Friday, January 8, 2010

Review: Moonbeam Dreams - Gina Browning

Moonbeam Dreams by Gina Browning

Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Eloquent Books
ISBN-10: 1606930486
ISBN-13: 978-1606930489
Rating: 5/5
Review Copy Provided by Author

This is a beautifully illustrated book that rhymes its story about dreams and fantasyland and the many things we may encounter there.

I Loved it! The rhymes were really awesome and the illustrations are so bright and go right along so well with the story!

Gina, the author mentions that the verses in her poetry book first came to her in her dreams as she was recovering from surgery years ago!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Review: What's My Pee Telling Me? by Josh Richman & M.D., Anish Sheth

What's My Pee Telling Me? by Josh Richman & M.D., Anish Sheth
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (September 9, 2009)
Rating: 5/5

What goes in must come out. It's that simple. But what does it all mean? Between these pages lies the mystery and the key to your health and happiness.

My Thoughts: Okay let me just say YES I giggled thru this entire book! I challenge anybody to read this book and not laugh out loud several times!

Maybe I'm weird but I actually loved this book and can only imagine what the rest in the series are like. The authors have done an excellant job on presenting some crucial health information for you while making it humerous and fun to read.

You'll learn things like what the different colors of your urine can tell you about your health and when you should go to your doctor. And on the humerous side it is filled with the different kinds of farts, what they are called, and what causes them.

I never knew there was an actual name for farting in bed and yanking the sheets over your mates head! It's called The Dutch Oven!

Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read.  Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

Book: A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine
My Teaser: The idea smacked him in the face. Knocked all the other nonsense out of his head.  He knew he'd come here tonight for this. To close the door on the past.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Review: Wereling by Steve Feasey

Wereling by Steve Feasey
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 27, 2010)
Rating: 3.5/5

Last night 14 year old Trey Laporte went to bed a ward of the state, but at least normal, and today he wakes up to his room in shambles, a mysteriously rich Uncle Lucien he had never heard of, and finds out he is a werewolf!

My thoughts: It took me about seventy pages before I really could get into this one. Mainly those first seventy or so pages introduces you to the characters and lays the ground work for what has happened which in itself was fine but what bugged me was being that far into the book and Lucien more or less was stalling Trey and me as to what his situation was and what he had to do with it.

Trey would ask a question and Lucien always had something else to do or some reason not to sit down and explain everything to him. I just wanted to reach in and smack Lucien a few times and have him to get on with it already!

Once you make it past all that the story actually starts getting some action and takes off! The ending had a nice cliff hanger and left me yearning for the next book of the series.

Review Copy Provided by Publisher

What Ya Reading Monday

What Ya Reading Monday is hosted by JKaye
I participated in Kristen's New Years Read-A-Thon and happily knocked out some of my TBR Shelf this past week.  Completed the following from there and reviews should be up this week sometime.  Yea Me!  lol  :)
1). The Good Girls Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray
2). Comfort Living by Christine Eisner
3). What's My Pee Telling Me? by Josh Richman & Anish Sheth, M.D.
4.) Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
5). Wereling by Steve Feasey
6). auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holder Ocker
Have these started:
Nailed by Jennifer Laurens
H.E.A.V.E.N. by Nan Becklean


Review: The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray

The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Kidnapped by Yxta Maya Murray
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (January 7, 2010)
Rating: 5/5

Michelle has finally got her life on track and has a wonderful opportunity to get into a nice private school. She has awesome grades and is even a great athlete. She has a terrific foster father and a super duper best friend; Kiki, but she also has a past that refuses to let her go.

I Loved this book which is a pleasant surprise because I didn't think I would! Yxta really has done a super wonderful job with the language and settings for this. I was sucked in with the first page like a Hoover vacuum in a sandpile!

There were times that I felt I was in the story maybe even Michelle herself! It was just such a kick ass book with lots of action and I really felt for Michelle. She was really struggling inside even amidst all the danger her and Kiki was in trying to figure out where she really belonged.

The ending however left me with mixed feelings because it doesn't really end. It just sort of comes to a point and leaves it up to you to decide what you think happens next. I feel like it was left this way maybe because there is going to be a sequel or at least I hope so anyhow because it was soooooo good!

Review Copy Provided by Publisher


Sunday, January 3, 2010

In the Middle Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by The O.W.L. and you can find complete instructions there as well as signing up.

1. You must read middle grade books. These are books deemed right for kids ages 9 (sometimes 8) - 12. Harry Potter would be considered a MG book. If you look for them on Amazon you need to look under children's ages 9-12.

2. Challenge starts Jan 17, 2010 and ends Dec 31, 2010. All books for the challenge must be read in that time frame.

3. Books for this challenge can cross over to other challenges.

4. Audio and ebooks count for sure!

5. There will be 4 levels:

5th Grader: At least 4 Books
6th Grader: At least 6 Books
7th Grader: At least 8 Books
8th Grader: At least 10 Books

My tentative list

01) Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
02) The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
03) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
04) The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
05) The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
06) I So Don't Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy
07) I So Don't Do Spooky by Barrie Summy
08) Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland
09) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
10) Coraline by Neil Gaiman