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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A Super Halloween 2016 TBR

I am really stoked. I have a lot planned for the month of October. There are two readathons that I am hoping to participate, and a TBR that I have been planning since August. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s quickly do a wrap-up for the month of September.

September was an interesting month. I was able to read a total of 13 books, but I only read one book that was on my TBR. In addition, I was able to complete the challenge for the TBR jar. Instead of reading The Little Prince, I read a few books written by Beatrix Potter. So in one way, it was a good month. All the books I have read, have been pretty good. Below is the list of all the books that I have read in the month of September.

  1. Princess are Not Perfect by Kate Lum
  2. Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  3. The Big Blue Spot by Holwitz Peter
  4. Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
  5. Willie Wins by Almira Astudillo Gilles
  6. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  7. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  8. Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham
  9. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
  10. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter
  11. The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
  12. Archie Wilson and the Nuckelavee by Mark A. Cooper
  13. Remade: Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody

Now for October’s TBR. I am planning on making this month a spooky Halloween theme. Even if the book just has your usual witches, goblins, ghosts, and other paranormal fun, the idea is to read a book that is in the spirit of Halloween. Even my TBR challenge jar will participate in this theme. The challenge of this month is to read a book I should have read in high school. This was a hard challenge to complete because I read all the books that our teacher assigned to us. However, I decided to be a bit creative since my class was not able to read our “traditional” Shakespear book when I was in 11th grade. So, let’s begin with this TBR.

  1. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  3. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
  4. Foretold by Carrie Ryan
  5. A Madness so Discrete by Mindy McGinnis
  6. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  7. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
  8. The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
  9. MacBeth by William Shakespeare – the TBR challenge book
  10. Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – Can we count mythology? There are monsters in mythology.

I am a bit excited for this month’s TBR list. I am also a bit afraid that I will not be able to complete it. I usually don’t do scary books. I am willing to try it, and figure Halloween is the best time to get into the spirit. I do have some other books on reserve if I cannot handle the scariness but still follow under the Halloween umbrella. Those books are…

  1. How to Train Your Dragon – again with the mythical beast.
  2. Rebel of the Sands – apparently there is magic
  3. Heir Apparent
  4. This Savage Song
  5. Finish the Unwanted series.
    1. The Island of Legends
    2. The Island of Shipwrecks
    3. The Island of Graves

We will see what this month will bring.

As I have mentioned before, there are two readathons that I will be participating in this month. The first one is the Fright Fall Readathon. that will be happening from October 3rd to October 9th. The theme is to read scary books. The second readathon is the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on the 22nd of October.

What are your plans for the month of October? Are you planning on reading any scary books? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, happy reading!

Bookish Academy Awards 2015!

Last year I did a tag awarding all the good books that I have read. You may check out the previous post here.  It was so much fun, I thought that a great way to look back and the multitudes of books that I have read, I will be doing the same thing. This time I am only focusing on books that I have read during the year 2015. There are 15 categories and the bonus challenge of not using the same book twice. So let us begin.

