I was pleasantly surprised how cute this book is! Not only did Mrs Wenger write an entertaining retelling** Originally posted on www.BunnyCates.com **
I was pleasantly surprised how cute this book is! Not only did Mrs Wenger write an entertaining retelling (with an important lesson) but she illustrated it perfectly! There are the cutest hand drawn sketches through out the book that helped give the story the visual aspect that is so important to younger readers. They are also “line art” type sketches, so I can imagine many a little one would love to give this art work their very own flair with splashes of crayons!
Much like the classic Red Riding Hood, this version has a lesson to be learned and that lesson is “don’t judge a book by its cover” so to speak. Throughout her journey to Grandmothers house, Red meets a lot of new fun friends. True to the original, Red gets quite a surprise when she reaches her destination.
As a mom, I could see reading this to/with say 3 to 6 or 7 year olds. The story is a little quick read, and I think is sure to entertain. “Challenge” wise it was definitely under Bug’s reading level. She is 5th grade reading on 8th grade level, but story wise – she smiled the whole way through so I would say it would be a great pick for like 7 years and under....more
I was sent a copy of this book from the author. She, like us, is from Kentucky so I could**Originally posted on my site BUNNYCATES.COM **
I was sent a copy of this book from the author. She, like us, is from Kentucky so I couldn’t wait for it to show up! I think I was more excited about it coming then Sis was! Can I just take a moment to comment on the cover art. GORGEOUS!
Sis (age 10) and I read this one as a “read together” book. Each night, each of us would read a chapter aloud. I really enjoyed it. It was great mommy/daughter time, and the story was fun and different.
From a mom’s perspective, I thought the book was great. I kept thinking The Magic of Finkleton would be an easy way to introduce the topic of a death (which is really a hard topic to introduce to younger ones). In the very beginning Uncle Harry passes away, and the family have to move to take over his store. The story touches on their loss of the Uncle, and throughout the book the continually talk in remembrance of him. I know I am “reading” a lot into it, but I thought that having them talk about Uncle Harry, etc. Shows younger kids, that may well have not had to deal with “death” yet, that it’s ok. People die, that happens. It’s ok to miss them, and ok to go on remembering them. I just thought it was a wonderful piece of the story.
The mysteries kept me (the adult) reading and entertained. I couldn’t wait to find out “what” was going on. =D I enjoyed the kids mouthiness, and then how their secrets bind them as they try to solve the mysteries! Sis and I literally laughed out loud at the kids bantering back and forth at each other. “She’s not a LADY”… LOL
My favorite character in this book has to be lil Lizzy and her love for books. She has a smart mouth and a love for words. That child could definitely have been born to this house. LOL
In the end, I say this is a great book. Would be great for kids say 6+ (with help reading). I enjoyed this one, and Sis’s review of it will be up later this week if you’d like to see her take on the story. ...more
Loved. It. How’s that for a professional review? haha. Seriously! OMGosh you guys. When I finished reading**originally posted on www.bunnycates.com **
Loved. It. How’s that for a professional review? haha. Seriously! OMGosh you guys. When I finished reading this book, it was like 3am. I ran upstairs where my Mr. was in his office and tossed the book in his lap, then I just started telling him about it. When I get excited I talk REALLY fast and I forget to breath. So, when I was finished, I leaned against the door and fake smoked a fake cigarette with a HUGE intake of air. He just looked up at me and said “So… you liked it then?” UGH!!! I could’ve punched him in the face! haha!!!
How to review this story without giving away too much of the plot, hmmm…
Filter is book one of a series, and thus the beginning of the story. In this installment we are following two timelines of events: the late 1800s and present day St. Louis. Told through alternating P.O.V. we meet the 1800’s young Katherine, and we also meet present day Rocky. Normally, I am not a fan of the alternating point of views in a book. It usually ends up distracting from the story instead of enhancing. However, in Filter, the author has written the p,o.v. transitions with such skill that the story just flows through the changes. I can’t imagine it being written any other way.
I have to admit, I loved the Katherine/Viktor storyline (picture me saying “Veek-tor”, lol). There, I admitted it. I can no longer deny that I enjoy romance. *sigh* What has happened to me?! Katherine, a prominent St Louis attorney’s sickly headstrong daughter. Viktor a foreign Dr/Scientists sickly and handsome son. Meet. Sparks. Parents forbid them to be together. Ahh, young love.
Rocky’s storyline: I headstrong orphaned teen, who flees to St. Louis on the hopes of finding her own path (and a promise of wealth through an unlikely bloodline). She is strong, independent, and smart. Usually. And “the Third”. OMG, *swoon*… yes, “the Third” makes my toes curl and my face to girl giggle…haha.
How they are connected is a mystery, and the story is basically page after page of adventure as we try to fit together the pieces of the puzzle. The story is dark, gothic, romantic, and tragic. Yep, Ole Miss Bunny Cates cried her face off toward the end.
