Thursday, September 21, 2017

Static Mayhem

Static Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #2)Static Mayhem by Edward Aubry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While reading this book, I was giving it a solid 3 stars, by the time I was finished, I had bumped it up to 4. What bumped it up, was the fact that I wanted the next book right away. Static Mayhem ended with questions up in the air. As annoying as some people find it, I like having lingering questions when it comes to a series. I now have the chance to see if I can come up with an answer in my head, before I read what happens. It lets a reader's imagination run wild.

Harrison joins a group from New Chicago to see what is left of New York, the city where everything started. As they journey, they find new friends, new enemies, and an understanding of what is at stake if they fail or succeed.

I had a lot of emotions while reading. Shock new enemies appear, horror during fights, sadness after the fighting is over, joy when major changes happen in New Chicago, stress as they try to find alternative solutions to the problem, and possible emotion in between. What I really appreciate about Edward Aubry's writing, is that he brings in unexpected elements. I was questioning everything I thought I knew. The enemy I thought I knew, became the enemy I didn't know at all. The characters I felt I understood, did things I would have never imagined. If movies actually did books justice, I would say that so far, this series would make a great movie franchise. As it is, I hope this always stays as just a book. It can stand on its own.

My one problem, was that some of the characters I was attached to had very small roles. It's understandable, not everyone can go on these secret missions, but that doesn't mean that I didn't want them to be more involved. This is one of the reasons I can't wait for the next book. I want to know what has happened in New Chicago while Harrison and the others have been having their adventures.

I received a copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press for an honest review.
Author: Edward Aubry
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: 25 July 2017

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Schooled for Murder

Schooled for MurderSchooled for Murder by Cindy Muir
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I've seen reviews were people say they knew who the murderer was right away. I'm thinking those people must be geniuses, because I was clueless right up until the murderer confessed. There were so many random characters that were suspects at one time or another.

The parts I had a problem with, were the unnecessary little sections. They took away from the flow of the mystery. Along the way, I kept thinking about what my junior high English teacher used to say about writing, "Show, don't tell." I've never understood how much of a difference it makes until I read this book. The book is jam packed with unnecessary details. Everything is being told, little is being shown. For example, I know that the Subaru is red, Chuy is a chihuahua, and Sheba is a glamour cat. It was rarely the car, the dog, or the cat. The extra details were almost always included, which made it difficult to read.

Overall, I liked the mystery, but, there was a lot that slowed the flow of the story. It's just a small thing, and some people might not even notice it, but, it made it hard for me to get through.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Cindy Muir
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: 26 Jun 2014

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Man Who Knew Everything...Kind Of

The Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius KircherThe Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher by Marilee Peters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a great kids book that shows how important it is to follow your dreams and explore things you don't understand. Even if things don't work out exactly as planned, or you end up being completely wrong, you never know how your actions will affect the future.

Kircher reminds me of the saying "Jack of all trades, master of none." He worked with the knowledge the world had at the time to try to explain things happening in the world. He wasn't really focused on one thing, and this book explains the interesting ideas he came up with. It's a great way to look back on the past and see how far we have come from humble beginnings.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Marilee Peters
Publisher: Annick Press Ltd.
Publication Date: 10 Oct 2017

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst PirateThe Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate by Tim Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I chose to read this book because the title sounded like fun. Clearly, my method for picking books is very scientific. Turns out I was right, this is a fun read. The story is great, the illustrations are great, and the historical facts about pirates ties everything together.

This book shows kids that sometimes, what you think you want is not as great as you thought it would be. Without having all of the facts, you could end up making a decision that you regret.

