Great Finds Issue #5

August 31, 2009 at 11:04 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

 Hardback:

Night Chills by Dean Koontz

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

 

Paperback:

Goosebumps: Stay Out of the Basement by R.L. Stine

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park

Roots by Alex Haley

Cat Raise the Dead by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

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Book Review – Awakening

August 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm (Book Reviews, teen) (, , , , , , , , , )

Awakening

BY: K. Lippi

PUBLISHED BY: Mirror Publishing

PUBLISHED IN: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-936046-14-0

Pages: 231

Ages: Teen & Up

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

 

Author K. Lippi brings us the epic tale of Awakening, a world where vampires, demons, werewolves and other supernatural creatures exist. A California girl named Emilia Miani just returned from visiting her father in Japan. Her life is turned upside down when she meets the mysterious stranger, Shin Kurosaki. He is her guardian angel, a Japanese demon assigned to her by one of her ancestors over 500 years ago.

She learns that she has mystical powers of her own, and also a dark destiny. Her grandfather was a death angel just like her. He was hired by God. Emilia is his only heir. She is forced to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps.

A fallen death angel, Markus is stealing the souls of innocent children. He is set on becoming a new god. Emilia and Shin try to destroy his evil plans, while she starts to have feeling for her guardian.

This book is cleverly written at times. The characters are deeply explored, and I felt everything the main character goes through. The backstory was a bit too much. It could have been saved for the sequel. Yes, there will be sequel because of the ‘to be continued’ at the ending. A little cliché if you ask me. Overall it was a fun read. If you love reading supernatural, good vs. evil tales, then you’ll love Awakening.

 

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Great Finds Issue #4

August 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm (Children, Great Finds) (, , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

 

Paperback:

MoonGobble And Me: The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville illustrated by Katherine Coville

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Book Review – Dark Destiny

August 20, 2009 at 3:08 am (Book Reviews, Children, teen) (, , , , , )

Dark Destiny: The Sleeping Beauty Story Your Mother Never Told You

BY: Kym Hackenberger & Melody Lowe

PUBLISHED BY: Wicked Witch Productions, LLC

PUBLISHED IN: 2008

ISBN: 978-1440412417

Pages: 158

Ages: Teen & Up

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Do you remember the evil stepmothers and queens from the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales? Did you every wonder how they became evil? Authors Kym Hackenberger & Melody Lowe gives us the dark and twisted tale of how an innocent young woman became the Queen of the Dark Realm.

Elspeth, the oldest princess of Rookskrieg, is soon to marry Malcolm, the prince of Talonsbay. It’s an arrange marriage set up by their fathers. Neither Elspeth or Malcolm want to get married. Malcolm is womanizer and Elspeth just doesn’t love him. She wants to fall in love like her newly married younger sister, Isabelle, did.

On the night of her sister’s wedding, she is embarrassed by Malcolm but is rescued by a dark and mysterious stranger, Jethart. She instantly falls in love him. They sneak around, but can only visit each other at night. Jethart isn’t like Malcolm or any normal man. He can turn himself into an owl and can cast magical spells.

During Elspeth’s wedding to Malcolm, Jethart appears and steals the bride-to-be. They elope, and, afterwards, Jethart takes Elspeth to his castle, Dubh Rathgart, aka the Black Fortress. She soon bares a son named Ossian.

Full of rage and lust for revenge, Malcolm starts a war with the Dubh Rathgart. He starts the chain of events that could destroy the kingdoms, and causes Elspeth to become the Queen of the Dark Realm.

Under 160 pages, this book is short and sweet, but at times the story feels rushed. Some of the dialogue feels a little flat. The characters are not developed enough. There was not one character I felt anything for. I did like that the chapters were short and kept your interest until the very end. Fans of fairy tales and pre-teens will enjoy reading this retelling.

 

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Great Finds Issue #3

August 15, 2009 at 1:17 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

Hardbacks:

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (Harry Potter tie-in)

Paperback:

Haunted Heartland by Beth Scott & Michael Norman

Angel: Sanctuary by Jeff Mariotte ($1.25 at Dollar General)

Mr. X by Peter Straub

Transgressions Vol. 2 edited by Ed McBain ($1.25 at Dollar General)

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy and the Sister War by Ann M. Martin

Give Yourself Goosebumps: #13 Scream of the Genie

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Great Finds Issue #2

August 12, 2009 at 4:34 pm (Adult, Children, Great Finds) (, , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!

 

Hardback:

The Theif Lord by Cornelia Funke

 

Paperbacks:

Blitzcat by Robert Westall

The Kids in Ms. Colman’s Class #11 The Speilling Bee by Ann M. Martin

Taming A Sea-Horse by Robert B. Parker

A Savage Place by Robert B. Parker

In the Face of Danger by Joan Lowery Nixon

Where Two Ways Met by Grace Livingston Hill

Promising Angela by Kim Vogel Sawyer

More Tales to Give you Goosebumps Special Edition #2 by R.L. Stine

More & More Tales to Give you Goosebumps Special Edition #5 By R.L. Stine

 

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Book Review – Goosebumps: Deep Trouble

August 10, 2009 at 9:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Goosebumps: Deep Trouble

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-03519-4

ISBN-10: 0-545-03519-8

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

 

The first adventure of Billy, Sheena and their Uncle Dr. Deep can now be read by a new generation in this re-release with a brand new cover and bonus features that include: Q&A with R.L. Stine, There’s Something Fishy About Mermaids, Sink Your Teeth Into Some Shark Facts!, Tales of Horror: When Sharks Attack, How to Survive a Shark Attack and An Undersea Adventure – Starring You!

