Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I finished it.

Synopsis from goodreads. Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

Well... I felt it was very anti-climatic. She tied up all the loose ends. She ended up with who I wanted her to. And I think I was expecting some big, romantic, lost-love moment, but its a middle grade fiction and not teen is not that important but I am a sap. Guilty.

Back to tying it all up. Wow does she cover it all from her mother, to Prim, to Gale, to Coin, to Snow, to Finnick, to Haymitch. Everyone. That was satisfying. How often to do you read the end of a series and not get all your answers. I find it to be super frustrating unless there is going to be another...

DID NOT SEE PEETA HATING KATNISS! All caps shows my shock for those of you who don't know me. I was super afraid he was going to kill her or she him. And calling her a mutt? Ouch.

I think what was missing from this was the Games. Like the intense, battle it out, combat.

Characterization - Katniss I really feel is unfeeling. She's very, i don't know, but she's not as driven by her emotions as most girls are and I think that's why I like her and why I don't understand her either. Does that make sense? Because I am not sure it does.

I feel really torn between satisfied and not. Did anyone else have this problem? Or was I just shooting to high because of the hype?

Some quick thoughts:
I thought Gale was going to die
I thought Haymitch was going to have this glorious moment of bad ass.
Um..sorry about your life Coin
Vote for the Hunger Games for the capitol... eesh.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Whats your favorite dystopia?

Hey everyone! I am looking for some reads for my students! I was thinking about doing a literature circle unit all with dystopia students. What is your favorite dystopia book and why?

Mine is The Giver. Maybe it was because it was the first dystopia I ever read. Maybe I just feel for Jonas as he comes to all those realizations. I love other ones too. But I am curious if you have a favorite and why.

Thanks for the help.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

I'm addicted now.

Synopsis from

Katniss is awesome in the heat of moment, very resourceful. But when it comes to planning things out, like oh, I don't know...saving your family and friends...she's not so good at it. And, I'm really torn between Gale and Peeta. I would date Peeta. He would be my boyfriend. End of story, however, Gale has such a strong appeal. He's stoic and steady. It's a tough choice, but this girl needs to pick one.

Spoiler: HOLY SHOCKED when they had to go back into the games. Damn you President Snow. I want an "I hate Snow" shirt. One because I live in a snow belt and two, I hate that character. Peeta, brave Peeta, totally going to die for Katniss again.

Spoiler: I knew that HeadGamer guy was up to something the moment he showed her that watch. Mockingjay total symbol. Does anyone know what I could do with the symbolism of that bird in my classroom!?! (*needs to breathe before I pass out*) Haymitch - really you planned this whole behind your back uprising and you didn't tell either one of those two kids? Does anyone feel that they could have been total assets and maybe my boyfriend Peeta would not be in the clutches of the capitol?

Collins has done a great job, again, with making me want to read more. I have no idea how you people who read the book and then had to wait, did it. Collins really has a plot line driven by action, which for me are the best.

Some quick thoughts:
I don't know who she is going to pick in the end
President Snow better get an arrow from Katniss
Prim better stay safe.
I hope Peeta's alright.
Where did Collins get the name Peeta?

Blog about your dog Monday!

Awhile ago I posted about Mia on someone else's blog and how she is a big distraction when I write or am on my computer in general... So i decided to take a few pictures and show you!

Here is a picture of me yelling (not seriously) at Mia because she won't get off of me.

And she finally lays down next to me!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I did it... I finished Hunger Games - this will contain spoilers and I feel comfortable with this because, well I am the last person on earth to have read it! (slight hyperbole)
Synopsis from goodread - In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love

Obviously I knew Katniss was going to go into the Hunger Games, but I did not expect Prim to be called and when Katniss volunteered for her sister - basically to die - she forever endeared herself to me. She's a very selfless character. Though for someone who had been taking care of her family and been around Gale, I found her very naive to those around her (not the tributes - but Effie, Haymitch, Ceasar, the head people)

The Game itself - eesh is that intense - like when Thresh bashes Cloves head in with a rock or Rue getting a spear through the chest, or Cato being eaten and maimed. - again. HOLY INTENSE.

