Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Shannon's Review - Kingston And The Magician's Lost And Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi




Title: Kingston And The Magician’s Lost And Found
Series: Kingston #1
Author: Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Dan Mumford
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Magic,
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons For Young Readers
Received: From Publisher For An Honest Review
Release Date: February 2021
Pages: 288
Rating:



Author Rucker Moses (aka Craig S. Phillips and Harold Hayes Jr.) and Theo Gangi Official Websites:





Websites:
Rucker Moses: https://www.ruckermoses.com/
Theo Gangi: https://www.theogangi.com/

Blog:
Rucker Moses: None Found
Theo Gangi: None Found

Facebook:
Rucker Moses: https://www.facebook.com/rucker.moses
Theo Gangi: https://www.facebook.com/theo.gangi

Twitter:
Rucker Moses: https://twitter.com/rucker_moses
Theo Gangi: https://twitter.com/tprgangi

Instagram:
Rucker Moses: https://www.instagram.com/rucker.moses/
Theo Gangi: https://www.instagram.com/theoblackgangi/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Kingston and his mother moved away from Echo City when his father disappeared. Now 4 years later they have moved back to open a restaurant. Kingston wanders the town reminded of his father and how he disappeared in front of his own eyes. Kingston soon discovers that magic is real and his father disappeared for a good reason. Kingston finds out that he might be able to bring him back.

The book is pretty fast-paced and is very original. The magic rules used are very different than other books. The four elements are spoken of but they are not the elements that you would normally think of. This made the book confusing and interesting at the same time. Your expecting one thing and get another.

While I liked the different world and the magic, I feel like I needed more info and more history. How did the father and his brothers learn magic was real and when? What exactly was the reason for the father to sacrifice himself? Just so many questions but I guess that is what the next book (and others) will hopefully answer.

Kingston And The Magicians Lost And Found was enjoyable and I would like to read the sequel. Kids who enjoy magicians and fantasy magic will like this series.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Shannon's Review - Albert Einstein by Aimee Hawk





Title: Albert Einstein
Series: Inspired Inner Genius #1
Author: Aimee Hawk
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Irina Katsimon
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, Biography,
Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association
Received: Bought
Release Date: April 2021
Pages: 29
Rating:



Author Aimee Hawk’s Official Websites:





Website:
None found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This is a child’s introduction to the life of Albert Einstein. We learn what he disliked about school and how it was taught. He was an intelligent person and learn differently than most. As an adult, he achieved much in the field of science and won very prestigious awards.

I like the fact this does not shy away from the fact Einstein quit school and then returned able to learn at his own pace. I have a few intelligent friends who quit school and then became successful on their own. Most books would leave the fact that he quit even though the fact is he does return to learning.

It is a nice introduction for children but I feel like more could have been added about Einstein’s history.

I like the fact that this is a series of books about famous individuals like Albert Einstein. I will look forward to seeing more from the series. I think children will enjoy this series as well.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Shannon's Review - Red Wolf by Liza Marklund




Title: Red Wolf
Series: Annika Bengtzon #5
Author: Liza Marklund
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Jill Putorti
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Series
Publisher: Atria
Received: Free from the publisher for an honest review
Release Date: February 2011
Pages: 400
Rating:




Author Liza Marklund’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from lizamarklund.com)

Website:
http://lizamarklund.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/LizaMarklund

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Annika is a journalist who writes at a tabloid. After a journalistic friend is killed Annika is slowly uncovering what could be a serial killer.

This the 5th book in the Annika Bengtzon series. I had not read any of the previous books so I was missing some back story. I enjoyed some of the characters and felt bad for some, I did not care for others.

In most thriller books you can jump in any book in the series and get the gist of what happened in previous books. This book did not do that for me. I was lost until about 50 pages in, then we are reading about Annika and her husband’s relationship problems. Once that scene was over we are then reading about Annika’s friend and her husband's problems. All could think is why should I care about these characters. The friend couple really did not advance the story for me. I was also confused about why Annika would sometimes hear angels. I don’t know if that was supposed to be real or she was off her meds.

