Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Problem Child by Michael Buckley

If you noticed the cover there is a new addition to the Grimms. Well actually an old one because that is Uncle Jake (Jacob). He hasn't been around for twelve years. But before I get into that I know that the book left you with a cliffhanger last time. I wonder if you noticed and they do mention it a couple of times in this book they mentioned a brother. That's pretty important. It's also pretty shocking.

So back to Uncle Jake. He and his brother used to get into so much trouble but hardly anyone remembers him and that's for a reason. He did something... bad. Granny Relda won't say. He has a coat of magic and because of him Sabrina has this new power. She gets pretty addicted. Of course again everyone gets mad at her. It's ridiculous. How is she still such a pain!? She's better I know but she's always making mistakes. She'll learn. Actually she does always make mistakes and at that time sheesh... so I forgive her.

Puck doesn't appreciate all this attention Uncle Jake is getting. He's been helping them out when he is supposed to be the villain. He feels under appreciated. And you will find out what happened with Mr. Canis so don't worry about it. The mayor has a running mate for the election which could spell trouble for the Grimms. Now it's like everyone's attacking them especially the girl and the Jabberwocky. The girl wants her grandmother and dog! She's insane. Such a great tie in with another character in the story. Now is when you find out who the real friends are. This book gives you a couple of surprises and it hits you a lot. It's crazy. Another great book from this series. Have A Very Grimm Week!

A Grimm Reaction: The Unusual Suspects

In this post I will post my reaction to some events that occurred. It's actually only one but for others you never know. This is the other favorite moment like I mentioned in the last post. I thought it would be fun so let me know what you think.

"You know me, Wolf," Puck said bravely. "You take another step or try to harm anyone here and you will have to answer to me."
The beast studied the boy for a long moment and then a chuckle came up through his throat. "Trickster," he said, sniffing the boy. "Love will be the end of you."
Puck blushed. "I don't know what you're talking about."
The Wolf turned and eyed Sabrina. He chuckled and then turned his eyes back on the boy.

When I first read it. Wait what!? They already mentioned Puck and Sabrina together!!??

When I read love will be the end of you. He DID NOT just say that!!!!

After initial shock are the happy tears. Such a sweet moment.

When Mr. Canis looks at Sabrina. Happiness. Yeah!

When I looked back and saw that Puck blushed. Wait a minute...

Why is he blushing!? He LIKES HER!!!!

End of my reaction. Sorry I'm new to this. Hopefully you enjoyed it. Have A Very Grimm Week!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Grimm Review: The Unusual Suspects

So this review is basically the same as the first but it will be very spoilery so I suggest you don't read it if you haven't read this book already. Hope you enjoy!

Grimm Characters

In this book Sabrina is always angry and she's picking fights with everyone little does she know she's being controlled but still it was her emotions and anger but amplified. Will she be able ever to forgive herself?
-Sabrina Grimm

Daphne loves her new hairdo provided by with the help of Puck. She can keep a ruler and a snack for later in there, she's Ms. Popularity, Snow White is her teacher which makes her so happy she might barf, she's "law enforcement", but her sister is being a real pain in the behind.
-Daphne Grimm

Granny admits to Sabrina that she is suspicious of the Everafters but would never go as far as say they were all bad. She is always angry at her it seems in this book and doesn't appreciate bigotry. On bigotry I realized a children's book brought that up and did so so well. Good job Buckley we need awareness here.
-Granny Relda Grimm
All throughout the story Mr. Canis fights his inner demon literally. The Wolf ends up escaping at the end but cannot get away when the tunnel collapses on him. Did he survive?
-Mr. Canis

Elvis doesn't like to be left alone in the car but leave it to Daphne to make him feel important. He ends up rescuing Sabrina but is disgusted with the goo that was in his nose all over her. He knows everything that is going on even solving the case by himself in the last book and in this book he knows that Sabrina hasn't been so nice so he gives her the silent treatment as well.

Charming shows his well charming side when he worries for Snow and he even goes as far as deputizing his enemies. Love's worth it is it not? Daphne keeps on bugging him about it which doesn't make him happy especially since he's always blushing. Why Snow only I wonder? Is it because she left him at the altar? Does he only want her because she didn't want him?
-Mayor William Charming

Mirror has been helping Sabrina find ways to save her parents. He can't do anything without keys so she's been swiping her grandmother's and has been copying them slowly. Puck is awed by her when she admits it.  Sabrina and her grandmother go to him all the time to see her parents.

Puck seriously gets on Sabrina's bad side all the time especially since because of him her hair looks like a globe of curls. He claims he isn't a hero but when challenged he shows her his bad side. I completely forgot he shape shifts and he does so on more than one occasion. He proves himself a big help and a big pain when he picks on her in school.

Sheriff Hamstead now with only him in the police station asks for help from the Grimm's. The Grimm's actually say later on to Charming how they won't get money out of this. How do they get their money? Stockssss? lol.
-Sheriff Hamstead

Ms. Smirt makes a brief appearance where she actually ends up trying to flirt with the school counselor a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin which can't say much for her tastes in men. It was kind of pathetic but Sabrina was right. I kind of felt bad for her. Only time ever believe me.
-Ms. Minerva Smirt

"Her jet-black hair and porcelain skin were hypnotic. Her eyes were a dazzling blue and her teeth were so white they were nearly blinding"
Snow is a Kindergarten teacher and much to Daphne's joy her teacher. She's good with little people. She proves herself to not be a damsel in distress. Has a group called the bad apples. -Snow White

Wendell is mistaken for the bad guy. He ends up joining forces with the Grimm's. His father's (the Pied Piper) ability has been passed down to him but he uses a harmonica. He narrowly escapes death. He's a little annoying with his detective spiel. Dames....
-Wendell Hamelin

Grimm Recipes

Camel Hump Soup (Mmmm.... Hump)
"The family took their seats and Granny served herself and the girls some hot soup and buttered rolls. The soup tasted like warm butterscotch pudding but Sabrina was so hungry she didn't have the strength to make her usual complaint about her grandmother's weird food."
Of course, Daphne clapped her hands happily, and cried, "I'll have more! And this time make sure there's some extra hump in there!"

