The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Jasper's Review)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Book Info

552 pages

Published March 14th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids - as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Teaser Tuesday #2

Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesday is a book meme hosted by Should be Reading. Description: Grab your current read, open to a random page and share 2 sentences from somewhere on that page (no spoilers please).

Jasper's Current Read: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

The other discovery was in the mailbox when Aronsson [the police inspector] was leaving. Among the day's post, there was an official letter from the Vehicle Licencing Authority, which confirmed that a 1992 Yellow Scania K113 had changed owners. [From page 145]

Showcase Sunday #3

Showcase Sunday is a bookish meme started by Book, Biscuits, and Tea, where you list the new books or fandom merchandise you've received (from a bookstore, a library, as a gift, etc.) throughout the week. Since there will be a SS post every week*, the amount of books and merch shown on each, will vary

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Jasper's Review)

My Rating: 2 out of 5
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.

A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

Lies upon lies.

True love.

The truth.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Manali's Review)

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)Across the Universe by Beth Revis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Down on the Other Street by Jennifer Cie (Manali's Review)

Down On The Other Street: Volume IDown On The Other Street: Volume I by Jennifer Cie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Long winded, unemployed, and timid, on the first date Brendan Bloom is already in love. Comfortably arched over his body, Ryan contemplates murder. Cold, necklace gleaming against the pale tint of her collarbone, the passenger could have mercy. Not a little black book, but a faded love letter out from under the sheets. Some romances ignite on sight, others flare at the base of waterless tubs soaked in agitation. Rooted in the South, this collection of short stories delivers five electric confessions of love, sexuality, and identity across time.

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Jasper's Review)

Awesome new cover of The Giver

My Rating: 5/5 PERFECTION

Book info:

240 Pages
First Published in 1993

Lois Lowry's  The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering BlueMessenger, and Son.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Reviews! (Or The Lack Thereof)

Hey everyone!

So as you have seen, we haven't been writing reviews at the pace that we usually do, and we hope that you do understand, that an unforeseen circumstance has delayed our reviews, and that they will be delayed by a couple weeks, though they are definitely being written!

-The Last Page at Midnight Crew