The Isle of the Lost... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The Isle of the Lost
By Melissa De La Cruz

Sneak Peek:

"King Beast and Queen Belle stressed scholarship above enchantment, exhorting the young people to work hard instead of relying on fairy spells or dragon friends for help. Because Beast was the most powerful figure in all the kingdoms, when he proposed the new work ethic, nobody argued against him."  p 50

Sneak Peek at The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz on Reading List

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Oh and here are some rules if you decide to join in:
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


If you want to just leave your two sentences, book title, and author just here, please do so in the comments.  I'd love to get a sneak peek of the book you're reading!

Marissa at Reading List

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Cozy book hop

Cozy Reading Spot #100 + Giveaway

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

Our 100th Link Up!

That means I had to do a giveaway right?  I'm just so glad to share this little corner with you all, so I'm going to give away a little collection of books. This is for those of you here in the states....

Please link up all you've got!  

There are just a few small requests I have. 
  • Please link to a direct post, and not just your home page (I will use my discretion on leaving links up that do not follow this as the idea is to link to your blog posts...).
  • I wish I didn't have to say this, but please keep it clean. I know books can range the gamut on adult content, but please keep your review and images clean for this one. 
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Book review

The Elite: A Book Review

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Last week I shared my review for the first book in The Selection Series, so it only makes sense to continue with the series this week.   As I mentioned last week, this was a series I just couldn't read fast enough.  That has to be the plus to stumbling across a book series after it has almost all been published... no waiting for the next installment to be published!

The Elite by Kiera Cass  A Book Review on Reading List

Oh I should add I can't help but give away some spoilers now, so if you haven't read The Selection, and don't want to know anything about where it leaves off, so finish it, and come back...

For everyone else.... here goes

Story Overview 

The Elite by Kiera Cass is the second book in the series, and pretty much picks up where The Selection ends.  Which was nice since I read them back to back, literally, I went straight into this one...

As America deals with the heartbreak of Aspen letting her go, more or less, she doesn't do much to help her standing in the competition.  And this is a bad thing because King Clarkson simply does not want a girl of her caste in the selection.  He is set on finding ways to get rid of her.  That isn't that hard to do, since America does not try very hard to impress the royal family often.

This second book also gives us much more background on how America, the country, fell apart only to be rebuilt as Illea.  More specifically, we learn about the Rebels - some are more violent than others. This leads to more political themes than the first book, which added a level to the story that Cass's amazing characters couldn't quite bring in the first book.

Most importantly, this book allows for America Singer to begin to mature, slightly, as she struggles to work through heartbreak, listen to what she actually wants for her life and family and future. She begins to socialize with the other girls more and more, which allows for more character development with some side characters; Celeste, Kriss and Marlee all become major players in this book.

Personal Likes

I'm always a pulled into books that have complex characters, both the main characters and the side characters. So that is probably why I'm very drawn to these series. As the number of girls in the Selection are cut from 35 to 6 those Elite girls are able to be more open and known by the reader.

I also really appreciated the addition of more political story lines.  It simply added to the predictable nature of easy YA lit especially since this series does play right into the Bachelor fandom.

And of course, as this is the second in the series, it ends with a major cliffhanger... so yes make sure you have The One lined up to read next.

Quote from The Elite by Kiera Cass, Image from Epic Reads, Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

I did expect more from America Singer. I just wanted her to get over herself quicker. Granted, she does seem like a teenage girl to me, but still there were times when I just wanted to reach in and grab her shoulders in order to give her a swift shake.

I also had a hard time with many of the scenes with King Clarkson.  He is not a nice guy, not with his son and not with the girls.  He was violent and harsh,,, but it did lead to some great back story for Maxon so I guess I can't complain too much.

Reasons to Read

If you read the first one, you have to keep going.  Cass has done a marvelous job of creating a world full of characters that grab you.  If you are slightly into fairy tales, princesses, fashion, or The Bachelor, then this is a series you're going to like.  If you are a fan of competition shows and books this is for you.  If you are a fan of dystopian stories that are not quite a graphic as The Hunger Games, this is for you.

Reading List Rating

Four heart Rating   on Reading List book review

I have to give this book four hearts.  I loved it, but there was more violence and turmoil than the last one.  And seriously America Singer... make up your mind!

My Suggested Audience

So the whole series is written for teenage girls.  And I agree, this is the perfect series for a teenage girl. I'd say at least fifteen, as there are scenes that are not PG and hint at PG-13 in the intimacy levels and there was quite a bit of violence, although not gory, but still. I would say that all of the scenes were well written and needed to advance the story,

That leads me to parents of teenage girls... if your daughter is reading these books, pick them up and join her.  It's the perfect opening for discussions that might be too hard to start otherwise.

Oh and like I said last time,  anyone who enjoys a fun fictional story full of twists and pretty dress and competition... well this one is for you.

I have to know, have you read this one?  What was the last book series you just couldn't stop reading?

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

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*Image credits: Kiera Cass & Epic Reads
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Diary of a Spider - Children's Corner

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Children's Corner

So it's summer and we are flying through books over here.  We have made it a goal to make it to the library at least once every week this summer. So far the weather has done great at helping us out... it's been extremely wet and gray over here.

Children's Corner on Reading List

So all that leads me to our favorite fine in June:

Diary of a Spider By Doreen Cronin Illustrated by Harry Bliss


About the Book

This book found us because my boys have been fascinated with bugs and spiders this summer, while mommy simply isn't a fan.  So in an effort to keep them fascinated, I found this one. And it was hysterical.

The story is written like a daily journal by a spider.  The spider writes about school, playing at the playground and making friends.  It's amazing just how funny such a simply idea is, but all of us were laughing: mommy, the three year old, the six year old and daddy.  Now that is a silly and funny book.

Why We Like It

There is so much to like about this book.  The voice of the spider is very similar to a child's, which is why my boys were so drawn in.  There are little jokes that are funnier for adults, or older kids which makes this a great read-aloud book.

For me, the illustrations made this book.  The spider's daily adventures are brought to life in the different pages.  One page even requires the reader to twist the book horizontal.  It's the interaction that makes this my favorite from June.

Diary of a Spider A Children's Corner Feature On Reading List

Title: Diary of a Spider
Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Publisher: HarperCollins  
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
For ages: 4-8 years (Reading List says 3 and up!)

Since it is summer, and you are probably looking for some extra ideas to keep your kiddos busy, here are some of our favorite Spider activities, thanks to some great inspiring Pinterest-ing mommies:

  1. Preserve a Spider Web 
  2. Spider Handprint Craft with web painting
  3. Easy Paper Plate Spiderweb
  4. Recycled fruit cup Spider
Follow Marissa Writes's board Reading List Children's Corner Crafts on Pinterest.

What is your summer goal for your kids reading habits?  What was the best kids book you read to your kids last month?   

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