The young main character dreams of being a pirate, thinking he knows all about them, and will have grand adventures. Once he gets his wish, he finds out that the image he had in his head and reality, are not on the same page. As he starts to discover what being a pirate is really all about, he starts wishing he had never dreamed of an exciting pirate life, and starts wishing for the life he would have had.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Tim Collins
Publisher: North Star Editions Jolly Fish Press
Publication Date: 19 Sep 2017

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The Legend of Jack Riddle

The Legend of Jack RiddleThe Legend of Jack Riddle by H Easson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first received this book, I automatically noticed the cover. It pulled me in and was begging to be read. I know you're told to not judge a book by its cover, but I think it's human nature to do so. Luckily, the cover of this book hits the nail on the head. The age group this book is for are drawn to books that look like this one.

Jack is a kid who is sent to visit his super-great aunt out in the middle of nowhere. The aunt has a secret, and when Jack finds out, his life is turned upside down. The characters are memorable, and bring many different fairy tales into the same world. From a fairy tale stand point, I found the way the stories were intertwined to be believable, with a smooth transition to each one.

The cast of characters is great, and brings some humor into a story that has its dark moments. This is not a fairy tale book that mirrors Disney with the happily ever after stuff. This book uses the original dark versions of the fairy tales. In those versions, not everyone lives happily ever after. I like the fact that using the original versions puts a new spin on things. Kids usually know the happy version of the stories, so they know the characters being presented, but they are shown that sometimes things don't always work out the way we planned. It takes work to overcome evil. Happily ever after does not come on its own, you have to do something to make it happen.

I found this book completely unpredictable, and because of that, I wanted to read it all the time to find out what was going to happen. Things are not always what they seem, and this book takes that and runs with it. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Author: H Easson
Publisher: Capstone
Publication Date: 1 Mar 2018

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Best Medicine

The Best MedicineThe Best Medicine by Christine Hamill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn't too sure of this book at first. Philip is kind of whiny to begin with. I know there are a lot of boys around that age who are like that, but it made me want to scream at him. At the same time, I was in his corner. It gets frustrating when you don't know what is going on. I was with him wanting to know what was going on with his family. Hiding things from people does not make it easier, it just makes the person go crazy. This book is case in point.

As the book goes on, you can see Philip changing. He takes a tough situation and grows from it, helping others at the same time.

The ending was great. It gave you just enough to feel okay with the book ending, but still left somethings up in the air. There are hints as to what may happen in the future, but it is not spelled out. I like it when books let the reader come to their own conclusions on things instead of telling you every detail about every character.

I was given a copy of the book by NetGalley for an honest review.

Author: Christine Hamill
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: 14 Mar 2017

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I'm Sorry Blubber, It's Me Not You

BlubberBlubber by Judy Blume
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I grew up on Judy Blume books, so I really wanted to like this one, but I didn't. There didn't seem to be a main story line or ending.

Yes, it's a book about bullying, which is something that needs to be stopped, but having parts talking about the fact that some of the parents don't care if their kids swear just seemed to have no real point. It also brought swearing into the book. Reading that, and knowing that the book is meant for children to read, made me uncomfortable.

I find it hard to believe that with all of the extreme things happening, no adults at all figured out there was even a small problem. With an entire class of kids, and sometimes even a bus full, no adult was ever told what happened or figured it out on their own? It may just be the decade in which the book takes place. The kids seemed to be alone a lot more than they are any more. So, maybe if this story were written today, an adult would have noticed and stopped it before it got completely out of hand.

The ending was the hardest thing for me to accept. After all the drama of the book, the end is pretty much like the beginning, just will people moved around a bit. Nothing was learned from the whole experience, nothing changed. The ending was just there, not bringing the story to a close or serving any real purpose at all.

I'm not a kid, parent, or teacher, so it is completely possible that events from the story happen in real life. If they do, then that is horrible and something needs to be done. From my point of view, it just seemed like a throw away novel. Like the publishers needed a new novel, and this is what was thrown together to fit the bill. I think if it had some type of ending that actually brought some closer, I would have liked the book.

