Chairs, Prophecies, and Thieves…Oh, My!

I have looked at all the reviews that I have done this year, I found out that I have done about five out of the fifty that I wanted to do. I am about ten percent through on the reviews. I have plenty of books to review, and about a week and a half before I start my crazy schedule to fit in more reviews. Though to be honest, some of these reviews are on my Instagram account. At least we know that I have been working on keeping my Instagram and Twitter account active.

So… Are we ready? I will be focusing on completing the reviews for the books that I have read during Booktubeathon. Those books will be Thirteen Chairs, Trails of Apollo the Dark Prophecy, and Story Thieves

IMG_2547Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton is about a boy named Jack who goes into this house on a whim. You get to experience in being in a house with ghosts telling ghost stories.

This book completed the challenge to read a book you bought because of the book cover. I also read this book in one day.

Let me preface a few things before I begin this review. I get easily scared. I do not do well with the horror genre, which is why I tend to stay away from it. I do not like reading a book to scare me. I do not find that enjoyable. When I bought the book, the cover intrigued me and I read the synopsis. After reading the synopsis I wanted the book. No part at this time did I ever got the vibes that I would be scared. I was just stoked read a book with some short stories. You would think that somewhere along the lines I would think scary stories with the premise of ghost telling ghost stories in an abandoned house. Instead, I was like, “Hmmm… Jack went inside and he is a curious boy. I am curious to know what Jack experienced.” The worst offense. I saw this book twice before I bought it.

In the end, I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. If I could give out partial ratings, I would be giving this book three and a half stars out of five.  I was creeped out by the first three stories in the book. However, once I got to the Red Tree (the fourth book), I was not as scared. The first three stories made me think about my buying habits and what I was getting myself into. After that fourth ghost story, the rest of the book just didn’t scare me. There were a few that were unsettling, but not scary. Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story.

Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story. Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the premise of the fourth story. I enjoy folk tales and I enjoy reading about folk tales from different parts of the world. However, I did not enjoy the heavy accent. There were so many grammatical errors, that I found the accent more of a nuisance than adding magic to the story. I felt that I spent more time trying to understand what the character was saying than enjoying the story he was giving. If it were not for the fact that I was reading this book for Booktubeathon, I would have most likely skipped this story. I feel as though this was the book that changed the feel and the pace for the rest of the book. In this case, the order of the stories did matter, and I felt as though he should have moved this character’s story towards the end of the book. I understood why certain charters went when they did, but this character could easily have swapped places with another character.

The parts that I did enjoy, was the fact that each character has their own persona in telling their story. It did add a bit of magic and realism to the story. I enjoyed getting to see each character play out their own little quirks throughout their time telling their ghost story. I know that I spent a paragraph complaining about the character’s accent in the fourth story. The other character’s persona, quirks, and accents did not deter me from the story itself. I also enjoyed some of the stories. I felt as though some of them theme and message. These stories were very intriguing and held my interest, even the ones that scared me. I had a hard time putting the book down because I was interested and invested in these stories.

Before I recommend this book, I will have to note there are a lot of trigger warnings. This book has so many that I feel that it should have a trigger warning on. This is considered as scary/ horror book. You are supposed to be afraid when you read this book. I know that I have established myself as someone who gets easily scared, which is why I am putting these trigger warning on here. This book does cover, death, theft, murder, possession, different types of mental illnesses, suicide (both accidental and on purpose), people cutting themselves, and bullying. I might have spoiled the book, and I am sorry. I just want to be extra careful, because I want people to be safe and to make a consciouses choice base off of their own needs.

I do recommend this story. If you are a person seeking a book to terrify you, and you are used to the horror genre, this book is not for you. That is the conses on Goodreads. Those who are used to and love the horror and scary genre, are not scared with these stories. However, if you are a bit afraid and do get easily spooked, this book might be for you. I do recommend skipping The Red Tree which is the fourth book. Understand that if you are skipping this story, you are skipping the character leaving the book. I recommend getting to the end of this character’s chapter. The author separated the book once the stories start, so our main character Jack, his story arc is continued in italics. Skip this story and read the italics at the end, and if you are interested in this story, read it after you are done with the book.

IMG_2546The next book that I read was The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. This book actually covers several of the challenges like reading a hype book, read a book with a person on the cover, and read about a person different from you.

