Glass Sword: A Sneak Peek

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Glass Sword

Victora Aveyard

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Sneak Peek:

"They stand over the cargo piles, rifles in hand, guarding the crates.   But guarding them from who?   'Don't look at them," Gisa mutters, grabbing onto my sleeve. She tugs me along,eager to get away from the blue soliders. One in particular watches us go, his eyes narrowed."  p 67

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Marissa writes book reviews for a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 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 we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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The Cozy Reading Spot #131

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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!

Last Week's Features

Marissa's Favorite

My favorite link from last week was by Karen from InnerSavvy: Chronic Stress May Be Why You Don't Feel Well.  She discusses the biological and neurological reasons why stress can have a serious impact on your health.
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The most popular link from last week was by Cathy at Thoughts on Books: The Headmistress of Rosemere. She shares a lovely, quick review of this wonderful novel.
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Book review

Persuasion: A Book Review

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Martina Boone

There is something about a book series that attracts me.  When I read a book that has solid characters, I don't want to let go of them after just a few hundred pages.  I want to know more.  Plus a series guarantees me a few more books to read where I will already have a vested interest in at least a couple of the characters.

The Heirs of Watson Island has become one of those series. While the story is a few steps outside of my regular story selections, it has been different enough to intrigue me.  If you missed it, stop by my review of Compulsion, book one in the series, then check out my review of this second book in the series below.

Persuasion by Martina Boone  a Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

Persuasion** is the second book in Martina Boone's series, The Heirs of Watson Island.  This book continues to follow Barrie Watson, Eight Beaufort and their families as Barrie uncovers more and more of the secrets her mother kept from her.  While the continued story line about the new restaurant experience was a nice continuance from the first book, the bulk of the action surrounds a new character, Jeremiah.  

Jeremiah is not the typical character as he is fueled by a horrible vengeance. It takes most of the book to understand what his motives are, but it's clear from his introduction, he is not to be trusted. 

The story pulls on historical aspects of the Civil War, slavery and privateers - so you can imagine how many twists you will encounter in the pages of this southern gothic novel!

Personal Likes

I really enjoyed getting to Eight's back story in this second book.  Since Eight has lived his whole life on his family's plantation and in their small southern town he was easy to type-cast in the first book.  While Boone did allude to more, it finally comes up in this second book. We learn more about his life, and the life of his father, Seven - who had big dreams for his son before the family "gift" gets passed on to Eight.  It was also very nice to get more details on how the Beaufort gift works because in the first book that was not very clear... in fact it was just creepy at times. In fact the more details shared in this second book, the more I understood why the Beauforts were so popular in town.

This second book was mostly transitional - so there were a few more details explained, but more questions asked.  And that is a good thing, as now I want to read the final book... even if the story seems very strange to me right now.

Persuasion by Martina Boone a Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

I had some major issues with the twists surrounding Jeremiah, especially in the beginning.  Yes, his story is what made up the majority of the driving plot for this transitional book in the series, but it was completely out of left field from the first book. It felt like an experiment from Boone or an editor to show more of the mystic culture that dominates the three families of Watson Island.

Barrie was a little more annoying in her narration of the story. I have a feeling that was intentional as the Watson "gift" is weighing heavily on her throughout the story. However, she whined a ton - all the little things seemed like the end of the world - again this is expected to a certain extent with the teen lit/teen lead character... but it was a little over the top for Barrie, at least in comparison to the previous book. And have I mentioned I have three kids?  I do not need whining in my books!

And then there was the whole flashback scene (don't worry I won't spoil it)... Yes there are some simply awful truths about how slaves were treated in the deep south, and yes that does set up Jeremiah's actions, but again, it came completely out of left field!  What did that have to do with anything from book one?  Either there is a major need for a tie in for book three, or this book was not really needed and the series should have only been two books long.  Then again, I haven't read book three yet - it comes out in late 2016.

Reasons to Read

There are a few of you who are thinking, this is about magic, mysticism, voodoo - and for that reason I will not read it.  And to be honest, I think that is a wise decision, for many of you.  Because your morals are set in a strong faith.  Then there are others of you who are curious about how other cultures play into our society, our world. How different traditions, even religions, impact different people - these details are interesting to you because there are many different people in the world, and while we might never cross paths with some, we just might come in contact with someone who has a completely different value set - in fact, we might have to build a relationship with this unknown person who is full of a different religion, moral standard.

