LOL!!! This book was almost an exact replica of my life!
I laughed at a lot of things, which surprised because I thought I'd find this book to be cute...moreLOL!!! This book was almost an exact replica of my life!
I laughed at a lot of things, which surprised because I thought I'd find this book to be cute and I might smirk at one or two things...but it was actually quite funny because it is so true.
I loved the illustrations. The cats were so cute, particularly when they are hissing! This book is charming and hilarious because if you have a cat as a pet, you can relate to most of this book.
Here were a couple of moments that were pretty much exactly like my life:
This is pretty much me anytime Austin is snuggling with me, and I have to get up and get things done:
This is exactly me but with only one hungry cat named Austin in the mornings:
I am pretty sure these are the kinds of dreams Jolie has every night, especially because lately she always sleeps on my pillow and when I wake up in the middle of the night, I can't handle her cuteness and I have to pet her (she hates me so I'm not allowed to pet her):
(here is a picture of Jolie sleeping on my pillow... you tell me you wouldn't want to squee and pet her!!)
And this was my favorite quote from the book: (less)
Erk.... I really wanted to love this book for Kaitlin (remember, I know her ;) haha). I liked the synopsis of the book, and it would...moreActual rating: 2.5
Erk.... I really wanted to love this book for Kaitlin (remember, I know her ;) haha). I liked the synopsis of the book, and it would bring me great pleasure to give her a glowing review for her work. But...because I'm honest, and I especially want to be honest for her, I will be honest about the things I liked and disliked about this book.
The things I liked: *I like the premise of the storyline. I always enjoy when people take "traditional" things like demons and angels and such religious figures and tweak them a bit (after all, my own book I started working on years ago is about angels and the devil). *Francis and Hammy - while they're very small supporting characters, I really enjoyed them! *Diego - yeah... he was pretty bad ass and for some reason I was getting a very Pitch vibe from him (you know, the awesome bad guy from Rise of the Guardians)
The things I didn't like: *As much as it pains me to say this because I want to praise Kaitlin so much, the writing. Now, this isn't to say her writing is bad. In fact, it isn't. However, the writing of this book, to me, felt very amateur. I notice Kaitlin writes a lot like me... she is dialogue and action heavy. By that, I mean she writes a lot about what the characters are doing "She snarled." "She looked up and smiled." "He looked at his hands." etc. Those types of things. I write with a lot of dialogue and a lot of action description as well. The thing I lack and that Kaitlin lacks is regular description. I was wanting more details about how characters were feeling and what was happening. And like her previous book Valeria, there was a bit of repetition, particularly with the phrase "snarled." "He snarled/She snarled" was used quite a bit. *Samantha - I really really liked Samantha at first. She was sort of this hard ass, not gonna take crap from no one sort of girl and those are the types of leading ladies I love. But when it comes to characters like that, I have really high standards for how I believe they should handle certain situations, and when they don't comply with those standards, I get angry ;-) Now, that is a personal preference and not a bad thing reflective of the writer, obviously. But I was super disappointed and angry when Samantha got super emotional and lost her sh*t. Now, trust me, I do understand. In that situation, it would be completely normal. But I was wanting her to be like "F this! I'm Samantha bitch!" and handle it like the bad ass she was. But she didn't, and I was bummed. *Eli - So Eli is a Damned who goes to collect Samantha's soul...and then something like two days later he's in love with her? I was left wondering why. How did it happen so quickly? What was it about Samantha that was worthy of falling in love with? This is where some character development would have helped, but for me, it just left me with my eyebrow raised, going "Really? You just met her and you suddenly love her? Right." *The abrupt ending - This was me as I clicked the next page button my Kindle to find a page listing Kaitlin's other work: "A-whu? It's over? What the hell?" Granted, yes, I knew there was going to be more books in this series as this is listed as book one, but I figured there would have been some sort of cohesive ending that would lead into the next book, like most books in a series. Not just "Yup let's go." END
The point of all this: I want to give some constructive criticism to Kaitlin as she continues her journey as a writer. I think she has amazing potential, and I want nothing more for her to become a best selling author. So, I give her my honest reviews in hopes that it helps her in some way. Of course, a lot of this was my own personal preference, but there are things I hope she can benefit from. I will continue to support her and read all the books she writes. And I do believe with each book, she will get better and better.
