* Fantastic recipes included!!!! * Self deprecating and honest * Beautifully written * Her love of her family and what she does is wondThe Good Stuff
* Fantastic recipes included!!!! * Self deprecating and honest * Beautifully written * Her love of her family and what she does is wonderful to read about * Drool worthy recipes * Her chapter entitled "Crunch Clouds" is a must read for anyone with kids - we definitely have the same idea on kids and sweets * Hilariously funny at time * The passage on her criminal Oreo spree is wonderful * Love the chapter on her unusual customers
The Not so Good Stuff
* I constantly wanted to eat baked good while reading, luckily I was camping and had no easy access to that kind of food * I want to order her macaroons but I live in Canada and they don't ship here -- hmmm I think I see a road trip in the near futures * Damn I really want to bake now and I have no time for it
"I think it really does more harm than good to place severe restrictions on kids' diets, as evidenced by my criminal Oreo spree. Moderation, education, and a healthy dose of respect for what you're chewing makes for healthier children, not an all-out-ban on sweets."
"It's not as showy as the shiny, chocolate-dipped horn; it's pretty much the Ethel Merman of pastry. Doesn't look like much, but damn it's good."
What I Learned
* I love self deprecating people * I love memoirs by self deprecating people * I love reading books about baking * It really sucks to be in the movie industry unless you are a highly paid actor
Who should/shouldn't read
* Those trying to lose weight should not read, as you really really want to eat yummy baking * Those whole love to bake will enjoy * Pretty much anyone will enjoy this
Received it at a Dewey Diva's presentation at the Ontario Library Association conference. Don't have to review, but want to because I LOVED it!...more
Mom's Rating: Loved this one as a kid, and after reading it again, I still adore it. It's just a lovely little story about the simple joy of your imagMom's Rating: Loved this one as a kid, and after reading it again, I still adore it. It's just a lovely little story about the simple joy of your imagination and where it can take you. This is one that I recommend all parents to get a copy of and read it over and over to their kids. Mom's Rating: 10/10
Jake's Review: Mom used to read this to me when I was little and it was cute. It's a little boring for me now and the pictures are way too simple, but I think the little midget will like it (Mom's note: that would be his little brother Jesse) Jake's Rating: 8/10...more
Mini Book Review: Totally hooked from the first chapter, this book is a fabulous addition to the dystopian genre. Sorta reminds me of a mix of The RunMini Book Review: Totally hooked from the first chapter, this book is a fabulous addition to the dystopian genre. Sorta reminds me of a mix of The Running Man, Lord of the Flies, The Outsiders, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games all mixed into one. I couldn't stop imagining the characters of Thomas and Chuck as Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly from The Game of Thrones. The storyline is exciting with tons of non stop action and plenty of twists and turns guaranteed to keep even the most reluctant reader entertained. It is quite bleak and violent at times so I wouldn't recommend it to the sensitive reader. I was sent the second book in the trilogy, The Scorch Trials to read, and now I am counting down the hours until the kids go to bed so I can finish it. I need to know what happens and what is really going on. Only complaint is that I felt as lost as the characters into what was happening, but I guess that's half of the enjoyment I guess, just left me a little frustrated and thinking WTF at times. Now hubby leave me alone and kids go to bed, Momma wants to read -- this might be a late night
I bought this from Chapters because I was intrigued with the storyline -- and read it now because I received the second book from Random House to review...more
Damn you Maggie Stiefvater, I didn't get any sleep last night, because I was so involved in Shiver. Now I am half asleep at work and getting a littleDamn you Maggie Stiefvater, I didn't get any sleep last night, because I was so involved in Shiver. Now I am half asleep at work and getting a little snippy with the college students -- it's ok, they deserve it sometimes. I loved Shiver, it reminded me of some of the YA I read so long ago when I was also young (shut up Jeff, not THAT long ago) I remember many a night where I just couldn't go to bed until I had finished a particular story. I remember that feeling of passion, it made you feel young. This novel made me feel that way again -- well until I got up the next morning only after having 4 hours of sleep.
This is a skillfully written and wonderfully original take on the shape-shifting genre. It reminded me a little of the novel Twilight, but I found it far better written and much more appropriate for the YA genre. The story was so deftly written that you could not put it down -- and I didn't thank you very much. The characters - well with the exception that some were umm -- werewolves (and don't exist right Jake?) are very realistic and the dialogue not contrived. Another thing I particularly liked was at the beginning of each chapter it listed the outside temperature. This helped convey the sense of urgency in the story.
