I will admit that I was a little afraid this book was going to be a downer, but my curiosity got the best if me so I requested it & was awarded a...moreI will admit that I was a little afraid this book was going to be a downer, but my curiosity got the best if me so I requested it & was awarded a free copy in exchange for honest review. I laughed so hard in places that years came to my eyes. I really was not sure if it was appropriate or meant to be laughed about, but I read on. More laughing.
Among the laughing, I did discover that I had gone through some of the poor fella's phases myself. Unappreciated do gooder, recluse, etc. Many of us likely have at one point in time and it was actually refreshing to read that someone else had at least let these pathetic thoughts cross their mind. They had to or how else were they on paper. The thoughts too horrible & self absorbed to say out loud just spread from one page to the next but said in such a convinced way that it couldn't be anything but scandalous. Just scandalous I say. Haha.
This was such a well written book about emotions & the roller coaster they can take you on if you let them. It's a poor me book, but I really admire the poor fella's pride in doing what he does best. If you are having a hard time in life, give this a read & at least you'll get a good laugh.
This book begins with the following author's note: "One crisp sunny morning I was surprised to find a package left at my front door containing this book in manuscript form. Its author included a note saying that his last name was Lewis, that he had seen a book of mine, and that he had decided to adopt my name as his own. In addition, he expected me to publish his (our) book and that the cover should be "nice." I have tried to do as requested." What follows this note is a rollicking fictional memoir that takes us through the ups and downs of the mysterious author's life. And what a life it is, full to the brim with every imaginable kind of neurotic behavior. There is method to this madness. In earlier books, including the best-selling A Question of Values and its sequel The Beguiling Serpent, Lewis developed a unique theory of the emotions. The " Poor Me" Manual further develops the theory and brings it to vivid life. This is fun reading. You will often laugh out loud. But you will also learn a great deal about the emotions and about which emotional strategies work and which don't. This book would be a great gift for anybody, but especially the teenager in your life(less)
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the idea of a sister like, lifelong friend. I loved Rachel's flash backs to the past and how sh...moreReview:
I was immediately drawn to this book because of the idea of a sister like, lifelong friend. I loved Rachel's flash backs to the past and how she & Clara grew up & grew to be the best of friends. She described Clara in a very negative way to be such good buddies though. I was first curious about that and could not read fast enough because I was so curious to know what would happen next. I did notice, and get aggravated, that in Rachel's long letter (the book) to Clara that she seemed to say Clara's name in every sentence. It did seem to make more sense at the end.
The book was full of twists and turns that kept my mind churning trying to figure out what was going on. What was Clara's deal. I respected Rachel & felt for her because of her mother's coldness to her as a child and admired that she grew up to be so successful and outgoing.
I was very surprised at the last bit of the book & it is so hard to discuss without spoilers and I hate when people tell you step by step what happens as a review. I'll just say this is a thrilling mix up of pieces you will enjoy putting together. The ending is so twisted, dark, with a touch of nuts that I personally loved it. I am glad I was given a free copy to for an honest review. It is a favorite of mine this month.
I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.
Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.
They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under one another’s spell and nothing would be the same again. Now in their late twenties Rachel has the television career, the apartment and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling further out of control. Yet despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, reported missing. Is it abduction, suicide or something else altogether?
Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it. In Colette McBeth's Precious Thing.(less)(less)
In the third installment of Claude's hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They re...moreBook desc
In the third installment of Claude's hilarious adventures, Claude and Sir Bobblysock pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-bulding competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shineyshoes come in from work.
Our cute little dog and his best friend Sir Bobblysock are out for another day's adventure. I love the illustrations in the Claude books. The pictures as well as the story are cute and entertaining for young readers. I was fortunate to receive this complementary copy for review.
Claude has an adventure just by going to the beach. Our curious Claude packs a somewhat strange suitcase and heads out with Sir Bobblysock to the beach. It is also hilarious that his sock friend hops, walks, wears sunglasses... isnt an "imaginary " friend at all. It is so much fun seeing what mishap comes with each turn of the page. Claude's day at the beach is actually many little adventures and hilarious adventures before the pirates come along for his assistance.
Awesome series. Can not wait for more of this quirky little pup & Sir Bobblysock.(less)
This is the second book in this wonderfully crafted children's book.
