This book is a hoot!
I loved it! The illustrations
alone are worth the read but when you add in the text, you will absolutely fall
in love with it. It’s a book where there are clues everywhere, but who is
Glenda and Horace, are invited to spend the weekend at Eatum
Hall and they’re all excited. All the gourmet
food that they can eat and they can eat a lot! Yet, when they arrive, they
cannot find their host. They find a note
instead (with fun clues in it) that tells them to enjoy themselves and their host
will join them later.
There were plenty of times while reading this book that I was
chuckling but now, I was laughing. Here
in this isolated older house, were a plump goose and a pig and they’re looking
forward to staying here by themselves. As they look around, they don’t even see
all the clues that are everywhere around them.
I would have been running out the door, had it been me. The illustrations are fantastic and you can
get lost just admiring them. Their host provided
the best for them and they begin to settle in.
They were going to take advantage of this relaxing weekend.
Noticing the clues around them, Glenda comments on the doctor’s
love of art while Horace remarks on how smart the doctor is, as the doctor has put
a lot of detail in making sure that his guests are comfortable in his absence. Meanwhile,
the author reveals to his reader, the true identity of Dr. A. Hunter, and what
his true plans are.
This is definitely an exciting and fun book. I’ve read and thumbed through it a few times,
just admiring how it all comes together and it truly is a book worth reading. I
highly recommend it.
I do feel that some children might be too young for it
though. Why? There’s a lot of inferring
that occurs in this book to truly enjoy it and they might not get or understand
it and/or the child might not care for the book’s ending. Just know your child before reading this book
This wasn’t as good as The Rosie Project but it was an okay read. I ended up listening to the audio of this
book and it was a good audio to listen to.
The book picks up right where The Rosie Project left off but you don’t
really need to read that book to appreciate it.
I did laugh while reading this book but I found Don so annoying
that I wanted to lock him in a closet. I knew that Don was just trying to help
but I thought that he was relentless in his tactics. Immersing himself in Rosie’s
pregnancy, his concern consumed everything and every part of her life. I would
expect some of this behavior from Don, but he was over-the-top. I don’t know if I could have been as calm as
Rosie during the whole ordeal, but Rosie knew who Don was when she married him so
she knew somewhat, what would occur if/when she got pregnant. I thought she handled the situations very
It was nice to see Don concerned about his wife and child
(but the extremes were just too much) and I liked how Don referred to the baby
as Bud. I wished that Rosie would have
made more of an appearance in this book instead of letting Don steal the show. Even more interaction between the two of them
would have been good.
Lock every door, if only that were the answer. I found myself, burning the midnight oil,
racing through the final pages of this book.
I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I read the final sentence of
this book, for that would finally put my mind at ease.
I liked how the story started out; giving me a glimpse into
the character’s current situation and then, I was slowly introduced into the rest
of the storyline. Day-by-day the details
intensified until I was completely under the books control. What happens when I finally got caught up to what
was presently occurring in the book, I really didn’t care, for I was really enjoying
the suspense in this book and trying to figure out some questions that I had. This large novel was becoming smaller by the
When Jules took the job as a house sitter at the Bartholomew,
I didn’t know what to expect. Making
$12,000 for 3 months of housesitting was quite extraordinary but depending on
the circumstances, that amount of money might just be right for some
people. The rules that Jules had to
abide by were crazy but again, they were only for 3 months. The no talking to anyone at the complex
unless they spoke to you first rule was one rule that I would have a really
hard time abiding by. I’m a talker and I like to make eye-contact, so no
talking would mean I would probably have to look at the floor so I am not
tempted to say something. Talk about antisocial behavior. 😉 I
liked how Jules found a few individuals at the Bartholomew that she could talk to
and confine in. The book just got
creepier and twisted the more I read, what was going on?
My aunt had a dumbwaiter in her old house and I remember
thinking, when I was little, that it was the coolest thing. We used to cram lots of stuff in it and play
with it. Like Jules, we had some scary thoughts pertaining but that’s as far as
ours went, just thoughts. I hadn’t thought about it in years but after reading
this book, I had dreams of dumbwaiters. Thanks, Riley.
I loved the intensity of this book. I felt on-edge and as if
I was Jules shadow. There were a few
storylines twisted amongst the main story and I liked how the author put it all
together. The flashbacks which were
dispersed throughout the story were short and they provided details for the
rest of the story. I really enjoyed this book! I’ve read Final Girls by Riley
but I feel that I enjoyed this book more.
I need to read The Last Time I Lied soon, then I think I’ve read
all of his books.
Has anyone read The Last Time I Lied? Is that book a good thriller? Has anyone read all of his books? If you
have, which one was your favorite?
Sister and brother, evil princess and brave knight. They lived together in a castle but that didn’t
always mean that they got along. The Evil Princess liked to be mean to the
Brave Knight. The Brave Knight liked to be brave but he could also be mean,
when the Evil Princess was evil to him. The Magic Mirror got tired of their mischief
so she sent them each to their rooms!
That was fine…….at first. They played in their rooms and did
what Evil Princesses and Brave Knights do by themselves. Then, it got rather boring as they each had no
one to play with. The Magic Mirror said
they could each come out ONLY if they played nice together. When they came out of their rooms, it was
boring playing nice together then, they decided to go on a quest together and
then, well……let’s just say that the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight just
might need to spend more time in their rooms later.
This is a cute picture book that teaches a good lesson on playing
together and getting along but what really gets resolved in the end? It also helps children discover that not all
kids get along and that perhaps they need to find something to do beside doing
the same thing every day. The
illustrations were comical and colorful.
A very fun and engaging book.
Sassypants and Harnisher are at it again! They saw Mr. Venezi put a sign in the window
advertising for an assistant and they want to put a stop to that. Working together they correct all the pet-shop
signs but a little bit later the signs have all been messed with. Someone(s) has changed all the signs and now
the duo needs to figure out who has done it and why?
This book was funny but I didn’t think as funny as the
previous books that I have read by these famous detectives. I thought the fish were hilarious and Herbert,
the turtle. I like how they talk about
the animals and how the animals all want to be together. The illustrations are easy to follow and
their facial expressions are sometimes really funny. It’s a crazy, mixed-up pet shop which is owned
by a Mr. Venezi, who doesn’t quite know what to put in his pet-shop nor does he
know how to name what he does have.
I like how the book introduces information about the pets
and later, at the back of the book, there is a two-page section titled, “Hamsiher
Explains….” and here the author explains what was introduced in this graphic
novel. There is also a one-page dictionary
of terms that were used in the book including that word used in a sentence. This is a cute, entertaining, graphic novel
series and I hope the author continues to write them.
These stories lives came with a punch, they struck viciously against my heart as I read them. To think that all of these individuals were children, innocent little people, who did nothing yet they received such a life-altering experience, that still haunts them today. I didn’t and I couldn’t read this book, all in one sitting. From the beginning, I wanted to appreciate each chapter: each individual’s situation and account. Upon reading, I realized that this is not a book that I could read straight through. The emotions and the energy in each of their stories lives, makes it a book that needs space.
From the voices of Russian children, we hear their side of what occurred to them during WWII. From a few pages to up to six pages, they tell us what they remembered. The children were affected in a variety of ways by the war: many had to leave their homes, some watched their fathers leave to fight in the war hence leaving them with lots of questions running through their minds, some children had to prepare for the war themselves and some even tried to stay in their own homes while the war ragged outside. They told their account and it was translated but the tone and the feelings are still in the words on the page. It’s as if these survivors were sitting with me, telling me how they reacted to a world that had turned upside down on them.
I could tell you about many of the individuals in this book as every story life in this book is worth mentioning. Their stories are different but every single one of them, are forever changed. How many times I read the word, “Mama!” I cannot count them all. How many times I read, “I was hungry,” I cannot count them all. How many times I read about death, how it had become part of these children’s regular, daily schedule, I cannot count them all.
There was Marlen, age 11, who is now a member of a town council. Marlen remembers always being hungry while living in the orphanage. He remembers needing to be first in line or you might not get anything to eat. With it being -20 degrees outside, Marlen takes off his hat and had a soldier ladle some soup into his hat instead of finding a metal tin. Marlen quickly runs back to the orphanage. He now has frostbite on his ears but he has supplied frozen soup to everyone there. Now, this adventure puts a smile on my face.
This is a book worth reading. I enjoyed this book and I appreciate the individuals who shared their stories lives with me.
When I first saw the cover for this book, I was intrigued
and then, when all the reviews started popping up saying how great it was, I
put myself on the list to read it. As I started reading it, I couldn’t stop
thinking about it and then, I started applying the book to my own personal life. What would I do if I was in Rachel’s shoes? How far would I go? I was literally sucked into this book! In the
end, what really surprised me, was how involved Rachel became. I was captivated
by what was happening inside these pages but Rachel was possessed.
Kylie was taken from the bus stop. As she makes her way into their car, Kylie’s
mind reflects back to all the warnings that she had received over the years
about getting into a stranger’s vehicle. Yet, here she was, sitting next to a hooded
man, driven by a woman she didn’t know.
Her mother, Rachel will soon receive the first of many calls
from an “Unknown Caller, and she will wish that she had done many things
differently.” Rachel will then begin fulfilling
the requirements to get Kylie back.
Rachel, a woman who is fighting cancer hopes that she too, can fight
this chain letter which she will discover, cannot be broken.
I enjoyed all the different viewpoints that the author provided
in this story. I felt these gave me a
complete picture of the events and it provided a more elaborate account of what
was happening. I liked how Rachel matured
in the story. In the beginning, Rachel
was scared and timid but by the end of the novel, she was a totally different
character. As the story progressed, I felt as if something came over Rachel and
she was on a mission. I kept wondering
what came over her, why was she acting the way she was and when was this going
to end? Planting myself in her shoes, I don’t know if I could have stepped
where she did or went as far as she went.
I did feel that the book changed tempo halfway through. One part felt intense and vibrant while the
other part felt stealthy and sly. This was a fantastic, on-edge mystery that kept
me focused till the very end.
I listened to the audio of this book and I thought it was really
good. The only issue I had was some of
the voices on the audio. It sounded like
some of the voices were dubbed in, for they were louder than any of the other
voices on the CD’s and it was annoying. I
enjoyed how the students discussed their opinions and their lives, and I enjoyed
the discussion on the last CD.
As the students gather weekly in the Art room, they have
become a small family. They were chosen
to be a part of this group and at first, they’re not quite sure exactly what their
part is, in all of it. They are a small
group, a group of their own peers. Meeting
weekly to discuss anything they wanted, without any distractions or interruptions.
I like how the conversations started to change overtime. They become more lucid and fluid, their tones
changed and they started to care more for one another. They weren’t just peers anyone but they
became friends and sometimes they became brothers and sisters, someone they
could depend and lean on. They’re not
all the same which makes their conversations interesting and sometimes
They’re kids, they speak from the heart and they show their
emotions without warning. It’s a great
audio and it’s rather short. The interview/conversation
with the author at the end was interesting so make sure you stay tuned to that,
if you listen to the audio. I highly
recommend the audio version of this book.
This was better than I imagined. I loved the cover and that is what sold me on
reading it. The story is part fantasy
and part western but the story is total enjoyment as Hettie tries to save her
little sister, Abby. Bonded with Diablo
(a.k.a the Devil’s Revolver) Hettie unfortunately is walking into many
situations blindly. Her accuracy holding
a firearm is one talent she can count on and one that she uses to her
I like how Hettie takes matters into her own hands. She doesn’t wait around and hope for someone
to help her out and she doesn’t whine, she moves. She almost moves too fast, sometimes. She immediately goes after Abby. When she sees Ling in trouble, she steps
in. She’s not afraid of speaking her
mind to anyone, she is herself. When bonded with Diablo, the unknown of what has
occurred doesn’t shake her, she just continues on.
With magic and loaded weapons, Hettie learns the truth behind
Diablo and the price this demonic weapon carries. This was a high energy read
for read and the magical aspects of the novel were entertaining. I can’t wait to read what happens in the next
novel. 4.5 stars
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and IBPA in
exchange for an honest review.
Velva Jean’s daddy often took off, leaving his family
wondering when he’d return. Later, he’d
walk back through the door, as if he’d just stepped outside for a break, and
the days and the months that he’d been gone, you’d think they were just all
your imagination. When their mama died,
the kids were at a loss, for their daddy was out somewhere. When he got done wandering, he would discover
that his wife had died and the letter that he had written to his wife, the one that
she kept reading after he left, is what his children believe caused her death.
I enjoyed this novel as I followed along beside Velva Jean
as she explored and grew-up in Sleepy Gap, North Carolina during the 1930’s. Velva
Jean had dreams of singing in the Grand Ole Opry and considering her situation,
I was impressed with this dream. With
her mama, gone and her daddy, a no-show, Velva Jean and her sibling were taken
in by her grandparents.
I think the grandparents did the best they could and I had
to laugh when they sent two of the kids off to a bootlegger. This incident lands the kids in jail which
changes them forever on many levels. The
kids feel they have now crossed the fence from being “good” kids, they’ve met some
new people, they seen new sights, and they’ve been arrested.
I liked the flow of this book. It wasn’t an intense, action-packed novel but
it had a calm, even-flow pace to it. It had the pace that I would think living
in the mountains would have. There was a
singing competition that stirs things up as Velva Jean wants to compete, religion
comes into the picture as Velva Jean started to worry about future, and it gets
interesting when Velva Jean begins to mature and she runs into a fellow from
I’m going to look into the other books in this series and I
like books about the Appalachian Mountains and I enjoyed this novel.