Review: “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling”

Review: “The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling”

Clearly, I am determined to read all the books on my extremely long TBR pile/list in a short amount of time. I started this little beauty last night and just now finished it.

Well, I read some of the reviews for “The Incorrigible Children of Aston Place: The Mysterious Howling” and I have to say I agree with many of the comments made – good and bad. Granted, I don’t agree with all of them, such as one that claimed the book’s ending was a lame attempt to prepare this book to be the first in a series, but I agree with the few that I read (that is the first few that pop up).

But here are my personal opinions of the book:

  • Wonderfully literary inclined book. I believe it’s a good book to get young readers (the book jacket says for ages 8-12, but pfft. Anybody could benefit from being lured into liking Dickens or Longfellow) interested in more classic literary figures.
  • The writing is very good. It’s not difficult, but it’s not silly dumb either. And it has that wonderful Romantic/Victorian/Jane Austen narrative that is just plain FUN to read.
  • It has some nice lessons and tidbits of wisdom in it. I know kids books are not particular clever in hiding the moral lesson they are trying to convey, but this book wasn’t trying to be clever. At least, not in that respect.
  • The artwork in this book is wonderful. It’s overly complicated artwork. It’s altogether accurate either (I people only have 4 fingers…) But it’s charming and lovely. And I think it would help, say an 8 year old to have a few pictures. Then again…who doesn’t love pictures?

I highly recommend this book to anybody that likes literary things, and who wants something that feels magical though it isn’t literally about magic. Also, I recommend it for anybody of any age who is looking for a fun read.

Review: “A Darker Shade of Magic”

Review: “A Darker Shade of Magic”

V.E. Schwab has a beautiful mind. How do I know this? No, I have not crawled around in her noggin and checked for myself (ew), but I have read “A Darker Shade of Magic,” which is … MAGICAL (heehee).

I was thinking of good manner in which to describe it, but didn’t have a solid metaphor or comparison to it till I was talking to one of my buddies about it. He said the sound of it reminded him of Dr. Strange. Why? Because in the world of Kell and Lila (our two protagonists) there exists multiple dimensions or realities. London is the focal point city of all three (technically 4, but that’s something I don’t feel like going into at the moment), and where the action takes place in the book. BUT… only Kell and the royalty of each London know that there is more than one London.

Kell, you see, is a very special magical being. And he and one other person in all the realities are he only ones with the ability to travel between the worlds. This is where the Dr. Strange comparison comes in. And like the new Benedict Cumberbatch version of Dr. Strange coming soon to a theatre near you, Kell seems very much a dashing, arrogant, British man (no, offense British men – I love you all). Honestly, I reminded of a less smart version of Sherlock. But he’s not dumb. By no means.

ANYWAYS. Moving along. There is magic in these books, and it’s the presence or lack there of, of magic that separates the Londons. Not really, but for Kell who travels between them all, here’s how he describes them to Lila:

“I use color to keep them straight. Grey London, which is yours [Lila’s]. Red London which is mine. White London, which is Hollands’s [a not so savory character]. And Black London, which is no one’s.” (pg. 190).

So, I’ve written a bit about Kell and the magical world. Now, I want to tell you a bit about Lila. This girl is a force to be reckoned with. She might only be a teenager, but she’s a survivor. She is an admirable character for most of the book, but there are moments when her arrogance gets on my nerves. Why? Because she’s acting like a stupid teenager with a knife. Dumb dumb dumb.

Now who would I recommend this book? Anybody who likes magic. Anybody who likes a really good dynamic between a male and female character (but that doesn’t get all sappy). Anybody that likes damn-fine writing and a bloody-good story.

Have you read this book before? Tell me your thoughts and lets fangirl/boy together!

Cricket, Cricket

This is the metaphorical sound happening on my blog right now. I apologize for the dry spell dearies! Summer at a public library is VERY busy, and I was totally surprised by how drained it left me. That is one of the reasons that I have not posted in … about a month? For shame, I know. I barely finished a book I started in  May this week as well! Oh the agony of wanting to read but also wanting to sleep.

But work, work, work was not the only reason I have not posted.

Y’all know Game of Thrones, right? Of course y’all do. Whelp, I decided I was gonna watch them all in a attempt to catch up with current season. So, there’s that.

