Monday, February 8, 2016

Star Wars: Chewbacca

27203292From Goodreads:    Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca will star in his very own limited comic series! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, 1872, Hulk) and artist Phil Noto (Black Widow, X-23, Uncanny X-Force) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.





My Thoughts:

-    I really hope this series is better than the Lando and Princess Leia series. PLEASE!

-    I feel like we are missing some info on Chewy. What mission is he on? Why isn't Han with him?

-    I kinda like the little girl. She is spunky.

-    The artwork is great! I love Chewy's facial expressions.

-    The different alien species depicted throughout the book were awesome!

-    This was a pretty good first issue. We'll see how the rest go.


27387469Goodreads Says. . .again:    Known as the skilled co-pilot of the infamous Millennium Falcon, the legendary Wookiee warrior Chewbacca will star in his very own limited comic series! After the battle of Yavin, Chewbacca is on his own when he crash lands his ship on an Imperial occupied planet. Now stranded, Chewie finds himself caught in the middle of trying to return to the rebellion and helping a young and feisty girl in need. Writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, 1872, Hulk) and artist Phil Noto (Black Widow, X-23, and Uncanny X-Force) bring us a never-before-seen tale of the heroic Wookiee we all know and love.




My Thoughts:

-    I didn't know Chewy was claustrophobic, but it makes sense.

-    Why is Chewy letting this girl call all the shots? He has more experience with fighting thugs.

-    I love Chewy in this series! His character really shines.

-    Ah! Cliffhanger!


27802659Goodreads Says:    RRRRrrrRAAAAHHHGHGGGG! Errf errrf errff AAAAANNNNG! GGGGGNNNNNaAaAaAaAaA!














My Thoughts:

-    That Goodreads bit is hilarious! I love whoever put that there!

-    Jaum looks like Mr. Freeze. 

-    How did Chewy survive? They have to tell us! He is one tough wookie!

-    Soooooo Zarro can all of a sudden understand Chewy now?

-    Chewy is SO awesome! I'm really happy he got his own spin off series.


27970268From Goodreads:    RRRRrrrRAAAAHHHGHGGGG! Errf errrf errff AAAAANNNNG! GGGGGNNNNNaAaAaAaAaA!














My Thoughts:

-    Okay Goodreads! The first time was funny, the second time not so much.

-    This is a pretty fun series! It has great characters and lots of action. The story is simple, but it makes sense, and I'm really happy overall.


28396925Goodreads Synopsis:    Chewbacca & Zarro face their final challenge...the coming of the Empire! But No Wookiee, No Cry- they're up for it! This is one walking carpet who's not going to be stepped on!












My Thoughts:

-    Zarro is a quick thinker. She is a little Han in the making. No wonder Chewy likes her.

-    Great ending to a fun series! I love the last few pages!

-    This was a very satisfying series! Marvel did a great job with this one! I would definitely recommend it to all the Chewy fans out there.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

1629601Goodreads Says:    Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.


My Thoughts:


-    This would have been a fun story if it hadn't been for the feminist message. I don't think this book's agenda came across quite like it was supposed to.

-    I didn't like Frankie, but I also didn't hate her. She is clever, strong, and fun, but she is also insecure and needy. It was hard to figure her out sometimes. 

-    Why did the feminist message bug me? Well, Frankie's whole goal was to be one of the guys. She wanted to be equal to them by getting their approval. She pouted and threw a fit when Matthew didn't think she was clever and brilliant. Yes, I think equality is important, but I also believe that women and men are built and wired differently. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, and it is these differences that should be embraced and praised. Women and men compliment each other, and we are equal, but not the same. Frankie was not okay being a strong woman. She wanted to be a strong member of the guy's brotherhood. Even in the end, she was seeking approval from Matthew and Alpha. It wasn't until Alpha approved of her cleverness that she was happy. Why should her self worth be based on what a guy thinks of her? I wish Frankie had gotten a group of girls and outwitted the guys. That would have been much more satisfying. Instead she was constantly seeking approval and recognition from the boys.

-    I didn't like any of the guys. Matthew was shallow, lame, and a complete tool. Alpha had major control and ego issues.

-    There is a part in the book where the narrator gives the reader an English lesson on prefixes, and it is awful! It brings the story to a complete standstill for this explanation, and it is so annoying. Plus it feels like that part lasts forever! 

-    Overall, the book kept me interested enough to continue reading, but in the end, I felt disappointed and bugged. I think the whole thing is kinda shallow. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

27398500From Goodreads:    Based on the hit video game, this series tells the story leading up to the beginning of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2! Written by Paul Tobin (Bandette, Banana Sunday) and illustrated by Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army, SpongeBob Comics), this is a hilarious, action-packed, all- ages, zombie-fightin' adventure! * The hit video game franchise continues its comic book invasion with a whole new series!







My Thoughts:

-    I really love the Plant vs. Zombie games ever since the first one came out. My daughter and husband got really into them as well. At Gnome's request, I bought this series. 

