Jun 21, 2018

Early Reader Review: Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton

Source: From Netgalley and First Second Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.


Pop!Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton
Publisher:  First Second Books
Publication Date:  July 8,2018



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Ebook

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A quiet afternoon of blowing bubbles and popping them turns into a Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, (and Helicopters, and Fighter Jets, and Moon Shuttles)-style adventure, as our young protagonist Dewey struggles to pop that one bubble...The Bubble That Got Away.

With luminous, breathtaking art from Matt Rockefeller that evokes both epic adventure and the pleasure of a lazy summer day; and a lively, wry, and suspenseful text from veteran picture book writer Jason Carter Eaton, Pop! is a picture book that will delight readers from cover to cover.
Review: 
Pop! is a children's book about a boy blowing bubbles. His goal is not to blow them or watch them but he gets the most fun out of popping them! One bubble escapes his grasp and he is forced to travel all over town trying to get to it.  The boy borrows cars and planes and rockets all trying to get to the one that got away.

This was a cute book. The illustrations were done in whimsical pastel colors and they really capture the child's longing to get that bubble. The story is cute, but it always makes me laugh and question children's books when the kids just go and run off from their homes... which this one does. Overall though it was a fun one to follow.

Jun 20, 2018

Blog Blast Excerpt w/ Giveaway! Dark Water by J.A. Armitage


Dark Water by J.A. Armitage
Series: Reverse Fairytales #4
Publication Date:  June 19, 2018



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About the Book
You think you know the story of The Little Mermaid…
A tragic accident on the eve of her eighteenth birthday leads Princess Erica to a chance encounter with a mysterious man on the beach. When he turns up at her birthday party and whisks her off her feet, she knows she has to find out everything about him, but why won’t he speak and where does he keep disappearing to?
Ari knows he’s crossed a line by mingling with the land humans, but how can he resist the beautiful princess whose life he saved? He must decide whether to stay on land and become like her, or continue to live without her in the depths of the ocean.
Trapped in a centuries long battle between his kind and hers, his decision will rock both their kingdoms.
With a sea witch that needs repaying and the small matter of Erica’s engagement to someone else, Ari knows the odds are stacked against him.
Dark Water is the fourth in the Reverse Fairytale series and the first Little Mermaid retelling by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.


Chapter one


“May God bless her and all who sail on her.” 

I cleared my throat, hoping I’d said it correctly, and gripped the bottle of champagne, terrified of letting it go too early or, worse still, missing the ship entirely.

Beyond the ship, the ocean shimmered in the midday sun. Diamond-like sparkles of light bounced off the calm cerulean water—water that looked so inviting, I wanted nothing more than to jump in, to surrender to the balmy ripples. Of course, wanting it and doing it were two different things. First of all, I couldn’t swim, and secondly, my mother would pitch a fit if I took another step closer to the dock edge. She was already a bag of nerves from today’s event.

I looked behind me, needing reassurance from my parents. This was my first official royal engagement, and I was terrified of messing it up. My father beamed at me with pride while my mother gave me a thin smile. I could see the fear in her eyes although she was doing her best to hide it. I was amazed she’d come at all. The ocean positively terrified her. My father’s hand was almost white with how hard my mother was squeezing it. Next to them, my little brother, Anthony, was picking his nose and examining the treasure he found up there. Not for the first time I was reminded how fortunate it was that I was the first in line to the throne.

Beside me, my life-long best friend nudged me to let go of the bottle. Officially, his title was Sir Hayden Harrington-Blythe, but to me, he was just Hayden. He’d been my first crush since our first day in kindergarten when he’d pulled on my pigtails, and I’d stamped on his foot. Despite our unpromising start, over the years we’d turned into friends. My crush on him was long since over, and his pigtail pulling days were long gone, but somehow, our friendship had survived.

 “You do know you are supposed to let go of the bottle right?” whispered Hayden in my ear. I gave him a look I only ever reserved for him and lifted the bottle. Letting go, I watched it swing on a length of string, arcing towards the majestic ship’s wooden hull. It made a tinkling sound as it smashed against the side of the ship, scattering glass all over the paved dock. I couldn’t help thinking it was a waste of good champagne and that it would be better served at the ball being held in honor of my birthday in a couple of days’ time. Still, I felt invigorated by the salty smell of the ocean, the atmosphere of a thousand happy people coming out to see the launch, and the fact that I now had a boat that bore my name. I was feeling as excited as I could hope to feel, second only to being allowed to actually go out on the damn thing.

