Very cute. I read the comic online, which is exactly what this is only in tiny, hardcover "gift" form. Definitely one for dog lovers, I can't imagine...moreVery cute. I read the comic online, which is exactly what this is only in tiny, hardcover "gift" form. Definitely one for dog lovers, I can't imagine someone who doesn't like dogs really appreciating the humor or heart. While the book is considered humor, the last couple of panels still choke me up reading them!(less)
This book is so ridiculously cute! The artwork is adorable, featuring the plump and cute Pusheen and Stormy the cats in various cat-like situations: s...moreThis book is so ridiculously cute! The artwork is adorable, featuring the plump and cute Pusheen and Stormy the cats in various cat-like situations: sitting on your laptop, blocking the computer, eating food, and generally acting just like real cats. Definitely recommend this title for anyone into a quick, fun read!(less)
Definitely a significant drop in quality in this book, I was really disappointed. All the things I loved about Kate in the first book (her geekiness,...moreDefinitely a significant drop in quality in this book, I was really disappointed. All the things I loved about Kate in the first book (her geekiness, her female friendships, her flaws, her humor) went right out the door in this second installment in the Kate Grable series. This time around, Carrie Harris tackles werewolves as a genuine medical condition, much like her first book did with zombies. I didn't feel like there was much mystery in this one, however, nor did I find there to be much in the way of motive. The story was weirdly disjointed with no fluidity connecting each of the scenes, and can we seriously stop with Twilight jokes. It was funny the first time, not so much the 8th or 9th time! I was really disappointed with Kate in this one for a number of reasons:
1. Yes, a girl is hitting on your boyfriend. Does that make her a skanky bimbo with boobs for brains? No. And if anyone deserves the brunt of your anger, it should be Aaron for being such a wimp.
2. Kate, you are a science nerd. In no way does this suddenly make you a popular princess who can criticize your gaming brother and his friends. You have a passion, they have a passion. Stop being so critical.
3. Why is Kate so judgmental in this book? First with Elle, then with her brother and the entire gaming community, then she decides that every girl who is pretty must automatically be an idiot.
I hope the author changes these glaring issues with Kate for the next installment (assuming there will be one), cause they really ruined the book for me.(less)
Cute, quick read. Based on the cover, I had no idea this was a zombie book! Kate Grable is your cliche science nerd (complete with glasses, frizzy hai...moreCute, quick read. Based on the cover, I had no idea this was a zombie book! Kate Grable is your cliche science nerd (complete with glasses, frizzy hair, awkward social interactions, and period table of elements robes) who finds herself face to face with a zombie outbreak at her school after the football coach injects the always-loosing-Chargers-esque team with "steroids," which of course end up turning the team into brain chomping zed heads. It's up to Kate and her science wiz brain to come up with a cure before it's too late- and before her first date to Homecoming gets eaten. It's the story of the underdog who must rise to the occasion to save everyone else.
The major flaw of this book is that it felt disjointed trying to balance the humor with the horrible situations occurring in the town. I flip-flopped from laughing out loud (a rare occurrence in the books I read) to straight up feeling depressed. I know tackling humor and horror is a difficult thing, but it can be done and can be done well (i.e. Heathers, Shaun of the Dead).
On the positive side, I have to admit, I did enjoy Carrie Harris's humor. Although the writing is pretty amateurish and it felt like a YA story written for 10 year-olds, I still had fun with Kate and her internal monologues. I also appreciated the fact that Kate had actual flaws (she suffers from epilepsy), and reading the synopsis of Carrie Harris's upcoming Demon Derby, she is continuing this trend. It's refreshing to read about a girl who suffers from real issues and not the usual "she's endearingly clumsy." Another thing to note that I really appreciated was Kate's "hook-up" with one of the football players and how it wasn't portrayed as slutty, merely a casual occurrence. Also, Kate has a healthy relationship with her girlfriends, and doesn't hate them for being pretty or popular. It's about time these books stop with the slut-shaming and girl-hating! Good on you, Carrie Harris! The story could have used some cleaning up, and lot was left to be desired (I would love for this to have been a poignant satire on high school life, or maybe high school relationships in general, but alas, it doesn't delve that deeply) but overall this is a fun, quick read.(less)
I loved, loved, loved this book! I met the artist/author at a steampunk convention, and immediately ordered a copy of his book after flipping through...moreI loved, loved, loved this book! I met the artist/author at a steampunk convention, and immediately ordered a copy of his book after flipping through the ARC they had on display. I am in love with Brian Kesinger's art, his pictures are so colorful and so animated, and each page is a work of art unto itself. The book follows the adventures of Victoria, a Victorian era steampunk girl looking to buy her first pet- and stumbles upon an adorable octopus named Otto! What follows is a how-to guide about caring for your beloved pet and each page features a large, humorous illustration featuring Victoria and Otto in seemingly mundane situations made all the more amazing by adding a cephalopod (who knew an octopus could be used to keep male suitors at bay!). I would recommend this to anyone who loves or has a fascination with steampunk, octopuses, or anyone just looking for beautiful artwork to swoon over!(less)
Derby Girl by Shauna Cross -- September 4, 2007 -- Hardcover, 240 pages, Henry Holt and Co. (9780805080230)
"I don't know how it happened or what sort...moreDerby Girl by Shauna Cross -- September 4, 2007 -- Hardcover, 240 pages, Henry Holt and Co. (9780805080230)
"I don't know how it happened or what sort of backroom deal went down, but apparently I'm living in a small Texas town with two culturally clueless impostors for legal guardians, when I just know my real parents are out there somewhere."
Bliss Cavendar feels like an outcast in the small, middle of nowhere town of Bodeen, Texas. With her love for Indie rock, thrift store clothing, and dyed blue hair, she doesn't exactly fit in with the other beauty pageant girls, and of course she resents the fact that her mother is trying to force her into the same lifestyle. Then Bliss stumbles across the hardcore, "be your own hero" sisterhood of roller derby, and she finally feels like she belongs. So she straps on some Barbie skates and joins the Hurl Scouts, gaining the nickname Babe Ruthless and learning that sometimes you have to make waves to make your own path in life.