Glow-in-the-Dark-Waffles (They really glow!)
"Finding little success, Granny gave up and turned her attention to serving each girl glow-in-the-dark-waffles for breakfast."

Chicken Noodle Soup (Yes. It's just chicken noodle soup)
"What are we making?" Sabrina asked sarcastically. "Kangaroo-tail soup? Cream of Fungus?"
"Chicken noodle," Granny replied.

Aw, man. I wanted more recipes!

Grimm Books

The Jungle Book
Mermaids Are People, Too
Magical Mutations of Insects, Reptiles, and Kitties
Rumpelstiltskin's Secret Nature
The Blue Fairy Book
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Mother Goose

Hall of Wonders


Hardly any.. I looked up Caliban and it is one of the primary antagonist of The Tempest by Shakespeare according to Wikipedia.

A Grimm Dictionary

"What does negligent mean?" Daphne asked.
"It means she is a failure," Ms. Smirt said, interrupting Sabrina, who usually answered Daphne's vocabulary questions. "It means she refused to do what the state requires of her. It means she is unfit!"

"What does inhabitants mean?" Daphne interrupted.
"It means people who live in a particular place," here sister answered, noting Charming's impatient face."

"Ask my sister what ridiculous means," Daphne said.
"She wants to know what..."
"I heard her!" Sabrina growled at the boy. "It means you are being silly! It means you are being a baby!"

"What's a predator?" Daphne asked.
"It's like a hunter," Sabrina replied.

"What's vermin mean?" Daphne asked.
"Rats and mice," Sabrina explained.

Daphne's Favorite Word

Punk Rock!

Love her favorite words. She even used snot in this book too.

Grimm Moments

"You don't get to make the rules, young lady," Ms. Smirt snapped.
"Then we'll just let you and Elvis work out your problems on your own," Daphne said, patting the big dog on the head. "I guess you could probably make a run for it, but you won't get far. Elvis can smell evil."

"What fun," Granny said with a smile. "I was wondering if you had heard about the human that was killed today at the elementary school?"
"Yes, I have," the Widow replied. "Want to know how I know?"
Granny nodded.
"A little bird told me," the crow replied. For a moment, there was silence. "Get it? A little bird told me?"
"That's very funny," the old woman said, as a pained smile crossed her face. Sabrina rolled her eyes, but Daphne laughed so hard she snorted.

"You're not supposed to go anywhere without me."
"Well, you're here now, let's go."
"I don't feel like it."
"Puck, it's the boiler room. I bet it's dirty and gross in there," Sabrina said, trying to play to the boy's biggest weakness--filth. "I bet there's a greasy floor you can roll around on."

"How diabolical!" Puck cried. "It's so twisted, it's brilliant!"
-After Sabrina explains dodgeball to Puck

"And send rabbits to eat us! I;m a seven-year-old girl," Daphne said. "Do you know how important bunny rabbits are to me?"

Prince Charming, Snow, and Daphne Moments

"Sheriff, let's make a new law. Children who cannot stay out of the way go to jail," he said through gritted teeth.
"You're so funny," Daphne said, smiling into the mayor's face. The little girl grabbed Charming's necktie, yanked him down to her level, and gave him a smooch on the nose. The anger melted from the man's face only to be replaced by confusion. He pulled away from the girl as if he had accidentally touched a hot stove.

"Mr Hamstead could you make sure my fiancée... I mean Ms. White gets home safely," he said, blushing over his mistake. As Snow White stood up she smiled softly, but the bright red blush on her cheeks flashed like a police siren on her pale skin.

"You don't want anything bad to happen to Ms. White," Daphne cried, "You are in love with her. You want to kiss and hug her!"
"Nonsense!" the mayor shouted. "I can't have terrorists running around the elementary school, even if I approve of who they're killing,"
"You want to write her love notes," the little girl persisted. "You want to hold her hand in the park and look at puppies in the pet store."
"Is there an Off button on this one?" Charming asked Granny Relda.

"There was something that kept me here, "Charming said, staring into her eyes. The beautiful teacher leaned over and kissed the mayor. "Billy Charming, make me a promise."
"What kind of promise?" Charming asked, somewhat breathless.
"When all this is said and done," Snow White said, "Take me to dinner."
"As long as we can leave your seven chaperones at home," Charming said with a grin.
Mr. Seven grumbled in the front seat.
"Oh, it's so romantic," Daphne blubbered. "I think I'm going to cry!"
"I think I'm going to lose my lunch," Puck groaned.

Favorite Grimm Moments

Puck putting a spider on Sabrina and her and Daphne's reaction.
"But when one wakes up to find a giant hairy spider crawling on one's face, one should be allowed to throw a hissy fit. Which was exactly what Sabrina did. And her bloodcurdling scream caused Daphne to wake up, see the spider, and scream, too. Daphne's scream just made the whole thing that much more horrible for Sabrina, so she screamed even louder, which caused the little girl to scream at her sister's scream, resulting in a mini-concert hysteria that went on and on for about five minutes."

The other one I'll point out in another post. It'll be a reaction post so stay tuned for more! Wasn't the spider one Hilarious!!!??? Well, have a Very Grimm Week!

"We're Grimms, this is what we do."

The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley

Ah. This is one of my favorite covers of the Sisters Grimm other than the Everafter War. As you can see Puck's wings are pink! So fantastic. Now on to the review.

The Sisters Grimm have been thrust with the Grimm responsibility. They must keep the peace between humans and Everafters. They also for the last three weeks have had to accept this fate while Sabrina is all gung-ho about doing detective work she rather do it finding her parents and she does most of the time.

Now they have been avoiding it for three weeks but they are finally forced to go to school. It's unfortunate to Sabrina who's being made fun of and who is all of a sudden raging at the Everafters. She doesn't trust anyone of them because one of them took her parents away but no one else seems to acknowledge what is staring at them right in the face.

