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

Serafina and the Black Cloak Meets Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Review

The problem with coming up with a TBR for a readathon is that now all I want to do is to read all of the books that I have chosen. Sadly, in this case, I cannot. I just don’t want the stress of having to come up with a replacement book. I still have some books that I need to finish reading, but I decided that I was due for some reviews. So let’s hope that this will not be a really long post.

I will start off with the books that I have read in Booktubeathon.

IMG_2542The first book that I got to finish in Booktubeathon was Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. This book is about a girl who lives in the basement with her father. One night as she is going through the house she sees a little girl running away from a man in a black cloak. When she is following the duo, she sees that the girl gets swallowed up by the cloaked figure. This brings us to the adventure of our girl trying to figure out who this cloaked figure is while trying to save the people whom he has consumed.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was to be honest, I would have given the book four and a half stars out of five. I really love our main character Serafina. I not only love her sense of right from wrong, I really enjoyed how realistic she felt. I enjoyed her honesty. She was not afraid to admit how terrified she was going through some of her situations that she was in. The only issue that I had with our main character was that I felt she was a bit too mature for a 12-year-old. The other issue that I had about our main character is her success in interacting with the world for the first time. for the 12 years of her life, the world never knew that she existed. the only human interaction that she had was her father. I felt that she was too successful in being able to interact with people and her new surroundings. I am sorry, that was the one really unrealistic aspect of Serafina. In a way, I really wanted to see her develop and grow from this new experience. There was no growth, in which Phycology and science claim there is a need for.

As the story itself, I enjoyed it. There were parts of the book where there was little to no action, and the book did go back and forth with the action. I will admit that those slow parts are your most important parts because there is a lot of details hidden within those sections. There were a couple of times where I had to reread sections because I felt like I was missing something. The other thing that I enjoyed about the story was there were a couple of moments in which I was creeped out. Let me highlight the word couple. I can actually tell you there were two moments that I was creeped out. The story isn’t horror. I would say it is a mystery with a couple of thriller vibes.

I did do a combination of reading the book as well as listening to the audio. I will have to say that the audio performance was really good. Cassandra Campbell is a great voice actress, and I felt as though she gave Serafina more of that realistic feel. I also felt as though she brought the story to life.

In the end, I do recommend reading this book. I believe that everyone will enjoy it. If you do not have time to read it, I do recommend the audio. I know that you will love listening to Cassandra Campbell’s voice and how she brings the story to life with her words.

IMG_2539The second book that I read during Booktubeathon was Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel. This book is about Juniper coming to terms with the loss of her sister and dealing with the grief that comes with it. In addition, you also have her trying to find closure with finding this mysterious lover whom her sister wrote a love letter to.

This is the part where I will try not to divert too much, but I do wish that Goodreads allow partial ratings for books. If I am to be honest, this book is 3.5 stars out of five. Instead, I am going back and forth giving the book three to a four-star rating. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the growth of our main character. It is just that I feel disappointed with this book. I just felt as though there should be more to this story. I am also disappointed in how this book ends (I am not going into details for a spoiler free review). I get why the author did what she did, but I still don’t feel the closure. I believe that a book should give you at least a different perspective, but should also fulfill you and inspire you. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, it did not fulfill me.

Before I recommend this book there are a few trigger warnings. In this book, there is abuse, talk of suicide, bullying, abandonment (from both a parent and friend), and a little bit of residual trauma from the accident. With that said, if you are triggered by any of these or just the talk of loss, don’t read this book. It is not worth it. I rather you be alive and safe than trying to read this book.

With that said, my recommendation for this book is to read it at your own choice. I do not feel confident in recommending this book to you (This is the other reason why I gave this book three stars on Goodreads). On one hand, I want you to read it for the sake of having a dialog about this book. I want to talk to you about who you think You might be, and about your thoughts on this book. On the other hand, I also do not want you to feel as disappointed about this book as much as I am feeling. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, I believe that when you finish a book you should be fulfilling.

I do hope that you enjoyed the reviews. If you have any questions or concerns or you just want to talk about the two books leave me a message down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading!

