Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rush (The Game Book 1)

Eve Silver. New York: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2013. Ebook.
Rating: Worthy + 5 Scoops

Gaming: Is it innocent fun or possible death?

Miki is one of many teenagers snatched unwillingly and drafted unknowingly into a war against the Drau. In a burst of light, these monstrous metallic-eyed beasts attack. With one look into their eyes, the extraterritorial beings kill...draining all life out of the body. Lacking a reset, revive, or multi-lives button, the outcome is detrimental to survival. For the actions in the game aren't sequestered in that realm alone,but transcends to the parallel dimension as well. Receiving a skimpy instruction crash course, Miki must play, ready or not.   

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When I Was the Greatest

Jason Reynolds. New York: Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 pp.
Rating: OMG

Rarely, do I come across a young adult novel to which I identify.  A novel that speaks of some of my childhood experiences while uttering the words of my friends, schoolmates, and family.  A story that opens with one of those out-of-left field questions that I was famous for asking.

Ali lives by one word—loyalty. This sixteen-year old latchkey kid is fiercely loyal to his family and friends. Shying away from the trouble in his neighborhood, Ali spends his time boxing, watching his little sister, hanging out with Noodles and Needles, but mainly bailing Noodles out of his messes. Although Ali is usually the level-headed one of the group, he pushes for them to attend a party catering to an older crowd. However, the good time brought with it tragic consequences.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Reynolds’ writing style captures the authentic voice of a sixteen-year old male prompting the words to leap off the page. The plot slowly builds like a lazy summer day. When I Was the Greatest is a splendid coming of age tale brimming with family, friendships, redemption, and second chances.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: What Are You Reading?

Pick of the Week

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover--I cannot wait to begin this compelling story tackling gendercide.
Copy compliments of the Firstborn Book Launch Party

What are you reading?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

So, You Want to Work in Sports? The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Sports Industry (Be What You Want #4)

Joanne Mattern. New York: Aladdin/Oregon: Beyond Words, 2014. 224 pp.
Rating: Worthy

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is probably the most common question children are asked. How many times growing up were you asked that question? However, during the course of childhood, the answer changes with each passing day. While there are kids who choose a profession at an early age, the majority of youth are indecisive and switch industries frequently. Although I bounced between two career choices, my younger sister considered a variety of careers. She aspired to be a professional tennis player, model, doctor, and dental hygienist before settling on nursing. The Be What You Want Series provides a gateway for kids to begin exploring viable career options. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: What Are You Reading?

Pick of the Week:

So, You Want to Work in Sports? The Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Sports Industry by Joanne Mattern-The fourth installment of the Be What You Want series exposes youth to the many career possibilities in the sports industry.

What are you reading?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Say Whaaat!? 50 Followers Giveaway

I'm so excited to announce my first blog giveaway!!! Aaaaaaahhh!!!!
Three years ago, I jumped feet first into book blogging. I started Say Whaaat!? to share my love of books with others. It would be a place where fellow book lovers and I could gush, discuss, debate, and recommend books. Although initially overwhelmed by the vast blogosphere, I have found my footing and become more comfortable with each post.  To celebrate, I'm having a giveaway! A $15 Amazon Gift Card is up for grabs upon reaching 50 followers. The contest opens Thursday, February 20 and ends on Thursday, March 20.  If you already follow the blog, you are still eligible to enter the giveaway.