WWW Wednesdays (March 9)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

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I’ve put Code Name Verity for on hold for the moment. Even though it’s an audiobook, I’m not finding the right time to finish listening. Hopefully this weekend I will polish it off and have the review written.

23435737I also started reading the next book in The Toucan Trilogy: Colony East. The first book ended a little flatly for me, so I am hoping the second book makes up for that. I loved the first book – it had a little bit of everything going on and it touched on my emotions several times.

When Abby’s little sister, Toucan, contracts a new, deadly illness spreading among the survivors, they go on a dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for a small group of children.

Abby fears that time is running short for Touk, but she soon learns that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.


 What did you just finish reading?

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I finished the March Power of the Matchmaker book, If We Were a Movie. It was spectacular. It didn’t follow suit as the first two in the series, and I thought that this would be the story where Pearl failed as a matchmaker. It was down to the wire and things got super crazy – like, psycho crazy. Such a good ending. I was dying for Nate to stick it to a few particular people, and it happened! Ahhh, sweet justice!


What do you think you’ll read next?

I can’t wait to get started on these new books! I’ve been wanting to read them for a month now, and I am finally making a little progress. A Buss from Lafayette is an upcoming review book, and I’m working to get The Money Tree off of my backlog. The others are a split between NetGalley choices and some freebies.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

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WWW Wednesdays (March 2)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

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I started listening to the audio for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This was a book I received through SYNC’s free summer program. Since the last audiobook I finished was Beautiful Creatures at Thanksgiving, I felt it was time to move on to another. I still have about 20 or so I need to get through before the new titles come out this summer.

One of my students last year read an excerpt from Code Name Verity for UIL Oral Reading, and she won first place. After listening to her practice her piece for so long, I knew there was something very interesting going on in the text, although I will admit that the excerpt she selected was well into the story and I was confused about what was going on.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

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I started the next book in the Power of the Matchmaker series for March. If We Were a Movie has a college setting, and features two characters who are very different from one another as they grow into their adult lives.

Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella.

NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.

Enter his new roommate Jordan–a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.


 What did you just finish reading?

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy was one of the books graphic novels I picked up at my school’s book fair a few weeks ago. I intentionally picked out a majority of graphic novels, and I remembered seeing this one around the blogosphere a while back.

Girls Scouts is the closest thing we have to Lumberjanes down here in Texas. Although I wasn’t in Girl Scouts (not for my lack of pleading to my mother), Lumberjanes actually reminded me of my annual summer camp at Val Verde, which has since been sold and given a makeover as more of a dude ranch, but growing up at Val Verde was so similar to what the Lumberjanes experience at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!
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I finally finished Night of the Purple Moon, which was VERY good. I’ve said before my reasons for not reading YA, but this dystopian YA got to me somehow. It was an old read I wanted to clear out of my TBR, but once I started reading I really got suckered in. I am definitely going to finish the trilogy.

Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

I know y’all are still seeing the same four books down here, but look! Now they have a new friend! 🙂 A Buss from Lafayette is an upcoming review book, and I’m working to get The Money Tree off of my backlog.The others are a split between NetGalley choices and some freebies.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays (January 27)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

I didn’t have a post last week for WWW. Since I hadn’t finished any new books and I forgot about my post, I just went ahead and left it as is. For the last few weeks I’ve been slowing on getting these up. I’m slumping hard, y’all!

I haven’t started anything new yet since I just finished two books the last two nights, but this evening I will start in on The Toucan Trilogy. The first book in the series is Night of the Purple Moon, followed by Colony East


 What did you just finish reading?

Not-Always-Happenstance

I finished my second Rachael Anderson book. Not Always Happenstance also happens to be the second book in The Power of the Matchmaker series, which is turning out to be really neat.

You can read my review from last week here.

 

 

DG CS cover 2014 flatI also finished Dog Goner, the second book in the Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Dinky are at it again, and this time Tawny’s friend Jenny is all up in the mix, too. Fortunately, they have a little help in this installment, but things get heated toward the end. I thought for sure a few characters were going to be goners!

You can read my review of the first book, Kibble Talk, here. Look for my review of Dog Goner in a few weeks.

 

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I also powered through the last bit of Jeff Anderson’s Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth. I love this book, and I love Zack Delacruz.

I also love that Jeff Anderson is a Central Texan and he writes about our area. His commentary about middle school life is spot-on. As a middle school teacher, I couldn’t help but share certain scenes with my students – in hopes to get them checking this out!

This one will also review in a few weeks – probably the beginning of March. Look for it then!


 What do you think you’ll read next?