A Magical Review

A week ago I read Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, and I just recently finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a few days ago. Fantastic Beast  will be a short review, while the Cursed Child will be a lot longer with a lot of spoilers. So let us get started.

IMG_2455[1]Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (J.K. Rowling). I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. This is a textbook that Harry, Ron, and Hermione used when they went to Hogwarts to study magical creatures. This book was written for Comic Relief to help raise funds to get rid of poverty. The comedy does come in the form of the side notes and conversations that the three had throughout the book.

This book does read like a textbook. The comedy only comes in the form of the side conversations and notes that the three made throughout the book. There is a 10-page section where it is just the textbook with no side notes or conversations. It was the thing that I wished for that there was more of those side notes and conversations throughout the book. I enjoyed reliving some of those moments in the series, as well as getting to see more of this world. I will admit almost off of the side notes and conversations were funny.

As for recommending the book. I would say read it. The side conversations are fun, but I imagine this book will be a lot of fun to have in your hands as you are watching the movie, checking off all the “beasts” that we get to see in the movie. It is a bit gimmicky, but the book is going to a good cause. As for owning the book. The book is no longer in print, so owning a copy would be expensive. I ended up checking this book out at the library.

Now, onto the play!

Before I begin with the play I want to make a disclaimer that I am not a fan of reading plays by myself. I know that it sounds stupid, I have had some bad experiences with reading plays and when it comes to a play, I am very cautious about it. On one hand, I do want to read it, but I feel as though you should always read plays with a group of people. I feel as though plays require that uniqueness as well as these different presences to help bring the story to life. I also want to warn you that there will be spoilers!
IMG_2444[1]Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about father-son relationships and how the past can affect these relationships as well as the father and the son. I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads, but if I was honest, I would give this book 3.5 to 3.75 stars out of five.

Let’s first talk about the story line. I did enjoy the story as a whole. Being able to revisit the fourth book with the Triwizard tournament, and being in the present was amazing. It allowed us to see old and new characters. I did not mind the time turner aspect. It made sense that it would now be a black market item and that dark witches and wizards would go through trying to recreate or get their hands on a new one. I know that the time turners is one of the controversies with this play, but I will say that if you spend the time thinking about it, it fits. I will reference The Chamber of Secrets and Harry’s accidental blip in Knockturn Alley, where Harry was in that store that sold artifacts of a dark and questionable pasts. The owner of the store was reference by Draco as being someone who would try to recreate something similar to that. I will also admit that the play did read like fanfiction. I am not sure if this is a pro or a con. On one hand, I did enjoy the quick pace of the story as well as the intensity of some of the scenes. At the same time, I also wished things would be fleshed out and were given more details. The one thing I really did not like about the story line was how we covered three years of Scorpius and Albus being at Hogwarts in one scene. I will admit that there were moments where I wished that the play was in storybook format. I felt that there were scenes that needed to be fleshed out with the characters perspectives. I felt that those perspectives would have been better, and helped us relate and love our characters a bit more.

I will also talk about another controversy of the play, which is the characters. I will admit, that millions of people I fell in love with Scorpius and his little geeky self. He is adorable. However, I am not a fan of the name. Way before we ended up with the height of Voldemort’s rule, I kept reading his name as Scorpion. I could not figure out why Draco would pick the name Scorpius for his child. As for the other character, I do feel as though there are a bit of change, without context. I do understand that we did skip 20 years into the future, but there were some things that did bother me. One of them was Ron. There is a difference between movie and book Ron, and I felt that they just took movie Ron and put him into the series. Movie Ron became more of the comedic relief, and that was this Ron. I did enjoy the humor that Ron gave, and felt that those moments do need to exist, however, I felt as though we lost a bit of book Ron. I felt as though Ron could have been in better use and help flesh out some of the plots as well as help develop some arcs and growth. There are some other character issues. One of them is the Harry freak out on McGonagall. I understood that Harry was freaking out over his missing son and the events that were happening, but I also felt as though that was a bit out of character. I am having a hard time believing that he would ever threaten McGonagall or the school, let alone say some of those harsh things. I could see Draco saying those things, but not Harry. The other character change is Draco. I did enjoy seeing him being a bit nicer to Harry and the gang, and even telling Harry the truth about how he felt. However, he kept switching sides between old Draco and new Draco. I felt as though Draco’s development should have been fleshed out more as well as developed more. For both Harry and Draco, the fatherly role is a great story arc, and is was the focus for most of the story, it just should have taken more time and we should have seen more a development for both of them. Even a development for their relationship for each other should have been fleshed out more.