Again the Crook twins (boy and girl) are trying to do a good deed and raise money...moreThis is the second book in this wonderfully crafted children's book.
Again the Crook twins (boy and girl) are trying to do a good deed and raise money , but here comes mom & dad to add their criminal element & turn the twin's good deed to a misadventure in crooked crookery.
Just like in the first book, the Crook parents step in and change their children's good intentions to a crime.
I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review. This book, like the first, is so hilarious and unforgettable.
I love the beginning when the son is choosing his "booty" for the day to go with his old woman costume. Crooks must always go out in disguise. These lovable twins and their good intentions gone awry are so side splitting funny. I can not wait for the illustrated copies to come out to share them with my son.
As in the first book, the children have to be creative and complete many challenges to get their good deeds accomplished in spite of their Crook parents. It is good that these twins are determined to do good deeds in spite of even their own parents not contributing.(less)
A funny, silly new series perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey. Mary Amato is a star of state master and children's choice lists and returns to the age cate...moreA funny, silly new series perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey. Mary Amato is a star of state master and children's choice lists and returns to the age category of her popular Riot Brothers chapter book series with this new venture.
When their parents steal a monkey from the zoo to help them pick pockets, our heroes rush into action and return the wily animal using disguises, inventions, and old-fashioned shoe leather. They also learn what a monkey can do in 11 minutes: 1) Stick his fingers in your right nostril. 2) Lick your eyebrows, pick his teeth, and then wipe his finger on your shirt.
Giggles and guffaws will be the result of anyone reading Book One of Good Crooks.
Moon Shine Art's Review <\b>
What a fun concept. The Crook children (twin boy and girl) and their misadventures in trying to be crooks as mom and dad want while their hearts are pulling them to do good.
I love the story and the cover, but regret that I did not get to see the finished artwork in my review copy. I received a free copy d this book in order to give an honest review. This book is so hilarious and unforgettable. The children have to dress as old women as they go out (always in disguise). Their live style in itself is so funny, but kidnapping the "cute" monkey was a lot more than they bargained for. There are so many mishaps and oopsies there is no way to put this book down.
I read the book first without my son and even though I am grown, I laughed so hard my sides hurt. The monkey and the children's personalities were so set for side splitting disaster, perfect combo for fun.
It is good too that all ends with many good deeds accomplished even though the Crook parents were trying to train them to be crooks. (less)
From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads comes a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to...moreBook description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Back Roads comes a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer.
Dr. Sheridan Doyle a fastidiously groomed and TV-friendly forensic psychologist is the go-to shrink for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office whenever a twisted killer's mind eludes other experts. But beneath his Armani pinstripes, still Danny Doyle, the awkward, terrified, bullied boy from a blue-collar mining family, plagued by panic attacks and haunted by the tragic death of his little sister and mental unraveling of his mother years ago.
Returning to a hometown grappling with its own ghosts, Danny finds a dead body at the infamous Lost Creek gallows where a band of rebellious Irish miners was once executed. Strangely, the body is connected to the wealthy family responsible for the miners' deaths. Teaming up with veteran detective Rafe, a father-like figure from his youth, Danny in pursuit of a killer comes dangerously close to startling truths about his family, his past, and himself.
In this masterfully told psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, the past and present collide to put Lost Creek's long-lived ghosts to bed.
Moon Shine Art Spot's review:
I literally could not put this book down until I finished it. (Between chores & family it did still take 2 days). I absolutely can not say enough good about this fast paced thrill ride. I am very grateful to have received this copy from the publisher for an honest review. I immediately liked Dr. Doyle (Danny). He had a certain self depreciating quality about his past of growing up in a small mining town with a mentally ill mother who'd been in prison for murdering his baby sister and his abusive father. He was lucky to have an awesome grandfather who he went to when his dad was drunk & a policeman in town who took him under his wing when he was a child.
I love all of the brain / mental health diagnosis talk and Danny's manner with people. He has never felt that he fit in in the small mining town & several generations down the list of a huge scandal / ghost story between the rich mining family & the rebellious Nellie's who were hung there long ago. He grew up on the stories his grandfather told him about his ancestor hanging.
