Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book Scout Bulletin #1




Hello fellow rebels!

Well, here it is! The first installment of our Book Scout Bulletins! These little bits of intelligence were received between August 9th and August 31 from our drop-point (AKA our contact form).

Many thanks to our book scouts for providing these for us!!!! *round of applause*

Also, HUGE round of applause to our Goodreads Coordinator and techy formatting genius, Abby!!! She sacrificed a lot of time trying to find images and synopses for these books and formatting them to look just right. *team hug*

Without any further ado, let us see the reports!


Cold Summer

Author: Gwen Cole
Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩
Lust: ✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Language: ✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩
Lust: ✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Reviews provided by: Allison 

My name is Allison and I'm seventeen. I am passionate about finding good, quality, clean YA books. I am disgusted why what people can "quality" YA literature, and just by perusing the YA section of our library. I am currently a rising junior and I am homeschooled. :) I love reading and writing. I have written several stories (none of which are finished *guilty look*), and I hope to one day publish them.


Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer
Language: ✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩✩
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Review provided by: Daisy Louise Paquet

Daisy Louise Paquet is an Internet-addicted, self-proclaimed nerd. She likes coffee, books, and sci-fi movies. She may accidentally attack you with sarcasm and Batman references from time to time, but she promises to be nice. She currently resides in a galaxy far, far away with her family and cat. You can check out Daisy's blog HERE.


Boston Jane: An Adventure

Author Name: Jennifer L. Holm
Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩✩
Sixteen-year-old Jane Peck has ventured to the unknown wilds of the Northwest to wed her childhood idol, William Baldt. But her impeccable training at Miss Hepplewhite's Young Ladies Academy in Philadelphia is hardly preparation for the colorful characters and crude life that await her in Washington Territory.

Thrown upon her wits in the wild, Jane must determine for herself whether she is truly proper Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia, faultless young lady and fiancee, or Boston Jane, as the Chinook dub her, fearless and loyal woman of the frontier.

An exciting new novel from Jennifer L. Holm, author of the Newbery Honor Book Our Only May Amelia.

Boston Jane: Wilderness Days

Author Name: Jennifer L. Holm
Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩✩
"Remember -- you make your own luck." Abandoned on the frontier by her faithless fiance, Jane Peck prepares to head home, only to learn that the Philadelphia life she once knew is no more. But can a proper young lady find happiness as the only woman in a primitive pioneer settlement? Armed with only a finishing-school education and her natural determination, Jane must endure life with her flea-bitten landlord, a perilous manhunt, and the traps and hazards of a blossoming romance.

Will Jane survive the challenges of the wild, uncharted frontiers of friendship, love, and the Washington Territory?

Reviews provided by: Kenzie

Hello, I am Kenzie Ross. I grew up in a Christian family, and have been raised all my life to be very aware of the evil in this world and to avoid it as much as possible. That includes books, movies, music, etc. I was taught that I am a light in this world, and should live accordingly. You can usually find me crocheting, training my dog, and most commonly doing school or reading.
You can view Kenzie's blog HERE.

Soar

Author's Name: Joan Bauer
Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩
Jeremiah is the world’s biggest baseball fan. He really loves baseball and he knows just about everything there is to know about his favorite sport. So when he’s told he can’t play baseball following an operation on his heart, Jeremiah decides he’ll do the next best thing and become a coach.

Hillcrest, where Jeremiah and his father Walt have just moved, is a town known for its championship baseball team. But Jeremiah finds the town caught up in a scandal and about ready to give up on baseball. It’s up to Jeremiah and his can-do spirit to get the town – and the team – back in the game.

No More Dead Dogs

Author Name: Gordon Korman
Synopsis: Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩
Review of the Book: ✩✩✩✩
Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won't tell a lie -- he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end?

After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn't change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped!

Reviews provided by: Libby

I'm Libby! I grew up my whole life in an amazing Christian family and so many qualities and ideas have been instilled in me that I feel beyond blessed. I've been trained to have a conscience about reading material since I was a young girl and I feel like I can help others keep themselves clean in mind and in spirit. I hope my posts and reviews give you something to think about and consider. Cheerio! You can check out Libby's blog HERE.


Rules of Murder

Author Name: Julianna Deering
Language: ✩✩✩✩✩
Abuse: ✩✩✩✩✩
Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩
Rating of the Book: ✩✩✩✩✩
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.

Soon, financial irregularities at Drew’s stepfather’s company come to light and it’s clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer–and trying harder to impress Madeline– Drew must decide how far to take this game.

Review provided by: Rachel Kovaciny

Rachel Kovaciny lives in Virginia with her husband and their three homeschooled children. She will be independently publishing her book "Cloaked" this fall, a western re-imagining of "Little Red Riding Hood." In her free time, Rachel writes for the online magazine Femnista, reads, bakes, blogs, watches movies, and daydreams. You can check out Rachel's blog HERE.

