Friday, July 27, 2012

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans








Michael Vey knew he was different.  He was always teased and made fun of for his small size and the way he blinked his eyes when he was nervous.  Michael had Tourettes Syndrome.  That wasn't the only thing that set him apart, though.  Michael also had special powers - a unusual but powerful gift that he had to keep hidden from others.  


Michael tries to keep his power a secret until he finally breaks and just can't stand the abuse anymore.  After yet another beating by Jake and Wade, the school bullies, Michael unleashes a powerful electric shock at his tormentors.  Leaving them stunned and helpless as they lie on the ground in the front of their high school, Michael's hands release strong electrical currents throughout their bodies like a tazer.  Michael knew they would never bother him or beat him up again.


Michael wasn't alone with this happened.  Taylor, the impossibly beautiful and popular high school cheerleader, sees what happens.  Suddenly she wants to be Michael's friend.  She, too, has a secret.  


Both Taylor and Michael have secret powers which set them apart from the other teens.  Together, they soon discover that they are part of an elite group of 17.  Seventeen teens who have unique abilities which give them the power to both save and destroy.  

Tayor and Michael are being hunted.  Someone knows about their talents.  He won't stop until he captures them so he can ruthlessly use the electric teens in order to gain control - control of the 17 "Glows" and control of the entire world.


Nonstop action and excitement in this new series!

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans








Michael Vey knew he was different.  He was always teased and made fun of for his small size and the way he blinked his eyes when he was nervous.  Michael had Tourettes Syndrome.  That wasn't the only thing that set him apart, though.  Michael also had special powers - a unusual but powerful gift that he had to keep hidden from others.  


Michael tries to keep his power a secret until he finally breaks and just can't stand the abuse anymore.  After yet another beating by Jake and Wade, the school bullies, Michael unleashes a powerful electric shock at his tormentors.  Leaving them stunned and helpless as they lie on the ground in the front of their high school, Michael's hands release strong electrical currents throughout their bodies like a tazer.  Michael knew they would never bother him or beat him up again.


Michael wasn't alone with this happened.  Taylor, the impossibly beautiful and popular high school cheerleader, sees what happens.  Suddenly she wants to be Michael's friend.  She, too, has a secret.  


Both Taylor and Michael have secret powers which set them apart from the other teens.  Together, they soon discover that they are part of an elite group of 17.  Seventeen teens who have unique abilities which give them the power to both save and destroy.  

Tayor and Michael are being hunted.  Someone knows about their talents.  He won't stop until he captures them so he can ruthlessly use the electric teens in order to gain control - control of the 17 "Glows" and control of the entire world.


Nonstop action and excitement in this new series!

Somebody Everyone Listens To by Suzanne Supple


4.5 Stars





Retta Lee Jones knew she couldn't stay in Starling.   She was a small town girl with big dreams.  Just like all the famous country stars who made it big before her, Retta knew she had what it took to be a singing sensation.  Leaving her best friend Brenda and her secret crush Bobby behind would be tough, but Retta was determined to live in Nashville and become a country signing legend.  


After high school graduation, Retta borrows her great-aunt's car along with the money she had saved working all year, $500, and leaves her family and small town behind.  Music City isn't kind to, Retta, though.  She gets mugged and beat up soon after arriving and finds herself homeless without any money or real friends there for support.  


Retta's luck finally takes a turn when she finds a job and begins getting recognition for her singing talent.  When Retta's Daddy calls her, though, to tell her that her mother has left him, Retta must make a choice.  Should she move back home to help her family and to be with the people she loved and trusted - or keep fighting to fulfill her dreams?

Somebody Everyone Listens To by Suzanne Supple


4.5 Stars





Retta Lee Jones knew she couldn't stay in Starling.   She was a small town girl with big dreams.  Just like all the famous country stars who made it big before her, Retta knew she had what it took to be a singing sensation.  Leaving her best friend Brenda and her secret crush Bobby behind would be tough, but Retta was determined to live in Nashville and become a country signing legend.  


