Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is short and sweet. Top Ten Books on my TBR list.

1. Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
2. The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
3.Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman 
So, these first 3 I bought recently as rewards to me for things that have gone well this school year such as a great review from my AP ^_^

4. Game of Thrones - this will forever be on my TBR list because of my husband. I want to read the series, I hear wonderful things about it and it seems interesting but I keep putting it off :/

5. The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory
6. Elizabeth the Great by Elizabeth Jenkins
7. Gilt by Katherine Longshore
These 3 are part of my Tudor obsession. 

8. The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai- this has been on my shelf forever... I keep picking it up to read some stories and then put it down... I should probably get to this soon.

9. Unhinged by A.G. Howard - my MUST READ for January. Definitely on my birthday list ^_^

10. books from netgalley that have accumulated on my ereader >_< I didn't realize I had 8 approved books on my ereader that must be read. That will be my goal for Christmas break.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Top Ten 2014 Releases I'm Dying to Read



 TTT again hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today is: top ten 2014 releases I am dying to read. The list could go on and on but here is what I have so far: 

Unhinged by A.G. Howard - THE SEQUEL TO SPLINTERED! AHHH!!!!

Of Neptune by Anna Banks - I was NOT expecting a 3rd book in the series and here it is! I'm nervous, anxious and excited all at once.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - as most of you know I am obsessed with Peter Pan. This one is a Peter Pan retelling so I must read it.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater - one of my favorite authors. This one is a companion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

untitled throne of glass 3 by Sarah J. Maas - I have yet to meet someone that dislikes the Throne of Glass series. I am very excited for the 3rd book.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - I've already read the ARC of this (see my review here) but I would love to have it on my shelf.

Prisoner of Night and Fog  by Anne Blankman - I am a sucker for historical fiction novels with a twist.

Dear Killer  by Katherine Ewell - I want this one for my sister. It sounds as gruesome as I Hunt Killers but the protagonist is female.

Cress by Marissa Meyer - Book 3 in the Lunar Chronicles. I did not like Scarlet so much, but I want to see where the story goes.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell - being a newly wed, I could not resist this one. AND it is by a great author. A definite must read.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Small Business Saturday


So, I am wayyyy behind on my TBR (to be read) list so this Thanksgiving weekend and into the start of the Christmas season (which to me is after turkey day through to three kings day) I will be doing a lot of catching up.

Despite all the business of putting in report card grades and running from one fabulous family dinner to the next, I definitely want to check this out.

Small Business Saturday is the day small businesses are celebrated and it is a movement to help support local merchants. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/

What attracted me to this special day is books (of course it had to be) mostly because I found out some wonderful authors are volunteering at indie bookstores on Small Business Saturday ^_^ Who wouldn't go see their favorite author AND buy books?! oh AND the great Laurie Halse Anderson will be volunteering in upstate New York!

Here is the site to see which authors will be guest-bookselling at your local, independent bookstore on Small Business Saturday, November 30.
http://www.indiebound.org/indies-first-states

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to My Students



Top Ten Tuesday again hosted by the ladies of the Broke and the Bookish. Today is Top Ten Book I Would Recommend to X Person. Since I have been talking about books with my 10-12th grade students, I have decided to dedicate this post to them ^_^. Obviously I could go on for DAYS about this topic, but here are some books I would recommend:


1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2. The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima
3. Tithe series by Holly Black
4. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
5. Crazy by Amy Reed
6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
7. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
8. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
9. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
10. Eon by Alison Goodman

Monday, November 11, 2013

From the Library (5)


I haven't gotten too many books from the library lately since I have moved from my parents house into a life with my husband. I haven't found an NYPL location close to me yet (I know, very sad) so I have been borrowing books digitally on my nook and my iphone.

Here are the books I have gotten recently:

1. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


2. 
Tonight, unlike every other night I have walked on the shore, a man stands on the beach near my hiding place. I hadn't expected anyone to be on the beach at this hour, and I'm not sure what to do about the man who stands watching me with such intensity that I want to flee.

Eden has often left her home in the sea to walk on the shore in human form, free to enjoy both worlds. But everything changes one evening when a young stranger steals her hidden selchie skin, taking her soul into possession with it. He has selected her to be his future wife, certain that the magic that now binds Eden to him will grow into true devotion. But the longer Eden is forced to obey him, the stronger her desperation grows, and soon she must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be free.

