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Book Review: The Snow Queen

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The Snow Queen

Series: No

Author: Hans Christian Andersen 

Illustrator: Sanna Annukka

Translator: Jean Hersholt

Published: October 4th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes And Noble

Dates Read: October 18th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source:
Blogging For Books

“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman; don’t you see how strong that is? How men and animals are obliged to serve her, and how well she has got through the world, barefooted as she is. She cannot receive any power from me greater than she now has, which consists in her own purity and innocence of heart. If she cannot herself obtain access to the Snow Queen, and remove the glass fragments from little Kay, we can do nothing to help her.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

 

Goodreads Summary:

Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-loved fairy tale, The Snow Queen, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.

Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is elevated from a children’s book to a unique work of art. It is an ideal gift for people of all ages.

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen

Lindsey’s review:

Honestly saying this makes me feel odd but for me this was my first time reading The Snow Queen: A Tale in Seven Stories but I had heard of the story but never read it until now.

And I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the book. It’s a short (88 pages) read but for me it was one of those special first time reads that I was enjoyable.

After I finished reading it (in one sitting) I decided to skim the current reviews to see how others liked it. It was interesting to see the different reviews.

As a nanny I have watched Frozen one too many times and I prefer this over Frozen.

I live in California where it tends to be hot and yes we have mountains with snow I really like books that have the snow and cold weather. And seeing how Hans Christian Andersen tackles snow and giving it a life of it’s own is amazing. It’s truly a lovely aspect of the book.

Hidden deep within the pages of the book is a message that is important for all readers to notice. A message of sacrificial love.

The illustrations within the book are gorgeous!! I just loved looking at them before reading the book and while I was reading.

At the end I recommend that everyone take the time to read it at least once. After all its 88 pages. It’s not long at all. I have a feeling that I will be rereading it.

I was provided a physical copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This had no impact on my feeling for the book or my review.

MY RATING:

4 stars

Book Review: Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

Title: 26192600Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs

Series: No

Author: Dave Holmes

Published: June 28th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read:August 14th to 18th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source:
Blogging for Books

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the ’80s, ’90s, and today as his soundtrack

Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost.

In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales—in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig—of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades—from Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” to LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” and Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better”—and punctuated with interludes like “So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist” and “Notes on (Jesse) Camp,” this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and letting good music guide the way.

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Lindsey’s review:

Thank you to Blogging For Books for providing me with a physical copy in exchange for an honest review. By receiving a review copy had not baring in my review.

I received an email stating that Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs was available to read for review. After looking at the cover and reading the summary I decided that this was a book that I would enjoy.

I’m open to reading pretty much anything ( a few genres are not for me) and I don’t judge people for how they live their life. But I was interested in seeing how Dave was going to tell a memoir about his life by using 21 songs. And once I started reading I was pulled in and invested in his life and knowing more about how he grew up.

Now I’m a little young but I had a little time with MTV and the music videos they used to show rather some of the over priced, lame TV shows that they show now. I don’t really remember Dave or the other hosts but I was able to connect with some of the talk of songs and artists he spoke about throughout his book thanks to my mom who introduced my brother and I to while growing up.

I felt that Dave wrote about his life growing up and his time on MTV in a captivating and interesting way that as a reader I really enjoyed.

Overall a great read in my opinion.

MY RATING:
4 stars

Book Review: Snow White: A graphic Novel

Title: cover83269-medium.pngSnow White: A graphic Novel

Series: no

Author: Matt Phelan

Published: September 13th, 2016

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Nobel

Dates Read: August 11th, 2016

Rating: 4 stars

Source: Netgalley and Candlewick Press

Goodreads Summary:

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.

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(photo from Matt Phelan’s video trailer for the novel)

Lindsey’s Review:

I was given a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and Candlewick Press

Recently I have gotten into reading comics/graphic novels. Therefore I was excited to have a chance to read a graphic novel with a Snow White twist and with the novel being set in New York.

Now what I noticed right away was the fact that there was very little writing. Therefore it was a quick read. But what it lacks in writing it shines in illustrations. The illustrations are stunning and beautiful.

I think that Matt Phelan has created a retelling of the classic Disney tale of Snow White in the style of a graphic novel in a wonderful way. It provides twists and turns with each page. And with a few recasting but I won’t so more because……spoilers.

I could see myself getting this for my niece when she gets a little older. I would love to introduce her to different takes of the Disney movies she loves.

 MY RATING
4 stars

 

Book Review – Tarzan of the Apes

Title: tarzan.jpgTarzan of the Apes

Series: Tarzan

Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Published: October 1912

Links: Amazon * Barnes And Noble

Dates Read: July 3 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book

Challenge:

“I am Tarzan of the Apes. I want you. I am yours. You are mine. We live here together always in my house. I will bring you the best of fruits, the tenderest deer, the finest meats that roam the jungle. I will hunt for you. I am the greatest of the jungle fighters. I will fight for you. I am the mightiest of the jungle fighters. You are Jane Porter, I saw it in your letter. When you see this you will know that it is for you and that Tarzan of the Apes loves you.”


Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

Goodreads Summary:

In 1888 Lord and Lady Clayton sail from England but to West Africa and perish on a remote island. When their infant son is adopted by fanged, great anthropoid apes, he is Tarzan of the Apes. His intelligence and caring mother raise him to be king. Self-educated by his parents’ library, Tarzan rescues genteel Jane Porter from the perils of his jungle.

“For myself, I always assume that a lion is ferocious, and so I am never caught off my guard.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes

My Review:

I wanted to read this before seeing the new movie and I also wanted to read it because I have not actually read the book before.