This book was hit and miss for me. I was more interested in Annika’s relationships than the mystery/thriller part. I had to really force myself to finish. I will not continue reading this series.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Horrorist Vol. 1 by Jamie Delano




Title: The Horrorist
Series: Hellblazer #1 & #2
Author: Jamie Deland
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: David Lloyd
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Horror, Series
Publisher: Vertigo
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 1995
Pages: 104
Rating:





Author Jamie Deland’s Official Websites:


(borrowed from goodreads.com)

Website:
http://www.jamiedelano.co.uk/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/jamiedelano

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

This mini-series breaks off from the Hellblazer series, with John Constantine. Constantine is a mysterious man who knows about the dark arts. He lives and breathes darkness. He traces a story about a girl who may be connected to strange deaths.

This is my first delve into comics about Constantine. I have seen the movie with Keanu and watched the short-lived tv series. After reading this I see how the tv series was closer to the comics than the movie was. This story in particular was dark and since this was the first part no real resolution. The story kept my attention all the way through. I really want to know more about what happens with the girl and what is wrong with her.

This graphic novel was too short. I had hope for more and not so many questions, but I would still read again.

If you enjoy the John Constatine from the original tv series and the character on the CW channel Legends Of Tomorrow you will enjoy the comics.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Shannon's Review - God Emperor Of Dune by Frank Herbert




Title: God Emperor Of Dune
Series: Dune #4
Author: Frank Herbert
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Series
Publisher: Berkley
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 1984
Pages: 423
Rating:



Author Frank Herbert’s Official Websites:


(taken from goodreads.com.)

Website:
https://www.dunenovels.com/

Blog:
None

Facebook:
None

Twitter:
None

Instagram:
None


Shannon’s Thoughts:

Taking place thousands of years after Dune Messiah Leto II is still alive and is now considered Emperor/God of the empire. He physically looks much different now as he excepts the bodily changes of turning into a sandworm. His body and mind still hold on to some human things. For one he keeps bringing Duncan Idaho back to serve him, Duncan keeps the unhuman part of Leto at bay. Most people under Leto do not agree with the way he runs things. Many want to overthrow him.

I find all the characters in the Dune Universe are so different and interesting in their own way. My favorite character in this one was and is Duncan Idaho. I wonder how many times Leto had cloned him or how many of Duncan’s children or grandchildren ran about Arrakis.

Not much is explained as to why the golden path leads Leto to become a sandworm or why all the worlds will go downhill when he is gone. There are many questions left unanswered but I can let some go because real-life leaves questions unanswered.

I will continue to read the rest of the Dune series. I think fans of Science Fiction, and Family Sagas will enjoy this series. I say this as a fan of lite Science Fiction, I don’t like SciFi books too heavy and all science jargon.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Shannon's Review - Lima & Ina : The Bee Sting by Mason Nassah





Title: Lima And Ina: The Bee Sting
Series: Lima and Ina
Author: Mason Nassah
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Mason Nassah
Genre: Fiction, Children, Early Reader, Series
Publisher: Self Published
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2017
Pages: 36
Rating:



Author Mason Nassah’s Official Websites:




Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Ina and her little sister, Lima, are playing in their yard and a bee shows up. Ina is afraid of bees because she knows they sting. Lima gets chased by the bee and Ina gets stung trying to keep Lima safe. While Lima recovers from the bee sting she learns the role bees have in our world.

Little Ina reminds me of myself. I was very scared of bees and getting stung and I never knew the impacts bees have on our world until recently. Bees are pretty amazing little creatures even though their sting can cause many people problems.

I thought this was going to be more of a picture book but it is really an early reader. I enjoyed the art on the cover and had hoped for more on the inside.

Lima and Ina are really cute. I love how Ina was so protective of her little sister. I plan on reading more from the series. I think that kids just starting school and starting how to read will enjoy these books.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Shannon's Review - Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush






Title: Crafty Superstar
Series: None found
Author: Grace DoBush
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Corrie Schaffeld
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Arts, Crafts
Publisher: North Light Books
Received: Bought
Release Date: December 2009
Pages: 159
Rating:




Author Grace Dobush’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://gracedobush.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/gracedobushtogo

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/gracedobushtogo



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Crafty Superstar is an introduction to creating, working, and promoting your own craft store.

I have had an Etsy store for 10+ years but my sales are low. I had bought this years ago and hoped it would help me get more traffic. The book is pretty general. I had pretty much-done everything it had said.

It took me a while to get to this book so it is a little outdated. In fact, there is a newly updated book I would like to look at. I am not sure what would have made it better. I feel I need more info on how to sell on stores like Zazzle and CafePress or how to promote them and how to sell those products at craft fairs. The book had little about that but not enough.

The book was written well but is really for the person who is really starting out. So not for me now

Friday, June 25, 2021

Five Fun Facts - Stephen King




Five Fun Facts

About the Author, Stephen King



Author of Carrie, The Shining, and The Stand.


(photo borrowed from Goodreads.com)


1. Has an adopted older brother named David.


2. In 1985 he wrote part of an X-men comic that was created to raise proceeds for charity.



3. Sings in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders with 3 other authors. ( Dave Berry, Barbara Kingsolver, and Amy Tan)


4. What writer scares Stephen King? H.P. Lovecraft


5. He had short stories published in Playboy.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Shannon's Review - New X-men Vol.4 - Riot At Xavier's by Grant Morrison





Title: New Xmen Vol.4 - Riot At Xavier’s
Series: New Xmen
Author: Grant Morrison
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Frank Quitely
Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Superhero,
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Purchased
Release Date: November 2006
Pages: 120
Rating:



Author Grant Morrison’s Official Websites:



(from Goodreads.com)

Website:
https://www.grantmorrison.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/grantmorrisonofficial/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/grantmorrison

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/grant.morrison/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Professor X. is about to open his mutant school to combined humans and mutants. He works to unite both mutant and human but the death of a mutant by a human stirs anger in the students already at Xavier’s School For Gifted. Quentin (later known as Kid Omega) creates chaos and kindles the anger of his fellow students by using his mental powers and a drug that enhances each of their powers.

I have been going back to comics but only reading graphic novels that I find deals on so I am reading them out of order. Xmen has always been a favorite of mine. I prefer the original X-Men team but I like being introduced to new mutants. This is the second graphic novel I have read with Quentin (Kid Omega). In both, he has huge anger problems and really seems to mess things up and causing deaths. Not a big fan of him. I was interested in the Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Jean Grey triangle.

I had an issue with the art though. Especially with the way Quentin is usually drawn. Sometimes he looks like a girl and sometimes his facial features just seem off or not normal. Also, the gang that Quentin gets together wears these red and green sweaters that make them look like a Freddy Krueger gang. Maybe because they are a nightmare.

Still a Marvel fan I will continue to read comics. I think anyone who into superheroes or feels like an outcast will like the X-men comics.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Shannon's Review - Super Mom Saves The World by Melanie Lynne Hauser






Title: Super Mom Saves The Day
Series: Super Mom #2
Author: Melanie Lynne Hauser
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Unknown
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Superhero, 
Publisher: NAL Trade
Received: Purchased
Release Date: March 2007
Pages: 300
Rating:




Author Melanie Lynne Hauser(aka Melanie Benjamin) Official Websites:



(borrowed from Goodreads.com)


Website:
https://melaniebenjamin.com/ 

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Melanie-Benjamin-Author-208671032480607/#

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MelanieBen

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/melaniebenjamin_author/




Shannon’s Thoughts:

In this sequel to Confessions Of A Super Mom, Birdie is back and she finds her superpowers are developing into more than she can handle. Her kids are still teenagers you can tell because anything she does they are embarrassed by. She is finally revealing her relationship with Carl just as her ex Dr. Dan has thoughts to rekindle their marriage. All that and cleaning supply mascots like Mr. Clean are coming to life and helping her fight her new nemesis.


I loved this book just as I loved the first book. The celebrity appearances like Ryan Seacrest and the scrubbing bubbles were hilarious. Just like Confessions Of A Super Mom, I can see this as a movie, with Drew Barrymore as Birdie. She is sweet, a little klutzy, and so relatable. The way the characters work through their problems internally also gives you the chance to work out your feelings about the things the characters and their decisions. 


I am sad I finished the series. I hope maybe there will be more books in the future but I kinda doubt it.


