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review 2017-08-30 03:21
Book Review: Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats
Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats - Carla Rehse

This book is just what I needed to get me out of my reading slump. I joined bout of books last week in an attempt to motivate myself to get some reading done and I'm glad I picked this lovely gem to focus my efforts on.


First off, Gracie is awesome. She's a no nonsense and all nonsense girl all rolled in one. Sometimes the name dropping of all the different designers was a bit distracting from the story, but I understand it was necessary to build up Gracie's over the top, only child, rich kid connections. Despite her background, I think Gracie's character was well rounded and a lot of fun. 


Asher and Willow round out the trio of misfits and their interactions with Gracie made me laugh out loud. They have seen their share of tragedy and frustration at such a young age, but are empowered and stubborn enough to try to change the way things are. I would love to read a book from Willow's perspective because I think it would be full of sarcasm and wit. 


For keeping me entertained and turning pages, this book gets a glowing 5 stars from me. It was well written, fun and just the right amount of seriousness to bring it to a conclusion. I would highly recommend it. 

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review 2016-06-22 13:49
Review: Hook, Line & Sinker by Piper Vaughn
Hook, Line, & Sinker (Hard Hats Book 2) - Piper Vaughn


Nice follow up of Wood, Screws, & Nails.


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review 2016-05-29 08:16
10 or more reasons why the world-building will make you love The Dinosaur Lords and some favorite quotes
The Dinosaur Lords: A Novel - Victor Milán


My Thoughts as I read the book:


"A half-metre-long dragonfly, red from bulbous eyes to the vein lacework of transparent wings, took off from the leather bracer on Jaume's forearm and shot forward."


Lends authenticity to the environment that the author is setting us up in. After all:




and a more artistic view:



What intrigued me was their use in falconry. However, as you will continue to see throughout the books, wonderful ideas are mentioned once and then abandoned. There is no inclusion of them afterwards. I know that is a lot to expect but if you are going to build a new universe...


"The docks teemed with ships of every size. Its streets, from capillary alleys to boulevard arteries, pulsed with traffic, human, dinosaur, and vehicular."


Maybe it is the biologist in me but I loved the description. Also, reminded me of this video, so I thought I'd share:


Traffic the Port of Amsterdam sees in a day!


"Of course, you're too kind to point out the Parasaurolophus in the parlor..."


It got me wondering if including more modified idioms like that would have made the book's world seem more real or not.


Btw, this is the dinosaur that the character was talking about.


The book did suffer from the usual maladies, such as everybody knowing something was seriously wrong with the king's advisor and yet not doing anything about it:


"When she'd encountered Jeronimo, she had felt a strange unease, in the pit of her stomach and beneath her skin, as if sensing wrongness somehow."


*sigh* If this character turns out to be bad news in the sequel...


One of my favorite quotes from the book:


"But if he had loosed at you, you'd have just knocked the arrow out of the air, right? Or snatched it with your hand like those ninja blokes in Zipangu, I shouldn't wonder.

Karyl shrugged.

"Or died, he said."


It also made me think why the author used the word, ninja, in the book. The world is quite different from our own and the word just stood out. It might have been because the world the book is set in has an old feel to it. However, as I looked it up, I came across this page that said the word had been in use as early as in the 1600s. It had other interesting things to say about ninjas too.


This description about a species of dinosaurs simply called Titans was lovely:


"They had no voices: they couldn't force cries down the tremendous length of their necks."


That got me to start looking up animals without a voice and most links mentioned Giraffes. However, San Diego Zoo says Giraffes do have vocal cords but they make a limited number of sounds with them.


Brachiosaurus vs. Girraffe


This quote that was amazingly ironic:


"Whether we humans are or not, the dinosaurs endure."


Reminded me of the destruction humans have caused as detailed by the book, The Sixth Extinction.


This is another example of how good the world building is:


"Frequently ridden in battle by light-riders, as well as, occasionally by knights and nobles too poor to afford war-hadrosaurus."


This is the Hadrosaurus and here is a video where its fossilized remains were discovered.


There are small excerpts from different "books" at the beginning of each chapter. Some of them mention deities that are worshiped in that world. The descriptions go so far to include an aspect that the deity favors. However, they are never mentioned in conversations (except for battle cries). I mean, so many of our expressions could have been modified and used:


By Jove, Jeez, Jesus, and so on.


Another thing that I found hard to believe was how naive Melodia, the king's eldest was. If you are a princess, you are definitely going to be trained in court intrigue etc. You won't go spouting off things that can be twisted later and have you framed for sedition. Especially, if you have a father who only deigns to remember that he has daughters at certain times. Even more so, if you could never inherit the throne and thus, do not have the security that an heir would. She behaves like a spoiled teenager, which even if she is one, she cannot afford to be.


Another favorite quote:


"And then, with what struck Melodia as completely necessary enthusiasm, her noble ladies-in-waiting set about burying the Princess Imperial in shit.


The treachery wasn't unexpected when it did come. The swiftness of the events was fun though!


The Grey Angels are something that I am curious about. One of the theories about them says:


My guess is that we must have colonized some planet and maybe started a fun experiment, people and dinosaurs together to see what would happen? It seems like the Gray Angels are some kind of super powered protectors who keep the people at a certain level."


All in all, I liked the book a lot. I read it slowly, enjoying every part. Some of the dinosaur battle scenes were really good. The book could have done with a little more of them.


All this talk about dinosaurs would not be complete without a mention of this guy:



#DinosaursAsPets #WaitingForTheSequel #MissTheBowlingHat




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review 2015-11-15 01:32
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss

Genre:  Magic / Royalty / Fantasy

Year Published:1938


Year Read:  2006


Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers



“The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” is one of Dr. Seuss’ earlier books as it is not written in the rhyming text that Dr. Seuss has been well known for. “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” is about a young boy named Bartholomew Cubbins who discovers that every time he takes a hat off his head, a new one sprouts up on his head, which cause trouble for him when the king finds out about it. This book may be a bit too dark for smaller children, but older children will definitely enjoy this classic tale from Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss’ early book is not written in the traditional rhyming text that he has been known for, but is instead written in a splendid narrative that is told in an extremely exciting and effective way. The story is also extremely creative as hats appeared on Bartholomew’s head with a real explanation which makes the matter mysterious. Dr. Seuss’ illustrations are once again in black and white with the exception of Bartholomew’s hats which are colored red, which effectively show how the hat has a huge importance to the story.



Parents should know that the scenes where the King threatened to cut Bartholomew's head off because Bartholomew could not take the hats off might disturb some children. Parents might want to read this book first to see if their child could handle such intense subject matter.

“The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” is a wonderful tale that is both exciting and suspenseful for many children and will be enjoyed by many children for years to come. I would recommend this book to children ages six and up because of the extreme dark tone that this book presents that would scare smaller children.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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