Review: Prisoner of Night and Fog

17668473Author: Anne Blankman

Age: 13 and up

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

Released: 2014

Click here to read summary from Amazon.

Sequel: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

First off, the cover is so perfect. Darling girl with a mysterious vibe!! My blood is rushing already with the anticipation…what is she running from??

I love reading books from other perspectives. In this book we read from the perspective of a young girl in Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. Many of her closest friends are Nazis. Of course, this changed through out the course of the novel as she began to realize life is not a simple as it seems. Secrets and hidden agendas lie all around her. She realizes her true friends and love can come from the most unlikely places.

Characters: It was interesting to read about Hitler from an admiring eye. Most definitely a change from normal. The main character is brave and darling. The Jewish reporter, who is the romantic figure, is adorable along with typical reporter gumption.

Why I want to read the sequel: Prisoner of Night and Fog happens before WWII. I want to know what happens during the war. Also, I need to see how the romance ends!

Content Advisory:

Language: 2/3 I honestly do not recall any, so if there was any…it was mild.

Sexual:  2 kissing perhaps. Girls argue about being loved by some psychopath.

Viloence: 4 May contain spoilers, highlight to read: Main character is beat-up badly by a supporting character who has problems. Early on in the book, Nazi boys beat-up a Jew. Lots of fights between political parties and gunfire.

Similar Books to enjoy: Code Name Verity and The Book Thief

Other Books by Author: Traitor Angels comes out May 2016.

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Lunar Ball (Winter Release Party)

Calling all Lunartics!

As many of you have read on past posts, I (Rachel) am working at the library now and helping out with some events. Since Washington state is such a long ways away, us Louisiana TLC fans cannot make it to the Lunar Ball Marissa Meyer is throwing. Our library is throwing our own Lunar Ball. All local fans are invited! Brush up on your Lunar Trivia, don your fancy Ball Gown, and come for a fun time!

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Review: Jackaby

20312462Author: William Ritter

Age: 12 and up

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Released: 2014

Click here to read summary from Amazon.

Jackaby does have a sequel I can’t wait to read called Beastly Bones.

It was the last phrase of the summary that grabbed my attention.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in a debut novel, the first in a series, brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock??? Yes please!! I loved seeing how the author combined these two ideas in old world America. It pulled from old tales such as screaming banshees and fairies too.

Characters:

Some of the British fans may be disappointed when they just read “old world America”, which is where our story takes place. Hold on British fans, the “companion” is a spunky British girl…Abigail Rook is very Clara Oswald-ish!

One of my favorite secondary characters in this novel, is the resident ghost of Jackaby’s eccentric home. She added a lot of wit and charm to the novel.

Plot:

The story line itself has a somewhat predictable villain, but overall very enjoyable. I loved seeing how Sherlock and Dr. Who quirks were combined to make a delightful read. I feel like adding the fantasy creatures made it different enough from the two TV shows to keep it interesting.

There is some slight romance between Abigail Rook and an understanding detective from the police force. I hope to see this play out in the sequel!

Content Advisory:

Language: 2 Not a lot in this book that I remember.

Sexual: 1 I don’t remember if there was a kiss, but there was a crush going on!

Violence: 3 Good guys fight bad guys!

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Middle Grade Reads: Tuesdays at the Castle

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School has started without a fall crisp in the air. As students load up on the buses or wait in study hall, they will need an AR book to keep them company (and to win those prizes and make a good grade.)

Don’t worry parents and students – the Girls in Plaid are here to help you out! Every week for the next few weeks, we aim to have a book for you!

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Tuesdays At the Castle (Castle Glower Series #1)

Author: Jessica Day George

Level: Upper Elementary – Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Rachel’s Rambles:

The reason I read this book was because Brody said something along the lines of, “I found you on a cover! Its a book about a blond, freckled faced girl who likes maps!” So I looked at the book several times for almost six months (guessing here) and I finally read the book about a month ago…IT IS SO CUTE!

It’s light fluffy tale with espionage, adventure, and a little magic. (The castle is magic!) It defintley makes you want to keep reading and wishing you could stay at Castle Glower – and that the castle likes you so it makes your room nice and comfy…and lets you play in the bouncy room! Castle Glower should definitely be part of a theme park!!!

