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Wonderland by Tommy Kovac Illustrated by Sonny Liew

Standalone. Disney Press (2008) Library
Among the numerous curiosities that have gone unexplained in the classic tale Alice in Wonderland, perhaps the most perplexing might be who, exactly, is the "Maryann" that the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for at the beginning of the story? Lewis Carroll first made us ponder this and, years later, Walt Disney again made viewers wonder who Maryann might be in his classic feature length film based on Carroll's book. 
In their beautifully executed comic book series Wonderland, readers experience Alice's fantastic world as they've never seen it before. Writer Tommy Kovac's Wonderland is missing Alice herself, but it's still populated by the other characters that make the world such a curiously exciting place. The Queen of Hearts is present, barking orders to lop off people's heads, as is the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland's beloved cast. And there are some new faces, too, i…

Mini Review: Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

Astronaut Academy #1. First Second (June 2011) Library
Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past!
The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball.
Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he's got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?

In hindsight I wish I would have looked up this book more to make sure It was the right book for me. I thought a school up in space would have been a fun read but for me it was a complete miss. I didn't like how every couple of pages a different POV would show up. There were a lot of characters but even when the story went back to one specific character I was annoyed…

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Kat, Incorrigible #1. Atheneum Books (April 2011) Library
Nineteenth century England is not the place to be practicing magic.
In this prim and proper world, twelve-year-old Katherine Ann Stephenson is at a loss: Her sisters, Elissa and Angeline, have recently entered Society and now gossip incessantly in whispers; her foolish brother, Charles, has gambled the family deep into debt; and Stepmama wants nothing to do with them at all. What can Kat do but take matters into her own hands?
Luckily Kat has inherited her mother's magical talents and has the courage to use them -- if she can only learn how. But with her sister Elissa's intended fiancĂ©, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her sister Angeline creating romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the utmost. Will her powers be enough to win her sisters their true loves?

I couldn't have …

2014 Summer Reading Program Update #4

Books read from 6/21/14 - 6/28/14:

Book #1 Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Pages: 361 Thoughts: So good! Way better than I expected. I loved that the romance for me was slow and unexpected. This series is going to be good I can tell.
Book #2 Life is But a Dream by Brian James Pages: 234 Thoughts: I've been waiting so long to read this that I'm so happy it didn't disappoint. it was another great read and I just am so happy how it ended. Just wonderful.
Book #3 Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman Pages: 187 Thoughts: This graphic novel is of course not geared towards me but the dialogue and many changes of POV makes it so that I don't think I would have liked it even if I was the "right age".
Book #4 Bee Summers by Melanie Dugan Pages: 191 Thoughts: A somber read but makes me think of what is really important in life.
Book #5  The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson Pages: 126 Thoughts: This is how you make a graphic novel geared towards a younger audience. It's als…

The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson

Standalone. Graphic Universe (April 2012) Library
My parents are gone, so I'm responsible for my little brother Todd. I have to make sure we stay alive. Many kids are sick or starving, and fierce gangs are stealing and destroying everything they find. Lots of people have given up, but here on Grand Avenue, some of us are surviving, because of me.
I figured out how to give the kids on Grand Avenue food, homes, and protection against the gangs. But Tom Logan and his army are determined to take away what we've built and rule the streets themselves. How long can we keep fighting them off? We need to find another place for us to live safely.
A strong place, a secret place.
In a world like this, someone has to take charge. 

The Girl Who Owned a City is set in a future where all kids aged twelve and under are the only ones immune to a disease that wiped out the adult population. It mirrors other post-apocal…

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

Standalone. Feiwel & Friends (Sept. 2010) Library
Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .                                                                                        
In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

Well that was an interesting ending... I've never been given such an unforeseen ending to a story like I have with this book. It left me so speechless that I have to conclude that Ellen Potter is a genius.

Adventures work in peculiar ways, Lucia now thought. You wished and wished for one, then suddenl…

Blog Tour: Bee Summers by Melanie Dugan

Standalone. UpStart Press (May 2014) TLC Book Tours
The spring Melissa (Lissy) Singer is eleven years old her mother walks out of the house and never returns. That summer Lissy's father, a migratory beekeeper, takes her along with him on his travels. The trip and the people she meets change her life. Over the years that follow, Melissa tries to unlock the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and struggles to come to terms with her loss.

Before reading Bee Summers I had the impression it was going to be like The Secret Life of Bees. The premise never alluded to it being the same but I couldn't help see the similarities with Lissy and her bees. What I got instead was a story that expanded a whole lifetime of questions, pain, sadness, and a quiet resolution that will resonate within the hearts of readers. 
I assumed too much about this book. I assumed it was going to be like another and I assumed it was going to be about one child's summer after her mother leaves. It was so muc…

2014 Summer Reading Program Update #3

Books read from 6/7/14 - 6/14/14:

Book #1 Splintered by A.G. Howard Pages: 371 Thoughts: Not what I expected. I enjoyed going into a dark version of Wonderland.
Book #2 Wonderland by Tommy Kovac Pages: 160 Thoughts: Nice to read right after Splintered. Loved the illustrations in this graphic novel.
Overall: I've read eight books towards by goal of forty. I didn't get to read Poison Study or much of any other books. Finals have arrived so after this week I hope to be reading more.
My tbr books for 6/14/14 - 6/21/14:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me #1. HarperCollins (Nov. 2011) Own Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Let me first say that Shatter Me was one of those books I was hesitant to read for the longest time. It so…

2014 Summer Reading Program Update #2

Books read from 5/10/14 - 6/7/14:

Book #1 The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski Pages: 246 Thoughts: Very sweet story. A lot of growth in the main character.
Book #2 A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean Pages: 208 Thoughts: Such a wonderful story. It was very quirky and emotional.
Book #3 The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Pages: 434 Thoughts: Great epic fantasy and start to a new series.
Overall: I've read six books towards my goal of forty. I'm behind but plan to catch up in the next two weeks.
My tbr books for 6/7/14 - 6/14/14:

Blog Tour: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling #1. Harper (July 2014) TLC Tours
On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she disc…

May 2014 Wrap Up

My favorite place in the world to be is at the beach. I love the sun and salty ocean air. It just makes me feel alive. I am so excited to start going to the beach and having long lazy days out in the sun hanging out with my friends. I still have three weeks left of school which has taken considerable amount of my time already but I have reviews coming up that hopefully make up for my absence this May. 
This May I read 4 books and 1 picture book.
Books and picture books I've read:

Such a small display of books I've read in May but I've enjoyed all the books on here. Torn Away was my favorite. I ended up reading only 3 books for the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge.
Bear with me but I'm thinking of changing my blog design. All the white is getting to me.
I want to try to be more active this month. Summer always renews my energy so I'm hoping it does so for my blogging activity. I hate that I missed so many great posts so I'll try to catch up on my favorite blogs to follow. H…