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Book Review: Living With Jackie Chan

Title: 17262306.jpgLiving with Jackie Chan

Series: Jumping Off Swings

Author: Jo Knowles

Published: September 10th, 2013

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Dates Read: September 27th, 2016 to October 4th, 2016

Rating: 3 stars

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“I stand here, looking at it. At my new life. No more people staring at me when I walk down the hall. No more whispers behind my back. No one knows me here. No one knows what happened. What I did. I just have to get through the year, get into college someplace far away, and leave for good.”
Jo Knowles, Living with Jackie Chan

Goodreads Summary:

After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt — and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home — new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In this companion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

“Saying good-bye to them was like saying good-bye to some people who used to know me when I was a little kid. Like saying good-bye to zombies. Good-bye to a memory. Good-bye to dust. The real good-bye happened a long, long time ago.”
Jo Knowles, Living with Jackie Chan

Lindsey’s review:

This is the second book in Jo Knowles Jumping Off Swings and comes after Living with Jackie Chan.

When I read the first book in the series I found myself not wanting to put it down but it was the opposite with this book. I found myself bored and not caring if I had to put my Ipad down. I was not as invested in the second book as I was in the first book. Now this book is a good book but it really was not what I was looking for in the second book of a series.

I did think it was an interesting way to take the second book and having it be from Josh and the aftermath of what happened in the first book. Found within the book are a few minor new characters that play roles in Josh’s life but for me where not that appealing. But I think that Jo writing this book to see how Josh ended up was great I would have also like a little insight into Ellie and the others to see how they all turned out. Maybe Jo plan on writing those but they would be nice to read.

Overall Jo has taken issues that are important and common in today’s society and she wrote a book that expresses the hardships that kids are forced with when thrown a challenge like the one thrown the kids in this series.


 3 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

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Dates Read: July 7 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book


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 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Title: harry book 1aHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Series: Harry Potter

Author:  J.K. Rowing

Published:  June 26th, 1997

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Dates Read: July 4 to July 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: owned book




“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Goodreads Summary:

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.


“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

My Review:

Another reread and it was still as amazing as the first time I read it.

I hold this series close to my heart. It was there for me at times when my life was not easy and I know that I can always pick up the books and get lost in the wonderful world of Harry Potter and the magic that comes with it.

The plot – what a wonderful and amazing and strong plot. A young boy who has had a horrible childhood is picked up and thrown into a whole new world of battles and magic and spells and potions and moving pictures and so much more.

The descriptions of the land and the school are amazing. Rowling has written the book to allow the readers to have the ability to picture the settings in their head. From the train to Hogwarts school to the different creatures the readers will have a wonderful time picturing them in their head.

I wish I could attend Hogwarts……still waiting for my letter….might be passed the age but still want my letter to Hogwarts!!

The characters – the characters are strong from the start. I love the character development that the characters go through throughout the book.

This is a quick read. It’s addicting and pulls the reader in from the start. From the first line to the last line the readers will enjoy each and every word that the author has written down. The book provides it all. Several twists and turns and moments that are surprising and shocking to the reader.

There is action and mystery and magic and so much more inside the pages of the wonder world of Harry Potter.

5 stars

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

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Dates Read: July 1 to 2, 2016

My rating: 4 stars

Source:Owned book


“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.


4 stars

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