Apparently I have been living under a rock, and did not realize this book was out until last week. Last week I was traveling back to the states from SApparently I have been living under a rock, and did not realize this book was out until last week. Last week I was traveling back to the states from Spain, and had a lay over in Madrid. While there I visited a book store at the airport, and immediately picked this book up. I love sayings, and I love books full of sayings. This book has become one of my favorites.
This book is one that is full of inspirational and uplifting sayings from various historical figures, as well as shared letters and emails from the author. This is a book that can be easily be read in one sitting, or if you're on 9 hour plane right like I was, it can quickly be devoured then. Most importantly, this is a book written to give inspiration to and uplift it's reader each day of the year. Each quoted page has date featuring the month and the day of the month, so that readers can easily find the day's quote.
The thing I love about this book, is that it's a book for kids, tweens, teens and adults. There is something for everyone in this book. It's one I highly recommend picking up, if you haven't already.
Like many of the tragic TMI fans I was bursting to read more of our beloved series. I was super excited when this seri*Reviewed for Mundie Moms by Emm
Like many of the tragic TMI fans I was bursting to read more of our beloved series. I was super excited when this series Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy was announced. So of course when the first installment "Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy" was released on ebook on Tuesday I had it downloaded straight away.
*This review and series does contain spoilers for City of Heavenly Fire*
"Simon but not as we know him"
Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy kicks off after City of Heavenly Fire. Here we find Simon starting to regain some of his memories but still coming to terms with the life he once led and what he will do now. After the loss of so many Shadowhunters, there is now a push for more mundanes to be trained to accend and for lost Shadowhunter families to be found. So the Academy is set up to train up all those willing and Simon joins them. He is feeling a little lost and hopes the Shadowhunter training will help him find his way again.
I really enjoyed this story. I loved seeing a little of our old favourite characters even just briefly. I loved being inside Simon's head as he takes on this new role away from Clary, Isabelle and the others. The new characters introduced were awesome and I'm interested to see if some of these follow on in the new The Dark Artifices series. I would love to see more of George and how he may bring his family name back into the Shadowhunter world. I also enjoyed how not everything was perfect, the academy building was run down, the food terrible and not all the people nice. But seeing a little of Simon's bravery and I feel maturity come through he does cope with this set backs well. I just live in hope that things work out for him in the end, even if it's a different path than he may have thought.
I think most of you know that I love a time travel story when it's well written and the time travel science is logi*Reviewed by Sophie for Mundie Moms
I think most of you know that I love a time travel story when it's well written and the time travel science is logical (but not overly detailed because let's remember that I cried through most of my AP Physics class). My other requirement is for characters who are truly believable because let's face it, if you end up in a time travel situation, there are some logical reactions you should experience.
Now That You're Here swaps characters in two parallel universes and presents it with dual points-of-view. That's what I liked the best, the two povs. I immediately understood geeky Eevee, but it was Danny who proved trickier to understand. I think I truly saw him through Eevee's eyes and therefore had trouble reconciling the slacker in one world with the rebellious tagger from the other world. But none of that mattered, because what I ultimately fell in love with was their chemistry, and I found myself hoping that somehow their relationship will find a way to work out.
A story like this depends on solid world-building and Amy delivers that and more. The oppressive world that Danny comes from forms a nice contrast to Eevee's world. The expected complication of Danny figuring out the world he's landed in and Eevee trying to use all the scientific answers she knows to explain why Danny is so different made the pace quick. Once all the pieces were in place, I had that can't-stop-reading-now feeling and plowed through the story in one sitting.
Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that lucky for all of us readers, there will be a Duplexity #2 (While You Were Gone) which will be released this August. Time travel buffs will zoom through this story and want to travel to parallel universes for that sequel.
I'm not fan of this as much as I was of Lure, which I read prior to reading this one. I found myself much more annoyed with Daisy in this book. WhileI'm not fan of this as much as I was of Lure, which I read prior to reading this one. I found myself much more annoyed with Daisy in this book. While I liked that this book sets up the series, it doesn't need to be read prior to reading Lure. Maybe reading this after the fact is what ruined my liking this book. ...more
WISH is about an elephant couple who patiently wait for their wish, a baby. They have to wait a long time. ThrouA beautiful message in a great story.
WISH is about an elephant couple who patiently wait for their wish, a baby. They have to wait a long time. Through out all their waiting, and wishing, they do things together. They wish, they build, they learn, and they travel. They keep going, and wishing. Through out all their waiting, and waiting, they never stop wishing. Then one day, their wish comes true, and a sweet little baby elephant arrives.
I loved the delicate way Matthew Cordell told the story. WISH is written and the illustrated in a way that gave the story a whimsical feel. Which was great. It kept the story simple. Making it easy for young children to enjoy and understand the story. WISH is a sweet story that all families will relate to.
At the heart of the story, is a message about not giving up on your wishes (dreams). In a few careful way Matthew hints at how long some couples have to wait for their wish, their baby to arrive. In the story, as in real life, at the heart of makes a family a family, is love. I think all parents who have wished for a child will enjoy this, as well as children who have become their parents's wish. ...more
A fantastic children's book. This book delivers a great message and a lot of laughs.
