Nov 26, 2015

Recent Reads: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in Tiger Trouble by Grant Goodman

Source: Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble!Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in...Tiger Trouble
Series: Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve #1
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date:  May 4, 2015


Format: Paperback



Goodreads Synopsis: 

Thirteen year-old Agent Darcy is one of the top students at the Bureau of Sneakery, where there are three rules every agent must follow: never make friends with an outsider, never speak of the Bureau, and never reveal your real name. Lately, Darcy has hit a rough patch: her rival, Agent Serena, keeps outdoing her. If things keep going this way, Darcy is convinced that no one will ever assign her a real mission.

Ninja Steve’s city, Ninjastoria, is the home of sword fights, throwing stars, and Tae Kwon Donuts. Unlike his genius older sister, twelve year-old Steve isn’t the best ninja student. He’d rather be swinging a sword instead of taking notes in class. Steve, however, is about to learn that being a true ninja means far more than being able to use a sword.

When Darcy is sent to Ninjastoria as an exchange student, it will turn both of their lives upside-down and raise all kinds of questions:

What do the mecha-moles want? Who is the man in the gray mask? What do ninjas eat for lunch? And why is there a menacing tiger on the cover of this book?

Time to read and find out!
Can we start by talking about this synopsis? This book sounded wonderful from the very start with this wonderfully funny blurb favorite "and why is there a menacing tiger on the cover...?" oh my, I laughed out loud and still think this is a clever marketing scheme. Love it.

Now on to the book itself, this book was a pleasant surprise. It was super action-packed, witty, fun, and I think a middle grade reader will absolutely love it. The story is told from alternating point of views; a girl named Darcy and a boy named Steve and they come together and end up having to fight a tiger. I love Middle Grade books that alternate points of view - I think they can gain more styles of reader that way.

The book's plot was funny and had enough action to keep me reading - I sat down with it and was able to finish reading it in one sitting. The book is about 180 pages or so, so it isn't too long or too short. It had just enough mystery in the end to make me want to pick up whatever is coming next.

Overall, the story was enjoyable, the characters maybe a bit flat but I think there is a lot of room for details in coming installments. I think that middle grade readers will definitely like this one. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a moment to say ...

I am SO thankful to have you all as blog readers. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (or day if you are not in the U.S.)

Gobble Gobble!

Nov 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Forbidden by Eve Bunting


Forbidden by Even Bunting 
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date:  December 1, 2015

Goodreads Synopsis: 
In early-nineteenth century Scotland, sixteen-year-old Josie, an orphan, is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the rocky, stormy northwest coast. Everything and everyone in her new surroundings, including her relatives, is sinister, threatening, and mysterious. She's told that Eli, the young man she's attracted to, is forbidden to her, but not why. Spirited, curious, and determined, Josie sets out to learn the village's secrets and discovers evil, fueled by heartless greed, as well as a ghostly presence eager for revenge. An author's note gives the historical inspiration for this story.

Why I Am Waiting:
This book has not gotten the most wonderful reviews but I am still intrigued by the story premise and really want to give it a try. I love a strong female lead and this is promising one. I am waiting and hoping for the best.

Nov 24, 2015

Recent Reads: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

 Source: From Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way alters my opinion or review.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
Etiquette & Espionage By Gail Carriger
Series: Finishing School #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 5, 2013  


Format: Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
Etiquette and Espionage has been one of the books on my TBR pile for a long time. The synopsis is great and I have heard wonderful things about the series from bloggers and readers alike. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this book and flew through it. The plot was mysterious but also full of action and adventure and at every turn of the page I was captivated by the characters, the language, and the details Carriger put into the storytelling. 

We follow Sophronia through her first experience with Finishing School. Not knowing what she has gotten herself into but little by little learning how to cope with the craziness that this particular school. Sophronia comes off as a strong female in a time when strong females aren't really allowed and uses it to her advantage. I really liked how her character was portrayed throughout the book, as able and bold. The other characters were just as engaging and spurred feelings  across the board.  

As for the plot, as I noted, it was a mystery, an adventure and a but of whimsy all rolled together to form this delightful package. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to young adult readers. I am already preparing to read book two.


