Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls


Synopsis:
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives. 

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
There was a time a few years ago when I was obsessed with new adult books. When the genre first came out, it was all I wanted to read. As the genre became over-saturated, I lost interest in it. I was browsing through my Kindle the other day when I was organizing the books in it, and I came across Secret for a Song. I decided to give it a try. I'm glad that I did. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it.

At first, due to the intense subject matter, I wasn't sure how I would feel about Secret for a Song. However, I ended up loving it. It became one of my favorite books that I've read this year. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. It was one of the most moving, earth-shattering, heartbreaking books I have read recently. In fact, I think it might be one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read. 

I thought that the subject matter of Munchausen syndrome was dealt with really well. Before reading Secret for a Song, I knew next to nothing about Munchausen syndrome. However, this book taught me quite a bit. I always thought that the people who had Munchausen syndrome were just selfish, and seeking attention. Now I know that it's a disease and an addiction. Like any other disease or addiction, the people that have it can't help their actions. I also thought that the delicate subject of terminal illness was handled well, It was handled in a respectful, yet informative manner.

I loved Secret for a Song so much. The ending was absolutely heartbreaking and made me ugly cry. I thought that this book was beautiful. It's a book that I think everyone should read. I wish the book was more well known. I will definitely be reading the author's other books, and future releases, as soon as I can get my hands on them.


I give Secret for a Song: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.skfalls.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorskfalls
Twitter: https://twitter.com/skfallssc
Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/skfallssc/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7023689.S_K_Falls

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Geronimo Stilton: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid by Elisabetta Dami


Synopsis:
The Curse Of The Cheese Pyramid is the second book in the Geronimo Stilton Series. This book introduces some of the members of the Stilton family who are also the main characters in the series: Trap Stilton - Geronimo's cousin, Thea Stilton - Geronimo's lovely and adventurous sister, and Benjamin - Geronimo's favorite nephew. In The Curse of The Cheese Pyramid, Geronimo's Grandfather William suddenly turns up and threatens to take over The Rodent's Gazette. He starts off by firing everyone who works at the paper. He then asks Geronimo to go on a trip to Egypt and meet Professor Alrat Spitfur and learn the secret of generating energy from camel dung. Geronimo is forced to make the trip on the rickety and patched up plane of Dirt Cheap Airlines by his miserly grandfather. In Egypt, he learns the history of the pyramids. He journeys across Egypt on camels to learn the secrets of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient Mouse World. When he returns, Geronimo and his colleagues at the newspaper hatch a plan to avoid Grandfather William.
(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
Geronimo Stilton was one of my favorite series when I was a kid. I loved seeing all of Geronimo's adventures with his family, both in and out of New Mouse City. Recently, I had discovered that the series was still being published today. I wanted to give the newer books a chance to see if I got the wonderful feeling of nostalgia from it, and if I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a kid. Therefore, I picked up Geronimo Stilton: Curse of the Cheese Pyramid. Unfortunately, I was incredibly disappointed. 

It had been about 15 years since I had picked up a Geronimo Stilton book. I remember how much the books used to make me laugh. However, I found The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid to be incredibly boring. It didn't have much of a storyline at all. The book's plot was building up to one specific thing happening. When that thing "happened" it was very anti-climatic. I said "happened" because nothing actually happened at all. Nothing was resolved or advanced. It was just a waste of time to read. The only reason why I'm giving the book two stars is that the adorable illustrations did kind of bring back that nostalgic feeling that I loved. However, it wasn't enough to save the book.

The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid didn't meet my expectations at all. In fact, it might be one of the most disappointing books I've read this year. As much as I loved the original books when I was a child, the good memories I have of them might be better left in the past. Needless to say, I won't be continuing with this series.


I give Geronimo Stilton: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid: 2/5.

Want to know more about the series?
Website: https://geronimostilton.com/US-en/home/?fw=1

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl


Synopsis:
Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.

Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Headstrong young Leo startles everyone by befriending Rose Red, and together they begin searching for the monster rumored to be stalking these lands.

