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review 2016-10-28 02:23
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #8...
Rage of the Fallen: Wardstone Chronicles / Last Apprentice, Book 8 - Patrick Arrasmith,Christopher Evan Welch,Joseph Delaney

Rage of the Fallen is the 8th book in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Tom, the Spook's apprentice, has made a lot of enemies in his three years fighting the dark. One of his enemies, Morrigan -the goddess of witches has told him not to ever set foot in her homeland of Ireland but the war is still raging in their own country so Tom, the Spook & Alice must flee there anyways. His other very powerful enemy, the Fiend, is also still hunting him in hopes of catching him unguarded. The Spook decides that it's time to go on the offensive and bring the Fiend down so Tom joins forces with Grimalkin- the witch assassin, who trains him and helps him battle and bind the Fiend once and for all. 

 

After eight really well written books I'm starting to run out of things to say! All of them have been so good and this one was no different. The audio narrator, Evan Welsh, is just marvelous! I think it would be extremely hard to talk like a witch or demon or boggart etc. but he does it so effortlessly and he sounds just like what you'd expect a creature of the dark to sound like. If you're a fan of these type of stories, then you can't go wrong with this series. It's perfect for older kids as well as adults. 

 

*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Bingo: ~"Fall" into a Good Book~ square

 

 

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review 2016-10-23 15:17
Calling All Cat Lovers!
Fifty Nifty Facts about Cats (Volume 1) - J. R. Tony, Chapman, Stephen N., Clive, Lloyd M. Arnold,S.M. Davis

I think most of you guys are fellow cat lovers too so I'm sure you understand my desire to read this book. It's hard to pass up a precious feline face.

 

50 Nifty Facts about Cats is just that- 50 pages each with an interesting tidbit about cats along with large and vivid pictures of cats showing off their unique personalities. 

 

It's a charming little book and my son and I had a great time laughing at the adorable pictures and learning some new things about our favorite feline friends. 

 

For example, did you know that cats are superfecund? Yep "a single mom can have a litter with multiple fathers. Such a litter may have siblings that look very different from each other." 

 

I had no idea! : )

 

 

or how about this- 

 

"Cats can become lactose intolerant. As a kitten ages, it loses the ability to digest the milk sugar and lactose. Ingesting dairy products, like milk and ice cream, can upset adult cats' bellies." 

 

I didn't know that either! I've been wondering why my cat doesn't seem to want vanilla ice cream and milk as much as he use to. I just figured his tastes have changed but I guess it must upset his tummy now that he's older.

 

 

Never fear though- you're cat won't go thirsty because guess what?!

 

"Cats can drink seawater. Drinking salt water dehydrates most mammals but a cat's kidneys are so efficient, they can filter out the salt and rehydrate the body with seawater." 

 

Pretty cool huh?! You can take your feline friend with you to the beach now. : )

 

   

 

When I finished reading this book, my first thoughts were it would make a great coffee table book and conversation piece but the cover has a classroom textbook look to it. It really needs a dressier cover and a few more facts and pictures to be a nice coffee table book, then it would be perfect for displaying in your living room. 

 

I think all cat lovers would enjoy this book though and should check it out. It would even make a great tool for teachers to gets kids excited about books and animals. And if you're not particularly a cat fan, there are also 50 Nifty Facts books about Dogs, Horses and Elephants! 

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Vulpine Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-10-16 20:54
From Bathroom to Science Lab...
Bathroom Science: 70 Fun and Wacky Science Experiments - Christine Taylor-Butler

When I saw Sandra's (Reviews in Chalk) post about this book I knew I had to get it! My 10 year old son absolutely loves creating concoctions, blowing stuff up, making messes etc. so I figured this book would go over very well- and it did!

 

His very first experiment choices were "A Bathroom Stink Bomb" & "The Toilet Volcano." So far, we've completed about seven of them and they were all very successful! None of the experiments in the book require any outlandish ingredients, the instructions are easy to follow and kids can do them with minimal to no help, depending on the experiment and age.

 

They're perfect for rainy days or just when you're kids get bored at home and need something to do. There are about 70 experiments in the book so there's a good variety to choose from that will please all different ages and tastes.

 

It's a fantastic way to get your kids interested in science and a must have for their bathroom!

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Printers Row Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

 Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-09-13 06:48
The Last Apprentice/ Wardstone Chronicles Series-Book #7...
The Last Apprentice: Rise of the Huntress, 7 CDs [Complete & Unabridged Audio Work] - Joseph Delaney

I'm on the 7th of 13 books in this series and so far it hasn't gotten old yet. In this installment, the war is in progress and enemy soldiers have been ransacking the counties. When Tom, Alice & the Spook return home from Greece they find the Spook's home, including his massive library of priceless books, burnt down, the bogart has fled & the witches have escaped. They end up fleeing to an island that they think we'll be a safe haven but from the moment they disembark they encounter even more problems including the bone witch, Bony Lizzie. 

 

This series never lacks adventure and I really like the characters and enjoy seeing how they develop. The audio narrator is also fantastic so until the stories get old or I run out of books I'm going to keep on listening... 

 

 

*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Book Bingo: ~Witches~ square

 

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review 2016-09-11 07:29
The Worst Halloween Book Ever...
The Best Halloween Ever (Digital Audio) - Barbara Robinson,Elaine Stritch

So my son needs to get 24 AR (Accelerated Reading) points this month and I needed a Halloween book to read for my Halloween Book Bingo: "Set on Halloween" square so I thought we could kill two birds with one stone so to speak, by listening to this audio book in the car on the way too & from school. The book has a grade reading level of 5.5 and an interest level for grades 3-5 so since Reece is in 5th grade I thought it might just work.

Well it didn't! And I read somewhere that this sequel came 30 years after the last book so you would think if it was that long in the making it would be a 5 star read but it read like it took 30 minutes to write not 30 years. It was a complete dud! He didn't like it and neither did I. Some of the subject matter seemed more appropriate for older kids in 3rd -5th but the delivery was terrible and geared more toward Kindergarten through 1st grade students. The author repeated the same thing over and over again and the plot was so thin it was practically non-existent. Since neither one of us liked it, I definitely would not recommend to any older kids or adults. 

 

 

*I read this for my 2016 Halloween Book Bingo: ~Set on Halloween~ square 

 

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