Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Film Feature: Minions


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John and I recently saw The Minion movie. Mainly because I loooove Despicable Me (it's one of my favorite children's movies). While it was entertaining, it was a bit of a let down. I just don't think the minions were enough of a main character. Their evil counterpart, Scarlet Overkill, was just a bit too much for my taste. Gru has a lovable side and the girls really soften his harsh edges. Scarlet didn't have any of that...she was just mean and selfish...and that is pretty much it. Overall, I'd recommend this if you're a fan of the series, but it's not much of a standalone film.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda




Book Summery (Via Goodreads):From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood. 

Book Review:
The premise of this book sounded fun, and to be honest, it was! This was a quick paced read that was engaging from page one. The main character Iris is likable, as is her male counterpoint Arlo. I liked the back story of the witches and Iris' interactions with them. While the pacing was quick, I felt like the story suffered a bit. Tegeda created a rich backstory, but the overall story arc could have been fleshed out a little bit more. There is more of Iris' story and I'd love to read it! I didn't see anything about Hollywood Witch Hunter becoming a series, but it definitely should be! The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, and I'm dying to know more! Overall, a great summer read. Hopefully it will become a series!

Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for this copy.
Published July 20, 2015
This is my honest review.

Cover Art Commentary: 
I'll be honest...this isn't my favorite cover. While it within the "Hollywood" theme, it just is a bit gimmicky.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekly Round-Up 7/19 - 7/25


Life This Week:
The kitties got declawed this week! I feel terrible for doing it, but they were ruining a lot of stuff...mainly the curtains and couches. They're still able to chew with their sharp little teeth...the mini blinds, my shoes, our picture frames...but I hope they outgrow that at some point. They've been very cuddly and often meow until they can physically see John and I, or each other. 

Books Read and Reviewed:
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson

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Randomness:


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beyond the Books: Your Dream Career

This Weeks Topic: Your Dream Career
Hosted by Kissin' Blue Karen

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So it's pretty obvious that my dream job would be a librarian. I'm really lucky because John is a librarian, so I get to live vicariously through him. :) 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson




Book Summery (Via Goodreads):The thirteen qualities of Robin’s Perfect Man range from the mildly important “Handsome” to the all-important “Great taste in music.” After all, Westfield’s best high school folk musician can’t go out with some shmuck who only listens to top 40 crap. When hot Carter Paulson walks in the door of Robin’s diner, it looks like the list may have come to life. It’s not until the end of the meal that she realizes he’s profoundly deaf.
Carter isn’t looking for a girlfriend. Especially not a hearing one. Not that he has anything against hearing girls, they just don’t speak the same language. But when the cute waitress at Grape Country Dairy makes an effort to talk with him, he takes her out on his yellow Ducati motorcycle.
Told in first person alternating perspectives, language, music, and culture go along for the ride as Carter and Robin find their song.

Book Review:
This is the quintessential summer read! This book has a little bit of everything...romance, humor, drama. It's perfect if you are looking for a lighter story. I love the ease of Robin's and Carter's relationship. It took me back to meeting John and falling in love. I also really enjoyed how each character was comfortable in their own skin. I wish more YA characters were like this! I loved the musical notes and the incorporation of sign language. Let me back up for a second...in high school one of my friends was deaf so I learned ASL in order to communicate with her. This took me back to falling in love with the language and the deaf community. It's so under-appreciated. My only criticism is that the ending felt a bit rushed and unfinished to me. It just didn't feel like a true ending. I hope the author decides to continue this into a series. Highly recommended for your perfect summer read!

Thanks to Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for this copy.
Published July 7 2015
This is my honest review.

Cover Art Commentary:
Love the bright colors and fun design. I wish more covers were like this!

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