Peeta - oh sweet Peeta. I did think when he announced he loved Katniss that it was a plot, but when he saved her? and teased her? and can we talk about how heartbroken he was the last two pages of the book. I am so pissed at Katniss. Really? She better get her act together.

Some quick thoughts
The berry suicide pact- clever
I wonder what Prim is going to do
I wonder if there will be a triangle between Gale, Peeta, and Katniss
I like the world and am hoping to learn about all the districts, individually
Did she get a boob job?
Did you know they want to start banning this book in school because of the mention of suicide?

Blog Hopper Hop - My first time :)

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is : If you could physically put yourself into a book or series…which one would it be and why?"

My answer: It's a tough one! But I think it would have to be the infernal devices series by C. Clare... I'm in love with Will and I love the world that she has created!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday!!! Or maybe I should call this far behind on the Hunger Games bandwagon?

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyway - mine this week is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

pg 94
"I'm thinking that it's lucky I'm a fast runner when Peeta nudges my arm and I jump.He is still beside , per Haymitch's instructions.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blog about your dog Monday!

It's Blog about your dog Monday. Lindsay at Lindsay Writes does this and I picked up on it!
I am going to take some time and blog about Fergie today (it was Mia's turn yesterday).
Fergie has some OCD tendencies:
  1. Will not go up staircases without being told too
  2. Will not go up staircases without landings
  3. She will only lay her front half on the couch...refuses to cuddle on it.
  4. Will not pee unless Mia is completely done doing her business
  5. Hates tile
  6. Will not go by our fridge to save her life
  7. Only will go into my office if she goes to my bedroom, my boyfriend's office, and repeat the process two more times.
  8. When barks a lot and I tell her to "be quiet" she will stop, bark once, stop, and then bark two more times.
I heart her and her nutty-ness. Here is Lady Fergilious as a puppy.

Feel free to share some of your stories with me!!! I am a huge animal lover.

So I was on The Lovely Getaway's page and she linked me to this awesome contest over at Jennifer Lauren's. You have a chance to win Heavenly or A Season of Eden. All you need to do is post a comment and post about it! It ends this weekend!

I'm a winner!

I was a winner! Yes I was a winner today! I won the book Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter! I really thought with how unlucky I am that I would never win won of these! I really want to thank Amber at AwesomeSauce Book Club for having the contest and C.C. Hunter for having some awesome conversations with us bloggers as well!
And if you are not a follower of Amber's, you should be!

Thanks again

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Extraordinary -Nancy Werlin

I finished this a few days ago and am just now posting. I know, slacker!

Here is a synopsis from Goodreads.
Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe, but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself

I had some very high, or good expectations for this book, and the beginning gave me what I was expecting but other than that, it fell flat for me. There were several things I did like but overall, I was not drawn in.

So, some good things. It plays on Pheobe's self-doubt about herself which is something I think teenagers go through. I liked Pheobe's parents in the story. They were loving, motivated, kind-hearted, and supportive. It's been awhile since I really cared about a set of parents in a book.

The book lacked action. There is an accident that happens but we, as readers, go straight to the hospital room two weeks later. That was about it for the action. Everything moved at a slow pace and everyone was SO accepting to their fates. I don't know if this book has a hero.

I am not one to critique some one's writing, especially if they have been published, because obviously I am not. But the teenage character's in the book are teens. Some of their dialogue was too advanced. Mallory, a fairy had been around for a couple of decades, so OK, she might talk like a 60 year old woman, but Pheobe? She used terms like "beloved" name one teen that uses beloved on a regular basis.

Some quick thoughts:
I wish I had learned more about the fairy world in the book - it seemed limitless
Ryland - who is a major player - super underdeveloped
Ben's a great guy
I think the Queen was a moron for not figuring out how to save her people sooner - and she could have used anyone - I have a feeling she could have.

Writing contest!

It was a usual Sunday morning. I was reading some blogs and came to Lindsay Writes and she posted about this contest. If you are someone who is looking for some help with your young adult manuscript, this is the contest for you.
ONLY the first 150 entries will be counted!

Um? Are you still here?

Maybe you should head over there.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tell me what is in Kate's book bag!

If you were to find this stuff in a book bag of a teenage girl, what would that tell you about her? Its for my new novel and I am really trying to work on "Kate's" detail. i picked this up off of some one's blog and I thought it would be interesting if you could tell me?

