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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

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

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

Rating: 3 stars

Source:
Digital copy

 

“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.

MY RATING:

 3 stars
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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

 

LitCube July Book Box Review

I received my July LitCube book box and I have to say I have mixed opinions on it. For one it’s on the pricier side with it being $34.95 per month plus tax and shipping. And after the July box I felt that I did not get the full money forth inside the cube. I also felt that several of the items within the cube I won’t be using.

LitCube fills their cube with something wearable, something to be eaten, a book, and other bookish related items.

Like OwlCrate and The Best Damn Book Box LitCube provides a information sheet that explains what is inside the cube. However something that I really liked from the other two book boxes is that they  create their info card to have a connecting with their monthly theme.

July’s Theme was An Awfully Big Adventure

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Found within the cube:

  • The Neverland Wars written by Audrey Greathouse – this also included a signed bookplate for inside the book.
  • Faith, Trust, and pixie dust adjustable copper Ring
  • Megpies all natural tart
  • Peter Pan tote bag
  • Tinker Bell inspired key chain
  • 4×6 Hand-designed Peter Pan Card
  • Purple sunglasses

Like I said before several of the items I won’t be using. They will go to my niece. Items such as the ring and sunglasses. I will use the bag as a library bag to carry books to and from. The Megpie was a mess and I had to throw that away. I have the keychain hanging in my bookcase and I will be reading the book.

August

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This will be my last cube from them which I know my niece will like since she loves mermaids. They (the owners) have said that this box will include two books. With the main book being a brand new paperback release and the bonus book is an older book. I’m hoping that the books are books that I don’t already own and that the box is better than the Peter Pan one. ** fingers crossed **

 

Owlcrate July Book Box

So I received my first Owlcrate box in July and just loved it ALL!!! From the book to the contents inside the book.

July’s theme was Good Vs Evil and I received the good box!!!!

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Found within the books:

  • Luna Pop from Funko
  • Millennium Falcon Necklace from Vector Engraving
  • Alice Magnetic Bookmark created by JanesTinyThings
  • A beautiful sticker with a quote from the book Illuminae created by Alexi Lampley
  • This Savage Song written by Victoria Aveyard 
  • A letter from the author of the book and a signed bookplate
  • A coloring book based off YA book covers
  • a bookmark for an upcoming new release
  • a sneak peek at the August box and what might be inside

 

I found everything inside this box to be amazing. I loved my Luna Pop and she joined my one and only Pop – Belle right away. I’m not a fan of Star Wars but I love the cute necklace within this box. The Alice Magnetic is joining my growing collection of magentic bookmarks (thanks to these boxes) on a string in my bookcase to showcase all of them. The sticker is too cute, I don’t want to use it so I’m figuring out what to do with it. I loved the added touch of the author note. As for the coloring book — LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! and the bookmark was cute and allows some more coloring. And the sneak peek just made me wish the next box would be here now.

August –

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Fast Times at YA High – This will have a high school love story by a contemporary author. Along with items based on some favorite high school sweethearts and items based off Hogwarts (everyone’s dream school).

OwlCrate likes to give out two sneak peeks leading up to the release of the box. For the first peek they have collaborated with artist Susanne draws  who created a brand new piece of art just for the box!! Looking forward to the second sneak peek.

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

Links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

Dates Read: July 4 to July 6, 2016

My Rating: 5 stars

Source: owned book

Challenges:

 

 

“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.

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“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.

MY RATING:
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

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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