Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Want to Read It (37): Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide by Immaculée Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin, September 15, 2009. Published by Hay House.  
For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead. Immaculée’s remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

In Led By Faith, Immaculée takes us with her as her remarkable journey continues. Through her simple and eloquent voice, we experience her hardships and heartache as she struggles to survive and to find meaning and purpose in the aftermath of the holocaust. It is the story of a naïve and vulnerable young woman, orphaned and alone, navigating through a bleak and dangerously hostile world with only an abiding faith in God to guide and protect her. Immaculée fends off sinister new predators, seeks out and comforts scores of children orphaned by the genocide, and searches for love and companionship in a land where hatred still flourishes. Then, fearing again for her safety as Rwanda’s war-crime trials begin, Immaculée flees to America to begin a new chapter of her life as a refugee and immigrant—a stranger in a strange land.

Why


After reading one of Immaculée Ilibagiza's other books earlier this month, I feel compelled to read more about her personal story. Her writing was beautiful and the full story of what happened, as well, as how she was able to move forward with her life after surviving the Rwandan Holocaust has me interested in further reading.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Our Lady of Kibeho

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: Our Lady of Kibeho


Our Lady of Kibeho: Mary Speaks to the World from the Heart of Africa by Immaculée Ilibagiza, November 28, 2008. 240 pages. Published by Hay House. Source: borrowed from my mom.
Thirteen years before the bloody 1994 genocide that swept across Rwanda and left more than a million people dead, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ appeared to eight young people in the remote village of Kibeho. Through these visionaries, Mary and Jesus warned of the looming holocaust, which (they assured) could be averted if Rwandans opened their hearts to God and embraced His love.

Mary also sent messages to government and church leaders to instruct them how to end the ethnic hatred simmering in their country. She warned them that Rwanda would become "a river of blood"-a land of unspeakable carnage-if the hatred of the people was not quickly quelled by love. Some leaders listened, but very few believed. The prophetic and apocalyptic warnings tragically came true during 100 horrifying days of savage bloodletting and mass murder.

Much like what happened at similar sites such as Fátima and Lourdes, the messengers of Kibeho were at first mocked and disbelieved. But as miracle after miracle occurred in the tiny village, tens of thousands of Rwandans journeyed to Kibeho to behold the apparitions. After the genocide, and two decades of rigorous investigation, Our Lady of Kibeho became the first and only Vatican-approved Marian (related to the Virgin Mary) site in all of Africa. But the story still remained largely unknown.

Now, however, Immaculée Ilibagiza has changed all that. She has made many pilgrimages to Kibeho, both before and after the holocaust, has personally witnessed true miracles, and has spoken with a number of the visionaries themselves. What she has discovered will deeply touch your heart!
First Sentence
It' a difficult confession for me, but if it hadn't been for the apparitions of the Blessed Mother and Jesus at Kibeho, I may never have fully believed in God.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I Want to Read It (36): Sapphique



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Sapphique (Incarceron, 2) by Catherine Fisher, Deceber 28, 2010. Published by Dial. Source: Wishlist.
Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.




Why

Discussing The Scorch Trials yesterday on the blog put me in the mood of featuring another older young adult title- Sapphique. It has been ages since I first read Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, and yet, just this past week it popped into my head that I never got around to reading the next installment...yeah, I'm terrible like that!!

Even now, I am still curious as to what happens next. I may hit up my library over Christmas break to fulfill my curiosity (if I can make time to reread Incarceron, that is).

Have you read this series? I know it's an older one, but, the first book (if I remember correctly) was pretty good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Scorch Trials

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Monday, November 21, 2016

A Vintage Reads Young Adult Review: The Scorch Trials


The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, 2) by James Dashner, October 12, 2010. 360 pages. Published by Delacorte Press. Source: Own
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

First Sentence
She spoke to him before the world fell apart.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: These Vicious Masks

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Monday, November 14, 2016

DNF Review: These Vicious Masks with Gifs


These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, 1) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas, February 9, 2016. 298 pages. Published by Swoon Reads. Source: ARC from publisher.
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

First Sentence
Death.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I Want to Read It (35): The Fixer



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Fixer (Fixer, 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, July 7, 2015. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's. Source: Wishlist.
Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.
And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Why


I was going through my Goodreads recommendations and it was one at the top of the list...and, more importantly, it sounded interesting. While I have yet to lay my hands on a copy of The Fixer, I am excited to give Jennifer Lynn Barnes a second read. Especially since The Fixer sounds, well, better than her earlier work that I read. 

Don't get me wrong, I loved the one book I read by her. I'm just curious to see how much her writing has grown since the last time I read her work. 

Tell me, have you read this one? Is it one that you would recommend (to me or anyone)? 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Footloose

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Picture Book Review: Footloose


Footloose by Kenny Loggins and illustrated by Tim Bowers, October 11, 2016. 28 pages. Published by MoonDance Press. Source: publicist for review.
Have a rockin' time introducing children to Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins himself. Features a bonus CD with the new children's "Footloose," performed by Kenny Loggins.
Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals!
First Sentence
Zookeeper Big Jack checks in his star map.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

I Want to Read It (34): Irena's Children



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage by Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell, September 27, 2016. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Source: Wishlist.
Irena Sendler was a young Polish woman living in Warsaw during World War II with an incredible story of survival and selflessness. And she’s been long forgotten by history.

Until now.

This young readers edition of Irena’s Children tells Irena’s unbelievable story set during one of the worst times in modern history. With guts of steel and unfaltering bravery, Irena smuggled thousands of children out of the walled Jewish ghetto in toolboxes and coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through the dank sewers and into secret passages that led to abandoned buildings, where she convinced her friends and underground resistance network to hide them.

In this heroic tale of survival and resilience in the face of impossible odds, Tilar Mazzeo and adapter Mary Cronk Farrell share the true story of this bold and brave woman, overlooked by history, who risked her life to save innocent children from the horrors of the Holocaust.
Why

Having actually heard of Irena Sendler and how she helped smuggle Jewish children out of Poland during WWII, well, it's kind of why I would be very interested in reading Irena's Children. While I have not read the, I guess you could call it, the adult version the middle grade adaptation is appealing because I predominately talk about young adult and middle grade titles. 

Still, I would be very much interested in reading it because, well, history!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Fannie Never Flinched

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
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