Still, one of my favorite authors whether she goes by Hauser or Benjamin. Really hope one-day Supermom comes back or maybe I get her powers. Lord knows my place needs it.

Shannon's Review - Amy Best's Hopper And The Rollercoaster





Title: Amy Best’s Hopper And The Rollercoaster
Series: Hopper & Friends
Author: Amy Best
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Michael Harris
Genre: Fiction, Series, Animals, Picturebook, Children's
Publisher: The Essential Library
Received: Bought
Release Date: March 2016
Pages: 36
Rating:



Author Amy Best’s Official Websites:



Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
None Found

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:


Hopper the Hare is excited about the new amusement park opening up until he hears about the rollercoaster.

Amusement parks are a blast and it is no question as to why young Hopper is excited about them. It also does not surprise me that he gets nervous about a roller coaster because I feel the same way about coasters. I understood Hopper’s fear and was happy he was able to push through and eventually go to Shannon Squirrel’s birthday party at the amusement park.

What I wish they had not done was make Hopper do something that seems way reckless. Yes, he was helping a friend but Hopper is a child...I think. His friend was also not in a life or death situation. I also would have left that it was still okay for Hopper to be scared of the coaster and not have to go on one.

I enjoy this one it was fun. I felt the excitement of the characters. Maybe that means I have been inside too long. I do miss amusement parks. My rollercoaster days are over because they scare the bejesus out of me. It is fun seeing others have fun. I will be reading more Hopper and Friends books. I am surprised there is no official website.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Shannon's Review - The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia by Anita Price Davis





Title: The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia
Series: None
Author: Anita Price Davis
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: unknown
Genre: Non-Fiction, Author, Encyclopedia, Margaret Mitchell
Publisher: Macfarland & Company
Received: Free for an honest review
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 233
Rating:




Author Anita Price Davis’ Official Websites:





Website:
None Found

Blog:
None found

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
None found

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:


This Encyclopedia gets into big and small details about author Margaret Mitchell’s life and death.


I am a big fan of Margaret Mitchell and her only book Gone With The Wind. I have read the book many times. When I was younger I looked for anything I could find about Mitchell which at the time was not much. This has so much info and even though it is an encyclopedia it is very easy to digest.


The downside to this book is that it will only appeal to fans of the author. I mean I can’t imagine anyone who is not a fan would read this.


I liked this book more than I thought I would. I thought being an encyclopedia it was going to be too dry. I kinda wish some of my other favorite authors had their own encyclopedias.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Shannon's Review - Sigil: Out Of Time by Mike Carey





Title: Sigil: Out Of Time
Series: Sigil
Author: Mike Carey
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: (pencilers) Leonard Kirk, Pat Olliffe (inkers) Ed Tadeo, Pat Davidson (colorist) Guru Efx (letterer) Rob Steen (cover art) Jelena Djurdjevic
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy, Marvel, CrossGen
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Bought
Release Date: 2011
Pages: 96
Rating:





Author’s Official Websites:




Website:
https://www.mikecarey.net/

Blog:
http://mikeandpeter.com/

Facebook:
None found

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/michaelcarey

Instagram:
None found



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Sam is dealing with the loss of her mother and failing high school. She probably does not need the problems that come next which including time jumps, pirate ships, and magic powers from a birthmark.

This a reboot of a sort. This comic story first belonged to CrossGen which was a comic publishing company that created various stories for different worlds with the goal of connecting their stories in the end. Later CrossGen was bought by Disney which had Marvel. Marvel tried to rewrite (just a little) and restart the comics hoping for interest. I had the pleasure of having read the original comics from CrossGen. I loved every series that came from them, including Sigil. This Sigil story is just a little different but it has been so long I am not sure how different. I enjoyed this again very “girl power” and reminds me of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

I wished I had saved the original comics now that Marvel has rights. Out of all the stories from CrossGen to start out with I am not sure Sigil was the strongest. There was Soujorn and Magick…I believe those were the names. Even though this comic is from 2011 I still hold hope I will see more of the story again.

I enjoy graphic novels and enjoy most of Mike Carey’s stuff. Sigil is action-packed and charged with exciting magic.