Book Review: Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager


Title: Ivy in Bloom

Author: Vanita Oelschlager

Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood

Publisher: Vanita Books

Published Date: April 1, 2009

Source: Netgalley

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Goodreads Summary:

Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’s eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author. Continue reading


Book Review: Cooper and the Big Apple by Camille Cohn

cooper_cohnTitle: Cooper and the Big Apple

Author: Camille Cohn

Illustrator: Riley Cohn

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

Published Date: October 13, 2015

Source: Netgalley

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Goodreads Summary:

Cooper the cat is purrfectly content with his life in Texas. So when his best friend Jennifer tells him they’re taking a trip to New York City, he’s not really sure what all the fuss is about. But, like a good friend, he embarks on the new adventure with her.

Jennifer takes Cooper to climb the Statue of Liberty, to visit the Stock Exchange, and to attend a Broadway musical, and to see many other New York City landmarks. At each new location, Cooper realizes the Big Apple is not what he expected and even more than he imagined! Continue reading

Book Review: Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin



Title: Tabula Rasa

Author: Kristen Lippert-Martin

Publisher: Egmont USA

Published Date: September 23, 2014

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The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end.

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

My Thoughts

If you want a romance novel, then this is not for you! Does it have a bit of romance? I can see one forming, but not really! Does that kill this book? Um, NO! It makes it better actually.

If you’re tired of all the romance-y YA fiction/dystopian fiction out there. Here is your novel. It is action packed fun-ness. Sarah aka Angel doesn’t know who she is or where she is or anything actually. And we don’t either. As she learns, so do we. And what a messed up world she lives in!

This is definitely along the lines of the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. Messing with people’s brains, it just shouldn’t happen. I really liked Sarah as a character. She has flaws, knows about them, but still has to learn from them. I liked the fact that there were some surprises throughout and not just one big one at the end. It made you want to keep reading to see what else is going to happen!

Can you imagine not being able to remember anything? Forgetting the bad stuff is one thing, but everything? No thank you. The bad stuff is what made me who I am today. Also, the good stuff. I like my personality. I like being a little bit awkward and nerdy. I don’t want someone to come a long and just change that.