Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Reckoning: Review

The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)
The Reckoning
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Darkest Powers Trilogy #3
Pages: 391


Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be 'cursed'?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.

As if that's not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she's leaning towards the werewolf... (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

In this final book in the Darkest Powers Trilogy, Chloe and the gang are on the run from the people who were involved in creating them. Chloe is starting to fall for Derek. Will she end up with him or Simon? I know a lot of people are all "Team Derek" but I really like Simon! I think he is such a sweetheart. I can understand why people would be rooting for Derek though too. Ugh. Can't there be two of Chloe so she can be with both of them?! Chloe has grown a lot as a person since the first book. I really like Chloe because even though she is a very powerful necromancer, it doesn't go to her head. She is very humble which is a breath of fresh air. A lot of female protagonists aren't like this.

Even though this is the last book in the trilogy, there is still a lot left to wonder about which makes me think that we may be seeing Chloe again in another series, which I think is a brilliant way to keep you readers buying more books! I really love how Kelley Armstrong's books intertwine, I think it makes it even more interesting and you get a better view of the entire world Armstrong has created. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

Have you read this or any other series by Kelley Armstrong?


Monday, February 25, 2013

I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich: Review

I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich

I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich
Author: Chris Robertson
Publisher: KiteReaders
Pages: 25


When a boy trades his peanut-butter sandwich, it begins a series of increasingly absurd and outrageous trades, until he finally discovers an appreciation for the simple things in life.

My Thoughts:

This is a great story for little kids. It was a lot of fun to read to my 3 year old daughter. She though that some of the things the little boy traded for were SOOOO silly! The book was short and simple so it's perfect for small children who's attention span isn't long enough for the longer books. It would also be a wonderful book for children who are learning to read as it is short. It reminds me a little of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books (which I love) so if you like them then I'm sure you will love this one! You should check it out for your kiddos (or any kiddos you know)!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Rescue Team: Review

The Rescue Team

The Rescue Team
Author: Billi Tiner
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 154
Ellie is shocked and confused when her owners leave her at the animal shelter. Feeling abandoned and unloved, Ellie spends her days staring vacantly through the gate of her pen. Ellie’s life changes when she is finally adopted by a compassionate woman named Anne. Ellie and Anne form an unbreakable bond of love and friendship. A thunderstorm drives Toby, a young frightened kitten, to Anne’s porch. Anne and Ellie immediately welcome him into their family. One night, they hear an emergency broadcast announcement that a little girl is missing in the woods near their home. Anne, Ellie, and Toby join in the search to find her, and an incredible rescue team is formed. The team will be called upon again when a tornado tears through their town. Will they find any survivors?
My Thoughts:
Ellie the dog feels abandoned when she gets left at the animal shelter by her owners, but is eventually adopted by a caring woman named Anne. Ellie absolutely loves her new owner and her new life. One night, during a thunderstorm, a scared kitten named Toby ends up at their house and he is also welcomed into the family. Ellie and Toby become a very successful search and rescue team.
I thought this was a really cute story! I really liked how loving Anne was. She reminded me of myself because I'm always wanting to bring home homeless animals and people. *hehe* She made these animals feel loved and wanted and that was wonderful. Even though people and animals thought it was strange that a cat and a dog could be a rescue team and doubted them, the pair never gave up and were repeatedly heroes. I think this book really reminds children to be loving, caring, and to be appreciative for what and who they have. My hope is that every child feels wanted in their life. If everyone tried to be a little more like Anne, this world would be a much better place. I definitely recommend this book for the kiddos in your life.
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crossed: Review

Crossed (Matched, #2)
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #2
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 367


Cassia and Ky both narrate their quests crossing the ochre mountainous Carving to reach their love. She seeks the resistance, The Rising led by the Pilot, but does he? New teen friends red-haired Indie, fishing Vic, and chatty Eli, join them. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Cassia and Ky venture through the carving to find each other and to search for The Rising. Will they be able to find it?

There really wasn't much going on in this book when it comes to the plot. Throughout most of this story Cassia, Ky, and friends are just wandering around in the wilderness reciting poetry and looking for The Rising and the Pilot. I didn't feel like there was enough action and excitement. I also didn't feel like the plot developed much either although you did get to know the characters a little better which was nice.

The story was narrated by both Ky and Cassia, alternating every chapter. I did enjoy reading from both of their points of views but I found it to be a tad bit confusing. The two characters didn't have a distinct voice and I found it hard to differentiate between the two. I would just be reading along wondering, "Why is Cassia talking about herself in that way?" when I'd flip back to the beginning of the chapter and realize Ky was the one narrating. That was frustrating to me. I struggled with this throughout the entire book. I wish the author would have done a better job with giving her characters their own "voices".

So while I found this book to be somewhat boring at times and thought Matched was a lot better, I will be reading Reached. I am hoping the next book will be a lot more interesting and of course, I have to see how it all ends. I did enjoy reading this book but it wasn't the greatest.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Order of the Dimensions: Review

Order of the Dimensions

Order of the Dimensions
Author: Irene Helenowski
Publsiher: Irene Helenowski
Pages: 318
When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.
My Thoughts:
Jane Kremowski didn't realize that her work would end up making it possible for her to travel into multiple dimensions. Each of these dimensions have very different outcomes for Jane's life. But when the Order of the Dimensions falls into the wrong hands it could end in disaster for her and the ones she loves.
I haven't read very many sci-fi books but I really found the whole idea of traveling to different dimensions fascinating! I mean think about it, you could travel to different dimensions where you have your dream job, your dream husband, your dream house, you could have back your lost loved ones, there are so many possibilities! This book shows just how this possibility could be negative or positive.
You really get to know the characters as they develop throughout the book. At the beginning of the book there were a lot of characters being introduced and I did find myself getting confused as to who was who or what their background was. I usually despise the villain in the story but honestly there were a few times throughout the book where I actually felt sorry for him (Anton). I wasn't completely sure if I would understand this book, not being extremely knowledgeable in science, but it was written in a simple enough way that I think anybody could follow along with.
I would really enjoy reading a sequel to this book to see what happens to the characters in whichever dimensions they end up in.
One thing about the book that I wish I could change is the cover. It just seems boring to me. I don't know why or what I wish the cover would look like but I'm always more likely to read a book if the cover is appealing. I know, I should never judge a book by its cover! *hehe*
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Caarina the Cooking Fairy: Review

Caarina the Cooking FairyCaarina the Cooking Fairy
Author: Julia Dweck
Illustrator: Gemini
Publisher: KiteReaders
Pages: 26


Caarina is all set to create a delicious feast for the Fairy Queen. However, a pesky gremlin attempts to foil Caarina’s plan. Can Caarina “beat” him? Who will be “whipped,” gremlin or fairy? Young readers will enjoy this clever fantasy adventure, sprinkled with word play and more than a dash of fabulous fairy fun for all!

My Thoughts:

The Fairy Queen chooses Caarina to cook a special feast. While Caarina is cooking, a wicked gremlin comes along and ruins every recipe she attempts to make. Will she give up or will she be able to get rid of this horrible creature?

My daughter loves fairies so, of course, she loved this book. I absolutely love Dweck's books! They always have a meaningful message in them written a fun and creative way that kids are bound to love. What I loved about Caarina (what a cute name) was that no matter how many times the gremlin ruined her cooking, she continued to try over and over again and didn't get discouraged or give up. She overcame every obstacle that was thrown in her path with confidence. This is another fun rhyming story with cute illustrations!

What books have your children been loving lately?

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Night Buddies Spotlight & Giveaway

Author Sands Hetherington & Illustrator Jessica Love join the
2013 World of Ink Virtual Tour

The World of Ink Network will be touring author Sands Hetherington and illustrator Jessica Love's nighttime adventure children's chapter book, Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine the second book in the Night Buddies series published by Dune Buggy Press throughout January and February 2013.