Inspired by Kate Chopin's groundbreaking novel, The Awakening, bestselling author Melissa Marr recasts the classic story in a magical twenty-first-century setting, bringing the book's inspired commentary on the roles of women in the modern age to a new, young adult audience.



It's so painful to wait, but I am on the hold list for these digital library books: 

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.




The year is 1867, the South has been defeated, and the American Civil War is over. But the conflict goes on. Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and its citizens, both black and white, are struggling to redefine their roles and relationships. By day, fourteen-year-old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons with Rachel, a freed slave, at her school for African-American children. By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a group whose stated mission is to protect Confederate widows like their mother. But as the true murderous intentions of the brotherhood—-now known as the Ku Klux Klan—-are revealed, Shad finds himself trapped between old loyalties and what he knows is right.

A powerful and unflinching story of a family caught in the enormous social and political upheaval of the period of Reconstruction.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review: The Iron Bells

title: the iron bells
author: jeanette battista
book birthday: june 10, 2013
rating: 3.5 stars

synopsis from goodreads:
 The year is 64 A.D. -- though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii.
Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have been destroyed -- Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca -- and what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed. Amaranth is a fighter in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the Resistance's final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal
threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the demon -- along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde bell-ringer -- decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City, hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close the gate.


Ok, first I would like to say that the book wasn't that bad. Yes, it did annoy me that the Americans were acting all British but that is a minor detail. I received this book from Netgalley for review. The downfall is that the book is e-reader only for kindle. (WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO US?!?! WHY?!)

This is the first new adult paranormal novel I have read and it good. I would love to read the others. The writing is done well and the characters are interesting. Amaranth was awesome! I like that she has no magic, just two giant swords to kick butt. She's strong and doesn't let so much affect her, kind of like Graceling's Katsa. Random thought... Amaranth's name reminded me of teen titans' Raven (Azarath metrion zinthos) so despite Amaranth's character description, I was thinking of Raven the whole time >_<

The love triangle was not obnoxious, even though Cat and Dham's relationship made me want to hurl. Patrick reminded me of Simon from the Mortal Instruments series. Ryland's story is interesting, I hope there is more of his back story in the next book cuz something's not right. He has to be up to something...

All in all, this one was a fast read and I would recommend this to anyone who loves series like the Mortal Instruments or those who like end-of-the-world-books with a bit of magic.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Hidden Girl: the true story of a modern-day child slave


title: hidden girl: the true story of a modern-day child slave 
author: shyima hall
book birthday: january 21, 2014
rating: 4 stars

 Ok, so this one was a tough one to swallow content wise. At first when I got the ARC, I didn't realize it was nonfiction (silly me, I know). I just needed something to read so I put it on my nook and read it on the train, during breaks at work and basically every spare moment I had. Shyima's story is so intriguing. I had to know what was going to happen next. It's so sad to know that Shyima is around my age and that she went through child slavery.

Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself. For those who don't know, here's the synopsis from goodreads:

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt’s capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima’s servitude—but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a US citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.


Kudos to her for bringing awareness to the topic of child slavery. I do think that it's cool her story is still ongoing. I also LOVE that Shyima's story doesn't stop with her getting rescued, it keeps going far into how her captors were prosecuted and her journey into adulthood while she coped with the emotional scars. 

In short, I loved the book. Yes, I have issues with the writing style and some of the repetition got annoying which is why I gave the book a 4 stars instead of 5. But the story is one I will never forget.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Review: Cruel Beauty

title: cruel beauty
author: rosamund hodge
book birthday: january 28, 2014
rating: 4.5 stars

Ok, so this is a book that people will either obsessively love or flat out find it boring. May I start off by saying how clever and stunning the cover is?! I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but the cover on this one definitely made me download the ARC.

Cruel Beauty is a mix of Beauty and the Beast and Cupid and Psyche. The book blurbs I have seen say that it is Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast. I guess that's true because Nyx is not your typical heroine just like Katsa. I say it's like Cupid and Psyche because it does have a lot of mythology in it which took me a while to get used to because at first I was thinking of British royalty but then there was a mythology twist and I had to extremely adjust the movie that was playing in my head. It was hard to get used to the Ancient Greek setting. A lot of the info about the gods and goddesses and how they related to the overall story kind of got muddy in some parts because some of the descriptions sounded Victorian. Then again, the setting is a world under a literal thin paper sky, where the sun looks like it was drawn with a crayon, whose residents have been separated from the outside world for many centuries, so things are going to be weird.

