Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand by Gail Carson Levine

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Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand
(Disney Fairies #2) 
by Gail Carson Levine
read by Rosalyn Landor
Audiobook
2007


Book Jacket Summary
“Beware a mermaid’s wrath!”

The mermaid Soop has sent a flood to Fairy Haven! Water-talent fairy Rani must bring Soop a wand or the Home Tree and all the Never fairies will be swept away. But wise Mother Dove isn’t sure which is worse, a wand or a flood. Wand wishes, tantalizing wand wishes, are risky. The most innocent wish can cause untold trouble. And not even Mother Dove knows that wands have hearts and minds–kind hearts or cruel hearts, sympathetic minds or minds filled with spite and mischief.

Rani, Tinker Bell, and Ree, queen of the Never fairies, set out on a perilous quest for a wand, a journey that takes them across an ocean to the palace of the terrifying Great Wanded fairies. Many obstacles stand between the questers and success: Tink’s disappearance, a mermaid’s magical song, wand madness, and even Never Land itself. Meanwhile, the floodwaters are rising. . . .

In this thrilling sequel to Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, Newbery Honor—winning author Gail Carson Levine has spun a riveting fairy tale about the dangers of dreams coming true.

My Thoughts
 Taking place right after Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, Rani must make good on her promise to the mermaid Soop to find a magic wand. Without the wand Soop will flood Fairy Haven and all the fairies with it. Setting out with Ticker Bell and the Queen Ree they go to seek the Great Wanded Fairies. However, when they receive a wand they are overcome with wand madness and start making their own wishes. These wishes cause a lot of damage to those around them and again the book is darker than you think. However, it is less dark than the previous one and has a bit more hope surrounding it. Fairies make mistakes and wishes that cause trouble but you know somehow it will be corrected. I think the series is getting better and the world building expanding with another section fairies to compare with the Never fairies. It is cool to see the fairies with wands and how they control their magic.
I really like this series as an audiobook but I also wish I had the physical copies because they are illustrated beautifully- from what I've seen online. I may have to amend these reviews later on the add my impressions on how the change my viewing of the story. One more book to go!
 

Book Pairings
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (Disney Fairies #1) by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler

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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

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The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories 
by Agatha Christie
Read by



 The first story, "The Edge", revolves around a jealous friend and a cheating wife. Could blackmail ruin a life? My favorite was "The Lonely God" and the love story that made me tear up. It is just lovely and so beautifully told. I would love to see a movie made from it! So many of her other short stories have movies or episodes! Why not this one?

 "Manx Gold" is a good old fashioned treasure hunt with murder on one hunters mind. Parts of "Within a Wall" made goosebumps crawl up my skin. I forget just how well Christie can craft a story! Her characters can leap of the page and make you just wonder what in the world is going to happen next. Poirot joins the fray with "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" and is a great mystery? Can you guess who the killer is? I've not read any of the Harley Quinn stories before and was surprised by the almost paranormal nature of "The Harlequin Tea Set".

I highly recommend either reading or listening to this collection! Hugh Fraser is an old pro at Agatha Christie because he played Captain Hastings in the Poirot TV series. Simon Vance and Isla Blair are also great narrators. I am a very big fan and I know I will be listening to more in the future! 
Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine

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Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
by Gail Carson Levine
read by Hannah Gordon
Audio-book
Disney Press
2005

Book Jacket Summary
Fairy Haven is abuzz with news about its latest arrival, Prilla. It's bad enough that she has no idea what her special talent is, but some of her behavior is remarkably, well, human. Prilla is heartbroken that she does not seem to fit in. She desperately needs help from Mother Dove, the most important creature in Neverland, who created and cares for the magical egg that prevents all who live in Neverland from growing old and dying. But tragedy strikes as the island is hit by a hurricane, and the Never egg is destroyed. Mother Dove must pick three fairies to set out on a dangerous quest to repair the egg. She chooses Rani, the best water-talent fairy; Vidia, the most selfish, but fastest fast-flying-talent fairy; and, to everyone's surprise-Prilla. The three embark on a journey filled with danger, sacrifice, and adventure. The fate of Neverland-and their world as they know it-rests on their shoulders.

My Thoughts (Spoilers)
For a book about fairies this book can be very bleak. I mean it's cute in parts but it also has a fairy cut off her own wings and talks about a birds broken wings in great detail. It is an interesting read and I am listening to the rest of the series but it is not you typical sweet fairy book that little girls might be looking to read. The pictures are gorgeous and Hannah Gordon has a very soothing voice that carries you through the rougher content but it is still rough. I guess I just expected something different when I started the series based on the Neverland fairy movies I saw while babysitting.  