Danny is simply returning to check on his 90 something year old grandpa & has no idea what adventures he & Lost Creek will endure throughout his visit. Once the killing starts the tangled web to deceive, which has been building for decades, involves the Nellies', their later generations, some old ghosts, and many uncovered secrets that get even more killed. This book is well worth the read if you love suspense & mystery. When you have it figured out, here comes another twist.
The story is expertly written portraying the characters as real, likeable - or unlike able characters in many situations. Even the psychotic characters get a smudge if sympathy from me at times & then go mess it up. Haha. (less)
This early reader book series is a wonderful way to get you g readers (girls) to get excited about reading. The illustrations help the story flow and...moreThis early reader book series is a wonderful way to get you g readers (girls) to get excited about reading. The illustrations help the story flow and the fast paced action keeps the young reader's attention.
I love the playful illustrations and the lessons of kindles,and generosity that are also a,part,of these fun, funky early reader books. I would buy these myself and holy recommend this one. It is all about friends and many of the things girls are made of..
I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher to give an honest review of.(less)
These beginning reader books are great for young new readers. My 8 year old son & I loved this book. It is so funny &...moreMoonShineArtSpot Review:
These beginning reader books are great for young new readers. My 8 year old son & I loved this book. It is so funny & full of good intention gone not just perfect. It is an incredibly funny read and the thought if a special magic coin making strange things just adds so much to a young one's imagination.
As a matter of fact our main character finds himself having to use his own imagination to solve all of the things that have gone wrong and earn enough money to be on the soccer team. Fun & action packed story of many mishaps.
Book Description: This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Ed has to sell chocolate bars to raise money for his soccer team, but the bars have all melted. He must find another way to raise money--and fast! Ed uses his newfound ability to make strange things happen, but his plans go awry and Ed ends up needing money for the soccer team, his friend Mouse, AND two new windows! With surreal and funny antics throughout, the second book in this heavily illustrated early chapter book series is sure to keep kids laughing.
The Notebook of Doom #2: Day of the Night Crawlers (A Branches Book) by Troy Cummings
Monsters have never been this much fun!
This series is part of Scho...moreThe Notebook of Doom #2: Day of the Night Crawlers (A Branches Book) by Troy Cummings
Monsters have never been this much fun!
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In this second book in the series, Alexander and his new friend, Rip, try to learn more about the monster-filled notebook. They follow clues left by strange worms called night crawlers. It turns out new monsters are in town--giant fish monsters called tunnel fish--and even a fish-kabob monster! This humorous, action-packed book has fun black-and-white illustrations on every page.
My son asked me to read this book to him before he fell asleep tonight and I can see why he loves this series so much. He has already read this book once, it wanted to hear it again, and I don't blame him? Where were these entertaining books when I was 8? The action and humor were fast paced and hilarious.
My son can also use this book he has read at home to take his AR quizzes at school. Learning and having fun doing it. I love that even though it is a chapter book, the book still has hilarious illustrations to help the imagination along a bit. I recall hating having to start reading books without pictures so this is a wonderful mix of both worlds.
Highly recommend. My son loves the whole series....(less)
Very interesting concept. In Dystopian US, does Kitty have what it takes to be more than a disposable pawn in someone else's game?
Would you sell the r...moreVery interesting concept. In Dystopian US, does Kitty have what it takes to be more than a disposable pawn in someone else's game?
Would you sell the rate possibility of protecting a loved one because you were graded a III on a government test but have the chance to do better? Kitty, through corruption, murder, etc. is given the chance to fill in for a VII (the highest rank reserved for the government elite). Would you sell out the rest of the world for your own personal benefit as many others do & have throughout the past 71 years in this country?
Kitty, and others who score low on the government test that is suppose to judge everyone's ability to contribute to society fairly, are sent to a place called Elsewhere. Criminals, thieves, outspoken, protestors are plain shot, steal an orange, or just get too old to be useful & off you go from society.
Because of Kitty's III she will have to work in sewers far from her boyfriend who she expects to score a VI soon. She decided to hide and become a prostitute, but because if her rare eye color she is recruited by the government to take the place of the recently killed niece who was trying to start a rebellion. Kitty is surgically altered to look like Lila (niece to Prime Minister).
Kitty must become Lila and stop the rebellion for more equal rights if she hops to protect her boyfriend. Lila's mother and fience both hope that Kitty, as Lila, may keep on Lila's work at the risk of her own life.
