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The Siren by Keira Cass

“You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans. You are, essentially, a weapon. A very beautiful weapon. I won’t lie to you, it can be a lonely existence, but once you are done, you get to live. All you have to give, for now, is obedience and time…”

The same speech has been given hundreds of times to hundreds of beautiful girls who enter the sisterhood of sirens. Kahlen has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own. But when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can’t bring herself to live by the rules anymore. Suddenly the life she’s been waiting for doesn’t seem nearly as important as the one she’s living now.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.


 

I was not entirely prepared for this story to be so epic. The contrast between the magical, supernatural aspects and the contemporary, real life aspects were very well done!

When I sat back to reflect on this very eclectic masterpiece, I realized something. The protagonists were not indie kids. They were not supposed to lead extraordinary  lives. They were supposed to lead mundane, simple lives, and yet I just kept thinking…what a crazy mix of super interesting and tragic stories from these regular kids! I mean, I can’t even imagine having friends who have all gone through such major life struggles, let alone imagine if I had to go through the events myself!

Like I said, the contrast between indie kids and regular kids was very well done! I mean, there really is no question as to who the so called “hero” kids were supposed to be when one was saving the world from vampires and the other was dealing with a workaholic mom, yet each friend could easily be the protaginist in their very own novel. Each and every character had such interesting back stories that there never was a chance for a lull.

Something else I thought was very cool? Each chapter title was actually a blurb on what the Indie kids were up to! If you read each one…it’s kind of like it’s own little story!! It’s like bunch of mini breaks, or lil’ intermissions. I really enjoyed them! 🙂

This story was exciting, moving, heart warming, thought provoking, and fun! I absolutly loved it!

I gave this one a *9.5/10*

GIVEAWAY!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Picky Pages Project is hosting it’s first giveaway!! Lucky You!! What are we giving away? One of my favorite middle grade books!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom !

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to become the heroes no one ever thought they could be. Four imperfect princes. Five audacious princesses. One hilariously unforgettable adventure.

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This story is packed full of adventure and hilarious plot twists!  I laughed a lot throughout this one. The princes were just kind of pathetic in the cutest, most endearing  way possible!!  Starring some Fairy Tale characters you know, and lots you only thought you knew, A whole bunch of fun! That’s what this book is!

I gave this book *9.5/10

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The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

“All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.


At first glance this book looks just like something my teachers would make me read in middle school. That’s not to say I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it, I just most likely wouldn’t have chosen it for myself. That’s probably why I had put off reading it for so long. My friend had recommended it to me about 4 different times, and it’s a Heather’s Pick (Heather, CEO of Chapters Indigo, guarantees this book or your money back!) so I decided it was time to give it a shot.

I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely a Heathers Pick for a reason. This book was everything I expected it to be, and so much more. It was smart, well written and definitely had some wonderful life lessons woven throughout.

A lot of this story was surprisingly relatable.  I expect its because the author placed real life experiences throughout the story. There were some very surprising turn of events as well! And the ending definitely gave me chills. I actually said “wow” at the end.

Everyone should give this book a read! If you love animals, If you love adventures, if you love heartwarming tales of friendship, put this at the top of your list! Parents, borrow it from your kids! Adults with no children, go grab if for yourself! It’s a well paced novel with no lulls. I would definitely re-read this one! And will be recommending it to anyone who will listen! 😉

I gave this book a *9.5 / 10*

Check out this video of Michael Morpurgo reading from his book “The Butterfly Lion”. I watched this before I read the story myself, and his voice is what I heard in my head as I read.