I don’t want to give out spoilers due to the fact that this is the second book in a series. But this book just continues on with Apollo’s adventure in trying to restore order with the oracles as a human.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads, and honestly, even if I was given the choice of partial ratings, I would still keep it five out of five stars.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. A lot of the problems from the first book haven’t gone away, but I can say it was not as cringe worthy as the first one. Apollo had done a lot of growing up and maturing throughout this book, as well as the time between the first and the second book. I enjoyed seeing a bit more of that mature side. It wasn’t all about “oh woe is me” and “I am a god. Where is my godly greeting?” We still had this in the book, but not as much as the first one. The other thing that I enjoyed is seeing the interactions of our characters. It was nice to see how Apollo and Calypso argue. It was nice to see them be a bit normal and quarrel a bit. In addition, I enjoy getting to spend some time with Leo and some of his crass humor. I also had more emotions in this book. There has been death in previous Rick Riordan books, but you just didn’t feel them as much. I just felt that the losses that we experienced in this book, felt more, or had more weight, than in some of his previous books.

The only problem that I had in this book is that it got annoying for both Apollo and Calypso having to explain to the same people that they did not have access to their powers. The times that they use them were weird coincidences. It was nice to see Apollo come up with a theory as to why he had access to his powers when he did, but it is a bit annoying to have to go through the rules over and over again. This also includes information. It got annoying for the same people to know and understand that you cannot have godly information inside a human mind, to be shocked that Apollo has no memory of certain events in his past. I feel like a better question to ask is why he has access to the parts that he has.

Other than that, the book is amazing and I do recommend this to everyone. However, you do need to read the first book before you read this one.

IMG_2540The last book in this long review, that I will be reviewing is Story Thieves by James Riley.

This book also covered several challenges for Booktubeathon. It covered, to read a book about a character that is different from you, and to read a book with a person on the cover,

This book is done in two perspectives. You have Owen who is the son of a librarian who is complaining about how boring life is, who gets his world turned upside down when he finds out about book jumping from his classmate Bethany who is half fictional. Both characters jump into a story and have to fix a mistake that Owen made when they jumped into his favorite story. Owen is stuck in the story and trying to fix what happened in the story, while Brittany is trying to fix things in the normal world when two of the characters from the story jumped out of the book and discovered the truth of their origins.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even with partial ratings, I would still give this book four out of five stars.

As much as I want to hit the ground running with things that I did like about the book, I do want to talk about the one thing I did not like about the book. There was one thought that was prevalent thought throughout the book. That thought was, “this has been done before.” I do believe that this is because I read a lot of books that had to deal with book jumping. This year alone, I can count three books that deal with the idea of our main character, or characters, book jumping. I do not know if this topic is slowly becoming popular, but I felt as though this has been done before. On top of that, James Riley has written a series about a story book princess who grew up in the normal world and was transported back into the fairy book world.

With that stated, here are the reasons why I loved the book. One of them, is all the literary reference, especially towards Harry Potter. In the beginning of the book, so many books are referenced. Even the made up story is noted as a knock off to Harry Potter. In addition, I enjoyed jumping into War of the Worlds. All of the stories that have book jumping, our characters mainly jump into your typical fairy tales or beloved classics like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Another thing that I enjoyed, was that with all the referencing that existed in the book, our author even referenced himself. It was interesting to see his other works on the shelves of the library as well as the librarian talking about her experience with him. That was quirky and cool. A third reason why I liked this book, is that James Riley played with your typical tropes. I do somewhat have a problem with it, in that it made me feel like I was reading something that I have read before. However, I enjoyed how he changed those tropes in the story. for example, one of our characters had your typical catch phrase and wink but changed the moment he realized how different things were. Another trope was Bethany’s father and how the parents met. Who was the story book character followed the typical trope, but how they met, wasn’t the same as the other books. Though it does make me wonder as to what book the character parent came from. In all, the story was fun, the characters were kind of believable, but the writing was amazing and I enjoyed the premise of the book. There were a lot of moments that I really enjoyed that stood out (that I cannot tell you due to spoilers), and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

In all, I do recommend this book to everyone. I do feel as though you will have fun and enjoy yourself in a world full of fictional characters in our world, and those of us in their world.

That is it for this review. I am sorry that this was a long post, but I do hope that you enjoyed all three reviews. If you have read any of the books, or have questions on what I have read, please leave a comment down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading from Super Bookworm

Day 3 Booktubeathon 2017

With all the extra time I had in reading, you would think that I got a lot of reading done. Sadly, I did not But I did get one book done and at least I did start an audio book for The Dark Prophecy this morning, so that is in the plus column.  In all, I finished Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index and got about 90 pages into The Dark Prophecy.

So far I have completed three out of the eight challenges. I just finished reading the group book and I read a book with a person on the cover. So I am excited for slowly finishing these challenges and getting all my books read. If possible, I am hoping to get The Dark Prophecy finished by tomorrow.

I am not sure if that is going to work. I am losing an hour of reading, with the extra hour that is going into my camp, but I also decided to not participate in tomorrows challenge. I technical have a photo and an outfit that I could use for the challenge, but I do not want my identity known on my blog or Instagram account. So that might give me an extra hour. I am not sure. We will see how much reading I will complete in the day. I still want to post something crafty and fun for tomorrow on my Instagram account.