However, I will leave a recommendation... I hope this is not an insult to Kaitlin, because I'm really not meaning it to be, but I think fans of the Twilight series will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book and it's following series. So I will definitely be recommending it to my friends who I think will enjoy it :-) So, if you enjoyed the Twilight series, you should definitely check this out. I think you'd enjoy it!
Good luck Kaitlin! Please don't hate me too much for my words ;-) I love you and wish you the best! I am excited to see what happens next in this series :-)(less)
The author of this book sent me a copy to read and review. Thank you Harry for the book! The story was cute. This book would fit in perfectly at the s...moreThe author of this book sent me a copy to read and review. Thank you Harry for the book! The story was cute. This book would fit in perfectly at the school I teach at because every summer nearly every classroom cares for caterpillars until they turn into monarch butterflies. I really enjoyed the colorful text and pictures. The storytelling itself is pretty basic (for my tastes), but I did love the message the grandma gave to the children about not judging things for how it looks. Because the same could be said for the opposite (what is beautiful isn't always good).
Thank you again Harry for a copy of your book! I enjoyed it :-)(less)
Okay folks! True story: Kaitlin and I went to college together, and I recall many a-time we spent eating breakfast/lunch/or dinner together at the sam...moreOkay folks! True story: Kaitlin and I went to college together, and I recall many a-time we spent eating breakfast/lunch/or dinner together at the same table with a group of other awesome people! But I want it to be known just because I know Kaitlin doesn't mean I won't give this a fair and honest review! And with that, Kaitlin, I love you, and I'm so proud of you! No matter what may follow ;-)
Valeria is the first steampunk book I've read. The genre is not appealing to me but of course if a friend of mine writes a book, I'm going to read it no matter what. I always love fairytale retellings so the Rapunzel aspect had me quite interested! Though having said that, I think this was a good "first" for steampunk because it wasn't overly complicated and boring with the technology and its terminology.
Kaitlin's writing is great! It's not too complicated but not too simple. Somewhere nicely in the middle, which I completely liked! The storyline is very sweet and cutesie, if not predictable (I even predicted the ending before it happened). But it was a very quick read, and I enjoyed reading it. And for some strange reason, even though Valeria has this long, flowing golden locks, I kept picturing her as Robecca Steam from Monster High:
(haha even though Valeria isn't a robot :p) She even sounded like Robecca in my head!
BUT, however, there are some things I didn't quite like so much. First, I say this out of much love to you Kaitlin and as something to pay attention to as you continue to gift us with books - be aware of repetition. The phrase "Mache blinked." was so present, had I kept count I'm sure the count would have reached at least 20 times. Though the image she was going for was clear in my head (I knew exactly the look on his face), reading it so many times, and sometimes two times on a single page was getting to be a bit much (however, I forgive most of this because... first published novel!)
The other thing I didn't like was the rushed ending. I was left wondering a number of things: (view spoiler)[1) What had the CEO exactly done to Mache? Had his eyes been removed? Had they just been damaged? Did she hurt him in any other way? What exactly had happened? 2) Why had Mache, who had very few memories of anything after the attack been so open and not questioning of Valeria's incredible affections after they were reunited? He had no idea who this woman was but didn't mind her snuggling up to him, kissing him, and who knows what else... I found that a bit peculiar. I know at one point it says "Slowly it became less strange" but I never got the impression Mache found it strange because his behavior didn't indicate that it was. And 3) What exactly did Valeria do to return his vision to him? She said she made a ring that would return his vision but... that's pretty vague. What kind of ring? One he wears on his finger? One that was implanted into his brain? But then she tells him she hasn't turned them on... so are they fake eyes that have been implanted...but what about the ring? (hide spoiler)] Knowing the author allows me the privilege of asking her these questions and perhaps she wanted all of that to be vague, I get that...but it still left me with my eyebrow slightly raised.
BUT despite all that, I am so proud of Kaitlin and so happy for her! I hope many more books are to come and I don't discourage anyone from reading this (duh! I know her so of course you should read it!) I have a handful of friends who would love to be writers and it isn't an easy process, so it's exciting when one does just that, and I wish her the best of luck on her future novels! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The first book I checked out from the library on my Kindle!
I liked the story - it was easy and fun. The Kindle edition was in some serious need of edi...moreThe first book I checked out from the library on my Kindle!
