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Saturday, January 30

Great Finds Issue #17


What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!


Hardbacks:

Melancholy Baby (Sunny Randall)

Melancholy Baby by Robert B. Parker

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller


Paperbacks:

Nightmare in 3-D #4 (Ghosts of Fear Street)

The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville

Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark: 25th Anniversary Edition by Alvin Schwartz

SVH: Senior Year #10 Broken Angel by Francine Parcal

The Spiderwick Chronicles: Troll Trouble by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black

R.L. Stine's Ghost of Fear Street #4 Nightmare in 3-D by Gloria Hatrick

Tuesday, January 26

Book Review - Runaway Storm

Runaway StormRunaway Storm
BY: D.E. Knobbe
PUBLISHED BY: Emerald Book Company
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-934572-35-1
Pages: 223
Ages: Young Adult
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In the first book of the Runaway series, author D.E. Knobbe introduces us to an almost fifteen year-old boy named Nate. He’s a troubled kid who’s having problems adjusting to his parents split and the recent move to New York.

Nate decides he needs a break from his life and comes up with the prefect scheme. He’s going to go kayaking by himself. He tells his mother that his dad wants him to fly to Vancouver while she is away in Paris. He forgot to mention that his dad is on a business trip.

He is quickly on his way to Vancouver with two hundred dollars in cash and his mother’s credit card. When he arrives at his father’s place, he finds his birthday present – a brand new, yellow kayak. Two of his friends, Mike and Eric, helps Nate buy supplies and helps him get to Galiano Island.

Nate launches his Kayak into the waters unaware of the adventures and dangers ahead of him. From drug dealers, to runaways and even a goth girl, this is a journey Nate will never forget.

“Runaway Storm” is an exciting coming to age story. Male readers will easily connect with Nate and relate to some of the problems he faces. I will warn you that there is some mild language in this book. Overall, I enjoyed reading “Runaway Strom” and will look forward to the second installment in the series.

*Note: I would like to thank the author for sending me this book to read and review.

Great Finds Issue # 16

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!



Hardback:

The Secret Garden


The Secret Garden



Paperbacks:


Clockwork by Philip Pullman

California Diaries: Dawn by Ann M. Martin

The Cooper Kids Adventures: The Deadly Curse of Toco-rey by Frank Peretti

Kentucky Keepers by Lynn A. Coleman, Jennifer Johnson, Gail Sattler and Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Rescue by Lori Wick

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons

Real Life: Help Me! by Wendy Coris Staub

Lawless by Nora Roberts

SVH: Senior Year #17 Backstabber by Francine Pascal

Monday, January 11

Great Finds Issue #15

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!



Hardback:

The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2)

The Bartimaeus Trilogy Book Two: The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud



Paperback:

The Ooze (Ghosts of Fear Street #8)

The Bartimaeus Trilogy Book One: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Bartimaeus Trilogy Book Three: Plolemy’s Gale by Jonathan Stroud

The Proposal by Lori Wick

Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson

Still More Tales to Give You Goosebumps: Special Edition #4 by R.L. Stine

Ghosts of Fear Street #8 The Ooze by R.L. Stine

Book Review - Cirque Du Freak: Hunters of The Dusk


Cirque Du Freak #7: Hunters of the Dusk: Book 7 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)Cirque Du Freak: Hunters of The Dusk
BY: Darren Shan
PUBLISHED BY: Little, Brown and Company
PUBLISHED IN: 2002
ISBN: 0-316-60709-6
Pages: 213
Ages: Teen & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

With the Vampaneze Lord soon to rise, Mr. Tiny visit’s the Vampire Mountain with a message. The War of the Scars will be a bloody battle between the vampires and vampaneze. The Vampire clan will die if the Vampaneze Lord is not killed before he is fully blooded.

The Hunters of the Dark is different than the previous installments in the series. It was nice to have Darren return to the Crique Du Freak for a short time.

They link up with the Cirque Du Freak where they run into a group of Vampaneze.

Mr. Crepsley, Harkat Mulds, and Darren leave Vampire Mountain after living there for six years. Vancha would join them later. They meet a witch, Lady Evanna. She could see the future and gives the warning that two of them would be dead by the end of their quest. She travels with them.

Book Review - Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince


Cirque Du Freak #6: The Vampire Prince: Book 6 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince
BY: Darren Shan
PUBLISHED BY: Little, Brown and Company
PUBLISHED IN: 2002
ISBN: 0-316-60709-6
Pages: 195
Ages: Teen & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

After barely surviving the Trials of Death, Darren Shan finds himself cold and alone after escaping the huge waterfall. Two wolves, Streak and Rudi, nurture him back to health.

Kurda, the vampire that betrayed Darren and killed one of his friends, plans on becoming a Vampire Prince soon. Kurda is secretly hiding the clan’s enemy, the vampaneze.
Darren gets help from Seba Nile and is able to tell the Vampire Princes of Kurda’s plan. A blood battle takes place between the clan and the vampaneze. Another friend of Darren’s is killed in the battle.

At the Hall of Death, the Vampire Princes and Generals have to a discussion that Darren should be put to death!

The Vampire Prince is a exciting sequel!

Book Review - Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death


Cirque Du Freak #5: Trials of Death: Book 5 in the Saga of Darren Shan (Cirque Du Freak: the Saga of Darren Shan)Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death
BY: Darren Shan
PUBLISHED BY: Little, Brown and Company
PUBLISHED IN: 2001
ISBN: 0-316-60367-8
Pages: 207
Ages: Teen & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In the fifth chapter in the series, Darren must pass five dangerous trials to prove himself to the Vampire Princes and Vampire Generals or face death by the stakes in the Hall of Death.

Darren passes the first three trials, but not the fourth. Harkat interfered and saved Darren from a wild boar. This broke the Vampire Clan’s rules. The Vampire Princes and Generals began to discuss where or not Darren should continued or be put to death.

Trials of Death is more fast-paced than the previous book and ends in a great cliffhanger.

Sunday, January 3

Great Finds Issue #14

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!



Paperbacks:

This Present Darkness

Baby-sitters Club: Friends Forever #10 Stacey’s Problem

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti