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review 2017-11-24 20:29
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell

This is my book for Guy Fawkes Night.  

Book themes for Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover.


I finally finished this book.  It´s been cold and snowy here and that has caused my pain to flare up: both my Fibromyalgia and PsA pain stacked on top of each other.  I have had a hard time focusing enough to read.  I finally listened to the unabridged audio book instead.  It was very good but I always wish they read faster.  It was okay this time though because my brain was running snow anyway.  I could only focus for small periods also so it still took me a long time to get through.  


It was narrated by Lynn Redgrave who made me want to make some English Breakfast tea and scones with clotted cream and jam.  


The story was very imaginative.  Reading about Meggie made me think of my oldest son.  He loved books from a very young age.  I would often peak into my son's room at night when he was supposed to be sleeping to see the glow of a flashlight under a tent of blankets.  One time when my son´s teachers told me he wasn't turning in his work at school and he was failing his classes we had to do something drastic to get his attention.  The only thing he cared about was his books so I bought a lockable garage cabinet and put his books in it and padlocked it.  I told him I would unlock it only when his teacher told me he was doing better in school.  That was the hardest thing to do but he did finally decide to do his work.


This story is about Meggie and her father who live in an old farm house.  Meggie's father mends books, chasing away the mold and book worms and giving them new dresses.  Meggie didn't remember her mother who had gone away nine years before.  One day Meggie looked out her window and saw a strange man standing out in the pouring rain.  He was just standing there staring at their house.  She went to tell her father and he brought the stranger in.  Only, her father seemed to know him.  He called him Dustfinger and Dustfinger called her father Silvertongue.  Meggie was sent to her room to go to bed but she sneaked back and listened outside the door to them talk in hushed voices about a horrible man called Capricorn.  The way they talked scared Meggie and she begged her father to send him away.  She didn't like him.  


The next morning Meggie's father woke her up early and was packing for a trip.  They set off on a trip that Meggie would never forget, to a place where things come out of books and are not always good.  Meggie learned that it is a lot more fun to read about the adventures in books than to be in them herself.  


My son that I mentioned above wanted me to read this book.  He knew I would like it.  

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review 2017-10-31 00:00
Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Trolls)
Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Tr... Trolls Little Golden Book (DreamWorks Trolls) - Mary Man-Kong,Priscilla Wong Drawings: 4 stars
The story itself: 1star
The pictures are sure charming for both kids and adults but the story feeds the kids wrong information as what the author calls trolls have absolutely no resemblance to the trolls in the northern mythology.
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review 2016-08-28 18:49
D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls - Ingri d'Aulaire,Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

There is some nice humor in this book about trolls. The D'Aulaires draw somewhat from Norse myth, though there are no stories of Norse gods. It is funny because you can just see Biblo going what, as you read it.


In a popular etching by the Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen, Henrik Ibsen walks slowly with a gentle Troll in the main street of Oslo whilst the panic-stricken population flees the giant.:


by Theoder Kittlesen.  The man in the top hat and white beard walking is Ibsen.

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review 2016-02-27 01:21
Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford (Review)
Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon - Rena Rocford

I was drawn in by the title and I thought the cover was absolutely gorgeous, although I still do not understand why there is a crown of what appears to be barbed wire around her head. Even so, I definitely wanted to take a chance on Acne Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon. It took me about two hours to read and to describe it in two words it was ‘mellow’ and ‘adventurous.’

Sometimes in fantasy (or anything with adventure in general) books, there’s a constant urgency feeling. At least, that’s how it is for me. Even though my heart-rate might be steady and normal, my mind is tense, as if I’m wading through an ocean of suspense. And you know? That can be stressful. So I liked the mellow feeling that I got from, Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon (which is hereby shortened to AAOS).


Please welcome Allyson Takata to the stage. Allyson is in high-school and extremely insecure over the acne, later learned to be scales, on her face. She hasn’t had much adventure in her life farther than evading the bullies in her school and snatching hurtling objects out of the air before they can kiss her face.
I liked Allyson. She was intelligent, courageous, and tried her best to save people who she didn’t know. Many people are insecure about acne on their faces, so I found no fault in her applying makeup. The only fault I found in her was that she was disrespectful towards her mom. Rarely has my mom been wrong about things that matter and Allyson’s blatant lack of respect towards the only parent she’s ever known, the same parent who has no doubt been trying to protect her for years (which should have been obvious to Allyson after a while), was terrible. I won’t lie and say that Allyson not having many flaws bothered me since it didn’t. Because of the pace, there wasn’t time for meticulous character development, no matter how realistic it may be. There was still character development, but it wasn’t the kind that I’m usually writing about.