Author: Judy Blume
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
First Publication: 1974

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Unlikely Disciple

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest UniversityThe Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. The title makes you wonder how it is going to end. The weird part for me is that I was also at a religious university in Virginia during the time Kevin Roose was at Liberty. I remember events that happened that year that are mentioned in the book. Looking at it from someone else's point of view brings me back to that time. That's the sign of a well written book, when you can transport someone to a moment in time from your point of view, even if they actually experienced it for themselves.

There were a lot of humorous moments that made the book feel like a human experience, and not just the facts about life at Liberty.

The one thing I really had an issue with is the beginning of the book. It seems like the story was just thrown in there to grab your attention, but Kevin never comes back to it and says what happened. It's only part of a story, and I kept hoping to find out the rest through the whole book, but it never happened.

All in all, I don't think this is a book that I would buy, but, it is one that I would be willing to read again if I picked it up at the library.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Journeys of a Sleep Walking Goat

Good Night Mr ClutterbuckGood Night Mr Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good Night Mr Clutterbuck is a children's book that has been translated from Finnish. It is absolutely adorable, and I didn't fall asleep last night until I had finished it.

Mr Clutterbuck is a goat that has a habit of sleepwalking. During the day, he is mild mannered, and very shy. He tries to avoid social situations as often as possible. He is completely different in the night, when his true self takes over. I feel he is a true representation of a lot of humans. We tend to worry about what other people will think of us, but if that is taken away, great things can happen.

Of course, the book poses the question, "Who took all the spoons?" The answer is hilarious and surprising.

The illustrations are wonderful and bring the story to a whole new level. I enjoyed looking at all the details in the illustrations just as much as the actual story. This is an adorable children's book that everyone, no matter the age, will enjoy. Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Mauri Kunnas
Publisher: Elswhere Editions
Publication Date: 28 Nov 2017

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Prelude to Mayhem

Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave, #1)Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prelude to Mayhem is one of those books that is completely unpredictable. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, the plot went in a completely different direction. I'm glad this is a series, because after everything that happened in the first book, I still don't know what is going on. My confusion is not because the book is poorly written, but because the characters don't know what is going on either. The narrator is not omniscient; therefore, the reader only knows as much as the characters do.

This is a dystopian novel that deviates from the traditional. There are hints of sci-fi and fantasy, which makes this series one of a kind. It doesn't follow the mold of other dystopian novels. I'm glad that there is that deviation, because there have been a lot of dystopian novels written in the last few years, and it's refreshing to read something that does not follow the rest.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Author: Edward Aubry
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: 28 November 2016

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Humorous Side of Life

Life Is a Joke: Funny Lessons for Serious LivingLife Is a Joke: Funny Lessons for Serious Living by Gordon & John Javna
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The format makes the book seem light hearted, while at the same time, teaching the reader a lesson that they may be able to use in the future. This is a joke book that delves deeper. Each joke is related to real life situations. If this book had contained only the lessons and not the jokes, I'm not sure I would have finished it. The jokes made everything more relatable and understandable.

I would recommend this book for anyone that wants a little more guidance in their life, which is probably everyone.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Gordon and John Javna
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: 31 Oct 2017

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Zen Pencils Illustrated Quotes

Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for KidsZen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids by Gavin Aung Than
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is filled with inspirational quotes meant for children. After reading it, I feel that you shouldn't let the word "Kids" in the title dissuade you from reading it. I found myself taking the messages to heart as I read. There is an adult version of this, so if you really want to read something not geared towards kids, I would suggest that.

The illustrations were great and helped to bring a new layer to the quotes. They provide a story all on their own.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Gavin Aung Than
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Underbelly of Medicine

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure EverythingQuackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Before the review, an important note on my rating system. Two stars from me does not mean that the book was bad. It means, that the book is actually good, it's just something that I can't see myself reading again just because of my personal preferences.

This book was highly entertaining and gory at the same time. As I was reading it, I kept thinking how glad I was to be alive during a time when we know procedures used in the past are actually harmful. I wonder how many of the things we done in health care now will be considered quackery in a few hundred years. On the bright side, at least I've never had to deal with the procedures mentioned in this book.

