As you all know, next month this movie comes out! The previews make it look like it'll be the next big thing, so I wanted to make sure I finished the complete series, before seeing it at the show. I always want the book before the movie, you know? So here it is, in a nutshell, what I thought of all three books, by Ransom Riggs. Let's see if you agree...
I receive newsletters all the time from publishing giants like Simon & Shuster, Penguin (all variations), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and more. Rarely do I go so deep that I read more than a chapter or two in one of their announcements for a book. For some reason, the cover of Every Heart A Doorway, by Seanan McGuire called to me - and I now know why. The book bewitched me!
Normally when a story is re-told, then told again, and again and again, it becomes zestless, boring and repetitive. That's not the case with this tale, though I am becoming bored with the Snow White redux. I can happily say, The Shadow Queen, by C. J. Redwine, was different and written in a way, you could almost overlook the fact that it's recycled!
I wanted this book because of the amazing photo. I know it's nothing but a black apple with stenciled lettering, but it's so crisp, clean and HD'd to death- I had to read it. And you know what, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. It was devilishly good.
This tale was so spooky and Lovecraftian- any Horror Lover will fly through this! I was lucky enough to receive The Dead Shift, by John Llewellyn Probert, through LibraryThing.com I'd like to have this on my bookshelf, but I won the ebook. I'll have to check into this one in it's physical form.
The story is about things from the lower bowels of Hell wanting to press into our dimension. How do they do it? By taunting us simple mortals on the nearest plane of existence. Through the blood-filled pages of a book, and sheer, evil determination!
Tell me if you've heard this one before: A man is brought to a UK Emergency Room, suffering a self-inflicted injury. He uses his blood to create a diagram onto the floor of his side room that opens and forces him into another dimension while other- unworldly things, for lack of a better word, escape into ours - transforming the hospital into a doorway, and feeding ground for the hellish & grotesque!
When I saw the cover of this book, I thought to myself, "You've never liked pugs... why do you want this book?" I think what drew me in was not the cover, but that small paragraph beneath the title:
A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything, and How They All Found Their Way Home.
Who couldn't love something like that?
Seeing as my family also suffered through a house fire, back in 2011, I know the feelings of loss from such a tragedy. In The Pug List, by Alison Hodgson, their home is set ablaze! They lose it all, and coping seems a long time coming. But because of some persistence, they find a way to get through and come out happy on the other end. They look for a pug.
When I first heard of Dead Boy, by Laurel Gale, I thought it would be one of those comical stories that would be a little gross and a lot of funny! Oh no, this story is dark, gross and funny. I am so happy I didn't wait to read it with my son. I don't think, even at 12 years old, that he'd have liked it. Me- I loved it! It was different. It's YA, but can be enjoyed by any age. This story was put together with a magical imagination that has you feeling bad, mad, angry and extremely hopeful for a little, dead boy!
Masco: I am eternally grateful that I got caught and the Health Authority rehabilitated me. I'm also grateful that the awful, nasty stuff is illegal now. Capsaicin addiction is forever -- you can't ever get away from it -- but now I have a life worth living. (Meaningful pause) In clean pants...
The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, is unlike any book I've ever read. Set in an alternate, Finnish, dystopian future (actually most of the journal entries/letters are set in 2016), Vanna is looking for her sister. She's a woman forced to pretend she's a socially acceptable, useless woman (Eloi) hiding in a world of dignified, infertile ignorants (Morlocks) while dealing with a chili pepper addiction that's a major offense against the Eusistocratic Republic of Finland.
Through flashbacks, journal entries and letters to Vanna's sister, Manna, in a world fashioned from H. G. Wells' Time Machine along with eugenics, (a word I learned from Wayward Pines). Women are either Eloi, who are considered ignorant but capable of being molded into perfect, domesticated companions, who will have babies, serve up meals and take care of home or Morlocks- the ones who are infertile, too smart for their own good and rebel-rousers! Vanna is the latter. She fits the bill and knows it, but her only goals in life are to keep the cellar from flooding (the raising of her capsaicin addiction -chili peppers) and to find out what happened to her sister.
Nothing makes me happier than when I get a book that's all about London! I received a book (I ordered it) that made me as happy as the day my Mom gave me my UK charm bracelet! It's one of the best books I own (I'm also ordering her other two London books) and I can't wait to show it to you! It's Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizel. It's pretty much a children's book, but it's so full of information and if you turn the book around, you see inside the buildings!
Great landmarks along The River Thames you visit places like St. Paul's Cathedral, The Science Museum, The Palace, Madame Tussauds, B.T Tower and so many more! It even offers stories, some haunting, most historical and tips on where you can visit Bed & Breakfasts!
It's funny, there are five pages but the book is full of so many tidbits and secrets that you can do-nothing but love it! Check it out- it's perfect for a London Lover like me 🇬🇧
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Core of the Sun is next.