I am on the fence for recommending this play. I did enjoy it, for its nostalgic purposes. Even though that I did enjoy the story as a whole, I did have some problems with the play that seems to be a constant problem. In short, like millions out there, I do feel as though this should have been in story format. Having the play is great, since I will not be able to travel to London to see it, I am glad that I do get to be a part of it. Nevertheless, I do wish that we could have had both the play as well as the book.

I do hope that you have enjoyed my magical reviews in the world of Harry Potter. Enjoy your week and I will see you next time. Happy reading!

January 2016 wrap up

I cannot believe that we are at the end of January and will start February in a few days. Wow! 2016 is going by in a blur. I can tell you that 2016 did start off kind of well, but crazy at the same time. Within less than 72 hours of being in 2016, my grandmother fell and rebroke her hip. It took a while for anything to happen since she had a mild cold and her blood pressure was a little off. I, at least, spent 2 weeks in 2016 either working, helping my mom, or visiting grandma. She is doing better and is placed in a nursing home until she can be a bit more independent.

Reading wise, I have not gotten a lot of books read. According to Goodreads, I am 2 books behind schedule. However, I have read a total of 9 books this month. I am not upset with that number. Considering how crazy this first month has been, I am very happy with reading 9 books. Here are the nine books that I have read so far.

  1. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser #1) by Meghan Ciana Doidge. This book looks at a young woman who loves baking and dabbles in the little magic that she has. However, she starts to discover that there is more after she gets involved with some murders happening around her local magical community. I gave this book 3.5 stars out of five. It was one of those books that I really expected more. I am not saying that it was bad, I am just saying that it was not satisfying. I actually finished this book with no desire to finish this series.
  2. The Woods Vol. 9 &10 by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. This is just a continuation of the graphic novel series that I started reading last year. I gave this book four out of five stars for volume 9 and five out of five stars for volume 10. I realized shortly after continuing with these books how much I forgot and missed with the passage of time, However, the storyline is getting interesting even though some of the other storylines were cut. You are starting to see the storylines merge with each other. The artwork is still wonderful. To add on, volume 10 did have an epic ending to the point where I was upset that I could not finish the series.
  3.  Stargate by Shelia Black. This book was a summary of the 1994 movie. I was expecting more details and plot from the book, even though the book was only 40 pages longs. I am just disappointed that there isn’t more. I ended up giving this book three out of five stars.
  4. Half Upon a Time (#1) by James Riley. I do not know how to explain this story without ruining the story. Just accept that it is a fractured fairytale where characters from different fairy tales interact along with a girl that has been raised in this world. I absolutely loved this book and found it cute and fun. I ended the book on a high where I wanted to pick up the rest of the series and finish it. However, I will admit that I did not enjoy the abuse that one of the characters received throughout the book, especially since this character is helping our other characters. In the end, I did give this book five out of five stars.
  5. Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This book is about an 11-year-old genius who becomes an orphan and is being taken care of by strangers who were compassionate enough to help her in her time of need. I did give this book five out of five stars for its story line.
  6. Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. This book is about a young man who befriends a peer before they die of cancer. I did give this book three out of five stars because it was funny. However, I do feel as though the book was negative, at least, the main character was negative to himself, and it lacked growth and a plot. I do not recommend this book.
  7. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. This book looks into the bravery of an 11-year-old cripple who escaped her abusive mother during WWII. It was one of the books that I was upset with how fast I finished it. I gave this book five out of five stars.
  8. Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe. This book is also a bit hard to explain without spoiling the book. However, I can tell you that this book is about a 14-year-old girl in a lower class working with a person from an upper class coming up with a cure for an epidemic in their city. I did give this book four out of  five stars. It was in an enjoyable read.