I loved the relationship between Allyson and Beth. Almost every YA novel has the main character only have one best friend, but Beth didn’t feel like one best friend. Rocford didn’t write her to be the only best friend Allyson has with the sole purpose of talking about boys or filling in silence. She was genuine, real, and an amazing supportive friend. She listens to Allyson, but has opinions of her own and voices them. Allyson and Beth were the team, working together to solve a problem inside the fantasy world that Allyson was just beginning to understand. For once, it wasn’t the usual hero and heroine combo, but two best friends working together. Loved it. And that also brings me to my next point.

The love interest wasn’t truly introduced until the very end. That’s worth repeating in bold and italics. The love interest wasn’t truly introduced until the very end. Rocford introduces him as a person first, cute guy second, and romantic interest third and that made me incredibly happy. In fact, the first love interest or romantic pairing that is in the story, isn’t even for.with Allyson. How cool is that? Bonus: It wasn’t insta-love/love at first sight, but rather attraction which is completely acceptable in my opinion. You can be attracted to someone physically by merely setting eyes on them and I think that that is what happened in AASO. Hopefully the relationships become more than that and are developed if a sequel is published. Regardless, I commend Rocford for using this technique because it is unfortunately rarely used but even more fascinating.

The plot was practically concrete, sort of. It was solid and had structure, but unlike concrete, the plot of AASO had focus. Although I wish that there had been a bit more information on the actual fantasy part, for example, how shifting works or more explanation on Beth’s situation with unicorns or even just basic, but informative information on each create that Allyson encounters. Nonetheless, I was pleased that I could easily see that Rocford had put sincere thought into her writing.


Would I Recommend Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be a Half Dragon?
Quite frankly, I didn’t find anything wrong with AAOS that would ruin your experience. It’s two-hundred and thirty pages, but it felt like a short story and I liked that. The pace wasn’t rushed and I felt comfortable with how quickly I was given information and the characters that were included in this journey. However, you might not appreciate the length as much as I did if you pay five dollars for it. 

Source: paigeturnerreads.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/acne-asthma-and-other-signs-you-might-be-half-dragon-by-rena-rocford/#more-694
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review 2015-07-30 14:31
Best in the series
Crystal Kingdom (The Kanin Chronicles) - Amanda Hocking

This action filled conclusion to Amanda Hocking’s Frostfire trilogy opens with Bryn on the lam, falsely accused of treason and murder, and forced to partner with dangerous and puzzling Konstantin Black who she has good reason not to trust. I’m a big fan of Hocking’s richly imagined  troll-verse, a world exactly like our own but with the addition of human-resembling trolls based on Scandinavian mythology who love nature, covet gemstones, prefer being barefoot, and live in elaborate out of the way communities, and  I’ve enjoyed both earlier books in the series, but Crystal Kingdom is my favorite for several reasons.


First, while Bryn scrambles to stay one step ahead of the trackers sent to apprehend her, readers are taken on a road trip that stretches from the swamps of Louisiana to the snowy northern reaches of Canada as she visits the home settlements of all five of the troll tribes in her quest to save her own community. They’re all trolls, but each group has unique features, abilities, and customs. We’re even taken to an especially remote and icy dumping ground for outcast trolls, where we meet 14-year-old Ulla who has a mixed tribe background--she’s part Omte, the super strong tribe that sometimes includes ogres, and part Skojare, the semi-aquatic tribe. Ulla’s parents were unmarried royals who abandoned her as a baby so she’s working as a maid when Brynn finds her in Iskyla--I’m really hoping to meet Ulla again in a future troll series.


Another reason I loved this book is that several major characters from Hocking’s first troll books, the Trylle series, make major appearances in the story. We had already seen Finn, but now Wendy, plays an important role and it’s wonderful to catch up with her and see how she’s managed the transition from changeling to queen.


Crystal Kingdom is full of other delights, Bryn’s friend Tilda proving that being pregnant doesn’t mean she’s not a formidable fighter for instance, and Bryn’s own struggles to reconcile love and duty. Amanda Hocking doesn’t write lyrical prose, but I can’t resist her moving stories, her spirited but conflicted characters, and her inventive settings. There are plenty of books about vampires, fae, witches, and werewolves, but not many about trolls so I’m hoping that Hocking continues to write about this world.



I read a free ebook advanced review copy of Crystal Kingdom, supplied to me by the publisher through NetGalley. Review opinions are mine.



Source: jaylia3.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/best-in-the-series
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