Five tubes of once used lip gloss

A folder with five subjects of paper in it

A cracker wrapper and crumbs

A camera

Spare change thrown in

Broken dog biscuit

Don't want to do this? Tell me something that is at the bottom of your book bag or purse. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I had a really rough Wednesday. I am trying to wrap everything up in class before my student teacher gets here. Spring Break is too far away. My kids a restless. I am graded out my wazoo. My brain is fried. And I need a laugh. So I wanted to share my laugh with you.
Note: She swears.

You are welcome

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser comes from Extraordinary by Nancy 80.
"Soon, I will have the Rothschild girl secure.
I know. We depend on you now,"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Blog About Your Pet Monday.

This is a weekly MEME from Lindsay Writes. Though my blog really is for the English realm, Fergie and Mia are too big a part of my life not to incorporate into my blog.
This week's story is about Mia. I recently settled into my office at my new house (last damn room in the house to be done and the one I was super pumped about). It has hard wood floors and my rolly chair is not on a rug. Mia is a 96 lb dog who thinks she can fit in anyone's lap. Yes I indulge this behavior with her.
I was in the rolly chair and she tried to climb up into my lap, Mia was not expecting the chair to roll away from her and as she tried to get closer to me, she kept pushing the chair father her away. This went on for five minutes until she finally pushed my chair against the wall. Satisfied that the chair would not move on her, she climbed up into my lap and had the wall not been there would have knocked me right back, @ss over teacup. Sadly, I have no video or picture of this, so here is just a cute pic of Miss Mia.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Me Rikey!

Um... i hate to have to post about this because it is going to announce it to others and will lessen my chances of getting a seriously awesome prize...

But really super awesome...spread the word and support Beth Revis!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writing conferences?

I was curious about where my fellow writers and readers go for their conferences. An awesome reading conference is TBF. Its free for students so I always take a few but it is a great place for me to see what teen are reading, plus I score a few signatures! A writing conference that I discovered near me is Writer's Workshop at Chautauqua. This is a five day conference literally twenty minutes from my house. I am pumped...downside 2,500 smackers... Is this normal? I guess I just don't know enough to be sure I am not getting dooped. I also think if I were to go near Cleveland or Buffalo I would pay for a hotel...but like I said I don't know.

I do know it is important to go to events like these. And I want to! I guess I am looking to my blogging friends for a bit more guidance than Google.

So a few questions -
How much do you pay? or rather would I be paying too much or am I right on the money?
What conferences do you go to?
And have you ever been to one of these?

Teaching the difference between fact and fiction?

A discussion came up about a book in my school that I teach in, The Chronicles of Vladimir. There are a few scenes (or rather sentences) that are definitely grotesque. It was called to attention because a faculty member thought this wasn't appropriate because of a situation, and maybe she's right. (The thought of banning or judging books always makes me cringe) and the faculty member is just looking out for the student. No problems there but I did some looking around and The Hunger Games has come up a few times because of the berry scene at the end of the book which implies suicide. And then an uneducated reader said that the English teachers (being me) should only teach the classics where all things literary are clean!


UM HELLO! I am pretty sure George kills Lennie, and Piggy is killed by everyone, Hester is ostracized, Tom is shot 17 times right before he makes it over the fence, and the family in The Pearl! Yes, classic literature is very clean. HA!

But I think the bigger issue is how do you teach a child that fiction is exactly that, FICTION? What if they can't see the difference? How would you approach this?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bandwagon crashed! What the...

So I finished Ascend by Amanda Hocking... and all I can say is What the BEEP! She took the novel in a completely different way than I had expected...Congrats to her...really, BUT I WANTED (SPOILER*****) Finn and Wendy to be together! AND THEY DON'T GET TOGETHER IN THE END! THEY MOVE ON! Every one's happy, yaddah yaddah...

Third and final book in the Trylle Trilogy.

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed.

But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves.

Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

My rants over. I promise.

OK. The third book starts three months after the second. (Its really hard to write about the third in a series because you can't give things away!) Wendy's father, who is still threatening Wendy and her soon to be kingdom, is on a mission. He kills a lot of innocent people and Wendy who is very much attached to her kingdom, palace, and friends struggles through the whole novel, trying to figure out away to kill her father who is said to immortal. I was really curious as to how Hocking was going to do it, but she uses a subtle incident Wendy has a few times and makes it work...yes it has to do with her abilities.

