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The Diviners (The Diviners #1)

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Author: Libba Bray

Publisher: Little, brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 06/1/12

Rating:

4 star kiss

Goodreads Synopsis:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

My Thoughts:

I did it. I finally read The Diviners and I was both disappointed in some ways but extraordinarily surprised in others.

Let’s talk about the former first, shall we?

Now I’m going to base this review off of the comparison I used for this author the entirety of the novel. Libba Bray, and this is the first tale of hers that I’ve ever read, reminded me extremely of Cassandra Clare. So much so that I have essentially the same pros and cons that I do with Cassandra Clare’s books  (read my review of Clockwork Princess here). The major negative I saw with this book was that there was so much excessive detail. Don’t get me wrong I love detail, but when there is such a large amount of it and it doesn’t all seem to contribute to the plot it’s not necessary

—->can I get a HUGE shout-out to Charles Dickens, because EXCESSIVE DETAIL.

I was blown away by Bray’s writing. Listen, I’m not talking a slight breeze-> I mean a full scale tornado. Her writing is beautiful and the way she paints her characters is completely breath-taking. Also the way the characters spoke and the setting seemed to be so accurate that I could definitely tell a lot of reasearch was put into creating this world.

All in all, this is THE PERFECT Halloween read, and I highly suggest you pick it up. I recommend it to ages 15 or 16 and up.

Now I get to go study for a quiz, what joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*extreme sarcasm*

Love,

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Are you in a book club?

Hi friends!

I need YOUR help! I’m starting a book club at my school and I would absolutely LOVE if all of you seasoned book-clubbers could give me any advice as to how your book club is run/ tips that you might have for me! Comment below or email me at thenoveltyoflife@gmail.com

Thanks in advanced,

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The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Release Date: 06/01/2001

Rating:

5 star kiss

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

My Thoughts:

I AM SO ANGRY THAT I HAVEN’T READ THIS BEFORE.

Alright simmer down Kathy

*breathes* Okay I’m calm

Oh wait, NO I’M NOT

This book was adorable. I have always been, am currently, and will forever be obsessed with the movie adaptation of the novel but I have never actually read the books until now (or at least the first one). It also helped that Anne Hathaway narrated the audiobook I listened to. The book is extraordinarily different from the movie, but not in a negative way. The Princess Diaries (book) is relatable on all fronts and manages to be serious, yet hilarious at the same time.

Some differences in the book:

Mia is blonde (she dyes her hair)

I believe her full name is longer (I might be wrong about that though)

Her dad is ALIVE

The audience does not get to see Lily as frequently as we do in the movie

Similarities:

Pretty much everything else

I think that character-wise, Mia is phenomenal. She completely seems like a regular person, which in many books is not achieved and establishes a very strong relationship with the readers. I also like the way Cabot paints Mia’s father and grandmother because both of them are very distinctive in their characters.

Generally, I would recommend this to ages 13 and up and I especially recommend both watching the movie and reading the book. If you want to read my first Cabot review click here and hopefully I’ll have a review of the second book in the series up soon (it’ll probably be more of a discussion, so if anyone wants to buddy read the rest of the series with me shoot me a goodreads message or an email).

Have a stellar week,

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All Hallows’ Read

Hi Everyone!

I’m super excited to announce the Halloween read-along that I am hosting with Olivia at Brewing Up Books and Cassandra at CC’s Books! We are going to be reading a Halloween-themed book each week in October (it may go slightly into November depending on length of the books) and it’s called All Hallows’ Read! We would absolutely love if you wanted to participate! Feel free to link your posts in the comments or to lead discussions in the comments. The first book is

*drum role please*

The Diviners by: Libba Bray

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

We are trying to shoot for having the book read by this coming Thursday, but as it is a very chunky book that may not happen.

I hope you all have a great week and PLEASE join us in All Hallows’ Read!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Zaria Fierce Book Two Cover Reveal

Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted 

Drakeland SwordAbout the Book:

Title: Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword

Release Date: November 6, 2015 (11/06/2015)

Author: Keira Gillett

Illustrator: Eoghan Kerrigan

Narrator: Michele Carpenter

Series: Zaria Fierce Trilogy, Book 2

Summary in a Nut-Shell: Zaria Fierce must undo the damage she and her friends

caused when they accidentally aided Olaf in his quest to release the dragon, Koll.

Full Summary: If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean you’d never

have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture

of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more

than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many

more adventures, but also many more perils… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following

her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what

it is and stop it before it’s too late?