I enjoyed the book, pulling faces all the way through, but I think for me personally, it's not something I would read again. Now that I have learned the information, I'm good. People that are into medicine, history, or science in general would like this book. I really think anyone would like this book, but it takes someone with a strong interest in this kind of information to decided to read it over and over.

There are some cheesy jokes throughout that broke up some of the gross bits. There are also little thoughts throughout that echoed what I was thinking while reading those sections. The author knows that some of the procedures done in olden days is really off the wall, and the notes make me feel like I'm not alone in my thought process.

The pictures were a huge help in really understanding what the processes were. When you read that they used a certain instrument that is not used today, it's hard to picture how everything worked. The images clarified those questions.

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Author: Lydia Kang
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2017

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Wallace the Brave and Sterling

Wallace the BraveWallace the Brave by William Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started reading Wallace the Brave, I thought it was going to be a different take on Calvin and Hobbs. I figured there would be a little kid getting into trouble, while everyone around him is more mature and tries to bring him back to the real world. I was wrong. These comics stand on their own, and are enjoyable for readers of any age.

The illustrations bring you back to a simpler time. They are not as clear cut as older comics. Sometimes characters will randomly have a unibrow, which oddly works. I feel that the illustrations show the connection between the author and the book. Having perfectly drawn characters every time is not as important as the story.

Wallace is the main character, but you also have his friends, family, and teacher. All of the characters are lovable in their own way. While there isn't an animal that follows them on their adventures, there are seagulls that show up every now and then to bring in more humor. There are adults in this book, but unlike other comics, the adults sometimes act just as childish as the kids. This seems more true to life than an adult always being serious and trying to bring their children back to the real world.

My favorite character is Sterling, Wallace's little brother. I'm not sure how old he is supposed to be, but he is hilarious when he shows up. He is a character that can sit quietly in the background until he has something to say. Like most little children, the things he has to say tend to be a little off the wall and filled with drama.

I appreciate that Will Henry does not just do the standard story lines. With the number of characters he created, he is able to do more. I found myself wishing there was another Wallace the Brave book so that I could keep reading. I did receive a copy to review, but I will be buying a physical copy when it is published. The simple joys shown in this book make me wish I was still a child.

I really don't know anyone that wouldn't enjoy this book. I guess if someone really does not like the comic format then they wouldn't like it, but that is it. I am highly recommending this book. I hope a second volume is in the works.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley for an honest review.
Author: Will Henry
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Publication Date: 17 Oct 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Are Toddlers Related to Zombies?

The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny UnfedThe Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed by Mike Spohr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading this, I really think Mike Spohr and James Breakwell need to collaborate. This book shows you how to survive toddlers, and James has a book on how to fight zombies with toddlers. And by that I mean when you have toddlers, you shouldn't actually use toddlers as a weapon against zombies.

This book is filled with humor, while at the same time, actually gives out good parenting advice. Some of the situations are presented in the extreme, but that just ups the humor. Even in the extreme, I'm sure there are plenty of parents that can relate.

The images helped to add some extra enjoyment. I don't have children, but if I ever do, I will read this book again to have some sense of what to do. This isn't a book written by a child care expert, just a parent that talks about the real world, not some imaginary place where things go as planned.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGally for an honest review.
Author: Mike Spohr
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Voyageur Press
Publication Date: 1 Aug 2017

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When You Need to Know You Are Not Alone

We're with You: Counsel and Encouragement from Your BrethrenWe're with You: Counsel and Encouragement from Your Brethren by Council of the Twelve Apostles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I feel like this is one of those books that you read once to get a sense of what it contains, and then go back to sections when needed.

There were sections that really pertain to my life right now, but others would have been helpful in the past. This book is for youth, so for them, a lot of what is talked about is in the future.

It is always comforting to know that you are not the only one that has gone through struggles. There are people that have been through the same thing and have come out on the other side. This is a great way to learn from your elders.

