Monthly Archives: March 2011


Bye-bye Book Ratings?

29 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 7 Comments

So, I’m thinking about changing things up a tad here at the Book Swarm by dropping the book ratings. I haven’t come to a final decision about it yet but I’m kicking it around and would love to hear what you think about ratings.Right now, my reviewers and I give […]

E-Book Readin’

28 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 5 Comments

This weekend, I had the opportunity to try out an iPad. I can’t tell you how excited I was. I’m a total Mac geek. I love my MacBook and my iPods (yes, I have multiple iPods. Don’t you? Kidding.) and I’ve been lusting after an iPad since they came out. […]

Teen Review Week: THE TERRORIST by Caroline B. Cooney

Teen Review Week: THE TERRORIST by Caroline B. Cooney

24 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Final Grade: 99/AYA Thriller (Realistic)208 pagesPersonal CopyAvailable NowSHAELI’S SUMMARY: Can you imagine having someone you love die when you least expect it? Unfortunately, sixteen-year-old Laura Williams can, and her life will never be the same after it.London, England: Laura and her family have a great life. Laura has some really […]

Teen Review Week: PEELED by Joan Bauer

Teen Review Week: PEELED by Joan Bauer

23 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Final Grade 95/A YA Contemporary 256 pages Library Copy Available Now Something’s rotten in the heart of apple country! Hildy Biddle dreams of being a journalist. A reporter for her high school newspaper, The Core, she’s just waiting for a chance to prove herself. Not content to just cover school issues, […]

Teen Review Week: SNOW QUEEN by Emma Harrison

Teen Review Week: SNOW QUEEN by Emma Harrison

22 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

Final Grade: 84/C+ YA Contemporary 336 pages Available now Personal copy Chamberlain Ski Resort and Spa Welcome to the 10th Annual Snow Queen competition! I can’t believe I got roped into this. Snow Princesses must attend all pageant rehearsals, with appropriate outfits. Well, no matter what it takes, I’m going […]

Teen Review: BURNED by Ellen Hopkins

Teen Review: BURNED by Ellen Hopkins

21 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

Final Grade: 97/AYA Contemporary532 pagesStudent’s copyAvailable nowRaised in a religious — yet abusive — family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of […]

A Perfect Reading Afternoon

A Perfect Reading Afternoon

18 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

I just finished an awesome book today. Read it from cover to cover in one sitting (well, except for getting up to get something to drink and to feed the dogs). Read it on my porch, which is my favorite place to be when the weather is perfect. (It was […]

Teen REview: X-KAI: Volume 2 by Asami Tohjoh

Teen REview: X-KAI: Volume 2 by Asami Tohjoh

16 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 1 Comment

Final Grade: 95/AManga192 pagesAvailable nowPersonal copyKaito receives his next assignment–assassinate a religious cult leader. But things get complicated after he is sucked into joining the cult, and flashes from Kaito’s past stir up memories from his mysterious childhood. The truth behind his brother’s coma is revealed, and Kaito will be […]

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