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Waiting on Wednesday (1) – Pivot Point by Kasie West
Jan 30th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Waiting on Wednesday (1) – Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pub date: February 12, 2013

Harper Teen, 320 pages

I am definitely intrigued by Pivot Point. The plot looks interesting with plenty of potential for twists and turns. Love the idea that the MC can “look into the future and see both outcomes.” That she has choices to make. Many of my blogger friends have been raving about this book, so that in and of itself is reason enough. And what a cool cover!

From GOODREADS:11988046

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

For more information about the author, visit her website at: http://www.kasiewest.com

 

Celebrating PRIDE & PREJUDICE 200th Anniversary
Jan 28th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

CELEBRATING PRIDE & PREJUDICE 200th ANNIVERSARY

RETELLING JANE AUSTEN AND FAN FICTION

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I’m a sucker for Jane Austen. I’ve read the books and have seen every BBC and American production made. I also enjoy modern stories based on ANYTHING by Jane Austen. So, I decided to share some of the ones I’ve read in honor of Alyssa Goodnight and Courtney @ Stiletto Storytime‘s Pride and Prejudice Anniversary Party Blog Hop. I am looking forward to reading Alyssa’s Jane Austen inspired books Austentatious and Austensibly Ordinary.

My short and sweet fan letter to Jane Austen,

Thank you for creating some of the most memorable characters EVER! I’ve loved getting lost in their lives, the settings, the romance, the stories. Swoon. Love and appreciate how you wrote some strong female main characters we could admire and male characters who love and respect them. May all your books be read and loved and cherished for hundreds and hundreds of years to come.

xo,

Liza

 

 

Page-Turner Thursday – Excellent Non-Fiction YA/MG (and one book that reads like non-fiction)
Jan 25th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Titanic

Page-Turner Thursday (oops, it’s Friday) – Excellent Non-Fiction YA/MG (and one book that read like non-fiction)

I wanted to post yesterday. Unfortunately, time got away from me. Page-Turner Thursday is a series of posts with various book themes.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson  

My take: This is an outstanding non-fiction book filled with first-person accounts and records from the sinking of the Titanic. It follows a number of people including first, second, and third class individuals and staff through a chronological order of events. Some of those people are young adults and it’s refreshing to hear their point-of-view. The book has numerous documents including a menu, photos, launch information, letters, facts and figures, and information on the Carpathia, the ship that came to rescue the Titanic. It seems well researched, documented, and thorough in its account and easy to read. I learned a lot of new information from this book. Though I would hardly say I’m an expert on the Titanic, I certainly have read other books and enjoyed seeing some documentaries. This book definitely adds new information to what’s already out there. I believe this is an outstanding book to include in libraries and schools and for Titanic history buffs. Definitely recommend!

From Goodreads:

Critically acclaimed nonfiction author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the story of the TITANIC and that fateful April night, drawing on the voices of survivors and archival photographs.

Scheduled to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the TITANIC, a topic that continues to haunt and thrill readers to this day, this book by critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster — from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship’s celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.

To learn more about the book and Deborah Hopkinson: http://www.deborahhopkinson.com

 

13591678Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (This is a FICTION novel that reads like non-fiction. Eliot Schrefer did extensive research and this is a book that will definitely shed light to war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and bonobos. Read my review and you’ll understand why I have included this book for this blog post.) Endangered is a Finalist for the 2012 National Book Award.

My take: You’ll most definitely be in danger of falling in love with bonobos!

Endangered is an extraordinary tale of survival in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Sophie and the journey of a bonobo named Otto. Sophie was forbidden by her mother who runs a bonobo sanctuary to purchase bonobos, but Sophie couldn’t so a injured bonobo with a man and she just couldn’t leave the bonobo behind. (She names this bonobo Otto.) It was a huge mistake, especially when her mom had explained that she doesn’t want adult bonobos killed so that the babies can be stolen and sold. Bonobos are used for food, too by people who are hungry. So, the descriptions of these magnificent primates, so close to us human beings, being killed for meat could be quite traumatizing. When rebels take over the Kinshasa, the capitol, and move on to destroy and pillage the villages and the sanctuary, Sophie, who should have gone on a UN transport, finds herself locked in a “safe” electrified haven with some bonobos. But once the electricity is down, she is no longer safe from the evil men. Her long journey to find her mother who is at a release site for bonobos is beyond imagination – unless of course you’re Eliot Schrefer who did extensive research to bring this book to the world. This is a harrowing tale of survival where we are witnesses to the very worst that human beings could possibly be. What is so striking about this book is the details of the bonobo behavior, their relationships, and how similar they are to human beings.

What is so impressive about this novel is that you really feel like you’ve been transported to this land and are witnessing what is happening to Sophie and Otto. You’ll feel their hunger, their bug bites, their fear, their thirst, their love for one another.

There is a Q & A at the end of the book. What struck me was what we can all do to help save the environment, endangered animals. The first place is to observe your own environment. Wow, how perfect is that?!

I received a copy of Endangered at BEA. Highly recommend.
I also want to point out that Jillian of Heise Reads wrote a great review of this book. I read her review and knew I had to read Endangered right away. http://www.heisereads.com/2012/10/endangered-by-eliot-schrefer.html

From Goodreads:

The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos–and herself–from a violent coup.

The Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.

When one girl has to follow her mother to her sanctuary for bonobos, she’s not thrilled to be there. It’s her mother’s passion, and she’d rather have nothing to do with it. But when revolution breaks out and their sanctuary is attacked, she must rescue the bonobos and hide in the jungle. Together, they will fight to keep safe, to eat, and to survive.

