12/30/19

The Eddie Dickens Trilogy

Author: Philip Ardagh

Genre: Historical fic, humor

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Book one: A House Called Awful Ends 





Summary: When both of Eddie Dickens’s parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly around the edges, and smell of hot water bottles, it’s agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house, Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even Madder Aunt Maud.

12/27/19

Radius: movie review

Radius PosterGenre: Sic-fic, Thriller

Rated: Not Rated...😕???

Year Release: 2017

Directors:  Caroline Labrèche, Steeve Léonard

Summary: Upon wake up from a car crash a man doesn't remember who he is. He later finds out whoever comes within a current distance of him suddenly dies.

Ferals

Ferals (Ferals, #1)Ferals by Jacob Grey

Non-spoiler review

Author: Jacob Grey

Genre: Urban fantasy

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web.

12/23/19

Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford Anthology

Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford AnthologyAuthor/Edited by Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert

Summary: A collection of Victorian ghost stories from the earliest to the latest in the genre. Depicting how the horror genre has evolve over time.

The Introduction: Talk about what the meaning of ghost. Offend they are  the physiologic fear for a person's past. The regrets, guilt, attachment, and fear. Thank of the Tall Tale Heart, a murder driven mad all because of the beating of a heart only heard in their head or A Christmas Carol where the physiologic fear of ghost is not only the anxiety of the past, but of the present and the future.

Review: Some stories are note worthy like The Old Nurse's Story by Elizabeth Gaskell and the An Account of Some Strange Disturbances on Aungier Street. The Truth and Nothing but the Truth by Rhoda Broughton is told in letters between two characters. The Tomb of Sarah by F.G. Loring is a vampire story that was published around the same time as Dracula. 

12/20/19

The Brothers Bloom: movie review

The Brothers Bloom PosterGenre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG-13 - brief languages

Year of Release: 2009

Director: Rian Johnson

Summary: The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Bloom (Adrien Brody) wants to quit the con business and live a peaceful life. His older brother Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) has other plans. For one last scheme they are targeting a rich heiress, Penelope (Rachel Weisz) by showing her the world in an attempt to con her.

12/19/19

The Outsiders

The Outsiders The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Genre: realistic fic

Age: YA

POV: 1st person

Review: This book is such a rich and powerful story.

I felt so much sympathy for all of these characters. It is a great book for discussion. Not only did I felt for these characters but, can relate in some way.

The Outsiders keep it real and, a lot of what happens in this can be compared to today with games, broken homes, and life out on the streets. Not much of that has changed.

YA has gone a long way as for The Outsiders keeping up I say the story ages well.

12/17/19

Nimona

Nimona Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Genre: fantasy

Age: MG

Summary: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

TTT #28 Freebie: Books to read in the winter time


Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is last week topic Freebie in which it will be books to read in the winter time. 

12/16/19

Ratha's Creature: The Named book one

Ratha's Creature (The Named, #1)Ratha's Creature by Clare Bell

Non-spoiler reviews

Author: Clare Bell

Series: The Named book one

Genre: Animal-fantasy, Prehistoric 

Age: YA

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Ratha is a young herder of the Named, a clan of intelligent prehistoric wild cats who keep deer and horses. The Named fight for survival against Un-Named cats, enemies who raid clan herds. Meoran, leader of the Named, claims that the Un-Named are no more intelligent than herd animals, and Ratha believes him, until a clash with an Un-Named raider who taunts her in Named speech forces her to question everything. 

Then Ratha tames a power that could upset everything. Threatened by her discovery, the tyrannical clan leader banishes her from the clan

12/14/19

Gork, the Teenage Dragon

Gork, the Teenage Dragon Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
My Goodreads review

Author: Gabe Hudson

Genre: Bio-punk, sci-fic, fantasy
Age: YA

POV: 1st person

Summary:  It is Eggharvest day and Gork needs to ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she refuses him, Gork will become a slave. 

12/13/19

The Matrix: Movie review

The Matrix PosterGenre: Action, Sic-fic

Rated: R - Violence and brief languages

Year of Release: 1999

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Summary: What if life as we know it is all artificial, we are living in another reality, and it’s all a lie. What is the Matrix? You will have to see for yourself.

