Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Echo Emerson is a girl suffering amnesia about a terrible night. She knows something bad happened but can't seem to recall what, no matter how hard she tries. Noah Hutchins is the loner-type bad boy that seems unreachable, but also really hot. Thrown together in shared classes and then again in the counselor's offices, Noah and Echo are drawn to each other.
I freakin' loved this book. As per usual, I found out about this series from the teens at my library. We couldn't keep it on the shelves, and I kept having to add each new teen requesting it to our ever growing hold list over the summer. So of course I did what any good librarian does and added myself to that list too! lol
Now, it took me a bit to get it but once I did I couldn't put it down and read it over the course of two nights. I like YA that includes kids from different backgrounds and living situations, and this series follows a group of teens that have been through the foster system. It's also a romance so there's plenty of love and learning to trust another person, but it also has a counselor/therapist as a major character helping the main characters navigate the intense issues and traumas they are dealing with. I liked that. Too often the adult supposed to help is a negative force without any counter-balance, but in this book the therapist is at first untrusted and then proves themselves to be a person/adult that cares and can actually help.
Bottom line, this series is addictively (yes I made up that word) good and worth the wait:)

This book was a library copy.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story retold by Gerald Hausman

The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian StoryThe Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood: A Creek Indian Story by Gerald Hausman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

November is "Native American Heritage Month" so I decided to read this beautifully illustrated picture book of a Creek Indian story. There are tons of different creation stories. They vary nation by nation, tribe to tribe, and this is one of them.
Being Native myself, I've always loved the story-telling and oral histories of indigenous peoples. I hadn't heard this particular telling before but loved the way it has "animal people" and wonderful illustrations of them to capture the spirit of the tale. I also found it amusing that (in this telling) the First Peoples came from river otters! lol It is common for animals to feature prominently in Native stories and books like this one are important for preserving them.

This book was a review copy from the Wisdom Tales Press via NetGalley.