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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shannon's Review - Warrior Girl by Matt Lazar and Amanda Thomas



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Title: Warrior Girl
Series: N/A
Authors: Matt Lazar and Amanda Thomas
Genre: Fiction, YA Fiction
Publisher:  Boston Avenue Media
Received: From author for review
Release Date: October 2012
Pages: 226
Rating:

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Shannon Thoughts:



A Korean girl, Sun Hi, attends her first year of college at Oxford University.  She learns that all people have good and bad sides.  Some you can give a second chance at being your friend, and others you can not trust. Sun Hi pours herself into school work, and playing World of Warcraft, hoping to make the bad things that happen disappear from her mind.

“Warrior Girl” is a quick read and enjoyable. The characters are well developed and most of them stay who they are, as Sun Hi learns strength in herself. Part of the story I really found interesting was the way Kaito treated Sun Hi because of her different heritage. It did seem realistic.

While I did like "Warrior Girl" the story feels like a short story, one that should have been in a compilation book. Also it was missing something that could have made this book a series especially because of the characters.  What could have been added was the idea of Sun Hi more of a detective using her gaming habits to discover answers to clues of a murder or something like that.

Strong characters, and okay story with potential to continue forward.  I do know that I would not have read this had I not been asked to. It is good writing though and an authors to keep an eye on.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shannon's Review - Making Money by Terry Pratchett



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Title: Making Money
Series: Discworld #36
Author: Terry Pratchett
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Harper
Received: Purchased
Release Date: September 2007
Pages: 394
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Making Money is number 36 in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.  Similar to the Piers Anthony Xanth series, the books in the series do not have to be read in order.  This book is a sort of sequel to another Discworld book called Going Postal.  It features one of Discworld most famous and favorite character, Moist Von Lipwig.  In Going Postal Lipwig saved the Post Office now it seems that the town of Ankh-Morpork’s bank is in trouble.  There is only so much one man can do but Moist thinks he is up for the job.  The question is does the town want him for the job.

I have only read 1 other book in this series which was the first book Moist Von Lipwig shows up, Going Postal.  I enjoyed the silliness of some the happenings.  For one the dog, Mr. Fusspot, was my favorite character.  Everytime Pratchett described the dog I always found a smile on my face.  My second favorite character was the Golem, Gladys, who showed up in Going Postal as well.

While Making Money was fun and sometimes silly.  I feel like Going Postal had much more silliness and frolicking fun.  It is not that it was boring but there was some of the story dealing with the character, Vetinari that I was not sure what was going on.

Even with it’s faults I still liked the book and it’s characters.  I can’t wait to read the most recent book (Snuff) with Ankh-Morpork’s returning characters.  


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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Shannon's Review - T-Bone The Flying Horse by Janice Virant


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Title: T- Bone TheFlying Horse
Series: N/A
Author: Janice Virant
Genre: Children, Picture Book, Horses, Animals
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date:  September 2013
Pages: 26
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

T-Bone starts out as a lonely horse who isn’t good enough to race and spends his time alone in a barn.   Along comes a lonely little girl who bonds with T-Bone and together they help each other create joyful memories.

Usually when I get a children’s picture book with a brightly colored book cover and pictures inside.  The story is not very good.  T-Bone The Flying Horse is the exception.  It’s prose is cute, lovingly and magical.  The characters did give a good feeling  in your heart. For a short picture book that is rare.

The only weak point I feel is the bright coloring but in someway I like the brightness too. I am a little unsure why.  The drawing is very good though.  

I think that another book with T-Bone is in order.   The ending left me wanting more.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shannon's Review - I Cannot Sleep by Ann Louise Ramsey

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Title: I Cannot Sleep
Series: N/A
Author: Ann Louise Ramsey
Genre: Picture Book, Children, Dogs
Publisher: Crow Peak Publishing
Received: From Author for Review
Release Date:  February 2013
Pages:  40
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Author Ann Louise Ramsey has written a story about her cocker spaniel, Honey.  Honey is full of energy after a big day she has trouble sleeping.  Honey thinks about how fun and joyful her day was until she falls to sleep.

The cover of the book is what caught my eye.  Inside I Cannot Sleep has the some real photographs with photoshop backgrounds, to make a unique story.  The story is cute and has an extra treat inside that including finding images of real birds in the book.  So not only is it a story but there is also a game of I Spy with birds.

There is really nothing I would change with this book.   Well except for a longer book. That is the way I feel with most good children books.    I Cannot Sleep is cute, pretty and colorful.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Shannon's Review - Learn To Tie A Tie With Rabbit And The Fox by Sybrina Durant


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Title: Learn To Tie A Tie With Rabbit And The Fox
Series: N/A
Author: Sybrina Durant
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book
Publisher: Sybrina Publishing & Distribution Company
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: September 2012
Pages: 26
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

With a story and a song author Sybrina Durant book is a instruction to boys and those raising boys on how to tie a tie.

 I myself am a woman, not raising a boy and I have a husband who knows how to do this so I am not the target at the moment. I do believe that it true that the lesson of tying a tie may be on a losing end of a battle because single mom’s have been on the rise I suppose.   I support the idea of passing this story on along with the instructional pictures within.

The story of the rabbit and the fox was okay. I sort of had to struggle to really understand the connection to the instructions on tying a tie but that might just be me.  I also thought when I first saw the fox that he was a wolf not a fox so the art for me for the story part was only okay.  As for the illustration of the lesson was good.

I think this could be a book you introduce around the age of 5 or 6.  I am curious to know what others who have used it to teach their children with the help of the book.

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Shannon's Review - On Mardi Gras Day by Fatima Shaik



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Title: On Mardi Gras Day
Series: N/A
Author: Fatima Shaik
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book, Holiday
Publisher: Dial
Received: Purchased
Release Date: February 1999
Pages: 28
Rating:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Author Fatima Shaik recounts her childhood days during the fun celebration of Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans.

I probably knew what most adults know about the celebration of Mardi Gras which is costumes, music, floats, beads and other things.   I think what I am surprised the most about what I learned from this book is that kids can also enjoy parts of the celebration.  I also learned a little history about Mardi Gras.  I did not know that Native Americans were part of the history.  With the Native American costumes it shouldn’t be surprising.

From images pictured in my mind and from t.v. the drawings are much more subdued than I expect for Mardi Gras.  Not meaning they are not good, the illustrations are excellent it is just something with the writing and images to me did not quite match.  I am not sure why I just did not get the feeling of a child with great enjoyment at an exciting holiday parade.

I enjoy the history part of the story.  I appreciate this dip into the author’s childhood. It is obviously a fond memory for her but there was something a little tedious about the short childrens picture book.  


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