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Riding the Bus with My Sister...and a Bunch of Drivers

Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life JourneyRiding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey by Rachel Simon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I know this is a true story, which I'm sure is difficult to write, but I felt that is was all over the place. The rotating cast of bus drivers left me confused. When one was mentioned later, I couldn't remember what had already been said about them.

The flash backs helped to explain the story, and they were great to read, they just seemed all over the place.

Maybe I just needed to take more time to read it, but it seems like the story focused more on the bus drivers and bathrooms than the actual sisters.

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If You Give a Man a Cookie You Might Need Counseling

If You Give a Man a Cookie: A ParodyIf You Give a Man a Cookie: A Parody by Laura Joffe Numeroff
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. I didn't find the humor in it. It seemed more like a rant than something that is enjoyable. This is a parody, but it is written by the author who wrote the original, so I was expecting great things.

I enjoyed the illustrations a lot more than the actual story. Maybe the humor was just too crude for me. This is definitely not a book to give to children to read. It pains me to write this review, but I will always give my honest opinion.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.
Author: Laura Joffe Numeroff
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Publication Date: 10 October 2017

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Fowl Language

Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealFowl Language: The Struggle Is Real by Brian Gordon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fowl Language is a comic, but one that is specifically geared towards adults. The title is not just in reference to the ducks. That being said, there is not a lot of actual foul language, which I appreciate.

The comics were unexpected. The last panel always threw me off guard. You think you know what is coming, but like kids, sometimes you are just along for the ride.

When reading this book, make sure you do not skip to the actual comics. The humor begins in the introduction. While I don't have kids and I can't draw, I feel like I have now been given a gift, a way to help cope with kids doing crazy stuff without going crazy myself.

I would recommend this book to people with kids and people who want to enjoy laughing at parenting struggles. If you are planning a fantasy where you have perfect children that never do anything you believe to be inappropriate, this book is not for you. After you have had kids for a few years and your dream is in the past, then read this book and find joy in knowing that raising kids is hard and hilarious at the same time. It's all in how you look at it.

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Author: Brian Gordon
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: 10 Oct 2017

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What Teachers Really Think

Teaching: The Luxurious Life of the Underpaid and OverworkedTeaching: The Luxurious Life of the Underpaid and Overworked by Bored Teacher LLC
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The book was a humorous quick read, and as the daughter of a teacher, I remember my mom saying some of the phrases mentioned. Teachers, at least those in elementary schools will easily be able to relate to this book. For me, even though it was funny, it was a one-and-done book. I don't see myself deciding to read it for a second time. It may be because there wasn't a lot of content, or because I'm not actually a teacher, so I had a hard time truly relating.

There are a few teachers I know that would love this book, so as far as being giftable, it does really well.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Cassandra Clare's World

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a little late in joining the Cassandra Clare band wagon, but I'm beginning to see why so many people like her books. Luckily for me, I don't have to wait for the next book to come out.

So far, I have enjoyed the mystery aspect of the series. The reader does not get all the information at once, so you have to pay attention to what is going on and pick up on the little details that make a whole. I kind of wish I lived in this world, but at the same time, I'm really glad that I don't have to deal with the issues they deal with. I'm pretty sure I would just crawl into a ball if the world was really like it is portrayed in this series.

I will admit, I am not a big romance person, so the only part I really had issues with was the love triangle. It was a little too much and a little too cheesy for my taste, but I know a lot of people like that kind of stuff, so for them, it is great. For the record, if I was Tessa, I think I would just hide under my bed until everyone went away. I'm glad she at least deals with the situation and makes a decision.

The character development has been great. It shows that first impressions are not always correct, and that people are more than their past. In this book, there were quite a few characters that showed they had more to them then previously thought. I relate better to characters that are more than one dimensional. It keeps the book interesting to know that you may not understand everything about the character, and the judgments you make could be completely wrong.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

An Adult Picture Book for the Horror Lover in All of Us

This book is not being published until October, making this a perfect Halloween read.