  1. Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist): I am giving this award to Mathew from Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Mathew was a great lead, who always tries to do his best. I loved seeing how he grew and tries to over come his OCD.
  2. Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist): This award is going to Celena Sardothien from Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I enjoyed seeing her strength and playing out all the different odd for her advantage. Even with all the negativity, Celena is still positive and holds onto light and good that is still in her world.
  3. Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist): This is going to Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. If I even gave you an inkling of what the plot twist is I would be spoiling the book. Trust me. It is good and gets you hooked onto the rest of the series.
  4. Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover): I have two books for this category. The first is The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgordoff. The cover was so beautiful that it alone made me want to read the book. However, the story itself, as well as the artwork inside was not what I expected. Let’s just say that I regretted that I judged this book by its cover. The second book that is getting this award is Soundless by Richelle Mead. The book was good. I gave it three out of five stars. he cover is amazing and give it this epic feel.
  5. Best Supporting Actress (Best Female Sidekick): I am giving this award to Keisha from Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt. She is a very supporting friend who helps our character grow.
  6. Best Supporting Actor (Best Male Sidekick): I have to give this award to Jack the talking sword from Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love Jack. He is so funny, but at the same time is supportive to Magnus and guides him through his battles. Personally Jack is the inspiration for the desire of wanting a flying, talking sword. I don’t know how I am going to us it, but I want one.
  7. Best Original Screenplay (Most Unique Plot/World): If you have been reading my blog for the past year, especially since July, I believe that you have already guessed which book earned this award. This world was amazing and my favorite part of it was its unique magic system of art being magic. It almost replaced my desire for going to Hogwarts, since its magic system is something that I could work with. The book that has won this award is The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.
  8. Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation): I have only watch one book to film adaptation this year, in which I have read the book. So the automatic award goes to Mocking Jay Part 2.
  9. Best Animated Feature (A book that would work well in animated format): I am giving this award to a graphic novel. I know that most people would feel like it is already done in animated format and most of the work would be done, but I still feel like there is so much potential in this series that I would love to see in either on the big screen or on television/computer. It is the story line that is intriguing and I feel that it would be great to the switch. I would love for the artwork to stay consistent between the two formats. In the end, I do believe that the switch would work well. The series that I have chosen for this award is The Amulet by Kazu Kbuishi.
  10. Best Director (A writer you discovered for the first time): This book has become my new obsession since I finished reading it as an audiobook. I have never heard of this author until I saw this book on audible. Trust me this book is amazing. Part of me wished that I actually read the book and not listen to it. The author that is receiving this award is Cherie Priest with her book I am Princess X.
  11. Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book): I do not know if I gave this book an award last year, but I did reread it in 2015. I am giving this book the award for its epic battle scene. I not giving the award for just its bloods and guts during the battle, but for the symbolism that happens throughout the battle. The book that won this award is The Valley of Silence (The Circle Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts.
  12. Best Musical Score (Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation): I will admit that the musical score in Mocking Jay Part 2 is amazing however, not amazing enough to give it another award. I am giving this award to a book that is completely inspired by an 80’s soundtrack. Let’s just say that I am a little upset that I could not download the soundtrack as an album anywhere, but I could recreate it (let’s be real, that takes up to much time and effort). Armadby Ernest Cline, won this award for some pretty awesome music that goes not only great with video games but with the book as well. I was listening to 80’s music for a few months, which was annoying my sisters.
  13. Best Short Film(Best Novella or Short Book): Rick Riordan wins again. Are we at all surprised by that? No? Good. I am giving this award to his Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicle crossover novella series. They were fun and adventurous. Long enough to get the story and enjoy it, but short enough that you still want more.
  14. Best Picture (Best Stand-Alone): I am giving this particular book this award because I was not only obsess with this book but upset that it was a stand a lone. I am still wanting more. That, in and of itself is a good reason to give this award to The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
  15. Best Documentary (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction): Again, I am putting up another reread. However I realize that I lacked a lot of historical fiction and non fiction books. This particular book is a shoe in for this award. Not only was the writing amazing, but the story itself is beautiful and its meaning amazing. The winner of the Best Documentary goes to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

That is it everyone. That is the Bookish Academy Awards for 2015. I do hope that your new year is going great and that you are having a lot of fun with friends and family. I hope to see you later.

Happy reading!

Book to Movie Tag

I decided to break things apart with another book tag. Found this book tag on PurseProject, and thought it would be fun. I have provided a like link to the tag above. Let me forewarn you about the rant, but the tag itself is fun. I just pick five books that I would love to see as a movie.

5. The Circle Trilogy Trilogy by Nora Roberts – There is so much that I would love to see on the big screen, beyond the big epic fight scene at the end of the series. The characters are great, and each moment of the book is fantastic. Every time that I have read this series I always want to see it in a movie format. If anything, I would love to see it as a live action, believing that it would fit better with the story line, characters, and settings of the movie.

