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Preordering Books

Hello, hey, hi.

I just preordered a book for the first time. Go me! I’ve never actually had books on preorder because I felt that I would just get them and not read them right away, but I just ordered Lady Midnight on my Nook, and I’m so excited. I’ve not been this excited for a new release, really, since City of Heavenly Fire *review*.

Now, I think the reason I’ve never had the inclination to preorder a book is because of the fact that I am very timid when it comes to new books. I have so many books that I have to read, that I feel like when I want a bunch more it just makes me more overwhelmed with the amount of books on my TBR list. It really is overwhelming when you have a lot of books you’d love to read! The reason I preordered this book on my Nook is because I want to have the book read by the 13th when I get to see Cassandra Clare! I get to meet my favorite author and I’m so pumped. I want to buy the copy of Lady Midnight in hardcover at the actual event and then have her sign it oh my gosh I’m so excited.

Do you preorder a lot of books? What preorder are you most looking forward to?

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Review: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 550

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

5 out of 5 stars

If I had to choose only one word for this book it would be “eloquent.” The definition perfectly describes the book perfectly; fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing. This is easily the best book that I have ever read, and I will reread it countless times in the future and have my children read it when they are old enough, and I will forever recommend this book to everyone I meet. I’ve not read too many historical fiction novels, but I think I have to after finishing this one. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of art that I’ve ever encountered, and everyone needs to read it.

One of the most amazing things about this book is that it is told from the perspective of death. Death is the narrator, and you see things from his/hers/its perspective. One of my favorite elements of this story was that each time there was a death, Death narrated it and explained it by the sky being a certain color. The sky could be blue, red, purple, yellow, black. Any color known could represent the life of the person that passed.

Liesel Meminger goes to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her brother died and her mother couldn’t support her. Liesel shows up and quickly becomes part of the family; Hans, whom she soon calls Papa, bonds with her soon after her arrival. Liesel meets Rudy, her best friend, while she goes to play with the neighborhood kids, and they become the best of friends and will forever be in each other’s hearts. The infamous duo participate in a group of kids who steal from those more fortunate than them; Liesel ends up stealing books from a library of one of her friends.

Hans teaches Liesel to read by starting with her first steal. They read every night right after Liesel wakes up from nightmares, and she learns from there.

This book has so much symbolism, and touches the heart of everyone who reads it. I can’t explain the depth of the characters that I got from 550 pages. This book will forever hold a spot in my heart as being the first book to actually get me to cry real tears. There is no way for me to not spoil anything for anyone, so you’ll have to read it for yourselves, but I loved this book more than anything.

The writing style was lovely. It was easy to read, but made you think about what you had just read. Again, this is easily the best book that I’ve ever read, and I don’t think that anything will beat it. I just want to thank God for creating people with this ethereal way of writing stories down.

Please read this book.

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Review: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) – Kazu Kibuishi


Title: Amulet Volume 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 224

Source: Library

In this thrilling sequel to AMULET #1: THE STONEKEEPER, Emily and her brother Navin head for Kanalis, a beautiful and mysterious city of waterfalls, where they hope to find the antidote for the poison that felled their mother. That cure lies in the eggs of a giant serpent atop Demon’s Head Mountain, but the kids’ archenemy, Trellis, is headed for the peak, too. A battle that will engulf all of Kanalis is looming. It’s up to Em to triumph over evil while controlling the amulet’s power . . . without losing herself!

4 out of 5 stars

Gosh, I’m really loving this series! It’s so much fun to read; it’s been a while since I’ve had a completely fun read. I liked this volume better than the first. Emily and Navin had to go underground with the animal people from a city with the best doctors. They went there in the first place to help their mother find a cure for the poison she got poisoned with in the first volume. Emily knows that the amulet’s power is growing, so she has to stay in control. The more she uses the power, the stronger the amulet gets, and the harder it is for her to control it. Her main struggle throughout this book deals with her ability to control the stone that she’s now cursed with. Emily had quite a bit of character development in this book compared to the first, so it was cool to see her growth through the book. I love Leon; he’s the fox/person who is the trainer for Emily. Both her and Navin learn so much from him and his abilities.

I’m very excited to continue on with this series; it’s been a lot of fun to read so far, and I am extremely excited to see what happens next. I also love the fact that this series is for middle grade. I love middle grade novels because of the simplicity in them; they don’t have romance, you don’t have to worry about reading something that makes you uncomfortable, you just get to have fun. It’s always nice to have a fun book to read.


The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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