The plot is basically this: Nyx has been betrothed to the evil Gentle Lord, ruler of demons, since birth because of a deal her father agreed to. Nyx lives the life of the perfect daughter and sister while the whole time she is overtaken by hate and despises them all for not trying to save her from her fate. On her 17th birthday, Nyx marries the Gentle Lord (Ignifex) and goes to live in his castle with a mission- to seduce the Ingifex, kill him and end the curse on her people. But stuff happens and Ingifex is not what he seems. The more secrets Nyx uncovers, the more she falls in love with Ingifex and wants to save him. But how could she save him if she was sent to destroy him? So she is forced to choose: save her people or save the demon she loves.

Overall, Cruel Beauty was an intense read. It had a lot of OMGSH! moments. I think my heart is still recovering from the shock. Think of it like after the point where Nyx went home to visit her family, and her sister gets inside her head and she goes back to the castle and dunnn dunn dunnn secrets are revealed and stuff happens. I got so scared because it was close to the end of the book and if the book ended that way I would have hated it forever, but it didn't so all is well ^_^. The ending is one that you will either love or hate.

Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders


 Today is  Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders. This one is hard because I don't like to read book series too much.


Worst:



Mixed Feelings: 




Best:







Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Top Ten Book Turn Offs



Sorry this is late :/ Top Ten Book Turn-Offs. A similar topic was done on July 23rd. My list for that is here: http://archiejr.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-ten-wordstopics-that-make-me-not.html

1. "new adult fiction"- all the stories seem the same to me :/

2. political mumbo jumbo- i dont care much for politics. i never have and i dont think i ever will.

3. suspense- idk what it is about that word but i dont like to read mysteries or "suspense" novels.

4. "for fans of twilight"- 'nuff said.

5. e-book only- seriously people? why would you do that to yourselves? if we love your book enough we'll get the ebook AND the hard copy because we are book fiends and we must must must have it on our shelves but you deprive us of that privilege. 

6. erotica- yup. pass.

7. high school drama- maybe i'm just growing up, but books with cliques, jocks, cheerleaders, pranks, coming of age in high school i just can't deal with anymore. i'm getting really picky with contemporary fiction :/

8. aliens- if a book ends up having aliens, i end up losing interest. the ONE exception is Of Beast and Beauty by Stacy Jay.

9. any book that mentions modern technology by name such as ipods, twitter, facebook etc.

10. novels in verse- the only book i have read that had parts in verse was East by Edith Pattou and there was a logical explanation for those parts but prose outweighed the poetry. i cannot read a novel written entirely in verse. i have tried many times and failed.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Best Sequels EVER!

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman- this should be on everyone's lists. EVERYONE.

2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas- ok so i haven't read this one yet... but i bet it will be amazing and i have heard amazing things about it and i must have it because the cover looks awesome >_<

3. Dead-tossed waves by Carrie Ryan- I loved this book, I love this series. It's the only zombie story I have successfully finished ^_^

4. Valiant by Holly Black- such a good series. who doesn't love faeries and trolls?

5.  City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare- another must that should be on everyone's lists.

6. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce- I liked the first two books in the Fairytale Retellings series, but Fathomless kind of fell flat for me :/

7. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles- I am all for a cheesy teen romance once in a while. the Perfect Chemistry series is a "go-to" for me when I need a series that makes me smile.

8. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr- so... I haven't exactly finished the Wicked Lovely series because I just couldn't get into Radiant Shadows. But the books up until then were good.

9. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon- the Kingdom of Xia series is probably not well known I guess. I stumbled upon it by chance. I recommend if you like Asian lit and fantasy.

And that is all I can think of for now. I had to go back to old reading lists for this one because normally I do not like reading series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

TTT again hosted by the ladies of the Broke and the Bookish.  I am sooooo happy my husband finally got me- I mean us...- internet connection in our apartment. Updating on my phone was not working.
Anyway, today is: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR list.