If fantasy tales with heart-warming characters, plotting villains, and happy endings is your thing – check this book out!

 Science Ch. 4 Week 2 copy

 Content Advisory Guide 

Language: 1 (maybe)

 Sexual: 0

 Violence: 1 (again – maybe)

Gallagher Girl 4: Spy/Assassin/Thief

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Our next game is to label each of the following characters for which role they would most likely fulfill!

1) Choose only ONE of following roles for each of the following characters: Spy, Assassin, or Thief.

Simple, huh? READY, SET, GO!

We’ll start with some classic characters:

1) Anne Shirley

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2) Gilbert Blythe

 

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3) Elizabeth Bennett

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4) Mr. Darcy

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Now some YA characters:

5)America Singer

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6) Maxon Schreave

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It’s Disney Time!

7) Rapunzel

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8) Anna

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9) Elsa

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And the Challenge…remember you can only choose one label!

10) Sherlock

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Gallagher Girl 3: Shelfie Profiling

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Gallagher Girls are trained on profiling and gathering information. We see this as they go through a person’s trash to gather their information. I’ve thought how it would be fun to profile someone based of the their bookshelves. Could it be done? I figured you could help me out.

Put on your sleuthing hats and let’s go!

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Okay, tell us about the owners of these bookshelves! Ready. Set. GO!

Men’s Plaid Fashion

Gallagher Girl readathon logo hosted by thegirlsinplaidskirts.comSome of our love of plaid steams from being Gallagher Girl Fans. We love posting/pinning cute outfits with a plaid skirt as the center of attention.

This post is looking to men’s plaid fashion…Thank you Brody for your help!

Brody: If we’re going to do a post on plaid apparel we have to start it off right… with the Scottish kilt!

We’re not responsible for any kilt fads breaking out proceeding this post

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Rachel: lol, for real though, there are some dapper plaid outfits for men to wear. First, let’s look at hats!

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Brody: Hey! It’s the guy who played Hawking in the new Hawking movie!

I dig the suit but I don’t condone Hawking’s morality after watching the movie.

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Rachel: It’s the Les Mesirables guy! Can we talk about coats now please?

Brody: Okie Dokie artichoke’!

Rachel: I like this coat a lot! It remind me of someone going on a hunting trip to an old lodge with Teddy Roosevelt!

fancymooseheadonlodgecoatBrody: I got pretty excited about these coats when I saw them but I was quite disappointed when Rachel wasn’t so impressed.

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Brody: This plaid shirt/hoodie hybrid is awesome!

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Rachel: That is almost like a button up shirt. Speaking of button ups, let’s look at the different ways to wear to a plaid shirt!  Brody calls this one “hipster plaid”.

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Brody: For those of you who think “bowties are cool”!

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Week 2: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

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I hope you are still reading with us! Now that we have read book 1 of the Gallagher Girl Series, it is time to move on to book 2!

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This book is delightful in so many ways – no sophomore slump here!

Warning: New characters are introduced! You may be reluctant to meet them, but they will steal you heart!!

Hope you enjoy…

Review: Gallagher Girl #1

Gallagher Girl readathon logo hosted by thegirlsinplaidskirts.comIf you are reading along with us, we wanted to remind you that we do have a review of the first book of this wonderful series here. If you are still trying to decide if you want to read the books, maybe the review will help encourage you! 😉

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Tomorrow we will be posting a mash up of our favorite parts, so go ahead – take notes – and be prepared to join in!!

In the mean time, here is your question of the day!!

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Behind The Blog: Rachel Update

Once again it seems Rachel (that’s me) has fallen off the blogosphere. Hopefully not for much longer. Here is a brief update:

May:

Brody moved to LOUISIANA!

I finished my first semester as a teacher!

SUMMER STARTED….

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SALT!

I became an assistant Librarian!

Currently VBS is going on (which I’m partially in charge of) and I’m applying to get my Masters in Library Science (fingers crossed!)

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Working at the Library is a lot of fun! I’m helping with the YA programs and my favorite part is finding books for the kids and teens that come in the Library. I’ve already recommended Gallagher Girl and TLC series to two different girls – they loved them! I’m excited about this Gallagher Girl Readathon!

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I completed reading Courage for Beginners and I’m currently reading Miss Mayhem. Hopefully, Ill have reviews for those soon! Happy Reading,

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