Eliot Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human in this new compelling adventure.

 

For Middle Grade Students:11737316

The Camping Trip That Changed America by  (Goodreads Author),  (Illustrator)

My take: I learned a lot about how our National Park Service started from this short, simple, beautifully illustrated book. It’s a good resource for teachers and students. President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir got together for a camping trip to see the beauty of Yosemite. It was from that experience that began our government’s commitment to preserving land in its natural state. Roosevelt’s actions changed the landscape of America. I loved how Muir had a vision to preserve our country’s resources so that future generations could appreciate it. I also believe that this is a great book for parents to share with their children before they take a trip to a National Park. It’s good to share the history with them and put some context to the experience. Definitely thought-provoking.

From Goodreads:

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein captures the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks.

To learn more about the book and the author Barb Rosenstock: http://www.barbrosenstock.com

To learn more about the illustrator Mordicai Gerstein: http://www.mordicaigerstein.com

Easy by Tammara Webber Discussion Questions for Mothers-Daughters, Sisters, Friends & Giveaway
Jan 10th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

PAGE-TURNER THURSDAY

The New York Times Bestseller:

Easy by Tammara Webber

Readers Guide/Discussion Questions for

Mothers-Daughters, Sisters, Friends

International Giveaway:

Rules: 1 paperback copy of Easy. 18 and older. Outside of the US, only for countries where there is free shipping through The Book Depository. Ends January 18, 4 PM, CST. For more information, check the Rafflecopter.

EasyEasy by Tammara Webber is one of those books that may deeply alter a person’s life. It’s about love, relationships, and rape. Personally, any parent who is sending off a son or daughter to college would benefit from reading Easy. It should be read by sorority sisters and friends. Because what happens in Easy takes place EVERY SINGLE DAY! The events depicted in Easy need to be talked about. Daughters need to be prepared so that they can be proactive and safe just in case they run into a situation that could put them in harm’s way. Sons need to know how to have healthy relationships with young women. If you need guidance with that, then Easy is a helpful source, a launching point for discussion. You may not agree with everything that transpires. That’s okay. It’s about having the opportunity to create a dialogue with those you care about. If you don’t have someone to talk to about these issues or don’t feel comfortable doing so, then that’s okay too. Easy is an outstanding novel to help you formulate your own opinion.

As a parent, teacher, writer, I wanted to create my own guide to share with my friends. Now, I’m posting it on my blog. I personally have purchased Easy for several friends and their college-bound daughters to read and discuss. I was told by my friends that they each read Easy separately, then came together to discuss it. Both moms and daughters said their discussions was extremely helpful and meaningful because of this book.

Note: There also is a helpful publisher’s readers guide in the back of the book. The questions created by me were done before I saw the guide. Use them both.

Link to my Readers Guide – Discussion Questions for Mothers-Daughters, Sisters, Friends.

There are spoilers, so utilize the guide after you read Easy.

http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1696

From Goodreads:

Tammara Webber

Tammara Webber

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

To see my Goodreads review, click here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/443052366

To learn more about Tammara Webber and all her novels, please visit her website: http://tammarawebber.blogspot.com

(Mature Young Adult/ New Adult)

There are spoilers, so utilize the guide after you read Easy. http://www.whorublog.com/?page_id=1696

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Massive 1000 PLUS Twitter Followers Giveaway – Your choice of up to TEN books, plus lots MORE!
Jan 2nd, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

New Year MASSIVE 1000 Plus Twitter Followers Giveaway

The books you get to choose from.

The books you get to choose from.

Help me celebrate and reward my Twitter followers, current and new. It’s simple: If I reach 1000 followers on Twitter @LizaWiemer, (I’m at 984 as of January 2nd) some lucky person will be able to choose 5 books—some are ARCs and some are signed—from this stack. If I reach 1,100 followers, a second winner will get to choose 2 from the remaining books. A third winner will choose one from the remaining books. Fill in the Raffecopter below.

Reached 1,000 in a few hours. Thank you. 😀 But there’s so much more . . .

For every additional 25 followers (1,025 etc.) I will add a book (your choice), up to a total of 10 books out of the 20 listed below.

If I reach 1,100 followers, nine books plus $15.00 gift certificate to Amazon or The Book Depository.

If I reach 1,150 followers, ten books plus $25.00 gift certificate.

If I reach 1,200 followers, ten books plus $50.00 gift certificate.

How about that?!

Open INTERNATIONALLY – HOWEVER – I will not ship books internationally. A substitute of $25.00 to The Book Depository will be made in lieu of selecting five books.

The wonderful books you can choose from:

WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman – Hardcover

THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray –  SIGNED 

PERFECT ESCAPE by Jennifer Brown

AMULET – Prince of the Elves (Graphic Novel)

PINNED by Sharon G. Flake

WILL SPARROW’S ROAD by Karen Cushman

ARTEMIS FOWL – The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer (This is a Special Limited Sampler)

BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood – SIGNED

STEALING AIR by Trent Reedy

THE CITY’S SON by Tom Pollack

TEN THINGS WE DID by Sarah Mlynowski – SIGNED 

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

BREATHE by Sarah Crossan

PERSONAL DEMONS by Lisa Desrochers

THE CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon – SIGNED

RIPPER by Amy Carol Reeves

IN TOO DEEP by Amanda Grace

FEROCITY SUMMER by Alissa Grosso – SIGNED

THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE by Jeff Hirsch – SIGNED

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