This is a picture book that is most definitely not meant for children. It may give them nightmares. Actually, it may give anyone nightmares.

It was funny and entertaining, but I personally can't see anyone reading it more than once. I know there are people out there that will find this book so entertaining that they read it over and over, I'm just not one of those people.

The illustrations were great, and the poems were hilarious. For anyone that has ever thought of the zombie apocalypse, this is a great way to enjoy not only the zombies, but many other ways the world could come to an end.

I give it 2 stars.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Random Illustrated Facts the World Needed This

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to KnowRandom Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by Mike Lowery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Random Illustrated Facts is a great way to start learning about all the crazy things that have happened and are still happening. I have a greater respect for history now, knowing that I could stumble upon unexpected information. Some of the facts were gross, the bugs especially, but they are facts. I will admit, my favorite section was the first one. Who knew animals and historical figures joined together so often? If only there had been cameras during Napoleon's little experience. My guess is that it would have been a viral video.

The illustrations are awesome. They make the facts more than just words on a page. I felt like the facts became something more when combined with the illustrations. Mike Lowery should write a companion book to this one with just history facts. I'm sure there are a lot of random history facts out there that most people don't know about. I think it would make history come alive in a way that it doesn't for a lot of people. I know I would have liked something like that when I was taking history in high school.

I don't know of any demographic that would not like this book. There is something for everyone. It's an enjoyable read that doesn't drag, and as a bonus, actually makes you smarter. Smarter with random facts, but you never know when those will come in handy.

This is a great book for people that don't really like to read, but are willing to try if given the right book. It makes reading enjoyable. This book was given to me for a review from NetGalley.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fred is Dead...Sorry Fred

Shake Hands or DieShake Hands or Die by Michael Northey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a murder mystery with a side dish of humor. When a morally questionable reporter is found dead on church property, the police have to figure out what happened. Throughout the novel, the same incident is reported to the police multiple times. Each time the story changes a little, because, let's face it, no two people ever see a situation in the same way. Each retelling brings a different character into question.

By having the mystery laid out in this manner, the reader has a harder time trying to figure out what happened before the end of the book. Suddenly everyone seems suspicious.

I could have done without all of the relationship stuff. It kind of bogged down the story for me. Without all of that, the mystery would have flowed better. Other than that, I enjoyed the book, especially the old church members who are bound and determined to find out what really happened, even if they don't go about it in the smartest way.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Zombie Apocalypse...with Children

Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie ApocalypseOnly Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by James Breakwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading James Breakwell's tweets. When I found out he was writing a book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks to NetGalley, I didn't have to wait long. Zombies have become the in thing, which I find a little weird, but, pair that with incredible humor, and suddenly I'm okay with the whole zombie thing.

This isn't your normal zombie book. There's a twist. How do you survive the zombie apocalypse when you have kids that you should really try to keep alive. Suddenly, all the things you have to deal with as a parent become tools to help you survive one more day.

The only people that wouldn't like this book are zombies, people that want to become zombies, and people with absolutely no sense of humor. Even if you have a small sense of humor, you will find something enjoyable about this book.

As a side note, I'm now going to stock up on diapers and umbrella strollers.

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I May Be Missing My Funny Bone

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a WomanLady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I found some of this book funny, and some of it disturbing. I'm really not sure how I feel about it. Some of the comics are hilarious, I just think that for me, it works better to look at the whole collection and pick and choose the ones to read. For people that really enjoy comics, this is a great book.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Dark Side of YA

The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm kind of torn. I was kind of hoping this book would have the same characters as the first one. I wanted to know what happened to them. I guess I understand the decision to have new characters in a new city. The series is the Last Survivors. The survivors couldn't all be in one location. That would be unrealistic.

This book is so much darker than the first one. With the setting being New York, there are a lot more characters that you meet. This makes it interesting, but also darker because there are more people to get attached to and end up being sad about what happens to them.

