Lyson is able to write a relatable book for kids, Any kid reading Private School Blogger will be able to instantly relate to everything from Matthew's...moreLyson is able to write a relatable book for kids, Any kid reading Private School Blogger will be able to instantly relate to everything from Matthew's love of video games to bad school cafeteria food. Even I as an adult loved reading Private School Blogger. There are a lot of funny moments in the book too. This is a great book that the more dorky and tech loving kids will really enjoy reading.
The Iron Daughter is the second book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I was excited to fina...moreThe Iron Daughter is the second book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I was excited to finally get the second book and start reading it.
The first book ended with the defeat and death of the Iron King. So what else could go wrong? Well, it seems like that even thought the Iron King was defeated, the Iron Fey are still around and they have a new leader! Before the iron fey come back though, there is some court drama between Meghan and Mab, the Queen of the Winter court. The drama basically revolves around Winter-Summer fey drama and Meghan's feelings for Prince Ash. It is forbidden for a fey from the Winter Court to be with a fey from the Summer Court so this gives us a little tragic Romeo-Juliet esque story.
In this book, Meghan and the gang have to leave the fey world and make a trip to Earth. To be honest, while this was a nice break from fey world drama, I found myself skipping some parts here; namely the prom scene.
Really though, the fey court drama and the fight with the new foe, iron fey, are my favorite parts of this series. I don't care about Meghan's school drama. :p
Another interesting thing that happened in The Iron Daughter is that we learn about Puck's feelings and thus the love triangle is introduced! I have to say though, although the love triangle plot device is overused in YA literature, I think it works with the Iron Fey series. It makes sense and I do not feel like Puck's feelings are so out of place that they are completely unrealistic. They were friends for a while and he spent enough time around her to maybe develop feelings.
I am still not a fan of Ash and would much rather see Meghan with Puck or no one. Ash treated her like crap throughout the whole book until the end and even in the end he is not that nice and loving. He gets jealous over some guy at Meghan's high school trying to flirt with her. I just don't see the appeal in a guy who is a jerk to you then gets jealous at everything. He's not worth it, Meghan!
Ironhorse and Grim are still the best characters though. but I think Ironhorse needs to go to a day spa and learn to relax! He keeps yelling (ALL CAPS).
Over all, I loved this book and was not disappointed. The writing flows together nicely and there was no part in the book where I felt like things were dragging on so much that it made me want to put the book down. Also, the cover art is still so beautiful.(less)
This is a very good book for beginner herbalists or anyone who has an interest in herbalism and does not know how to get started. I'm already a bit of...moreThis is a very good book for beginner herbalists or anyone who has an interest in herbalism and does not know how to get started. I'm already a bit of a gardener but now my interest in this area has grown and I'm excited to keep reading more about herbalism.
This book was a great introduction. It provides an overview and tips on choosing herbs, how to store herbs, the different types of remedies used among herbalists, safety concerns and more. I'm especially happy that there were warnings and safety tips throughout the book.
I decided to get the paperback version of the book, and I was worried at first because it felt thin but there is a lot of useful information in the book. I'm a bit disappointed in B&N though because when I got the book, the cover was slightly bent.
This book won't tell you everything there is to know about herbalism but it can provide you with a starting point. There's also a helpful list in the back of books and website to check out for farther information.
Props to Brandi for having to deal with a nasty divorce and LeAnn, but I had some problems with this book. Namely, the rape and cutting jokes. I hones...moreProps to Brandi for having to deal with a nasty divorce and LeAnn, but I had some problems with this book. Namely, the rape and cutting jokes. I honestly came to really dislike Brandi because of this book.
Trigger Warning for rape jokes, cutting jokes and domestic abuse jokes.
(view spoiler)[ "But, man, was it fucking hot! I used to joke that he "raped" me. Rape jokes are never funny, except when they are." (p. 37)
Except no. Rape jokes are never funny. She also refereed to the time when she was obsessed with reading about Eddie and LeAnn in tabloids and online as her "virtual cutting days".
"[Twitter is] like an abusive boyfriend I keep going back to. I call it Battered Social-Media Syndrome." (p. 82)
Aside from that mess, the book was pretty boring too. It was the same thing over and over again. Also, so much of it just screamed rich white woman problems. There were some moments where she was talking about her emotions throughout the divorce and how she learned to move on in the end. Those parts were somewhat interesting but so much of this book was just... -.-
I love the Real Housewives but I really did not like this book. It was not funny and it got repetitive fast.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I picked this book up because I got it for a really good price, the cover is so pretty and the story sounded interesting.
