NOT little enough to stick with picture books – but reading is reading so – she brought home the very pretty and entertaining ‘Chester’ by Ayano Imai.

And I couldn’t walk out of there with nothing for me, so I have ‘Jellicoe Road’ by Melina Marchetta – which so far I am finding to be disjointed and confusing.

Book store find

I love browsing the shelves and tables at my local bookstores and this past weekend I noticed that one of their bargain tables was filled with some names I recognized!
So, even though I was only there because Oldest Daughter needed a new book (she happily bought herself ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs) I grabbed this pretty copy of ‘The Book of Tomorrow’ by Cecelia Ahern.

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What the kids are reading this December

When all three of my minions are reading something they like, I am a very happy mum!

We spent Thanksgiving in the mountains in New Mexico and on our shopping day in town my son picked out the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series – Hard Luck – as his treat 🙂 He spent most of the car ride home with his nose in the book, and having finished it in record time he had decided to revisit the other Wimpy Kid stories on his shelf.

My oldest daughter, having whizzed through the book she got from the school library and not having anything else immediately available, begged for something from my book shelf. She wasn’t keen on ‘Divergent’ (she doesn’t want anything to take away her love for the Hunger Games series) so I suggested ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak and she loves it so much she wants her own copy.

My youngest has been obsessing over all the fairy books * written by Daisy Meadows. She is currently almost finished with ‘Victoria the Violin Fairy’ – she even dressed up as the main character for her school’s literary day.
I hope she loves the box full of rainbow fairy books I have waiting to put under the Christmas tree!

 

*Additional info and thoughts on the fairy books my 7yo loves: I recently read an article (which I have been unable to find again!)  online concerning the Rainbow Fairies books. Basically, these books are not written by a single author but a group of writers who brainstorm and create the stories together. The article was slightly scathing, taking a ‘these are not real books’ view of the whole thing and many comments agreed with that stance. Sure I’m bummed that ‘Daisy Meadows’ is not a real person, because *giggle* imagine having that name, but in my opinion the books are friendly and fun and they promote reading – why would anyone knock that?

Insurgent and Allegiant

Hey world, it’s my birthday! I don’t make a big deal about my own birthday, hugs and kisses from the kids are the best gifts… chocolate and new books are expected from The Husband 🙂
Even though these days I have to give him a list of titles to make sure he picks one I haven’t already read, it’s still exciting for me to unwrap my new books and see which ones I’ll soon be ignoring the household chores and forgetting about dinner for.

This year I have ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth *squeee*

I read Divergent a while back and enjoyed it enough to want the whole trilogy, I can’t wait to get sucked back into Tris’s world. I saw some talk online about fans being very upset by the way it all ends but I managed to avoid any details – I hate spoilers!

I’ll be sure to post my thoughts post-read to the blog.

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What the kids are reading now

My kids’ school had a book fair last week. Oldest daughter got first chance to go check it out so she begged some cash from me – I always give in when the money will be used for books – so off she went with my dollars.
She didn’t find anything she liked but hadn’t already read, so she passed the money to her brother – he got to go the next day.
After school on the second day The Boy was very excited to show me his purchases. The first item out of his backpack was a cool eraser that looks like a calculator – and my heart sank. I had failed to confirm with him that the money must ONLY be used for books.

But then!
He totally floored me, because he produced not one but TWO books!
He told me that he took some of his pocket money and combined it with the $ from me so he could get more than one book.

Can this be true? My reluctant reader, happily, willingly, spending his own money on books?!

Oh happy day!!!

He bought and subsequently read a Star Wars Jedi training book, and an Adventure Time book – both graphic novels aimed at his age group. Yay!!!

Oldest daughter came shopping with me one evening and found for herself ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs – so far the verdict is ‘freaky’ and she loves it.

And last, but never least, my Little One is devouring another fairy book – ‘Fiona the Flute Fairy’ – that she spotted in her school library.

What the kids are reading over the summer

Middle school is right around the corner , or hanging out at the end of Summer Lane, and with it comes the summer reading assignment.
This year our neighborhood middle school organized itself a little better and sent out a list of books for the incoming 6th graders to choose from.
The Boy and I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and looked at all the books on the list and he decided upon ‘The One and Only Ivan’ by Katherine Applegate.
He likes that it’s about a gorilla and there are large amounts of empty space on each page *sigh*
But he did get to page twelve before breakfast so it’s a start.
I will post a review and his thoughts on the book when we get to the last page.

My oldest, my TEENAGER (yeah still a little shocked by this) listened carefully as I read the back cover and first page of each book on the 6th grade list and decided that she wanted ‘The City of Ember’ by Jeanne DuPrau for herself.

My youngest aka Little One aka The Girl Who Had An Actual Live Snake On Her Head Yesterday (no lie, a snake got on her head!) is still obsessed with those books about fairies so she managed to pick up ‘Joy the Summer Vacation Fairy’ and ‘Shannon the Ocean Fairy’ and she is reading them simultaneously. (I’m a little confused.)

I’m also reading ‘The Magic Finger’ by Roald Dahl to all the kids because they like the silliness of Dahl combined with the silliness of Mum doing voices.