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Two Big Changes!!!

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

The first big change is a MOVE! The Book Heroine blog is moving to join forces with the Book Savvy Babes! It’s been a long time coming and I am so very excited! Currently, there are three reviewers and they are in need of a Young Adult reviewer. That’s where I come in! I will keep this site up until I move a few top reviews over and get the traffic moving there. Check us out by clicking on the button below! There is also a follower giveaway in honor of me and LaurieLu joining the ranks!

 

The second big change is in my name. I will no longer be the Book Heroine. I never connected to it, so if you are interested in the name, domain, etc., email me! thebookheroine@gmail.com

Now I am: the Book Pirate! Much more my style. If you know me at all, you would have to agree that this fits. I am a pirate addict! I even celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th!

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Author: Paul Kip Grimm

Released: 2010

Pages: 183

Genre: Self-Help, Parenting, Teaching

Source: Author

ISBN: 9781453708194

This book is genius. If there is a get-to-the-point book for getting your students through school, this is it! I hardly ever branch out from reading and reviewing Young Adult literature, but this struck me as an incredible find. As some of you know, I work at a retail store where I get to train customers in computers. Kip was asking about how to get word out about his new book. “Well, you have come to the right trainer!” I exclaimed with glee. After explaining that I review books and had connections to other reviewers, he ran to his car to grab a copy. I was hesitant to read it, as it isn’t my normal read, but I am so happy I did. I’m not a parent, but I am a teacher and this is a great resource. Someday I would also like to be a parent and this will be wonderful to have around.

Grimm has sectioned this book off into two parts: one for parents and one for students. Parents are recommended to read both, but students will get a clear explanation in their language. Parents get great tips from meeting teachers and keeping kids organized to staying the leaders of the house and learning how to give praises. Students learn about the importance of body language, exercise and nutrition, and avoiding procrastination.

My copy will be floating among reviewers, but I would highly recommend this read, this parenting manual!

-The Book Heroine

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Author: A.C. Gaughen

 

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Released: February 14th, 2012

Pages: 292

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Source: Netgalley

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. 

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

This is another first in categories for me. A Robin Hood tale with a feminine twist…literally! I love when the legends of the Hood include more than the normal pack of thieves: Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Prince John. Then of course, what does every novel need, a struggle of hearts!

I loved every character, especially Robin! When do you not fall for Robin Hood? I didn’t quite see the connection between her and John Little other than as an older brother. The fact that there was a competition at all was awkward to me. I think it was because in so many other versions, John is this big, side-kick who’s there during a fight or to help toss Robin over a wall. Out of all the men, I do wish Gaughen gave a little more depth to Much. I am hoping for a sequel that will give more explanation to his character and a backstory.

It was hard to put this book down! The entire story was fast-paced and filled with adventure at every page-turn (or kindle click). If you like tales from Sherwood Forest, pick this one up!

Hello Authors, Publishers, and Followers!
(This is our wedding picture from almost three years ago!)
It’s been a whirlwind past couple of months away from here and I have lots to share! First, the reason for my absence was three-fold. The first, my husband quit his job to go back to school full time and participate in two internships, leaving me to work more hours at both of my jobs. That has hardly left me any time to read, let alone sleep, eat, and exercise. It was a huge decision for us, but one that I don’t regret and I cannot be any prouder of him.

The second reason, we got a puppy for my parents. She is a sweet border collie/australian cattle dog mix. That means she is full of energy and is incredibly smart. As a whole family, we took on the role of training. So, I am there multiple times a week trying to help out. I’ve never had a dog, so this has been such a fun experience.
And lastly, we manage a rental house and are preparing and searching for more roommates. It’s a harder task than you would think! So, we have been remodeling the decor, advertising everywhere, and interviewing lots of people.
Coming Soon!
The Book Heroine is moving to WordPress! Many of my book blogger friends have already made the jump and I had just been waiting for a reason. Well, Blogger served that reason on a silver platter when they removed friend connect. I am working on my new site and will have a Grand Opening with lots of book reviews, author interviews, and give aways! Until then, keep reading!

Circus Galacticus by, Deva Fagan

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

SPOILER ALERT!!


☆.5
Author: Deva Fagan
Publisher: Harcourt
Released: November 15, 2011
Pages: 304
Genre: YA-middle school, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley


Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.


But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.


Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel secrets of her own past–if she can survive long enough.


What a ride! The blurb above gives a great description of the plot, so I won’t waste your time repeating that. It is an adventure of one young girl who doesn’t want to waste her life and talents in the shadows of others. Honestly, the blurb was more exciting than the book ever got. I was sorely disappointed in every outcome.


Let’s talk about Trix. Life at the boarding school stunk. She didn’t fit in, the students teased her, and the staff made her life unbearable. Did she fight? Cause trouble? Stand up for herself? No. She ran away to the circus. I had hoped for some sort of exciting battle of wits between her and the headmistress at least. Later, as she takes the plunge to join the gang, one hoped that she would discover her special talent that would separate her from the rest. Nope. Nothing special, just pink hair. Of course, I loved that she found a place to belong and share her life with.


