Monday, November 20, 2017

Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!

17841562From Goodreads:    The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series!

When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it's up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.







My Thoughts:

-    I read this with Gnome, and I think we were both meh about it. 

-    There were a lot of silly moments, but we rarely laughed.

-    I thought the best part of the book was Amp's mind control powers. I wish there had been more of that. 

-    The ending left me feeling like the whole story was a waste of time. The characters spent all this time trying to accomplish their goal, and for what!? Nothing!

-    I didn't really love any of the characters, they were tolerable at best. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lord Fenton's Folly

25205323Goodreads Synopsis:    Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt—and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him.

However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well.

Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice. But can Alice risk her heart a second time?

My Thoughts:

-    This was good, but not as good as I thought it would be.

-    I didn't think Charles and Alice were a good match, not even at the end. I thing Alice could have secured a man that appreciated her more. I think Charles needed a lot more growth. I'm convinced he will resort to his childish ways. I think Charles needs Alice WAY more than Alice needs him.

-    I really liked the relationship between Alice and Lady Chariton. I love how they first bonded over Alice's mom, and then they slowly became good friends. 

-    I liked the overall theme of forgiveness and charity at the end, but it was put on a bit heavy. 

-    Since Lord Fenton had a role in A Heart Revealed, I was hoping to see a cameo from Amber or Thomas, but alas.

The Siege of Macindaw

6070896Goodreads Says:    The kingdom is in danger. Renegade knight Sir Keren has succeeded in overtaking Castle Macindaw and is now conspiring with the Scotti. The fate of Araluen rests in the hands of two young adventurers: the Ranger Will and his warrior friend, Horace. Yet for Will, the stakes are even higher. For inside the castle, someone he loves is being held hostage. And now the time has come for this onetime apprentice to grow up.










My Thoughts:

-    I love this series! I can't say enough about it. 

-    I enjoyed the growing relationship between Will and Alyss. I wish they were able to interact more.

-    I'm so happy that Horace joined Will in this one. I liked that Will had a trusted friend by his side, and I loved the dialogue between Will and Horace when they were hashing out battle plans. 

-    I love that this is a fantasy book that uses science instead of sorcery. Will and his friend are able to use parlor tricks and science to convince the simple folk that there is sorcery going on, and I love when they use their tricks to scare people. 

-    The battle to take back Macindaw and save Alyss was fun. I loved all the different strategies and things. 

-    The end of this book just left me with a bug smile on face.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All the Truth That's in Me

17297487Goodreads Synopsis:    Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.


My Thoughts:

-    This book was nothing like I expected, which is usually a good thing, but not this time.

-    Kudos to the marketing department for getting people to pick up this book. The cover and blurbs are gripping, but they have nothing to do with the story. The cover is very misleading.

-    I was kinda thrown with the time period and setting. I wasn't expecting it, and it took me a while to wrap my head around it. 

-    The majority of the book was slow and boring to me. I felt like everything is given away at the beginning, and the rest of the book is boring. 

-    I wasn't a fan of the writing style. I didn't like the second person. It bugged me. 

-    I didn't like any of the characters. Judith's obsession with Lucas really bugged me. I hate that she talked to him and about him in her head all the time. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Heart Revealed

23453182From Goodreads:    Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
 
But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?




My Thoughts:

-    I enjoyed this story, not as much as other Proper Romances, but I still liked it. 

-    I liked that Amber had a very unique predicament, especially for a regency setting. It makes this book stand out.

-    The beginning is very engaging, but the middle was a little slow. It was the same days over and over again. I couldn't read the ending fast enough though.

-    This book felt like a Johnny Lingo retelling. The moral of the story was shoved in my face a little too much. It wasn't horrible, but Thomas's spiel at the end got a little tedious.

-    I really liked Amber's character development. She was such a snob at the beginning, and I love how she learns to become self sufficient, and how she learns about what really matters in life.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thor Ragnarok

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My Thoughts:

-    I haven't been a big fan of the Thor movies thus far, but this one was entertaining. 

-    I laughed a lot. There are a lot of little moments that are really funny. 

-    I felt like I was watching an 80s movie. It was visually and musically very much an 80s movie. I really liked that aspect.

-    I'm not a fan of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. He drives me crazy! I want Edward Norton back! 

-    Cate Blanchett's performance was perfect as usual. I loved her as Hela. I also appreciated that they modified her outfit to be more modest. 