After high school graduation, Retta borrows her great-aunt's car along with the money she had saved working all year, $500, and leaves her family and small town behind.  Music City isn't kind to, Retta, though.  She gets mugged and beat up soon after arriving and finds herself homeless without any money or real friends there for support.  


Retta's luck finally takes a turn when she finds a job and begins getting recognition for her singing talent.  When Retta's Daddy calls her, though, to tell her that her mother has left him, Retta must make a choice.  Should she move back home to help her family and to be with the people she loved and trusted - or keep fighting to fulfill her dreams?

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer





4 Stars

      Foster McFee had big dreams.  She loved to cook, and she just knew one day she was destined to have her own baking show on the Food Network - just like her cooking idol, Sonny Kroll.  Foster had been whipping up her own delicious creations since she was four years old and got an Easy Bake oven of her own.  If only her dad were still alive, life could be pretty perfect for Foster and her mom Rayka.  He'd support Foster's dreams and also help her mama become a country music singing sensation.


      Life wasn't perfect, though, and Foster’s dad was never coming home.  Mama's boyfriend Huck demanded that she call him Elvis. The King wanted everything his way but didn't treat either Foster or her mother like queens.  When Huck's angry outburst left Rayka with another black eye, she packed up their car with a few of their belongings and decided it was time for she and Foster to start a new life.

      They drove and drove until the car broke down in the tiny town of Culpepper  - the town which was to be Foster and Rayka’s new home.  Everyone here seemed to be a little different, have their own stories, and unfulfilled dreams of their own.  It wasn’t Hollywood and it wasn’t Nashville, but Rayka and Foster fit right in.  Suddenly the impossible seemed possible, and Foster was as happy as she was when her Daddy was still alive….that is, until Elvis showed up…..  

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer





4 Stars

      Foster McFee had big dreams.  She loved to cook, and she just knew one day she was destined to have her own baking show on the Food Network - just like her cooking idol, Sonny Kroll.  Foster had been whipping up her own delicious creations since she was four years old and got an Easy Bake oven of her own.  If only her dad were still alive, life could be pretty perfect for Foster and her mom Rayka.  He'd support Foster's dreams and also help her mama become a country music singing sensation.


      Life wasn't perfect, though, and Foster’s dad was never coming home.  Mama's boyfriend Huck demanded that she call him Elvis. The King wanted everything his way but didn't treat either Foster or her mother like queens.  When Huck's angry outburst left Rayka with another black eye, she packed up their car with a few of their belongings and decided it was time for she and Foster to start a new life.

      They drove and drove until the car broke down in the tiny town of Culpepper  - the town which was to be Foster and Rayka’s new home.  Everyone here seemed to be a little different, have their own stories, and unfulfilled dreams of their own.  It wasn’t Hollywood and it wasn’t Nashville, but Rayka and Foster fit right in.  Suddenly the impossible seemed possible, and Foster was as happy as she was when her Daddy was still alive….that is, until Elvis showed up…..  

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herback






3.5 Stars







     Feldon knew he was weird.  His younger brother Andrew was obsessed with playing classical music on the piano.  His hippie mother, Jerri, insisted her children call her by her first name.  Feldon's father had committed suicide when Feldon was only five years' old.  Most of the kids at Feldon's school teased him for being scrawny and for being different.  To make matters worse, Feldon's best friend Gus was leaving for the summer and Jerri was making him take over his newspaper route.  Life wasn't looking too great for the fifteen year old.


Most of the kids at Feldon's school teased him for being scrawny and for being different.  To make matters worse, Feldon's best friend Gus was now leaving for the summer and Jerri was making him take over his newspaper route.  Life wasn't looking too great for the fifteen-year-old.