To me, a lot of scenes in thi...moreI picked this book up because I got it for a really good price, the cover is so pretty and the story sounded interesting.
To me, a lot of scenes in this young adult book gave me Lifetime Movie vibes. Now, I love Lifetime network movies but I did not enjoy reading this book. The relationship between the girls and the other characters at times felt a little fake or over the top.
This started off fine but then just went downhill as the story continued. Rosemary became a complete Mary Sue.
Also, the love between her and Finn see...moreThis started off fine but then just went downhill as the story continued. Rosemary became a complete Mary Sue.
Also, the love between her and Finn seemed a little rushed at the end. They get married because of some legal issues over the land Rosemary brought but I never felt like the issues between them were resolved before or after the marriage. Rosemary didn't want to marry Finn because she did not want to be a replacement for her dead sister and we are told that Finn doesn't think of Rosemary in that way but he never really convinced Rosemary of it. I also found it weird that the whole town right away wanted Finn and Rosemary to get married. His wife and her sister just died but omg they need to get married right now! Because it is like the proper thing to do!!!
Lucky, the Labrador dog, returns in The Lucky Little Labrador: Haunted Halloween! to save Halloween. Lucky is a dog that is always getting into troubl...moreLucky, the Labrador dog, returns in The Lucky Little Labrador: Haunted Halloween! to save Halloween. Lucky is a dog that is always getting into trouble somehow. In this “The Lucky Little Labrador” book, Lucky and Kevin go trick-or-treating but spooky things start happening around Kevin before and on Halloween. Kevin doesn’t have to worry though because Lucky is there to save him from all the scary things of Halloween.
This book is entertaining and funny. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing at the part when Lucky runs off while trick-or-treating with Kevin. He got distracted by a squirrel and that is why he ran off. I could just picture that happening for real! The really scary part of the story is when Kevin has to go to Mr. Jenkins’ scary “haunted” house in order to find his dog. Kevin gets scared at Mr. Jenkins’ house so it is a good thing Lucky is there to protect him! The whole story is adorable though, and the ending was nice. The ending gives children a message about loyalty and family.
There are plenty of cute pictures in this book as well. The author uses real pictures of the Labrador and some other characters throughout the book. My favorite photo was of Lucky dressed in his dragon Halloween costume. He looked so funny and adorable!
I also like the short vocabulary list at the front of the book. It is a great way for children to learn some new words.
There were some great moments in this book that made me laugh for real. The story is very entertaining and makes for a perfect Halloween read.
Breathe is the first book in a new dystopian series. In this world everyone lives in Pods and the government controls the oxygen supply because of The...moreBreathe is the first book in a new dystopian series. In this world everyone lives in Pods and the government controls the oxygen supply because of The Switch. The Switch happened when massive deforestation occurred resulting in few trees, no animals, people dying and the controlling government moving selected people into Pods. So, the plot is a typical totalitarian government controlling everything verses a small group of rebels deciding to fight back only now the rebels are hippies.
I really did love this book though. Even though the story idea is not the most original thing in the world, the author did a good job making an interesting and original story out of it.
One thing I liked was how the love triangle was actually one guy and two women because I usually don't see that. it is usually two men fighting over the same girl. Another thing about the love triangle in Breathe is that there is no fighting over the main guy, Quinn. Bea doesn't hate Alina just because Quinn likes her. It is also nice to see Alina not give a damn about Quinn. So, really, it is not much of a love triangle. I'm kind of glad about this fact because it was refreshing to read a story that was more about the dystopian world and the action and less about the romance compared to many other Young Adult books that I've been reading lately.
I have to say though, I don't care much for Quinn. He has not really done much yet but I see a lot of room for his character to grow and develop.
I also liked how the author wrote the story from the three main characters' point of view. It is very interesting to read the events from the three different perspectives and it is not confusing at all to go back and forth between each character.
A lot of reviews that I have read mention that the ending felt weak and disappointing. I can see why some people are saying this. The ending was kind of a weird place to leave off but this is part of a series so I have hope that the next book will wrap things up better.
