Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ten Books I Have Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday again hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today is Ten Books I've Recently Added to My TBR List.
So since I was M.I.A. during 2014, my TBR list is mostly books that were published last year.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Brazen by Katherine Longshore
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Princess of Thorns by Stacy Jay
Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Ink by Amanda Sun
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

title: ensnared
author: a.g. howard
book birthday: january 6, 2015
rating: 3 stars

Okay, 3 stars is being generous. I was so disappointed with this book. I give it 3 stars because I love the series as a whole, but this addition is just no.
First off, the build up was too much and then the ending was rushed trying to tie up loose ends and give everyone a happily ever after. OMGSH and don't get me started on the epilogue -__-

(contains many spoilers)

The banter between Morpheus and Alyssa was obnoxious, I was like: "JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY!" so many times. It felt like a Korean drama, where the "bad guy" reforms but likes to get on the female lead's nerves for fun. There was a point where I was totally Team Jeb ^_^ especially when he got powers to create his own world. But that didn't last very long.The main "oh s***t" moment for me was when Alyssa swore her life magic to marry Jeb and I thought the book would have improved from there, but then he took it back and it was all wth was this big circle for.
Halfway through the book I was cheering for Morpheus because at least he put up a fight. When Jeb "died" I was happy because that was the push Alyssa needed to change Wonderland and be with one of them. But then Jeb lived... The author was definitely trying to please everyone when she let Alyssa have both guys. And when she and Jeb were together they were both rich and left their family a large fortune and lived happily ever after??? psh yea sure. That was too much.

Another thing, Red disappeared too easily. Way too easily. Kind of like how in X-men the Last Stand, when Scott dies, people morn but then they forget about him for the rest of the movie. Yup like that.

 A positive is that the book goes into Alyssa's dad's history. It was nice to read the back story about him the way Unhinged focused on her mom's back story.

Overall, I am so annoyed with this book.

I can go on and on about the disappointment I have. I feel like the world was lacking and it was too focused on Alyssa's struggle to choose a guy and the beauty of Wonderland was lost. But in the end, I love the series. I'm glad Alyssa and Morpheus got to be together.

Review: My First Superman Book

title: my first super man book
author: david katz
book birthday: january 11, 2011
rating: 3.5

blurb from goodreads:
The first book every comic book geek Dad will want to read to his child! And the first-ever touch-and-feel Superman book.

Each of 6 spreads in this irresistibly cool package features classic Superman art and a special interactive feature. Budding Superman fans can: tap his rippling chest of steel; experience the magic of X-ray vision; pull the tab bringing Clark Kent into the phone booth as Superman flies out; touch his silky red cape; be dazzled by his sparkly Fortress of Solitude; and pet a furry Krypto. Tons of fun for children of all ages!

Okay, can I just say how cheesy this book is? I mean the first page is touching Superman's muscles. But no matter how cheesy it is, my son loves it. The bright colors, the sparkly Fortress of Solitude, the red cape, he loves it all. He likes this book better than the My First Batman Book from the same series :( to be honest, My First Batman doesn't have as much touch and feel for baby as My First Superman and it's not as vibrant.  The book gives all the basics about Superman. The x-ray vision is kinda creepy. Anyway, overall it's not a bad addition to my son's library.

Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I'd Like To Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday here. Today is Ten Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I'd Like To Revisit  For this one I'm going way back to middle school. While these are not all of my favorites, they are some of the ones that left a big impression on me as a kid.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (5th grade) my teacher read this out loud to us instead of independent reading for one month. It really opened my eyes to a magical world aside from Grimm and Anderson.

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (7th grade) a teacher I hated said gave us this book because it was part of the curriculum. I tried so hard to hate it because she gave it to us but I fell in love with the writing.

3. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (3rd grade) my mom used to read us a lot of Faith Ringgold growing up because she wanted us exposed to poets that were minorities to encourage our creative spirits.

4 and 5.  The Dear America/My Name is America series (grades 4-8), The Royal Diaries series (grades 5-10)

6. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (grade 6)

7. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka (grade 2, grade 5 for a fairy tale retelling project in english)

8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (grade 8)
 I also loved fairy tales like Grimm and Anderson, but when I was in middle school fairy tale retellings started coming out more and more. 

9. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus (grade 10) The first dark YA book I ever read, it's still one of my favorites. 

10. Indian captivity books like  Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare or Trouble's Daughter by Katherine Kirkpatrick (grades 5-8)

* I was big on historical fiction when I was in middle school, so most of the books I would go back to are those.