4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini – I know that there was a movie done on the first book, however, they did not follow the book or made a good movie. I was very upset after the first movie. However, I still love the series, and I feel as though they should try and redo the series. New cast, new everything, and a chance to follow the book better.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I love this book, and I wished to see it as a movie the moment I finished reading the book. I enjoyed the characters as well as the story. I do see this book as a mixture of live action and animation. I believe that the fan fiction or writing that did not belong to the storyline should be done in animation, while the story itself should be live action.

2. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan – I loved this series, and wanted it as a movie the moment that it was finished. I loved all our characters, and would love to see their movie counterparts. Maybe we can also have a remake of the Percy Jackson series. That way the transition from the original series to this spinoff would not only be great, but smooth.

1. 80AD Series by Aiki Flinhart – I loved this series, and enjoyed reading it. When I first read it, I did have a problem if I wanted it as a real live action or as an animation. However, I believe it would be cool if we can see it as both. A mixture of both live action and animation. I believe that this series screams for this. It would not only be fun and adventurous but great for family and people of all ages.

That is it. Those are the five books that I would love to see as a movie, hopefully sometime soon. I do hope that your week is great and that you are enjoying the many adventures around you. Happy reading!

Nintendo Book Tag

I wanted to take a little break from reviews with a fun little book tag. Saw this book tag, from Katytastic, and I thought it would be tons of fun. I provided a link to the tag above. Enjoy reading.

QUESTIONS
1) NES (Nintendo Entertainment System): A classic you want to read

After my adventure with Jules Vern in Around the World in 80 Days, I am a bit Classic out. However, I do need to complete Treasure Island before the end of this week, so I do believe that can be counted. To be honest, I do have some classics that I want to read. The two classics that I have at the top of my list are not books but plays. I would like to read A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
2) SNES (Super Nintendo): A sequel you liked more than the 1st (can be a 2nd book in a series)

I generally label good sequels as the second book being better than the first. At least I have the expectation that the continuing books be better than the first. The first book is going to be a bit slow. You are learning about the world, the characters and about the main problem. The rest of the series you will not be focusing on such details.

Just to put some series in this section, I would say Eragon, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and The Heroes Of Olympus. These are a few of the series in which I know that the following books are better than the first.
3) Nintendo 64: A book that revolutionized the way you look at the world
4) Gamecube: A popular book that did not go over so well with you

I must admit that I did enjoy this book, however the reason why it is in this category is because I am still trying to see why it got the hype that it did. The book that won this category is Blankets by Craig Thompson.
5) Wii: A new favorite book

I do not believe in playing favorite with my books. I either like the book or I don’t. However, I must say that this year my new favorite book has been I Killed the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.
6) Nintendo Power: Favorite graphic novel series or a series you want to start

So far, this has been the year of the graphic novels. I have been reading so many of them. I am glad that I tried something new this year. This was an easy pic. I have really loved the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. I just love the artwork.
7) Super Mario: A character that you’d love to squish like a Goomba

I read this question and it took me three seconds to pick a character. It might be because the book is still fresh in my mind, but at the same time it was the easiest pick, even if the character gets to die. The character that I wanted to squish like a Goomba is Dr. Caldwell in The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.  I don’t care how smart this woman is, she made some pretty stupid choices that almost resulted in some deaths. Again, I am left to question this person’s “brilliance.”
8) Zelda: A newer fantasy that you consider to be a modern classic

We all know that I was going to put this here. I am actually proud of myself for not having it in so many different categories. I do count Harry Potter as a modern classic. I not only feel like the story will be relevant throughout time, but its popularity and morals will last throughout time.