The other characters seemed intriguing at first. With the different possibilities of talents in a space circus, I thought the author would get more involved in their development. I was disappointed to find most of them flat. I did find a couple characters cute, but nothing special. The Ringmaster was just strange. It seemed like the author alluded to Trix falling for him, but then he seemed more like a mentor. When romance is even slightly hinted, as a reader, I crave to find out the end result. This seemed like a tease.


Altogether, I just wasn’t thrilled with the overall book. My expectations must have been too high with all the positive hype it had been given. I hope you all found it much more pleasing!

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

***Spoiler Alert***



Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released: September 27, 2011
Pages: 304
Genre: YA, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Source: NetGalley


I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it–even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best–a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.
Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play…and–ahem–maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. WAYpast. Cars amaze him–CARS! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star–crossed…


As I read this book, I kept thinking, ‘Yes! This is going to make four or five stars! I am loving this idea, the characters, the flow!’ Then, the book dove…hard. Let me explain.


What a great plot! Girl wants the role of Juliet (what actress doesn’t?). Girl casts a spell to get role after bum audition (what girl wouldn’t?). Girl gets hot Shakespeare from the past instead (what girl couldn’t live with that?). It’s a sweet idea!


Miranda was not my favorite female lead character. Her character seemed flat and it was difficult to get a connection. In other reviews, bloggers have suggested that it was the fact that the author is male, so writing this from a female’s perspective was awkward. I kind of agree to that. He seemed to put his effort into the male characters more than Miranda’s. He did a great job with Edmund! I really enjoyed his persona, his passion, and his spark! My favorite was definitely Drew, though. Such a sweet, head-over-heels in love boy. The best friend that was always there. I think these two saved the book for me.


The biggest downfall was towards the end. I was happy with the explanation of Edmund’s time travel to be magic. Bringing into the factor science experiments, battery-water….blah blah blah. It lost me. Then I actually laughed at the whole phone app thing. Really? Magic was more believable. It got way too confusing and too quickly. It was quite the let down.


On the romance-side of things, I did not like the battle of relationships. Edmund was a player. Period. It’s the time-period he came from. For Miranda to just take him later on seemed implausible. He’s dirty in more ways that just needing a good bath. It was obvious from the beginning that Drew had been in love with her. The way it all played out did not make me happy. Miranda was seconds for Edmund and Drew for MIranda. Ick.


In all, I gave three stars just because this story has such good promise. It didn’t make even a fraction more because it just faltered in the end. I would love to get your opinions on this story.

☆.5
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 210
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Library


For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does because they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche.. She is a participant.


Ok, we all have dreams and remember only a small fraction of them. Some we wish we could forget. While some can be a haze in the back of our minds, others can be so vivid, they seem real and it’s hard to shake off throughout the day. In Janie’s case, she not only remembers them, she lives them. But, they aren’t hers. Janie has the uncontrollable ability to view the dreams of others that are near her.
After reading the back of the book, I still had no idea where it would lead. Dreams in and of themselves are a world of fascination. We can spend so much time trying to dissect the meaning of them. Some are filled with our personal fears: spiders (ugh), monsters, loved ones dying, or even being chased. Our fantastical hopes could be lived: flying, changing into an animal, exploring a new country. Even our erotic desires: enough said! (think of your own examples!)
But for Janie…she witnesses everyone else’s dreams. She has no control of it, no way of stopping what she sees or when it happens. That is scary! I could never imagine what that could entail, the secrets one would possess. I think the author does a fantastic job portraying how that would look, the emotional terror one would experience.
Relating to Janie should be easy for any reader. We all have wondered what it would be like to control our dreams or to be more conscience of them as they happen. Is there a meaning to them? Are they a mirror of the past or the future? Or are they just a reflection of the emotional hurricane that is building inside of us? McMann took it a step further. She planted to protagonist inside someone else’s dreams. To watch another’s embarrassing fear of standing naked in front of their peers and then seeing them the next day without making a single twitch would be extremely difficult. As the reader, I felt her struggle and knew her desire to never have to experience that.
The written flow was beautiful. You fell for the characters and could easily close your eyes and follow the storyline. And of course, in the end you wanted more…



Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: March 4th, 2008
Pages: 248
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Source: Own

For Janie and Cabel, real life is getting tougher than the dreams. They’re just trying to carve out a little (secret) time together, but no such luck.
Disturbing things are happening at Fieldridge High, yet nobody’s talking. When Janie taps into a classmate’s violent nightmares, the case finally breaks open — but nothing goes as planned. Not even close. Janie’s in way over her head, and Cabe’s shocking behavior has grave consequences for them both.
Worse yet, Janie learns the truth about herself and her ability — and it’s bleak. Seriously, brutally bleak. Not only is her fate as a dream catcher sealed, but what’s to come is way darker than she’d feared…

Talk about a fast ride from page one! I don’t feel like I can delve too much into a review without spilling the beans on this one. Just know that what you learn in the first of this trilogy is nothing compared to the adventure that follows these two. Throughout the pages, you will squeal, tear up, and possibly scream as McMann reveals the next stage in Janie’s life  as she jumps from dream to dream. It is unpredictable and you will not be able to set the book down. I can’t wait to read Gone and Cabel’s Story.