 The Erica Rose’s white sails flapped in the breeze below the official flag of Trifork as if she were eager to be off, out onto the ocean. I couldn’t blame her. To sail on the ocean was a lifelong dream of mine. Ever since I could remember, I’d looked out of my bedroom window toward the ocean and dreamed of the day that I’d be able to disappear beyond the rolling waves toward the horizon.

It was a dream that had never, and would never, be realized as long as my parents were in charge. For a kingdom so well-known for its naval and merchant vessels, my parents were ridiculously strict about letting me go near the ocean. This was the closest I’d gotten in the whole eighteen years of my life, and I had a full team of palace guards surrounding me, stopping me from taking one step closer to the water’s edge than I had to. It was all because of my mother, of course. My father might have been the one that ruled Trifork, but in the palace, my mother was the one that wore the pants, so to speak. If my mother said I couldn’t go near the ocean, then my father wasn’t going to argue with her. However, today was a special day, and not even my mother could come up with a good enough reason for us not to be here. She might have been absolutely petrified, but she was the queen, a duty she held above everything, even crippling panic.

Jun 19, 2018

Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

 
The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7)The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #7
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date:  April 24, 2001

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Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 

Dear Reader,

You have undoubtedly picked up this book by mistake, so please put it down. Nobody in their right mind would read this particular book about the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire on purpose, because each dismal moment of their stay in the village of V.F.D. has been faithfully and dreadfully recorded in these pages. I can think of no single reason why anyone would want to open a book containing such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe Cell, and some very strange hats. It is my solemn and sacred occupation to research each detail of the Baudelaire children's lives and write them all down, but you may prefer to do some other solemn and sacred thing, such as reading another book instead.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket
 

 
Image result for series of unfortunate events seasons 2The Vile Village: Episodes 5 & 6 of Season 2
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

Review:  
Another book and two more episodes down. In this installment the orphans are being moved to VFD a village in the middle of nowhere to be raise by a village or people, because 'it takes a village'. Obviously these people don't really understand what that means because the Violet, Klaus and Sunny are not required to do all the chores for the village in exchange for being adopted. 

This strange new village has LOADS of rules, many that do not make sense which is the perfect place for Olaf to make another move to capture the orphans and their family fortune. 

Let's get into the comparison - in the book the children are faced with doing menial jobs around their new home town, while doing them they start to find couplets from the Quagmire triplets which they think are giving them clues. They know that Olaf is around but not what is happening. In the show, the viewer knows that Olaf has stationed himself in the town and is overly involved AND those couplets that slowly appeared in the book are arriving two at a time to the orphans to figure out. So these episodes again seemed to rush plot points from the books to add in more plot with Count Olaf and his group as well as the spy people trying to help the Baudelaire children. 

Aside from these bigger scenes with Olaf and a man named Jacques, there were other smaller changes as well. Sunny is pinned as a murder but her siblings are just thrown in with her versus Olaf providing evidence and there is a fire tuck all throughout the ending - but I would spoil any more.

As the show progresses, the viewer really gets a feeling of how crazy Count Olaf is and how narcissistic and for adult viewers - now that there is a 'girlfriend' involved there are more innuendos spread through the conversations with Olaf. They are an interesting add for adult viewers. 

So that's all for that, so until next time.... happy reading/viewing. 

Let me know what you are thinking of the show so far if you have been watching it too!

 

Jun 18, 2018

Recent Reads: Tomorrow is Near but Today is Here by Asaf Rozanes

Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Tomorrow is near but today is here: Experiencing what's now and here will assist with managing your fear (Mindful Mia Book 2)
Tomorrow is Near but Today is Here: Experiences What's Now and Here will Assist with Managing Your Fear by Asaf Rozanes
Series: Mindful Mia #2
Publisher: Yazamia Ltd.
Publication Date:  February 3, 2018



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Format: Ebook

Rating:


 




Goodreads Synopsis: 

The stress, worry and anxiety our children face is greater than any generation before. This tale can help soothe the anxiety that fills your child’s mind, allowing gentler thoughts to take root – thoughts that leave no room for worry and remind them that ‘Yesterday has passed, today is a gift and tomorrow is brand new.’

Like many of us, Mia worries too much
Yet when we let worry cloud our minds
We miss out on all the amazing things happening here and now
The world around us is a magical place full of imagination and joy
We can see clouds flying, monkeys dancing and even a Unicorn or two
Building a better tomorrow means being present today.