1. Guilt by Katherine Longshore

2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

3. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

4. Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman

5. All I need by Susanne Colasanti

6. Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

7. The Last Forever by Deb Caletti (ARC)

8. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

9. Arcadia Burns by Kai Meyers

10. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I think Game of Thrones will forever be on my TBR list.... I'm so procrastinating >_<

Acquired Arcs (2)


I have acquired more ARCs this month that are very intriguing. I get a few every couple months, so I figured it was time to share some of that with you. Here are the ARCs I have right now.



Review: Tarnish


title: tarnish
author: katherine longshore
book birthday: june 18, 2013
rating: 4.5 stars

OMGSH this book. I am obsessed with Tudor history as many readers are out there. When I found out about Tarnish I couldn't resist borrowing it from the library. I did borrow it first because I was cautious with the whole Anne Boleyn before Henry angle. Now it happily owns a place among the boxes of books in my new apartment waiting for the book cases my husband promised me ^_^.
The writing in this book was much better than I expected. For example one of the quotes Anne said about her exile: "It is hell. Worse, it is purgatory. At least in hell you have something to do. In purgatory, all you do is wait."
Another quote I love is:
"Your words are no more meaningful than a castle manufactured from sugar paste. It may look beautiful, it may taste sweet, but in the end, it crumbles and melts and becomes nothing. It cannot sustain a person, and only serves to blacken the teeth and coat the tongue."
Those are just a couple examples.There were moments where the magic was broken on one of Anne's rants and we were reminded of the fact that the book is a YA novel, however for me the good outweighed the bad.
Overall, Tarnish captivated me. It was just the release I needed from the hustle and bustle of lesson planning and grading papers, etc. Tarnish reminds us of the status of women during the Tudor period and the obligations they had. I love that Anne was made out to be vulnerable and that it was emphasized that she was the black sheep of her family but not to the point that she lost her spunk. She was born to stand out and that was stressed by the explanation of the French fashion that Anne embraced.
Longshore brings wonderful new light to Anne Boleyn and makes out to be more than a power hungry woman. She writes about life at court vividly and it made all the difference in Anne's story. I found out that she has a book called Guilt which I will borrow before I buy, just because I am iffy about the cover.
Other than that, go get Tarnish!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Blogger Easier/Better

Wow I have been gone a long time. Wedding and summer classes are over! I am now married to my best friend and I love him so much ^_^


In other news.... Today is TTT hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is

Top Ten Things That Make My Life As A Blogger Easier/Better


1. Edelweiss- after I left my job at Barnes and Noble, this site has saved me when it comes to getting ARCs! Idk what I'd do without it. 

2. 3M cloud library- so I got an iPhone (which is where I'll b doing a lot of my blogging since I am on the go so much lately) and I discovered the 3M cloud library app. It is amazing! I love having library books on my phone! Now I really always have a book with me I read ^_^

3. Other bloggers- idk what I'd do without sites like the Broke and the Bookish and other book blog sites to give me updates 

4. Ally- my best friend, Ally, has been my #1 book buddy for years. We always borrow books from each other and vent and swoon over books even though we're states away. 

5. Goodreads- what would we do without goodreads? I have the goodreads app on my phone and I love being able to scan barcode of books to look up reviews.

6. Barnes and Noble website coming soon section- browsing this section on the site was my favorite pastime while working at B&N. I still browse through it to see what upcoming books are highly anticipated. 

7. Coworkers- got to love when you bond over books ^_^

That's all I've got for now. Those are my main resources. I have heard netgalley is a good site so I will be trying that soon too. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book


 TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

1. Weddings- I am suffering planning mine and I certainly do not want to read about anyone else's. 

2. Time travel- I can't get into it. I've really tried but it's hard :/ of course there are exceptions (the Time Traveler's Wife) but it's very rare for me. 

3. High school drama- I think this one I just outgrew, but I was never into the tween/teen high drama realistic fiction stories. 

4. Motherhood- I'm not ready for that stage of my life, so  fiction about being a mom is hard for me to get into.

5. Scary stories/horror- I'm warming up to this topic. I was very much against it before, but if a book intrigues me enough, I'll try reading it once. I'll just stop when I feel like I will give me nightmares >_<

6. Beach- OMGSH books about the beach or take place on the beach. Nicholas Sparks, tween/teen summer romances .... I just can't. 

