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Friday, January 9, 2015

Shannon's Review - I Want To Do Yoga Too by Carole P. Roman


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Title: I Want To Do Yoga Too
Series:  N/A
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book, Fiction
Publisher: Createspace
Received:  From author for review
Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 24
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

I Want To Do Yoga Too is a adorable story of a mom who attends yoga and her daughter wants do yoga with mommy too.  

This is one of those books that moms would want to share with their young daughters.  It is very cute to see the illustrations of the little girl copying her mom in the yoga class.  The book also promote exercise and wellness

This does lean towards a girly story so I do not know if little boys would like as much.  I would like to see a similar book with father and son.   Maybe it could be a story about I Want To Fix A Car Too.

I Want To Do Yoga Too is a A++ book in my opinion and another awesome addition to Carole P. Roman’s bibliography.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Whimsical Wednesday - Fan Art From The Stupidest Angel

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At the moment I am finishing The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore.  There is a character named Molly who I feel a kinship with being that she has schizophrenia...at least I believe that is her mental illness.  So the fan art this week is of me as Molly as her off medicated persona The Warrior Babe Of Outlander.

I am enjoying the book but a little surprised at how little the angel is mentioned. I was expecting more of him and more laughs.  This is the third book I have read by Christopher Moore and so far not my favorite. I have a few chapters to finished so maybe my mind will change.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shannon's Review - My Little Pet Dragon by Scott Gordon


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Title: My Little Pet Dragon
Series: N/A
Author: Scott Gordon
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Dragon, Picture Book
Publisher: S. E. Gordon
Received: Purchased
Release Date: November 2011
Pages: 40
Rating:


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Shannon’s Thoughts:


A child receives a pet dragon for Christmas in this picture book written for the author’s son, who has autism.


The book had outstanding graphics with short sentences on each page, telling a charming story .  A good book for those just learning to read. It is a cute picture book and I think the fact that author, Scott Gordon, is planning to make the dragon, Ness, into a series of books.


My only 2 nitpicks is : One, I that I wanted more description and more story with the graphics being so cool.  Two, there is a similar picture book called Me And My Dragon by David Biedrzycik that I love as well, but My Little Pet Dragon ends differently.


Here’s hoping there are more books with Ness and his friends.  I love dragons and I think this would be a great introduction to fantasy for kids.


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Monday, January 5, 2015

Shannon's Review - Fairy School Dropout by Meredith Badger


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Title: Fairy School Dropout
Series: Fairy School Dropout #1
Author: Meredith Badger
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fairies
Publisher:  Feiwal and Friends
Received: purchased
Release Date: March 2009
Pages: 160
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:


Elly, a young fairy who dislikes being a fairy.  She feels out of place because she does not want to be the glitterized, girly fairy that they teach girl fairies to be.  She inadvertently gets caught by a human, which is a big no no in the fairy world.  A mistake that will change her outlook on life.

This series starts out pretty similar to most juvenile fairy stories.  The difference in this one is that the main character, Elly, dislikes being a fairy.  Most juvenile fairy stories the fairy loves being a fairy but is too awkward to perform fairy magic.  With the difference in the story, it makes this story memorable and somewhat realistic.

I am not a fan of the book cover.  It is okay but it does not grab me.  Although I am not the demographic for the book so it really does not matter so much for the readers. I also do not remember much magic in the book.  I always prefer more magic.

What the reader may get out of this book is not really whimsical magic feeling but more realistic tween girl issues with a little magic.


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Shannon's Review - Last Train To Omaha by Ann Whitely-Gillen




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Title: Last Train To Omaha
Series: N/A
Author: Ann Whitely-Gillen
Genre: Fiction,
Publisher: Ann Gillen Books
Received: From Author For Honest Review
Release Date: March 2013
Pages: 296
Rating:

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The introduction to our main character, James, is a sweetly sad time.  Now in his mid 30’s he still has not gotten over his best friends’ death.  He has kept the pain in his heart and has basically shut down his emotions, until he meets, a nurse(Rebecca), and a former veteran (Martin). He has to learn to let someone into his heart or he may lose what family he has left along with budding romance.


I have read this books about two times.  Not because of how good it is, and it is good.  It is because I had to refresh my memory, as I never connected the cover or title to this story.   This story is like one of the better movies on Lifetime or Hallmark Channel.  In fact my brain is somewhat convinced that I did see this one tv.  To me that means the author did a good job of describing how the characters were feeling.


I wait awhile from writing a review because I want it to settle in my brain a little.  So I waited and I don’t know why my mind just does not remember this story when I see the title or cover and I can not think of anything that would make it better.  I do remember enjoying the story as it went.  It just reminded me of a movie that I would see on tv and think “Oh I never saw this” and then halfway through I realized I did see it and keep watching.  I am not sure if that is good or bad but it is what it is.

I think this fictional story would be good for anyone who has suffered loss and looking for nudge to healing there heart.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Shannon's Review - A Storm Of Swords by George R. R. Martin



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Title: A Storm Of Swords
Series: A Song Of Ice And Fire #3
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Bantam Books
Received:  borrowed
Release Date:  2005
Pages:  1197
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Shannon Thoughts:


This third installment of The Song Of Ice And Fire series returns with so much going on it took up 2 seasons on HBO to capture everything.  There are weddings, death, and many surprises.  Did I mention deaths?


I had trouble finishing this book not because it was boring but because I knew what had happen already seeing the HBO tv series first.  I wish I had read this book first because I think the surprise deaths would have affected me more than they did. I do have my favorites in the series and my not so favorites.  I am really interested in how the Starks and Lannisters are going piece together what is left of their families.   


I find my only dislikes come from comparing the tv show to the books. There are little things that the tv show cuts out.  Mostly those things are from Bran Stark’s story.   Other than that there is really nothing thing else I dislike.


When I think of what will be I actually have no ideas what is going to happen.  I really am almost speechless because of what happens in this book.  I am really looking forward to reading the 4th book even though my husband says this book was probably the best in the series so far. Well we will see about that.


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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Five Fun Facts - Author Joe Hill


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FIVE FUN FACTS ON JOE HILL
Author of Horns and NOS4A2

1. Hobbies include building legos, and crossword puzzles.

2. His mother, father and brother are also writers.  (His father is horror author Stephen King!)

3. His middle name is Hillstrom.  Actual name is Joseph Hillstrom King.  

4. Has mention that he is a fan of all of his father books but ones that stand out are The Dead Zone and Under The Dome.

5.  Other author that influenced him are Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.