In this insightful and inspiring book, children will learn what is really important in life: Be mindful If you want to change tomorrow, act today! Enjoy and experience life These lessons are universal and apply to both children and parents alike.
Review: 
This cover reminds me of a Dr. Seuss book - it might be the brightness and the crazy things happening in the image, but either way, that is a great start.

Here we see Mia worrying a lot and she has to learn to think positive and not dwell.  In the beginning of the book it was hard to tell that Mia was worried in the images - she just looks like she is day dreaming and happy - later the images seem to catch up and she looks more sad and worried so it was harder to get into this book than the others. The images play such a big part in children's books because even if they are listening, the images are what they are paying the most attention to. 

This book again had a rhyming scheme and the additional search and coloring pages added. I liked the theme of this one a lot - positive thinking is a great thing to teach young.

Jun 17, 2018

Building the Book Pile #258

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

This week was about the norm for me. Slow at work because it is summer time and all I really did all week was chose and lay around after work. I got a few fun books this week and have still been reading a good amount which is great for both my sanity and the blog. 

I also got a new side-gig, I guess that was different. I am going to blogging on the DailyUV. It is a website for my area. My blog over there is called Books & Brews. here is a link to the first post if you want to go read it: Books & Brews #1. There will be some overlap in the content but I am pairing adult drinks with books :)

This upcoming week all my posts are set and I am headed camping with the hubs and friends in Maine so there probably wont be a BTBP until I return later next Sunday. I hope to have a bunch of pics from the trip :)

Share about your week with me in the comments below!
 

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Coming up on the Blog


Recent Reads: Tomorrow is Here but Today Is Here by Asaf Rozanes (Youth)
Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Vile Village by Lemony Snickett (MG)
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway: Dark Water by  J.A. Armitage (YA)
Early Reader Review: Pop! by Jason Carter Eaton (Youth)
Blog Blast w/ Giveaway! The Girl with More than One Heart by  Laura Geringer Bass (YA)

Books Received this Week

   36322141   Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew  Skooter Girl
The Old Man by Sarah and Claude Dubois - From Librarything and Gecko Press in exchange for an honest review.
Dinner for Dinos by Ben Whitehouse  - From Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. 
Skooter Girl by Danielle Mac - From Dog Ear Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


Have you missed anything lately?

Happy Reading!

Jun 15, 2018

Recent Reads: Part of the Rainbow by Asaf Rozanes

Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Part Of The Rainbow: An Inspiring Tale About Diversity, Acceptance and Love (Children's book Ages 3-8): A story about learning to accept our own unique the differences between us (Mindful Mia)Part of the Rainbow by Asaf Rozanes
Series: Mindful Mia #3
Publisher: Yazamia Ltd.
Publication Date:  May 5, 2018



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Format: Ebook

Rating:


 




Goodreads Synopsis: 
Mia’s story is one we can all relate to, the differences between us and learning to accept our own unique traits.
As Mia struggles to find her place in a class devoid of green, she learns how special she is and how all of us, together, make the best rainbow of all.
In this insightful and inspiring book, children will learn what is really important in life: Accept yourself and what makes you unique Accept others and what makes them different Together we all create the amazing rainbow of life These lessons are universal and apply to both children and parents alike.
  
Review:  
In this book, Mia has to learn about more differences. In this case they are talking about how not all people are the same as far as looks - people can be different colors. The author uses the rainbow and the bright colors as a vivid way of teaching about these differences. Mia learns that people can look different from her and that is ok, she still has something to add to the community. 

This installment was not only beautifully colored, I really liked the teaching aspect of it, more than the last book. The book rhymes making it a fun read as well. Again this book has the bonus of coloring pages and a search and find aspect - both great additions.

Jun 14, 2018

Recent Reads: Short or Tall Doesn't Matter at All by Asaf Rozanes

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

Short or tall doesn't matter at all: A story about being different and what's important in life (Mindful Mia Book 1)
Short or tall doesn't matter at all: A story about being different and what's important in life by Asaf Rozanes
Series:Mindful Mia #1
Publisher: Yazamia Ltd.
Publication Date:  February 3, 2018



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Format: Ebook

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
This is a story for all those who feel a little different or have been left out.
With bravery, kindness and determination, Mia shows her friends that everyone, no matter how small or different, have talents and skills too.

Every child goes through struggles to fit in or find their place in a world that is often confusing and sometimes cruel.