Neo (Keanu Reeves ) is a  computer hacker that learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

12/11/19

Book Blogger Hop #3


Book Blogger Hop

Do you keep your TBR stack on a separate shelf from your already read books or are they mixed?

Most of my TBR is separate from my read shelf. I do place books on my read shelf to keep them in mind what books I'm going to read next. I have three rows of shelves on my wall where I keep my read books and also have four book cases. One of them is on the verges of falling apart. Another one is for my non-fiction and two are for TBR.

Right now I in the mist of rearranging and purging some books.  I ask my dad for some new shelves for Christmases. With some new shelves I hope to have more room until I end up buying more books. I'm doing fine so far with using my library more and not going to every book sale.

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
My Goodreads review

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Illustrated by Yoko Yanaka

Genre: Magic realism

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: What if? Why not? Could it be? Peter ask these questions when the fortuneteller tells him his’s sister lives and an elephant will lead you to her. This set off a chain of events that are so remarkable, so impossible, That Peter can hardly dare to believe it. 

12/9/19

The Bone Magician



*Update: The format has been change to fit format of my other reviews. Originally publish in 11/14/18 none of my options has changes.

Goodreads review

Author: F. E Higgins

Genre: Mystery, Historical fic, and, fantasy

Age: Upper MG

Summary: Pin Carpue is on his own in the world. His mother is dead and his father is missing after being labeled a suspect in a rash of murders. Pin finds a job working for the local undertaker as a body watcher, making sure people are really dead before they’re buried. The body he’s supposed to be watching tonight is currently surrounded by three people engaged in a most unusual ceremony. An old man, a bone magician, and his young female assistant are waking a woman so her grieving fiancé can have one last goodbye with her. Pin can’t believe it will work, but then the dead woman sits up and speaks.

Warrior Cats books 4,5, & 6 Review Part two

Author: Erin Hunter

Genre: animal, low fantasy

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person limited



Book four: Rising Storm:   

 Non-spoiler Review 





Summary: Tigerclaw is outcast from Thuderclan and Fireheart is now deputy. There is still no peace in the forest. Bluestar is sparling down in to madness losing all trust in the clan and in herself.


12/6/19

The Last Unicorn: movie review


Genre: Fantasy

Rated: G

Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Writers: Peter S. Beagle (screenplay)

Year of release: 1982

Summary: A unicorn (Mia Farrow) hears from a butterfly (Robert Klein) that she the last of the unicorns. She set out to find where her kind. Join up with the magician Schmendrick (Alan Arkin) and Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes). They make their way to a kingdom rule by an evil king in order to find what happen to the unicorns.

12/4/19

WWW #4


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taken on a World of Words

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Drawings by Ganth Williams

Genre: Animal

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station.  

12/3/19

Happy one year Blogversary

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It been one year sine I started my blog. I will like to rise a glass of wine for a toast. Since this is the Internet and I can't pour y'all a drink, do your self a favor and pour a glass of wine or soda (for those under age) and make some toast, because why not. 

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Top 10 books of 2019

These are the best books I read for the year 2019. This is a good year for reading, so many books to choose from it hard to just pick ten. I pick up some books that have unique concept and others that are breath taking.
 Finally read The Last Dogs series that admittedly been on my self for years. Having discover Agatha Christie and the Flavia de Luce series, I'm slowly getting back in to mysteries. Also I've read quite a few classics.

10. The Last Dogs series - Cute series that I can't believe I waited so long to read. Call me stubborn or whatever I will read a book when I get to it.




Top 15 movie of 2019

A list of the best movies I watch this year. I include both old (thank my mom and film class) and newly release movies. Will not be including movies I re-watch before no matter how many times I seen them.


15. John Carter - This is not the greatest movie, but its still fun to watch.



11/30/19

November wrap-up 2019

Books:Graphic novels: Audiobooks: eBooks:Total read: 8


5 stars





Tiger Moon

Jane Eyre

11/29/19

Paper Man: movie review

Paper Man PosterGenre: Comedy, Drama

Rated: R - languages

Year of release: 2009

Directors:  Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney


Summary: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.