The first book in the Night Buddies series, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is available anywhere books are sold.

Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine, the second book in the Night Buddies series, has a ton of mischief going on all over the Bourough, done by a red crocodile and causing confusion and hard feelings everywhere.

About the Book:
For young John Degraffenreidt, lying awake at night is no reason to fret when it brings a bright red crocodile named Crosley out from under his bed. Night Buddies like Crosley promise a big adventure to any kid not sleepy yet--and tonight is no different! Out of bed, and into the city, John starts on a very special Program (Night-Buddies-speak for adventure) with his crocodile friend. Crosley is a unique, wacky character, the only red crocodile in the world for sure, but look-alikes have started popping up all over town, committing crimes, causing confusion, and making Crosley crazy at the sight of them. The imposters must be stopped, and Night Buddies John and Crosley are just the ones to stop them! Stakeouts and wild chases in a fantastic flying machine, far-out schemes to snare the imposters with the help of old friends and new ones, and a never-ending supply of Crusted Crème Fro-Madge frozen yogurt make for one totally super night.

ISBN Numbers
Book 2: 978-0-9847417-2-4
Book 1: 978-0-9847417-1-7
Publication Dates
Book 2: February 1, 2013
Book 1: June 1, 2012
Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Books for Ages 7 and up.
Places where available for sale:;; wherever books are sold.
(Dune Buggy Press titles are distributed by Delphi Distribution and are set up with
wholesalers like Ingram and Baker & Taylor.)
About the Author:
Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books is delighted to have published his second title, Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine. Sands credits his son John for being his principal motivator in creating Night Buddies. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together. Now, Sands is pleased to announce the second title in the series!

Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures.
Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.

About the Illustrator:

Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC.
Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.


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Sharing the Love of Reading:

Hi, and thanks for having me. Sharing the Love of Reading With Children? I can certainly pass along what worked with my son John and me. It's simple and it's guaranteed for life.

I immersed him in stories from the time he could understand speech. Bedtime stories were an absolute essential to us, like air and food. We may not have missed five nights in ten years, even on trips. And on trips we would listen to books on tape for days in the car. I read him everything from Aesop to Tolkien to Dahl (Harry Potter hadn't come along yet). By the time John was twelve we had gone through most of Dickens and Victor Hugo. So he was always immersed in stories, and man did it ever work! He got an M.A. at Edinburgh University with Firsts in German and Russian, reads two or three books a week, and still watches Hobbit movies.

If you're determined to get a kid hooked, there's something you can do in addition to bedtime stories: Get him involved! Let me illustrate by telling how my Night Buddies stories got started.

The series features John Degraffenreidt and Crosley. John is a young kid pretty much like mine was, and Crosley is a bright-red crocodile. He sneaks John out of the house for adventures on nights when John isn't ready to go to sleep. John invented Crosley from whole cloth. One night when I was done reading, I may have suggested he make up a night companion to go off to sleep with. Maybe I didn't. He may have done it by himself. But in any case, in a day or two, there was Crosley, red color, goofy name and all.

So at bedtime we started batting around the Crosley stuff. I encouraged John to make up episodes. I mostly listened. If he did come up with something, I told him how super it was and asked him when could I hear the next installment. I think he was still six. He got really facile at it, and I got the larcenous idea of putting the two of them in a book.

I had to explain why Crosley was red, of course. (He was red because he was allergic to water.) And the rest fell into place fairly easily: Crosley began as a lights-out buddy, so let'spart of Night Buddies Amalgamated, whose members sneak kids out on adventures when the kids aren't ready for bed yet. That's the story formula, and John was hooked, and I was hooked.

You may need some luck with the getting involved part. But anybody can do bedtime stories, and I haven't met a child yet who didn't take to bedtime stories. You just have to do it and do it every night. And if you do, the child will enjoy it and look forward to it and quickly know literature as a pleasure. And then, when he learns to read, he will want to read. It's that simple. And try to get him in on the process if you can.