Three names: Tove, Finn, and Loki - that's all I am going to write.

Some quick thoughts
Hocking reminds you that your first love isn't always forever (but I rather like it in books)
Willa is a great and loyal friend
Elora not a cold-hearted bee-yatch...surprisingly loving, which made me happy for Wendy
Would have liked to have seen more on Elora and Thomas - SCANDAL
The ending came on too fast for my taste
The epilogue sums up what happened to all characters - which I love.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday

is a weekly event

Sponsored by MizB of Should be Reading

Here's how it works:

Grab the book you are currently reading (anything at all)
Open the book to any random page.
Share 2 teaser sentences from anywhere on the page
Please Make Sure They Are Not Spoilers!
(Don't Give Too Much Away)
Just enough to pique our interests

This week's teaser is from Ascend by Amanda Hocking

"We can worry about that when they return," the Chancellor said."Let's deal with saving our asses right now." Page 15

Amanda Hocking Bandwagon!

Yeah... I jumped right on it!

Torn the second installment of the Trylle Trilogy...

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her.

She's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is meant to lead. from

First, I love a torrid love affair and forbidden ones too and Finn and Wendy have that! Yes... I am a sucker for a love story! I will get to that in a bit.

Next, I stated this in my Switched Review, i like worlds that coincide with the "real" world and Hocking (did anyone hear that she is self-published and a freakin' millionaire- who is jumping on the ePublishing train with me?!)does a wonderful job merging her troll world with ours.

Wendy finds herself having to chose between her mother's kingdom and her father's kingdom who is not dead...but through actions of her father, Wendy starts to feel loyalty to her
mother's kingdom, which is where the delicious, scruffy-faced Finn resides though he does a really good job being duty-bound. Wendy has to really grow up in the novel, no longer being the bratty girl she was in the first one. She starts to asert herself as Princess realizing that she can command a room and no will tell her "no", but her mother. Wendy starts to take a page from Finn's book and becomes duty bound... to a fault at the end...If anyone has read this can they please email me and tell me about what they thought about Wendy's commitment at the end? I don't want to ruin it on here.

Near the end of the book, we finally get to see Elora be affectionate. We get to learn what she sacrificed to keep Wendy safe, that she knows what it is to love, that she is doing things for Wendy so she is safe and a good Queen, and we also learn that she will be "giving" up the thrown a lot sooner than Wendy or her are ready for. And I w
as just happy that Elora didn't turn out to be a cold-heart Bee-yatch for Wendy's sake.

Brother Matt is back in the story and even when he discovers that Wendy is not his sister (don't worry this comes out in the beginning of the story) he still super protective of her and is new brother as well.

Ultimately, Wendy is trying to find a way to keep peace between the two kingdom, but not everyone is up for that. Willa, Tove, Rhys, Finn, and Elora are though.

Some quick thoughts:
Finn loves her, knows he can't, always seems to end up kissing her at the worst moments... LOVE IT
Tove - is a great guy, loyal, kind, a good teacher, and a good friend, but let's be real that is it.
Loki - I gotta say, he could be a third stud in the book and I can't tell if his intentions toward Wendy are good or manipulative yet.
I love Finn's reasons as to why he is jealous of certain people and not of others.
I think there are faction that are going to try to give Wendy to her father
She is still continuing to develop her abilities but everyone says she is soooo strong so I want to know what other powers she has.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Switched by Amanda Hocking

I can tell you that I bought this as an eBook for two reasons, one I had seen it and also it was $.99 on B&N. So why not?

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might have been telling the

truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Anyway, We meet Wendy and I would say she is well balanced. She's not an "in your face" character but she is not "weak-willed." I liked her because she was bratty to her older brother and I felt for her because her "mother" was a monster toward her. Going on, Wendy knows she is different, in the first chapter we find out she can persuade people to do what she wants by making eye contact and repeating what she wants. In comes Finn (one of my favorite names and a name in my manuscript), yes, he's the heartthrob. He's loyal and duty-bound and hott!

