Friday, April 18, 2014

New books at OPPL

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by EgmontUSA

Hardcover, 337 pages
Published April 1st 2014 
by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's

Hardcover, 310 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcour

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Skyscape

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Walker Childrens

Hardcover, 323 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by EgmontUSA

Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Strange Chemistry

Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Random House Trade Paperbacks

Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 21st 2014 
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Simon Pulse

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 23rd 2014 by Viking Juvenile

Hardcover, 263 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Harper Teen

Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Seven Seas

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Soho Teen

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 4th 2014 
by HMH Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Trailer Thursday: FREE TO FALL by Lauren Miller

Free to Fall
By: Lauren Miller

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

18635004Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy meets the blockbuster Inception in this dark page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike.

Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.

Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…

Aprilynne Pike's bestselling Wings series was called "remarkable" by Stephenie Meyer, bestselling author of the Twilight Saga. And her most recent novel, Life After Theft, was cheered as a "whirlwind adventure" by School Library Journal. Now Aprilynne returns with this exhilarating departure from her previous novels. Sleep No More is a psychological thrill ride that is sure to keep readers' hearts racing until the very end.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I own

 Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I own

1.            Bobble head Dobby the House Elf
2.            Mug with a list of banned books
3.            Custom-made, one of a kind, I’m the only person on earth that owns them lizard book ends
4.            Many bookish t-shirts-Where the Wild Things Are, Pete the Cat, Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Camp Half-blood.
5.            Homemade bookish t-shirts—I made a Candor shirt, that say, “Dishonesty makes evil possible”.  I have made a couple HP ones, my favorite says, “House Elves have feelings, too.”
6.            A John Green “Reading is Awesome: DFTBA” poster
7.            Alice in Wonderland fleece blanket
8.            I have a super rad golden snitch necklace.
9.            Two bookish totes with screen prints of books on them: Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca (I got with my prepub she sent me) and Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit by Amy Ouchley-a fabulous Monroe, Louisiana author who I adore.
10.      My dad and my sister made an AMAZING Weasley clock with my family members on it.

Bookish shirt, handmade bookish sorting hat, bookish pins

Bookish Weasley Clock

Bookish Banned Book Mug

Bookish Homemade t-shirts
Also, what's that Candor doing and hanging out with Amities!?
Bookish Jewelry-The Golden Snitch

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review & Summary: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review
Eleanor & Park
By: Rainbow Rowell

 It was a normal day for Park, sitting on the bus trying to ignore the other kids on the bus, but then Eleanor stepping on the bus.  Park had no idea that the large, red-head in men’s clothing was going to change his life forever.

15795357Park is the only Asian-American in an all white school and his father is always griping about him , but other than that life easy for Park.  He has a mom and dad that not only love him, but each other, a brother that he trains with for tae-won-do, and an endless supply of comic books and music cassettes.  Eleanor on the other hand lives a life full of fear.  Her mother is in physically abusive relationship with a man who’d rather drink and smoke weed than take care of his family, and her father is absent.  Eleanor shares a room with her four siblings who are all but starved.  The lives of Eleanor and Park couldn’t be more different.

For weeks, Eleanor and Park sit wordless on the same bus seat. Their silence turns into gestures, and gesture to conversations.  Eventually, an innocent and precious relationship blooms.  Their relationship isn’t simple. Eleanor’s mom and stepdad must not know about Park, and Park’s mom doesn’t understand Eleanor.

Okay guys, that’s all you get for a summary. I don’t want to spoil one bit of this fantastic story.  I’m just going to let you know that as Eleanor and Park fall in love with each other, you will fall in love with them.

Likes.  I got to a point in this book that, I wanted to stop reading, but everything was perfect for Eleanor and Park, and if I stopped reading nothing bad could happen.  But of course I had to finish the book.
  • I love this book.  There’s so much emotional baggage, and depth.  Rainbow Rowell gives of a tidbit into everyone’s pasts—Eleanor’s, Park’s, their parents, Richie’s, Tina’s, and Steve’s.  Though she doesn’t make ever character redeemable, she gives them a pass.
  • I love the sincerity and innocence of their relation.
  • I like who even though the “kids” sometimes side with Richie that Eleanor still loves them.
  • The characters are relatable, not both of them necessarily, but either of them.   The readers who grew up in a rough household can relate to Eleanor, and those growing up in a loving household can better relate to Park.  Also, many girls have dealt with being on the losing side of social hierarchy and being bullied, and I think many of those girls can relate to Eleanor even if they didn’t grow up in a loving, functional home.
Can’t think of any.  I thought the ending was really well.