I know the title is The Dead and the Gone, but I was still never prepared for it to happen. I really hope that at the end of the series there is some resolution as to what happened after for all the characters left alive in their own books. I'm kind of a sucker for a happy ending, and I don't want the stories to come to an end without knowing things turned out okay, or as okay as they were going to turn out.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gallbladder has His Day

Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti CollectionHeart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by The Awkward Yeti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anything Awkward Yeti is enjoyable. I thought it was just going to be a collection of comics I had seen before, but there were a lot that I had never seen. I found all of them enjoyable, and loved the fact that characters that are not seen very often made appearances. My favorite is Gallbladder, so I'm glad he had his day. This is really just clean humor, which seems to be rare these days.

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Don't Be Like Bob, Bob is Annoying

Be Like BillBe Like Bill by Eugeniu Croitoru
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think this was one of those times where it was just too much of a good thing. Having the lines "This is Bob" and "Be like Bob" or a variation of that on every page made me want to stop reading. It seems like there were also a few that seemed to be the same thing, just with a little change. I would have preferred to have some more writing in the book besides the little sayings.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Sad Monster Teaches Us How to be Decent Humans

The Sad, Sad Monster (Xist Childrens Books)The Sad, Sad Monster by Dolores Costello
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really cute book that shows how important it is to be kind to everyone no matter what they look like or who they are. While I feel like it's important for kids to learn that, anymore, it seems like everyone could use a refresher course. It's a book for little kids, but everyone should take the time to read it and think about the message it is sending.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Fast Paced YA Read

The Lovely RecklessThe Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was introduced to Kami Garcia through the Beautiful Creatures series, which I seriously love. When I saw this book at the library, I figured I would give it a try. The flow of this book is completely different than Beautiful Creatures. The cover does say that is fast-paced, so I guess I had been warned. The fast-paced note was no joke. I would never want this turned into a movie (because movies based on books are usually really bad), but, if there was a movie made, it would be one you watch on the edge of your seat.
I liked how the character development came in pieces. You learn about each person's past as you go through the book. Characters that seem like the bad guy one moment suddenly seem misunderstood when you learn more about them. The parents are the only ones that seem to be crazy all the time, except for King George, he just does his own thing.
I feel like the characters are being asked what they are willing to risk to get what they want. It's a question we all have to face at times in our lives.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Quotes from Elder Holland

Created for Greater ThingsCreated for Greater Things by Jeffrey R. Holland
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think what I found difficult about this book is the fact that it is just a series of quotes from talks. Some of my favorite quotes were in there, but I couldn't really see a message to the whole thing. It's hard for me to understand why this was put together. A quick read, but not my cup of tea.

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Goodly and Grave Magic and Mystery

Goodly and Grave In a Bad Case of KidnapGoodly and Grave In a Bad Case of Kidnap by Justine Windsor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adventure, magic, humor, and talking animals, what more could you want in a kids book. Forget kids, what more could you want in any book? This book has all of that plus the mystery of who is good and who is bad. The best part about having some mystery to this book is the knowledge that answers are going to come as you read. Not everything is revealed at once, just little pieces at a time. I know that there is a second book out now, and I can't wait to see what happens next. This is a fun book for all ages. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to enjoy a good mystery with magic thrown in.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mort Because even Death needs a day off

Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)Mort by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Terry Pratchett, and while this book was fun, I'm not sure I would read it again. It was a great way to think of death. I would like to think there is a book writing down everything I do in my life. This book made Death a character that I could relate to.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Getting Off on Frank Sinatra

Getting Off On Frank Sinatra (Copper Black Mystery #1)Getting Off On Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I liked the mystery and the fact that I couldn't figure out who had done it. It's no fun if you figure everything out at the beginning of the book. What I didn't like was the cast of revolving characters. There were just too many for me, and I had a hard time keeping straight who each person was. I also feel like there was a lot of random information added, that had no real bearing on the actual story. It bogged the book down.

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