I will give detail book review later on. I just wanted to give you a little taste as to what I have read and my thoughts on those books.

To continue on, my two challenges that I am participating this year are doing pretty well. Other than 2016 Around the year in 52 books, I am also working with a 2016 TBR Jar Challenge. I will make a post about that TBR Jar for 2016, don’t worry.

For the Around the Year in 52 books, I have completed six out of the fifty-two challenges. I have also completed the TBR Jar challenge for this month which was – A Book that Intimidate You.

I do hope that you have enjoyed this update and I cannot wait to talk to you soon. Happy Reading!

Dewey’s Readathon Books review

I am feeling productive and decided to get some reviews done. Unlike my other reviews, this will be a short review on each of the books that I have read during the Dewey’s 24-hour readathon.

  1. Ever After High: Madeline Hatter’s Story by Shannon Hale – This is one of many prequels to the Ever After High series by Shannon Hale. This prequel follows Madeline and what her home life is like before school starts. I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the quick read and getting a chance to see into this fairy tale world. It has made me interested into the series. I am on the fence for recommending these prequels to the world, but if you like fairy tales, then yes, you will love to see into this world and getting a chance to meet the characters of the novel.
  2. Ever After High: Hunter Huntsman’s Story by Shannon Hale – This is one of many prequels to the Ever After High series by Shannon Hale. This story followers Hunter, one of the huntsmen our fairy tale world. I also gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the short intro into this character and his home life. It really made me want to read the series. This is one of the prequels I will recommend because I enjoyed the take of thinking about the possibility of something else.
  3. Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella’s Story by Shannon Hale – This is another prequel to the Ever After Series. I gave this novella four out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the idea of wanting to go outside the story and feeling trapped. I must say this novella also made me want to read the series. I do recommend this to everyone.
  4. Ever After High: Briar Beauty Story by Shannon Hale – Another prequel to the Ever After Series in which I gave four out of five stars on Goodreads. As much as I enjoyed the novella, the character seemed a little vain. As for recommending the novella, I will go along the line with the Madeline Hatter Story. If you like fairy tales, then you will like this novella
  5. Ever After High: Apple White’s Story by Shannon Hale – One of the other prequels to the Ever After series in which I gave the novella three out of five stars on Goodreads. Don’t get me wrong, the novella was okay, but this princess was extremely conceded and vain to the point that I was annoyed with her. All she cared about was her happily ever after. This book made me think twice as to whether or not I truly wanted to read the series.
  6. Ever After High: Raven Queen’s Story by Shannon Hale – Finally, the last prequel that I read to the Ever After Series. I gave this novella four out of five stars on Goodreads. Not one of the best novellas, but much better than White’s story. I enjoyed see Raven and this is your introduction to the possible plot to the series. I do recommend this novella to everyone, especially if you want to read the Ever After Series.
  7. Henry Burp – Mind your Manners by Mike Winn – This is a book about a child learning how to “control” his manners. Lets just say that I gave this book one out of five stars on Goodreads. I just felt rude by laughing as I read this children’s book. I felt it was nothing special and the writing was poor. There are other books that are better than this one that give the same message to children.
  8. Mett Digger Mole by Alan Scouse – This book is about meeting a Mole and his family. I also gave this book one out of five stars on Goodreads. The writing was horrible. It was choppy and lacked a plot. I felt like I was reading one of those created books from reading programs for Kindergarten/ 1st grade. Just plain boring. I am glad that I got this book for free because I would be upset if I wasted any amount of money on it.
  9. A Nutty Day in the Rain by Jennifer Rowlands – This book focused on a little squirrel and his desire to make his rainy day fun and exciting. I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads.  The story was cute and adorable and something I would love to share with the kids that I work with, as well as with everyone. The only problem that I had with this book was the lack of pictures. It really did need some pictures to help bring the text to life, and to bring a bit more fun.
  10. The Witch’s Big Night by Sally Huss – Set to the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, this book focus on the fun of Halloween, while promoting being kind to others. I gave this book four out of five stars. I enjoyed the this book. It was fun, and the artwork was not that bad. However, the rhyming scheme did not work out for all of the pages. In the end, I would recommend this book to everyone, since I cannot wait to share this book with the students that I work with.