The other book that I do count as a modern classic is Eragon. Even though it is not as popular as Harry Potter, it still shares a lot of the traits that Harry Potter has, and it too will last throughout time.
9) Samus-Aran: Favorite sci-fi novel or one you want to read

A Sci-fi novel that I want to read is Ready Player One. I have heard so much about this book, that I just want to get a hold of it and read it.
10) Pokemon: Book editions that you want to collect

This is why I stick to the library. If I collect editions of the same book over just collecting stories, I would be in trouble financially. There are a couple of books that I do want to personally own in physical form. I do want to own Fangirl, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, Harry Potter (I don’t know what happened to the family copies), and The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.  That is just a list of a few.
11) Donkey Kong: A book with original characters

I am picking Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn. I do love these characters and feel that they are different and unique. I am enjoying our young heroine and how she doesn’t fit into the mold of the typical super hero, male or female. On top of that, using the Grimm Fairy tales to tell the story and to save her family is a great and original twist.
12) Nintendo Fandom: Favorite Nintendo game(s) or game you really want

My favorite Nintendo game is Mario Cart. I have always loved Mario Cart and enjoyed playing Princess Peach since I was  seven. My favorite level was always the one with the snow and penguins because it was the one that I could beat my brother at the best. In addition, I did enjoy rainbow road for the colors and the view.

Disney Book Tag

Found this fun book tag a while back. I wanted to do it then, but I somehow did not have the time. I do hope that you do enjoy this. It is a fun little tag with ten categories relating to Disney character/ themes. Happy reading!

  1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”

In some ways, I feel as though every character that we read will always be “a fish out of water.” How else are we suppose to have a plot or any growth for the character?

However, I have chosen The Amulet series by Kibuishi Kazo for this first category. To me, Emily and her family not only go out of their world, but they also out of their element with politics, magic, and epic battles to bring peace throughout all the worlds.

  1. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation

This category I had a hard time narrowing down. However, I have chosen two books to fit. The first one is Elise from This Song Will Save Your Life by Lella Sales and Melanie from The Girls With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey.

For me, Elise has grown a lot from the shy girl who would not confront her fears or people to a person sitting in the DJ booth controlling the situation and having the ability to read and confront people and her problems. On the other hand, Melanie was a mutant prodigy who never experience life outside her cell. The moment she left her cell she quickly learn how to survive and protect those that she loves.

  1. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters

I feel like I am cheating. The book that I chose for this category is The Crown of Ptolemy by Rick Riordan. I enjoy seeing both Percy, Annabeth, Carter and Sadie, and it was fun to see the mix of both Greek and Egyptian Mythology.

  1. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep

The book that I have chosen for this category not only put me to sleep, but it also disappointed me. The book for the Sleeping Beauty category goes to The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone by Emily Griffen. I ended up giving the book two out of five stars on Goodreads and I found the main character shallow with a lack of growth.

  1. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood

The book that I have chosen for this category is After Math by Denise Swank. Our main character Scarlett Goodwin had a very traumatic past who is overcoming all obstacles to make her life better.

  1. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful

Again, this is another category that I had a hard time. I actually have two books that I believe will fit in this category. Both of these books are not in here for their size, but they did intimidate me. I tend to stay away from books that make you cry. I don’t like to cry whether in public or in private because of a book. A book should be both fun and pleasurable and I never had associated crying with pleasure. Both of these books are a joy to read and I am glad that I have read them. These two books are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

  1. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse

For this category, I have chosen both Jade and Phoenix from the 80 AD series by Aiki Flinthart. Both characters get what they wished for when they are transported into a video game. Both do discover it is not all fun and games and surprisingly also get their other wishes granted as well when they saved the worlds.

  1. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not

For this category, I have chosen Ally from Fish In A Tree by Lynda Hunt. In the beginning, Ally pretends to be the class clown and troublemaker to hide her secret from her family and teachers.

  1. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life

Almost all of the characters from James A. Owen Imaginarium Geographica Series. Who would not want to meet a bunch of famous authors throughout history, along with their most famous characters?

  1. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

The person I picked for this category is not a villain but is a bit morally ambiguous. The person that I picked is Kat from The Heist Society by Ally Carter. I would love to get to know Kat more and understand her thinking and skill sets.