This was such an amazing story. I have never done drugs, smoked, or had any alcohol so this totally opened my eyes. I'll be honest, I thought this was...moreThis was such an amazing story. I have never done drugs, smoked, or had any alcohol so this totally opened my eyes. I'll be honest, I thought this was a story about an actual monster - vamp, mummy, whatever - whose name was Crank. Haha! Showed me how naive I am. It's a slang term for meth. The writing style was tough for the first few pages but then I started really enjoying the writing. I was sucked into the story as I watched this young girl quickly spiral down from a few wrong choices that led to bigger wrong choices with the potential to destroy her life. Parts of it were hard to read. It's a lifestyle I have never experienced and never understood why people don't just quit. I didn't know the signs of drug use or anything. Kristina went through some dark times and being in her head wasn't easy but I was so engrossed with the story that I couldn't stop. It felt so real and the writing was incredible. I really liked this book but probably not something I'll read again.(less)
This series was a very fun read. The author liked comparing things to Snow White running through the woods and characters were constantly breathing an...moreThis series was a very fun read. The author liked comparing things to Snow White running through the woods and characters were constantly breathing and not realizing they had been holding their breaths. haha! It wasn't the greatest literary example in the world but, it still sucked me in to the storyline so that stopping long enough to get cook dinner for the family was a chore that I didn't want to do. Don't worry, I still fed the family. ;) I just didn't want to; I only wanted to read. LOL! It was a great story that sucked me into the "world" and had me crying and laughing with the characters.(less)
Warning: Librarians do NOT want you to read this book. By reading this book you will be open to a world the Librarians do not want you to discover. Th...moreWarning: Librarians do NOT want you to read this book. By reading this book you will be open to a world the Librarians do not want you to discover. This is the actual, factual narrative of a young hero named Alcatraz Smedry who receives a bag of sand for his 13th birthday. (Insert "I've got a jar of dirt" jokes here.) However, this is no ordinary sand but a very rare type that is valued above all else. Alcatraz, like any Smedry would, lets it get stolen by the Evil Librarians. Adventure ensues, thrusting young Alcatraz into the world of the free kingdoms, becoming a hero, and trying to find out for himself just who he is. (This is the secret that the Librarians are trying to keep from us the Hushlanders. Our world, The Hushlands, is filled with lies and is controlled by the librarians. Just FYI. Keep it to yourself, trust me you don't want Librarians to know that you know.)
Review: This book had my kids, my husband and me laughing out loud constantly. Of course, none of us should be surprised that Sanderson once again did an amazing job in writing a book. My entire family loved this book and we were sad to return it to the library. So sad, actually, that as soon as we got home we ordered the entire set from Amazon. Go get this book now; really, go get it. If you don't you should be flogged with a large fish by a Canadian Moose.
This was a fun story with lots of smaller stories intertwined with the main story line. It was a fun story with dragons and magic. My kids loved it an...moreThis was a fun story with lots of smaller stories intertwined with the main story line. It was a fun story with dragons and magic. My kids loved it and were sad when it was over.(less)
We had watched movie many times but never read the book. I was really surprised at how closely the movie had followed the book as we read through this...moreWe had watched movie many times but never read the book. I was really surprised at how closely the movie had followed the book as we read through this. Awesome! It was a cute story and my son loved it! :)(less)
Synopsis: Mrs.Piggle-Wiggle is a funny little woman who has very long hair, loves children and lives in a house she had built upside down. She wanted...moreSynopsis: Mrs.Piggle-Wiggle is a funny little woman who has very long hair, loves children and lives in a house she had built upside down. She wanted it built upside down because when she was a little girl she wondered what it would be like to live in an upside down house. She had the baths and kitchen put in the correct way but everything else is upside down. The chandelier in the dining room is imagined to be a fire by all the children. The children of the neighborhood love to go to her house and play because she has a child-like personality and a big imagination that the children thrive and respond to. She is also the woman everyone calls on for parenting questions. She has a creative cure for all the problems the children have. Here is a list of some of her cures: The Won't-Pick-Up-Toys Cure, The Answer-Backer Cure, The Selfishness Cure, The Radish Cure, The Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure, The Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker Cure, and The Fighter-Quarrelers Cure. This book was first published in 1947 and it is fairly obvious in the way people lived in the story, to me. My kids didn't notice anything nor ask any questions. :)
My Thoughts: This was a fun read. After each chapter Collin and I took some time to discuss the choices the children were making and if he ever does, then the consequences Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle came up with for the children and what consequences would work in our home. It was really very fun. Collin squealed, "May we please read Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle today?" Really, how can a mom possibly say no to that? My 4 year old daughter even joined in our readings. They were fun to listen to for her as well. My son said that he gives this book five stars because it was so fun and I must say, I agree with him, too. :)(less)
A mythical world is ruined and all the virtue guardians fall asleep from a poison that is released. The creatures and plants are killed and the world...moreA mythical world is ruined and all the virtue guardians fall asleep from a poison that is released. The creatures and plants are killed and the world is destroyed. The task is then given to three Earth children to awaken all the virtue guardians and find the virtue stones by living the virtues and using the gifts given to them by Hermes, the leader of the guardians.