Now Daphne on the other hand is having the time of her life at school. Who wouldn't if they has Ms.White a.k.a. Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? Snow White ends up showing a side to her that shows how she isn't just a pretty face. Mayor Charming doesn't seem to get that she isn't the damsel in distress. And of course Daphne is just milking there obvious romantic feelings towards each other but she isn't too happy with Sabrina talking about Everafters in a bad way. Puck on the other hand loves fights and he revels in her getting in trouble especially now since he's got a front row seat to the chaos after his room was built and it's a truly jealous worthy room. Magic can do wonders.

So school isn't as safe as it should be. There is a dead teacher and no killer found. This is a job for the Sisters Grimm! Will they be able to find out who the killer really is or will they be too late?

Yes! Loved this book as you know because I love this series. In here we see more Sabrina and Puck moments if you understand what I mean... *wicked grin* Again Sabrina is acting a bit like a pain but I get it because I know why. You might not be as forgiving. I did still find her a tad over the edge. In the end you don't really feel as forgiving of her as you should. She is the main character though so she has to be diverse and full of surprises in her personality. Meanwhile the Wolf after tasting human blood is having a hard time staying as Mr. Canis and not the Big Bad Wolf. So another great addition to the series. The end leaves you with a cliffhanger and you want so much more. I'll have to discuss that in the review. Well, have A Very Grimm Week!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Grimm Review: The Fairy-Tale Detectives

This post will be a review of characters, favorite moments, and etc. This post doesn't really give anything away but I would be cautious if you haven't read the first book in the Sister Grimm series.

Grimm Characters

"She tucked her long blond hair behind her ear and turned her head away from the window, promising herself that she would be strong and not let her sister see her cry. She had to be the strong one; after all, she was almost twelve years old."
-Sabrina Grimm
"Sabrina's seven-year-old sister had had her face pressed against the window throughout the two-hour trip. Daphne had marveled at each ugly little spot on the map they rolled through, taking a break from the view only to ask the occasional question about their destination."
-Daphne Grimm

"The girls looked up to find a chubby old woman standing in front of them. She was dressed in an ankle-length, navy blue dress with a white shawl around her shoulders. Her long, gray hair was streaked with red, hinting at its original color, and she wore it tightly tucked under a matching navy blue hat with an appliqué  of a big fuzzy sunflower in the middle. Her face was a collection of wrinkles and sagging skin. Nevertheless there was something youthful about it. Perhaps it was the old woman's red cheeks and clear, green eyes. -Granny Relda Grimm

"Next to her stood the skinniest man Sabrina had ever seen. He had a full head of untamed platinum hair and enormous, watery eyes buried beneath eyebrows that were in desperate need of a trim. He wore a dark pinstriped suit that was several sizes too big and held a wide umbrella in one hand and his hat in the other."
-Mr. Canis

"It moved so quickly Sabrina couldn't tell what it was. It pushed over lamps and chairs, leaped over an ottoman, and knocked the terrified girls to the ground. Sabrina screamed, sure they were about to be eaten when, much to her surprise, a gooey tongue licked her cheek. She opened her eyes and looked up at the friendly face of a giant dog."

"A tall man in a purple suit exited the limousine and looked around. He had a strong jaw, deep blue eyes, and shiny black hair. He was probably the best-looking man Sabrina had ever seen, and her heart began to race. That was, until he opened his mouth again.
-Mayor William Charming

"A face was staring out at her but it was not her own. Floating without a body, the face was that of a man with a bald head and thick, angular features. He stared at the children with eyes like blue flames flickering a mixture of rage and disgust, as if the children were rodents found munching on the turkey during Christmas dinner."

"Sitting on the junk "throne" was a boy with a mop of blond hair that was tussled and dirty. He wore a pair of baggy blue jeans and a green hooded sweatshirt in desperate need of a washing, and in his hand he held a small sword. But most interesting was the golden crown that rested on his head."

"The door opened and a short, stout, pear-shaped man stepped out. He wore a beige police uniform with shiny black boots, a billy club at  his belt, a wide-brimmed hat that fastened under his three chins. His face was puffy and pink with a nose that angled upward, so that a person could see up his nostrils."
-Sheriff Hamstead

"Ms. Minerva Smirt was the girls' caseworker. She was a pinch lipped, humorless woman in her late fifties. She had had her hooked nose buried in a book for the entire train ride. Sabrina knew she was reading only so she wouldn't have to talk to them. Ms. Smirt looked up at Daphne with an annoyed scowl and sighed as if the question was more than she could bear."
-Ms. Minerva Smirt

Grimm Recipes

 Warm Chocolate-Chip Cookies (The safest thing they have ever eaten)
"These taste like my mommy's," she exclaimed.
"Where do you think she got the recipe, angel?" Mrs. Grimm said.

Spaghetti and Meatballs (Black, orange, and green. Perfect for Halloween!)
"Sabrina stared inside. She had never seen spaghetti like this. The noodles were black and the sauce was a bright orange color. It smelled both sweet and spicy at the same time, and the meatballs, which were emerald green, were surely not made from any kind of meat Sabrina had ever had."
"It's a special recipe," Mrs. Grimm said, as she dished some out for Daphne." "The sauce has a little curry in it and the noodles are made with squid ink."

Pancakes (With a healthy amount of pink goo on top)
"The old woman tilted the gravy boat over Daphne's pancakes and a sticky, bright pink liquid bubbled ot. To Sabrina it looked like gelatin that hadn't had time to set. When Daphne saw it her eyes grew as wide as the pancakes on her plate."
"It's a special recipe. It has marigolds in it." Mrs. Grimm, proudly poured into Sabrina's pancakes before the girl had a chance to refuse. Sabrina looked down at the funky, fizzing sauce. It smelled faintly of peanut butter and mothballs and Sabrina's stomach did a flip-flop in protest."