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Praise for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest (Book 1):

“Are you in the mood for an old fashioned magical jaunt? Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood

Forest by Keira Gillett is a classic “perilous adventure” book for middle grade readers.” Jennifer

Bardsley, The YA Gal

“A captivating blending of fantasy storytelling with today’s technology. At the base of this tale is deep,

abiding friendship that stands the tests of time, adventure and even danger.” Kathy Haw,

Goodreads Review

“A great book with a lovely story and amazing characters. It’s a fantasy and adventure book that will be

the delight of Narnia fans and those looking for a bit of Norwegian folklore thrown into it.” Ner, A

Cup of Coffee and a Book

“If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure dipped in fantasy, look no further. This book kept me

on my toes with its many cliffhangers and plot twists; it was quite hard to put down at times.”

Meredith, All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff

“I love when a story jumps right in and hooks me like this one did. I highly recommend you look into it if

you are in the mood for a fun adventure. I also recommend that you get it for any book loving middle

schooler you know.” Emily, Midwestern Book Nerd

Illustrations by Eoghan Kerrigan:

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Excerpt:

Filip slung his window open and tossed out his backpack. It landed in a thump in the

hedgerow. Aleks pulled it out and slung it over his shoulder with his own bag.

“How’re you getting down?”

“Hopefully with your stargazer.”

“Then why toss down your bag?” Aleks asked, exasperated.

“Just in case,” Filip said with a wink at Zaria.

She suppressed a smile. She looked to the others, “Does anybody have rope?”

Aleks and Geirr both nodded. Then Geirr unzipped his bag and pulled out a neat coil from on top. He

tossed it to Filip, who snatched it up as it sailed by the window. He disappeared into his bedroom and

reappeared moments later slinging the coil out the window. It unraveled to the ground.

“Good,” Filip said briskly. “It’s long enough. Now let’s see if it holds.”

Filip quickly scaled the side of the house and they gathered their belongings preparing to dash. Without

warning, Mrs. Storstrand stuck her head out of a bottom window and shrieked at the sight of them.

“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.

“Run!” Filip shouted, grabbing his friends’ sleeves and rushing for the street.

Aleks cursed and threw Filip his backpack while slinging his own around to the front and unzipping a

pocket. He looked frazzled as he dug inside the opening. Mrs. Storstrand was quick. She was already out

of the house and chasing after them. She threatened life and limb and the most terrible of all – letting

Filip’s father know what he was about.

At last Aleks found the stargazer – a shiny purplish egg-shaped object perforated with stars – and almost

dropped it in his haste. After a brief fumble, Aleks located the largest star, and hastily jabbed his finger

into the hole. Just like that, Mrs. Storstrand froze mid-run. But so too did Christoffer, Filip, and Geirr.

Aleks looked at Zaria and to the others. “Damn,” he hissed. “Wait! How are you not frozen

too?”

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Keira Gillett author 

pictureAuthor Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications

librarian, book blogger, world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of

Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of

the written word, as such she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the

Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend

from a nasty river-troll.

Website: http://keiragillett.com

Social Media: Twitter (keiragillett), Facebook (zariafiercetrilogy), Pinterest (zariafierce)

 

Eoghan Kerrigan IllustratorIllustrator Bio: Eoghan Kerrigan is an illustrator from Kildare,

Ireland who draws primarily fantasy characters and creatures. He studied illustration in Ballyfermot

College of Further Education and has produced work for various independent projects. He has two cats

and a soft spot for trolls.

Website: http://eoghankerrigan.blogspot.ie/

Social Media: Twitter (eoghankerrigan), Facebook (eoghankart)

 

 

 

 

Michele CarpenterNarrator Bio: Michele Carpenter is an artist at heart, with a

passion for acting. She and her husband (also a voice actor) often work on projects together and help

one another through the journey. Together, they have three kids. Michele’s children love to hear her

read stories and beg her to edit her narrations in the same room with them so they can listen too. It’s

partially for this reason that Michele has come to feel a personal responsibility to only record books that

aren’t inappropriate for children or young adults–at their respective age levels and according to the

maturity levels of the books they’re able to read. “We never know how long we have on this earth and

I’d rather leave behind a legacy of books that I’m not ashamed to have my friends, family and even

future grandchildren, listen to forever.”

Website: http://www.michele-carpenter.com/

Social Media: Twitter (michelecvoice), Facebook

(michelecarpentervoice), YouTube

(micheleyoutube)

Have a great weekend! Hang in there, we’re almost there!! Love,
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