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Subject: What YA book are you reading? February 2012
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 10:29 AM ET
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It's Feb 2 and still no new thread? :)  I'm still reading Flash Burnout.

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 5:27 PM ET
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Wow Jenna, you are on the ball! I am still reading Looking for Alaska. On page 50 and I am LOVING it!
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 5:42 PM ET
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I'm reading "Bringing Up Parents and Other Jobs For Teenage Girls" by Nancy Rue. It's a collection of short stories. I like this author's whole works a lot better than these short stories because it takes her no time at all to make you interested in the character and so you're already hooked and it's over! I'd recommend her other books more - Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book or B Is For Bad At Getting Into Harvard or Unexpected Dismounts. These are all excellent :-)

If you're interested in finding some good teen books, that's what I review on my website.

~ J:-)mi, aka CTF Devourer

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 10:31 PM ET
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Paper towns is my favorite John Green McKenna...though I have Fault in our stars here to read and it sounds really good...

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 11:09 PM ET
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I finished A Closer Look..it was pretty good and would be a great book for teens to have to read.  Now reading Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 8:47 AM ET
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Val- I am dying to read TFIOS! I have it WL, but I am pretty low on the totem pole :( I finished Looking for Alaska. It was sad, but also very cute. Started Life as We Knew It this morning.
Date Posted: 2/4/2012 9:32 AM ET
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My favorite John Green book is An Abundance of Katherines. I read TFiOS last month. It was really good, but I think I was a bit turned off by all the hype around it as the Best Book Ever. But it was thought provoking with interesting characters like all of JG's stuff.
Subject: Finished life as we knew it...it was just ok..starting the declaration
Date Posted: 2/4/2012 10:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/4/2012 11:17 PM ET
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I am in the middle of Jessica Rules the Dark Side...  before that was Beautiful Days...  which I loved...  I'm finding Jessica Rules the Dark Side to be a bit predictable...  hopefully I'm wrong in my predictions and there's a good twist or something....

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2012 11:32 PM ET
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I'm reading Hooked, and I have to admit I'm Hooked :)

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 6:23 AM ET
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Just starting Boy Toy by Barry Lyga. 

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 2:58 PM ET
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Am now working on Aucassin & Nicolette and Other Medieval Romances and Legends translated by Eugene Mason.  As the title states this is a collection of medieval stories - romances, religious tales and other legends, all French in origin.  It's a wonderful read.  The first, Aucassin & Nicolette, is a classic tale where two young people fall in love.  In this one, father of the young man, believes that the young woman is not appropriate choice for his only son because she is of a lower class than his son.  The rwo strive to convince the father that their love is just and right but to no avail.  Can their love be fulfilled so that they may live out their lives together.  There are other romances such as Story of King Flolrus and of the Fair Jehane, Lay of Graevlent, and The Palfrey, each of which has its own plot and ending.  Stories of a religious nature include The Lady's Tumbler, A Jew Who Took as Surety the Image of Our Lady, The Knight Who Prayed While Our Lady Tourneyed in His Stead and the The Story of Asenath.  Others are about what is just and fair, friendship, and the quirks of life. 

Realistic Fiction/Social Issues:  Finished Over the Wall by John H. Ritter which is a wonderful novel about a young boy whose father accidentally runs over his daughter and goes into a depression that seriiously affects his son.  The boy wants to make the all-star baseball team in hopes that his father will come watch him.  His memories of the good times he and his father had playing and watching baseball affect his outlook on life and himself.  

Cybils Award:  Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is one of those books that one must reflect about to understand its message but for sure it's a five star read!  It's about a young girl, Taylor, whose mother abandoned her.  Her only memory of her father is holding her in his arms and putting her up on his shoulders.  She survives in a group living situation where she is elected head of her house.  The houses claim territory, buildings, paths, etc., and go to war occasionally.  One must not invade another house's territory.  At the same time Taylor is dealing with who she is and why her mother left her.  At the same time, she is reading a novel that is being written by her caretaker, Hanah.  The two are connected by one doesn't discover how until the end.  Taylor also discovers her first boyfriend, Jonah, who understands more about her than anyone else.  It's a must read! 

Just finished Delirium by Lauren Oliver, a very good Science Fiction read.  It reminded me so much of 1984 with a controlling world where humans must live within restrictions that thinking for themselves is not appropriate behavior.  In this book, love is treated as a disease and when young people reach the age of 18 they are treated so that they feel little or not emotion, let alone love.  Of course, the heroine, Lena, falls in love and the story spins out from there.  4 - 4 1/2 stars.



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Subject: I read Delirium a while ago and it was fantastic!
Date Posted: 2/5/2012 3:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/5/2012 3:58 PM ET
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I finished up Flash Burnout and it was really good.  I thought the second half of the book was better then the beginning. Suddenly I couldn't stop reading. :)

Now I am reading Awaken.  I'm not very far in, but it is really good so far.

Date Posted: 2/5/2012 4:29 PM ET
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Reading Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Secrets
Subject: Terrie I am sooo jealous! Dying to read the next book!
Date Posted: 2/5/2012 5:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/5/2012 11:09 PM ET
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I finished Keep Holding On and my review is going to be unpopular, but I didn't like it.  I couldn't stand the main character.  Oh well.  Now on to The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Date Posted: 2/6/2012 10:29 AM ET
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Well I finished Jessica Rules the Dark Side and found it disappointing...  as much as I loved the first one, I expected more....  the ending was rushed...  it was predictable....  I just wasn't thrilled at all....

Date Posted: 2/6/2012 1:00 PM ET
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 Jacki - did you stop updating your signature? It still has Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick :)

I started reading Witch's Brew by Heidi Kling. I guess it's only available through the Kindle and you have to interact with it somehow? I don't have it quite figured out yet. I don't know if it's kind of like choose your own adventure, or you select from the options and it will give the same story but from a different person's  POV?

Subject: Starting Birthmarked tonight..I am excited...what did yall think of it?
Date Posted: 2/6/2012 7:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/6/2012 10:26 PM ET
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LOL Terrie, and that book was back in December...  That's sad isn't it!!!

Well I am starting Circle Nine tonight! :)  I'll go update it now!

Date Posted: 2/7/2012 12:31 AM ET
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Ha ha thanks Jacki. How else am I supposed to know what might need to add to my tbr? ;)
Date Posted: 2/8/2012 3:21 PM ET
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I LOVED Awaken Jenna...curious how you find it when you finish it..

I'm working through Shatter Me (at home) and it's getting good now (about 1/3 of the way) and Anna Dressed in Blood (here at work) and about 1/3 of the way through that too...they're both to the point where I wish I had more time to read!  Anna is really interesting.  My only complaint...the ink is actually in RED rather than black and I find it a bit distracting.  As for Shatter Me, I had a problem with all the crossed out words at first, but now they're easy to glance over as I'm going along.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 3:22 PM ET
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Jacki, I'll probably wait for the audio for Jessica since I listened to the 1st one...I like consistency that way! 

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 9:50 AM ET
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rot & Ruin.  I've been pleasantly surprised.

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