In this insightful and inspiring book, children will learn what is really important in life: Kindness Acceptance Learning to be themselves  This lesson is universal and applies to both children and parents alike.
Review: 
The synopsis sums this book up very well.  Mia is faced with feeling left out because she is shorter than the other students. The book then talks about differences, it would be a good teaching tool for younger audiences. 

I received this book for review along with others in the Mia series, and this was the first I read. It was cute and I think will be a good read-together book for families with younger kids. The illustration is bright and cheerful and the end includes uncolored pages to be used for coloring. There are also little hidden hearts throughout. I think these bonuses add extra value to the book - it can be a teaching tool but also has some fun things for kids to be interactive with.

Jun 13, 2018

Early Reader Review: Thief of Happy Endings by Kristen Chandler

Source: From Flutter Communications and Penguin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Thief of Happy Endings
Thief of Happy Endings by Kristen Chandler

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:   June 19, 2018



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Format:  Ebook


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Ever since her father moved out, Cassidy feels like her life has been falling apart. So a summer of riding horses at a ranch camp in Wyoming sounds like just what she needs--never mind the fact that she has a paralyzing fear of horses. She's determined to move past her fear, even if that means taking lessons from the insufferable (yet irresistible) junior wrangler Justin and embarrassing herself in front of the other campers. What follows is a summer of rodeos, complicated friendships, and a wild mustang thief on the loose. 
Review: 
I don't read a lot of contemporary books, but sometime pops up on my radar and I am just in the mood - and Thief of Happy Endings was one of these books. It is a contemporary young adult read about a girl named Cassidy that is not in the best place right now. Her parents have split up and she bailed on school and now her mother has sent her to a ranch to overcome a fear of horses. While she is away for the summer she has to overcome her fears, anxieties, learn to be herself, and learn to fail before she can move on to the next thing.

This was a very good read and it was a lot of different things rolled into one book. It was a story of overcoming, it was a story of bravery, of abuse and animal cruelty. There were a lot of layers in this book as you can see. 

The author does a good job not just glancing over these things but tying them all together in a way that is impacting but also not too overwhelming. This book might not be for the faint of heart though - it was hard to read about the animals and the cruelty and so that is my warning. 

The characters were all interesting and I liked how I kept up with the main characters emotions, in some books you can start to feel detached when things get deep, but here I was with Cassidy the whole way - I know fear and anxiety well and to be with her coming into her own skin was breathtaking.

If you like horses, some romance, and a good amount of deep emotion, this is a book to look out for.


 

Jun 12, 2018

Let's Compare: Recent Read/ TV Show - The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket


The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #6
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date:  February 20, 2001

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Format: Hardback
Source: Borrowed from the Library


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 

Dear Reader,
If you have just picked up this book, then it is not too late to put it back down. Like the previous books in A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, there is nothing to be found in these pages but misery, despair, and discomfort, and you still have time to choose something else to read.
Within the chapters of this story, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, some friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway, and parsley soda.
I have sworn to write down these tales of the Baudelaire orphans so the general public will know each terrible thing that has happened to them, but if you decide to read something else instead, you will save yourself from a heapful of horror and woe.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket
 

 
Image result for series of unfortunate events seasons 2The Ersatz Elevator: Episodes 3 & 4 of Season 2
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Network: Netflix
Publication Date:  January 13, 2017- present

Review: 
These episodes and the book were VERY different from one another, there was a lot to take in and both stories while the same felt very different. 

In this book, the orphans are off to live with the Squalors in a fancy penthouse in the city. Everything seems like it is going great, even though the wife is very in to what is in. However, they are still very sad that their friends have been kidnapped. 

In the show, the orphans are still placed with the Squalors but Count Olaf's plot starts the minute they arrive, and it is kind of like a running joke in the Squalor household that Olaf is there. This made for a great show but after having read the book it seemed very overly quick and rushed.  Some other alterations were that in the penthouse the children shared a room - whereas in the book their new guardians give them their own based on their interests and a hilarious part of the book was replaced when the children were gifted outfits that fit instead of being WAY too big.  

All that being said the show was very good still - I enjoyed a few additions like seeing a Lucky Smells lumber truck and Larry turning up as a fish waiter. It was all engaging tv. I think the book was much better than the show this time though because of how rushed it seemed - in the book there was more time to get to know the Squalors and how Jerome Squalor was actually a really great guy and guardian for them. 

As with most book - movie/tv show combos - I do suggest read the books first :)