Meatballs (They taste just like real... pizza)
At the house, Mrs. Grimm prepared a huge plate of meatballs for the girls, complete with purple gravy, the recipe for which she claimed she'd gotten from a Tibetan monk. Too hungry to resist, Sabrina cut a meatball in half to make sure there wasn't any poison pills inside and, finding none, took a bite. It tasted like pizza."

Didn't anyone think for the last recipe that you wouldn't be able to see the pill because it would be crushed? Anyone? I'm sure it's just me.

Grimm Books

Birds of Oz
The Autobiography of an Evil Queen
Shoes, Toys, and Cookies: The Elvish Handcraft Tradition
365 Ways to Cook Dragon
Architecture for Pigs
Fables and Folklore: The Complete Handbook
Grimms' Fairy Tales
Fairy-Tale Accounts 1942-1965, by Edwin Alvin Grimm
Fairy-Tale Accounts by Henry Grimm
Anatomy of a Giant

Want to read all of those books. You would never see me again if I went in that house.

Extra: Ms. Smirt's book - How to Get the Love You Want

Hall of Wonders


I'd probably not want to go in many of these. Maybe fairy godmother wands, talking plants, wishing wells, crystal balls, and some others. DEFINITELY NOT GRENDEL.

A Grimm Dictionary

"What's an impostor?" Daphne asked, not bothering to turn her head away from the view through the window.
"It means someone who is pretending to be someone she's not," Sabrina said as she watched the rain outside.

"That woman is a lunatic," Sabrina whispered.
"She is not!" Daphne cried. "What's a lunatic?"
"A crazy person. She thinks people live in the woods, she's nailed all the windows shut, she talks to the house, and now she thinks fairy tales and giants are real. We can't stay here."

"Treacherous?" Daphne asked.
"Dangerous," Sabrina explained.

Domestic Tasks
"What does domestic tasks mean?" Daphne asked.
"The way he means it is women's work," here sister replied.

"How is it spelled?"
"It's alliances; it means to team up or join a group," Sabrina explained.

"What does barmy mean?" Daphne whispered to her sister.
Sabrina shrugged. She was having trouble keeping up with Jack's accent.

"Tenacious," Daphne asked.
"It means persistent," Sabrina said.

"And what does persistent mean?" Daphne asked.
"It means he's not going to give up."

A Grimm Outfit

"Sabrina looked in the bag. Inside were some of the strangest clothes she had ever seen. There were two pairs of bright blue pants that had little hearts and balloons sewn onto them. There were two identical sweatshirts that were as awful as the pants--bright orange with a monkey in a tree on the front. Underneath the monkey were printed the words "Hang in there!"

Daphne's Favorite Word


Daphne always has a favorite word each book so check to see in later reviews what she has changed her favorite word to!

Sisters Grimm Moments

"Did you hear someone talking in there?" Sabrina asked her sister.
"It was my belly. It's screaming for breakfast."

"I feel like a movie star," Daphne said as the girls hurried downstairs.
"You look like a mental patient," Sabrina remarked.

"She's funny," Daphne giggled.
Funny in the head, Sabrina thought.

Daphne took the goggles and raised them to her eyes.
"Oh, that's horrible!"
Sabrina looked out the window but saw nothing. "What? What do you see?" she asked nervously.
"You." the little girl giggled. 

A Puck and Sabrina Grimm Moment

"Puck, give me those keys!"
"Listen Puck, don't make me do something you're going to regret."
"I've fought tougher guys than you, Grimm. Though most of them had better-smelling breath!"

Who is Puck?

"I'm the Prince of Faeries. Emperor of Pixies, Brownies, Hobgoblins, Elves, and Gnomes. King of Tricksters and Prank-Players, spiritual leader to juvenile delinquents, layabouts, and bad apples."
He also goes by Robin Goodfellow and The Imp.

I sooo love Puck and if you don't love him now you will love him soon. 

A Mayor Charming Moment

"Relda Grimm is your Grandmother?"the mayor growled between gritted teeth. "When will this cursed family die out? You're like a swarm of cockroaches!"

Favorite Grimm Moments

When Sabrina realized she was wrong.
"I don't want to hear another word about fairies and goblins and giants or Jack and the Beanstalk or Humpty Dumpty!" Sabrina raged as Elvis let out a shrieking howl. "I know the difference between reality and fairy tale!"

But she hardly finished her rant when something fell out of the sky. It was monstrous and encircled the car and lifted it off the ground. Sabrina couldn't believe what she was seeing, but it was there, right in front of her.

When Sabrina first meets Puck and kicks his butt.
"But Sabrina didn't answer. Instead, she spun around, grabbed the boy by the shoulders, and heaved him into the pool, sending a splash of water and soggy dead leaves high into the air. The sword had slipped from the boy's hand as he fell, and with nimble fingers, Sabrina caught it. She leaped to safety on the side of the pool and waved the sword threateningly at the pixies."

Phew! Finally I'm done. I know I wrote a lot but it is a review which really means an overview of the book so most of you should know the book by now. And it was honestly fun looking everything up. I'm going to be more spoilery in the other reviews so I don't recommend reading them. Well, Have A Very Grimm Week!

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have only had each other for a year and a half while they battled crazy, dangerous, and forgetful foster families. It all started when their parents, Henry and Veronica Grimm, disappeared. There was no sign of them. All that was left was a red hand print in their apartment.

Now going to Ferryport Landing Sabrina and Daphne are about to discover the worse foster parent of all because this one actually claims to be their grandmother when their father said she was dead and even stranger of all she actually admits to being crazy! Well she admits that she believes that fairy tales are true, that all Everafters (that's what fairy tale creatures like to call themselves) cannot leave Ferryport Landing as long as there is a Grimm is there, and that they are actually related. Sabrina knows better but her more than gullible sister Daphne is eagerly going with the story. But Sabrina is not going to believe her foster families web of lies. She's getting out of there and she'll do it at any costs.