When going into the book I never knew that it was first published in 1912 and was part of a large series! However that fact that there were so many in the series made me happy. Just more to read if I enjoy the book. And I did enjoy the book now to just work on reading the rest in the series.

From the first page to the last page I was pulled in. I did find a few parts to be a little boring but overall the book was great.

I have to say that my one experience with Tarzan really is the Disney Movie. As a kid I LOVED that movie and would watch it over and over. I loved the story and the music. However with Edgar’s story there is no sweet little Disney movie hidden within the pages and words. In fact its the opposite of a sweet Disney movie. It had a gruesome story line that has a strong sense of beauty and wonder in it.

Knowing that the movie was coming out had me picturing the actors while I read. Which was not bad since Alexander plays Tarzan.

MY RATING
4 stars

 

Book Review — Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Title: genesis-bookDoctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Series: Doctor Who Library Series

Author: Terrance Dicks

Published: 1976

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read: July 7 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book

Challenges:

Exterminate, Exterminate!

  • Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Goodreads Summary:

The Time Lords have a mission for the Doctor. Together with Sarah and Harry, he finds himself stranded on the war-torn planet Skaro where the conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds has been raging for a thousand years. Chemical and biological weapons have started a cycle of mutation among the planet’s inhabitants that cannot be stopped. But Kaled scientist Davros has perfected a life support system and travel machine for the creature he knows his race will ultimately evolve into – the Dalek.

The Doctor must stop the creation of the Daleks, or perhaps affect their development so they evolve into less aggressive creatures. But with Davros’s plans to destroy the Thals and to wipe out any dissenters among his own ranks in progress, is the Doctor already too late?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 8 March–12 April 1975.

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My Review:

Classic Doctor Who! And for a new Whovian (started watching with the 9th doctor) I’m always excited to find a book that has the classic doctors.

This novel is based on the show that broadcasted from March 8th to April 12th 1975. The Doctor would be the fourth doctor who was played by Tom Baker. His companions are Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan.

This is a quick read – just under 200 pages at 176. However I did not want to just sit down and read it. I wanted to enjoy enjoy it. So I made it last.

I found this little beauty at Barnes and Noble hidden behind some of the newer Who books and I jumped like a little girl.

This story tells the retelling of the TV show with vivid details that allow the reader to visual the book. Along with it being around the 4th doctor, Sarah, and Harry readers are able to picture the actors for each of those roles.

This provides readers with a little more history on those Daleks. Not only a backstory but readers get to see the start of the Daleks and see what lead to who the Daleks are.

Overall this is a great Doctor who novel for all Doctor Who fans.

Book Review – The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

Title: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl  the awakening

Series: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Author: Paige McKenzie

Published: March 1st, 2016

Links:
Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 1 to 2, 2016

My rating: 4 stars

Source:Owned book

Challenges:

“I open my eyes. That’s when I discover what that wailing sound was. My mouth wasn’t frozen shut after all. When I finally understand why Aidan and Lucio sounded like they were arguing from miles away: I was straining to hear them over the sound of my own voice. This whole time I’ve been screaming.”

  • Paige McKenzie, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

Goodreads Summary:

Sunshine Griffith can communicate with ghosts. Even more amazing, she recently discovered—with the help of her would-be boyfriend, Nolan—that she’s a luiseach, one of an ancient race of creatures who have lived among humans for centuries, protecting them from dark spirits and helping them move on to the afterlife. Now, Sunshine’s powers are awakening and she feels spirits everywhere—intense and sometimes overwhelming.

Eager to get her supernatural abilities under control, Sunshine agrees to begin training with her mentor, her estranged father Aidan. He takes her to an abandoned compound deep in the Mexican jungle. But what she learns there about her powers, and her family history, turns out to be more terrifying than Sunshine could have imagined. Can anything—Aidan’s experiments, her friendship with another luiseach named Lucio, even Nolan’s research—prepare Sunshine to face the frightening woman who haunts her dreams, and to finally learn the truth about the rift that threatens the future of the luiseach and all of humankind?

The stakes grow ever higher in this sequel to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, revealing that Sunshine has to protect more than her own friends and family—she may be the key to saving the entire human race.

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“A horror movie. The kind you’re not supposed to watch before you go to sleep at night. Despite”

  • Paige McKenzie, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

My review:

The second book in the The Haunting of Sunshine Girl written by Paige McKenzie.

I discovered this series by accident. I ran into Target to find one book and ended up picking up this book. However at the time I did not know it was a series so before reading I had to find the first book. Which I did and after reading it I was able to read the second book. And I have to say that I was surprised with how much I enjoyed both the first and the second book. Looking forward to more from the author in this series.

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl picks up pretty close to were the first book left off. Which as a reader I like because it allows us to see what happens next with the characters we fell in love with in the first book.

Something else the author does that makes this a great book is that she has written it in a way that is easy to follow but adds a interesting twist. It’s told from the point of view of Sunshine and a few other “characters.” Can’t go into too much detail without giving anything up.

The characters are interesting. I have to say that at times I disliked Sunshine. I felt that she could be childish and immature. However when its needed she can be strong and a great female character. Other characters such as Nolan and Lucio I enjoyed and excited to see where they go in the next book.

I love the whole supernatural aspects of TV and books. Therefore after reading the summary for this I knew I would enjoy it. A girl who can see ghosts?!? With the second book the author takes what we learned in the first book and adds more to it. Plus some new characters.

After reading this I felt that the two books are different. I enjoyed the first book more then the second book but in the end I was still able to really enjoy this. And I’m excited to see where the author takes the story and the characters in the next book.

MY RATING

4 stars

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