I do recommend it if you like fairy tales but know that it can be a bit sad at points. The magic is interesting and talks about how Neverland keeps Peter young forever. Tinkerbell even references Peter and her love for him but it is not the main part of the story. There are four main fairies- Tink, Prilla, Rani, and Vidia. The each have very distinct personalities with Prilla being the newest fairy in Neverland. We learn about the fairies through her eyes and her struggles because she doesn't have a talent. I also like Vidia, even though she is loathsome at times because she does help but does not loose her selfishness at the end. It is a core characteristic and part of who she is at heart. 

I have always like Gail Carson Levine. She wrote one of my favorite books as a child (Ella Enchanted) and I am looking forward to see where the story goes in the nex book.   

Book Pairings
The Fairy's Mistake (The Princess Tales, #1) by Gail Carson Levine  
OMG: The Glitter Trap by Barbara Brauner & James Iver Mattson

 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe #1) by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

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Mothership 
(Ever-Expanding Universe #1) 
by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
YA SciFi and Humor
November 2013  
308 pages

Book Jacket Summary
Teen pregnancy is never easy—especially not when extraterrestrials are involved.
Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. She had a great best friend, a dad she adored, and bright future working on the Ares Project on Mars. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole--and now she’s pregnant.

Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship--and one of them turns out to be Cole. She hasn’t seen him since she told him she’s pregnant, and now he’s bursting into her new home to tell her that her teachers are aliens and want to use her unborn baby to repopulate their species? Nice try, buddy. You could have just called.

So fine, finding a way off this ship is priority number one, but first Elvie has to figure out how Cole ended up as a commando, work together with her arch-nemesis, and figure out if she even wants to be a mother--assuming they get back to Earth in one piece.
  

My Thoughts
“It's all right, dearheart," Dad assures me. "Folder three, scenario four: going into labor during a high-speed chase with extra-terrestrials.” 

This book is just pure fluff and it is just so much fun! I almost equate it to reading fanfiction because it is just very addicting and a fast read. There are pop culture references but in a clever way because it is set in the future and Elvie references things like James Dean and Star Wars with her best friend. It is very much the way I talk with my bestie with quick retorts and crazy things only we know about. Elvie is a great main character that is smart and can rig many of the computers to give her extra food credits or reroute life support later in the book. I like Elvie and can relate to her love of older movies and ice cream; although her cravings come from pregnancy and I just happen to like sweets.

The Sci-Fi is your trapped on a ship scenario with ray guns and aliens. There are very suspenseful moments were the girls have to dodge debris and have to go through an oxygenless room. There is a love story buried in the book but it takes back seat to the life threatening situations. Elvie also has to think about becoming infertile if she gives birth which is a lot for a teenager to think about in a YA that can be very silly. The book has thinking moments but always undercuts it with a joke. 
    
At several point I had to stifle my laughter because a friend was taking a nap in the next room. That in itself could be a recommendation. I read the entire trilogy in less than a week and had a great time. It was a great way to get out of a reading slump!    


Book Pairings
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) 
by Felicia Day
Library
Audiobook 
Touchstone 
August 2015

Book Jacket Summary
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was "homeschooled for hippie reasons", Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

My Thoughts
 I am going through a memoir phase and there is nothing you can do to stop me! BWAHAHAHA.
In all seriousness there have been some good memoirs coming out featuring women I adore. Felicia Day is one of them and her geekiness just makes her all the more endearing. I have been a fan of hers since The Guild and of course Doctor Horrible. Her can do attitude and creativeness make her life so interesting. Did you know she was a violin prodigy? I certainly didn't. It was great to hear about her early life because it was so different from a normal childhood with learning from home and not school but not your normal home school environment. It was also interesting to hear about her rise into the entertainment industry and how she became more of a "hey I know you from something".
I would recommend this book to those who know of her and her work in the geeky field because she talks about lots fandoms!
Day's book made me giggle and feel proud to be geeky. There is such hope that you can do anything you put your mind to and make a difference in the world, even if it just making people laugh. Felicia Day is also a great narrator and she just made the book so much fun when she told her stories.

Book Pairings


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Year


Okay people, this is a new year and I am going to make up for last year! I am actually reading books and I am going to be blogging about them! I have to tell you that tumblr, fanfics, and HGTV are really addicting. I am hoping to cut back and really set aside time for reading. Plus beta reading a book for a friend. This is going to be awesome!

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