June 20, 2019 • Cee • Reviews

Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff • May 7, 2019 • Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
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The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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I received this book for free from Random House for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “I’m gonna miss the Draft.”

Sometimes, it doesn’t pay off to be heroic. Not if your dreams of recruiting the best squad in the universe falls upon you being there for the picking and not out in space following up on a distress call to save someone. That’s what Tyler Jones, star Golden boy of the Aurora Academy, finds out.

But that heroism kickstarts a hell of an adventure—it gets him to Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl whose existence defies time and space, and a ragtag of misfits who are along for this dangerous ride.

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June 11, 2019 • Cee • Reviews

Welcome to Morningtown by Blake Liliane Hellman & Steven Henry • June 4, 2019 • Bloomsbury Children’s Books
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Welcome to Morningtown
In Morningtown, animal families of all shapes and sizes are waking up to a shiny new day. They get up out of fluffy beds, hard beds, and secret beds. They hop, splash, and flutter through their morning routines, getting ready for whatever the day holds.
One thing is certain–every day is a beautiful day in Morningtown!

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First sentence: “In Morningtown, everyone is waking.”

The sun rises, and the residents—animals of all shapes and sizes—of Morningtown wake up to start a beautiful day. Read more »

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June 5, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one!

During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of!

And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of May 2019.

FICTION

There There by Tommy Orange | Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic)The Mister by EL James

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May 20, 2019 • Cee • Comics
The Red Maze (5 Worlds #3) by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun • May 7, 2019 • Random House Books for Young Readers Website | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Indigo | Library

Oona Lee is determined to light Moon Yatta’s beacon and continue her quest to save the galaxy. But reaching the red beacon means navigating an impossible maze of pipes and facing devious enemies at every turn.

Luckily, her friend Jax Amboy has returned from his adventures transformed! Now he must confront the owner of his former starball team, a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to get his best player back on the field . . . and who can grant them access to the beacon.

Meanwhile, Oona and An Tzu find a mysterious rebel leader and release a surprising power within Oona’s magic. Will they make it in time to stop the evil force seeking to rule the 5 Worlds?

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Hey you! Have you read the 5 Worlds series? No? YOU MUST. It’s an incredibly gorgeous graphic novel series that involves these amazing kids trying to save their fantastical world from extinction. Turn back around from this this review of book 3, The Red Maze, and go straight to The Sand Warrior, the first book of the wonderful 5 Worlds series. (Everything you need to know is in that link.) You definitely won’t regret picking up this graphic novel series. It’s an animated series waiting to happen. ;)

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May 6, 2019 • Cee • Discussion

You ever want to know what people are buying in bookstores? Well, it so happens that I work at one!

During the last week of February 2018, I pondered about what type of post to make for “Books in Hand.” At first, I planned to discuss all the books customers came in asking for or buying, but that’s a bit too much because everybody came in asking for different books, and I didn’t remember all of them. My boss showed me a way to check our store’s best selling books, and I found out what we sold a lot of!

And that’s what this post is—seeing the top ten selling books of April 2019.

FICTION

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic) | The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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April 15, 2019 • Cee • Comics

Jon Kent and Damian “Ian” Wayne are opposite in every way except one–they are the sons of the World’s Greatest Heroes! To uncover a global conspiracy, this unlikely dynamic duo will need to learn to trust each other and work together to save the Earth. But who is the mysterious Candace, and what secrets does she hold that could be the key to everything?

The polar ice caps have nearly melted away, causing devastation to coastal cities. Erratic, deadly weather forces everyone inland, tearing families apart. Earth is facing its greatest crisis–and Superman and Batman are nowhere to be found.

From New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers) and artist Ile Gonzalez comes the first book in an epic new series that follows the Super Sons of Superman and Batman as they struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world!

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When DC Entertainment announced DC Ink and DC Zoom, imprints that focused on young adult and Middle Grade readers respectively, the bookseller in me was screaming in joy. Do you know how many times I’ve tried to turn young readers into superhero fans by introducing them to Gotham Academy and Ms. Marvel? They always gravitate toward Marvel, leaving DC in the dust, or they choose Dog Man. It’s DC’s time again!

When the dads are away, the kids come out to play—Jonathan and Damian Wayne that is. For those who don’t know, they’re Superman and Batman’s kids. Two vastly different boys from different worlds who want to come out of the shadows of their fathers to be  who they’re destined to be.

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