When you finish a book, and you have to smoke a fake cigarette…that’s when you know you’ve read something amazing. I totally recommend this one for anyone who enjoys: historical fiction, romance, suspense, mystery, ya
**originally posted on BUNNYCATES.com July 27, 2011**
This book isn’t your average vamp story. There is no girl here “loving” the broody, sexy, dangero**originally posted on BUNNYCATES.com July 27, 2011**
This book isn’t your average vamp story. There is no girl here “loving” the broody, sexy, dangerous vampire. In Blood Reaction A Vampire Novel, the vampire basically invades a woman’s home and tells her pretty much she will do what he wants or he will eat her kid. Like any mom, she does what she is told to save her kid…that is until she figures a way out of the situation.
I loved the medical aspects of this book. The author is a doctor, so her training in the field came through and the story was amazing for it!
The characters were well “fleshed” out, excuse the pun. haha. I really liked Annalice, and I loved hating Asa. I loved LOVED the ending, as in was sitting on the edge of my chair with my mouth hanging open as I turned the final few pages!
This book was a super fast read for me, I read it in one day, practically one sitting – if I hadn’t had to stop to cook dinner… I say this is a GREAT READ, and would be great for anyone who enjoys adult vampire tales.
Warning to parents: this is an adult novel. It contains: blood, gore, and violent sexual content...more
I’ve been putting this review off for a few days now, trying to digest my feelings about this book. I guess the best thing for me to do is just say it, so ….
I did like the book. But...
Always a "but", right? I felt the writing style was aimed at a younger YA crowd, however, the content is NOT. This book contains an abduction and multiple/repeated rape. Its not graphic or anything, but it is what it is. I am in no way trying to say such things should not be in books, I’m just saying I am uncomfortable reading it. (Probably due to family history) I really am uncomfortable with the thought of kids reading it. I mean, my own kids are 13 & 17. I would not recommend this book to them, even though it is clearly written to that age range “style” wise. Call me a fuddy duddy, or over protective, or whatever if you want. That is just the way it is.
Ive seen several interviews with this author where she states she wrote this book because she wished there’d been something like it available when she was a teen. I get that, I do, and I find it very admirable. Feelings for the author and the author’s cause should have no baring on my review of the book though. So, what did I think about the actual book?
Character wise: I never connected to the main character, Sarah. Even though there was plenty of back story about her and how she was constantly bullied over her “stain”, I just didn't care. I kept thinking about my own childhood and how mean the kids were to me about my name & my weight, and shrugging. Kids are bullied all the time. For being heavy, for being poor, for being smart. Truth is, kids are assholes. And I really just didn’t care about her. She felt flat to me.
The secondary characters, were just that. Secondary (in other words, ordinary). I repeatedly rolled my eyes at the parents, especially in the second half of the book. And Sarah’s friends, *sigh*.
Story wise: I thought the story was well thought out. I did like the idea of it. I enjoyed the whole “who is the bad guy” thing and waiting for everyone else to figure it out. I didn't care for how it was delivered. The tone or style of the book feels like its aimed at younger teens, and having repeated rape in a book for that age range…just makes me cringe.
And then there is the romance part. The romance aspect of the book, was meh. The “ugly” duckling finds true love in the end. Really? I probably would have enjoyed this book SO MUCH more had there not been a secondary ‘love story’ plot going on.
So, where does that leave me?
I read the book, I did not DNF it. I finished it because I wanted to see how it would end. So, something must have been drawing me into the story. Right?
I don’t know that I would recommend it to adults because the writing style, just felt “dumbed down” for me. If that makes sense at all. And I would never recommend it to kids because of the content matter. I just wouldn’t feel comfortable telling a kid to pick it up. Well, unless I thought they would benefit from it and their parents wouldn’t disapprove of the content. Mom Notes: This book contains: bullying, abduction, and rape.
For Students & Teachers: * this book is NOT listed yet, but other books by this author, in similar genre rank: ATOS Book Level: UG Interest Level: 3.7 AR Points: 7...more
Well, I put off reading this series for over two years. Why? Because anything with that much press just couldn't possibly live up to the hype. Plus, IWell, I put off reading this series for over two years. Why? Because anything with that much press just couldn't possibly live up to the hype. Plus, I have never been a "trend" follower. LOL!
I broke down and opened this night before last, when I couldn't sleep. I finished it last night as my eyes drifted. Yes, it was THAT good. I am almost ashamed to admit, not only that I liked it, but I liked it A LOT. ...more
This book was very slow to "get going". It took nearly 150 pages to get the main character home from the war and actually get to "meet" the bad guy. TThis book was very slow to "get going". It took nearly 150 pages to get the main character home from the war and actually get to "meet" the bad guy. The story was not well paced, at all. After all the reccomendations, I was very dissappointed....more
I enjoyed this book, enough to finish it. It wasn't boring like some "bios" can be. I'm not sure whether I believe any of her accounts, but she is a vI enjoyed this book, enough to finish it. It wasn't boring like some "bios" can be. I'm not sure whether I believe any of her accounts, but she is a very interesting personality. :)...more