And that is all, folks!

For those of you who have submitted a guest post idea - please don't worry! We haven't forgotten about you guys. It's just that our schedule is mapped out until December. We will be reviewing your ideas in the coming weeks.

Would you like to be a book scout? Check out the Collaborate page under the Mission header! We look forward to receiving more intelligence from y'all!




27 comments:

  1. Thank you all so much for submitting! These were great reviews, and I really want to read these books now!!

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  2. Does more 🌟 mean more or less bad language? I'm a bit confused. 😁

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  3. We have noticed that there is some confusion as to the star rating....hence an explaination.

    1 star - lots of language (especially the worst words), heavy amounts of abuse or showing abuse of any kinds as good, or lots of sex or lustful relations
    2 star - frequent amounts of language, abuse or lust
    3 star - moderate amounts of language, abuse or lust
    4 star - a little language, a few situations of abuse or a lustful scene or two.
    5 star - no language, no abuse, no lust present in the work.

    Hope this helps!
    RW Team

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    1. Yes, this does help. Thanks a bunch! <3
      Can't wait for Cinder to be back in my library. :D

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    2. OHHHH OKAY I SEE NOW. XD I was confued about the same thing as Ivie lol- thanks for clearing it up!

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    3. I think I was confused about the rating system, because I didn't see this. :) Knowing this system, I would give The Raven Boys three stars because of the language.

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  4. Hmm... I love this format and this way of recommending! *round of applause to all of you*

    Do you think maybe someday you should include an "other" section? Such as thematic elements like potentially occult-y stuff (thinking of Raven Boys here. I would consider it the fantasy element - but I'm thinking about more sensitive readers)? And I am actually mildly surprised to see Raven Boys as a four star. Maybe book one had less language then, and I'm just thinking of the series as a whole?

    Anyway -- this was marvelous!

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    1. I agree with adding more sections, such as occult, etc. The Raven Cycle does deal with spirits, etc.
      The first Raven Cycle book, the one I reviewed above: "The Raven Boys", has less language than the other books. The second book, "Dream Thieves" has the most language, in my mind.
      I gave it a four-star because in my mind, the story and characters are amazing. The writing is very well-done. The only complaint I have with the first book is the language and the concept of psychics, etc.

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    2. I know I was a bit put off by the whole psychic/tarot cards/etc thing - I agree that a category for that might be good, Lisa.

      (and Raven Boys had 3-4 instances of strong language, as far as I recall?? but I agree that Dream Thieves definitely has more. I'm up to the third book, but I'm a bit concerned about the increasing levels [of everything]...)
      Jem Jones

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    3. Personally, the first Raven Cycle book was the best. It had the least language, compared to the others.
      I apologize--I was confused about the rating system 😜, and should have given it two to three stars based on the content.
      While I love the characters, the series does deal heavily with the occult (spirits, psychics, demons, etc. ) and the language is quite strong.
      I'm sorry for confusing people by giving it 4 stars :)

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    4. Hey, everyone! I'll chat with the team about adding that category. Allison, you're perfectly fine- we didn't say anything about that originally, so at the moment I don't think you're breaching contract in any way.

      And maybe a slightly easier-to-understand rating system? XD

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    5. No problem Allison!

      I know how you feel Jem! I hope you won't feel too badly if you finish the series D:

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  5. This is great! Thank you to those who submitted :D I look forward to future bulletins!!!

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  6. Thanks to all who submitted! This is great! :)

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  7. This is amazing - going to look some of these books up at my local library!

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  8. Thanks for the explanation of the star system. I was confused by it too. Maybe you want to post this explanation on the blog page too.

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    1. Already done! Thank you, Mrs. Baldwin!

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  9. Also, I'd like to recommend this list on FB. it would be helpful if you put the little icons on the page for social medial. Thanks for what you're doing here. Thoughtful and appreciated list.

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    1. This has been done, sorry for the inconvenience!

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  10. I love the idea of rounding up a bunch of reviews like this! I see several titles here I'll be trying out.

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  11. Ooh I've been meaning to read The Raven Boys for a while! Thanks for this great list of books!

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  12. Oh this is great! Thank you all so much! I'd really like to read the Boston Jane books now!

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  13. Cool idea rounding up the books this way! I love the Cinder series so much! :D

    Also, to anyone who's planning on checking out The Raven Boys, the content does get worse throughout the series. It's super well written, but instances of language go up by a lot. Just so you're aware. :)


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbosityreviews.com

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    1. (I was actually a little surprised to see The Raven Boys on the list...)

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