Why be a slimy, wet, bug eating frog when you can be another animA fantastic children's book. This book delivers a great message and a lot of laughs.
Why be a slimy, wet, bug eating frog when you can be another animal? That's what little frog wants to know. He's tired of being a frog. He wants to be something else. Something like an wise old owl, or a warm and fuzzy cat or a rabbit. After all he can hop, and so can a rabbit. Even being a pig who eats garbage doesn't seem so bad. As little frog finds out, many of the things these animals can do, are things he can't do. In fact, out of all the animals he wants to be, not one of them eats bugs like he does. Though he's told he can't be anything other than who he is, the young frog still has hope in changing. That is until he meets a hungry wolf. Lucky for frog, wolves don't eat frogs, but they sure do enjoy eating many of the other animals frog wanted to be. Thanks to wolf, frog realizes that being a green, slimy, bug eating frog isn't so bad after all.
With great illustrations, plenty of laughs, and a great message about being happy with who you are, I Don't Want To Be A Frog is a book that will be read over and over again. I highly recommend this one. ...more
Since Paddington Bear first arrived in London from Peru, he's captured the hearts of fans for generations. As a kid, I remember first meeting PaddingtSince Paddington Bear first arrived in London from Peru, he's captured the hearts of fans for generations. As a kid, I remember first meeting Paddington. Like the Brown family, I found myself loving this adventurous bear. Unfortunately mischief tends to fall Paddington as he learns to adjust to his new life in London, making his adventures that much more memorable. I think that's one of the things that fans have loved about Paddington.
This treasury is a must have for fans of Paddington Bear! Now fans can relive Paddington's adventures over and over again with their own treasury featuring six classic stories of this beloved bear. Stories included are: Paddington Paddington at the Palace Paddington at the Zoo Paddington in the Garden Paddington and the Marmalade Maze Paddington the Artist
A enchanting debut! Becky Wallace has proven she is just as talented of a storyteller, as her main character Johanna. THE STORYSPINNER is an addictingA enchanting debut! Becky Wallace has proven she is just as talented of a storyteller, as her main character Johanna. THE STORYSPINNER is an addicting fantasy where magic, and danger lurk around every twist and turn. Secrets are guarded, but come at a deadly price. Romance is destined to happen, and not everything is quite as it seems. This is one fantasy I thoroughly enjoyed, and I really wish the rest of this series was already out. I want more!
The story itself is told from multiple points of views. At first I was a little annoyed there were so many points of views. But, as the story gets set up, I realized that the different points of views really give the reader the two different sides from the story. It didn't take me long to get into the grove of reading from the various points of views. I honestly don't think the story could have been told any different. The multiple points of view give readers the rich details, and in-depth history of both sides of the story, as well as really allow readers to get to know the various characters. I loved how the two different sides of the story come together at the end. One side tells the story of the Keepers, the guardian's of the magic, and a few other things that I won't mention, since I'd like to keep my review spoiler free. The other side is of the human point of view, which features our main character Johanna, and her love interest Rafi, as well as Rafi's brother.
Welcome back to the Point! If you're picking up book two thinking that it can't top Better When He's Bad, you're in for a surprise. Race may not be as Welcome back to the Point! If you're picking up book two thinking that it can't top Better When He's Bad, you're in for a surprise. Race may not be as rough around the edges as Bax is, but he's definitely not someone to mess with or cross. Where Bax likes to take action first, ask questions later, Race thinks things out, though he's not one who will shy away from uses his hands either. What makes Race a dangerous leader is his intelligence, and his no fear is going after what he wants, when he wants. He has his eyes on Brysen.
The Point never looked so good with Race in charge.
A fantastic story! Alistair Grim's ODDITORIUM takes readers on an unforgettable, fantasy filled adventure. With it's perfect mix of adventure, humor,A fantastic story! Alistair Grim's ODDITORIUM takes readers on an unforgettable, fantasy filled adventure. With it's perfect mix of adventure, humor, mystery, and the element of surprise, it didn't take long for me to be hooked with this engaging story. From the characters, to the writing, and the illustrations, everything about this book is great. Alligator Grim's Odditorium is an action packed middle grade book that even the most reluctant reader will enjoy.
A fabulous book for kids! Night Light is a great bed time story book that features great illustrations, counting from 1 to 10, and a guessing game. FeA fabulous book for kids! Night Light is a great bed time story book that features great illustrations, counting from 1 to 10, and a guessing game. Featured on each page are vehicle lights. Those lights start at one and go up to ten the further you get into the story. With each turn of the page, readers are given easy clues, and a set number of light to help guess what kind of vehicle the lights go to. When each paged is turned, readers discover what vehicle the lights on the previous page are from.
With the simple, bold colors, the lights stand out and appear to be lights in the dark. This adds to the over all appeal of this book. Keeping with bold colors, and simple illustrations make the pages easy on the eyes, and allow the illustrated vehicle, and it's lights to stand out. From construction vehicles, to a train, a plane, a firetruck, boat, a car and more, this book is one young fans of all things that go, will enjoy.