What starts out being a lame summer, however, turns out to be the best and worst summer of Feldon's life.  Feldon discovers he does have a talent.  He's fast.  He's not just quick on his feet and a strong runner - he's stupid fast.  It doesn't take long for others to notice.  Coach Johnson wants him to play Varsity Football.  Though Feldon has never played in his life, his speed and agility make him a force to contend with.  No longer scrawny, Feldon has a huge growth spurt and is now over 6 feet tall.  Once he begins lifting weight, he becomes even bigger and much stronger than many of the other players on the team.
Suddenly, Feldon finds himself in a different world.  Several of the town's popular high school athletes are now his best friends.  The most beautiful girl in the world,   Aleah, has moved into his friend Gus's house for the summer.  Despite Feldon's goofiness, she wants to be his girlfriend.


Everything is close to being perfect until Jerri loses it.  She begins drinking, hiding in her room, refusing to take care of herself or her family.  Andrew has even stopped playing the piano and starts dressing in black - acting as loony as their mother.  Felton just has to keep going.  He lies to himself that things will get better. 

Soon Feldon is unable to keep running – he has to face his problems at home even if he may lose the new better life he has created for himself.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herback






3.5 Stars







     Feldon knew he was weird.  His younger brother Andrew was obsessed with playing classical music on the piano.  His hippie mother, Jerri, insisted her children call her by her first name.  Feldon's father had committed suicide when Feldon was only five years' old.  Most of the kids at Feldon's school teased him for being scrawny and for being different.  To make matters worse, Feldon's best friend Gus was leaving for the summer and Jerri was making him take over his newspaper route.  Life wasn't looking too great for the fifteen year old.


Most of the kids at Feldon's school teased him for being scrawny and for being different.  To make matters worse, Feldon's best friend Gus was now leaving for the summer and Jerri was making him take over his newspaper route.  Life wasn't looking too great for the fifteen-year-old.


What starts out being a lame summer, however, turns out to be the best and worst summer of Feldon's life.  Feldon discovers he does have a talent.  He's fast.  He's not just quick on his feet and a strong runner - he's stupid fast.  It doesn't take long for others to notice.  Coach Johnson wants him to play Varsity Football.  Though Feldon has never played in his life, his speed and agility make him a force to contend with.  No longer scrawny, Feldon has a huge growth spurt and is now over 6 feet tall.  Once he begins lifting weight, he becomes even bigger and much stronger than many of the other players on the team.
Suddenly, Feldon finds himself in a different world.  Several of the town's popular high school athletes are now his best friends.  The most beautiful girl in the world,   Aleah, has moved into his friend Gus's house for the summer.  Despite Feldon's goofiness, she wants to be his girlfriend.


Everything is close to being perfect until Jerri loses it.  She begins drinking, hiding in her room, refusing to take care of herself or her family.  Andrew has even stopped playing the piano and starts dressing in black - acting as loony as their mother.  Felton just has to keep going.  He lies to himself that things will get better. 

Soon Feldon is unable to keep running – he has to face his problems at home even if he may lose the new better life he has created for himself.

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry






 4.5 Stars


"It should have been me...."  


Gabie never knew Kayla very well.  She was just a girl she worked with at Pete's Pizza - a pretty popular girl who seemed to have everything going for her - until the night she disappeared.  He asked for Gabie to make the pizza delivery.  Gabie, though, had the night off.  Kayla had taken her place.  When Kayla left work to deliver the pizza to the unknown address, she never comes back.  They find her car abandoned, the pizza box inside, and traces of Kayla's blood.

Kayla's family was desperate for answers.  They hired a psychic for answers.  The psychic tells the family Kayla was brutally attacked and is no longer alive.  Gabie knew better.

She sees Kayla calling out to her - asking for her help.  Gabie knew she was still alive, and had she worked that night, Gabie would be the one missing - not Kayla.  The tragedy has drawn Gabie closer to her co-worker Drew.  Together, they are determined to find Kayla and to rescue her.   

 The tragedy has drawn Gabie closer to her co-worker Drew. Together, they are determined to find the madman and rescue Kayla - no matter what danger they could face themselves.

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry






 4.5 Stars


"It should have been me...."  


