Cute series. I am hooked, and will be getting more in this series.
Title: Eighth Grade Bites Author: Heather Brewer Format: Paperback Date Read: June 3,Cute series. I am hooked, and will be getting more in this series.
Title: Eighth Grade Bites Author: Heather Brewer Format: Paperback Date Read: June 3, 2016 Rating: 3/5 Recommend: Yup!
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school, and he hates junior high. His mother was human, his father a vampire. Vlad has no idea what his powers are, however he has to struggle daily with blood cravings and enlarged fangs. A substitute teacher makes him think his cover might soon be blown, however Vlad has bigger problems – he's being hunted by a vampire killer.
Checked this book out on a whim from the local library. Quite glad I did. I will eventually be getting to the rest of the books in this series. However, let's focus on this one, Vlad's introduction into the world.
Being thirteen is hard enough, let alone being a thirteen-year-old boy. Compound the usual pressures of being a teenager with the fact that you are a vampire. While normal teenage boys are dealing with hormonal ridden urges, Vlad is trying to manage his blood cravings and the fact that his fangs keep getting bigger. Seriously, as if puberty wasn't bad enough!
Along with puberty comes the nightmare that is middle school. Middle school isn't easy on anyone. Eighth grade is by far one of the most difficult, simply because it is your last year there before you ultimately have to enter the even bigger nightmare that is high school. Vladimir is by far one of my favorite characters, and he is quite different than any other vampire I've read about before. I love that this story was free of excessive moodiness and angstiness, and it made Vlad and the story a bit more relate-able. Relate-able in the sense that I've been a thirteen year old and have suffered the hell that is eighth grade.
This is a good beginning to a series, and there is so much room for growth and I ultimately look forward to reading more of this series soon.
I apologize if this review seems rambling and repetitive, it's been a while and I'm still getting my feet back under me when it comes to my reviews. ...more
Title: The Wizard of Time Author: G.L. Breedon Dates Read: June 3-5, 2015 Format: Ebook (Kindle) Pages: 296 Rating: 3.5This review can also be found here.
Title: The Wizard of Time Author: G.L. Breedon Dates Read: June 3-5, 2015 Format: Ebook (Kindle) Pages: 296 Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis: Gabriel Salvador is thirteen, and he has been having dreams about the future. Gabriel's dreams always come true. Especially the dream he had where he will drown, it is only a matter of time before that dream becomes reality. At the moment of his death, he is plucked from his timeline and becomes an apprentice time mage and part of an elite team of mages who are fighting the War of Time and Magic, and travel through history to do so. Throughout the story Gabriel goes to Victorian London, Aztec temples, Samos, Scotland, and battlefields of Alexander the Great, among other places as Gabriel learns about his abilities as a time mage, and joins the battle to protect the timeline.
I originally picked this up as as freebie on Amazon, and like most of the books on my TBR pile it took a bit for me to finally get to it. However, I was surprisingly pleased with what I'd found in just under 300 pages. I have always enjoyed reading fantasy/sci-fi/etc simply for the escapism that is provided by the stories spun by talented writers. I read to indulge my imagination and escape my own reality.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started this story, would I find the amount of realism that is required in fantasy stories? Could I picture myself in Gabriel's world, experiencing what Gabriel is experiencing? Can I relate to this story? Ultimately the tale that was spun was one of pure brilliance.
I easily fell in love with the characters. The fact that Breeden crossed genres only made this tale all the more interesting. The story is intelligently written and this is shown in the seamless way that his story crosses genres and age groups. I was not expecting the captivating, adventurous, vibrant, unpredictable and emotive tale that I was presented when I continued to delve into this story. The historical backdrop, the scientific explanations - everything was plausible, believable and in truth one of the best fantasies I've read in a while.
It's stories like this that once again remind me why I read young adult stories. However, even if you do not enjoy reading young adult, but still enjoy a good fantasy story then I would gladly recommend this story to you. You will definitely enjoy the trip you take with Gabriel and the other mages....more
Okay, this is definitely interesting! Loved it. It made me laugh, and kept me intrigued for the duration of the story. A bit short, but otherwise a faOkay, this is definitely interesting! Loved it. It made me laugh, and kept me intrigued for the duration of the story. A bit short, but otherwise a fantastic read....more
Title: Fortunately, the Milk Author: Neil Gaiman Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: December 7, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: YES YES YES YES!
Summary: WhileTitle: Fortunately, the Milk Author: Neil Gaiman Format: E-book (Kindle) Date Read: December 7, 2013 Rating: 5/5 Recommend: YES YES YES YES!
Summary: While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.
Review: The ability for this man to craft a story astounds me! Everything he writes, I fall in love with, and this one is no exception! This one I read in a couple of hours, and it is such an adorable, whimsical story that had me sucked in from the very beginning, and the illustrations are just pure delight added to an already fantastic story.
A father has to head to the corner store to obtain milk for his children's cereal so they actually have something for breakfast (and he has milk for his tea). However, it isn't just a simple trip to the corner store for milk as the father is then abducted by aliens!
This book features aliens, dinosaurs, time travel, strange jungle people, a volcano god, wumpires, and two children who ultimately can choose to believe or not believe their father's fanciful tale of what happened and why his trip to the store took longer than it should have....more
Fitting that I would finish this fantastic story on Friday the 13th. It was exactly what I would expect from Neil Gaiman. I absolutely love this storyFitting that I would finish this fantastic story on Friday the 13th. It was exactly what I would expect from Neil Gaiman. I absolutely love this story. It is dark, but not dark enough to be super creepy. The story is one that proves the reason that I fell in love with Gaiman's particular type of fantasy to begin with. This one -definitely- falls among my favorite books of this year, and probably of all time....more