I saw the Jack Reacher movie and decided to give the books a try. I didn't read this book instead I listened to it on audio book (my first time listen...moreI saw the Jack Reacher movie and decided to give the books a try. I didn't read this book instead I listened to it on audio book (my first time listening to an audio book) I loved it. I haven't read any of the previous books so I wasn't sure if that was going to matter. It didn't.
My favourite part is how Jack analyzes everything. And his I have nothing to lose attitude. The only downside and this has nothing to do with the writing is I kept picturing Tom Cruise as Reacher. I have no clue what Reacher is actually suppose to look like but I guess that's what happens when you watch a movie before reading/hearing the book. (less)
This is my second time reading this book. The drawings are stunning. I love how the drawings and the words have been combined to tell this wonderful s...moreThis is my second time reading this book. The drawings are stunning. I love how the drawings and the words have been combined to tell this wonderful story. (less)
Cinder blew me away. It’s a futuristic Terminator meet Cinderella tale. There are aliens and a deadly plague. Somehow Marissa mixed all these elements...moreCinder blew me away. It’s a futuristic Terminator meet Cinderella tale. There are aliens and a deadly plague. Somehow Marissa mixed all these elements together and created one fantastic story!
What I liked: 1. The cover is beautiful and eye catching. The cover says that this isn’t going to be the typical Cinderella tale. The red shoe says Cinderella or Cinder, is daring and bold, although at times Cinder is bit of a bumbling idiot. 2. Although I like to see strong female characters, I like that at times Cinder doubted herself. She is strong, but she is also a teenager. What teenage or adult doesn't have moments of doubt? 3. The opening to book one as it's a nice tie back to the Cinderella tale:
"While her sisters were given beautiful dresses and fine slippers, Cinderella had only a filthy smock and wooden shoes"
4. The formatting of the book. There is a little tale, like the one above, at the beginning of each book. The beginning sentence in each chapter is highlighted in black drawing the eye to the page. 5. Cinderella is a cyborg slash mechanic, although my mechanic husband was a bit upset that classic cars had been replaced with hovers, not a future he wants to live in! 5. The Lunar people in another words aliens. They look human and the are from the moon (cool). 6. A young prince that is caring and at times bumbling especially around Cinder. 7. Conflict. Cinderella and the Prince both face major conflicts. They both lose a loved one to the plague and are riddled with self-doubt. 8. There was no fairy godmother. Cinder had to take action on her own. 9. Not everything turns out okay. I know that might sound sadistic, but bad things happen in life. There is a nice balance between good and bad in this novel. I'm sure by the end of the series everything will work out alright.
What I didn't like: 1. At times the story was a bit predictable. 2. I wasn't sure why the book was broken down into four books. I am assuming because there are four books in the series, but I still thought it was weird.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series. (less)
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is a touching tale about love, war, and hope. Young Joey, a one of kind horse with four white socks and a white cross on...moreWar Horse by Michael Morpurgo is a touching tale about love, war, and hope. Young Joey, a one of kind horse with four white socks and a white cross on his forehead, wins the heart of Albert (his true master) and anyone he comes across. Joey goes off to war while Albert is stuck at home as he is too young to go. Will Albert ever see his horse again? Read the book to find out and/or watch the movie that just came out.
What I liked about this book:
1. It's told told from the point of the view of the horse. I can't remember the last time I read a book from the point view of animal that wasn't childish. The horse doesn't have an adult voice either. The horse is both naive and knowledgeable ( a perfect balance). 2. A war book without excessive violence. Michael describes the war in such a way that you experience the war and its horror but can still be enjoyed by all ages. 3. Likable villains. Their really wasn't a strong villain in this book, but this story really wasn't about defeating a person. It was about overcoming obstacles and never losing hope. 4. It made me cry, but not ball. I want to be touched when I'm reading a book, but I don't want to spend the entire time dabbing at my eyes.
* I can't wait to check out Michael's other books! (less)
The text and pictures melt together to tell a heart warming and humorous tale about a bad kitty that learns the true meaning of Christmas. Plus the li...moreThe text and pictures melt together to tell a heart warming and humorous tale about a bad kitty that learns the true meaning of Christmas. Plus the little ones can practice their ABC's while reading it!
I love the rhyme in this book. The illustrations are beautiful. I will be sharing this book with my family during the holidays! (less)