But the hunt, which began as a game, holds greater risk than either imagines. Soon both are forced to test their trust in each other as a far more terrifying scourge puts their entire land at risk.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
A few years ago, I read Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and loved it. I loved the way the author made Christian fiction exciting, which is difficult to do, at least in my opinion. It's a genre I've never really liked until then. Ever since then, I've been wanting to read the second book in the series, Veiled Rose. It was hard for me to find, but I finally got a copy. I liked it, but it definitely wasn't as good as the first book in the series.

I thought that Veiled Rose was going to be a direct continuation of Heartless, with the same characters, and it wasn't. I was bummed about that. The stories were only slightly connected. In fact, I'm pretty sure Veiled Rose could be read as a standalone if you really wanted to do so. I do hope that at some point in the series, all of the characters' stories will intertwine together. 

Other than that, I thought the book was decently good. I loved the story line, especially the first one hundred pages or so. I loved the characters I got introduced to. They were all interesting, and brought something new to the series. After that, the plot got boring, and dragged on at times, especially through the middle. By the end, it had picked up again, and I couldn't put it down.

Even though Veiled Rose wasn't what I was expecting, I did find it enjoyable. Even though this can be read as a standalone, I'm excited to continue the series, and see what Anne Elisabeth Stengl has in store next for readers. I'm sure it will be something good. This series has inspired me to read more Christian fantasy books whenever I can find them at my local library. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a different take on the fantasy genre.


I give Veiled Rose: 3/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.anneelisabethstengl.com/
Blog: http://anneelisabethstengl.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AEStengl/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AEStengl
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3145809.Anne_Elisabeth_Stengl

I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton


Synopsis:
Who is Pusheen? This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—featuring the chubby, tubby tabby who has taken the Internet by storm—will fill you in on all the basics.

Things you should know about Pusheen. 

Birthday: February 18

Sex: Female 

Where she lives: In the house, on the couch, underfoot

Her favorite pastime: Blogging, sleeping

Her best feature: Her toe beans 

Her favorite food: All of them

Pusheen is a pleasantly plump cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles. Now, Pusheen is ready to make the leap from digital to print in her first comic collection! Learn what makes her purr and find out why millions of people have already fallen in love with this naughty, adorable kitty. Featuring some of the most popular stories from Pusheen’s Tumblr and Facebook pages (plus a healthy serving of never-before-seen material), I Am Pusheen the Cat is a treat for cat lovers and comics fans alike.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
I am slightly obsessed with Pusheen. I discovered it about five or six years ago, and have loved it ever since. It might because Pusheen is a cat, and I have an obsession with cats. I saw that there was a graphic novel called I Am Pusheen the Cat, and had to check it out. I enjoyed it. 

I Am Pusheen the Cat was hysterical. I loved seeing all of Pusheen's adventures, and learning more about her. There's something about her that just so adorable. I especially loved the "Understanding your cat's emotions" comic. It reminded me a lot of my cat, Sir Pig. The only thing that I found slightly disappointing about this book was that I had seen a few of the comics online before. In fact, I have seen a couple of them so many times that it's starting to lose it's funniness, such as the 4th of July one. Most of them however, were new to me, and really funny.

I loved I Am Pusheen the Cat. It had me cracking up laughing most of the time I was reading it. The book was also extremely easy to identify with, being a cat owner. I hope that the author comes out with more of these comics in a physical book bind up. I would definitely read them. I recommend this book to cat lovers everywhere, and those that can't get enough of cute things.


I give I Am Pusheen the Cat: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Tumblr: http://clairetonic.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Clairetonic

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden


Synopsis:
Stephanie Barden has created a great role model for tweens. Cinderella Smith is confident, smart, and very real. Fans of Junie B. Jones and Clementine will love watching Cinderella conquer the problems of third-grade life, and parents will appreciate the vocabulary-enhancing words Stephanie Barden sprinkles through the story.
 
In The Super-Secret Mystery, third in the Cinderella Smith chapter-book series, Cinderella is excited to write a report on an endangered species. She can’t wait to investigate this important environmental issue. But every book she needs to do her research has disappeared from the library! That won’t stop Cinderella. She won’t be stopped by the mean-girl bullies and will follow every clue until she solves the mystery of the missing books.
 
Illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode add to the appeal of Cinderella’s story.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I read the first two books in the Cinderella Smith series a couple of years ago, and I absolutely loved them. Recently, I found out that there was a third book in the series, Super Secret Mystery, and was excited to get my hands on it. I'm so glad I was able to read it. I loved it just as much as the first two books in the series, if not more so.

I was so excited to return to Cinderella Smith's chaotic, yet hilarious world. The third book, Super Secret Mystery, had a lot more humor than I remembered the other two books in the series. It had me laughing out loud when I was reading it at one in the morning. There was a lot of snarkiness in it. A few times I almost woke my husband up from laughing so hard. It reminded me of when I was a child, and used to get a lot of entertainment out of the Junie B. Jones series. 

I also thought that the illustrations in Super Secret Mystery were absolutely adorable. All of them were cute, and really added something to the story line. They made the reader feel like they are in the story with Cinderella, experiencing doing the report, and all of the shenanigans that go along with it, right beside her.

I love the Cinderella Smith series so much, and Super Secret Mystery was no exception. I hope that the Stephanie Barden, the author of the series, continues to write books about Cinderella Smith. I'm not sure that she will though because the last time a book was released in this series was 2013. I recommend this series to younger kids everywhere, and adults that want a laugh while reading to their children.


I give Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery: 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.stephaniebarden.com/index.html
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4564365.Stephanie_Barden

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Party Games by R.L. Stine


Synopsis:
Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside, a town of nightmares, shadows, and genuine terror, and to the bestselling series that began his career writing horror for the juvenile market, in the new Fear Street book Party Games.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors when I was a kid. I used to love his Fear Street series, especially the books about the cheerleaders. I was excited to learn that he was re-booting the Fear Street series for a new generation. Party Games, the first book in the re-booted Fear Street series, was excellent. It brought back all of those nostalgic feelings that I remember while reading the original series as a child. 

Even as an adult, I found Party Games to be suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering how Rachel and her friends were going to get out of the various terrifying situations they found themselves in. Some of the situations, such as what happened on the dock, were predictable. I knew that what happened couldn't be true. However, other situations, I had no idea what was going on, or how the characters were going to solve the problem. It brought me back to when I used to read R.L. Stine's books when I was younger, and they always scared the hell out of me. As an adult, the book wasn't terrifying, but it was suspenseful in it's own way. It was more of a mystery than a horror.

I loved the way R.L. Stine ended Party Games. It was an open ending in such a way that there could possibly be a sequel in the future. I really hope that he chooses to write one. I would definitely read it. I can't wait to read more books in the Fear Street Relaunch. I hope that they are just as good as this one. I recommend Party Games to kids and adults alike. I also recommend it to anyone that loves to get creeped out.


I give Party Games: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://rlstine.com/index.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rlstine/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RL_Stine
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13730.R_L_Stine

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hooked by Liz Fichera


Synopsis:
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
I have made it a mission of mine this year to get my NetGalley tbr down to zero. I was flipping through my shelves on NetGalley, and found Hooked. I thought the premise sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. Despite it having a few flaws, I found myself enjoying the book. 

First of all, I loved the diverse representation in this book. It was on point. I love the fact that Hooked had a female Native American main character. That's so rare it's almost unheard of in young adult literature. Also, I loved the fact that the book made me so emotionally invested in the characters. I was a sobbing mess during certain parts of the book because I could empathize with the characters, and feel what they were feeling. 

There were a few things that I didn't like about Hooked as well. I wasn't a big fan of the way the point of view kept switching. It was confusing, and took a while to get used to. By the time I would figure it out, the author would move onto to the other character's point of view, and I'd have to get used to it all over again. I also thought it was confusing that the female main character was nicknamed Fred, and she played golf. I had to keep reminding myself that she was female, and it made reading the book a lot more complicated than it should have been. I'm all for weird nicknames, but this one just didn't work. 

Despite all of that, I did have a lot of fun reading Hooked. I thought it was a great young adult contemporary with a creative cast that usually isn't seen in young adult literature. I recommend this book to anyone who loves an enjoyable contemporary with a diverse cast of characters.

I give Hooked: 3.5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://lizficherablog.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liz.fichera.1?ref=search
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LizFichera
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LizFichera1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4050842.Liz_Fichera

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.