Though today’s challenge was a bit hard. We were to take a reflective image of our current read. I was happy with my work, but with all the other images that I saw for the challenge, I am not surprised that I lost. It was not as good as some of those other images. I do encourage you to check them out. Look it under the #btatreflect. I will place the image that I submitted down below.

But for now, I want to talk about my game plan for tomorrow. I am planning on immersing myself in the world of The Dark Prophecy. I do have the audio book, so I am planning on utilizing that audio book to help me get some more reading time. Hopefully, I will be able to get a few chapters done while I am getting ready for work. I am not sure about hearing the book and driving to work. Lately, I have been stuck on the same song for the past few days and I have not been getting any reading done in the car. My realistic goal is to get 3/4 of the way through the book. I only want 100 or so pages left to finish on Friday. If by some miracle I finish this book tomorrow, I do have The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Story Thieves. I might also take in 13 chairs. I am due for a short quick read. I am starting to feel that need for a quick pick me up.

So enough about me, I want to know about you. If you are participating, how is your adventuring going? Did you get a lot of books read? Have you enjoyed all the books that you have read so far? What challenges have you completed? Are you having fun?

I do hope that you are having fun and that you are enjoying all of your adventures. I will talk to you on Friday. Until then, happy reading!

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Day 2 Booktubeathon 2017

How did my day go?…. Let’s us be real, I did calculate that I have three hours of reading time today. However, I did complete the Instagram challenge last night, so that made it 4 hours. How much reading did I get done?… Well, I did complete one challenge, and I read about 114 pages from Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

So what challenge did I complete? I did the reading outside challenge. I was under a shady tree with my sunglasses on. Not my preferred reading style, but it had to be done. I did better today than I thought I would. The two books that I completed and read were The Book No One Ever Read and Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure. I gave both books a three out of five stars. Both books just lacked depth. The Book that No One Ever Read, felt like it missed an ending. I would go more into details about it, but I do not want to spoil the book. In the Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, I just felt it lacked a story line. You had the same characters from the previous stories and books, but it was not as magical or as fun as those other books.

So what are my plans for tomorrow? Well, I got news from my boss and she is giving me the afternoon off. Which is good. Instead of working two hours in the morning I will be working three, which equates to an additional hour of reading. I will also not be picking my sister up, which is giving me more time in reading. So what do I want to do with all that extra time?

If I do not finish Juniper Lemon tonight, I will finish that tomorrow. In addition, I am planning on reading The Dark Prophecy tomorrow. I just got the audio book of it, so that will put me in a head start with reading it and getting those pages read. This is good. I am hoping to at least finish two books tomorrow. If I manage to get all that reading done, and I still have more time, I would also like to start The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I also have that book as an audio book. Which means I can utilize my time a bit better and organize my day to support all the work that I need to get done.

However, I was hoping to get my Instagram challenge for tomorrow done. It was nice getting it done a day early. That gave me an additional hour of reading in today. However, I ended up using that time sorting Legos. I still have a lot to sort, but I can leave that for next week, and get all the reading done. I did the important sets that had to be completed now.

But before I had to go and get ready for work tomorrow, I wanted to show you my entry for Booktubeathon. Today’s challenge was to show the world your favorite classic. I really do like this photo, and I found it a bit more fun and creative than what I did in the last one. I hope that you will enjoy it too.

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But before I go, I do want to ask you, if you are participating in Booktubeathon, how are you doing? Have you completed any of the challenges? If so which ones? Are you enjoying any of the books that you have chosen to compete for this readathon?

Until next time. Happy reading!

Day 1 of Booktubeathon 2017

Alright… To tell you the truth the first day did not go as planned. I accidentally slept in and when I tried to listen to the book I was reading last night, I discovered I did not have the internet, which meant that I could not download the book onto my iPod. Which meant I was behind on my reading. I was hoping to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak on my way to work and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. I was even hoping to be almost done with that book today.

Sadly, that did not happen. I spent 30 minutes uploading pictures of my camp for work, ate lunch, then I actually spent the hour working on my Instagram challenge. I then spent about an hour reading, in which I was able to finish Serafina and the Black Cloak and start Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index. About an hour later, I decided that I should get a bit more work done, so I decided to sort Lego. I did not continue reading or switched books at that time.

However, I can claim that I did finish one book (about 30 pages) and read about 94 pages in another. That is not bad. Not what I expected, but it was still good, and I still got some reading done.