Breathe is very nicely written and if you love dystopian novels I would give this one a shot.
At the Foot of the Lighthouse is a short story that can be found for free at Tor.com. Even though it is free it is defiantly a story worth reading.
The...moreAt the Foot of the Lighthouse is a short story that can be found for free at Tor.com. Even though it is free it is defiantly a story worth reading.
The story takes place during World War II at a time when the United States was at war with Japan which lead to internment camps in the USA to be made. The main character in At the Foot of the Lighthouse, Amy (also called Aki-san by her grandmother), is a young Japanese girl living in an internment camp during this time.
At the Foot of the Lighthouse takes a sensitive subject and, using rich descriptions, gives the reader a new take on what it meant to be an American and a patriot at that time.
The descriptions of the setting, the Outback of Australia, were fantastic. I could really picture the beauty of A...moreThis is one roller-coaster of a book!
The descriptions of the setting, the Outback of Australia, were fantastic. I could really picture the beauty of Australia from Christopher's words. The way she had Ty describing his love for the land and living off of it was fantastic too. It made me feel like just taking off and living in the wild myself!
The book is written as if Gemma is writing a letter to Ty after everything that had happened. Still, you don't know until the end of the book if Gemma managed to escape her captor or fell in love and decided to stay with him.
Am I the only one who did not completely fall in love with Ty? Even at the end of the book I still disliked him because I feel like he managed to break down part of Gemma. I feel like he played with her emotions to get her to love him. I did love Ty's dedication to the land and did feel a little sorry about what happened to him when he was younger, but a part of me still cannot trust him after everything that he put Gemma through.
Overall, Stolen is a very interesting book to read. It is one that is very well researched and also a bit chilling to read at times.
I was not expecting to like this book at all. In fact, I really did not like the beginning, but I was enjoying the story and characters by the end.
I s...moreI was not expecting to like this book at all. In fact, I really did not like the beginning, but I was enjoying the story and characters by the end.
I still do not understand why the author used the strike-through text option so many times. I can see what Mafi was going for when she used the option when she had Juliette wrtie in her diary, but she also used the strike-through option in other places in the book. I guess it might have been to show Juliette's conflicting feelings about things but instead it just felt annoying and unnecessary. The other problem I had with the writing was how Mafi would repeat random words, again to show Juliette's thought process but it also got annoying fast.
Despite what I just wrote about the writing, I did enjoy the book. Shatter Me starts to get interesting about half way through the book when the action starts to pick up.
I keep going back and forth between giving this book three stars or four stars. Well, I decided to round up to four stars but this was probably more o...moreI keep going back and forth between giving this book three stars or four stars. Well, I decided to round up to four stars but this was probably more of a 3.5 stars book for me.
First, let's talk about the art. The art is great. of course, I expected nothing else seeing how Guy Delisle is an animator. The way he handled moving from one panel to the next and kept the flow of the story was nicely done. There are some moments in the graphic novel where the illustrations and panels really bring something extra to the feel and mood of the story.
I loved the little bit of information about how the portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il are wider at the top to prevent any reflections and intensify the gaze of their faces. (page 30)
I also really enjoyed the two page guest illustration and story.
The book doesn't really have chapters but it is broken up into sections indicated by beautiful one page illustrations a building, a room, or North Korean monument.
Personally, I liked this book but I was not as engrossed in the story or Delisle's sense of humor all the time. For example, there was a point in the graphic novel when Delisle is listening to a North Korean woman talk about all the tortures American soldiers inflicted on Koreans according to the North Korean government, and Delisle draws a panel of him thinking "Our guide is truly stunning, and listening to her graphic descriptions, I think up a few tortures of my own that I wouldn't mind inflicting on her." (page 169). He draws this panel just after having described and drawn a few of the horrible torture methods that the tour woman talked about like "Soldiers forcing children to drink motor oil".
Usually Delisle's sense of humor was alright though. there were plenty of funny moments in the book (more so than unfunny moments). He used humor a lot to deal with the frustrations of not only live in Pyongyang but having to work with the North Korean animators who half the time didn't even understand him. If I was in his situation I would probably be thinking many of the same things he did.
Overall, Delisle does a good job showing the reader the ideology behind the North Korean government, how they brainwash and scare people into submission, while also adding an element of humor to everything.