7. Aliens/paranormal activity- I just don't care for it at all. I am not interested, I always find the topic boring or poorly written. 

8. Books in free verse or poetry format- I have a hard time with these books. I have trouble following them. It's hard for me to get what's going on.

9. Book (blank) in a series- I know some people who can get a book from a series and start from book three instead of book one. I am definitely not one of those people.

10. Vampires- I blame Twilight and Anita Blake. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Wanderlove



title: Wanderlove
author: Kristen Hubbard
book birthday:  March 13th 2012
rating: 3.5 stars

*contains spoilers*

 First, I absolutely adore the illustrations and the fact that Bria is an artist. I completely understand giving up art because of an incident or memory BUT not showing it to anyone and freaking out over people looking at it was kind of weird. I lost the connection with her there because she was drawing all the time and growing and then she cried over someone looking at it and then got drunk on the beach and was DRAWING everywhere... idk. It was just weird. OH! and I thought the whole not swimming because she lost her virginity to her ex on the beach was annoying too.

That being said, something about the book was lackluster for me. I am still struggling to figure out what it is. I think it was Bria's rants. It came off as whining a lot, like a lot-a lot. While her characters go places, Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if it were split perspective between Rowan and Bria or third person narration.

So after all of that ranting, I did like the book. I liked the characters, the back story of each minor character especially Rowan and Starling. They were much more interesting than Bria. I did like some of the epigraphs at the beginning of each division in the book as well as the drawings. I might get it for my shelf because of that... big might. I understand why people enjoy this book, but it does not live up to the hype for me the way Anna and the French Kiss did.

Review: Just One Day

title: Just One Day
author: Gayle Forman
book birthday: January 8th 2013
rating: 3.5 stars

Idk if I am just in a bad mood lately because of school or if it is the way I was raised, but I was so frustrated with  this book. I vented to my fiance about this book every day and that was a very long time because it took me about 2 weeks to finish it thanks to the fact that I can only read on the train, and as I'm falling asleep in bed (sorry to put you through that, my love :/).

*contains spoilers*

Okay first, I loved the beginning of the book, I loved the whirlwind romance of it. I was hurt when Allyson was heartbroken and depressed in college. I was surprised that one day in Paris was not the premise of the story and that the story took place over the course of a year. While I did enjoy each character's personality, I did not care for Allyson and Willem. The book was so sad, depressing. Allyson's depression over Willem was sad and depressing. She didn't know if he had really left her or not and she had to go back to Paris to see.

Speaking of that... here is my rant. WTH was she thinking?!?!? I vented to my fiance about this the most. Why the heck did she think that Willem didn't mean it as a one night stand? I get that he did want to get back to her and stuff happened that separated them for a year and *gasp* she found him but seriously? Why? I'm sorry but my suspension of disbelief can only go so far. If any girl I knew attempted to do that at Allyson's age, my friends and I would slap it out of her. That was definitely the most frustrating aspect of the book. I keep thinking that if my cousin (who is hooked up on some catfish romance with a guy online) goes to read this book, it will give her a reason to go to Jamaica on her own to meet him WHICH IS DANGEROUS!

On the technical aspect, Just One Day was very well written and Gayle Forman did not fail to impress with that. However, I did not like the romance of Willem and Allyson. It just wasn't there for me. I will read Just One Year when it comes out because I want to know Willem's side of the story. I am hoping that it does answer questions left over from Just One Day and fill in some holes in the story.

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

title: fangirl
author: rainbow rowell
book birthday: september 10th 2013
rating: 3 stars

If no one knew about Rainbow Rowell before, they will know of her when this book is officially out there in the world. I have seen that most people are loving this book and the fact that it addresses the fangirl world. that being said... it took me a while to put together what I wanted to say about this book.
Here it is: I personally did not enjoy this book. I do think someone like my best book buddy, Ally, would like this book and I am dying to know what she thinks of it.
I think Fangirl was over written in some parts, the epigraphs were so long I wanted to skip some of them, the characters were not developed well. I had such a hard time connecting to Cath and I had trouble understanding her relationship with her sister at times though I do get why Wren wanted space from her sister in college.
I read the story twice just to be sure I wasn't just judging the content with the fangirling but I am sorry world- I did not like it. I couldn't tell you what really happened in the first half of the book because it wasn't memorable. It moved so slow, building up to the middle with Levi.
The Simon Snow series is a knock off of Harry Potter. I am sure that some people will enjoy the spoof but I did not. I found it so annoying and I did not like it at all *spoiler alert* especially with the plagiarism incident.
I was trying to pin point my main disappointment with Fangirl and I think I know what it is: there were too many plot lines left incomplete and that causes the characters to come off as underdeveloped and the glass is half empty.