Fangirling The Unwanteds review

Alright, I know that I am horribly behind on my reviews, but I am hoping to change that. Today I will be giving you two reviews from the books that I have read while participating in Booktube-a-thon. So, let’s begin.

The first book I want to focus on is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book was a reread and I was more than excited to read it when booktube-a-thon came. The books focus on a young woman, Cather, who is experiencing her first year at college. During this year, she faces challenges such as her anxiety, people, and what to leave and take with her as she becomes an adult. The biggest challenge she faces is her love for the Simon Snow fandom (a Harry Potter wannabe) and deciding if she wants to bring that into her adult world.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. I absolutely loved this book. I found Cather to be very relatable. I know that people question the reality of Cather and her anxiety, but I can tell you from personal experience that yes, that can happen and has happened. In addition, I also enjoyed the character growth and seeing Cather starting to branch out nd accept her environment and grow apart from her sister. I also enjoy the Simon Snow series. I must say it was great seeing the parallels between Simon and Harry.  Every time we get a Simon Snow tidbit I get excited and melt into my own fandom for Harry Potter. I can tell you it felt as though I was reexperiencing Harry Potter for the first time. Finally, I enjoyed the highlights of the fandom and the discussion of fanfic and whether or not it can be considered as real writing. I found the discussion important and relevant to our lives, but I enjoyed seeing how our main character grew from this discussion.

Now there were a couple of cons that I had with this book. The first was the lack of seeking for help when Cather was afraid for her own well being when she was having a hard time managing her anxiety. I know that drugs were mentioned, but Cather never went out and sought for help when she really needs to. I know from experience that in one way that we perceived getting help as a bad thing, especially in the American Society, however, when reading this I realized that there were several moments in the book that she should have just sought for help, or at least had her sister recommend it, not a roommate who barely knew her do so. On top of that, I felt as though seeking help would be better than taking drugs. the other issue that I had was that the audio did not match the book. I know that this sounds petty and small, but I cannot stand with texts don’t match. I expect the audio to match with the book, even if it is a special edition book. The part that did not match was so small, but to me it was a huge problem because I felt it made a difference in the book.

In all, I would recommend this book to everyone. I must warn you that there is some alcohol abuse, the mention of using drugs to solve problems, and psychiatric difficulties. If any of these are a trigger, please don’t read the book. In all, the book is fun and I believe that everyone will enjoy the characters and the Simon Snow world and fandom.

The other book that I want to review today is The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. This book looks at a young boy, Alex, who lives in a society where everyone is placed in their respective roles based off of their titles, Wanted, Necessary, and Unwanted. Alex is placed as an Unwanted and is sentenced to die while his twin Aaron is placed as a Wanted and is given the privilege to attend a prestigious school. When Alex makes it to the place where he would be killed, he discovered that all the Unwanteds faked their death and lives in a magical world that will allow them to express and learn their creativity and magic.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. I loved the book so much and there is so much that I would love to share with you, but in fear of spoiling the book, I will only be picking the highlights of this book.

The first highlight is the magic system. I love the idea of using your creative talents as a means of magic. I know that as a society we talk about how art can be magical, but seeing something like this was a bit more mind opening and it was fun. I enjoyed seeing how each student used their own personal creativity in magic, such as working origami paper dragons. Let’s just say that at the end of the book I wanted to go to Artimé just so I can learn magic and could care less, let alone would have pride, if I was labeled as an Unwanted. Another thing that I enjoyed was the dynamic between the two worlds. the noncreative “superior” world was dull and starting to fall apart while Artimé was colorful, alive, and vibrant. I also enjoyed getting to read the history of the two places, how they were created as well as why they are the way they are. In addition, I enjoyed reading all the character and getting to see their growth within the course of a year. Not only have these characters grow in their art and magic, but they also grew in learning how to express and understand emotions since they lived in a world in which expressing one’s emotions is considered an Unwanted trait. Finally, I loved how fast pace of this book. I never realized how much time I spent reading, let alone how many pages I was reading in a sitting.