As I explained before this series is the best when it comes to fairy tales. I mean there are actual fairy tale characters in here! Snow White is a Kindergarten teacher because she's good with little people. Her being that is just complete genius. Sabrina is a bit of a pain in the beginning because she refuses to believe any of what granny Relda says and honestly if it was me I wouldn't care. If it was real yay! If it wasn't who cares? She isn't harming anyone. You see the beginnings of her sneaky side. She hatches plans pretty easily. She is essentially the leader and you'll see more of that later. Daphne on the other hand is irresistible. She does this thing where she puts her palm in her mouth because she is so overly excited about something. She also is an eater just like Puck who is a fairy from A Midsummer's Night Dream. Puck is disgusting and rude and always butting heads with Sabrina. He just makes me so happy. 

In every book there is a mystery to solve and by looking at the cover you know it's about a giant. You meet a very important character in here which is the Mayor Prince Charming who is seen as a snotty and evil guy unlike what we are told in our fairy tale stories. He's also been with a lot of women... He is a big part of the series and even though he isn't one of the main characters treat him as one because he is very important. He and a lot but not all Everafters have a grudge against the Grimm family because they are stuck their because of them. The original Brothers Grimm like the book are the Sisters Grimm ancestors. Wilhelm went to Baba Yaga to cast a spell to keep all the fairy tale creatures there because they were feuding with the humans. Magic always has a price (important) so that's why a Grimm always has to stay in Ferryport Landing. 

I'll have more on this book and the rest of the series this week. This series is truly worth the read. Just a lot of excitement at points with twists and shock mixed in. There are a couple of times where you really can't believe what just happened. And Buckley does fill our hearts with a love interest. I wonder if you guys guessed it already. So Happy Reading! And have a Very Grimm Week!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's A Grimm Week...

Yay! I did it. That picture took forever. Anyways I promised a long time ago that I would reread The Sisters Grimm Series and then finally read the last book. I don't recommend if you haven't read the series to read any of the posts except of course the first book. From tomorrow to next Monday I will be reading the series. Now this series I don't know who got it first me or my aunt and I don't know how we discovered it but this is one of the greatest series out there. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Sisters Grimm are the greatest series ever made in my opinion. Me and my aunt have read this series together and have loved it.

I know going into this I'll know things already so I can't really conspire with you guys in what's going to happen but I'll try my hardest. This week will also include a post after the book review post and that will be for anyone who has read the book. I'm sure it'll be only me but it makes me happy so I'm going to do it. During those posts I would like to get into the characters as much as I can so seriously don't ruin it for yourself if you haven't read the book. I might have the spoilers be my reaction post. I don't know right now all I know is it's going to be EPIC. Can't wait to do this and read the last book!!!!

The Sky Inside You by Marco Moreno Flores

I've never reviewed a poetry book so bear with me. The book is separated into three parts. Life, Love, and Eternity. Now dividing it up in sections is a good way to go. Dividing them up with the major themes even thought the last section, Eternity, should have been named Death but I understand why the author did that. It's the same thing plus as you read the poems you know a couple of them have religious references.

Now I've only read poetry books by Mary Oliver and Kay Ryan. Now if you have ever read a book of poetry you notice how you only like a couple of them because all the other ones you don't fully understand. At least that's the way with me with m y experience. So I can safely say that you will actually understand these poems. I didn't like them all which has happened before but with the ones I did like I was like huh. I'm impressed. And I was because they were pretty entertaining and I stress again I can understand them all.

There wasn't really one section I liked over the other which I thought I would but there were always some poems from each I liked. My favorite happened to be the longest and in the Eternity section. It's called Ode to Memory. Now I'm thinking and I was thinking throughout how the author would usually say I like everything was happening to him and especially in this one. I wonder if the I meant another person namely God. I don't know why I thought that but I just wonder where he was coming from when writing it.

What I didn't really understand was how the... rhythm of the poems kind of stayed the same with all the stories. I didn't feel an overly amount of passion with love. I liked actually a lot of them but I wanted more visual poetry that made me want to run and leap and do a crazy war cry. I haven't really found a poem like that yet but you get the point. And Eternity while I was reading it I was thinking death throughout and I get it was about Eternity but I wanted a poem really really dark. The ant poem spooked me but I wanted just a single dark poem. All in all I enjoyed it. It made me want to read more poetry. The author has put up some of the books poetry so if you want to check it out go here. Thanks to the author for letting me read the book.

When the Moon Forgot by Jimmy Liao

So here comes another picture book your way. I'm glad I decided to do this because of books like these. A boy finds the moon small, sick, and lost. It doesn't remember how it got there. While everyone else notices that the moon isn't there. Just like the people of this world someone somewhere decided to capitalize on this and make a moon toy for everyone. Now everyone can have their own moon but one boy has the real moon and that boy becomes great friends with the moon and then the moon remembers and has to go away. 

I thought this was touching. It's weird for me to say that because you always read that from reviews from the top dogs how this book was riveting and touching but it's true it was really touching. And the illustrations! Just fantastic

It starts out without any words. And it makes you scan the whole picture because the story already started and in that way you get to take in the story more. It makes you slow down. I haven't heard of this author/illustrator before so it was nice to meet him this way with this story. It was just precious him carrying the moon and taking him places with the moon in a coche (stroller). And I loved even though everyone else forgot their moon he never forgot his. It found the perfect person.

There were parts where I thought like such an adult. He's on a roof of a tall building and on a train by himself and I'm thinking that is so not real because a mother would not let her child do that. I was like wow. You really are lacking in imagination. But that's what picture books are. They encourage imagination and sometimes they have a little moral lesson in there too. Thought it was lovely. I did have some beef with what the kid's pajamas were though. Doesn't that remind you of something? But I think I'm being a little too critical plus inspiration comes from everywhere.


While I talked about before about my school troubles two other things happened during the two weeks that I didn't blog. One: I got a twitter. I thought I would never get a twitter but I wanted to support Secret Circle which is a great show that was cancelled after one season. It was perfect right after The Vampire Diaries and I would always want to see it first than TVD. Both these television shows were originally books by L.J. Smith. Apparently it didn't go by the book but I really didn't know about these series so it doesn't bother me particularly. So I'm saying it's a great television show that you should watch. Both series had had what has to be the greatest season finales I've ever seen. Seriously. It was epic. So I'm going to ask you guys to sign the petitions to save the Secret Circle. Watch the show. It's amazing.

