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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?

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling!! #potterspeedread

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…

Suspense, secrets and thrilling action from the pen of J.K. Rowling ensure an electrifying adventure that is impossible to put down.

Find out what I thought about week 5 of the #potterspeedread !! What did you think?!?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling!

Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.

The Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids´ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.


This post is about the whole series so far, but I have only put up the summary for book#1 because the others have spoilers!

I have been been hearing so much about this series for so long! I had never really thought much about it until I slowly introduced myself to the world of graphic novels!

On the back of book #1 there is a blurb from Jeff Smith, the creator of BONE. It says “Five – no, three pages into Amulet and you’ll be hooked.”. I quickly found this to be true as I stood in my local book store and read the first 3 pages. Hooked! I was hooked and immediately needed more!!

The only thing I regret about reading this series is that I read it too quickly!! I am done book #6- Escape From Lucien, and now I have to wait!!

Book 7 – Firelight comes out March 1st, 2016!! Waiting is hard!!!

All of the Amulet books are action packed adventures with unexpected turns of events!! You definitely don’t see a lot of the twists coming!!

The themes tend to be family, friendship, loyalty, trusting your instincts and believing in yourself! There is also a lot of picking yourself up after a fall and staying strong! Remembering what’s important!

With the growing popularity in graphic novels, I’m happy these books are out there! I know a lot of parents would rather their children read novels, but it is still reading! Especially for kids who don’t enjoy reading just yet. Also, they will be learning valuable lessons! There are some intricate plot lines and heavy concepts that your kids are going to grasp! While having fun doing it! I find that graphic novels are excellent for helping me out of my reading slumps!

Go ahead and devour Amulet! They won’t take long to read at all, but the stories and concepts will stay with you for quite a while!

If you’re not having fun,
You’re not reading the right books!

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 😉

Miss Peregrine ‘ s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather— were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


I had heard so much hype about Random Riggs and his novel written around these old creepy photographs that I had to at least flip through this book. Once I flipped, I had to purchase and read. It looked so interesting!!

And it was!

I really did expect it to be a lot scarier than it was. Im sure that if you’re researching this book you have probably already heard this a million times. I had imagined kind of a odd creepy horror book, which it was not. There are only really 1 or 2 scary parts and everything else is suspense and mystery. I think the pictures lead you to believe that the story will be scary…but the story itself makes the pictures less creepy with a little bit of explaining.

This book was hard to put down! I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and their special gifts. I can’t wait to read hollow city to find out more…I can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out…and guys…it’s going to be made into a movie…and I really can’t wait to see what Tim Burton brings to the story!!

Get the book here and don’t pay for shipping:
http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781594746031/?a_aid=thepickypagesproject

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Walking Home by Eric Walters

Thirteen-year-old Muchoki, his younger sister, Jata, and mother can hardly believe what has become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived with their family in a quiet Kenyan village, but sudden political violence has destroyed their home and forced them to flee for their lives. Now they live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. Driven by further tragedy they are forced to undertake what seems like an impossible quest: to walk over a hundred miles across Kenya in search of their last remaining family. Even the longest of journeys must begin with just one step – and a bit of hope.


 

I’ve been wanting to read an Eric Walters novel for a long time, and I’m happy it was Walking Home. Not only was it completely different from what I’ve read  before, but Penguin Random House Canada is donating $1.30 to the Creation of Hope for every copy sold in Canadian bookstores! YaY!

This book was hard for me to get into, and that is probably  because it is very different from anything that I’ve read  before.  I also thought that the beginning dragged a bit.  For a book called Walking home, they spent a huge portion of the book at the refugee camp. The walking part took a while to get to. But, oh man, when it got underway I just couldn’t stop talking about it. Trying to imagine myself in the situations the characters were in was tough and scary at times, and very, very humbling. There were a couple of instances that seemed unbelievable, but never impossible.  More like, ” I cant believe that just happened! but it totally could, and I don’t even know what I would do!”

And guys,…the ending…..oh my god. I’m trying to tell you about it without spoiling you. I’m not saying it was happy, or sad, or gratifying, or dissapointing….i’ll just tell you it’s so great! Nice work Eric Walters! Loved it!

I didn’t even get to the cool part. Throughout the book, there are symbols in the margins for things like video clip, picture, map, authors note, etc. When you find one of these symbols, which is surprisingly often, you can go to the website http://www.ericwalterswalkinghome.com and follow along with the digital companion! Real life pics and videos and notes on the journey.

I have to admit. I didn’t follow along very well. I read everywhere I go, and some places don’t have wi-fi. But you can go back later and check out the website after you read the book. Either way, I recommend you check out the website. It is very cool and super informative and really helps you understand the severity of different situations in the book.

This book was a wonderful eye opener and a great change of pace.There were so many wonderfully sweet moments filled with charity and good will and faith and hope.

Everyone should check out this book!! Keep Walking Home! (which is how he signs this book!)