Friday, December 16, 2011

Review - Possessions by Nancy Holder

Age range: 12 years
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 9/3/2009
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9781595142559
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: Nancy Holder

The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale

New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn't help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.

What Lindsay doesn't yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...

And that someone is Lindsay.

This is totally an awesome book, I loved it. I hated for it to end and the twist Holder put at the end. OMG OMG,ok SHHH hush not going to spoil it... Lets just say Possessions gave me goosebumps from beginning to end and left me wanting more.

The girls from Marlwood Academy is anything but nice,they are evil down to the very core... Are the grils at the Academy really being possessed or is Lindsay just having another one of her break downs??? Will Lindsay figure everything out before it's to late? Will she be able to save her new BFF (Julie) from this wicked crowed?? What actually happened all those years ago at Marlwood???

I'm totally siked to read the next book in this series,The Evil Within. I really want to know what happens to Troy. Is he part of the cruel sickness at Marlwood or is he an actual victim???

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review - Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan

Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan
Age range: 11 - 15 Years
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Publication date: 4/19/2011
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780316099042
Rate: 3/5
Author Site: Lois Duncan
Laurie Stratton finally has everything a sixteen-year-old could ever want. But just as her perfect summer comes to a close, things start to unravel when her boyfriend insists he saw her out with another guy-when Laurie was really home sick! More mysterious sightings convince Laurie someone very real is out there, watching her. . . .

The truth reveals a long-lost sister who has spent the years growing bitter and dangerous. She has learned how to haunt Laurie, but the visits soon become perilous. She wants something from Laurie-her life!

Let me start off by saying this was a totally awesome book. It kept me peeked to the very end. So Why didn't I give it a 5 star??? Well that's because I believe the author got sloppy at the end...I just felt like Duncan was trying to end it to quickly... It was such a good book too,I was all up in it and boom yaw it was all over with a sucky ending...

Review - Mrs.Claus Take A Vacation by Linas Alsenas

Mrs.Claus Takes A Vacation by Linas Alsenas
Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/1/2006
Edition number: 1
Pages: 32
ISBN-13: 9780439779784
Rate: 5/5
Author Site: Linas Alsenas
Mrs. Claus needs to get out of the house. The endless snow at the North Pole is getting her down. And she doesn't see why her husband should get all the travel time in the family. So she hitches up the reindeer and takes a world tour -- leaving Santa to take care of himself (and the remaining reindeer) for the first time in a long time. Mrs. Claus loves traveling the globe... but she also misses Santa as much as Santa misses her. Will she be home in time for Christmas?

I give this book 2 thumbs up it's so different from other Christmas stories. Alsenas takes us on a totally different sleigh ride,besides riding with Santa were taking a detour with his wife Mrs. Claus...
I never would have suspected that Mrs. Claus would need a vacation,but I guess baking all those gingerbread cookies and taking care of Santa does have it's tole...
What I don't understand is, Why Mrs Claus took a vacation alone??? Why not invite Santa,cause delivering all them toys to the good little girls and boys is a tough job??? To me when I think of vacation I think of it as a family thing. I would want to be with my husband and since I have kids them also....

Monday, December 12, 2011

Review - Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hardcover: 563 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
Rate: 2/5
Author Site: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316042676
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere. At least, that's what I thought. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong. There was a curse.There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Garcia and Stohl did a hor·rif·ic job on Beautiful Creatures I was blown away and not by all the storms raging in Gatlin County nor the Battle of Honey Hill either. I must say "when it rains it pours"...

To begin with the way the story was taking place I thought it was from a females prospective (Lena's)but turns out it was of Ethan's. Through out the story I didn't feel that Ethan was heroic the way they protrade him to be. I thought of him as just like any other teenage boy "whipped"...
For Lena well all she does through out the entire book is gloom over if she's going to turn dark on her 16 th birthday like her cousin Ridley had. Well maybe the book a be more interesting if she had...
Ridley maybe dark but I think I like her the best. She didn't sit around mopping,whining nor complains about every little thing. She uses her powers to her advantage and then some....

If it wasn't bad enough, what really gripped my azz about this book was the fact that Garcia and Stohl had the nerve,to use a scene from the movie Carrie. Well not exactly word for word but that's the vibes I was feeling when Ethan took Lena to the prom and ha ties broke loose... I couldn't believe that they actually thought that part would sit well with the readers....I just thought that was a cheap rip off if you ask me...

If Beautiful Darkness is anything like this one, I must say I do not care to read it. An to think this book had such raving reviews...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review - Jumping Into The Pool (Herbie Series)by Joanne D Meier

Jumping int the pool by Joanne D. Meier
Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Library Binding: 32 pages
Publisher: Child's World (August 2008)
Language: English
Rate: 3/5
Author Site: Joanne D Meier
ISBN-10: 1602530173
ISBN-13: 978-1602530171
"In this simple story belonging to the third level of Herbster Readers, young Herbie is scared to go underwater but is helped by his imagination."--Provided by publisher.

