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Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Summary from Goodreads:

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.

I was quite taken with the title of this book, it sounds very compelling, but lately, the dystopian genre has been a hit and miss for me (more misses than hits really) that I sort of mentally swept the genre under the rug for awhile. But when a friend came to me with a copy for lending, how can I refuse?  

Aside form the really cool title, I thought the world building was excellent. The whole id…

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

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1. Lady Bird Classics - These are story books of well loved fairy tales which have always been a huge part of my childhood. I thank them for providing my younger self with much magic and a whole lot of moral lessons.

2. Archie Comics - I will always be thankful for Archie and the Gang. They provided a sneak peak of Americana culture and gave me much entertainment as I used to exchange them with friends and sneak read them during class. (And I got caught...once) :)

3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Who isn't thankful for Harry Potter? I mean, this book makes its way in almost every Top Ten Tuesdays List. I am immensely thankful to Ms. Rowling because HP started and cemented my obsession and love affair with books.


4. Mythology by Edith Hamilton - This is perhaps the only one from the required reading list in high school which I absolutely adored and I am thankful for it because I discovered the wonderful world of Greek, Roman and Norse Mythology.

5. The Hunger Games Trilogy …

Want Books: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman

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Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted byChachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. 


Summary from Goodreads:

Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children’s and Household Tales. Now, at a veritable fairy-tale moment—witness the popular television shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time and this year’s two movie adaptations of “Snow White”—Philip Pullman, one of the most popular authors of our time, makes us fall in love all over again with the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm.

From much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “Briar-Rose,” “Thousandfurs,” and “The Girl with No Hands,” Pullman retells his fifty favorites, paying homage to the tales that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue t…

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Summary form Goodreads:

It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud's got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase filled with his own important, secret things.

2. He's the author of Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.

3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers of Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud's got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road and find this mystery man, nothing can stop him--not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

My attention was instantly caught by the title. I was pretty sure then that I had to read all about this Bud not Buddy kid and I was half wanting my name to be Elizabeth so I can tell people to call me Liz not Lizzie.

Bud Caldwell
I wa…

Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan

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Summary from Goodreads:

Elmer is a window into a world where chickens have suddenly acquired the intelligence and consciousness of humans, where they can now consider themselves a race no different than browns, black, or whites. Recognizing themselves to be sentient, the inexplicably evolved chickens push to attain rights for themselves as the newest members of the human race.

Originally self-published by the author in the Philippines, this is the first US edition of the book and the first edition to be made available to the book and library trade.

I first heard about this particular comic book via Trisha's (Lesbians with Books) comments on one of my Filipino Friday meme posts. Incidentally when I visited NBS, this book was right on the table located on the store front. I thought I might as well. And I was definitely intrigued by the idea of Planet of the Apes, Chicken Version.

I considered the world presented by Planet of the Apes as plausible because for one apes closely resemble h…