Billy and Sheena are spending their summer vacation with their uncle, Dr. Deep, and his assistant, Alexander DuBrow, on the sea lab boat, the Cassandra. Their anchored just off a tiny island called Ilandra, in the Caribbean Sea, searching for a mermaid that had been spotted by local fisherman.

When Billy takes a swim in the ocean, he is almost attacked by a shark. A beautiful mermaid saves him. Dr. Deep and Alexander throw out a net and catch the mermaid. The mermaid is put into a tank. Billy and Sheena befriend the mermaid.

Alexander has plans of his own. The mermaid would be worth millions of dollars to the local zoo.

Can Billy and Sheena help the mermaid escape Alexander‘s evil clutches?

I don’t recall ever reading this book when it was first released but I really enjoyed reading it now. It will make you think twice about swimming in the ocean.

 

 

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Book Review – Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

August 10, 2009 at 9:48 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , )

Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-545-03517-0

ISBN-10: 0-545-03517-0

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

 

It’s been over fifteen years since R.L. Stine first introduced his readers to the evil ventriloquist’s dummy. Slappy is back in this re-release of the first book. It has brand new cover and extra bonus features that include: Q& A with R.L. Stine, Fright Gallery: Slappy the Dummy, A Dummy’s Guide to Ventriloquism and Slappy’s Greatest Wisecracks.

Kris and Lindy Powell are twins that share everything. Lindy finds a ventriloquist’s dummy in a dumpster near their house. She takes it home and plans on making money with it by performing at birthday parties. Her sister doesn’t like Slappy because he’s always starring at her with an evil grin.

Thinking that she is jealous of Lindy’s dummy, her father buys her a dummy at a second hand store. Kris loves the dummy and names him Mr. Woods. She finds a piece of paper in the dummy’s pocket and reads the strange words out loud: “Karru marri odonna loma molonu karrano.”

After a few strange events, Kris believes that Mr. Woods is alive and no one believes her. How will she defeat Mr. Woods?

It was fun reading about Slappy again. He’s one of my favorite Goosebumps characters and I think you will enjoy reading about him too.

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Book Review – Garfield and the Mysterious Mummy

August 10, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , , , , )

9780816744381

 

Garfield and the Mysterious Mummy

BY: Jim Kraft

CREATED BY: Jim Davis

Designed and Illustrated by Mike Fentz

PUBLISHED BY: Troll Communications, L.L.C

ISBN: 0-8167-4438-6

Ages: 4-8

Reviewed by: Billy Burgess

While visiting the museum with their owner, Jon, Garfield and Odie accidentally get locked in the museum after closing. Strange things start happening in the Egyptian department that displays the nose of Ahomose.

Garfield and Odie are caught by the security guard and his cat, Cleo. She believes the rumors that the spirit of the Ahomose wants his nose back. She has heard weird sounds at night and one of the mummy coffins has went missing.

After a strange noise is heard near the Egyptian department, the security guard investigates it. When he didn’t return, Garfield, Odie and their new friend go to find him. They can’t find the security guard but they found something else, a living mummy!

All the doors are locked, so there is no way out till morning. Garfield and Odie must either hide or solve the mystery of the mysterious mummy.

The book is currently out of print but if you are lucky enough to find it, buy it. This is a cute book that your children would love to read.

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Book Review – Goosebumps Horrorland: #2 Creep From the Deep

August 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm (Book Reviews, Children) (, , , , )

Goosebumps: Horrorland

#2 Creep From the Deep

BY: R.L. Stine

COVER DESIGN BY: Steve Scott

COVER ART BY: Brandon Dorman

PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN-13: 978-0-439-91870-1

ISBN-10: 0-439-91870-7

Ages: 9-12

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In this second installment of the new series, R.L. Stine brings back three characters from the original Goosebumps series. Billy and his sister Sheena are on a adventure with their uncle, Dr. Deep, on the hi-tech ship, the Cassandra. They are searching for the pirate ship called the Scarlet Skull that sank to the bottom of the sea in the late 1780’s, and carried millions of dollars’ worth of gold and jewels. After they find the ship, Dr. Deep disappears. When Billy and Sheena go looking for their uncle on a nearby island, they discover that the pirates of Scarlet Skull are still alive and they want their treasure back.

I enjoyed returning to the characters from the books “Deep Trouble” and “Deep Trouble II” that were written in the 90’s.

The second story picks up in “Horrorland” from the previous book. Billy and Sheena have won a free trip to the theme park. Their parents have also gone missing . While searching for them they run into Britney and Molly from the first book, who are also looking for Britney’s parents. When they go on the Quicksand Beach ride, Britney and Molly disappear. Now Billy and Shenna must search for their new friends and their parents, but the pirates of the Scarlet Skull may still be after them.

I enjoyed the continuation of the Horrorland. Once again the second story is only 30 pages and ends in a cliffhanger. If you are like me and countless other R.L. Stine Fans, you can’t wait to read more!

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