Herbie is becoming one of my sons favorite charters. Jumping into the pool,is like the thrid book he done brought home of the Herbie series. Although I'm not all that crazy about Herbie(guess cause I'm an adult lol)but I have to addmitt these books are easy for the youngsters to read and understand. While reading this book to my son,(whom's five) asked Why is Herbie scared to go under water?? I'm not scared....I smiled and said well everybody's afraid of something and water is just not one of yours.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review -Clifford Finds A Clue (Clifford Big Red Chapte Book Series #3) by Gail Herman

Clifford Finds A Clue (Clifford Big Red Chapter Book Series #3) by Gail Herman
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (March 1, 2004)
Language: English
Rate: 4/5
ISBN-10: 0439530458
ISBN-13: 978-0439530453
Jetta's necklace is missing and all signs point to Emily Elizabeth. But Clifford knows Emily Elizabeth is no thief! Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo sniff out clues to solve the mystery. No clue is too small for this Big Red Dog!

My daugther loves Clifford The Red Dog, so I wasn't all that surprised when she brought home this book,from her school library. I believe all of Clifford's books teaches our children about everyday life events in such a fun creative way. In this particular book Clifford Finds A Clue,I think it teaches our youngsters a very good lesson. Don't go around accusing others of stealing unless you know for sure that they were the actual one who stole it. Not only is it mean but it actually hurts the other person feelings. So unless you want it done to you don't do it to others....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Review - Fang by James Patterson

Fang By James Patterson
A Maximum Ride Novel

Age range: 13 - 17 Years
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
Rate: 4/5
Author Site: James Patterson
ISBN-10: 044654521X
ISBN-13: 978-0446545211

Angel says that Fang will be the first to die, and Angel is never wrong. Maximum Ride is used to living desperately on the run from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world—but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in the leadership of her flock of winged children. A life without Fang is a life unimaginable.
When a newly created winged boy, the magnificent Dylan, is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan exists for only one reason: he was designed to be Max's perfect other half. Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists, and turns . . . and meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.

Let me start out by saying that I'm a huge fan of James Patterson. He's a brilliant author. I love just about every novel that he has ever written. He puts his talent to good use when it comes to writing.

Fang is the 6th book in the Maximum Ride series,however It was the first book I read from this series. I have to admit I hate reading a series out of order,but Fang was such a good book that it wouldn't have any problems of standing alone on it's own... Still I would like to go back and read the rest in this series...

They call themselves bird kids,cause they have angel like wings and they stick together like a flock of birds does. The bird kids have many enemies,if it's not evil god scientists wanting to improve the world( by doing harmful experiments on humans),it's the erasers(werewolves) trying to emulate them. I'm all about helping to improve the world but I have to agree with Max(leader of the flock) on this one. I couldn't jeopardize my flock after what I've learned about the not so great Dr. Hans.

Who do he think he is (DR Hans)??? He created Dylan another type of bird kid to be Max's perfect half. Come on now he may be drop dead gorgeous,but I fell in love with Fang.. Fang has always been there for the flock,fought beside them,helped Max out quite a few times when the kids got unruly. So to me Fang is Max's perfect half,her soul mate.. "You can lead a camel to water but you can not make him drink". That's the way I feel about that little scenario. So leave Fang and Max alone they're prefect for each other.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review - Pinkerton,Behave! by Steven Kellogg

Pinkerton,Behave! by Steven Kellogg

Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 3/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
ISBN-13: 9780142300077
Pages: 32
Author Site: Steven Kellogg

Pinkerton doesn't understand his owner's commands. When told to come, he jumps out the window. When asked to fetch the newspaper, he destroys it. Pinkerton's desperate owner sends him to obedience school, but he flunks out in record time. Then one night a burglar breaks into their house, and Pinkerton is able to put his bad habits to good use.

This was a hilarious book.. Pinkerton is one confused pooch when it comes to learning commands. He does the exact opposite of what is to be expected. His owner even tried to get him professional help,but nothing seemed to help. Poor Pinkerton tried his best and still got bad grades...

Needless to say, I had to stop reading to catch my breath from laughing so much..Each page had me wondering what this coo-kie dog would do next. The kids really enjoyed Pinkerton and couldn't get enough of him...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review - Muldoon by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Muldoon by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Age range: 4 - 7 Years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (September 2, 2002)
Author Site: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Language: English
Rate: 5/5
ISBN-10: 0786803606
ISBN-13: 978-0786803606
Muldoon is a precocious puppy who works for the West family. Or at least he thinks he does! Each day, he performs his chores, waking the family up, bringing the children to school and helping clean up after meals. This charming picture books tells one story in the text while showing the hilarious reality in the illustrations. The truth is that adorable Muldoon is a handful, but the West family wouldn't have him any other way.Selected for the job of "new pet" by the West family, Muldoon the dog humorously describes some of his duties.

Totally alsome!!! I HIGHLY recomend(an I don't hardly ever recomend anything,much less HIGHLY) this book for the youngsters. It's Hilarious!!! Easy for children to read and they will love the illustrations. I know my wee ones enjoyed this story. Muldoon had us laughing throughout the entire story,had us wondering what to expect next. That's one silly pooch. Loved It!!!!!

Muldoon is a very busy little pooch,I don't see how he does it. Ever since the West family chose him over other applicants, Muldoon has provided quite well of his duties. It's a tough job taking care of the whole entire household on your own. All the work he does I think the West's should give Muldoon a raise.