My Thoughts: This was an interesting story. The writing isn't my favorite -- I have a lot of questions after reading it that were not answered. The book also ends with the foreboding words of "To Be Continued". It has a good message though and one that should be taught to children today.
This story is written from the view point of the dog, years later looking back on her life. The reader starts following her as a puppy and it's all gi...moreThis story is written from the view point of the dog, years later looking back on her life. The reader starts following her as a puppy and it's all given from the view point of the dog and she loses family members, tackles starvation, packs of vicious dogs, cars, and the ultimate enemy --- human beings.
Our thoughts: My children decided this was a riveting journey as they followed the life of this poor dog. Parts of it made the kids very sad and other parts made them to be very happy. They loved this book and moaned any time we had to stop and do other things in our life. Her name changes several times throughout her life depending on who she lives with. She started off as Squirrel though. It's the name her mother gave her. It is an emotional journey for children though... be warned.
Don't you hate walking into the children's book section of the library and feeling completely overwhelmed by the amazingly large selection there is? T...moreDon't you hate walking into the children's book section of the library and feeling completely overwhelmed by the amazingly large selection there is? That's how I feel. I always end up walking out of the library with a huge bag of books heaved on my shoulder that causes me to walk sideways while holding the hands of my 6 year old and 4 year old so they don't run out into the street. Then, I never know which ones the kids are going to enjoy and which ones I get to tote everywhere for no reason. That's why I love receiving children's books to review. It takes out the overwhelming, "what do I choose?" part. Yay!! So, I was even more thrilled when I started reading this book and discovered that it was such a treasure. These short stories were so fun to read. My children enjoyed them as well. ;) They were short enough and entertaining enough to even keep my four year old interested. They were told from a child's perspective (which is pretty obvious in the synopsis) and I loved reading it that way. So much fun and ended up being very amusing to me. This would be great for elementary aged children. We, as a family, loved it! There were very few typos and was well written.
The society in this book reminds me a lot of The Giver by Lois Lowry. The society has completely taken away all types of agency and independence. No o...moreThe society in this book reminds me a lot of The Giver by Lois Lowry. The society has completely taken away all types of agency and independence. No one has a chance to learn who they are by breaking out of the "norm" because there is nothing but "norm". If you don't fit in then you are transferred somewhere else. They watch everything you do, even monitor your dreams. At the age of 17 you are matched with the person you are going to marry. Matched begins on the night of Cassia's matching. She is surprisingly matched with her best friend (most are matched with people from other cities whom they have never met) Xander. She is given the microcard with the dating rules and info on Xander but when it displays the face of her match she sees a different face. Not Xander's, but Ky's! Another young man from her area who has been marked for a crime his father committed and is banned from ever being married or having any type of fulfilling life. Even his career the society has chosen for him is basically a dishwasher. That is all he will be. As Cassia begins to pay attention to Ky and the way his life is handled because of decisions of other people, she begins questioning the society and the importance of having a choice.
This is another love triangle young adult novel. It is fun though because of the society. It adds a new depth to it that most of the other young adult love triangle novels lack. The author uses a lot of description in her writing as well which is really fun. It is written in first person, present tense. Anytime a book is written in present tense instead of past tense it takes me a couple of chapters to get used to. I'm not really sure why. Overall, this was a fun book!! The ending bugged me because it didn't end how I wanted it to but thankfully, I waited long enough to start it that the second book is out and the third one will be out in November. Woot!! I'll have to get my hands on the next one soon. ;)
Well, I am a mom. I try hard to raise my children correctly but sometimes they just do not obey the way that I think they should. I was trying to figu...moreWell, I am a mom. I try hard to raise my children correctly but sometimes they just do not obey the way that I think they should. I was trying to figure out what changes to make in my parenting technique when a friend of mine recommended the Love & Logic book. So... I found it at my local library. ;) The first part of the book is the informational and consists of general concepts for parenting. This part makes a great foundation. The second part of the book is called referred to as the "Pearls". It has specific scenarios that is very common when parenting children. The second section of the book is actually my favorite part. I loved being able to read specific ways to handle common parenting questions.