These are the next four books on my list. I’m slowly but surely working through some backlogged review books, Amazon freebies, and NetGalley requests. I think I’m going to really like all of the ones coming up, so I hope that helps me get out of this slump!


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays (January 27)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

Not-Always-Happenstance I also started reading my first February review book, Not Always Happenstance. This is the second book in the Matchmaker series.

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I’m still working on Jeff Anderson’s Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth.

I love that he is a Central Texan and he writes about our area. His commentary about middle school life is spot-on.


 What did you just finish reading?

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I finally finished this epic of a fantasy! I was sweating bullets trying to get it done for the tour. This was only my second book coming out of my slump, so I don’t know if that means I’m really out of my slump.

Feast of Fates reviewed last Friday on the blog. There are several very good reviews up on Goodreads already for this debut author!


 What do you think you’ll read next?

I moved Dog Goner to the backburner as I finish up Zack Delacruz and Not Always Happenstance. I’ll be starting on Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy next. The other four are the next ones in my carousel.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays (January 20)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I am working fast and furious to finish reading Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown. This is only my second book coming out of my slump. I’m not sure if I’m entirely out of it, given how long it is taking me to finish a book, or if it is exacerbated by the fact that I have so little time to do anything right now.

The review will be up Friday.

24612691I forgot that I had started Jeff Anderson’s book, Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth. I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but I’m hoping to finish it Saturday. I know it’s going to be hilarious, and it seems Zach and I have one important thing in common: big mouths. And not the kind you eat Big Macs with!

DG CS cover 2014 flatI also started the first chapter of this hilarious sequel. Cynthia Port cracks me up! Dog Goner is the follow up to Kibble Talk.

Tawny and Dinky are the funniest pair of child-dog you’ve ever seen. Now pair them up with Tawny’s BFF Jenny and her dog Gunner, and they are on a mission!

Secrets will be revealed! Fondest wishes will be fulfilled! Permacrud will be . . . what the heck is permacrud, anyway? Find out in Dog Gone Dinky, the second book in the hilarious Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Jenny, along with their dogs Dinky and Gunner, have set themselves on a mission – or really, three missions. But there’s someone else with a fondest wish, and they’ll do anything to get it. Can Dinky save the day before he becomes a dog goner? Dog Gone Dinky is a fast moving and funny fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12 or as a read-a-loud.


 What did you just finish reading?

Not a thing. Yet.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

Not Always Happenstance is my first review book for February, and then I will be clearing Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy books off my TBR.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays (January 13)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

24612691I forgot that I had started Jeff Anderson’s book, Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth. I’ve only read the first chapter so far, but I’m hoping to finish it by Friday. I know it’s going to be hilarious, and it seems Zach and I have one important thing in common: big mouths. And not the kind you eat Big Macs with!

 

DG CS cover 2014 flatI am also splitting time with this hilarious sequel. Cynthia Port cracks me up! Dog Goner is the follow up to Kibble Talk.

Tawny and Dinky are the funniest pair of child-dog you’ve ever seen. Now pair them up with Tawny’s BFF Jenny and her dog Gunner, and they are on a mission!

Secrets will be revealed! Fondest wishes will be fulfilled! Permacrud will be . . . what the heck is permacrud, anyway? Find out in Dog Gone Dinky, the second book in the hilarious Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Jenny, along with their dogs Dinky and Gunner, have set themselves on a mission – or really, three missions. But there’s someone else with a fondest wish, and they’ll do anything to get it. Can Dinky save the day before he becomes a dog goner? Dog Gone Dinky is a fast moving and funny fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12 or as a read-a-loud.

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I’m still working on Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown. With so many characters I had to slow myself down!

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her—visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.


 What did you just finish reading?

 

I finished the The Sound of the Stones last Thursday and started cranking away on Broken Things to Mend and I also plugged through an audiobook of The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline.

Check out all the reviews below.


 What do you think you’ll read next?

Not Always Happenstance is my first review book for February, and then I will be clearing Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy books off my TBR.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays (January 6)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

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Three weeks ago I said I was reading this. I didn’t do a post last week. I was so burned out I didn’t actually start reading this until a few days ago. It was hard for me to get into at first, but around the 25% mark things really started picking up and the plot was moving along at a quick pace.

 

Ashra is an incredible character, as are many of the others who come to her aid. I was impressed that the plot was not overly convoluted with so many characters who played active parts.

Look for my review of The Sound of the Stones early next week!


 What did you just finish reading?

 


 What do you think you’ll read next?

I still have two books to read for their tours early next week, as well as a a couple others and a new tour book for February.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