Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Round-Up 4/19

Weekly Round-Up is my wrap-up of last week's activities and includes what I'm reading this week and anything of interest plus From the Library, my weekly listing of what I've checked out from the library.
This week I'm reading 13 to Life (Delany), The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion (Keene) and Leviathan (Westerfeld).  I'm listening to The Year of the Flood (Atwood) and Graceling (Cashore).

Since last week I've read The Clue of the Tapping Heels and The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk (Keene), Bones of Faerie (Simner) and Liar (Larbalestier).

Other reviews:
Scarlett Fever
The Little Prince pop-up (vlog) 

Books I won:
From Goodreads' First Reads
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
So. Were you glad, deep down? Were you glad to be rid of her? Your perfect sister? Were you secretly glad when she was killed?

Following a terrible tragedy that leaves her once-perfect family shattered, Katherine Patterson moves to a new city, starts at a new school, and looks forward to a new life of quiet anonymity.

But when Katherine meets the gregarious and beautiful Alice Parrie her resolution to live a solitary life becomes difficult. Katherine is unable resist the flattering attention that Alice pays her and is so charmed by Alice’s contagious enthusiasm that the two girls soon become firm friends. Alice’s joie de vivre is transformative; it helps Katherine forget her painful past and slowly, tentatively, Katherine allows herself to start enjoying life again.

But being friends with Alice is complicated – and as Katherine gets to know her better she discovers that although Alice can be charming and generous she can also be selfish and egocentric. Sometimes, even, Alice is cruel.

And when Katherine starts to wonder if Alice is really the kind of person she wants as a friend, she discovers something else about Alice - she doesn’t like being cast off.

From Library Thing's Early Reviewer
13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale by Shannon Delany
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

From the Library is my weekly listing of what I checked out from the library recently.
Just one.

Anything but Typical - Nora Raleigh Baskins
(for Autistic Awareness Month)
Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world.Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.
Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird - her name is Rebecca - could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is. By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy's struggles-and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.


  1. Great books to win! I hope you enjoy them. 13 to Life sounds really good, I am looking forward to your review.

  2. I have Anything But Typical in my TBR pile - looks good!

    And I can't believe I've never read an Atwood book - I really need to one of these days.


  3. @Nina - It was pretty good. Review up tomorrow.

    @Sue - She writes beautiful, though lengthy, books.

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