Monday, July 29, 2013

{Book Review} Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like this series - too bad I wait too long in between books that sometimes I have to search my memory for what happened before!

In a world in love with vampires, werewolves, and zombies I've always been partial to witches and warlocks. Maybe because I grew up watching Bewitched? This is a YA book, but the writing is still good. The storyline has a lot of twists, which I enjoy in any book, and the ending left me wishing I had the third book on my shelf so I could find out what happens next! I haven't felt that way about a series since I lost a whole weekend to The Hunger Games Trilogy.

In this book, Sophie heads to England to spend the summer with her father. There she learns a lot about her history, and the history of The Eye, which is trying to eliminate all people with power of any kind. An old time custom leaves Sophie betrothed to someone she likes, but does not love. I told you - angsty teenage stuff!

Overall though I really did enjoy this book and I'm going to hunt for the third one.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

{Book Review - Dead Run by P.J. Tracy}

Dead RunDead Run by P.J. Tracy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the Monkeewrench series. Usually I read them, but I decided to do an audiobook this time. I'm glad I did - the narration was great!

While the storyline may seem implausible, chances are it's not - not in today's world. I love how the Monkeewrench crew is starting to expand with some outside characters that are adding more to the overall sense of who the people really are. The fact that most of the story takes place in Wisconsin is different from the others which focused on the main location of Minneapolis. It is a very good book and a series that I will see through to the end.

If you love intrigue, suspense, and technology you'll love the Monkeewrench series!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Going Great!

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Today I'm linking up with the Hip Homeschool Hop!

We have started our second week of 7th grade - woo hoo!

So far things are going well. I'm using my new scheduling system and homemade planner, four days in I can say I'm enjoying using them both. Here's how I'm using my new system right now (we all know how us homeschoolers tweak everything as we go ~ at least I do!):

This is what our week looks like scheduled out. I do my scheduling over the weekend - and yes, we only work four days a week.
I use one sticky for each assignment, that's why there are so many!
All our LA is on the green squares - so one says spelling, one says reading, and so on.
It looks like a ton of work, but really, it's doable!

Once the work is done I either write it in my book right away OR
I stick the stickies into my book and write it in later.
This usually happens at the end of the day when we are going full steam!

 Eventually everything gets written in the book and my record keeping is done.

At first Zach was freaking out because he saw so many different things - but once he realized each thing was as long (or short) as he made it he lightened up!

The one thing I really do love about this is that if we miss an assignment (like math on Monday of last week) I just rearrange the sticky notes. Before I would have had to erase a weeks worth of math assignments, I like not having to do that. Writing it down only once it's complete was a great idea that I'm glad I found!