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An Ending

Almost 8 years ago to the date I started this blog.  I was taking a class and the professor talked about using technology to share with your students, so I decided a blog would be a fun way to do that.  From that small beginning this blog grew.  I loved it!  During it's beginning I was struggling with some personal issues, and it gave me an outlet.  I felt such pride it what I was able to accomplish.

Now 8 years later many things have changed. Blogs have exploded! Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat have become huge places to share the love of books and reading.  I have far greater outlets for sharing my love of books.  And the biggest change - I work in a library now! I'm happier in my life.  I've grown and changed.  I don't feel the need to blog anymore.  I don't feel the desire, the urge or the want.  
I still LOVE LOVE LOVE talking about, thinking about, looking, researching and of course SHARING ABOUT books.  I just don't feel the need to use the blog for that anymore.  

Thank you to all who have stuck with me.  You've been great.  But it's time for me to move on.  
If you really want to still follow me I'm on Instagram as JilltheOwl (shocking name I know!)  I'm share books there and sometimes my reviews of them. 

Keep reading! 

Cover Love: The Dazzling Heights

I love book covers! I love walking around Barnes and Noble just looking at all the different covers.  A good cover will make me pull the book off the shelf!  
It's almost like I have a crush on them :)

Today I'm crushin' on:

Questions I have when looking at it:

Are these the same towers from the first book?
Who lives there?
Why the birds?
One is black and one gold - why???
What happens there?

About the Book:

New York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

LEDA is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden–even if it means trusting her enemy.

WATT just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When RYLIN wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

AVERY is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him… no matter the cost.

And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York, determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

Cover Love: A Line in the Dark

I love book covers! I love walking around Barnes and Noble just looking at all the different covers.  A good cover will make me pull the book off the shelf!  
It's almost like I have a crush on them :)

Today I'm crushin' on:

Questions I have when looking at it:

What?  Just what??
Is that ink?
Is it a tattoo?
Why is that dripping from her fingers? 
Did she do this or did someone do it to her??

About the Book:

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

Audio Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline 
Author: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

If you only have a second:  I can't believe I waited so long to read (listen) to this one!  

If you have a few minutes:  So yes I fully admit I was way behind the times in reading this one.  My daughter kept talking about how great it was, and we'd scare my husband telling him the premise of the book.  But it wasn't until recently that I finally read the book - well listened to it.  I loved it! It has that right mix of suspense and action and scariness that is just perfect.  As the reader I knew from the start to not trust these new parents, but of course Coraline didn't so that put me on edge right away!  I wanted to yell at her to run, run far far away but of course instead I had to watch her battle her way back.  

I loved Coraline the character as well. She was smart and brave, and I liked how she used her mind to figure out what to do in this situation.  Sometimes characters this age can get on my nerves, but she didn't at all.  Instead I was cheering for her! I knew she could figure things out.  I also knew that once through this experience she'd have a different attitude on her life back home.  

Lastly - loved the cat!  Wonderful addition to the cast of characters.  I kinda want him as my own! 

Thoughts on the audio book:  The audio book is narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, so that was really fun.  It was wonderful to hear him read it as he must have heard it in his head while writing it.  It made the story seem more authentic because I knew how Coraline said something was exactly as the author intended.  

Final thought:  If you haven't read this yet - do! 

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