The Secret Circle is about 6 families of witches that are in a circle. Together they are powerful. There are so many twists and turns. Watch this awesome video and sign the petitions. You won't regret it!

I also will have updates about the blog on their too. My twitter: @Adriana_1226
Couldn't fit the blog name on there but it's okay. The second thing was my brother got me a Sony Reader.

My camera isn't working right now so I just got this from the internet. Now my brother is super sweet to get me this for an early birthday present seeing that my birthday is in November. Now I got mixed feelings because books actual books are what makes the world go round for me but I slowly got used to the idea because I will never give up real books. I'll use it for my club reads and some other books. I don't see me using it a ridiculous amount which is good because I've always been against it. Over the years I've been okay with it. I mean it can be useful but I will always have paper books with me. It's just how I am. How about you guys?

How do you feel about ereaders and ebooks?

Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach

Everywhere Hero goes she gets made fun of by her name. This time when she moves she is humiliated the worst of all the times before. A girl in her classroom actually says that her dog is named Hero too. The silence is deafening before the uproar of laughter ensues. Hero couldn't have just five minutes of no one knowing her name. No! It's all thanks to her parents who met in college at a class that taught Shakespeare. And lucky her her father knows everything about everything that deals with Shakespeare because that's his job. She can't count how many times he has quoted Shakespeare.

Her mother on the other hand is actually a pretty normal mom who is always positive everything will be alright. While Hero's personality is a little bit on the serious side. Well, a lot on the serious side. You would be too if you were teased all the time. While she had to suffer from her name from the Shakespearean work of Much Ado About Nothing her sister, Beatrice, got the better end of the stick. She's instantly popular wherever she goes. Her name doesn't limit her at all.

Then her mother does her favor but Hero doesn't know it yet. She ends up meeting her neighbor who gradually tells her about the Murphy Diamond in her hose. How no one could find it (the police) and everyone believes it's still there. Her and a set of boys and she actually can say she has friends. Aaron is a first grader who she met on the bus on the first day and who she helped get to class. HE IS ADORABLE! She holds his hand and I'm just freaking out on how cute that is. Danny Cordova gets interested in her. He's the most popular boy in school and has this no care attitude. His father happens to be the chief of police.

The mystery in this story is intertwined with Shakespearean history. It's not just the mystery of where the diamond is but who the real Shakespeare is. I know there was a movie about that but unfortunately I never got to see it. The Shakespeare we know is a poor merchant but has the soul of a poet but with no formal education it's very possible he isn't the true Shakespeare. The book explores that as well as who could be the actual Shakespeare through history. It just kind of sneaks in there... the history of Shakespeare. It gets you interested in that time. It's pretty sly in doing that.

Hero was a great character. I love the mopey types of main characters and I haven't read a middle school book in awhile so it made me like her even more. I really wanted there to be a second book for this. I'm always okay with books ending but I want more mysteries. Whenever there are any mystery stories there is usually more books behind it if you think about it. The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, and others. So that's why I wanted more. What initially drew me to this book was the cover. It felt very Bauldelairy and I was right! Because the illustrator is the same. It's Brett Helquist. I know my illustrators. Well after 13 books I would hope I would know who he was by now. So great mystery for middle school. There was one part that I saw coming and I really don't like when I see things coming but other than that it was a solid read.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

“Sometimes I feel hunted by my grief. It circles me, stalks me. It's always in my periphery. Sometimes I can fake it out. Sometimes I make myself go so still, it can't sense that I'm there anymore and it goes away. I do that right now.” 

Ugh. Before I go into the book review I must say that I had some other quotes and I returned the book before I can write them down! Woe is me.... So I settled for a quote I got off of Goodreads... Still good but I'm sad because my quotes were awesome... Pity party over. Now to get to the book.

Eddie's Reeves father left a hole in her family when he killed himself. He was a photographer that walked away from it all because he wanted to share his art. He didn't want his art to be seen as something so trivial as to be bought and sold. It's two months later and his death still lingers as much as it did when it was discovered that he did kill himself. 

Her mother never takes off his coat. She walks aimlessly through the house like a ghost. She doesn't get to show her grief because it might upset her. Beth, a friend who refuses to let age happen to her, is controlling everything while her mother is... incapacitated. She is also controlling her. She has to be this perfect daughter while her mother tries to get back on her feet which I'm really pissed that Beth does that. Excuse you. She lost her father too. What do you think because she is a teenager and she's not acting like her mother that she doesn't feel his loss too? Check yourself.

That's a  part I found strange actually. She even says her father is like a stranger to her now. She never really described him as he used to be. She did it maybe once but I couldn't see the father daughter connection that you should see. It was all morbid. Well not all. Just the feel. She did have Milo is her best friend. There's something he won't tell her. It's pretty shady until it is of course actually revealed. The reveal was more...eye opening? than I thought. It was just crazy... in a good way. 

Apparently she was this much more carefree person but that is all lost now. She is really awkward with Milo now. She's jealous (even if she says she isn't) of his one time girlfriend who comes back during the summer. Worse possible timing. He is a love interest. There are actually two love interests which you know what that means. Love triangle! It's done well so don't worry.

Culler Evans is the other love interest. He was one of the only students or the only student of her father's. He might know things. He seems to be in as much grief as she is with her father's suicide and she gets closer to him because of it which I honestly think is kind of creepy. Getting close because of your dad. See? Creepy. But he provides more than a love interest. You start wondering about him. She's absolutely insane to go near him. I would have said back off because there is something wrong with you. It's all really dark but it's beautiful as well. It's an amazing story. Death has to be in like top three types of stories made. Suicide on the other hand has its own different league because it's a choice and in this book there's always the question of why?

Found an excerpt for the first 5 chapters. You're happy now aren't you? Excerpt.