I liked the story - it was easy and fun. The Kindle edition was in some serious need of editing... there were no indicated spaces when time had passed (such as paragraphs being a few spaces apart or those little details that let the reader know some time has passed between the paragraphs) so at first I was really confused when I came across this because the text just kept flowing. Then I realized there was supposed to be a space or something to signify time change...but after I figured that out, I was able to figure out those on my own.
This book was easy to read. The writing is pretty basic, but it's a teen book and it's written in a way teens will enjoy. I look forward to reading the next one!(less)
I find these books extremely hilarious! Though, I definitely will be buying them in book format from now on. This one was on my Kindle and it was fine...moreI find these books extremely hilarious! Though, I definitely will be buying them in book format from now on. This one was on my Kindle and it was fine but with the pictures it chopped things up and was slightly irritating. Also I found from the middle to the end there was a lot of typos and spelling errors (unsure if this was the editting from book to e-book or mistakes from the actual book - but editors pay closer attention! Lol)
But oh man, there was one part of the book I was like AMEN about because it's so true! And of course I will share:
WHAT THE F*#! IS UP WITH... AMERICANS BEING THREATENED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS Illegals are taking our jobs away! Ille-gals are taking our jobs away! Illegals are taking our jobs away! You hear this all the time on certain cable news networks. Yes, illegal aliens - many of whom come from Mexico and other Central American countries - are taking our jobs away. But they're the shitty ones. The kind of jobs "real" Americans won't do - like pick strawberries or mow a lawn all day. You know, there's a word for grown American men who need to wash dishes for a living, it's called "loser." Look it up. Oh wait, redneck moron, that would require the ability to read.
Right! Way to stick it to 'em Greg and Jodi!!
Also, I gotta say... if you read these books and get offended, you're a moron. Just Saiyan. (yup, I said it and I really don't care if I've offended you...because you're still a moron)(less)
Bwahaha!! The title of this book is too much for me to handle! I read the free sample for my Kindle and decided the 99 cents I'd sp...moreActual rating: 3.5
Bwahaha!! The title of this book is too much for me to handle! I read the free sample for my Kindle and decided the 99 cents I'd spend on this no doubt horribly hilarious book would be worth it! XD
And it was! I cackled through this whole thing! The story itself was absurd and stupid (in a good way) but well written in parts. I really hope Andersen Prunty writes more stories about the Grassville Gang (if he hasn't already)!
Best line in the whole book: [in regards to Brock's fake body parts]: No one was sure where the penile parts came from but it was so racially diverse it was the genital equivalent of a college brochure.
Well well, I FINALLY got around to reading one of Lance Carbuncle's books! About darn time.
I really wanted to love this book because I have spoken to...moreWell well, I FINALLY got around to reading one of Lance Carbuncle's books! About darn time.
I really wanted to love this book because I have spoken to the author a few times through Goodreads and he is a pretty righteous dude so I wanted to read this book and go "IT WAS AMAZING!! CARBUNCLE IS A GENIUS!" and give it 5 stars, but I want to be honest, so I will.
First, Carbuncle IS a genius! He is quite hilarious. I loved reading his "Muchas Gracias" section and some of the jokes he made in the end notes were funny. The book, however, did not live up to my expectations. Though the book isn't bad, I did enjoy reading it, it just wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be.
Having said that, there were a handful of things I really loved - First, Aunt Turleen. Oh my, she was the greatest! I loved her! Second, the animals! The dogs, Idjit Galoot and Stubs (which makes me excited to read Carbuncle's first book Smashed Squashed Splattered Chewed Chunked and Spewed because it is about Idjit Galoot) and the donkey, Alf the Sacred Burro. Third, Grundish. I really, really, REALLY liked Grundish a lot...which only made me really dislike Askew A LOT! I was totally going "How can you do that to a brotha!?" through most the book because I was so loyal to Grundish. And now, having said THAT, despite the fact that the book let me down, it was very well written. I genuinely cared about some of the characters, and even at the end I was a little sad at the outcomes for some of them. A sign of good writing! And also, there were some great, funny moments.
So, throw it all together, the book wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't as glorious as I had hoped. However, it does not turn me off from this author, and I will read his first book and anything else he writes from here on out!(less)