**Book is from my personal library.
Honestly, I don't even know how to review this book, nor do I know where it came from. One day, it was just there! Seriously! What I can say is, because I am a fan of all superheroes, I enjoyed thumbing through this baby.
It's a catalog of all things super: where to begin, the most relevant, the ones who adapted with the cultures, and so much more. It was DC's way of showing you the vast world of graphic novels and exactly which one fits you, the reader. I grew up on comics, baseball cards and the very first issue of YM magazine, so I know beginnings... (OH Dang! YM stopped in 2004!) Anyway, take a peek at the video to see what's inside.
Each year a new catalog is to be released so be looking for another some time soon!
Song: "Batman" is from Lego Movie Soundtrack.
I didn't place a rating on it because, honestly, I wasn't sure how to rate it. For Goodreads and Amazon purposes, I'll place five stars, but I don't know if you can truly rate a catalog. Cheers!
This is my Facebook friend's book, written back in 2013. Brandie Wiley is an amazing woman- I met through Facebook Pages. Her heart's bigger than most and she carries an unequivocal love that inspires!
Her book, Why Won't He Look At Me was written to show children of all ages and color autism is really about. Written with her own children as characters, she places them in a fictional setting that helps to teach others about autism for understanding. In the tale, Laura is new to Ms Donna's babysitting group. There she meets other children-one in particular who won't speak or even look at her when she offers her friendship. From there the story begins.
Because I homeschool, we're always learning about things that make people different, especially since my son's biracial. Even though he may never meet a child with autism, blindness or physical limitations, he knows that different is originality and should be cherished. This book was a wonderful read for him and he found appreciation in Laura and Koby's story. (Brandie's children, btw!)
If you'd like to learn more on Brandie Wiley's books or even to check on her blog, where she shares her experiences as the mother of the children in this story, you can find her on her website- click here.
Wonderful book- check her out and show to any child in your life. Always be aware and be kind!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓 👓👓 of 5 specs
*DC catalog is next.
**Book provided by author for an honest review.
If you LOVE audio drama, podcasts and lots of zombies that rivals The Walking Dead, this is the next listen for you! From the very beginning to it's ending, you find yourself involved with each character, lost in the cities, seeking a family that will encourage you to do the one thing that matters most in a world gone mad with the living dead! But this isn't just about dead folks eating the living... oh no! There is so much more!
As soon as you listen to the first chapter of We're Alive, (always set in three separate recordings), you are caught up in the life of military. They're going about their every day chores and activities when something HUGE happens! Something big sets everything off and everyone's running for their lives. You meet some characters and the journey begins.
You can't do anything but fall in love with the characters and the story because it feels real. The sounds of them carrying on a conversation while driving a Humvee, with the actual sounds, radio, explosions, creature attacks- it's all so realistic- like an old radio show. But Better!
I found the podcast when it originally began and listened for free before I purchased the cd's to support the crew. I don't want to share too much, but I can say this, if you think this is just another run of the mill, zombie tale, you are wrong. There be monsters in this here tale, of the behemoth sort! Go to iTunes and listen for free! They also have another series that recently ended (June 5th, 2016) called We're Alive: Lockdown. It's awesome too! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Why Won't He Look At Me? is next.
**Podcast provided free, via iTunes.
I usually do not like to review books on topics such as the ones shared in These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogelson. There's a reason for it - actually a couple reasons. And because of my reasoning, I stayed away, but once a book is given to me for review, I have to hold to my obligations. I have to read it and give my thoughts, and so I review the thought-provoking, unsentimental shares of this debut author.
These Heroic, Happy Dead is a compilation of stories that go deep into the lives of fictional characters, who're either on the line of war, behind the lines or awaiting those returning from the war. Because my father and many others in my family served, I found myself with an aching heart of a mother, the loss of children and the confusion of the men who died.
This book is real. It hurts and it brings pride. It allows you to travel in time and deal with an alcoholic vet who can't adapt. The stories even come together, a sort of puzzle in the way they relate, but each tale seems to be its own. To be all come together in such a book, made me not regret receiving this book. I enjoyed it very much.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*We're Alive podcast is next.
**Book was provided, free from Library Thing, for an honest review.
House of Horrors, by Carole Gill is an author who seeks to bring back a style, similar to those of authors of the seventies. Back when movies staring Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and even as far back as Bela Lugosi! The horror is this tale was mild and implied more than described. As a matter of fact, not much was described at all!
The stories of House of Horrors fail to capture the true terror the word 'Horror' offers. In Better to Die, a grandfather and and granddaughter work a lighthouse that assists sailors and steers them to safety. Now that one- wow! AMAZING! The lure, then the surprise was perfect but it happened way too fast. The story felt rushed and that's crazy for a short story, but Zombie Winter...