-    This was a bit juvenile and weird for me.

-    I liked the illustrations a lot. It looks like a Saturday morning cartoon.

-    The story is crazy yet entertaining.


27973325Goodreads Says:    In this story that ties directly into the hit _Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2_ game, discover how Dr. Zomboss acquires new technology to improve his zombie army! Written by Paul Tobin (Bandette, Banana Sunday) and illustrated by Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army, SpongeBob Comics), this series is for zombie and video game fans of all ages! * The prequel to the Garden Warfare 2 game!








My Thoughts:

-    Okay, I admit that these are kinda funny, silly but funny.

-    It is also pretty dumb. 

-    The orange and the rose are a bit much for me.

-    What is with the gnomes!?


28341956Goodreads Says:    In this story that ties directly into the hit Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 game, discover how Dr. Zomboss acquires new technology to improve his zombie army! Written by Paul Tobin (Bandette, Banana Sunday) and illustrated by Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army, SpongeBob Comics), this series is for zombie and video game fans of all ages! 

The prequel to the Garden Warfare 2 game!








My Thoughts:

-    Thank goodness there are only 3 issues in the series!!!

-    Nate is SO dumb!

-    The story and everything is getting ridiculous. The only reason this is staying in our house is because my kid is enjoying it.

-    What is the point of the gnomes!?!?

-    Everything is SO random!

-    I will not be purchasing more Plants vs. Zombies comics. Sorry PopCap and Dark Horse!

-    Gnome thought these were funny. She is 5, so I get that these interest her a little more than me. The next time she wants these read to her though, she will have to ask Daddy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Uncanny X-Men: Volume 1

7020109Goodreads Says:    Celebrate Marvel's 70th anniversary by experiencing the tales of the world's most-famous super heroes from the very beginning The Marvel Masterworks have brought readers deluxe hardcover collections of Marvel's classics from the Golden Age, Atlas Era, and the mighty Marvel Age, and now you can join in the Masterworks excitement with Marvel's new Marvel Masterworks trade paperbacks. Go back to the early days of Chris Claremont's legendary run in Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Volume 1. Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus; Endowed with unique abilities, these mutants were summoned by Professor X to rescue the original X-Men, an underground organization sworn to protect those that fear and hate them. Relive their original adventures - discover the human within the hero and the truth behind the legend Collects The X-Men #101-110.

My Thoughts:

-    Woo! I'm excited to start this new series with new and awesome members of the team! Even though they aren't really new to me, I loved reading about how they were introduced to The X-Men, and I especially loved seeing Professor Xavier gather up the new recruits.

-    When we first meet storm is not wearing much! Yeesh! This is pretty risque for 1975.

-    I didn't know Banshee was ever a good guy. I don't know if I trust him. He has a really annoying mutant power. I'd hate to be fighting around him.

-    The comics and stories are definitely improving from when The X-Men first started, but some of the writing is still very cheesy. Some of the characters get way more intense than they need to.

-    I enjoy Wolverine's snarky remarks and feisty attitude. He has always been a favorite because of that. I love that Wolverine really hasn't changed through the years.

-    Cyclops hasn't changed much either. He is and always will be a drama queen!

-    I don't understand why some words are bold and others aren't. In fact, I'm not a big fan of the letterer. It is difficult to easily read some of the words. I feel like I have to slow down my reading because letters aren't clear. There are also some wrong words here and there, not a lot, but enough to annoy, i.e. think instead of thing.

-    I don't get why Xavier feels like he needs to leave a babysitter for his X-Men when he leaves. They are all adults.

-    The beginning of My Brother, My Enemy is about Xavier having weird dreams/visions. I'm pretty sure this is leading up to the Phoenix Saga!

-    There is a lot more swearing in this volume. The characters used to not swear at all. Now they are using deity swears a lot.

-    The 100th issue is a great one! Hooray for reaching 100 issues of X-Men!!! I wonder how many are out now. The 100th issue has a really sweet spread on the opening page! I love it! I want it framed!

-    This volume has quite the cliffhanger! Wow! I'm excited for the next volume!

-    I know we are leading up to the Phoenix Saga, but I didn't know it happened so soon in the X-Men comics. Wow!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

George's Marvellous Medicine

23551127Goodreads Says:    George's grouchy grandmother needs a taste of her own medicine--and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!













My Thoughts:

-    This story was very funny! I love how George describes his grandma, and I loved it when he was running around the house adding all sorts of crazy things to his brew. 

-    Every kid would love to make a concoction like George's. Too bad it isn't safe, or good on the budget.

-    I love the illustrations, especially of the grandma and the animals. Quentin Blake is amazing! 

-    I love that Roald Dahl created stories that entertain both children and adults. He had quite the imagination. It has been so fun to share these with my daughter. Thank you Roald Dahl!