I wish I was more articulate to be able to express how fantastic this book was. This novel really stands out against many of the other YA paranormal fiction being written right now. A lot of the paranormal YA I have read lately has far too much disturbing adult content (I mean come on guys Edward is a little creepy,can you say stalker) for the typical 11 - 13 year old girls who are reading it. I am looking forward to reading more of Maggie Stiefvater. I recommend this book to pretty much anyone over the age of 13 (and those younger mature readers like I was). ...more
* A fantastic second book for a series, usually the second book in a trilogy is quite weak but not in this case * Fascinating new chara The Good Stuff
* A fantastic second book for a series, usually the second book in a trilogy is quite weak but not in this case * Fascinating new characters to add to the already beloved characters from the first book * Katniss as always is kick ass. Her character is also being developed so beautifully * Fascinating setting and unusual storyline * Wonderful development of characters and storyline. * Main characters feel like family. So beautifully written you almost feel sad that they are not real * Intense and addictive * The scene near the end where Finnick and Katniss have a light moment
The Not so Good Stuff
* I have to wait HOW long until the next book, crap anyone have an arc they want to lend me * My house looks like a tornado hit it since I couldn't put the book down to do my chores
What I learned
* Government people are almost always BAD -- no never mind we already knew that (with the exception of Justin Trudeau of course)
"I have people on my side? What side? Am I unwittingly the face of the hoped-for rebellion? Has the mockingjay on my pin become a symbol for resistance? If so, my side's not doing too well. You only have to look at what happened in 8 to know that"
"My prep team. My foolish, shallow, affectionate pets, with their obsession with feathers and parties, nearly break my heart with their good-bye"
"Poor Finnick. Is this the first time in your life you haven't looked pretty?" I say "It must be. The sensation's completely new. How have you managed it all these years? he asks." "Just avoid mirrors. You'll forget about it," I say "Not if I keep looking at you," he says
"But the only thing that distracts me from my current situation is fantasizing about killing President Snow. Not very pretty daydreams for a 17 yr old girl, but very satisfying."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
* Not for sensitive younger readers * Other than that I think it is a great read for anyone ...more
Another delightful installment of the A Royal Spyness mystery series. As usual it is the characters, not the mystery itself, that keeps me coming backAnother delightful installment of the A Royal Spyness mystery series. As usual it is the characters, not the mystery itself, that keeps me coming back for more. This time around the action takes part in Georgie's ancestral home in Scotland and as usual there is murder mixed with laugh out loud hijinks. The reason why Georgie goes back to Scotland will have you shaking with laughter. These audio books are absolutely marvelous. Only down-part is the constant urge to try Pims LOL!...more
Truly unique idea for a story Rebekkah is an intriguing and realistic heroine Dark with a wonderful almost Gothic like feel to it DescThe Good Stuff
Truly unique idea for a story Rebekkah is an intriguing and realistic heroine Dark with a wonderful almost Gothic like feel to it Descriptions are vivid and make you feel like you are part of the landscape Fabulous in terms of character development Lots of twists and turns which keeps you guessing (but not in a frustrating way) Could not put the book down, I warn you once you start you will not be able to put down -- well unless its really late at night Marr has created a fantastical world unlike anything I have ever read before - and it actually feels like a real place Very suspenseful at times -- you will be holding your breath Enjoyed the secondary characters - especially Amity Fabulous ending - could lead to a sequel, but if not still leaves you satisfied Some nice humour added to keep it from being too dark
The Not So Good Stuff
The cover sucks in comparison to the hardcover edition The angst between Bek and Byron felt more YA than adult
"At the end of the tunnel, she gasped. The colors she could see were so vibrant that it almost hurt to look around her. The sky was streaked in violet and gold. The buildings around her were breathtaking. Even the drabbest of them was cloaked in shades of colors that surely couldn't exist."
"He was tempting in the way that she imagined the devil himself-if there was such a man-would be: polished charm, wicked smiles, and easy arrogance. However, she wasn't sure what game he was playing, and the idea of looking at at dead man with any sort of lustful thoughts seemed inherently twisted."
