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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shannon's Review - The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve by X. Trevelyan


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Title: The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve
Series: Tales of The Mystical
Author: X. Trevelyan
Genre: Juvenile Fiction,
Publisher: X. Trevelyan
Received: Purchased
Release Date: December 2011
Pages: 26
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The Hobgoblin Bell Strikes Twelve is an original fairy tale.  When reading you really fall into the story comfortably wishing for the best of the main character, a little girl who is an orphan.
The little girl knows of the town bell that is known for not ringing, yet she one day hears it although no one else does.

The feeling you get from this story is a feeling you can only get from a short fairy tale with a good ending.  Everything falls into place magically as the little girl goes from orphan to girl with family.

Only wish there was more to the story even though the ending is satisfying. The sentimental feeling I got from the story was something I did not want leave.

Being a big fairy tale fan I love the story and look forward for more from the Tales From The Mystical series.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Shannon's Review - As You Wish by Cary Elwes


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Title: As You Wish
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Author: Cary Elwes
Genre: Memior, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Touchstone
Received: Purchased
Release Date: October 2014
Pages: 259
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Cary Elwes’ first memoir is just a piece of his life.  A piece where a heartwarming story by William Goldman became a heartwarming film and made Elwes a household name as Princess Buttercup’s love interest Wesley.

I have fond memories of the first time I watched The Princess Bride.  Now if you have not seen or read the book, you have to understand that this movie bombed in theatres.  I bought the VHS for $1 and watched it with family.  I will never understand why this film did not do well in theatres but I am so happy it gets recognition as a cult classic now.  The movie is as close to the book as possible and had a perfect cast. Most teenage girls fell for Elwes character Wesley/Dread Pirate Roberts as hard as Princess Buttercup did.  Elwes fills the book with charming and humorous tales with other actors like Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Robin Wright.

The stories that Elwes share are wonderful and like viewing the movie and book you want more. I didn’t want it to end and now have a urge to hear every actor, from the movies take of the movie.  Actually you do get a little bit from the other actors in As You Wish I still wanted more.

For lovers of the book and/or movie you will enjoy As You Wish just as much.  I thoroughly enjoy the stories about Andre the Giant and he is a personality that is missed.  



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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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