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Emma's mother, Becky, left her at a friend's house one day for a sleepover and she never came back. She was abandoned at a young age age and she didn't really need to look too far for why. She still wonders where she is and if she is still alive but she wasn't really what you would call a stable mother. She would have these moments where she would be greatly depressed and start crying uncontrollably. She would wander away while Emma had to grow anxious with worry because she doesn't know where her mother is. And for a five year old that's a lot to take in.

Emma has lived in foster homes after foster homes because of her mom. She wishes so much for the perfect family. For a mom, a dad, and siblings who love her. Unfortunately that wish comes with a price. She sees a video online, a disturbing video, of someone who looks exactly like her that looks like she was strangled to death. She finds out that her name is Sutton and she is pretty well to do. This is girl, however impossible as it can be is her twin sister... her family. So she journeys to find her but she gets quite the shock that her dear old sister is dead. She must find out who killed her sister before they do the same to her.

Sutton doesn't really remember who she is. She knows she goes where Emma goes and sees what Emma sees. She knows she's dead. She can see her life through Emma's and it doesn't look pretty. Her friend's play awful pranks on everyone and she seems to be the worse one of them all. There are so many possibilities with who killed her. The book keeps you guessing all the time. "It's got to be him. But, wait! she looks suspicious." It's reveal is oh so satisfying. It's a pure evil ending. The person who seems least suspect looks like the killer. But then there are also like 5 other possibilities. Love that.

Now being Sutton is not all it's cracked up to be as you could tell. She's a witch for lack of a better word. She's the leader in a little gang that plays the lying game. They dare each other and scare each other thinking that there is something wrong with them. It's pretty messed up and Emma's just this nice girl who wants a family! *cue aw's* Sutton's friends are exactly like her. Laurel her sister wants to be her. She has a boyfriend that she so doesn't want to kiss because kissing your sister's boyfriend especially since she's dead is creepy.

Oh! Most important thing that I forgot to say was that she switched places with her. Well Sutton is still dead but Emma has to become Sutton. Freaky I know. Back to the boyfriend... she doesn't want to kiss him because she rather have Ethan Landry kissing her! He is the brooding, loner type and she and Sutton must of had a thing going on or maybe it's just because he's not the type to hang out with her. There are so many things that come up that make you question everything. Such a great book. Job well done Shepard for a great mystery although the first chapter is not that great and I hear this is a television show but Sutton is actually alive. Don't want to watch it now. I never want to read a book that becomes a television show because I know that spells trouble. (I'll probably do it anyway when I read Pretty Little Liars. I know I'm hypocritical). I think this series has so much possibility. It was worth the wait from the library. Need the second book now!!!

Child of Destiny by George H. Elder

Kara is an outcast. She bears a mark on her head. Something that makes you imperfect. Something that makes you evil. But her mom couldn't kill her daughter which was the duty of all the Labateen mothers who found imperfections on their newborns but Kara's mom saw a vision. Her daughter was there for something special. God had shown it to her. So when it was finally revealed what Kara was she was sent away but not before being saved by her mother.

The world is in turmoil. There is something in the universe that is missing. The Seeker is the only one who can set things right. On a mission to find him, Anita, lands unexpectedly on Labateen. It's a basic hunter and gatherer planet. A primitive one. There Anita finds Kara who seems to know more about the Seeker than she should. Can Kara be the one to save us all?

The book originally had great potential. I read an excerpt about it where Kara's mother was contemplating killing her and how she covered her mark up. What intrigues me about it was I love books where there are outcasts and this one had to deal with a primitive outcast. I've never read a book about something so deep in the past. The book then revealed itself to meet past with future having this ship come on her land. All of a sudden a world that was definitive (hopefully that word is used right) got from small to larger in my mind. In other words I didn't expect the future aspect of it to come to play. I kind of rather had the story not to save the universe. I was thinking when reading the excerpt that this lone outcast was going to save her people and she'll be deemed a hero.

Honestly it wasn't my cup of tea. Kara was pretty funny though always trying to attack everyone especially since there were pictures involved. I wonder why there were pictures because it's not directed to an age that usually has pictures in their books. The pictures were also kind of awkward because she was illustrated without clothes on. I mean I'm not the type of person who is immature and would say ew! to that but I didn't find it necessary. All I thought was okay...

Now God was a big part of everything because the Labateen were supposedly the Children of God. They also had evil in the form of Ishtar. He's not an actual person... you know what I mean. Well, what I was wondering was why did the author have only one God? Wasn't it customary to believe in a whole bunch of Gods in primitive years. I think mostly the human race has believed in multiple Gods so I wonder why he decided only one God. So there were some things that were interesting about the book but it wasn't really my type of book. But thank you to the author for letting me read it.


Finally! I get to actually can read again! I haven't been able to read for about a week and a half. So I finally can get back to reading and my blog. So behind now it's ridiculous but know I will go into hyper mode. When I want to read I'll read a lot so expect a lot of reviews coming your way and something special next week.

This also means that I am so close to graduating! I'm pretty terrified in what college has in store for me. I am just so happy though that I'm done with my A.P. exams and I'm done with my senior project. My senior project btw is to create a business. I think you can all guess that the business I created was a bookstore. And you might be thinking that's so much fun! No. It took forever and it was demanding and it was horrible. I had to present in front of judges and I know now what I could have said but I'm done so I'm happy. Happy Reading Everyone!

Oh yeah. I won't be doing the picture books reviews on certain days because that's a little too much pressure on my part. I will still review them but not religiously on Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Carrot by Vanita Oelschlager Illustrated by Kristin Blackwood

Release Date: May 2nd 2012
Carrot the cat has a pretty good life. She lives in a house that's not too big and not too small, she gets to nap the day away, and chase mice up and down streets but also ends up helping a mouse recovering from the flu.

One day she sees this cat on a boat but not just any boat - a yacht. She starts imagining what life would be like as this beautiful and rich cat. Infinite amounts of comfort, food, and grooming. Doesn't sound too bad but really what would her family do without her and is that life really worth it?

