Monday, March 23, 2015

The Countdown Begins to BookCon 2015!!

One of the biggest events for us "bookish" people is to attend BEA, or Book Expo of America.

This event extravaganza is the #1 book and author convention in the United States and has been held at the Javitz Convention Center in New York City for the past few years. Participants get to meet authors, learn about new books and talk with publishers. Unfortunately this year it's held during the week and schedule conflicts were preventing me from attending. BUT....  Jessica, informed me that weekend the Javitz center will hold Bookcon!

Bookcon also links authors and publishers with the book buying public. So.... after checking the calendar and talking my booknut friend and fellow WSPL staff member, Jackie, we're on board for attending Bookcon 2015!!
So who, in the literary world, is going to be there? No other than some of the best!! Like Marie Lu, Meg Cabot, Jacqueline Woodson, James Patterson, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Foreman, Ellen Hopkins... and the list goes on and on! Sooo excited!! Check the website for the full list of guests! 
So Jackie and I are counting down the days with you until Bookcon 2015! We are going to try to highlight some of the authors attending this event!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blackbird by Anna Carey

Publishers Summary - 

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

Review - (4 Stars)
The summary of this book was my biggest draw for choosing this title. I'm a sucker for a good mystery and this sure had all the ear marks for piquing my interest. In fact I read the book in one day.... it was that suspenseful! So why did I only give it four stars instead of five? 

I liked how author, Anna Carey chose to lure us into the story by using the second person point of view; put us in the center of Sunny's action. There was plenty of action throughout the story as well as a crazy amount of twists and turns. Nothing is as it seems. The more Sunny finds out the more questions there are. The one area that REALLY annoyed me though is the ending. Let's just say I spent as couple minutes looking through the last few pages to try to understand why it ended so abruptly. I actually thought I had missed something in the story line and kept flipping through the last few pages multiple times to make sure... that is sooo annoying. I felt like Wile E. Coyote when the Roadrunner tricks him into running off the cliff....

Perhaps it was the author's way of giving us a suspenseful end that makes us excited to read the next book. Personally, I just found it annoying. Kind of like singing a song and stopping three notes before the end. 

So, would I recommend the novel? Yes, it was exciting, non-stop suspenseful novel with plenty of plot-twists and deceptions to keep the reader guessing. But I will be warning them about the ending too.