Nov 23, 2015

Movie Monday: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Movie Monday is a new feature at Cover2CoverBlog where I talk about Book-Movie Adaptations. If you have any recommendations let me know in the comments. 

This feature may contain SPOILERS to both the books AND the movies so read carefully.

Today's comparison is...
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 1999
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Directed by Alfonso Cuaron/ Warner Bros
Release Date: 2004

Another Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD
I re-watched this movie the other day and I have one HUGE pet-peeve about it that I wanted to share.

First of all, I loved these books - all of them. I love Sirius Black and his presence from here on out in the series was spectacular for so many reasons. I also really enjoyed the Harry Potter movies and I loved when Cuaron came on board to direct Prisoner of Azkaban. He made it darker and the series was getting darker and after this is when the movies even started becoming PG-13... a good move for lovers of the series, I think.

 Anywho, aside from the fact that this movie kind of skirts over Sirius Black's importance in the series, my biggest pet-peeve of this film adaptation is that they never explain the significance of the Marauder's Map and who came up with it.

If you have only seen the movies - here is the backstory.  Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs are the nicknames of Lupin, Pettigrew, Black, and James Potter who created the map. The nicknames were given because of Animagus forms and in Lupin's case, his werewolf form.

My issue with the movie not explaining this information is that the map shows everyone- regardless of shifting abilities and if you knew that Peter Pettigrew had the Animagus form of a rat (Wormtail) you would know why this is SO important. Pettigrew shows up on the map to Harry.

The movie completely disregards all of this beautifully written book information and chalks it up to Black recognizing Wormtail. I can understand why you would need to cut some things out, but the map is SO cool... I think it should have been included.

End rant...

Nov 22, 2015

Building the Book Pile #162

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Another week closer to THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS... yay! This week has been a blast, I completed a readathon, I started putting up holiday lights on my house (I know it is early- hush now), I have almost finished my holiday shopping and we are planning to buy a snowblower soon for the house. I am old and get excited about crazy things, I know, I am ok with it. 

This weekend (probably while you are reading this) I am baking for a work potluck and am so excited about it. I love making goodies for events. 
What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.

  Giveaways on Cover2CoverBlog!


Coming up on the Blog... 

Movie Monday: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Recent Reads: Etiquatte & Espionage by Gail Carriger (YA)
Waiting on Wednesday
Happy Thanksgiving
Early Reader Review: Drones by Chris Lewis (GN)  

    Books Received this Week

  27250848   A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker & Holmes, #3)

Sock Monster by Stacey R. Campbell - From the author for a blog tour

A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story by Jen York - From the author review

The Chess Queen Enigma (Stocker and Holmes #3) by Colleen Gleason - From Librarything Early Reviewers program and Chronicle Books  

Nov 20, 2015

Blogger Pet Profiles!! - ROLO

Hello lovely readers/ bloggers...

I have realized through my years of blogging that so many of us have pets and they are all adorable and should be shared with the internet world! My pets are my reading buddies and I love them like they are children. 

Here is your chance to share your lovely companions during this holiday time when we are sharing what we are oh so thankful for.

I have 4 pets and will be doing 3 posts to share them with you - there may even be a Linky too - if you are interested in posting and sharing your marvelous pets! 

So this is ROLO ...

Rolo is a French Bulldog/ Boston Terrier mix and his mother's name was Candy so all the puppies had candy-themed names. We did get him from a breeder but he was kind of the runt and when we were looking for a dog he was the last of his litter and no one wanted him. Frenchies and Bostons are known for there popped ears - they are naturally like that, but one of Rolo's had not popped and so he was not what most wanted. We didn't care and took him into our home and almost immediately his ears were fine. :) not that we would have cared :)

Frenchies were bred as companion dogs and Rolo is just that, he is like a shadow and will not settle until you do - no matter what. I adore him.  This year he will turn 7 in December.

Here is Puppy Rolo...


This was his ride home with us after picking him up...

...bringin home a baby bumble bee.... he hates this costume, although he LOVES shirts and sweaters.

Here are some of Rolo older...
He also loves his coats, he has a winter one and a raincoat. He hates being wet so we appease him :) - I know, I spoil him so much!


And here are just some other cutes...

 Do you want a linky? Let me know :)