Okay. This was my first review of a picture book in a long time. As you know I've decided to read more picture books so here's the first in what I hope to be many. So far so good.

I love cats even though they do tend to break my heart. I've raised a kitten before and you can't believe the quirks you notice on a cat that you raised. So of course I wanted to read this book and especially with all the hilarious cat photos cropping up all over the place I felt like reading a book about cats. 

Maybe it's just me but the rhymes felt not as natural as I would have liked. I think it's just because it's a new author and I'm pretty new at reviewing picture books. It was a nice tale about loving where you are and who you are but it didn't make me jump for joy at how amazing it was.

The illustrations were pretty unique in that it looked like the pictures were cut out and pasted to make a 3-D effect without it actually being a pop-up book. It was a nice effect but the pictures were all right. I rather have had the colors encompass the whole page though. I don't want a patch of white on my picture book. It was still a nice read and according to the back of the book the net profits of the book will go to charitable organizations including  the author's husbands disease - multiple sclerosis which is a truly great thing and I commend the author on doing that. Also she has her own publishing - VanitaBooks so she's indie! A great thing to be.

Wednesday Picture Books

Hey guys. So I came to the decision that I will review picture books even though my norm is teens and middle school. I'm just going to try it out for now. There are only so many picture books in the library and I want to make sure I can review the way I usually do. It won't be a meme that says Wednesday Picture Books (maybe). I guess I'll just announce it on the review or before hand on a different post or review. So hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Breathless by Lurlene McDaniel

Travis has always been at the edge of life which is probably why he is a diver. And despite being a diver when football always reigns he is still one of the most popular kids at school. One day he goes out with his girlfriend, his best friend, and his sister to Alabama's Lake Martin and he attempts to a dive off of Chimney Rock, the tallest cliff out there. He's done it before so he doesn't expect his leg to break half way through the dive. He also doesn't expect all the tests they run on him at the hospital. And he especially doesn't expect to have bone cancer. Everything changes and he asks his  best friend for the most impossible thing. Will he get his friend to help him out with a life altering decision?

The story is told between four POV's. Travis comes in and you get to know the wild guy who could be the life of the party if he wanted to be. Then you see him at his worst. He is fading away even becoming depressed. (That's not a surprise) He knows why everyone is always around. They need to babysit the cripple.

Cooper is Travis's best friend. Travis is Cooper's only friend. He became friends with him early on and is usually at his house most nights because of complications with his mother. His dad isn't around and he is a social outcast because of the way he looks. He is mixed with Hawaiian and Korean. He has had a crush on Travis's sister for awhile now.

Emily is Travis's sister who is always in worry mode over her brother. She doesn't trust his girlfriend so much because well if you just looked at her you would know she isn't the type to stick around. She also has a crush on Cooper but why would he ever look at her? Her friends are books and anyways he's Travis's best friend. Of course they both don't know that they like each other but everybody else does. Isn't that always the case?

Darla is Travis's girlfriend. The one who can get any guy but she sticks by her man because he has always been a gentleman to her unlike how her father treats her and her mother. She has never been as smart as her father and he makes sure she remembers it.

This book is only 165 pages and you can really feel it. The author did not go in depth with the characters. I consider this a light read with some interesting things to think about when you are done reading but honestly it isn't anything that wowed me. I couldn't feel horrible about Travis's condition. It sucked but I didn't cry which I always do because I'm way too emotional. The characters could have been much better. Seems I'm not having much luck this week. Hopefully it'll pick up soon.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

Every 38 years The Pendleton is faced with mass murders and suicide. Some people just disappear never to be found again. But no on knows that it happens every 38 years except an old retired attorney named Silas who after his wife's death has become obsessed with The Pendleton's history. Then there is The One who is coming to get some of the people. He is The One. He's everything. He with The Witness will create a personal hell hole for The Pandleton residents. A time they will never forget or will have no more time to remember.

Finally the second book in my family's book club has been read and honestly thank God for that because this book like my mom has said before is like "pulling teeth". The beginning was like this. The last parts were pretty interesting seeing it all come together but it was just not for me.

The story is told through the perspectives of several people including The One and The Witness. You never know who The One is until much later and The Witness to almost the end which makes you anticipate a little. There is Twyla who is a songwriter with her son Winny who loves books and could never really get into sports and music like his absent father wants. Then there is Sparkle Sykes who has only ever feared lightning after watching her father get electrocuted and die. She has an autistic daughter who loves Bambi. There's also an assassin, an ex-marine, an ex-senator, and others.

So you know that I was not this books biggest fan. It dragged on too much for me. It took way too long to get to the exciting bits. Well to the actual story. There was some creepy things going on but again it only really picked up at the end. I will give it to the author. He was able to put it all together in the end nicely though some things I found unnecessary. He leaves you with a sense of there could be more to it. But with such an acclaimed author I expected more. Everyone says to read his books but I just could get into it as much as I should have. Oh well. My aunt claims his books aren't usually like this so maybe one day I'll try him again. Second book club read down and the third one coming up. The Snow Child is already showing promise.

April 2012 Cover Love

Another month another list of Cover Loves. This last months stand out covers for me were Banished by Sophie Littlefield, You Against Me by Jenny Downham, and Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. 

Banished just brings you a sense of things are going to go down and she's about to kick some ass. Banished ended up being my first healer book and I'm happy to have it on my Cover Loves this month.

You Against Me just gives me goosebumps because of what the book is about and what the cover represents. Two families at war with each other. One right one wrong. The ones closest to the victims/accused come together and fall in love. Classic Romeo and Juliet story all about choices. I've been admiring this cover for awhile now and still can't believe I was able to read it. It exceeded my expectations.

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe just was a perfect book at the perfect time. Yes, there was some flaws but again like I've said time and time again it is in that music type of genre. This brought me to another area of books and that is radio and I WANT MORE!

So that's it for last month's Cover Loves. I honestly really wnt to seek more beautiful covers for this and will try my best next month.