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review 2017-06-08 06:13
A Conspiracy of Kings
A Conspiracy of Kings - Megan Whalen Turner

I legit thought the whole book was the events of the first third of the book. I have no idea how I managed to forget so much of this story. But that was great for the reread because it was like reading it for the first time.


The ending does make me mad that Thick as Thieves is a standalone story. I've been waiting seven years, I need some closure after this ending.

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review 2017-03-28 02:45
Batman Vol. 10: Epilogue
Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 10: Epilogue - Scott Snyder,Greg Capullo,Danny Miki

The final volume of the New 52 run of Batman is a disappointing collection of unrelated issues. It feels like all the leftover Batman issues were thrown together to get one more book to sell. This includes the Futures End Batman issue that takes place in a possible dark future and an annual that goes back a bit to when Bruce had amnesia still.


The saving grace for this volume is issue 51. Following Batman on a quiet night in Gotham as he tries to discover the cause of a blackout in the city, this issue was a beautiful celebration of Batman's legacy. Sometimes it can feel like Batman is fighting a losing battle in Gotham and is failing to change anything. But this issue highlights how the people of Gotham have been inspired by him and have hope for the future that they didn't have only years before. It is easily my favorite issue from this run of Batman.


The other issues in this book weren't bad. They just didn't do much for me. Without issue 51, this volume would only have been a 2 star read.

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review 2017-03-14 00:31
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitten's First Full Moon - Kevin Henkes

Genre:  Animals / Humor / Bedtime / Adventure / Perseverance 

Year Published: 2004

Year Read:  2011

Publisher: Greenwillow Books      




I have been reading Kevin Henkes’ works ever since I was a child and every one of his children’s books always featured mice as the main characters. Well, imagine my surprise when I finally found a book by Kevin Henkes that was about a cat! “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Kevin Henkes and it is about a small kitten who tries to grab a bowl of milk in the sky (the moon!) “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a truly cute book that every child would definitely love for many years!

I was really interested in how well crafted this book was! Kevin Henkes has done an excellent job at writing this story about a small kitten’s attempts to grab a “bowl of milk” in the sky. The writing is extremely simple yet cute at the same time and I loved all the creative ways that Kitten tries to get to the moon, like trying to lick at it, jump towards the moon and chase after the moon. It was also cute in how the kitten mistakes the full moon for being a bowl of milk as it strongly relates to any child’s first experiences with a certain object, like say a child mistakes a piece of chalk for candy and it was this experience that Kitten has that made this book extremely relatable to everyone who had mistaken objects for something else. Kevin Henkes’ illustrations are truly beautiful and adorable as Kevin Henkes draws the Kitten in an extremely cute manner that my heart literally melted whenever I keep seeing an image of the little white kitten! I also loved the background images in the story as they truly looking dazzling, especially the scene where Kitten is running through the fields and you can see flowers and tall grass as she approaches them. The black and white colorings of the images make this book extremely fascinating to look at as it made the images look both dramatic and effective at the same time!

Overall, “Kitten’s First Full Moon” is a truly cute book for children who love reading about cats and experiencing new things in life. I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since the format of this book is simple for smaller children to read.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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review 2017-01-18 04:06
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird (Perennial classics) - Harper Lee

Life in the 30s in the South. The "good ole days". Yeah, riiiight.


Actually, narrating this from Scout's POV allows for a lot of innocence of childhood to shine through, and it's optimistic even Scout is making scathing observations and comments on the hypocrisies and bigotry of the times.


I originally read this in high school, like I'm sure a lot of people did, and while it made an impact then, I had largely forgotten a lot about the story aside from Boo Radley and the trial. So I was surprised by how little those actually came into the story, which mostly chronicles Scout and Jem's childhood and summers for the two years leading up to that fateful day in 1935 when Tom Robinson was put on trial. There was never a doubt what the outcome would be, but seeing Jem's hope and absolute certainty, Dill's anger at the injustice of the cross-examination and Scout's struggles to understand what all these big events around her meant in the larger picture gave it a focal point to highlight how not innocent these so-called "simpler and easier" times actually were.


I was much more uncomfortable with the casual racism on display by our protags than I was by the outright bigotry of the Ewells and others in town. I had forgotten how prevalent it was in the book.


The world needs more Atticus Finches, and more respect for our mockingbirds, in whatever form they come.

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review 2016-12-19 03:37
Quick Holiday Paranormal
Christmas Angel by Amber Carew (2011-11-03) - Amber Carew;Opal Carew Christmas Angel by Amber Carew is a very short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. Ms Carew has given us a well written book with lovable characters. This short paranormal has plenty of drama, suspense and sizzle. Angelique and Nick's story is an entertaining read. I enjoyed Christmas Angel and look forward to reading more from Amber Carew in the future. This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger. I received a copy of this book from InstaFreebie.
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