Monday, June 29, 2015

Proxy by Alex London

Synapsis from the publisher:Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.
This fast-paced thrill ride of a novel is full of breakneck action, shocking twists and heart-hammering suspense that will have readers gasping until the very last page.

I enjoyed reading this novel, and I am intrigued for the sequel.  London definitely left me hanging at the end of this book.  If you are not sure, then watch this book trailer.    

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

From the Publisher:
Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but for Lily Sanderson, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily has a secret, and it’s not her huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid—she’s a Thalassinian princess. When she discovered three years ago that her mother was actually a human, Lily finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been going to Seaview High ever since. Living on land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type—when they bond, it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

This book has been out a while, but I did not remember whether or not I had read it. So, I started it one night.  I finished it the next morning, and it was such a good story.  I knew how it had to end, but I loved reading about it.  Great romantic fast read.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with Gramps, his grandfather Gene, who is his best friend now that Brighton wants to be with the cool jocks. Gramps has to move to a nursing home because he is very sick, but Gramps has "bear promised" to take him on an elk hunt in the Grand Tetons. Tyson's parents have decided that Gramps is not in good enough shape to take the trip.  But, Gramps will not break a "bear promise".  They sneak off anyway, but Tyson wonders if he is tough enough to shoot and dress a six-hundred-pound elk. As if that is not enough, there have been multiple reports of bear attacks--right where they are going.  Will Gramps and Tyson make it through the trip or will the bear be too much for them?

I just finished this book, and it came to me at such a great time.  Just a few days before Father's Day...I read a super book about a boy, his father and his grandfather.  I have to say that I did not want to read the book.  Yes, I know that I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I did.  I should know better, but this one definitely had so much more to the story.  I highly recommend reading this book.  Gephart did a great job of making me want to read the next chapter after finishing one. This makes for a quick and enjoyable read.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

RMS Library Summer Hours

I am really excited to have summer hours.  I hope that the rain stays away so that folks will come by and visit me from 10--12 tomorrow.  I have some great books to share.  I started listening to a good one today.  Unbreakable by Kami Garcia.  And, I am in the middle of reading one at home--The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin.  I need to let you know the last few I have read.  But, that will have to wait for another day.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Now, back to the books I have been reading.

From the Publisher:
Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.
A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens.

This novel will definitely stick with you for a long time.  I found it a difficult one to read. It was hard to be inside Caden's head and see his struggles.  But, Shusterman does a masterful job of painting the picture of his struggle to understand what is real and what is not real. This is one worth reading--just give it a try.

Houston Rockets Non-reading school food drive post

Here is a post about our school food drive that is sponsored by the Ridgeview chapter of National Junior Honor Society.

The food drive committee decided that the theme should match up with the NBA championship.  They titled it The Final Can-offs.

We put the remaining 8 NBA teams in a bucket and teachers from the 4 academic teams randomly chose. This left 4 teams in the bucket.  My esteemed colleague and NJHS co-sponsor and I then chose--NOT randomly--our team.  We both love the Houston Rockets.  We were super excited that they were still in the bucket to be chosen.  We formed our team with staff members who do not have an advisory class.

When we chose our team name, the Rockets were down 3-1 in the series.  Things were not looking good for them.  Then, I watched as they won game 5 of that series.  Against some pretty strong odds (tough 3rd quarter), the Rockets came back and won game 6.  At that point, I put a box of 25 pounds of food together for our team.  Yesterday, the Rockets won game 7, and they are in the Final Four.

Some may call it a coincidence.  I choose to think that we have a connection with this great team. We want them to continue their winning streak and make it to the championship.  You are a great inspiration to us, and we hope that we are an inspiration to you as well.

Go Rockets!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

So...I was not sure if I was going to read this book or not.  I thought once things were settled between America and Maxon that the story was over.  But, boy was I wrong.  The Heir is about their first born child and what they ask of her since she will one day be the queen.  If you have read the first three books in the series, that sentence should make you wonder because their society only allowed for a man to take the throne.  Cass brings about new ideas and a fresh approach to the selection process.  I do not want to give too much away with this blog post.  I will say that it was a quick read.  I loved, but I hated the ending--because it was the ending of the book.  I cannot wait until the final book in the series is released on October 6, 2015.  Until then, thank you Kiera for a great story.  Here is a quick pic of us together at the TLA conference.

And here is the trailer for the book.