Zombie Winter was a huge flop for me. The story just drops you in the middle of, not just a zombie attack, but evidently a mega Global Warming storm! Nothing set this story up and the way things happened, I laughed at the progression and almost felt let down- had it not been for the fact, the ebook was free. I didn't lose anything but time. The other stories were okay. They were easier to get through but the lack of detail in some was annoying. This author will tell an excellent story in one, then follow up with one that tosses out information instead of allowing the reader to flow through. It was off-putting.
I don't know if I'll be looking for anything by this author again, but I can say, the cover is TOT'S FABU! LOL My friends say that all the time! As an ebook, the HD work is so engrossing, I stare at it from time to time- catching a new detail in the eyes, the trees and the teeth! I love it! Sadly, a cover isn't enough to make the book. 📚
Rating: 👓👓 out of 5 specs
*These Heroic, Happy Dead is next.
**eBook was free from Kindle Unlimited, for an honest review.
This book is so fun! I don't remember how I managed to get in on this book, but it's by Penguin Random House Publishing - so I just knew it had to hold some substance. I was right!
Every couple of weeks, I shared a page from one of the sections in Multiple Choice, by Alejandro Zambra. The first one I shared, on page 19 was the funniest!
Filled with categories like Excluded Term, Sentence Order and Sentence Completion, the book gives you questions with multiple choice answers that will either have you truly pensive or cracking up so hard, you almost pee your pants! I loved it! Well, except the first section. I had fun with all but the first section. I really had to think and a few made my brain cry!
Check out Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*House of Horrors is next.
**Book provided by Shelf Awareness and Penguin Random House Publishing, for an honest review.
Mysterious author, Jason Werbeloff is at it again! With another book out, he's found a way to mystify and gross you out at the same time! Today he's exploding from about thirty-five (35) blogs, his newsletter, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Barnes & Noble- everywhere with this fantastic, new release: Defragmenting Daniel, Fragment 1: The Organ Scrubber and it's just... Wow!
The story is of a dystopian society where those with money are seeking perfection. If an eye goes bad, they can purchase another one. If they broke a hip, they got a new one. If their lungs were damaged from smoking, they got new ones! Yeah- it's easy.
As long as there's someone out there willing to offer up their own.
The world is broken into two societies, the Bubbles and the Gutters. In a world where the elite can have anything they want is where you find Daniel. An orphan who's just turned sixteen. Instead of liking girls and getting his license, he's working in an organ plant on an assembly line. He scrubs organs, a disgusting process, for a living. He's been working since twelve and all he wants is a better life. A well-rounded life, like everyone else- but he's incomplete. He may never be whole again because in order to survive as a ward of the state, he's had to give up certain particulars, like the rest of the destitute . These particulars are what those who dwell in The Bubble desire.
It's only when he sets out to find his mother that he discovers what the world is really like. Maybe being an indentured servant was better? Maybe finding a group of people who believe in being complete, like 'The Gods' demand, is the better way? But how can Daniel ever find his place in the world- the Bubble, if he's literally spread all over it?
This review is a big deal!
I never reread a book! I've only reread children's books and The Bible. That's it! Never done it before, but this book has managed to squeeze a second chance out of me and for a couple of reasons. One: Because a second book was released- with higher accolades that the first. Secondly: There was a book issuing a backstory on a few of the characters. I expect a richer, more developed story and I expect a better carry-through. Will I get it?
We shall see...
Before I go into the review of this book, you have to understand, this is a true account. It is not made up and is currently happening all over the continent of South Africa. It is a graphic children's story but there are things explained that children under the age of ten may not understand. If you wish to share this book with your child, make sue they are of an understanding age. Even then, it will be difficult and they will need you for explanations.
Because I am constantly reading, I have to keep a particular space for book tours. I enjoy them and love the creativity of Indie Authors- especially from b00kr3vi3ws, but when I get one that's not as enjoyable as the others, I almost feel bad. Sadly, this one didn't much for me, for several reasons.
Carol E. Keen is the author of Evil Forebodings, a paranormal thriller of a tale. She gave the book a shot but for me, it's all a miss. It tells of young woman, Tiffany, who's been blessed with some odd powers. They make her feel like an outcast but she's learned to deal with them. She's even helped others with this gift, but when she's threatened by an unknown stalker and haunted with terrifying nightmares, she's got to take a stand and fight for her safety and her sanity.
Before I go into the book reviews, I have to remind you- I am a lover of book covers. Whenever I see a good looking cover, matched with an amazing blurb, I scribble the author and title onto a list that rests beneath my Mac. I later travel that list and seek them out on B&N.com for purchase. I do this regularly, except when I love the covers so much, I desire them directly from the author, with hopes of getting it sighed too! Both wishes came true with the Legends Saga!