"Sheer foolishness, if you ask me,but" - Elaine gave Rebekkah a look that would make most people flinch -"no one's asking me, are they?"
"No," Rebekkah said. "I don't think anyone's asking."
Elaine sighed. "Well, sooner or later, one of you will be bright enough to ask my opinion."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
YA friendly - nothing too violent or sexual If you like creepy stories, this is for you Adult readers may be disappointed by all the angst
Mini Book Review: As usual when I love a book I struggle with reviewing it. My jumbled way of writing (not to mention my way of speaking) cannot due Mini Book Review: As usual when I love a book I struggle with reviewing it. My jumbled way of writing (not to mention my way of speaking) cannot due justice to the brilliance of this story. Flavia is a delightfully wicked little imp. She is charming yet devilishly naughty and positively brilliant. I fell in love with her within 5 paragraphs of this wonderfully charming, yet fast paced story. Bradly is a gifted storyteller and it was the kind of book you just don't want to put down. The opening paragraph hooks you in and it just keeps getting better and better. It is full of dark twisted humour, fascinating secondary characters and an enchanting setting. I need to move in to Buckshaw just to spend time in my dream library. I am a little disappointed that I have to read 4 or 5 other books before I can get to the next story in this wonderful series. I look forward to learning more about Flavia and her truly unique world. I think fans of The Spellman Files will enjoy as well.
"I made the Girl Guide three-eared bunny salute with my fingers. I did not tell him that I was technically no longer a member of that organization, and hadn't been since I was chucked out for manufacturing ferric hydroxide to earn my Domestic Service badge. No one had seemed to care that it was the antidote for arsenic poisoning."
I purchased this after my coworker and Fellow Jen recommended it to me - Thanks Jen, you were bang on...more
If I was still a teen, I would have called this book, the best book ever written. I totally would have loved this angst y life and death story. Now thIf I was still a teen, I would have called this book, the best book ever written. I totally would have loved this angst y life and death story. Now that I am a 44 yr old mom I still loved this book, but some of it was a wee bit too angst y (Well just the last couple of pages, can't say why or it would totally ruin the book) I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters and fell in love with the main character and her family. The loss of Mia's family hits you harder each flashback she goes into. Really impressed as well that all of the characters were real and no one was perfect. Storyline was fast paced and I couldn't put the book down eventhough I was totally exhausted. Also could barely read the last chapter as tears were making my eyes blurry. Highly recommend this emotional tale to fans of A Fault in our Stars. Perfect for YA fans of all ages - but moms be warned this one will hit you pretty hard....more
Mini Book Review: Once again Kelley has me hooked from the very first page to the very last sentence and leaves me excited about reading the next bookMini Book Review: Once again Kelley has me hooked from the very first page to the very last sentence and leaves me excited about reading the next book in the series. Non stop action, intriguing and well developed characters & some dark humour this time which was a nice added bonus. Some questions answered but even more left to figure out. Kelley is truly a natural born storyteller. Liked the addition of a couple of adult characters that were not total douche-bags. A pretty good transitional second book, often the 2nd book is a bit dull, but not this one. Will be cracking open the next book as soon as I get home tonight -- didn't bring it with me to work today because I knew I would be too tempted to read it instead of getting work done. Nice to see the development of the secondary characters with some back story. Also found myself liking Chloe more and love the dialogue between her and Tori.
Bloody fantastic YA mystery/suspense novel Heroine is realistic and interesting great character development of main character suspenseful paGood Stuff
Bloody fantastic YA mystery/suspense novel Heroine is realistic and interesting great character development of main character suspenseful page turner that will keep away from all of your chores, you will not want to put it down Author really knows how to set the scene of the story. You feel like you are right there in post world war II USA I loved the typical selfish and self interest thoughts of the teenage characters. Very realistic in terms of the feelings of teens wanting to grow up in too much of a hurry Heartbreaking at times, as main character deals with the deceptions around her Wonderful insights into the idiocy of the persecution of Jews before, during and after the war Really liked it even-though it didn't have the happiest of endings (see I can like something that doesn't have a happier ever after ending) Hopeful! After reading it you will realize why it won the National Book Award
Not So Good Stuff
May lead to some interesting discussions with younger readers in regards to sex and extramarital affairs (Ok, had to find something to put in this section)
What I learned
Didn't realize there was still so much anti Jew sentiment after the war Don't go to Palm Beach during the fall Learned about Hurricane Holes Favorite Quotes/Passages
"Margie and I believed in magazine and movies more than church"
"Ruthie had European cousins who disappeared into the camps during the war. She was so lucky - tragedy AND curly hair."