11/28/19

Book Love

Book Love Book Love by Debbie Tung

Genre: non-fic, comic

Ages: bookworms of all ages

Format: graphic novel


Review: Written in short comic strips that explore the ups and downs in the life of a bookworms. The artwork is realistic and is done in black and white. Make sense sine there no traditional storyline. Instead it has a narrative that revolve around a girl and her love of books.

11/22/19

Jojo Rabbit: movie review

Jojo Rabbit PosterGenre: Satire, drama, war

Rated: PG-13

Year of release: 2019

Director: Taika Waititi

Summary: A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

11/20/19

The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlinNicola Kraus

Genre: Contemporary

Age: Adult, YA

 POV: 3rd person

Summary: Wanted: One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy. Must be cheerful, enthusiastic and selfless--bordering on masochistic. Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler.

Must love getting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family. Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay. Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employers Hermès bag. Those who take it personally need not apply. Who wouldn't want this job?

11/19/19

TTT # 27 Changes in my reading life

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalone now)

It hard and a bit personal for me to look back see changes in my reading life. Here are the big changes that impact my reading life.

1. In 8th grade I begin to enjoy reading a lot more. 

As a kid I have always been reading, but it was mostly to prove to everyone I could read. With a change in schooling and a teacher that didn't judge me on "reading level" I got to read books like The Hobbit, Called of the Wild, and The Hiding Place. These books open a doorway to enjoyment of reading.

Tiger Moon

Tiger Moon Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis

Author: Antonia Michaelis

Genre: Fantasy, Magic realism

Age: YA

POV: 3rd person

Summary: A young thief is caught stealing an amulet that belong to a god. As punishment he is given a task of rescuing a princess from a demon king. Sending him all across India with a white tiger as a companion. Meanwhile in a far-off desert a young bride spins a tale of rescue to a kindly servant boy as she awaits current death at the hands of her violent husband. These two tales weave and wove together to form a compelling story of strength and courage.

Content info: There are a few fade to black scenes of sex and a rape scene as well. 

11/18/19

Sheets

Sheets Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Genre: Paranormal, family

Summary: Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she's worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Author: Charlotte Brontë

Genre: realistic fiction, gothic

Age: YA

POV: 1st person

Format: Audio book

Narrated by Anna Bentinck

Review: Life was not kind to Jane Eyre. Orphan as a young girl and sent to live with her cruel aunt. Despite the hardships, Jane has to go through at home and boarding school. She works her way through life to become an independent woman.

11/15/19

Shadow of the Vampire: movie reivew

Shadow of the Vampire PosterGenre: Comedy, Horror

Rated: R

Year of Release: 2000

Director:  E. Elias Merhige

Summary: Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor.

11/14/19

The Strange Library

The Strange Library The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Genre: Magic Realism

Age: YA

POV: 1st person
Summary: I do not know what to make of this little book. It's a story about a boy who goes to the liberty to check out a book, but the librarian tells him take the books he checks out are for library use only and must go to the reading room. From there things start to go downhill. 

Review: It took me a short time to read this book and a long time to think about it. Each character and setting have a meaning. 

11/13/19

Book Blogger Hop #2 & WWW #3

For this week I decided to do a double feature by combining Book Blogger Hop and WWWs Wednesday. I do not feel like doing to sceptered post.



Book Blogger Hop is a mouthily meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there a different prompt related to books and reading.

11/12/19

Yellowfang's Secret

Yellowfang's Secret Yellowfang's Secret by Erin Hunter

Genre: fantasy

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person limited


Summary: Follow the story of Yellowfang’s life from a kit to a medicine cat. This is not just the whole backstory of Yellowfang but, also tell the story of Raggedstar, Russetfur, and yes Runningnose (I laugh every time I think of that name) and about every other cat has a story to them.
I like how there was an unofficial mention of Bluestar and also Yellowfang side of the story when she meets a young Firepaw for the first time. 