In addition, my picture for the first challenge did not go as planned. The first Instagram challenge was to finish a book cover. I can tell you that I was not happy with it when I posted it, but I was running out of time, and I wanted to get back to reading. To stay on top of my schedule that I had set up for myself. I must say that I am grateful for all the likes. It made me realize that I did do a good job on the challenge. I was just being hard on myself. I know that it is not perfect, but it is decent and it does look like it can go with the rest of the book.

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So what are my plans for tomorrow? I would like to finish Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.  I can easily do that while I am eating lunch and doing the Instagram challenge if I can get ahold of the audio book. Do the reading the books outside challenge. That can be completed after work and before I pick my sister up. I am also hoping to start either The Girl who Drank the Moon or The Dark Prophecy. I am hoping to get a bit more reading in tomorrow. This is funny since I have less time to read.

So wish me the best luck in my endeavors. I am also hoping the very best for yours.

If you are participating in this readathon let me know down below. How are you doing? Have you completed any challenges yet? And what is your game plan for tomorrow?

Until tomorrow. Happy reading!

Now it is off for those of us to save Ariel and Kristina from the Demon that has kidnapped them both on Twitter.

Booktubeathon 2016 TBR!

I cannot believe that it is time for the summer Booktubeathon. I am so excited to participate in everything that I can. Right now I will be looking at what book that I will read for the readathon. Some of these challenges can double up, but it is important to have fun and to enjoy yourself. Let’s get started.

1.Read a book with yellow on the cover. – It does not matter how much yellow is on the cover, there just got to be some yellow on it.

I have chosen to read More Than This by Patrick Ness. This has been on my TBR reads list for a while thanks to Booktube. I have also read his book The Rest of Us Just Live Here and have enjoyed it. The best part is that the cover does have a little bit of Yellow on it.

2.Read a book only after sunset.

I would like to read one of the Spiderwick Chronicles, by Holly Black and Toni DiTerlizzi, after sunset. It looks like it is about 100 or so pages, so I should be able to read it quickly.

3.Read a book you discovered through booktube.

There are so many books that I have discovered because of Booktube. I have recently started Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick and I would also like to read More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.  We will see. I do feel like I am cheating because I am using these books from the Bibliothon, but I did not know about these books until the bibliothon. In addition, More Happy Than Not is becoming popular on Booktube.

I am also using Sorta Like a Rock Star as my prep for speed reading and getting into the zone for the Booktubeathon.

4.Read a book by one of your favourite authors.

I know that I placed this book on a lot of TBR lists, but I really do want to read it. I want to succeed in reading The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. I have discovered that it is taking me a while to get over Appollo’s voice. I just cannot stand his whiny attitude. The more he complains and whines, the more I detest him. I have no sympathy for him.

5.Read a book that is older than you.

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you The Time Machine. The Time Machine was written in 1895 by H.G. Wells. This book is also part of my TBR Challange for this month since it was banned at some point in time.

6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.

I am actually reading a series. I am planning on reading the Spiderwick Chronicles. I have heard that the movie combined all five books. I am hoping to read all five books and then watch the movie.

7. Read seven books

At this point of time, I do have nine books, but I do want to add another. The point of a readathon is to read as many books as you would like, right? I will be adding Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I am half way through this book and I would just like to finish it. I am a solid 200 pages away from the end. It would be a little hard to finish this book because it got a little too political for me, but I would still like to see what is going to happen to these characters.

That is my TBR. Now I have also created a schedule on when I will be reading these books. Now I will point out that Sorta Like A Rock Star is not on this schedule because I am not sure if I will finish this book by the end of the day, or how much I will have left. But we will see and I will fit it in.

Booktubeathon summer 2016

The only thing that I can tell you that will be changed is Monday and Wednesday. Around 9:30 I have to pick up my sister and her friend at the college. So I might not be blogging or reading the Spiderwick Chronicles at that time. Usually, that time is devoted to driving to the college. We will see what will happen on both Monday and Wednesday.

I will talk to you tomorrow. I do hope that you will be participating in the Booktubeathon. It is going to be a lot of fun.

If you are participating what books are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Cramathon 2015

Okay. I found a new read-a-thon thanks to Jessiethereader. It is called the Cramathon. It has its challenges, and its origin is to help people catch up on their Goodreads reading goal. It starts on July 10th at Midnight and ends on July 13th at Midnight.

However, since I am ahead, I am mainly participating for the sake of completing the challenges. There are a lot of books that I need to complete before the 15th of this month, and I am hoping that this read-a-thon will help. I am also using this read-a-thon as a means to help prepare for Book-tube-a-thon.

Here are the challenges. 
1. Read a children’s book
2. Read a hardback
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours
4. Read a graphic novel
5. Read a book written in verse
6. Read a novella
7. Read 5 books total

Hopefully, I will be able to post a TBR up soon. Happy Reading!