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The Calling: Review

The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)
The Calling
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Harper
Series: Darkness Rising #2
Pages: 326


Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it's only a matter of time before she's able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they're kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

In THE CALLING, the sizzling second book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong pumps up the romance, danger, and suspense that left readers of THE GATHERING clamoring for more.

My Thoughts:

The Calling picks up right where the first book left off. Maya and her friends are on the run through the wilderness trying to get back home and find safety. I really want Maya to end up with Daniel. I am frustrated that she hasn't given him a chance to be more than friends. I think they would be a great couple and I'm praying that it doesn't work out with Rafe. I'm not sure why but I just don't care for him the way I do Daniel. I feel like Maya and Daniel know each other better, they care about each other, and Daniel is such a great guy! (So far.) I know Maya and Rafe have things in common but that's about it for me. *Sigh*

I enjoyed the first book in this trilogy better than this one but I'm hoping that the final book will just blow me away. I'm really excited to see how the trilogy ends! There were hints of Chloe from the Darkest Powers trilogy in this book so I'm guessing Maya and Chloe will be meeting in the third installment?? That would be very exciting! I like the Darkest Powers trilogy even more than this one. I really like how the two trilogies interlock with each other, it makes it even more interesting in my opinion.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Tears For Nanertak: Review

Tears for Nanertak
Tears For Nanertak
Author and Illustrator: Skip Hofstrand
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 32
What Happens When Your Home Disappears? For most of us, it's hard to imagine our home vanishing. But for Nanertak, a polar bear cub, the melting of her Arctic homeland means that she has nowhere to live. She and her mother, Nanuck, are forced to escape. Their exit by iceberg is full of danger - the beginning of an incredible journey of survival. Many tears are shed along the way, but there is unexpected hope for Nanertak's future...along with a solution to the problem of her disappearing Arctic homeland. Join Nanertak and Nanuck as they search for their new home in this beautiful story that is both educational and inspiring for children and adults alike.
My Thoughts:
This story is a great way to begin teaching children about global warming and how that climate change can affect our planet and the animals on it. My 3 year old felt bad that the polar bears had to leave their home and she said, "We need to take care of our Earth because their home is falling apart Mommy!" I was really surprised that at that age she understood this. We talked for a long time about things we could do to help the environment and she was really excited about it. So this book is a great conversation starter if you want to approach this subject with your kids. I believe that kids will really care about this more if you read them books like this that will help them understand why it's important to take care of the Earth. The most interesting thing about the book, in my opinion, is that all the illustrations in this book were painted using water from the melting Greenland Ice Cap. Wow, just WOW! What a way to make a statement. I think it's really important to teach these things to our children, the next generation. They will be responsible for this planet when we are gone. Another great thing about this book is that a percentage of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to The Will Steger Foundation which works to educate children about global warming.
Have any of you been reading "green" books to your kiddos? I would love suggestions! Also, what are things your family does to help the environment? I want to "green-up" my family a little more and I am excited to hear your thoughts! :)
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Noah's Petting Zoo: Review

Noah's Petting Zoo

Noah's Petting Zoo
Author: Idan Hadari
Publisher: Idan Hadari
Pages: 30
This is a wonderful children's bedtime story about an old house (Noah) in a new neighborhood, which is about to be demolished to make way for a new building.

Andrew, a young child, who loves to play with his friends nearby, is doing everything he can to save the old house. With a great deal of courage and motivation, he turns Noah into a petting zoo, and by doing so, he helps his friend Noah to be saved.

The story demonstrates to children how to crusade for what they believe in; to be more environmental friendly; to help one's fellow man; what true friendship is; and of course, to like and to play with all of the adorable animals in the story.

Your kids will enjoy amazing paintings of a house full of all sorts of animals (dogs, cats, monkeys, turtles, giraffes, cows, horses and many more) and a very cute yellow tractor.