"I'm glad you saw it Evie" she said " It's a good idea for someone like you to see" "Why, I hated seeing it! It made me sick!" "That's exactly why"
Who Should Read
Teens over the age of 13 or younger teens with more mature tastes Lovers of mystery/suspense novels Lovers of coming of age stories Not for sensitive reader as there are hints of sexuality and violence ...more
Heartwarming and hilarious and honest I am in total awe of this man and his family and what they accomplished against all odds, truly iThe Good Stuff
Heartwarming and hilarious and honest I am in total awe of this man and his family and what they accomplished against all odds, truly inspiring It's about family and zoo animals -- what's not to like There are Otters - OK only 1 paragraph (Pg 74), but anyone who mentions otters is cool with me Talks about Gay Animals -- yup its true (take that homophobes) Liked authors writing style Interesting to hear about the inner workings and challenges of running a zoo Author is just extremely likable and you really feel his love for his wife Learned so much Now REALLY want to see the movie
The Not So Good Stuff
Have a sudden urge to go see this zoo -- people I do not have the time and money to do this (hell at least I have a Zoo membership) It made me cry (not a bad thing, but I sick, crying makes my body feel even crappier)
"I was the mad Englishman they were the slightly bemused French country folk - tolerant, kind, courteous, and yet, inevitably, hugely judgmental."
"I am reasonably convinced he had high-functioning Asperger's syndrome. For the first, and last, time in our conversation, he looked me in the eye and smiled, as if to say, "So you like Tumors too?" and excitedly introduced me to his team." (While his wife was being taken in for surgery)
"The vet arrived with the necessary sedatives, on on the third attempt Sovereign was successfully darted, although unfortunately, it appeared, in the tip of his sheath, and he jumped around angrily until he began to slow down, scowling and prowling, glaring at us through the wire. You got the impression he was memorizing faces, so that if he got out again he'd know whom to punish for this indignity."
"... I had always wanted to dedicate to free-ranging monkeys, and to my father, Ben Harry Mee, who had provided the funds for the park --albeit unwittingly and posthumously, and absolutely certainly (had he been alive) unwillingly."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
Anyone and everyone
I received this From Random House in Exchange for an Honest Review -- thanks guys I was home sick and you made me cry with this one...more
* A truly outstanding absolutely delightfully honest and real book * The 1st chapter grabs your attention right away - especially for t The Good Stuff
* A truly outstanding absolutely delightfully honest and real book * The 1st chapter grabs your attention right away - especially for the 8-10 set * Loved the design of the book with the lined paper look and the doodles all over the pages * Gene has a fantastically biting sarcastic wit * The book really feels like it was written by a 12 year old -- and no that is not a dig -- just that it will really resonate with the pre-tweens and their feelings and thoughts are portrayed honestly * Love the doodles * The ending is beautiful!!!!! * Stop reading my review and buy the book already - crap now I have to adjust my Top 5 of 2010 middle school list
The Not so Good Stuff
* It was about a girl and dammit Jake would love this if it was written from a boy instead -- sexist little bastard that he is LOL.
"Mr. Mackenzie has promised that he won't make us do any corrections because he's not going to read our journals. Yeah, right. He's just saying that now. Teachers always make you do corrections."
"I think it should be against the law for parents to make kids pee at the side of the road. The Fly thinks it's no big deal, but he has no idea how it is for a girl!!"
Why do adults always take so long to make up their minds about good things when they are so quick to decide about things they don't want?"
What I Learned
* It really sucks to be the new kid * 12 year old girls really are bitchy - thank god I have 2 boys ; 0 * Must really carefully listen to my boys when they talk to me and make sure they know I understand what they are going through
Who should/shouldn't read
* A must have for middle school libraries and public libraries * Passing this one on to my niece because I think she will love it in a year or two * Great for anyone who has been the new girl/boy in town * The perfect book for 8-11 year old girls -- especially if they aren't in the popular crowd -- it's ok kids, the popular crowd really fall apart in their 30's and us geeksare the happy ones
I received this from LibraryThing and wasn't required to do a review, but I really wanted to bring your attention to it...more