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Book Review:Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives

Title: Striker Jones: Elementary Economics for Elementary Detectives striker

Author: Maggie M. Larche

Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints d5d4d3d2d1

This is a one fun book. A parent can have their middle grade kid chapter by chapter  to read because each chapter has a lesson. I found Striker Jones to be the young version of Shawn Spencer from Psych. The link goes to IMBD.

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Shawn Spencer and Gus Guster

Shawn is one of the main characters in the show and I found him entertaining. Striker seems to the young version of him, except Striker uses his skills of observation for  events that kids can relate to.

A couple of my favorite chapters involved, shoe prints in concrete, the scarfs for Christmas, eggs hunt, arcade… if I keep going… you guys won’t have anything to look forward to. The ending was terrific ^_^ It’s one exciting ride.

I recommend this to parents and kids in middle school. Stay tuned for book 2 review coming up soon.

Book Review: Ghosts from our Past

Book Title: Ghosts from our Past. Both Literally & Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal ghostbusters

Book Author: Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with Andrew Shaffer

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

It took for me three evenings to finish this entertaining and young novel. Since this is a new edition with somewhat updated material, the voices of the authors stayed young, fun, funny, and nice to read. On page 166, in the updated section, the authors tell us to burn the first edition if ever found. Actually, I wouldn’t burn it, but would explore it to find Fox Mulder and his partner Scully. To tell you the truth, though I have known about the TV show- X-Files for years, I did not watch it until 2015. When I started watching the show in 2015, I finished all of the episodes in two months and couldn’t wait for season 11 which I watched as well, though sadly was disappointed.

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Okay, back the review, but in my defense, the girls in “Ghosts from the past” got distracted a lot like when Erin raised her hand to say that she likes doing paperwork, section about flashlights, and when they were defending all women out there.

The book is divided into 4 parts and all of them were entertaining, especially the Elis Ley Line Map on page 91 which look confusing and more of an art pice than map, raccoons, their definitions, and the proton pack warnings. From my experience with my friends pack (that her husband made for her), the warnings are true. I do admit that she did pointed it at me but the time I was dressed up like a ghost (and looked good) and we were performing to the Ghostbusters theme song. Are you guys jealous yet? Her pack also made sounds!

Below is a photo of my friend’s collection. You can see the packs and the costumes. Also, since it wouldn’t be right to share the photos of the illustrations from inside the novel, here are a couple of photos that I can share. However, to learn more about the packs, read pages 136 to 137. There’s also a photo of her drinking at the movie theatre, but considering an important rule found on page 152, it is a bad idea to drink before a job so I will not share it with you, though technically she was off the clock from ghost hunting.

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Okay, again back to the review. What I really liked about the book is about all of those tips! Especially on the essential tools to have with you when ghostbusting. However, the girls forgot to add the note about food, but they do talk about it later. Also, I think their college professor would be okay with them telling the world that he was into ghosts because he passed away before their wrote the first edition and everybody knows that talking ill of the dead is not a good idea.

I love books with accommodating images and guides and this book has plenty. Considering the fact that first edition had a lot more, I wish I could have seen those illustrations. The girls after all did take classes on art… If I remember correctly.

I highly recommend this novel to someone who likes having a good laugh. It’s definitely a mood raiser. I would say a minimum age requirement of 18 and up because only eighteen years old and older could relate to having Chinese take out, spending time in libraries and coffee shops, and of course having friends who back each other’s back. Erin and Abby sound like a best friend pair that would stay best friends and I think that though many years separated them, they can still do some Ghostbusting together.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Review: The Silver Butterfly

Book Title: The Silver Butterfly Snip20160803_4

Book Author: Uma Mawaery

Source: Received a free copy for an honest review

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

It is an absolutely beautiful telling of a fated romance.

At first I didn’t know what I got myself into because I don’t like reading about moping teenagers. Soon, though, I hated it even more because it was now a moping twenty something young woman. I really groaned when I read how many days Amber had been depressed over her last and only relationship with a guy who was a complete jerk. However, as Radley appeared more and more in the picture, I started to like the novel.

It was nice to see Amber finding herself again, being so open with Radley, and learning about the supernatural… especially about the butterfly. Actually there were two butterflies… there was a blue one, too. Though, at times the story line felt a little dragged out, the ending chapters made up for it.

It is truly an inspired work and I can tell how Uma’s mother became a drill sergeant so she would finish it and shared it with others.

Some of the ideas and or emotions are not suited for an audience younger than 17 I would say. Mainly due to the emotions being presented.

I recommend this novel to girls of 17 and older who love romantic storylines mixed in with the supernatural. Ladies, there are no vampires or werewolves in this novel, thank god. I’m not sure if boys or men would like it because it may be cheesy, but who am I to judge?

Oh and I love the hook line for this novel: I will wait a hundred years for you. Also, the cover is really beautiful and was one of the main reasons why I wanted to read it. I never really did read the synopsis…

Happy reading.

Book Review: Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns)

Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Enchantress Returns) 2

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

As promised, I went back to the store and bought book 2, 3, and 4. I am going to wait for book 5 (even though it is out) because I want a paperback copy, not a hard cover.

For my review of book 1, go here: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

This book happens a year after the twins return back to their regular routine, though both are sad about it. They don’t like not seeing grandma, doing homework, and are sad that they may have lost their connection to the land of stories. That, of course, changes when their mother gets kidnapped. If you haven’t read this novel, stop reading this review right now because it may have spoilers.

