Words of Stone

Words of Stone Words of Stone by Kevin Henkes

Genre: Contemporary

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: A story about a boy name Blaze who is scare of everything. Joselle comes into his life, despite the awful things Joselle did to Blaze at first. Joselle soon realize she wants to be friends with Blaze.

Review: Joselle is an unlikable character, but I see where she is coming from. Howell's mom drops her off at grandma's for summer and runs off lying about where she is going. What I like about Words of stone is I get two sides of the story, Blaze and Joselle.

I like it to be a little bit more for Blaze to found out what Joselle did and the ending feels open. Some reviewers say that the characters are weird. People are only weird if you don't want to get to know them. Everyone has their perks and their quirking ways.

The main theme of the story is forgiveness. To forgive someone you must walk in their shoes to see their fault

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 4/5

Plot: 5/5

Total: 14/20


Mouseheart book one


Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler

Genre: Animal, action, adventure

Series: Mouseheart

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Hopper is a pet store mouse who escapes and into the subway tunnels of New York. Alone and Separated from his sibling. Hopper meets a rat name Zucker who takes him to the city of Atlantia. Soon Hopper is intertwin in a game of politics and war. 


The Tiger's Wife

The Tiger's Wife The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Genre: Contemporary, magic realism

Age: Older YA

POV: 1st person

Summary: In Balkan country is mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances of her grandfather’s death. She turns to his worn out copy of the Jungle book, the stories he has told her of his encounters with the Deathless man and the story of the Tiger’s Wife.


Butch Cassdiy and the Sun Dance Kid movie review

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid PosterGenre: Comedy, Western

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1969

Director: George Roy Hill

Summary: Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong, they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Review: Ultimately funny and sweet. Like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Butch and Sundance has this bromance going on. The music score is unusual for a western. Using a contemporary song of that time. Saying that it not your typical western.

Another movie this film remains me of is Bonnie and Clive. The storyline and ending are similar to each other. Unlike what the Bonnie and Clive movie did for its time. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid doesn't show much in the ways of blood. Hint the PG rating. If you see one, the other, or both you know what I'm talking about. Not to give anything a way.


The Vampire Assistant movie review

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant PosterGenre: Paranormal, action

Rated: PG-13

Year of release: 2009

Director: Paul Weitz

Summary: Base off the book series Cirque du Feak by Darren Shan, teenager Darren Shan (Josh Hutcherson) meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a vampire. After a series of events, Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque du Freak and become a vampire.


The Robot and Frank movie review

Robot & Frank PosterGenre: Sci-fic, comedy, drama

Rated: PG-13 - mild use of languages

Year of Release: 2012

Director: Jake Schreier

Summary: In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Review: I went from watching Terminator (for the first time), a robot that kills people to watching a movie about a robot that helps people. lol

This movie is cute. The comedy is good, and the acting is good. The plot is lacking. There this one storyline about this rich couple that made of gotten their money in a suspicious way. That runs off to nowhere.

Other than that, it was a good movie. Sweet and heartwarming


A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Non-spoiler reviews

Genre: Classic, Dystopian 

POV: first person

Age: Older YA, Adult

Summary: Set in a future world where the criminals take to the streets at night. A question of the chose between good and evil comes to mind as criminals are force to be “redeem”. 
"A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man." - Pg. 57 
Review: The main message of the story is you can’t force someone to stop breaking the law. It’s in our human nature to choose right or wrong. There can be laws but, everyone is not going to follow them.


Once upon A Time in Hollywood movie review

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood Poster  Genre: Comedy, Drama

Rated: R - Languages and violence 

Year of Release: 2019

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Summary: An actor, Rick Dalton (Leonard DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) seek to find work during the fading golden age of Hollywood.     


A Deadly Game of Magic

A Deadly Game of Magic A Deadly Game of Magic by Joan Lowery Nixon

Non-spoiler review

Author: Joan Lowery Nixon

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Age: YA

POV: 1st person from Leisa perspective

Summary: Four kids coming back from a school competition end up having to drive through a bad storm. Soon the car broke down and they have to take shelter in an abandon house that belong to a magician’s widow. 



Winterling Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Genre: Portal fantasy

Age: MG

Summary: Winterling is about Fer who doesn't seem to fit right in our world. She opens a magic portal call the way leading to world that in a state of a never ending winter. Fer must correct the wrong on the other side in order for spring to come.


Midsomer movie review

Midsommar Poster
Genre: Folk Horror

 Rated: R - Languages, Sex, Nudity, Gore

 Year of Release: 2019

 Director: Ari Aster

 Summary: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

 Review: This film is unsettling, a good compliment for a horror film. Unlike other films in this genre being dark and with lots of shadows. Mid-somer is bright, sunny, and colorful. Whatever gruesome that is going to happen, is going to be in broad daylight. 

One of the reason that makes it disturb. There this weird sex scene, I’m not say much there. Well the whole movie is uncanny. It does stair away from jump scares and most tropes. Following some tropes, it still does something different. Like I say before it set in a sunny atmosphere. Dangers lacks only in the shadows, right? What can go wrong? 




Reservoir Dogs movie review

Reservoir Dogs Poster
Genre: Crime, Thriller

Rated: R - strong violence and language

Release Date: 1992

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Summary: Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney), to carry out a heist that has gone terribly wrong. Leaving everyone scatter. 


Doctor Rat

Doctor Rat

Doctor Rat by William Kotzwinkle

Genre: Allegory

Age: older YA

POV: 1st person

Summary: As the grant-supported, knowledgeable survivor of the most refined scientific experiments, Doctor Rat, Ph.D., dedicates himself to defending mankind against the worldwide rebellions, uprisings, and insurgencies of his fellow animals.


The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Non-spoiler review

Genre: High Fantasy

Age: All ages

Summary: A unicorn lives and send her in the forest. One day over hearing hunters passing by saying that there no more unicorns. The Unicorn thinking, she could not be the last one, set out to find the other unicorns. Join her is a magician and a middle age woman.

Review: Written like a fairy tale and unique metaphors. Leaving room for the imagination.

“Her voice left a flavor of honey and gunpowder on the air.”
― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn


July wrap up 2019

books read: 3

Non-fiction: 2

Graphic novels/manga: 6

Total: 11

*Note: click on the book title for the review. not all have links

1. The Last Dogs: Journey's End

Rated: 5 stars

Journey's End (The Last Dogs #4)