-    I had a few issues with Valkerie.

-    Stan Lee's cameo was AWESOME!!

-    I loved seeing Heimdall fight. I was really excited that we got to see him kick butt.

-    I felt like they spent too much time on the junk planet. I just wanted them to get to Asgard and fight!

-    I think my biggest complaint is I feel like they are turning Thor's character into a joke. They are making him lesser than what he really is. It bugs me. 

-    I love that Dr. Strange made an appearance! Hooray!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Sorcerer of the North

2865228Goodreads Says:    Time has passed since the apprentice and his master, Will and Halt, led the Araluens to victory against invaders, and Will is now a full-fledged Ranger with his own fief to look after. The fief seems sleepy–boring, even–until the king is poisoned. Joined by his friend Alyss, Will is thrown headfirst into an extraordinary adventure propelled by fears of sorcery, and must determine who is trustworthy to the king and who is trying to take his throne. Will and Alyss must battle growing hysteria, traitors, and most of all, time. The king is fading, but when Alyss is taken hostage, Will is forced to make a desperate choice between loyalty to his mission and loyalty to his friend.






My Thoughts:

-    This book was a little slower than the previous ones, but it was still very enjoyable.

-    I wish we could read about Will becoming a full fledged Ranger. It would be fun to know what kind of things he had to pass off for his test. 

-    It was fun to see Will strike out on his own. He has grown so much since the first book, and I love that all the experiences he's had, and I've read, have given him a lot of knowledge and wisdom that he can use now. 

-    I wish Halt and Horace had bigger roles in this book. I missed them. 

-    It was fun getting to know Alyss more. She is a girl I really admire. I love her quick thinking and poise. She is so elegant and intelligent! Love that!

-    I love the introduction of Will's dog. She is such a fun character, and I like that Will has trained her to help him in his Ranger ways and for his mission. 

-    These books are SO fun!


Previous Ranger's Apprentice Books

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ban This Book

31702735Goodreads Synopsis:    An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by starting her own illegal locker library!

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

My Thoughts:

-    Wonderful!! Everyone should read this!

-    I loved Amy Anne! I could relate to her on several levels, and I admire her courage to take a stand for something that means so much to her. 

-    I loved the different messages of this book. Kids can make a difference, and I love how Amy Anne and her friends made a difference in their school. I loved the message of people can't tell other people what to read. 

-    I loved how simple and poignant the story was. The story could have gotten complicated with school politics and policies, but it didn't. It was very straightforward, and I loved the child like perspective. 

-    Great book!! I can't gush enough.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Big Mush Happy Lump

30754980Goodreads Says:    Sarah Andersen's hugely popular, world-famous Sarah's Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals. 

In addition to the most recent Sarah's Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah's real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah's Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.


My Thoughts:

-    I love Sarah's books! They are so hilarious! Each page is a gem. 

-    I love sharing my favorite pages with hubby. He would get a kick out of them too. This is one of those books you just have to share.

-    The situations and topics are SO true!! It is what makes the book so funny.

-    I think any woman would get a kick out of this. It is mostly geared towards women, but I think guys would find it funny as well. 

-    I love how Sarah talked about being an introvert and how being social is hard. She did it in a very honest and humorous way. 

-    I can't to read more! 

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Relax, I'm a Ninja

22125500From Goodreads:    A Clan of ninjas in San Francisco may sound improbable-but as the son of a ninja Master, Tosh Ito knows what lurks in the shadows of his city. Or at least he thought he did. When a killer with a poisoned blade starts cutting down teens, Tosh enlists Amy Sato-newest ninja recruit, and his best friend's crush-and sets out to uncover the killer's identity. What they find is ninjutsu more evil than they could have ever imagined. As Amy and Tosh grow closer, they discover their connection unleashes a legendary power that could stop the murders. Problem is, that power may be exactly what the killer is looking for, and wielding it could cost them their souls.







My Thoughts:

-    I bought this when it came out, and it took me forever to get around to it. 

-    Sadly, I was really disappointed with this one. It really bummed me out because I have enjoyed other books from this author. 

-    The story starts out good, but the romance quickly takes over. It becomes so central to the story that when Tosh and Amy kiss, they are granted special powers. 

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-    I really struggled to finish this. I wanted more action and cool Ninja missions and stuff.