Saturday, December 19, 2015

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk (MMGM)

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Title: Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date: 2015
Pages: 304




Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day. ~ Goodreads

When I first heard about this book I was like, "Really?! The true story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Haven't we all read about Jack already? What a ripoff." Man...am I so ashamed now. Liesl makes the story of Jack and the beanstalk her own, while (mostly) keeping true to the original story. The story's fabulous and while we all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, you still keep wondering, what will happen? I love how the author bends things so you're like: "Oooh! So that's the magic goose" And in the Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, some things are left unexplained, like, how did that guy who Jack traded with, get those beans? Well...all I can say is that all of your questions will be answered in Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

My complaints were that while it was a great book, it took me a tiny bit to actually want to keep reading it. BUT all in all, it was a great book.

Age recommendation: It's a middle grade book, but kids 8 and up will enjoy it too.



The most fabulous quotes!


"He's just a boy," said Papa. But I didn't want to be "just a boy." I wanted to be great."


       ... 


"Mark me, if it starts raining dirt, you run for your life"


            ... 



"no matter how big you are, there's always someone or something bigger than you."


           ...



"Action takes more effort than words."







Finally, it's time for the moment you've put up with all my rambling for...

What Does the Cat Think?



                     What a AWFUL BOOK! HARNESSING A CAT!? I mean srsly, 
                               how evil can you get? I should know, my parents try to harness 
                               me ALL THE TIME!                                          
   
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4.5 stars out of 5! Because I really like it, but don't love it.

That's a pretty neat beanstalk! Am I right?!






Before I end this post, me and the cats would like to say...Happy Holidays!


                                                                       


And have a 
most fabulous 
new year!

















Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Neverseen!!

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Title: Neverseen
Author: Shannon Messenger
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 2015
Pages: 672




Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she's not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets far bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it. ~ Goodreads 

Oh...my...gosh! I just love this book so much! After reading Everblaze I was expecting something just as awesome. But no! Mrs. Messenger takes Everblaze's awesomeness and multiplies it by, like, ten! The drama! The plot twists! The romance! The character growth! It was ALL amazing! And I love how there wasn't too much, but not too little romance. Because I hate it when a "action" book turns into a romance. And the new characters were just amazing! It will be interesting to see how they effect "Team Keeper".

My complaints: The ending!! And I have to wait a whole year to find out what happens!! Argh.

Age recommendation: 9


The most Fabulous Quotes!

“There are many shades of trust, and most of them are gray.” 

      ...     

“But your dad’s enjoying it. He’s been rigging traps” 

      ...  

 “Only Dex would decide to jab a gadget with a stick.” 






It's almost better than Neverseen! It's What Does the Cat Think!
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(='.'=)
(")_(") 

I'm still waiting for the audiobook to come out.

I no longer wonder why you're failing english.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5!!   

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Magnus Chase: The Sword Of Summer (MMGM)

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Title: Magnus Chase: The Sword Of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 497 (the story actually ends on page 491 but page count ends on 497)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication date: 2015




Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . ~ Goodreads

 Eep! Rick Riordan is making a new series! That was my first thought when I saw the cover for Magnus Chase. After I got over the giddiness, I was a bit doubtful that it would be a good read. After all it's his 4th series and fourteenth book about demigods. But when in the plot description it said that he, heaven forbid, died...well, that definitely spiked my interest. The character, Magnus, was definitely snarky. And like all the other demigods, he's had a tough life and never new one parent. But Riordan takes a new twist, and makes the character even more snarky, homeless, and kills him. Seriously. The book was full of action, gods, and quests. It was definitely a fresh new adventure. One of my favorite parts was at the end with a character we know and love so well. No spoilers but Magnus Chase, Xxxxxx Chase (By the way that was a random amount of Xs.) When I saw the cover I practically died. And then I saw the other cover and loved it just as much and I couldn't decide which one was my favorite. So I decided to put both of them in the review. There is one cuss word (as far as I know) that was said over once, just so ya know.

My complaints were that while I know I said that it was a fresh new story, I felt like some of the plot line was recycled from Percy Jackson. I feel that this is should be Rick's last demigod series before it's a complete ripoff from his other books. And on that happy note...here is the...

Age Recommendation: 10 years

Fabulous Quotes!

"Could you do a glamor and turn into something smaller?" I asked it " preferably a chain since it's no longer the 1990's?"
 The sword didn't reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more  interrogative pitch, like, Such as what?

"I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?"

The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.” 

                                ... 


“Myths are simply stories about truths we've forgotten.”

              ...    


“My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.”

                  ...
            
“Well, yes, I call it the Expando-Duck. It's perfect if you need a small metal duck. Or a larger metal duck.”

              ... 

"WHEN SOMEONE SAYS, It's the squirrel, You don't ask questions.


Ok, I'm done now...I was going to keep on adding. But then I looked at the list...and, yeah.

And now it's time for...What Does the Cat Think?

                 Pshh, scared of a squirrel?
Well, Iggy.. it was supposed, never mind...

I give this book...5 stars out of 5! What? Were you expecting a medal?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wonder (MMGM)

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Book: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 315
Publication date: 2012

I know...everybody has read Wonder. BUT!!! Who says it can't have a review?
And without any further rambling, ON TO THE REVIEW!

You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. In an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. ~ Goodreads


Wow...what a amazing book! The plot, the story, the characters! It really is a one of a kind book. Or should I say a wonder-ful book *snicker*. The book is really touching because August is really just a ordinary kid at heart, but nobody sees him that way because of his face. In fact one of the first sentences in this book is "I think that the only person in the world who realized how ordinary I am is me." Sometimes people want to stand out because they don't feel "good enough", those people (and everybody else) should read this book. It makes your realize sometimes how awesome it is to be ordinary. I love this book because you get to read it from other peoples point of view, it is kind of like having lots of short stories in one book, but when you mash them together, they become one big story. Sometimes when authors changes points of view you can’t tell because all the characters seem the same. This was not the case. It is very obvious that the author took time to “get to know” her characters and create a backstory for them so they were all different. The book also shows the mean side of people, but it also shows that sometimes they can be very nice. The story very realistic because the characters make mistakes, and they learn from it. Another reason I love this book is that when the points of view change, there is always a really awesome precept. The story is one of those awesome books that you can read over and over again without getting bored. And just how awesome is that cover? Seriously, look at it!

My only complaint is that the story was waaaaaaaayyy to short. I mean, come on people, only 315 pages? Just kidding, I have no complaints. For this book... *ominous music*

Age recommendation: 8 and up


Fabulous Quotes


"I looked at her now. I wanted her to see how mad I was at her. But then I saw her face and just nodded. She seemed more scared than I was."



"I noticed Julian staring at me out of the corner of his eye. This is something I see people do a lot with me. They think I don't know they're staying, but I can tell from the way their heads are tilted."



"Rat boy. Freak. Monster. Freddy Krueger. E.T. Gross-Out. Lizard face. Mutant. I know the names they call me. I've been in enough playgrounds to know that kids can be mean. I know, I know, I know."



"You were wearing that helmet all the time. And the real, real, real, real truth is: I missed seeing your face, Auggie. I know you don't always love it, but you have to understand...I love it. I love this face of yours, Auggie, completely and passionately. And it kind of broke my heart that you were always covering it up."


Aaannd without further ado...
it's the moment you've all been waiting for...
What does the cat think???



                                          What a exhausting whirlwind of intense emotions!



And I Sue Kooky give this book...



5 stars out of 5! Wow! That deserves a medal!




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