Some what of a spoiler (considering it happens in the fourth chapter) Wendy is a troll not the Billy Goat's Gruff troll but a new spin which I havent read yet, so big credit to Hockings for turning the perception on trolls because I def think of them as smelly and gross (anyone remember the Ernest Scared Stupid, the movie? that!) Finn is there to take her "home" to her real mother and start life over. She is also very much in danger from other trolls - Vittera. They want her because as Tove tells us, Wendy is very powerful!

Wendy has a whole world thrust upon her and is trying to be a good trylle (troll) but you get a feeling of raising frustration because she has all these questions, and NO ONE answers them for her. She is expected to be a certain way but no one gives her the why. I felt myself getting frustrated for her and for me because I wanted to know more about the Trylle world.

Some quick thoughts
Finn's my new man... though I dont love him like Patch and Will
Elora is up to something ... I probably should trust her but I don't
Tove ... I think he has a thing for Wendy - maybe betrothed?
Finn and Wendy forever :)
I want to know her other abilities.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cuz

Bloody Valentine by Melissa De La Cruz

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz is a novella in the Blue Bloods series. It consists of three beautifully written short stories each with a focus on matters of the heart - hence the title.

While it is not necessary to have read all the books in this series before reading this novella, it is recommended, as two of the three stories relate to events that take place in the previous two books.

The first story is about Schuyler Van Alen's friend and familiar Oliver Hazard-Perry and Freya, a character who will be the focus of a new series by the author entitled Witches of East End, due out in the summer of 2011. It is a wonderful story that fills in some of the missing pieces on what's going on with Oliver at the same
time as other things are occurring in Misguided Angel.

The second story brings us back to 1985 where we get to meet a young Allegra Van Alen and the human familiar she falls in love with, Bendix Chase. This is a great addition as it gives further insight into Schuyler's parents and just how she came to be.

The final story, and the longest, is about Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force and their bonding ceremony which occurs after the events in Misguided Angel. This is a great way to close this book as it gives readers another opportunity to see Jack and Schuyler and witness their love for one another. It bridges the long gap between the previous book and the next book in the series, Lost in Time, which won't be out until October 2011.

Sometimes I absolutely love her books and sometimes I feel like it is a filler. I was worried this was going to be that way and I was happy to find that it wasn't!
This novella consists of three stories about love.

First we see Ollie - which my heart has always broken for Ollie because he lovedSchuyle long before she bit him. I think this short story about him and Freya, gives people who have had their heart broken, hope. It talks about his desperation and leads to his eventual healing.

Second was the story of Allegra which I loved seeing who she was instead of a sleeping mother. I saw a teenager who loved Charles but also loved Bendix (Schuyle's dad). I saw a teenage girl not wanting to give in to what she was destined to do. I saw someone very relatable (the most out of the whole series!)

Third - I am not going to write about Jack and Schuyle because I dont want to ruin it for Diana from The Lovely Getaway! But I was happy! And now I need to know how it works out when Jack goes to find Mimi!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wordsworth Classics Reading Challenge 2011 (2)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare!

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit and more murders that ultimately spells his doom - taken from

As an English teacher you would think that I would be a huge fame of Bill (as I so lovingly call him). I'm not really. However, Macbeth, is a play that I can read over and over again. I love the deceit, the plotting, the out and out betrayal among friends and so easy! Now this is drama!

Macbeth - what a back stabber! I love him. How quick he turns from his noble quest for the queen when the queens dangle the crown under his nose, fulling knowing that those he/she' are manipulative. And Lady Macbeth - I just love the scene where she tries to rub out that damn spot!

The witches- what great manipulators! They totally set everyone up...including Banquo - even though he dies in the end. My favorite part of the play are the predictions. I think Bill did a great weaving and crafting them. I imagine that people back in Globe theater were shocked and impressed with the way they came out.


Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb @Should Be Reading
-Grab your current book
-Open to a random page
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
-no spoilers!
-Share title and author

OK, So I had a super busy week and am still reading I Am Number Four. I know! Sad! But I did knock out an old school book! (review to come)

Anyway so the title (again) is I Am Number Four by P. Lore!

Page: 279 - For the first time I look around. Twisted heaps of metal, chunks of concrete, large holes in the ground where the bombs have fallen.

I am close. I promise!