While this is a piece of fiction, and should be treated as such, there is something to be said about reading a book that shows off a new side of the culture you live in.  So if the history of the South, the religion of voodoo, or the strangeness of voodoo might be something that could cross your path, maybe you could consider reading this book.

Or maybe, you just enjoy a good story that is full of twists, magic, and characters that are developing in a way that might capture your attention for book three. Of course, if you read book one, Compulsion, then you might want to read this one just because.

Reading List Rating

Three heart rating on Reading List

I can only give this book a three heart rating.  I wanted so much more out of a transitional book in a series, but it felt like a forced story to meet a contract, or a deadline.  

My Suggested Audience

I would only suggest this book to those who have read the first book.  It is not a great stand alone, and as of right now, I have no clue how much of it is needed to understand book three.  It is suggested for a teenage audience, and I would have add that the audience should be ready to read mature subject matter - especially when it comes to the history of the south, the Civil War, and slavery.  Plus there is the magic/voodoo subject matter that parents would want to be aware of. 

At what age should parents allow their kids to pick out their own fiction books? #Parenting #Reading @Reading_List1

Would you allow your teenager to read a fictional book even if the subject matter was one you didn't agree with?  At what age will you trust your child to pick out his own books completely on his own?

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Explore Outer Space with Your Kids Through These Classics

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Magic School Bus

Will Take Your Child to Outer Space

I mentioned last week how we have an in between reader (able to fly through early readers, not quite ready for traditional chapter books/novels).  So we have started the quest for good options, and I'd like to share another one of our favorites. 

We really love The Magic School Bus.  It is enough fiction that it keeps the youngest kiddos entertained while planting solid seeds of information that we can expand upon if anyone wants to know more.  Plus, the dialogue bubbles of the different characters add a level of difficulty in the steps needed for more reading comprehension skills.  Not to mention the fact sections in the back. 

Recently outer space has held the attention of our boys.  The pattern of the moon's surface, the way stars are visible some nights but not other nights. They have been memorizing the names of the planets, dwarf planets, the moons of planets and more! 

Exploring the Solar System Featuring The Magic School Bus

Luckily for me, as I am not really the one to pull out tons of non-fiction books and make them understandable for young minds, The Magic School Bus has a plethora of options for learning more about Space.  While these books are doing a marvelous job of setting up some basic facts, it is helping me know what points to expand upon in helping grow their minds.

We have been enjoying the fact that there are more hours of the night during the winter season, and can sneak in some time outside to glimpse more of the stars. It truly helps keep their interest in space, planets, the sun and the moon.  

Another big bonus is the option to watch the Magic School Bus.  This is where Youtube and I are best friends - when I can pull up a teaching tool for my kids, and they see it as a special treat, well that and Netflix.  The only downside to watching is that I now get requests to do voices while reading... let me just say, I am not going to make any money on my voice impersonations - EVER!

The Magic School Bus: Outer Space 

  1. ** In The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System, Ms. Frizle's class is supposed to go to the planetarium... but, of course, they end up on a wild adventure that immerses the kids into science. 
  2. ** Space Explorers is an early chapter book (around the early 2nd-grade level) that lets you discover the differences between Earth and the other planets - particularly Mars. 
  3. ** Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk is another early reader book (its considered a level 2, so late kindergarten/early 1st-grade level) that takes you on an extraordinary adventure to the moon. 
  4. ** The Magic School Bus Presents Our Solar System is a great resource for those kids who are interested in learning even more about the solar system.  It is very similar to children's non-fiction books with some extras from the Magic School Bus cast. This is a tool that is perfect for 1st-3rd graders (especially for reading level and comprehension), but younger kids could easily gain from this one as well. 

If your kiddos are at all interested in any aspect of space, I suggest requesting some of these books from your local library and then soaking in the wonder of the universe with them. 

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Check out these great ideas for bringing these Space concepts to life

Are your kids into the stars, the moon, and outer space?  Have you introduced your kids to The Magic School bus?

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