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text 2015-10-29 11:39
Story Sprites Round 2 update
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
The Secret Fire - C.J. Daugherty,Carina Rozenfeld
Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa
The Shining - Stephen King
Daughters unto Devils - Amy Lukavics
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim Kay
Ink and Bone: The Great Library - Rachel Caine

 

At the end of the first month of my second round of Story Sprites challenge I have completed 8 squares. 

 

Male MC - Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine - 5 Stars

Multiple Fantasy Creatures - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Illustrated edition) JK Rowling - 5 stars 

A Classic Novel - The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 3.5 stars

A Book with a Mountain - The Shining by Stephen King (reread) 5 stars

A Halloween Read - Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics - 4 Stars

Photograph for a Cover- The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - 4 Stars

Flames on Cover - The Secret Fire by CJ Daughtery - 5 Stars

Quiltbag Author - Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

 

Not a bad start :)

 

Currently Reading a bunch of books to cover more stars.

 

Gender Bender/Cross Dress - currently reading both Scarlet by AC Gaughen and Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Nearly finished Scarlet but I don't really like it that much whereas I like Under a Painted Sky a lot.

Set in Southern USA - Currently reading both Compulsion by Martina Boone and Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins for this square. 

Character Death - using The Stand by Stephen King for this one as this book has some truly epic character deaths in it. Initially this was going to be my book for Bram Stoker Award Winner it was on the Goodreads Bram Stoker Winners list but when I checked the Bram Stoker Award website it wasn't listed, so don't rely on Goodreads lists of award winners for facts! 

Character is a Musician - Wildflower by Alicia Whitaker - country singer girl goes from family band to stardom story. Its very simple and the MC is one of the biggest Mary Sue's I've come across, but inspite of that its a a lot of fun and the Nashville fangirl in me is enjoying this one. 

Supernatural race in Modern Times - Born at Midnight by CC Hunter - girl goes to summer camp and discovers vampires fairies and shapeshifters and a whole host of other paranormal beings are real. This one is awesome so far. 

POC MC - Scarlet Undercover by Jennifer Latham - not really liking this one much so far to be honest. Finding it a little unrealistic and the plot is kinda boring.

 

Squares to be filled

A middle grade fantasy novel - still pondering on this one. I have a few potential candidates, either Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, The Copper Gauntlet by Cassandra Clare + Holly Black or I may just read another Harry Potter book. 

Set at a Boarding School - either going to be a Vampire Academy or a House of Night Book. 

Witches or Wizards - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 

Bram Stoker Award Winner - American Gods by Neil Gaiman or Duma Key by Stephen King. 

 

Ones I'm struggling to find something for are

Character centred novel - I have a bunch of YA contemporaries I could use for this one but I can't make my mind up right now.

 

Book with a fictional language - really stumped on this one.

So far my candidates are Heart of Betrayal (Kiss of Deception book 2) by Mary Pearson. I remember the first book in this series had fantastic world building including its own dialects and languages and hopefully this will be continued in the second book.

Other thing that comes to mind is Lord of the Rings but I tried reading this one once in a trilogy bind up version and got up to about half way through the Two Towers and got bored and that took me over a year. Don't really fancy trying it again at the moment. (I doubt watching the movies again will count)

I got about 3 books into the Game of Thrones series. I thought about picking one of them up again. (Dothraki and others) 

I also thought about Throne of Glass for the Wyrdmarks (could possibly count as fictional language) 

It if gets to the end of December and I haven't got anything covered for this square I will most likely just read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets again (for Parsletongue) 

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review 2015-09-16 00:00
The Moon and More
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen A very slow paced read but I still really liked it. Dessen just knows how to suck me into story even though I'm not typically into ya contemporary. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by her and this one is no different.
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review 2015-06-15 21:37
Book 53/100: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
I read That Summer many, many years ago, was disappointed in Sarah Dessen's writing overall, and never bothered to return to her -- until mandated by my book club.

I was hoping that in the 11 or so years since I'd last read her she'd become a better writer. And while I think this was probably better than "That Summer," I won't be returning to Dessen on my own any time soon.

There were so many characters, so much going on, and so many pages in this novel (luckily, there was fairly large font so it read quickly). I just kept wondering if we really needed so much crammed in. She had three sisters, two dads, a mom, a stepmom, a best girlfriend, a best guy friend, a half-brother, a long-time boyfriend, a new love interest, and random small-town acquaintances and big city visitors, some of which were more important than others. All of these trying to clamor for some "page time" and demanding their own story arcs, so that the whole thing came across feeling over ambitious and under developed.

Although the book sells itself as a "love triangle" story -- a break up with a long-time boyfriend, a summer fling with an out-of-towner -- the love triangle is not especially compelling. The new boyfriend is too annoying to sweep a reader off her feet, and the old boyfriend gets to little attention. Still, I rooted for the old boyfriend. Don't worry, I won't give away how it ends!

The family relationships are more compelling, particularly the relationship between Emaline and her half brother Benji. And the relationship that seems to define and change Emaline most seems to be the one with her estranged father.

Fans of Sarah Dessen tend to pick her up because she writes fun, "light" reads. While that's mostly true, I think her books rub me the wrong way because they always seem to be trying to be something more. Mostly light, with a dash of pretentious. I'll pass.
 
