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A Book Blog Farewell

In consultation with the primary staff reviewers, we have decided to discontinue the InfoSoup reading blogs. Since 2008, InfoSoup users and staff have posted over 3000 reviews to Books to Hoot About!, the book blog, & Books R Us. It has been a fun ride, but now seems the right time to bring the blogs to an end.

We would like to thank all the users who participated in our reading challenge in 2013 and 2014, all the kids and teens who posted summer library program reviews, and the InfoSoup library staff who gave their time and shared their insight.

We will keep the reviews up for the rest of the year and, relaunch the site in in the new year with more of a focus on booklists and other resources for readers.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Author: C.C. Payne

This book, about fifth grader Lulu Bell Bonner, is a great book. Lulu Bell wants to fit in with the mean popular girls and keeps ignoring her real friend, Alan. She tries hiding her brains and musical talent. When her Grandma Bernice dies, Lulu Bell realizes something important about friendship and "letting your light shine". This book would get four out of five stars.

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

This book really got my attention when Macallan showed Levi where the bubbler was! Even though the location of the story had not been revealed, that one word clearly places the story in Wisconsin.   I immediately had to look up the author and discovered she is from Portage, WI.  The book goes on to fly the proud Wisconsin flag even higher by referencing Culver's ButterBurgers and custard on a regular basis.  

In addition to all of the great Wisconsin references, the story is really sweet, frustrating at times, but sweet.  It switches back and forth between the Macallan and Levi's points of view. I appreciated the use of different fonts for the two voices.  I also enjoyed the extra "commentary" in conversation form from the two characters at the end of each chapter that was as if they were looking back on the development of the relationship.  I felt like all of the characters were written well. (It was so nice to see parents who were present and engaged in their kids lives and responsible!)  They were realistic and relateable. Even though the book covers a fairly large time frame, from 7th grade through senior year, I didn't see much change in the growth of the characters but the romance did grow well. 

 This was a 5 of 5 stars for me! If you are looking for a light, fun romance, I highly recommend this book! 

Author: Rick Riordan

Sea of Monsters is the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It is the perfect follow up to the first book. This book is action packed and very interesting. It certainly wouldn't make you fall asleep! Percy, Annabeth and a new character, Tyson, join together to save Grover from a cyclops and find the Golden Fleece, all in the mysterious sea, the Sea of Monsters! Read this book and the first one, and Percy Jackson will be your favorite too.

Author: Louise Rennison

This hilarious book is the first in the (Mis)Adventures of Talullah Casey series. Follow Lullah and her new friends during their stay at Dother Hall, a performing arts school. Talullah makes you laugh as she complains about her knees, does her Irish dancing and takes care of owlets, aka Little Lullah and Little Ruby. This book and the rest of the series is will surely make you laugh.

Title: Titanic
Author: Melissa Stewart

I liked this book because I like the Titanic.  The Titanic is a ship from South Hampton, England and on it's way to New York.  It hit an iceberg, and sank.  A lot of people died because the water was so cold.

Author: Arikawa Hiro

My friend had been bothering me to read this manga for the longest time. I didn't really want to read it because the way she described it to me made it sound boreing, not my kind of book. But one day when I was board I grabbed it off the shelf and didn't put it down till I was finished. I sat in the library and read it right there, didn't even get to check it out. I continued on to read the second and third book in that sitting, but had to check out the rest for lack of time. Honestly one of my top five manga's I've read in my life! So much action, tons of laughs, and drama to tie it all together. The perfect amount of romance puts the bow on this manga series. I would recomend this to anyone and everyone, with a well thought out background and wonderful character development, there is a twist right around every turn. I am in love with this manga, cannot wait for the next chapter~!

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. This was an extreamly enjoyable read. Shadow and Bone is about a girl named Alina Starkov, she lives in a world where there are people with powers called the Grisha. When in the Fold, a dark and horrible place born of greed for power, her best friend Mal is brutally injured and Alina unleashes a hidden power that may save them all. Alina is taken from her army regiment and is sent to a lavish place for the grisha.

This is wonderful fantasy, that I recommend to any and everyone.

Author: Suzanna Williams

I couldn't stop reading it at first and then twards the last few chapters I lost interest. A 16yr old farm boy in the Welch contry side meets and falls in love with an alien hybrid after saving her from an attempted suiside. There are different hybrid aliens from multiple other planets and "life forms" which is a fancy term for robots like in Terminator that are after the 95% Human hybrid that calls her self Sarah Connor (Yes like the main character in Terminator. Over all I would only give this book 3 stars.....