Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday : Three Dark Crowns

It's been awhile since I have participated in a WoW post, but I want to get back into blogging regularly more often so I thought this would be a fun way to do it! 
This is a great way to get to know fellow bloggers and find out what they can't wait for!  Huge thanks goes to Breaking the Spine for creating such an awesome concept.  Head over there for all the details. 

So what is my Waiting on Wednesday pick, you ask?  

Three Dark Crowns
by Kendare Blake

Date of Publication: 
Sept 20, 2016

From Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

So what are you waiting for?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas A.K.A the book that stole my heart away!

A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury/ May 2016
Book 2 in A Court of Thorn and Roses

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts:

I have found the book that if I never read another book as long as I live, I can die happy knowing I found this treasure.  Of course, I would very much like to read the next book; but I am beyond fulfilled having this novel in my possession.   
A Court of Mist and Fury brings together all these chaotic and beautifully surreal characters crashing towards us creating  this friction that forms these majestic scenes in our heads, our hearts, and our souls.  I am forever changed by this novel and I wouldn't have it any other way.  I finished reading it today and I can't find myself in the bed even now.  I don't want this "glow" to end just yet.  But I honestly don't think I will ever lose any of the happiness Maas has given me.  

There are so many emotions rolling around in this story.  And I relate to Feyre more than I thought I could with a fictional character.  After the turmoil she went through Under the Mountain, Feyre finds herself in mental agony all the time.  She is severely depressed, and suffers from panic and anxiety that is enough to break  the world apart.  
I understand the panic and anxiety all too well.  I have watched myself go from a fun loving adventurous person to someone who is scared to death to go out in society in case I can't protect the ones I love most.  
To see someone so strong, so amazing experience some of these same terrors was heartbreaking for me. But it was also a light in the darkness.  I may be able to get through my panic just by keeping Feyre in my mind.   I wept so long and knew right then that this book was my soulmate.  

There was even a time while reading, that I thought to myself:
"I may not survive this book.  My heart is so ensconced with these characters, I will be completely changed forever."
And I was utterly right.  I am wholly changed.

I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses but that love is infinitesimal compared to the adoration I have for this second book in the series.  

There isn't much I can say that isn't absolute love for ACoMaF; I had no issues at all with the characters, the plot, or the world building.  
There were certain characters that I wanted to wrench their necks.  You don't fall in love with a free spirit and then try to cage it.  Never does that turn out well. 
And then there were other characters that I couldn't steer my thoughts away.  
The descriptions used to show us the Night court was enchanting.  The city there, Velaris, had me picturing Savannah, Ga.  I don't know why; I just did.  Perhaps, Savannah is my home in my heart, no matter where I am. 
I don't really want to give anything away in case you haven't read the first book yet.  Honestly, I had to get my reactions down before I exploded from the emotions that were taking over.  Rage, despair, and utter devotion.  But more importantly, hope.  So much hope...for Lucien, Feyre's sisters, the Night Court, and yes, even Tamlin.  

Please if you have ever loved stories about Fae, about magic, and love - then give this series a try.  Do you instead yearn for a strong female character who grows and learns what she needs and loves?  Do you need to see characters fight for what they know is right; although they most definitely will stumble along the way?  Then you need to read this series too.  It is more than just a paranormal romance.  It's more than just a book about magic and the different Fae courts.  This novel is soul wrenchingly complicated at times; simply perfect at others.  
Maybe as I start to process everything better I can come up with a better review.  I don't know.  But I do know that I am eternally grateful to Ms. Sarah J. Maas for creating this masterpiece and sharing it with the world.   I feel like she has given me a piece of my heart back that I didn't even realize was missing. 

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: Cockroach Invasion by Sherry L. Meinberg

Title: Cockroach Invasion
Author: Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg
Publisher: Archway
Date of Publication: June 30 2014
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: fiction, educational, children's literature 

Cockroach catastrophe! The third graders are in for an exciting and scary experience, as cockroaches take over their classroom. How will they act? What will they do? What would you do? What will they discover about cockroaches?
Nobody loves a cockroach! They make nasty houseguests; the ick factor is very high. But most cockroaches live outdoors and never come in contact with humans. The Cockroach Invasion challenges our assumptions and raises awareness about cockroaches and the role they play in our ecosystem. It expands readers' minds and stimulates their imaginations, while contributing to the appreciation of biodiversity. It teaches readers to think twice about underloved yet necessary creatures.
The Cockroach Invasion entertains and informs. It is a delightful read for all ages, stunning in its underlying messages: self-reliance, open-mindedness, and respect for all creatures with which we share our world. No matter how you feel about cockroaches, you are guaranteed to find them fascinating!

My Thoughts: 

Cockroach Invasion was a fun and interesting read that had all of my boys saying "Ewww!" a few times throughout the book.  There was comedy, lots of learning, and really great illustrations that helped make the Invasion that more fun!
Cockroach Invasion is about an elementary school that gets overtaken by cockroaches; the bugs are coming in through the sink in the kids' bathrooms.   Instead of looking at the obvious negative aspects, the teachers decide to use this situation as a learning tool and the kids embark on a journey to learn everything they can about cockroaches.  I think this fact alone is what made me love Cockroach Invasion even more because it teaches children to always try to look at the bright side of things.  What a great advice for us all!
Through this book we learned more about cockroaches than I ever thought I would.  Using the KWL chart, the boys and I were able to discover these insects' habitats, the different kinds, their needs, and even their origins.  (The KWL chart is three sections labeled : Know; Want to know; and Learn. Students then proceed to fill out in the appropriate columns.  This chart is a wonderful tool to get your kids writing as well as learning.)
As well as learning facts about the different cockroaches, we get to see some very entertaining illustrations that I believe were created from the students in the author's classrooms.  That was very exciting for the boys to see kids there own age getting their artwork in a published book!

Cockroach Invasion is a great way to get your kids reading with the help of an unlikely character: the Cockroach! And who knows, you just might enjoy the creepy crawly side to learning too!

* I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.  Everything I have expressed has come from my own mind and are my own opinions.  
**We used this book as a study guide learning about cockroaches for homeschool.

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