 
 
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text 2015-01-28 03:28
Quick update - plus mini reviews!
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
Pretty Little Liars - Sara Shepard
The Battle of Jericho - Sharon M. Draper
Just Listen - Sarah Dessen

Hey everyone! I'm back in the swing of things with grad school, so sadly I haven't had as much time to be on here... bummer! Just wanted to give you a quick update on how things are going with me and post some mini-reviews of the books that I've been reading lately. 

 

The biggest news in my life is that my husband and I found out about a week and a half ago that our baby is going to be a GIRL! We can't wait to meet her - only about 18 weeks left, assuming she arrives on June 2 as planned! 

 

School, again, has me super busy, as I'm taking 15 credits this semester so I'll only have to take 9 in the summer when baby comes. In undergrad, this would have been sooo easy, but in grad school, it's definitely challenging! Thankfully, I'm very organized and as long as I continue to micromanage my schedule, I should come out alright. 

 

And here are the mini-reviews, as promised - all are for books I read for my Resources for Young Adults course: 

 

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen - I read this for an author project that I have to do (also see my review for Just Listen). I selected Sarah Dessen because I'd adored her books in high school and wanted to see how I'd feel now, five years later. Thankfully, she did not disappoint! I really enjoyed reading about Emaline's reactions to all of the changes in her life and I loved the way that this book ended. I think that by the end of the book, Emaline was definitely a stronger, more confident individual who felt more in charge of her destiny, and that's a great way to leave things at the close of a story. 4 out of 5 stars for this one. 

 

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - This book was selected as a part of the theme "Why do we care about what others think about us?" I'd never read PLL before, but I'd been meaning to for a while. And wow, this  like the definition of a guilty pleasure book. Like, I was kind of embarrassed to admit to anyone outside of Library Land that I was reading this... but I secretly kind of loved it! All the drama just sucks the reader right in. I will say that I think that Shepard drew things out a bit more than necessary - I feel like she used a whole book to tell something that could've only taken half of a book, if that makes any sense? But this is definitely a series that I would like to continue, once my schedule goes back to normal. 4 out of 5 stars. 

 

The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper - Another book for the theme "Why do we care about what others think about us?" I had actually never heard of this before this past week, so for those of you who haven't read this or heard of it, basically it's about a high school with a social club that on the surface is super philanthropic but behind the scenes has a really horrible hazing culture for new members to endure. As an alumna for a sorority, this was fascinating to read. My sorority, ΣΣΣ, has a very strict anti-hazing policy (thank God!) so I was never hazed. At the time, I have to admit, the policy seemed a bit over the top - we weren't even allowed to do scavenger hunts with our new members because they were deemed "too dangerous." After reading this and seeing how something that seems like a harmless little tradition can get horribly out of hand, I can see why our national headquarters is so cautious! While this book definitely got me thinking, I was kind of bored while reading it. The dialogue didn't feel real to me and I also felt that this one was longer than necessary. But it definitely had a fantastic message to deliver! 3 out of 5 stars. 

 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen - THIS BOOK. Omg. <3333 Okay, so this was part of my Sarah Dessen Author Project, and it's my first 5 star read of 2015! Which, honestly, isn't super fair because I read this SO MANY TIMES in high school and so I knew going in how much I'd adore it, but still. So many feelings for this book! I think it's just beautifully told, and the characters are wonderful - Owen Armstrong will forever be one of my top literary crushes, because he is just that fantastic, and Annabelle totally deserves his awesomeness. So yeah. This is hardcore chick lit and every time I read it, I turn right back into my swooning sixteen year old self. And that's exactly what should happen. 5 out of 5 stars. 

 

Hope everything's going well with all of you! Let me know if you've read any of these books and, if you have, how you liked them - do you agree with my opinions? Have a great week! 

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review 2014-07-30 04:14
Review: The Moon and More
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen

For me there was an unfortunate coincidence with some of the character's names, Luke, Clyde and Benji. When I was little I would go everyday with a friend during lunch recess to walk her dog Luke. Ten years ago my sister had a Norwegian elk hound named Clyde. Even as I neared the end of the book every time I saw the name Benji I thought of the dog from the movies. This is no reflection on the author or the story, but I did find it distracting.

Now onto the real review. The book was about Emaline the summer before she went to college.

Things I disliked:
•Theo- the man had unrealistic expectations if everyone didn't conform to them he would ignore and gloss over the moment until others were tired and would just give up arguing with him. I could not figure out why Emaline found him attractive.
•Emaline's father- really he was married, had two children and really should have grown up.
•Emaline's mother and sister not respecting her personal space. Why did the two of them spend all their free time in Emaline's bedroom anyway?
•The sex- Emaline didn't really want to have sex, she wasn't in the mood, but it was expected and easier to just do it than not. It didn't seem like a good reason to be intimate espcially with how young she was.

Things I liked:
•The relationships- Emaline's friendships with Morris and Daisy. The one she had with her boyfriend Luke and how it progressed through the story.
•The distinction between who Emaline viewed as her father and her dad. There was a different dynamic between them and she recognized that.
•Benji, Emaline's 10 year old brother, he had a fantastic attitude and energy. I honestly think he was my favorite part.
•I liked how Emaline wasn't the only character who evolved and had personal growth.

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