Your kids will learn how to be more:

• Social and friendly
• Self-motivated
• Environmental friendly

The story is with simple rhyming text for children ages 3-8.
My Thoughts:
Andrew is very sad to see that the city is going to demolish Noah. He is determined to find a way to save the old house. He comes up with the idea of turning Noah into a  petting zoo so everybody will see that there is a use for the old house. This book is another rhyming story which I absolutely love because rhyming stories, I feel, are always so much fun to read out loud to your kids. One great thing this story teaches kids is that not everything that is old should be torn down or thrown away and not everything has to be shiny and new to be of use. The greatest thing I think it teaches our children though is that they CAN make a difference in the world! They should always fight for what they believe in rather than just stand by and let things happen or wait for somebody else to take charge. These children are the future!
* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dissolution of Peace: Review

Dissolution of Peace
Dissolution of Peace
Author: Richard Flores IV
Publisher: Plasma Spyglass Press
Pages: 216


When Earth Navy Captain Christina Serenity is brutally attacked by a traitor, her life is saved by Security Forces Corporal Michael Carlson. On the heels of her recovery, her ship is attacked by terrorists, and she is thrown into a difficult assignment. She must chase after the only clue they have, a Martian ship called the Phobos, and find out what secrets it hides. To make matters worse, someone still wants her dead.

Her ship, E.S.S. Australia embarks on a mission that leads Serenity on journey of discovery, friendship, betrayal, and revenge. She quickly learns the only thing harder to prevent than war, is love.

Now Serenity must trust her protection crew to keep her alive long enough to solve this puzzle while trying to prevent an interplanetary war.

The line has been drawn. Who will cross first?

My Thoughts:

I don't normally read science fiction so I wasn't sure what I would think of this book. I decided to give it a shot because it's always good to branch out and try new genres, you never know how many great books you are missing out on if you don't. I found myself really growing to like the characters and rooting for them. I also liked that the whole book wasn't all one big fight scene, there's a little romance tossed in there as well. I felt myself becoming frustrated for the characters just hoping that they could eventually express their love. There were a few grammatical/spelling errors, but I am also the type of person that notices every single mistake in books. I am waiting for a sequel the be released so I can find out what happens next! I did enjoy this book and if you are a science fiction fan then I think you would enjoy it even more!

Are any of my awesome readers science fiction fans? What good books have you been cozying up with lately? I'm always looking for books to add to my TBR list!

* I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Scam-Pire: Review

Scram-Pire: The Reluctant Kid-Vampire (KiteReaders Monster Series)

Scram-Pire: The Reluctant Vampire-Kid
Author: Julia Dweck
Illustrator: Chris Kennett
Series: KiteReaders Monster Series
Pages: 23
Bud is different than all of the other vampire kids. He’s squeamish and prefers milkshakes to blood and pop music to heavy metal. When all the other vampires tell him to scram, poor Bud wonders just where it is that he belongs. Then something happens at Vampire training school that changes everything. Young readers will laugh and relate to Bud, a sweet, rebel vampire who just wants to be loved and accepted. The rhyming text is lively and fun. Scram-pire is an adorable monster story with heart for children of all ages.
My Thoughts:
Bud has been different since the day he was born. He couldn't fly, liked milk in his bottle rather than blood, hated goth and heavy metal, and ate salads for dinner. He then gets sent to Dracule's School of Vampirism and didn't fit in with the other vampire kids and they tell him to scram. He didn't feel like he belonged anywhere. But one morning there was a scratching sound outside and all of the vampires were scared, except for Bud. He was the only one who didn't mind being out in the sun so he went out to brave the daylight and figure out what was causing that strange noise. Will the other kids finally accept him? Will he be the hero or always be ridiculed for being different?
Wow! Another spooktacular book by Julia Dweck! My daughter and I absolutely adored this story. We really loved the fact that even though Bud is different, he's still special in his own ways. It shows kids that you don't have to be exactly the same as everyone else. The best YOU that YOU can be is YOURSELF! The rhyming text, as always, is amazing as are the illustrations. Here's an example of one of my favorite parts:
"They packed Bud's bags to get him ready.
  Bud hugged his mother and his deady."
Oh man, it's genius! I don't know about you but it sure made me cackle a bit! I would definitely recommend this book to kids of all ages. It's a really fun read.
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Wintergirls: Review