11/8/19

Ghost Squad: movie review

Ghost Squad PosterGenre: family, paranormal

Rated: G

Year of Release: 2015

Director: Joel Souza

Summary: Trying to impress Brandy, Charlie accepts a dare from her brother Nick that says he and his friends must spend Halloween night in a house long rumored to be haunted. What seems to be an easy challenge quickly turns out to be a night of frights as Charlie, Nick and Alex find themselves in the fight of their lives.

Review: This is a fun movie. It got some good moments and a solid storyline. I like how the love interest is not in there for the sake of a love interest.

Each character is well developed and the acting...not bad per se, you have to be forgiving for the  kids. They are doing their best.

They don't explain the boys investigating ghost that well. The opening scene shows them in an abandon building looking for ghost. Overall this is a cute movie, not too scary and fun for the family.

More info: IMDb

6/10

11/7/19

Future Classics Book Tag




The Original Future Classic Book tag came from booktuber Lonesome Reader. I haven't find any book blogger that did this tag. I might be the first blog to do so. 


11/5/19

TTT #26 Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes





Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is books that give off autumn vibes (Autumn scenes/colors on the cover, autumn atmosphere, etc.).

1. Watership Down 

Author: Richard Adams




11/4/19

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Author: Edith Hamilton

Summary: A collection of Roman and Greek mythology. Plus a small section of Norse mythology at the end.

The story behind this book: Simply enough I find this book in a box of books at a yard sale. No, there was no test of my wits in getting more books (see Welsh legendsor labyrinth of books I has to go through (see Prince and Zombie ). The interesting part is when I brought this book to a Sea Scout* meeting. The skipper came up to me and ask me what edition my Mythology book was. Then he went on to said how this is one of the best books on mythology.

11/2/19

Book Blogger Hop #1




Book Blogger Hop is a mouthily meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there a different prompt related to books and reading.




10/31/19

October wrap-up 2019

Books read: Books: 3,  eBook: 1,  Audio book: 2,  Total: 7

Age range: Adult: 3,  YA: 1,  MG: 3


Book of the Mouth:
Valley of Horses




5 Stars: 






Reviews: 


Valley of Horses

 And Then There Were None

10/30/19

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: paranormal, adventure
Age: MG
POV: 1st person 

Summary: After a near death accident Cassidy (Cass) can now see ghosts and has a best friend as one. Cass can pull back the veil and enter the world of the dead. Her parents that are paranormal writers announce they are going to Edinburgh, Scotland to host a TV show. Here Cass finds another girl that able to cross over to the veil like herself.

Review: Similar to other books I have read, City of Ghost does have a different take on the seeing dead people trope. I do like the friendship between Cass and Jacob. They both have this snarky and sarcastic tone making for some humorist moments. They always have each other back. 

Warrior Cats book 1,2,3 review Part one

Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Low Fantasy
Age: MG
POV: 3rd person limited 
Series: Warrior Cats
Warning Spoilers for The First Three Books

Book one: Into the Wild

Summary: Rusty a kittypet join Thunderclan one of the four clans of wild cats that live in the forest.

“Understand that Bluestar does not make this offer lightly if you wish to train with us, we will have to take you into our Clan. You must either live with us and respect our ways, or return to your Twolegplace and never come back. You cannot live with a paw in each world.”
Erin Hunter, Into the Wild

WWW #2



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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taken on a World of Words


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?



10/29/19

TTT # 25 All Hollow'eve freebie: Ghost story Anthologies

Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Artsy Reader Girl. This weeks topic is Halloween Freebie and the topic will be: Ghost Story Anthologies. 

For a long time I have been collecting ghost stories ranging from kids to adult, from scary to not so scary. I only have half  the books from what my collation use to be. Over the years I have unhaul the books I didn't like and kept the ones I like and deed of having some importance to my collection. 


1.More Bones
More Bones

Authors: Arielle North Olson (Retelling),
Howard Schwartz

Favorite Story: The Haunted Violin

10/28/19

Wintersong

WintersongGoodreads: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Genre: Fantasy
Age: YA
POV: 1st person

Summary: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can't help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away. But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her.