This is officially the most frustrating text I've read for a class (and we're only reading several of the chapters!) -- and outside for that matter. E...moreThis is officially the most frustrating text I've read for a class (and we're only reading several of the chapters!) -- and outside for that matter. Ellens provides little to no textual evidence from the Bible to back up his claims, making him logically unsound. Furthermore, he makes many arguments that directly contradict the Bible while claiming that this is what the Bible really means to say.
I would recommend this if you're looking to explore different worldviews, but please do not read this without consulting the Bible yourself or reading up on other scholars. If you're looking for a more accurate reading of the Bible, however, I recommend looking elsewhere.(less)
This is the perfect book for someone looking into getting into duct taping. It starts out with teaching the basics and moves on to more complicated pr...moreThis is the perfect book for someone looking into getting into duct taping. It starts out with teaching the basics and moves on to more complicated projects. The book is divided into clear sections with the various projects grouped into related clusters from wallets to purses to wearable projects to school and room-related projects. I mean it when I say there is a variety of projects to do in here. There are even variations of the same theme (for example, just check out the whole section dedicated to duct-tape wallets).
I love how clear the instructions are. Total beginners to duct taping (or even crafting in general) can follow them. I especially like how sample pictures of various stages of the projects are provided. I'm a very visual person, and it really helps to be able to see how your project should look as you progress through the step-by-step instructions. The book also provides an estimated time to complete the project and a difficulty level, so you'll be able to plan your schedule accordingly.
This is a book that I can see accompanying me on a lazy afternoon when I'm looking for something artsy to do. I recommend it to anyone interested in getting into some kind of craft. If that craft happens to be duct taping, this just may be the book for you.
When I received a request to review this, I just knew I had to pick it up. So many bloggers I love have been praising this book, and it sounded like j...moreWhen I received a request to review this, I just knew I had to pick it up. So many bloggers I love have been praising this book, and it sounded like just the read for me. Unfortunately, I couldn't connect with Emily. She does a lot of stupid, reckless things that made no sense to me whatever. I get that she's in an unusual situation and that there is a psychological explanation for what she does, but it doesn't make it any easier to relate to her. And it doesn't excuse what she does while she's on the streets. She always had another choice, and she consciously chooses to take another route. The pacing of the story also threw me off. While I understand that the rapid and seemingly random scene changes are supposed to reflect a natural train of thought, it made it hard to get into the story and find some stable grounding.
Overall, what I've read of Emily's story left a bad taste in my mouth. I couldn't read anymore of it.
* I do understand that Emily's story reflects the grittier aspects of teen homelessness and is important to consider. It is a story about survival, and it considers important issues. While it wasn't for me, it is certainly a book that I know some readers out there will appreciate for what it brings to the attention of the literary world.
DNF 27% into the novel
Content: cutting, drugs, homelessness, prostitution, PTSD, sex
Like the intrigue and action. And Gabriel and Sam are likable characters. There's still a lot of potential for fleshing out the characters and plot de...moreLike the intrigue and action. And Gabriel and Sam are likable characters. There's still a lot of potential for fleshing out the characters and plot development though, as has been my experience with previous Keri Arthur books.
The book features photos from the movie. I haven't watched the movie, so I can't say much about how they're placed chronologically. However, i imagine...moreThe book features photos from the movie. I haven't watched the movie, so I can't say much about how they're placed chronologically. However, i imagine that they're placed in an order that makes sense. Along the way, text boxes give information about the different characters and the situations that they face. While I'm not a big fan of insider guides, I have to admit that this is well done, and the photos are gorgeous and high res. This is a must-have for die-hard fans of The Maze Runner and its movie adaptation.
This a great book filled with simple recipies by teens for teens. These range from breakfast foods to soups, salads, and sandwiches, to snakcs and sid...moreThis a great book filled with simple recipies by teens for teens. These range from breakfast foods to soups, salads, and sandwiches, to snakcs and sides to main courses to desserts. Best of all, this is a cookbook dedicated to being green and healthy. This doesn't necessarily mean becoming a vegetarian (there are meat recipies in here!). It means being eco-friendly and eating ethically. It means becoming aware of the impact of our diets and choice of food on the world. If you're interested in learning more about this, there is a section in the front of the book that you may peruse. Otherwise, this is a fantastic cookbook for anyone but especially young adults.