Each chapter starts with a Proverb from the Bible. Christian terms are referenced sporadically throughout the book as well. Most of it are things like a child's "forbidden fruit" or something like that. They aren't teaching Christian views or biblical things but using them as metaphors. Some atheists have a hard time with this part and others don't care so I thought I'd include it here.
Have I used any of the things I've learned from the book yet? Oh yeah!! I used the same method to get my daughter to clean her room --- so much easier! We have talked more about making something right when a mistake has been made. My daughter ruined a toy of my son's and she has been doing chores to pay for it. Luckily, it was only $5 so it won't take much to pay for it but she seemed to really be sorry for it. In the past, I would have just made her apologize and then go to time out for a few minutes but this just seemed so much more effective. I loved the advice I learned from the book. Many of the things I was already doing, but it was nice getting more specific tips on how to handle specific situations. :)
I was sitting here trying to think of what to write that would really portray how awesome this book was. As I was thinking I stared at the cover of th...moreI was sitting here trying to think of what to write that would really portray how awesome this book was. As I was thinking I stared at the cover of the book. The more I stared at it, the creepier it got. The man on the front just glares back at me. I had to turn it over. LOL! :) You try staring at it and see how long you last. ;) Anyways... moving on from the cover (which is totally perfect for the book), my favorite way to learn history is by reading historical fiction. I love becoming part of the characters' lives and experiencing what life was really like through them. This book did not let me down in that aspect. It was very real. There's war and there's torture and it's all included in this World War II novel. It has a great storyline and great writing! I can think of nothing negative to say about this book. I loved it! I was hooked from the first chapter and the story remained just as intense throughout. What an amazing book and even more impressive that this was Sowards debut novel. Love it!
This was a great read. It keeps the reader constantly turning the pages to learn what will happen next. The writing is simple and easy to understand....moreThis was a great read. It keeps the reader constantly turning the pages to learn what will happen next. The writing is simple and easy to understand. Some of the verb tenses bothered me and kept distracting me from the story. I'm easily distracted by things like that though. I do love historical fiction novels and this one was not a disappointment. I think it's because I don't like history class so historical fiction is how I learn about history. Not a great thing to admit, I know. So, this was tons of fun to read. I do recommend it. I found a few faults with it but overall it was great entertainment! :)
Book three ended in a very bad spot, Luki is captured and they discovered she is a Winter Faerie... the stron...moreSpoilers if you haven't read books 1-3!!!
Book three ended in a very bad spot, Luki is captured and they discovered she is a Winter Faerie... the strongest and rarest of all fae. Laurel and her friends must figure out what to do with her. When things don't go quite as planned, Avalon is in danger and Laurel, Tamani, Chelsea, and David are their only hope. Okay, that's kind of all I can say with giving away any spoilers.... trust me, this is hard. :)
My Thoughts: I know, being a Laural Series fan, it took me a really long time to finally get to this book. I just had so many other books that I needed to read. I finally could take it no longer and bought this book. Of course, I had to re-read the previous 3 so that I would know exactly what was happening. This book was just as good as the other three in the series and Pike was able to wrap up all the loose ends. She did leave it open for another story (oh, I hope she does!) or you get to use your imagination and figure it out yourself. I know that doesn't really make sense -- wrapped up loose ends but left it open too but, trust me. She did! Read it and you'll get it. The biggest question I and most of my friends had was, "Does she choose David or Tamani?" I loved both of the guys but, I won't tell you who she ended up with. hehe! The first thing I noticed about this book is the beautiful cover. I just love it! I loved re-reading the previous three books. I was able to see the amazing growth in the characters throughout the series. I love that they didn't just stay the same through out. They grew and evolved and learned from their experiences. The characters at the end of book four were not the same as the characters at the beginning of Wings. This book made me laugh and cry. It was such an emotional ride but still amazing. The story is just amazing! The writing is very simple and there is a lot of mushy romance stuff in it but the story is just so awesome that I am able to look over those. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and was sad to finish and end my adventures in Avalon.