Gabie never knew Kayla very well.  She was just a girl she worked with at Pete's Pizza - a pretty popular girl who seemed to have everything going for her - until the night she disappeared.  He asked for Gabie to make the pizza delivery.  Gabie, though, had the night off.  Kayla had taken her place.  When Kayla left work to deliver the pizza to the unknown address, she never comes back.  They find her car abandoned, the pizza box inside, and traces of Kayla's blood.

Kayla's family was desperate for answers.  They hired a psychic for answers.  The psychic tells the family Kayla was brutally attacked and is no longer alive.  Gabie knew better.

She sees Kayla calling out to her - asking for her help.  Gabie knew she was still alive, and had she worked that night, Gabie would be the one missing - not Kayla.  The tragedy has drawn Gabie closer to her co-worker Drew.  Together, they are determined to find Kayla and to rescue her.   

 The tragedy has drawn Gabie closer to her co-worker Drew. Together, they are determined to find the madman and rescue Kayla - no matter what danger they could face themselves.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Starters by Lissa Price


5 Stars - Loved this book!

Callie knew she had to find a way to make money quickly. The only ones left alive after the Spore Wars were people aged younger than 20 and older than 60 years old.   Callie's little brother Tyler needed medical care.  She, her brother, and her friend Michael were homeless, poor, and left alone with no family.  Desperate times call for desperate measures. 

Callie decides to become a renter for Prime Destinations.  For three relatively brief "rentals," a Starter like Callie could provide a youthful, beautiful, healthy body for one of the Elders.  Once the rental period was up, Callie would once again inhabit her own body - left with enough money to secure a new life and a fresh start for Callie's small family.  It was only temporary, safe, and her body and mind would be left fully restored once the Elder was done renting her.  At least that was the promise made by Prime Destinations.

When the implanted microchip malfunctions, Callie wakes up unexpectedly and assumes the life of her renter.  Callie has a chance to live the good life - living in the Elder's mansion and wearing the finest jewelry and clothes. She meets Blake, the gorgeous grandson of prominent Senator, and finds herself falling in love for the first time.  

Callie soon discovers that her body has not been rented from an Elder merely wanting to relive her youth. She is shocked to discover that Helena, the Elder renting her body, is planning on a revenge murder, an assassination she would commit using Callie's body.  Worse yet, Blake's grandfather is Helena's target.  Callie knew she had to stop Helena without alerting Prime Destinations and find a way reclaim her own body for good - before time ran out for Callie and her brother, Tyler.







Starters by Lissa Price


5 Stars - Loved this book!

Callie knew she had to find a way to make money quickly. The only ones left alive after the Spore Wars were people aged younger than 20 and older than 60 years old.   Callie's little brother Tyler needed medical care.  She, her brother, and her friend Michael were homeless, poor, and left alone with no family.  Desperate times call for desperate measures. 

Callie decides to become a renter for Prime Destinations.  For three relatively brief "rentals," a Starter like Callie could provide a youthful, beautiful, healthy body for one of the Elders.  Once the rental period was up, Callie would once again inhabit her own body - left with enough money to secure a new life and a fresh start for Callie's small family.  It was only temporary, safe, and her body and mind would be left fully restored once the Elder was done renting her.  At least that was the promise made by Prime Destinations.

When the implanted microchip malfunctions, Callie wakes up unexpectedly and assumes the life of her renter.  Callie has a chance to live the good life - living in the Elder's mansion and wearing the finest jewelry and clothes. She meets Blake, the gorgeous grandson of prominent Senator, and finds herself falling in love for the first time.  

Callie soon discovers that her body has not been rented from an Elder merely wanting to relive her youth. She is shocked to discover that Helena, the Elder renting her body, is planning on a revenge murder, an assassination she would commit using Callie's body.  Worse yet, Blake's grandfather is Helena's target.  Callie knew she had to stop Helena without alerting Prime Destinations and find a way reclaim her own body for good - before time ran out for Callie and her brother, Tyler.







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