As a college student, this is the kind of cookbook I want. It provides simple easy recipes. The ingredient lists are short and easy to fulfill, and more importantly, they tell me exactly how long I should expect to be cooking and how many servings I can expect to make. My first priority is my studies; I don't have time to try and figure out where to buy my ingredients and how long I'm going to spend cooking. Thankfully, these recipes don't take more than an hour to make for the most part.
The procedures are also simple and easy to follow. I love how "quick tips" are provided on how to really bring out the flavor in the recipes or change up the recipe. Sometimes, I may like a recipe, but I don't want to keep eating the same thing. These quick tips provide easy guidelines to follow when I want more variety in my diet while keeping true to what I love.
I haven't had a chance to try out one of the recipies yet, but there are a few I have my eye on (like the energy bar—it looks like it'll make a good snack or breakfast-on-the-go). I look forward to making a home in my kitchen for this fantastic cookbook!
The Winter People felt like some clichéd paranormal romance novel. In fact, the premise reminds me of The Iron Fey. Like Meghan Chase, Salome has been...moreThe Winter People felt like some clichéd paranormal romance novel. In fact, the premise reminds me of The Iron Fey. Like Meghan Chase, Salome has been growing up next to a world of magic, unaware of the magical circumstances surrounding her. Her mother and grandmother seem to know something about what's going on, but they're keeping secrets from her about the land she's grown up on. The premise is interesting and has a lot of potential. However, I couldn't connect with Salome.
The story does a poor job showing character motivation, and there isn't sufficient internal dialogue for me to understand what's going on in her mind—like, how is she drawn to three different guys? And—I thought she's been into this one guy since forever, so why all the doubts and why check out other guys? Most of all, why are you getting friendly with that guy who shows up randomly on your grandmother's property and claims to know your grandmother? Shouldn't you check with your grandmother first to make sure he's safe?
DNF 20% into the novel - by this point in a novel, I expect to be able to follow the main character and have some idea of where the plot is heading. However, I didn't feel like I got to know Salome even on a superficial level.
After a disastrous accident, fifteen-year-old psychic investigator Lucy Carlyle leaves her small hometown and heads to the city of London to start her...moreAfter a disastrous accident, fifteen-year-old psychic investigator Lucy Carlyle leaves her small hometown and heads to the city of London to start her life over. However, without any references, no agencies are willing to hire her. Only the small outfit of Lockwood & Co., after seeing her unusually strong psychic abilities, offers Lucy a job, no questions asked.
Lucy works well as the main character. She’s talented, bright, and a little hot headed. Most importantly though, she isn’t shoehorned into some insipid, intrusive romantic subplot. Thus, the reader isn't lured into thinking of Lucy as “the girl” in the group. She’s a well-developed and interesting charcter that can stand on her own. With this new addition, the number of employees at Lockwood & Co. comes to a grand total of three. This includes the founder, Anthony Lockwood, a boy not too much older than Lucy and whose foolish swashbuckling demeanor disguises his great experience. The other member, George Cubbins, is a crabby character obviously intended to be a source of comic relief but one whose intelligence makes a great addition to the team. Combined, these three make a formidable team. Their personalities are well developed and work together to make their interactions interesting.
As the story follows the adventures of this ragtag group of ghost hunters, the reader slowly learns how the world has been affected by the sudden increase in paranormal activity. Staying out at night can be deadly, and profiteers have built massive corporate empires that supply the nervous masses with all of their ghost busting needs. Business slowly starts picking up as the employees of Lockwood & Co. begin to make names for themselves. As they start to take on higher profile cases, they begin to face more serious threats and uncover more dangerous information that may attract the wrong kind of attention. Just as I’ve come to expect of him, Johnathan Stroud does an excellent job giving every one of his characters their own unique personality and building a fantasy world perfect for them to inhabit. Fans of the Bartimaeus series will enjoy the way Stroud compliments the dark and dangerous settings Lockwood & Co. face with a bit of witty humor.
The Screaming Staircase is an enjoyable read full of mystery and suspense that constantly had me excitedly wondering which direction the story would take next. It hints at something big looming behind the scenes and ends with the promise of something interesting coming just around the corner. It’s clear that Stroud has something greater in store. Whatever that may be, you can be sure that I’ll be reading the sequel The Whispering Skull when it comes out this coming September.