-    Gnome couldn't get enough of this book. She kept asking for just one more chapter, ha ha! She never wanted this story to end.


Gnome's Thoughts: (spoilers)

-    I liked when he gathered things and made the medicine.

-    My favorite part was when Mr. Kranky and George were running around giving animals the medicine.

-    It was funny.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Little Women Read Along Kick Off


Today is the day! Are you ready?

Suey will be hosting Chapters 1 - 17
She will have a discussion post on her blog on February 10.
There will also be a Twitter Chat on February 10 @ 5:00 PM (MST).

Please use #LittleWomenRAL for all our thoughts, quotes, comments, etc.

I will be reading the Barnes and Noble Classics Edition.
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It is 180 pages to finish Chapter 17, so that is about 20 pages a day. 
Sounds very doable right?

Let's do this thing!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ally Carter

On Monday, I went to The King's English with Suey, Tori, and Jenni to see Ally Carter. She was promoting her newest Embassy Row book.

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I haven't read the Embassy Row or Heist Society books, but I've read all of the Gallagher Girl books, and I enjoyed them.

Here is me and the gang!

Here is Ally giving her spiel. It was short and sweet, and she answered questions for most of the time. It was cool. She talks fast, but you can understand everything she is saying. She was really hilarious and highly entertaining. She had everyone laughing and smiling the whole time. She also had a fun Oklahoma accent that just made her more endearing. It was a fun event!

Here are some things she talked about:

 -    When she got the idea for her first Embassy Row book, she brainstormed the plot out with Holly Black.

-    She has always wanted to write a story about teens that live on Embassy Row. She was intrigued by kids having to grow up on a street with different languages, different culture, where everyone has diplomatic immunity, etc.

-    When asked who her favorite couple from her books was, she replied with Mr. Solomon and her. She would really like that. Ha!

-    The 10 year anniversary of the Gallagher Girl books is coming up, and they are getting new covers! Ally is in the middle of writing epilogues to add to each book. They will be from a different perspective than Cammie's. 

-    The hardest book she has had to write is Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy. She still had her day job at that point, and she had to write late into the night and into the morning. She talked about how hard it is to write a sequel. She wrote 3 completely different plots for that book. She kept saying how that book almost killed her.

-    Ally's advice for aspiring writers is to write! Don't be afraid of bad words. She related writing to an old hose. You have to let the water run to get the dirty water out.

-    She doesn't do a lot of research for her books. She makes up most of the gadgets and names them herself.

-    Ally loves to read historical romances. She thinks they aren't that different from what she writes.

Here is Ally signing books! She was so kind and talked to everyone in line.

Group photo with the author!

It was such a fun event! Thanks King's English!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Westmark Trilogy

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My Thoughts:

-    These are awesome! They are written by the legendary Lloyd Alexander! Nuff said!

-    Go read them!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Esio Trot

6251971Goodreads Synopsis:    An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic… 

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.




My Thoughts:

-    Fun read! There is no message or lesson to learn here. This book is just for pure entertainment.

-    Gnome and I enjoyed this book so much. We finished it in two sittings. It is really short and has lots of pictures, so it wasn't too hard to get through.

-    Quentin Blake's illustrations are SO much fun! I love how much they add to the story. Roald Dahl's books wouldn't be the same without them. Blake's style matches Dahl's stories perfectly!

-    I finally get the title of this book!! It is Tortoise backwards! HA!

-    A very whimsical, clever, and fun book! I loved reading this to my daughter.


Gnome's Thoughts: (spoilers)

-    I liked how he switched the tortoises.

-    I liked how the tortoise was too big to go in the house.

-    It was funny.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Matilda

MatildaFrom Goodreads:    Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinay child with thoroughly ordinary and rather unpleasant parents, who are contemptuous of their daughter's prodigious talents. But underestimating Matilda proves to be a huge mistake, as they, along with her vile headmistress Miss Trunchbull, are soon to discover.










My Thoughts:

-    This is a childhood favorite of mine! I love Matilda!

-    Matilda is such a lovable character. Her family doesn't understand her, and they don't realize how brilliant she is. She finds solace in books, and who doesn't love that!?

-    Matilda's parents and Miss Trunchbull are horrible monstrous people, and you just love to hate them. They are such iconic antagonists.

-    I love Miss Honey and her situation. She and Matilda have so much to connect over. Every reader just can't help but root for them!

-    Of course, Dahl adds a bit of whimsy in this book, and it creates a charming and amazing tale!

-    Quentin Blake's illustrations are always a pleasure to see. They add so much to the books, and my daughter loves seeing his pictures.

-    I was so excited to share this with my 5 year old daughter. We watched the movie together, and she was excited to read the book, but while we were reading, she wasn't too interested. She liked it, but not as much as The BFG.


Gnome's Thoughts: (spoilers)

-    I liked where they poured water on the Trunchbull's face.

-    I liked the newt part.

-    I liked that Matilda got to stay with Miss Honey.