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 278


“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

My Thoughts:

Best friends Cassie and Lia make a pact to be the skinniest girls in school. They are in competition with each other to be the skinniest. Cassie is bulimic and Lia is anorexic. When Cassie is found dead in a hotel room, Lia feels guilty for not answering her phone when Cassie called. Could she have saved her? Cassie's death doesn't stop Lia, she continues on her destructive path with anorexia while being haunted by her friend's ghost. Will she be able to overcome this disorder or will it kill her like it did Cassie.

I decided to read a little of this book before bed and I didn't stop until it was over. I rarely read books in one sitting but I just couldn't seem to put it down. It was hypnotizing. The author's writing was almost poetic. There has been a lot of debate on the author's style of writing but I actually am one of the people who enjoyed it. The characters and situations seemed so realistic that you really feel like you are in this girl's head. It made me understand a little more what it's like to have these horrible illnesses. This book was disturbing and heartbreaking yet absolutely beautiful. I don't know how else to describe it. I look forward to reading more of Anderson's work.

If you are going through any of the disorders mentioned in this book I BEG you to get help! You don't have to go through this alone. Your life matters and everyone is beautiful, no matter their size! Nobody should ever feel that they are not good enough.

*I checked this book out at the library.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Night Buddies; Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine: Review

Night Buddies; Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine (Night Buddies #2)
Night Buddies; Imposters, and One Far-Out Flying Machine
Author: Sands Hetherington
Illustrator: Jessica Love
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Series: Night Buddies #2
Pages: 320


Yikes! Crosley Look-Alikes Are Wreaking Havoc in the Borough!

For young John Degraffenreidt, lying awake at night is no reason to fret when it brings a bright red crocodile named Crosley out from under his bed. Night Buddies like Crosley promise a big adventure to any kid not sleepy yet--and tonight is no different! Out of bed, and into the city, John starts on a very special Program (Night Buddies-speak for adventure) with his crocodile friend. Crosley is a unique, wacky character, the only red crocodile in the world for sure, but look-alikes have started popping up all over town, committing crimes, causing confusion, and making Crosley crazy at the sight of them.

The imposters must be stopped, and Night Buddies John and Crosley are just the ones to stop them! Stakeouts and wild chases in a fantastic flying machine, far-out schemes to snare the imposters with the help of old friends and new ones, and a never-ending supply of Crusted Crème Fro-Madge frozen yogurt make for one totally super night.

My Thoughts:

This book is very interesting because the author created a unique language and way of talking which can be fun as well as confusing for kids. I do like that at the beginning of the book the author explains that words are misspelled and that kids should not spell that way at school. They can also treat it as a game and try to search for all the words that are spelled wrong. With the way the writing is, it can be hard to follow at times. I haven't read the first book in this series yet so I'm not sure what it's like or how it connects to this story. I really loved the concept behind this book and how John and Crosley go on nighttime adventures when John can't or doesn't want to go to sleep. I also try to refrain from exposing my kids to violence so I liked that the "violence" in this book consisted of things such as throwing yogurt at each other. It's a fun and very creative adventure story but like I said, can be hard to follow. I'm not 100% sure if I'm a fan of the way the book is written or if I would have preferred it to have proper spelling and grammar. I'll have to see if my stepson enjoyed them talking that way or not after he reads it to completely form my opinion. Sometimes it's best to get a kid's perspective for a book like this.

Have any of you read this book or the first book in this series? What were your thoughts? What books have you and your kids been enjoying lately? :)

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.