This novel was less predictable, maybe because I was liking the twins and wasn’t looking for predictability. The cover made me wonder about Froggy because I thought he returned back to a man, and bam, he was a frog again due to the seriousness of evil. It was also nice to see their mother move on and I do say, Bob, certainly was a good man… especially since he escaped to the Land of Stories to find the love of his life and her children. I guess, the most shocking thing that happened was the separation of the twins at the end and the portal closing, though it was needed. Considering that there are more books after book 2, the twins will be reunited and I am curious to see how Chris brought them back together.

What I also like about this series is that the twins grow up, they don’t stay the same age so we get to follow their adventures. It’s good for kids to grow up with characters who grow up with them. I also liked the changes in Conner. Chris made him grow up a little and not just in his height. It was nice to see his writing being phrased and that though Alex gets the magic, he gets the storytelling gift. It was perfect.

Stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series.

OH! I almost forgot. We got a glimpse into the tree that the twins’ father told them about. That was nice.

Recommend to middle grade kids and adults who love fairy tales.

Book Review: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell)

Book Title: The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell) lofs

Book Author: Chris Colfer

Source: Bought at a recycle bookstore

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

What can I say? I bought the book because of the cover and because I love fairy tales. The name ‘Chris Colfer’ didn’t tell me anything until I bought it, brought it home, and looked at the back cover where there’s his photo present. I laughed to myself because I have watched him grow as an actor on the show ‘Glee,’ watched his movie ‘Struck by Lightning,’ and now I have read his first novel in the middle-grade genre series. Guess, one keeps returning to his work.

I have to confess that I have stopped watching Glee, mainly because I believe the story line became boring and I grew out of it.

The Land of Stories (The Wishing Spell) was a great read and it was nice to read something for middle school kids that interested me, too. I really like Alex and Connor ‘Wishington.’ Froggy was entertaining and pretty obvious on who he truly was… for adults anyway. Can’t talk for the kids. I’ve also read stories where they told the story of the Evil Queen and they did have a romantic side to her, though I really liked Chris’s twist about the mirror. It would have been nice to get to know the fairies and have one more chapter, but there are more books and I expect we will see a lot more of them.

If I say anything more, I would give away a lot. It is nicely written, good flow, and entertaining. It did take a while for me to get into and it was a lot easier when magic was happening and the kids met Froggy.

I am looking forward to buying the other books in the series and I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers.

 

Book Review: Sunset Reads (William & Cristina)

Book Title: Sunset Reads (William & Cristina) sunsetreadd

Book Author: D.C.Triana

Source: Received a copy as a gift for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5-paws

Sunset Reads is a story about two people falling in love. I do say that William Jameson’s mother was probably dancing up in heaven watching everything unfold, though I do hope that she looked elsewhere on the more private scenes and scenes of people getting hurt. 😉

To be honest, the synopsis for the novel did not grab my attention. It sounded too much main stream but I loved the cover and asked the author if I could read it. Boy, was I happy to read the romance unfold. Yes, there were times when I wanted to take a pause from it because it has long paragraphs, but I did read it in one sitting with some popcorn on the side. Another thing that bugged me was the use of ‘you’re’ when it was supposed to be ‘your,’ but hey typos happen so I focused on the scenes and it was like I watching a movie. Well done!

The pacing was perfect and the novel ended on a good note.

Now onto the characters. This novel has the couple as the main characters of the novel and enough of side characters that helped out the plot. Of course, I hated William’s step-father and guess what? We’re supposed to hate him! ^_^ One of my favorite side characters was Cristina’s brother, Henry. I’m wondering if there will be a novel about him and one of Cristina’s best friends unless I’ve read the hints wrong. The others were good for the story.  Oh, and I found Cristina’s dog, Obi, adorable. I’m very happy that nothing bad happened to Obi in the novel because if it did, I probably would have abandoned reading right then and there.

I did google on how a a white and brown Lhasa Apso looks like and found a lot of very cute dogs. I really want to pet Obi now (though probably the real one because D.C.Triana has her own Obi. So cute!

I highly recommend to the readers  (18+ years) who love slow  romance that turns steamy.

Book Review: Remembrance

Book Title: Remembrance (A Mediator Novel) rem

Book Author: Meg Cabot

Source: Bought from Barnes and Noble

Rating: 5 Dragon paws 5-paws

Me Cabot did not disappoint!

I was in high school, when I first started reading “The Mediator Series” by Meg Cabot. During free period, I would visit the school’s library, find a good book to read and spend time reading. After reading the series during free period, I bought all of the books and since then have been re-read twice.
To tell you the truth, I was really afraid that Suze and Jesse would not be the same… because Miss Cabot haven’t written them in what feels like ages to me. However, Suze still curses, loves boots, and kicks ghost ___ (fill in the blank). Jesse is still old fashioned, in love with his quireda, and wants to murder Paul. I did think that there would be more of Gina, so on that note, more of Gina would have been better.
I really like that finally Suze and Jesse can be together. That it is about finally feeling alive for Jesse and know that everything is as should be.
The twists and turns in this novel, kept me flipping through the pages and wanting to know if there will be something new at the next corner. I feel sad for Dopey because well, if you read the book, you will know what I am talking about. It was nice to read about the grown-up Doc and was a surprise to see his umm interests. Also was nice to see that pets are alive and well. I almost forgot to mention Father Dominic. Boy, was I biting my nails and hoping that the old man would survive what happened to him. I’m so happy that Miss Cabot chose to save him. Well done!
If you haven’t read “The Mediator Series,” I recommend for you to go online or to your local bookstore, buy all the books and start reading. From my perspective, these series is what ghost stories should be about- Mediators and sexy accented young men.