Okay, so now that you know the book covers are Eye Candy and amazing to behold, know that these are not to be Shelf Pretties. These books pack punch and are so good- you... you, I just know you'll be blown away! Let's start with book one, Crane!
I don't even know how many audios I've reviewed by Jason Werbeloff, but I won't stop till he stops sending them to me! Narrated by Mark Ryan Rees, Visiting Grandpa's Brain is a story on how your brain can be turned into a search engine. But not just any engine- Zoogle!
In this story, a young woman's grandpa was one of the first to donate his brain for the universal search engine. But, after the apocalypse, the Vatican took over, even the internet industry. And they've placed Jesus in front of everything- forcing their religious belief's on the world- and the donated brains of Zoogle. So Grandpa decides to do something about it!
This one wasn't as big as the other stories by Werbeloff, but I liked it. First off, that the world was run by Jesus- the internet! Calling your system Jesus is weird, but I understood for the story. And the way the solution was taken to fix the problem- crazy! Just how far would you go to make your dead grandpa happy?
It's a short listen, less than 20-minutes. If you'd like, go right ahead and do it now! I won't mind. On to the next book! ?
Rating: 4 out of 5 specs
*The Legends Saga is next.
**Audiobook from author, Jason Werbeloff & SoundCloud.com, for an honest review.
. Whenever I am sought out, I explode with excitement. That goes for Mr. James Livingood as well. Today's review is Lucy The Easter Bunny and it's absolutely adorable! I wanted to get my Ewoks over to review it with me, because it's too cute to not read with children. I got to share it via Skype, but the video came out hazy. Bummer!
Anyway, the story is about a bunny, Lucy, who belongs to a bear- Ha! Well, Lucy decides she needs more bear friends. So off she goes, meeting other animals, in search of another bear. She greets many other critters on her journey, Does she ever find herself another bear friend? You have to read and find out!
What I loved most about this sweet tale are the illustrations. Nothing gets me more than bold, bright and happy pictures when it comes to kids. The best ones are like the ones of this book. I tried to hunt down the illustrator but found no information on he or she, making me think it could be Mr. Livingood, himself. Pictures, like these, give the little ones something to be excited about.
My Ewoks (Nicole and Nathaniel) loved Lucy the Easter Bunny; you will too. I'm on to the next read! Have a good one.📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓out of 5 specs
*Visiting Grandpa's Brain is next.
**Book provided by James Livingood, for an honest review.
Well here's one you don't see every day! A book for kids on politics. I don't like politics and I won't go into them, but I'm one of those non-denominational democrats with a few Lutheran views that republicans love. The thing is- I detest speaking of the three no-no's: weather, religion and politics when it comes to life.
The one thing we can never avoid is human rights. We have right and freedoms and this book, That's Not Fair: Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms, by Danielle S. McLaughlin dumbs it down for children to understand and appreciate. It's a book that's so nicely written and illustrated, I actually carried no qualms in sharing.
I appreciated this book, not just because I'm a homeschool parent, but because it's fitting for anyone. It's a bit young for my son, but the story isn't so simple he couldn't get lost. Words like constituent and personage. These things till have to be explained, thus you have engaging conversation and eventually understanding. This book brought humor and entertainment into an area that's normally angering and frustrating to adults. It gave situations the kiddos could relate to (and a few they couldn't) and told how the buggy, little group handled- then asked questions that got you talking. Three questions that came after an explanation of things like Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech and Peaceful Protests.
I could use this book only son for a few more years, then pass it down to my ewoks for comprehension. It's great, the illustrations are bright, bold, yet easy on the eyes and the message is loud and clear will still offering laughter.
That's Not Fair!: Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedom is great for any child and probably up to age 13 or 14. Grab a copy, also, up a couple paragraphs is Ms. Mclaughlin's link to her website. She's very active in rights and children's programs for understanding. On to the next read!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*Lucy The Easter Bunny is next.
**Book provided by Goodreads.com and Danielle S. McLaughlin, for an honest review.
I managed to win this one too! The Fangirl Life is by Kathleen Smith (a licensed therapist). It's a sort of instructional or field guide to being a Fangirl, how to cope with the emotions of being a Fangirl and ow to deal with being a Fangirl. What it truly is, is a non-stop laugh on being a Fangirl!
the book starts off with a list: You Might Be a Fangirl If... and the list ticks off about nine things I've found myself doing, or thought about doing! I saw me so many times, I realized, I Am A Fangirl! Just not a die-hard.
With chapters like, The Fangirl Brain (which goes into why Fangirls think the way they do) to Haters and helpers, any girl who is a fangirl will love this book! There's even a Fangirl Dictionary in the back! This book is out now (July 5th)- so grab it!📚
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*That's Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedom is next.
*Book provided by author Kathleen Smith and Shelf Awareness, for an honest review.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!