The characters are well rounded and I have read the first half of the book in my first sitting. It is intriguing to see how corrupt the government is with control of the media. There is so much suspense ... Who is true & who is simply looking out for their own life.
What will Kitty / new Lila do about the other citizens? Risk her high standing & life as the original Lila did or follow the Prime Minister's orders to save her & her old boyfriend's neck?(less)
This book demonstrates what a great children's book should be. Excellent and exciting characters, action, and a good moral message. From loved author...moreThis book demonstrates what a great children's book should be. Excellent and exciting characters, action, and a good moral message. From loved author Eva Ibbotson, another wonderful children's book that will be enjoyed for years. An upbeat and fun way for young people to learn about animal rights and doing important things for the world.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. It is an excellent children's book and the story not only entertains, but also introduces children to a very important life lesson about caring for animals and their world.(less)
In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.
America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.
Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.
Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.
MOONSHINE ART's Review:
I really liked the possibilities of this book. It was very interesting to think about a ravaged America and to imagine what was in the forbidden Savage Zone. I was on the edge of my seat when I realized that Lane was going to have to cross over as she was being demanded to do. Lane and her friends were accustomed to the protection of the wall since the devastating biological disaster that had drastically split the United States east of the Mississippi River, abandoning and leaving the west part as the Feral Zone. Nobody was allowed to cross the wall. Apparently some people would brave the dangers in the zone as well as the fact that crossing the border was punishable by death, to retrieve artifacts such as artwork from the abandoned museums for huge amounts of money.
I was so anxious to find out what she would encounter on the other side.
Some mutation type books just take things too far into the literally unimaginable, but the descriptions were written so well you could picture the mutant enough to make your heart race at the thought of being in that situation and hour it must feel. Rafe brought a humor to the story that was both welcome and realistic of a not so civilized fella. The journey was exciting, horrifying, with a little dry humor from Rafe in spots.
This is one of the best suited books I have read for teens as well as some preteen audiences this year. I was glad to receive this complementary copy to be able to provide an honest review. I really enjoyed the book, I would recommend and buy this book for friends etc.(less)
A tricky box full of surprises for teens and adults alike. What would you do if you were in a shopping parking lot or just walking along & suddenl...moreA tricky box full of surprises for teens and adults alike. What would you do if you were in a shopping parking lot or just walking along & suddenly found yourself on an island naked? That is just what happened to all of the teens on NIL. Each person from different places all over earth show up on NIL at different times through a gate/portal. They discover they have only 1 year to catch an outgoing portal to return to earth. This is exactly what happened to Charley & Thad & a village of other young people. There are also other things that come through those portals .... dangerous animals etc.
Every day is a fight for survival and to try to figure out a pattern to the gates to assist in escaping NIL's nightmares. Thad refers to NIL as a being that plays games with them, but Charley thinks it has something to learning a lesson. With only a year to catch a gate & get off of the island they learn about living for today & working as a team to help each other to survive. But of course there are the incoming who do not want to work together, but to steal & trick the others.
The story has a pretty good flow & the characters are well rounded. The good & the crazy both make sense. Many people would make the most of the circumstance & many of us wouldn't, just as in the story. The story really said a lot about real every day life & how we live it. After all, none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow even here on normal earth are we?
It was pleasure to read this free copy from the publisher before it's release date and the review provided is my honest opinion of the book. (less)
I was immediately attracted to this book because of it's beautifully illustrated cover & title. I was granted a copy from NetGalley for review. I...moreI was immediately attracted to this book because of it's beautifully illustrated cover & title. I was granted a copy from NetGalley for review. I loved it. At times I was an only child and my son is also an only child with a half brother visiting regularly. I could relate to the book myself & so could my son.
The book is a wonderful story that highlights the benefits if being the only child even though it is often boring and lonely. My son has asked us to adopt a boy his age so he'd have a brother his age to play with. Haha. My son, as well as many only children do not realize that families with multiple children aren't necessarily better.
I appreciate that the story successfully shines a positive light on various types of family life and helps only children to see the benefits of their family that aren't present in a multi child family. Sometimes boredom makes a child want many around, but extra parental attention & "goodies" would have to be spread thinner. There are benefits to both types of situations and it is all explained in a reassuring and loving manner. (less)