Review: Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin

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Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: 2014

Read: 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Beatrice thinks she has no acting talent but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play. She has two missions-winning the role of Pocahontas (which guarantees her popularity with the cool kids, at least in her mind) and grabbing the attention of her estranged father. Easy! Except a new girl from Japan shows up who is crazy in love with Kabuki Theater and ruins everything! So begins Beatrice’s diabolical and hilarious plan to scare away the visitor. Beatrice is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes very funny and always honest.

Review: First of all I want to say that I received this book from the author for my honest and truthful review on my site. This has no way influenced my review or thoughts on it.

This is a good book for girls, and maybe some boys, of the 9-12 age group. It’s about a girl named Beatrice who has this “alter ego” she calls Bumbling Bea. Bumbling Bea comes out at the worst time with sarcasm, rude remarks, mean things ect. Beatrice has a problem trying to stop Bumbling Bea from showing up and this causes problems for her.

The book is based around the school play of Pocahontas and John Smith and with Beatrice it’s the ultimate thing to become the lead in the play. This will not only make her popular but also help bring her dad back as her parents are currently separated. Instead the new girl gets the part in the play and this is not a good thing so Beatrice starts a plan to get her out.

It’s a small book and a really quick read, and would be a great book for reluctant readers as the words are big and it’s easy to follow. It’s got great concepts that I think every kid at this age struggles with. Fitting in, friendship, and being nice and a good person.

My only problem with this book is with Beatrice and the new girl, it was hard to figure out if they were friends or not as it kept going back and forth and a couple of times I wasn’t sure if they were or not…but the good thing is it I did end up figuring it out so the kids should as well.

You could really tell this author really loved the stage as the book is really based around this play and all that goes in to making a play.

Overall a great read, and I look forward to what this author might also put out.

Review: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

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Category: Horror

Published: July 2016

Read: 2016

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

Review: This is a funny, sort of scary, heart pounding book and I loved it! I must point out that it is the first in a trilogy so it did not end as I would have liked….cliff hanger at its best but I do have it confirmed that the second one is coming out next year.Even-giraffes-are-scared-of-spiders_o_1535255

In different events all over the globe all these spiders start to hatch and come out and start eating/killing people. They are vicious and can be heard eating the flesh off of people. They are all over the world and there is no one safe. There are nukes dropped to try to stop them, there are people running away, there is everything you can think of…but it doesn’t help. They find you and they eat you.

This book read like all horror movies with creatures and scary things. You get different points of views from all over the world. You don’t know if who you are reading about right now is going to survive the chapter or not. It makes it very thrilling. It reminds us of just how scary spiders can be, and they were probably bigger and scarier back in time. FearSpiders (1).gif

It’s not scary but it’s a thriller and a good read. It’s fast paced and you get through it very quickly. I wish it was more detail and didn’t end with such a cliff hanger. Why the point less in my score. I know that I will be picking up the 2nd and the 3rd in this series.

If you like horror, if you like those movies with creatures, and if you like a good fast paced read and don’t have a weak stomach or already hate spiders this one is for you. Check it out this summer in your local bookstore.

An Ode To Bookmarks

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What can I say I love bookmarks. They are the one thing that every book lover has. And if you don’t actually own a book mark you have something that passes for one. This is also an ode to those as well.

Book marks keep your spot in a book. They make the spot obvious if you happen to drop the book. I don’t know how or why but the book mark will actually leave a small opening where you last were. Unless you just put in there and then book falls…than your out of luck until you find your page again.

Bookmarks are a reflection of who you are. You pick ones that you love and that are something that appeals to you. You can find ones for anything and everything from Harry Potter, to animals and even Star Wars. You can find ones that are strings or just clip on to your book. What ever your heart’s desire you can probably find in a book mark.
bookmark Some people have book marks that they keep forever. I have one that I have been using for about 5 years now. Thank goodness it came with a protective plastic covering or else I wouldn’t have it now. I am not that nice on my book marks. I take them out, put them down and sometimes forget where I put it, and then I realize I am actually sitting on it.

Some people don’t use them but turned down the pages corners. Now I am not going to knock people who do this, it’s their choice, but I am not one of those people and I hate seeing books with turned down corners. I feel like a book cries every time this happens.

So this ode is to the wonderful book marks. Who keep our places in our books, who are there through many many books and many many years. I am happy that these monster_bookmarks_460were invented and that I can use them to save my books from too many turned down pages. So please take a moment and appreciate how wonderful and great these little things can be.

#TBT Review: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

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Category: Adult Fiction

Read: 2014

Published: 2013

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Review: This is a very interesting book that I wasn’t sure if I would like but I actually ended up really enjoying it when I read it quite a  few years ago.

It’s a story about two girls who are sisters and have psychic abilities. Vi is the “famous” one of the two as she uses her powers to make her name known. Kate has suppressed her powers and is now a new mom (again) and has a home and a husband whom she loves. Two very different lives but essentially two of the same kind of people, and because they are twins that means in more ways than one.

Vi predicts an earth quake and that one prediction is going to change the course of a lot of people’s lives. It’s amazing how one little thing can change so many things and this is what this book really looks at. Cause and effect in a different way than you would expect.

The characters are solid and it’s a quick pace read. It’s also very well written which also makes it a good book. Illustration-of-twins-loo-010

My only problem with it is how it ended. It wasn’t a bad ending, I’ve read so much worse but I think it could have been better than it was. I obviously can’t say much because it would give it all away.

Overall if you like these kind of contemporary fiction books this one is defiantly for you. I hope to read some of her other books one day.

Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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Category: Teen

Published: 2016

Read: 2016

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other. Paget_holmes

Review: This was not a great book. I am sorry to say I didn’t like it very much but I did read it through. It had such potential too and so I am very disappointed that it was just not that good.

middle_491d956313200a21844639a83297a58625_a-study-in-charlotte-3It is a take on the Holmes and Watson stories. This is in the same universe as those previous stories but the characters are the great-great-great grandchildren of the original holmes and watson. There is a lot of talk about the family and their characters. This is what I liked, I really enjoyed how the story was based in this world and yes it’s  a retelling in a sense but with a twist.

Holmes is Charlotte and Watson is James a.k.a Jamie. I really liked Watson, he was a great strong character and I liked him through out the whole thing. Of course Holmes is a bit of a rougher character and she is crazy and drug fulled. They end up going to the same American boarding school and of course a murder happens…cue the investigation. middle_32c18e699fc912579f76ee8e9f0e23b411_a-study-in-charlotte-2

This book does deal with things like rape, murder and drugs. That wasn’t my problem. I just found that it really dragged on and it was obvious who the killer was but it was dragged out-and-out. Than something else will happen and it’s dragged on even further. I also didn’t like how the end happened. Of course it ended and of course they left it open for more books but I don’t like how the whole thing was handled. They are not goons but that is what it seemed like.

Most teens will like this book as it will appeal to them I am sure. I would not recommend it to any younger teens with the content but older ones would be okay. Maybe the next one would be better, I most likely will not read it thou.