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Book To Movie Adaptations


TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is top ten worst/best book to movie adaptations ^_^ 
Because I have a lot of homework and I need sleep, this one is a quickie so sorry for no reasons why right now. 
Here is my list: 

Worst:
Twilight
Beastly
Blood and chocolate
Beautiful creatures (according to my sister) 
Ella enchanted

Best:
The time travelers wife
Stardust
Nick and Nora's infinite playlist
The princess bride
The virgin suicides

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Top Ten Most Intimidating Books



TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books. I've tried to label them by category.

Intimidated by the SIZE: So there aren't too many that intimidate me by the number of pages, but I am definitely shying away from some because of the size of the series.

a Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin
Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage

Intimidated by the HYPE: I know, I know, I should have learned my lesson after reading Anna and the French Kiss.

Matched series by Ally Condie
Easy by Tammara Webber
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Intimidated by the CONTENT: For me to be intimidated about the content of a book, I have to be intrigued by it but afraid of it.... like zombies for instance.

World War Z by Max Brooks
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013


TTT again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013. I really had to think about this one because I've lost track of how many books I've read so far this year >_<

So, here are a few of this year's highlights:

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Splintered by A.G. Howard
the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
How to Love by Katie Cotungno
Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan
Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Books About Pre-teens/Teens with Disabilities

In light of the fact that I'm a New York City Special Educator, I decided to share my list of books about pre-teens/teens with disabilities, and pre-teens/teens that have relationships with people with disabilities. I figured maybe this list can help someone out there somewhere. (And this list was a lot of fun to make so I just had to share it ^_^)
Do realize, there are many more titles aside from the ones on my list that exist on this subject. Some fiction titles on certain disabilities are harder to find or may not exist, but I'm hoping as awareness and knowledge grows, so will the list of books.

*updated July 2015*

(book blurbs, links and info from bn.com and goodreads)

On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. You likely already know what came after for Crash: the nationwide notoriety, the college recruitment, and, of course, the book deal. What you might not know is what came before: a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers' lounge of Meadows High. And what you definitely don't know are the words that Burn whispered to Crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that Crash has never revealed.
Until now.
Michael Hassan's shattering novel is a tale of first love and first hate, the story of two high school seniors and the morning that changed their lives forever. It's a portrait of the modern American teenage male, in all his brash, disillusioned, oversexed, schizophrenic, drunk, nihilistic, hopeful, ADHD-diagnosed glory. And it's a powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal.

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik -
Holly's older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her love-deprived relationship with her late father, this once strong role model and medical student, is gripped by anorexia. Holly, a track star, struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with the mental and physical deterioration of her beloved sister. Together, they can feel themselves slipping and are holding on for dear life.
This honest look at the special bond between sisters is told from the perspective of both girls, as they alternate narrating each chapter. Gritty and often wryly funny, Skinny explores family relationships, love, pain, and the hunger for acceptance that drives all of us.

Shawn McDaniel's life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle—he can't even move his eyes. For all Shawn's father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn's life is in danger.
To the world, Shawn's senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen—a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper -
Eleven-year-old Melody has Cerebral Palsy. She has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there's no delete button. She's the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don't think she's capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows…but she can't, because Melody can't talk. She can't walk. She can't write.
Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice…but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

Rules by Cynthia Lord -
Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.
But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine -
Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon has died, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure— and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be black and white after all.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio -
In this novel, Auggie has  Treacher-Collins syndrome, a rare craniofacial deformality.
book blurb: I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos
blurb for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key:
"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it - I'm wired."
Joey Pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds," which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downtown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As Joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. But he is determined not to let that happen.
In this antic yet poignant new novel, Jack Gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyperactivity and related disorders.

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her. But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.

Cameron Smith, a disaffected 16-year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.



Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler -
For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up with a plan: instead of writing what he did on vacation, he'll show what he did. But when Hank's "living essay" becomes a living disaster, he finds himself in detention. Strangely enough, however, detention ends up becoming a turning point in his life.
Inspired by his own experiences with undiagnosed dyslexia, actor/director Henry Winkler presents this new series about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a fourth-grader with learning differences. When Hank Zipzer has to write an essay on what he did over the summer, he decides instead to "show" what he did. 

Written in the form of a computer diary, this refreshingly funny novel tells the story of 12-year-old Tru, a girl with big dreams and hefty goals. She is determined to find a cure for her developmentally delayed twin brother and to have her own television show.
Computer-literate, twelve-year-old Tru keeps an electronic diary where she documents her desire to cure her handicapped twin brother and her plan to create a television show. 

 
Two boys – a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces – forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force.
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team. 

You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof. 
Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past. 

Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel.
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her. 

In this novel, Moose's sister, Natalie, has autism. His family moved to Alcatraz Island so she could go to a school nearby. 
book blurb: Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.

During her preschool years, Tara Sullivan lived in terror that something bad would happen to her mother while they were apart. Practice for what?, Tara asked. For the upcoming disaster that was bound to happen? In grade school, she panicked during the practice fire drills.
Then, at the age of 11, it happened. Tara heard the phrase that changed her life: Step on a crack, break your mother's back. Before Tara knew it, she was counting every crack in the sidewalk. Over time, Tara's "quirks" grew and developed: arranging her meals on plates, nonstop prayer rituals, until she developed a new ritual wherin she kissed her fingers and touched doorknobs....
Fourteen-year-old Tara describes how her increasingly strange compulsions begin to take over her life and affect her relationships with her family and friends. 

ONE MISTAKE. ONE BAD NIGHT. ONE TOO MANY DRINKS. A powerful and heartbreaking debut novel about a guy who had it all...until he drank that fifth beer and got into the car.
Frank Marder is a head, paralyzed from the neck down, and it's his fault. He was drinking. He was driving. Now Frank can't walk, he can't move, he can't feel his skin. He needs someone to feed him, to wash him, to move his body.
But if you ask most of the people who are posting on www.quadkingonthenet, he hasn't been adequately punished. Two people are dead because of him. Frank should go to jail. Only "Annonymous" disagrees.

Jason Blake is an autistic 12-year-old living in a neurotypical world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.
Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that PhoneixBird-her name is Rebecca-could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to met her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca wil only see his autism and not who Jason really is.By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy's struggles-and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

This Schneider Family Book Award winner changed the face of Tourette's Syndrome for modern teens. Wrought with tension, romance, and hope, Jerk, California tells the story of Sam, who sets out on a cross-country quest to learn the truth about his family and his inherited Tourette's Syndrome, along the way finding both love and acceptance.

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig. The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.
When Jason Milwaukee’s best friend, Sunshine, disappears from the face of the earth, the whole town, including Jason, starts searching for her. But the insistent voices in Jason’s head won’t let him get to the heart of the mystery—he’s schizophrenic, and the voices make it hard to know what is real and what is not. As the chase becomes more panicked, Jason’s meds start wearing off, and he is looking more and more guilty. But of what, exactly? Both brilliantly witty and intensely honest, this poignant novel draws upon the author’s many years as an adolescent psychologist, but it’s Vaught’s powerful voice and expertly crafted mystery that will keep the pages turning.

Hailed by The New York Times as "convincing and emotionally gripping" upon its publication in 1964, Joanne Greenberg’s semiautobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness. Enveloped in the dark inner kingdom of her schizophrenia, sixteen-year-old Deborah is haunted by private tormentors that isolate her from the outside world. With the reluctant and fearful consent of her parents, she enters a mental hospital where she will spend the next three years battling to regain her sanity with the help of a gifted psychiatrist. As Deborah struggles toward the possibility of the "normal" life she and her family hope for, the reader is inexorably drawn into her private suffering and deep determination to confront her demons.
A modern classic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden remains every bit as poignant, gripping, and relevant today as when it was first published.
The strange and seductive world of insanity is charted clearly, explicitly, and beautifully as a young girl spends three years in a mental hospital. 

