Throwback Thursday 17/3/2016

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday! I have to admit, this book popped into my head and I’ve had a bit of trouble searching for a decent synopsis for it.

So, my pick for this week is… Winter Dreams, Christmas Love by Mary Francis Shura.

Synopsis:

winterdreamsThis lengthy tale of obsessive love begins when Ellen, 14, meets Michael, a popular high-school junior. Responding to the young man’s immediate and intense effect on her, Ellen soon realizes she’s in love. Michael’s friendly overtures have Ellen believing he returns her affections, but she feels otherwise when he constantly comments on their age difference. A sensible girl, she tries desperately to forget him with a busy schedule and other relationships, but for two years Michael’s hold on her continues. Shura ( The Sunday Doll ; Don’t Call Me Toad ) conveys unerringly the hurt and befuddlement engendered by a passive romance. Yet the largely internal story grows repetitive, and some sentences are either ungrammatical (“She acted hateful”) or badly cast (“The girl wasn’t anything like as pretty as Val”). Ellen’s suffering may, however, strike a responsive chord with readers; in any case they will certainly sympathize with her experience. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday 10/3/2016

It’s Throwback Thursday! That means it’s time to feature a teen or YA relevant book that was published pre-2000.

I think it’s really important to consider titles published before YA seemed to blow up as a genre because there’s such an amazing trove of books that were in print and helped inspire the writers that we know and love today.

My choice today isn’t just one book… it’s its own genre of books…

Lurlene McDaniel books.

You know the ones. You can’t pick just one because they’re all so similar.

My high school library got a complete overhaul my sophmore and junior year of high school, and we got a grant to get loads of new books. They were switching over to AR books and needed help over the summer to do it, so I had a summer job for two years helping them do this. It was my first job.

Anywho, I remember stocking the shelves with like, 50 of these Lurlene McDaniel books. During the school year, that shelf would be completely empty and remain nearly empty because so many girls would check out every single book ALL THE TIME. They were popular.

My first Lurlene McDaniel read was “Til Death Do Us Part”, and I think I received it in a bookclub my mom had signed me up for. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday 25/02/2016

I actually discovered today’s Throwback Thursday feature when I was looking at upcoming book releases! I’m really excited for this one!

Today’s Throwback Thursday is The Ancient One by T. A. Barron. It was originally published in 1992, but is going to be re-released on 8 March 2016! I’m really excited when stuff like this happens. New releases are great and everything, but there’s so much that has been published and may be forgotton that is totally worth rediscovering.

full_the-ancient-oneFirst, a synopsis from Amazon:

When Kate travels to Blade, Oregon, to spend a quiet vacation with her Aunt Melanie, she has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. Blade, Oregon is home of the magical Lost Crater, in which a grove of giant readwood trees has remained untouched for thousands of years. Now the ancient grove has become the center of a major dispute between those who wish to save this rare sanctuary and the local loggers who see Lost Crater as their last hope to rejuvenate their dying mill town. Caught up in the struggle, Kate feels compelled to learn more and decides to follow a trail into the crater, which, as legend has it, was made by the ancient Halami people believed to have once lived in the region. But for Kate, what starts out as a day’s discovery soon turns intor a life’s journey. With the help of an ancient walking stick, Kate is thrust back in time five hundred years. Quickly befriended by a young Halami girl, Laioni, Kate learns that not much as changed in five centuries as she is caught in the middle of a battle for the same wilderness. Confronted by a myrid of strange and frightening creatures, including the trickster Kandeldandel and the evil Gashra, who is bend on destroying everything he cannot control, Kate must complete her quest and return to her own time. But to do so, she must not only discover the truth behind her own beliefs, but also unravel an ancient and wondrous riddle bearing the knowledge of life’s intricate and fragile balance. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday 18/2/2016

Today’s Throwback Thursday selection is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

Howl'sMovingCastle_B_PBFirst, a synopsis from Amazon:

In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell.

Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls… There she meets Michael, Howl’s apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact.

But Sophie isn’t the only one under a curse – her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping – and howlingly funny!

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Throwback Thursday 11/02/2016

I have such a special pick for Throwback Thursday this week!! Drumroll please…

The Princess Bride!

princessbSynopsis from Amazon:

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, bad men, good men, snakes, spiders, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles, and a damn fine story.

 

Gosh, isn’t that cover gorgeous? This is the first book I ever owned that actually had a pull-out map. I was super impressed, and it set a high precedent. Continue reading

Throwback Thursday 4/2/2016

So, I have to ask you. Do you like mystery? Do you like a clever 15-19-year old female protagonist? Do you love English history, especially surrounding the Great War? DO YOU LOVE SHERLOCK HOLMES?! If you like any of these things, then you’ll want to read on.

This week, for my Throwback Thursday pick, I have chosen The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King.

Okay, so this is not an outright YA book, but hear me out. I first laid my hands on this book when I was 15, and the only reason I did was that a fanfiction I was reading kept alluding to it (Riley’s Pawn to Queen, a Harry Potter classic). I believe it was first published in 1994, so it is a definite throwback.

beekeepFirst, the synopsis from Amazon:

  1. The great detective Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honey bees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes – and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern twentieth-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective. In their first case together, they must track down a kidnapped American senator’s daughter and confront a truly cunning adversary – a bomber who has set trip-wires for the sleuths and who will stop at nothing to end their partnership.

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Throwback Thursday Read 28/1/2016

Another weekly feature I’m going to try to keep up with is Throwback Thursday. Now, you may be familiar with this on Facebook or Instagram: people often post pictures of themselves from years earlier.

As I’ve explored the bookstagram and blogging community, I’ve noticed that there is a huge emphasis on new releases and current series. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but what about discovering a new (old) favorite? So, the aim of this weekly post will be to explore some of my favorite YA novels that were published pre-2000.

The first one I will be featuring will actually be the one that kind of tuned me into YA novels: Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney.

bothsidesSynopsis from Amazon:

Imagine changing centuries–and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time.

Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love?

Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred years and lands in 1895–a time when privileged young ladies wear magnificent gowns, attend elegant parties, and are courted by handsome gentlemen–Annie at last finds romance. But she is a trespasser in time. Will she choose to stay in the past? Will she be allowed to? Continue reading