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review 2017-03-21 02:10
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! - John A. Scieszka

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs provides a new take on the traditional story of the three little pigs. Alexander T. Wolf offers a new perspective on the classic story.

This book received a Lexile score of AD570L, making it a book to be read by the teacher to a group of students. This book can be used to teach about perspectives, and that there are multiple sides to each story. 

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review 2017-03-15 01:52
Mother Bruce
Mother Bruce by Higgins, Ryan T. (November 24, 2015) Hardcover - Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce is a silly tale about a grumpy bear named Bruce, who accidentally comes to raise a flock of goslings. He tries to get rid of them, but to no avail.

Mother Bruce received a score of AD570L on the Lexile scale, making it a bit difficult for students to read independently. This would be a great book to use as a read aloud just for fun, or to teach sequence of events. This is a fun book that is humorous for both children and adults. 

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review 2016-09-16 02:22
El Diablo (The Devil): The Good Ol' Boys Spin Off - Frank M. Robinson

I love a good alpha, dominating, anti-hero & this book did not disappoint! This was the first book I've read by this author & I have to say, I was really impressed. I loved how the storyline started off when Alejandro Martinez was a teenager & progressed to where he is now. As a feared crime boss. The author did a great job showing how Martinez is who is, why he is that way & the events that made him into El Diablo. Not only was this story well written, it was sexy as hell! I also loved Lexi. She was a spitfire, really held her own & did not back down. Especially against Martinez. I have to say, who Lexi is threw me for a loop. I thought I had it figured out but, nope! The author did a great job with that little twist! This book is an amazing book, sexy AF & well written. I can't wait for the next book in this series!

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review 2016-08-31 04:28
Six Of Crows - My bookish thoughts
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I didn't get around to writing a review for Six of Crows it seems, I do recall this book being amazing. Leigh has done an incredible job with the characters, making each voice unique and their own, impressive when there are like POVs. The world building was also imaginative, fascinating and easy to keep track of. I'm highly looking forward to book 2!

 

Couldn't recall how many stars I wanted to rate this book, so I'm going with 4.5 just to be safe.

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review 2016-08-14 16:01
Storm Glass - not what I expected.
Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder

Unfortunately not as good as I had hoped, nor as good as the other series attached to this one, the Study Series.

My reasoning for this is mainly based on the characters, when you have friends like these who needs enemies? I don't understand how she called any of these people her friends, and her love relationships were no better. All the relationships in this book were brittle and weak and made zero sense to me - maybe I'm missing a big chunk of Opal's story as I haven't yet finished the Study Series but I doubt it. She only had a few conversations with some of the people she labeled her friends - at least on 'screen' which is all I can relate to obviously. One girl was just plain her enemy, legit out to get her but no Opal wanted to be besties - which I'll admit is a weirdly admiring quirk but I'm also concerned about her brain, maybe she's dehydrated after all that time near the kilns. Others were just bitchy and nasty but she thought of them...somewhat fondly O.o And the 2 nice one'sshe had bitchy thoughts about!!
Her love interests were just plain nightmares. I'm fairly certain she was mainly attracted to them because of how they looked, at least that appeared to be what she was focused on during the book - of course after she managed to snag one, she decided she didn't want him any more and was mooning over the other one, but couldn't give up the current one cause otherwise she'd be alone. *bangs head on hard surface*

Opal just wasn't as good to read about either. I don't mind reading about less adventurous, brave girls, someone who's more meek and quite but there was just something so.... annoying about Opal. I'm pretty sure it was her constant back-stepping, self doubt and whining. All those things are fine in small doses but I'm fairly certain these were aspects of Opals main personality, which drove me a little bonkers. On occasional she would suddenly gather up her courage for all of 2 seconds then throw a pity party for herself before anything actually happened, this process would then Wash and repeat. Plus towards the end everyone referred to her as smart and waited on her to come up with the daring and brilliant plans on how to defeat the bad guys and their crappy situation, which is just plain ridiculous. The girl is lucky for sure! but her plans almost never work, and when they might she doesn't even bother to try them due to overwhelming fear. It was very frustrating.

 

 

(There's a perfect example in the last.... third? of the book I wanted to use but can't be bothered locating. This is mainly the gist: I should do this, quick while I have the chance otherwise I'll never escape! I know I've been in this situation a million times, oh but I'm scared, what if something bad happens!! but if I stay something bad will definitely happen.... maybe I should wait for a better opportunity, No! I said I would escape when I could! But I'm scared.... oops to late opportunity has passed me by. I'll definitely take the next one, I've finally learnt my lesson!
Of course she doesn't though -_-)

(spoiler show)

 

Otherwise a decent enough story, I had periods were I was very entertained and quite intrigue about what would come next. The powers, politics, etc were a blast and I loved the whole aspect of the glass work, no idea how accurate it is, but I enjoyed it.

I'll be reading the next I imagine, in theory Opal should be different, she was less annoying towards the end of this book at least, not by a lot but enough. And I really need to re-read and finish of the Study series as they constantly refer to it in this book.

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