But GoT has ended, breaking my heart with it, I have adjusted to the summer frenzy at work, so now it is time to READ and WRITE dammit.

All this being said…

Start expecting more frequent posts! Thanks for staying faithful and happy reading!

Hello Lunar Chronicles. Where Have You Been All My Life? 

Hello Lunar Chronicles. Where Have You Been All My Life? 

So far I have only read “Cinder” (the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer), but wow. This is a one of kind re-telling of Cinderella. It stands out among the rest of the re-tellings of this classic fairytale. 

So, things I liked about this book (NO SPOILERS): 

  • The world of New Beijing – This is not exactly and ideal paradise, by any means. However, Meyer gives such life (and death) to this place. The people here are tough but not devoid of life. It’s a post-apocalyptic city that is determined to live and thrive. Definitely paints humanity in a positive light. 
  • Moon People – That’s all I’m saying because I’m going to ruin some of the magic if I elaborate too much. Plus, Meyer explains it so much better. But how awesome are moon people? Very awesome. 
  • Technological wonders – Cinder is a cyborg. There are androids. There is hovering vehicles that do not need a driver. 
  • Magic – In addition to their being cool technology there is also magic! Gah. Love it all. 
  • Cinder – She’s a teen far too old in her soul, but still adorkable. She’s a tomboy and though she’s scared, when she feels something is right she does what she feels needs to be done. Oh, she makes me wistful and wishful that all teenagers could be like her. 

Things I did not like about this book (NO SPOILERS):

  • The ending. 
  • The step-mother (but that’s kind of the point). 
  • The poignant message this book has about being prejudiced against someone because of the way they look (again, I also think that was kind of the point). 

This book should not be labeled as a young adult book because someone older than a teenager could (and I think, will) love this book. Granted, the teenage angst can get a little … Distracting (?) for someone who is well past that stage in their life. 

Final note: If you have not read this book, give it a chance. Give it at least 100 pages. You’ll enjoy it. 

** about the picture – If you read it you’ll get it. Also, it was too cute to pass up. ** 

Series 2, Lesson 11 Challenge: PLNs

My PLN consists of a lot of blogs here are WordPress. Lately I’ve been focusing on The Millionaire Digest. I really like this blog because it has different people that write for them and they always have great information and tips about improving a blog. My blog is my “main project” right now, so I am trying to find information that will help me make it better and more engaging.

I do use Pinterest frequently as well. Pinterest is my go-to if I need anything quickly. Such as if I need to find a recipe for a natural bug repellent for roses. I go there in stead of Google, because I believe the information is weeded out more that on Google.

As of right now, those are the only two websites that I use and that I believe make up my PLN.

Small Rave of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore”

Small Rave of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore”

This novel was a complete and utter joy to read. An ABSOUTE JOY. The main character and narrator, Clay,  is a great millennial that, I believe, all millennials can relate to on some level. Regardless if you’re into marketing or not (that’s kind of his thing). And if they cannot relate to him there are his gang of brilliant people that I am sure someone will say, “If this scooby gang was real, I would be __________________.” That’s how fantastic this book is. It’s a one size-fits-most kinda story.

But the other aspect of the novel that I loved was how I felt like I was talking to a friend; or more accurately, that Clay is talking to me. But he is definitely my BFF (Best Fictional Friend).  Sloan wrote in such a way that the relationship the reader develops with Clay and gang of geeks story becomes so personal that you think you are really apart of this story. But…but the writing also keeps that 3rd wall up so the story doesn’t get too … what’s the word… chaotic (?). As you read, you know you are not really in the story (obviously), but damnit it feels like these people are your friends and that you are going on all these crazy adventures with them. All this up-close and personal business just makes this book that much more fun to read.

Also, there is  a super-secret (though not THAT secret) – society that I would L-O-V-E to be a member of if ever given the chance. Though only on the condition that the books were not coded (they bizarrely are, and the members just go into fits about them, but the good kinds of fits) because me and riddles/codes don’t get along all that well. This society is also like all booklover’s ideal Jedi society. In a way. Here are a group of people that love books, and love to talk to other people who share a similar love, and there is such a strong sense of comradery and it is all centered. On. Books! Paradise, yes? Yes.

I strongly encourage this book to any and all who are either in a reading slump or need something to make them smile. You will not regret it!