Now there were a few cons that I had with the book. One was the advertising on the front page of the book. It was considered as Hunger Games meet Harry Potter, however after reading this book I am wondering what aspect of this book was considered to be related to Hunger Games. I believe that a more accurate description would be The Giver meets Harry Potter. In addition, I am also wondering how this book is a series since the end of the book never made it feel like there would be another book. I also question the ending with the twin and the older leader. It was never explained what happened to them, or what both societies decided to do with either of them. Finally, the other con was the Hermione wannabe. I guess it is because it has been shown to me, but I never realized how much a character like Hermione is created in the book. I don’t mind having a smart bookworm girl, I just found it interesting that McMann felt that she needed to create such a character in her book.

In the end, I recommend this book to everyone. I know that you will love the magic system and the worlds. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series to see what will happen next.

I do hope that your week has been fun and filled with adventure. Happy reading!

Ms. Marvel Rat Queens Graphic Novel Review

Let us make this a two in one graphic novel review. I have finished reading Ms. Marvel volume one and two as well as Rat Queens, while doing the cram-a-thon.

Ms. Marvel volume one and two, by Wilson and Alphona, is the beginning of the reboot of Captain Marvel. Volume one looks into the life of our new superhero, Kamala, a young Pakistan teen living in New Jersey. We look into how she received her super powers as well as her learning about what it takes to become a superhero as well as getting use to her new powers and learning about a new villain. In volume two, we see Kamala continuing to learn about what it means to be a superhero as well as some of the consequences of not asking for help. In this installment we see her giving a powerful message to her peers about what it means to be a part of this generation and how we are not useless but can be useful, as she takes on one of her villains.

I must admit that the art and story line is fun in both volumes. I really enjoyed the color pallet that they use, and even though both volumes are a series of comic book, I did not feel as though the artwork was too childish or lacking details. Both storylines are fun, and it is entertaining to see a high school girl balancing life, school, and saving the world. In addition, I really enjoyed the diversity that this book provided. I am really glad to see a nonwhite female hero.  Finally, I love the fact that this hero is a fangirl of the superheroes themselves. I enjoyed seeing her fangirl over the different heroes that she has met.

I really do not have anything bad to say for the exception of wanting the third volume to come out.

In all, I gave both books four out of five stars on Goodreads. The books were a joy to read. I do recommend both books to everyone, and I hope that you will enjoy them soon.

The next graphic novel that I read was Rat Queens Vol. 1 Sass and Sorcery, by Kurtis J. Wiebe. This novel is about four strong independent women who battle for anyone for hire. This book looks into the beginning of their problem and how people are not their biggest fans.

Let me first tell you that this is a comic book for adults. There is a lot of fowl language, violence, adult conversations, and a little bit of sex. I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 14. I will admit that I did read this book right after Ms. Marvel, so it took me some time to get use to, as well as needing sometime to shift gears from something that was appropriate for everyone to something appropriate for adults.

I enjoyed the storyline. I found it entertaining and kind of riveting. Beyond the story of girls being the hero, I did enjoy the idea of loss, belief, and standing ones ground and principles. The characters were fun, and I enjoy how strong and independent they were. I also enjoyed the relationship that they had with each other, as their friendship developed into a sisterhood. In addition, I did enjoy the world and the magic that was in it. I also enjoyed the end, and the twist that existed. It got me interested into the second volume.

However, I was not a fan of the artwork. I felt it was a bit cartoonish. I wished there was a bit more details within each of the panels. Something more in the background to develop the world a bit more, giving us something more to the setting than some village and a forest. I was also not a fan of the color pallet that they chose. I enjoyed that the colors were bold, but I was not a fan of the color combination until the end of the book.

In the end, I gave this book three out of five stars. Even though I enjoyed the story and the characters, I was not a huge fan of the art. I just felt that there should have been something more to the artwork. As for recommending this book, I would only recommend this book to adults. Even then, I feel as though there are other graphic novels that are better that I would recommend over this book.

I want to wish everyone a great weekend, and I hope that it will be filled with fun and adventure. See you next time. Happy Reading!