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Monster Itch #1 Ghost Attack by David Lubar

 

This was one monster of an itch…

When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He’s allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won’t leave him alone – he wants Alex and Sarah’s help. Can they solve the ghost’s mystery and get rid of Alex’s awful rash before it ruins everything?

I really enjoyed this one! Alex and his cousin Sarah are very relatable, very likable characters! Also, there are so many kids that are affected by allergies of some sort to some degree, so it’s nice to see a  character these kids can relate to.

The story moved along at a nice pace. While reading, you get a good sense of all of the characters, and also the very cool little town that the story takes place in.

This story is full of humor, adventure, and wonderful lessons to reflect on! If you are a fan of the supernatural or a good mystery, give this story a try! I’m already itching for the second in the series, “Vampire Trouble” (Sept 12th, 2017).

This book doesn’t come out until June 27th, so keep an eye out for it!

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Dream Jumper: Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunburg and Lucas Turnbloom

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling #potterspeedread

It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…

J.K. Rowling charts Harry Potter’s latest adventures in his sixth year at Hogwarts with consummate skill and in breathtaking fashion.

Week 6 is coming to a close! Here’s what I thought about the book!! What did you think?

Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs !

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye By Tania Dell Rio and Will Staehle

 

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it!

Wow!! I did not expect that ending! I suppose I didn’t really expect any of the things that happened in this book! The synopsis on the back tells you the bare bones!! Which I LOVE! You know there will be witches! You know there will be secret codes and mazes! There will be monsters as well!! With all of this in mind, you will still be so surprised by how this story unfolds!

Warren the 13th is such a loveable character! He is kind hearted, hard working and a dreamer of big dreams! You almost forget that he has a face like a toad….I’m not entirely sure of the significance of his odd looks. From the sounds of it, none of his ancestors had his unique features. Maybe we’ll find out in the books to come!!

The other characters are described in vivid color! You instantly love all of Warrens quirky friends, and are very skeptical of all the less than friendly folks that you encounter at the hotel. I can easily see all of these characters in a movie or tv show. In fact, I would be thrilled to see such a movie made!!

This story is such an experiance! It has excellent pacing, wonderful imagery and will keep you guessing right till the end! Even the chapter titles

I had such a fun time reading this story! Appropriate for anyone ages 8 and up, if you like your stories to be quirky, unpredictable and chalk full of adventure, look no further! Give Warren the 13th a go! You will not be disappointed!

Book Haul!! ARCs from Penguin Random House!! :)

I have recently received some advanced reader copies from Penguin Random House and I just wanted to share them with you!! Get ready! Prepare yourself! They all seem super amazing!!

The books I recieved from Penguin Random House are:

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Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye By Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

The anticipate publish date is November 24th, 2015!

This story looks so interesting!! It promises witches, secret codes, monsters, mazes, and other sinister material! I can’t wait to meet the cast of characters in this for sure fun read 🙂


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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Jo lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.

The anticipated publish date for this book is October 27th 2015.

This adult literature historical thriller sounds like it will be likely to keep me up at night! This crime novel is said to include death, violence, secrets, revenge and romance! This story also deals with the double standards between the sexes. What would you give up to follow your heart? I can’t wait to read this dark, haunting and inevitably memorable book!


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The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and Doug Holgate

The Simpsons meets  The Walking Dead in this hilarious post-apocalyptic graphic novel for middle-grade readers. 

Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he’s armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack’s loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack’s crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it? 

Told in a mixture of text and black-and-white illustration, this is the perfect book for any kid who’s ever dreamed of starring in his or her own comic book or video game. And stay tuned for the sequel, coming in Summer 2016!

The anticipated publish date is October 13th 2015!

With all of the hype of Zombies and apocalypse, and with the growing popularity of graphic novels, this middle grade story is sure to please!! I also suspect that anyone who enjoys video games and super heroes will enjoy this book. It’s just a feeling I have.


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The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow and David Ostow

Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.

New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.

Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.

The anticipated publish date is October 13th 2015!

What an eclectic mix of themes!! I’m really interested to see how this one unfolds! Suicide, abandonment, paranormal abilities, jersey devils, and reality TV. Oh my!! This book should be interesting to say the least!!


So these are the books I have recieved from Penguin Random House! Im glad I could share them with you! I can’t wait to let you know what I think of these amazing stories after I have read them! Keep your eyes peeled for my reviews!!

If you’re not having fun…
You’re not reading the right books 😉

The Notebook of Doom – The Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings

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Warning! This notebook is filled with monsters.

Alexander Bopp has just moved to Stermont and already he thinks it is one creepy town. First, he finds a notebook filled with monster drawings. Then he starts seeing balloon goons – those arm-waving balloon guys – all over town. Are they after him? And what’s really in that notebook?

Alexander is about to find out!


 

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. When I picked it up from my bookstore, all I knew was it was popular with 6-8 year olds who were just starting chapter books, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Think you have it rough? Poor Alexander Bopp just can’t catch a break on his first day of school in a new town. The day just keeps getting weirder and weirder!

This book is about not so scary things, like wacky wavy balloon guys, turning out to be scary! finding the courage to do what’s right and finding friends in unlikely people, like the school bully. Nothing is what it seems!

I can tell you that if your child likes goofy, silly, kind of creepy adventure mysteries, they will enjoy the Notebook of Doom! At the end of the first book, some of my questions still aren’t answered, the mystery continues, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

A great beginner chapter book!