Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Point | February 25, 2014 | 288 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 3

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 19/30 = 63% D

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A 100% predictable best friend boy and girl duo that have to overcome an array of obstacles to stay friends when their (romantic) feelings for each other cause issues. No dramatic revelations or heart pounding scenes.

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A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 24, 2013 | 352 Pages

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My Review

I am unable to post a full review as I have not finished reading the book.

 

 Summary

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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First Line

I opened my eyes, the air in my bedchamber pulsing with the kind of silence that only comes in the wake of sound — a sound that never should have been there.

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Most Memorable Scene

Haven’t picked one yet.

Plot

Other than keeping Uncle Tully hidden and a few other things, the only major plot is finding Lane.

Setting

Paris is the new setting. The new house is very interesting.

Writing

The writing is as splendid as the first book.

Originality

So far the originality is just fine.

Characters

We meet a few new characters due to the move to Paris. Since I’m only a little over half way done I don’t feel comfortable giving my review of the new characters because there are a few questionable characters.

Romance

Don’t get me started! Where is Lane!? Again, only half way into this and I miss him terribly.

Title/Cover Bonus

Another gorgeous cover.

Ending

I am not done yet so: no comment.

Series

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Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

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The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

This review is a repost from the original review posted on August 27, 2012.

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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The lovely people at Scholastic have blown my mind, again!

Alex has sent me the below summer reading ideas for our children. I don’t know about you but I love that my 3rd grade daughter reads, for fun, without being told. You know what else she loves? Her Kindle Fire and our old iPhones. She’s always playing a game on one of those devices. I love these ideas of rewarding kids for reading. To them they think they’re playing a game and that’s perfectly fine with me!

Use these great ideas from Scholastic to keep your readers reading over the summer!

A recent Kids & Family Reading Report shows that half of all parents are concerned that their children spend too much time playing video or computer games and visiting social networking sites, and not enough time reading books. Now that it is summer and school is out, what can parents do to get their kids reading more books? The solution: COMBINE TECHNOLOGY AND READING TOGETHER!  Something Scholastic has created with the Scholastic Summer Challenge program.

5 (FREE) ways to USE technology to GET kids reading books:

1.         Track Online Minutes: Kids can read over the summer and track their reading minutes online with the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free global reading program where kids read, log minutes, and earn prizes. Kids can have fun winning prizes, trying to break the world record for summer reading, and helping their school log the most minutes to win a visit from Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey.

2.      Time your Reading App: Families on-the-go can log their minutes with the free Scholastic Reading Timer mobile app, available for iOS and android devices. Use your summer challenge username and password to log minutes and spin the prize wheel to earn rewards! Plus, parents can see how many minutes their child logged and access articles and tips to encourage kids to read.

3.      Get a FREE ebook: Great news for parents: Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun, especially boys! When kids register for the Scholastic Summer Challenge, parents can choose the “just right” ebook for their kids…FOR FREE from Storia®, Scholastic’s free teacher recommended ereading app.

4.      Learn: Parents can access free resources on the Summer Challenge website, including book lists and articles. On the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, parents can find the new content calendar that provides free daily expert tips and articles, activities, discounts on books, special Friday giveaways, and details about upcoming Facebook chats. When the Summer Challenge launched on May 6th, Scholastic hosted a chat with parent bloggers Amy Mascott and Allison McDonald.

5.      Share on social media: Parents can use social media with their kids for reading ideas. Parents can check out Scholastic’s Summer Challenge Pinterest Board with their kids. Since research shows that parents think their child should read 11 books over the summer, each week we’ll be pinning a collage of 11 books.


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The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

Launch Party

Monday, August 27, 6:30-8 pm

Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

Continue reading…


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December 9th, 2011

How do you mentor?

I’ve been a long time follower of Scholastic’s on Our Minds (OOM) blog.

I recently won a great big (HUGE) giveaway of 56 pounds of children’s books from one of their “Family and Community Engagement (FACE)” giveaways. It was such a pleasure to win and reap the rewards of giveaway the books they sent me.

They are currently hosting their final giveaway for this series and I ask that you head over and enter! You could give the winnings to one lucky grade school!

Giveaway ends Sunday, December 11.


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