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?
As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP [Cerebral Palsy] named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.
With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Connor knows that Izzy will never fall in love with him the way he’s fallen for her. But somehow he’s been let into her crazy, exhilarating world and become her closest confidante. The closer they get, however, the more Connor realizes that Izzy’s highs are too high and her lows are too low. And the frenetic energy that makes her shine is starting to push her into a much darker place.
As Izzy’s behavior gets increasingly erratic and self-destructive, Connor gets increasingly desperate to stop her from plummeting. He knows he can’t save her from her pain...but what if no one else can?

Sixteen-year-old Scarlett Blaine discovers growing up on a farm and caring for her autistic brother amidst family tensions, is far from peachy. When a tragic accident and financial difficulties place more pressures on Scarlett's shoulders, she has to find a hope to cling to before it's too late.


In this novel, Karl has dyslexia.
book blurb: In this contemporary love story, a teenage boy named Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn’t convinced he’s good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella’s favorite author and begs him to take up the task. The writer reluctantly assents, on the condition that Karl agrees to a series of interviews, so that the letter will be based on an authentic portrait of Karl. The letter, though effective, has unexpected consequences for Karl, Fiorella, and the writer. 

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit
Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.
After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.
Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles -
In this novel, Kiara has a stutter and goes to speech therapy
 When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller -
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s
stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

Break by Hannah Moskowitz -
Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow
back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.
When Jonah's self-destructive spiral accelerates and he hits rock bottom, will he find true strength or surrender to his breaking point?


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin  
Rose Howard has Asperger’s syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose’s father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose’s father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn’t have much patience for his special-needs daughter.

Just as a storm hits town, Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search. Rose will find Rain, but so will Rain’s original owners.


Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern  
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

 
Epileptic by David B.  
David B. was born Pierre-François Beauchard in a small town near Orléans, France. He spent an idyllic early childhood playing with the neighborhood kids and, along with his older brother, Jean-Christophe, ganging up on his little sister, Florence. But their lives changed abruptly when Jean-Christophe was struck with epilepsy at age eleven. In search of a cure, their parents dragged the family to acupuncturists and magnetic therapists, to mediums and macrobiotic communes. But every new cure ended in disappointment as Jean-Christophe, after brief periods of remission, would only get worse.

Angry at his brother for abandoning him and at all the quacks who offered them false hope, Pierre-François learned to cope by drawing fantastically elaborate battle scenes, creating images that provide a fascinating window into his interior life. An honest and horrifying portrait of the disease and of the pain and fear it sowed in the family, Epileptic is also a moving depiction of one family’s intricate history. Through flashbacks, we are introduced to the stories of Pierre-François’s grandparents and we relive his grandfathers’ experiences in both World Wars. We follow Pierre-François through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, all the while charting his complicated relationship with his brother and Jean-Christophe”s losing battle with epilepsy. Illustrated with beautiful and striking black-and-white images, Epileptic is as astonishing, intimate, and heartbreaking as the best literary memoir.


White Crane (Samurai Kids #1) by Sandy Fussell
 Niya Moto is the only one-legged Samurai kid in Japan, famous for falling flat on his face in the dirt. The one school that will accept him is the Cockroach Ryu, led by the legendary sensei Ki-Yaga. He may be an old man overly fond of naps, but Ki-Yaga is also known for taking in kids that the world has judged harshly: an albino girl with extra fingers and toes, a boy who is blind, a big kid whose past makes his loath to fight. A warrior in his time, Ki-Yaga demands excellence in everything from sword-fighting to poetry. But can the rag-tag Cockroaches make the treacherous journey to the Samurai Trainee Games, never mind take on the all-conquering Dragons? In a fast-moving, action-filled tale that draws on true details of feudal Japan, Niya finds there's no fear they can't face as long as they stick together - for their friendship is more powerful than a samurai sword.

 
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork  
 Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm.

He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it's a picture he finds in a file -- a picture of a girl with half a face -- that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.


 Feathers by Jacquelin Woodson
"Hope is the thing with feathers," starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn't thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more holy.”There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he’is not white. Who is he?
During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light:—her brother Sean's deafness, her mother's fear, the class bully's anger, her best friend's faith and her own desire for the thing with feathers.”



 

Here is a website with a list of fiction titles about children with disabilities and children that have relationships with people who have disabilities written for ages 14 and under: