Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
I loved the mix of narrative and art in this book, it makes it read even faster. For fans of young fiction and the New York art scene.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Overall, I liked it, I'm anxious to see where the next book goes. I think I like it so much because I can relate with Edie. Not that I hate my life or want to end it, but I can understand wanting to be pretty and well liked it. Who wouldn't?
A thought provoking book for teens looking for a new series.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Perhaps the greatest band that never existed, author Wesley Stace (you may also know him as folk singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding), sure makes you wish they had. Under the direction of the madly energetic and bizarre Blake Lear, a group of London misfits goes from being an unnoticed nonsense band to an overnight sensation in America. The reason for their success? The record label saw potential in their mad rag tag group and decided to market them to a new audience, children. In Los Angeles they pick up some new band members and put together a show that kids and their parents will enjoy. Everyone music. Told from the perspective of Sweet (Lear's recently adopted kid, only ten years his junior), the gradual rise of the Wonderkids is a sight to behold. It is laugh out loud funny and oh so believable. Regrettably, the story started out a bit slow, but by the time the band is in America it picks up massive momentum and becomes impossible to stop listening to. There is added authenticity to the story as it is narrated brilliantly by the author, complete with British twang, hilarious impressions and two bonus songs at the end. A must read for fans of music memoirs and humor. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It may not have been the most realistic teen novel ever but I really enjoyed it! Basically the premise of the story is that Quentin thinks that his neighbor (and supreme hottie), Margo, has gone missing and left a slew of clues for him to follow. At first his friends think it's weird, why would she run away and want Q to find her?!? He's not exactly at the top of the high school totem pole and neither are his friends. Once they start picking up on her trail of breadcrumbs though, they become transfixed on the hunt for Margo. This is a story of discovering yourself and your friends. A must for fans of teen lit and John Green.
Side note, I can't wait to see the movie adaptation!!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
The Walking Dead: Book Nine
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Walking Dead: Book Eight
As always, great stuff and I can't wait to see where the next one picks up as this one ended on an exciting note.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
I was lucky enough to meet the author twice in Las Vegas this summer at a Library convention. I can confirm that she is as humorous in person as she is in writing. A fantastic read (though not for the faint of heart).
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Some of the vegetables included in this cookbook are: kale, broccoli, turnips, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, horseradish, and many more. Some of these vegetables sound intimidating or even bland but the author does a fantastic job of dispelling any rumors or bad thoughts on these misunderstood vegetables. The recipes included sound soo soo delightful. I grew up eating one, rooty mash. It is a fantastic mix of sweet potatoes (in my case regular potatoes) and kohlrabi that elevates mashed potatoes to something heavenly. Some other recipes I plan on trying soon are: colcannon with brussels sprout leaves, spicy kale fried rice, and roasted cabbage wedges.
All the recipes in this cookbook are gluten free and most are vegan or vegetarian, some include meat but there is almost always alternative ingredients listed to fit different dietary needs. This book is a great addition to any kitchen.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
The Walking Dead: Book Seven
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Walking Dead: Book Six
I can't wait for this show to catch up, this comic was destined to be an amazing television show.
Violets are Blue
For fans of James Patterson novels and cheap thrills.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A Song for Issy Bradley
Viewed through the eyes of every family member, this story of love, loss, and religion tells a powerful tale. Issy, a four year old girl falls ill and suddenly dies leaving her family to cope with her loss. Her father, Bishop Ian, decides to use this time of mourning as an example for his congregation on how to rise above and trust in Jesus. Issy's mom, on the other hand, finds that she is unable to cope and can hardly get out of bed. Zipporah and Alma take out their anger and sorrow at Issy's sudden death by acting out and pushing the limits of their Mormon faith. Jacob, the closest in age to Issy, harbors a hope that Issy will return from the dead if he only has enough faith. Laugh out loud funny, heart wrenching, and real, this intimate family story will have readers clamoring for more. A wonderful debut and insightful look at the Mormon faith.
I received this book for free from Librarything in return for my honest, unbiased review.
Monday, August 11, 2014
The Reluctant Detective
This intriguing and whimsical little detective novel will have readers guessing who killed the old priest up until the end. For fans of British detective novels and cozy mysteries.
I received this book for free from Kregel Publications in return for my honest, unbiased review.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Tales by Dr. Seuss
Big Little Lies
There has been a tragic death at the school trivia night. Was it murder?Who knows what? The months leading up to the tragedy are viewed through the eyes of three kindergarten mothers; Jane, a single mother of an apparent "bully," Madeleine, an eccentric mother of three with too much to juggle, and gorgeous Celeste, wealthy mother to twins. Alternating with their version of events are snippets of the police reports and gossip of other kindergarten parents. The funny, intriguing, and horrifying view of events enhance the foreshadowing as you desperately try to figure out what is going on.
Thoroughly engrossing. This book made me briefly want to have kids so I could be as crazy and ridiculous as these mothers. A must read!!
The premise of the story is simple. August has a facial "deformity" (bad term I know). A very bad one. His family and friends are able to look past it and see his radiant personality shining through but the same can't be said of everyone else. Kids call him a freak, parents stare, people run away. Needless to say, young Auggie has to deal with a lot. Especially, now that his parents are encouraging him to attend school for the first time in his life. Because of all the major facial surgeries Auggie has always been homeschooled by his mother, but now that he doesn't need any surgeries for a while there is no real reason for him to stay him. Obviously, August can think of a lot; kids will make fun of him, he won't make friends, people will say mean things, etc. In the end he decides to give school a try and it is nearly as bad as he thought it would be but he decides to tough it out. Slowly but surely he starts to make some friends. This is their story. Told alternately from the viewpoints of Auggie, his sister, his school friends, and others. This is a tale of kindness and seeing the best in others. It will make you laugh, cry, be angry, and view beauty in a completely different way.
A phenomenal, amazing read!
Friday, August 8, 2014
It wasn't incredibly fast paced and lagged in the middle, but it was a new take on an old tale so that was cool. Also, I would have liked to see some better resolution with Dara's boyfriend at the end (rather than nothingness), but oh well. In all likelihood, most reader's will likely forget all about Josh when they start to imagine how hot primitive boy Caleb is:
"Someone had bought him jeans that fit, and his T-shirt clung to his still damp skin. Tied into an intricate knot, his dreads kissed the back of his neck. His skin was paler, all the grim scrubbed away. But he was still golden-brown and keen-eyed. It's just now that he looked like he walked out of an H&M ad."
Overall, imaginative fun summer read. Great for teens and fans of Tarzan or primitive living.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Veggie Tales: Celery Night Fever
This particular Vegggie Tales movie focused on forgiveness and featured Terry Crews. Terry isn't exactly the type of guy I would ever associate Veggie Tales with, but hey, shock value. He wasn't all that bad either, he brought a little diversity to the cast of veggies. Terry voiced the character of Bruce Onion, a property tycoon determined to turn a beloved town park into a parking lot. Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus decide to try and save the park by holding a fundraiser concert featuring Laura's grandpa, a member of the formerly famous Groovy Brothers. Getting the band back together though is easier said than done because some of the members are still mad at each other. To make matters worse, Junior let Laura down and now she doesn't want to be his friend anymore. Can Laura save the park, her grandfather's band, and her friendship with Junior? Kids (and adults) will enjoy the catchy songs, ridiculous vegetable humor, and good values shown in this movie. As a bonus there is a new silly song called, "The Perfect Puppy," and some neat bonus features showing Terry Crews.
Some interesting observations that I made as an adult watching these films:
1. Am I weird for being creeped out that these vegetables don't have arms or hands? How did I not notice this before?
2. Terry Crews is such an oddball choice. The whole time I kept picturing him in White Chicks or The Expendables. This is definitely a different move in his career!
3. There is a scene where they are eating at a restaurant and they are CHOPPING UP onions and mushrooms and veggies and EATING them!! Is cannibalism going on?!
4. Do they really only live on a kitchen counter? How do they not get eaten?
Now for the fun part! Would you like to win a DVD copy of Veggie Tales: Celery Night Fever?!? No catch, no hidden shenanigans. If you want a chance to win a free copy just comment below this post and on Friday I will randomly select one person to get a free copy!
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My Life in a Nutshell
Brian is a lonely soul. His beloved pet dog has just died and he is now on his own. Getting out of bed and going to work was hard enough before, but now without his trusty companion the depression, anxiety, and panic attacks threaten to overtake Brian completely. Solitary by nature, Brian works the night shift as a custodian to a local school and avoids human interaction whenever possible. A trip to the store is enough to cause a panic attack, talking to people is downright painful for him. Brian is perpetually scared he will say the wrong thing, look stupid, or be socially awkward. As if things couldn't get worse for Brian, his mother has insisted he see a counselor and a troubled child at the school has taken to following Brian around. Perhaps, both of these new people in his life can help him address what is holding him back from having a happy fulfilled life?
Another great novel from award winning author, Tanya J. Peterson. She humanizes anxiety and makes it easier for readers to understand just how horrific it is by portraying the story through Brian's eyes and having the reader suffer through all the panic attacks and insecurity that he is dealing with. Truly eye opening and well deserving of the Kirkus star it received.
I received this book for free from the author in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The Walking Dead: Book Five
The Walking Dead: Book Four
Vegan Ice Cream
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Friday, August 1, 2014
The Theory of Opposites
If Willa Chandler-Golden was a country she would be Switzerland. She has spent her whole life avoiding confrontation and being content with what she has been handed. She's not a go getter; she's a go along with the flow type of a gal. All that however, changes when her husband decides he needs to take a break from their marriage and work in Palo Alto for the summer. Suddenly alone, without a child, and without a job she starts to ponder the road map of her life. If she is supposed to be following a map, did she make a wrong turn, get lost in the woods? When her best friend Vanessa convinces her to co-author a "Dare You" self help book, Willa is forced to follow inertia and do the opposite of gut instincts. Laugh out loud funny with a memorable cast of characters and crazy family members, this story starts out great but starts to lose momentum by the end. Thankfully voice actress, Christina Traister, saves the day with her fabulous singing, outbursts, and colorful narration. For fans of chick lit and self help novels. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin IN
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