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Why I Loved: The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

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Hello everybody, and welcome to another installment in my series of "Why I Loved" posts! Along with the fun of summertime, there comes a gigantic amount of stories to add to out reading lists. So with that being said, today I'm going to be sharing with you a cute and fun read that's perfect if you're in need of a happy summertime story. And that book is The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz.

Now the funny thing about this book is that I read it for the first time back in January. No kidding! I read it then even though it was a LONG time away from the peak of summer. But to celebrate the season I gave it a second read, and it is just awesome. That's the word I'd use if I was told to describe it in one word: Awesome.

But there's so many others you can use: Cute, sweet, light-hearted, happy, joyful... That list goes on and on.

Alright enough chit-chat from me, let's get into the review!










What's The Story?
Thirteen-yea…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Awhile back I reviewed The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and ever since I've wanted to try out another one of his works. This time around I'm going to be talking about The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so here we go!









What's The Story?
Mikey is far from being one of The Chosen Ones. The only things on his mind are going to prom, graduating and heading off to college one day. But in his family arises issues as his mother starts a political campaign and his father sinks deeper into alcoholism. Not to mention what is going on with his sisters, and how his best friend is now super secretive. While Mikey guides himself through these issues, he notices that the "indie kids" with superpowers at his school are training for what appears to be some extraordinary event. So now he must witness what will occur in his town of ordinary people, when everything that took place there in the past has been everything but ordinary.












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Picks For Kids: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote

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Hey everybody, and welcome to the first post in a new segment here called Picks For Kids. Within the time that I've been doing this blog, most of the literature I've talked about has been YA. So it's come to my attention that now would be a good time to review some good children's or middle grade stories. And thus Picks For Kids was born!

There's nothing quite like the gift of good books, and there is great reward when you share the gift of reading with children. It can bring joy to kids of all ages and take them to worlds they never dreamed of. And that's the goal with this new segment: To find great stories for people to share with young ones.

So without further ado, let me talk about a cute and fun adventure story: The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud by Jenny L. Cote!









What's The Story?
A Scottish terrier named Max is taking his usual trot around the lake when he hears a voice calling from the reeds, urging him to "follow the fire cloud". Leav…

Why I Loved Lives of the Monster Dogs (And Why It's A Sci-Fi Masterpiece)

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Every now and then, you come across a book that just takes you by surprise. One that just blows you off your feet at how amazing it really is. And let me tell you, Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis is exactly that kind of book! I read it awhile back (at the beginning of the year, to be exact) and I still find myself thinking about it from time to time. So that's why today I'm going to be talking about it and giving you my thoughts on this one-of-a-kind novel.

Today's book discussion is definitely one that's been the most exciting to write about. It should be assumed that this book is among my list of favorite stories. I might be doing a couple posts in the future to honor some of the great stories I read way before I started Matthew's Bookshelf, so you can expect some more content just like this.

Anyway, that's enough chit-chat from me! Let's get started, shall we?













What To Love About Lives of the Monster Dogs:


This is the only published fiction work…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Whose ready to take a trip into a very distant future? I hope you are, because I just got back from the year 2575 after reading this book. So kick back as we travel into space and dive right into Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the first book in The Illuminae Files!

Now I don't know if I made this clear enough, but I'm gonna say it again: I'm a HUGE fan of all things sci-fi. So upon seeing this in the bookstore, I was instantly drawn towards it with its gripping premise. And let me tell you, Illuminae doesn't disappoint at creating a uniquely-written story. Anyway, that's enough babbling out of me. On with the review!






What's The Story?
The year is 2575, and two mega-corporations are at war for the remaining earth that is only a speck of what it used to be. At first, Kady Hunt thinks the worst thing is sitting in class next to her ex, Ezra Mason. But after a warship attacks, she ends up giving the ride that saves Ezra's life. But after dodging de…

Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

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I'm back with a review on a book that's from one of my favorite genres: Thriller. Today I'm gonna give you the scoop on Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten.





What's The Story?
Kate O'Brian's life has had a series of setbacks, some of which are very sinister to talk about. However, she has determination to both shake off her past and change everything. Having all of her work cut out for her, as she is the scholarship student at Waverly School in NYC, with big plans to get into Yale. She discovers Olivia Sumner, who appears to be extremely rich but also deeply damaged. Olivia considers Kate to be the best friend she needs and is practically the sister that she never had. However, a smart and handsome guy named Mark Redkin joins the administration and begins to charm his way to the lives of the students. In doing so he begins an extremely close relationship with Olivia, and it also becomes obvious that Redkin is posing a threat to Kate as well. But how close can these…

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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Whew! It's been quite some time since I've posted a book review. So let's get started on a historical fantasy: Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman.






What's The Story?
Legacy of Kings tells several interconnected stories all relating to the kingdom of Macedonia. Alexander, son of Phillip II and heir to the throne, is regent due to his father's absence. Having only a small army, he must learn how to navigate the kingdom from several threats of invasion. Katerina needs to learn her actual past, as well as avenge her mother's death. This leads her and her friend Jacob from their village all the way to King Phillip's castle. But just as Kat and Jacob's feelings for each other evolve, more details begin to unfold. Queen Olympias has many dark secrets and is using very dark magic. The fate of the empire then rests in these three characters to stop Olympias from pursuing her own agendas.










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Okay, this book is going to be a little bit difficult to review. I never…