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.
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!