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review 2017-05-02 01:10
THE BRICK WALL by Stephanie Julian
The Brick Wall (Redtails Hockey Book 1) - Stephanie Julian
  Good opening for the Reading Redtails series. Goalie Shane Conrad has been having a hard time in the net. Everyone's advice is to take some time off and quit thinking about hockey. He meets Bliss Vescovi and decides the others may be right. Both think it will be a one-night stand or over at the end of the season but their hearts decide for something else.

I enjoyed this story. I loved the characters. I liked that not every character was perfect. They had flaws and disabilities. Bliss has to stop thinking she can read others minds. Shane is a good guy who puts many males to shame. I liked the strong connection Bliss had to her family and I liked how others tried to tell her she could pursue other courses in her life.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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review 2016-12-15 02:30
Fairy Ponies: Unicorn Prince by Zanna Davidson
Fairy Ponies: Unicorn Prince (Young Reading Series Three) - Zanna Davidson,Barbara Bongini

Holly is a young girl who is visiting her great-aunt during summer vacation. At some point earlier in the series, I'm guessing she must have gone exploring or something and figured out how to visit the magical world of Pony Island. In this book, she goes to Pony Island to meet Puck, her fairy pony friend. They're having a picnic together when they hear someone crying for help. It turns out it's a unicorn named Willow who's being attacked by several bad fairy ponies. Shadow, the ringleader, is preparing to do a spell that will give him unicorn powers and allow him to take over Pony Island. He stole the first few ingredients from Willow, and now he plans to trick the Unicorn Prince so that he can get the final ingredient.

I was told it wasn't necessary to read these books in any particular order. A bit of searching tells me that this is probably Book 5 in the Fairy Ponies series, although the only thing I felt I was missing out on was how Holly found Pony Island in the first place.

I bought this for my oldest niece, who has watched a show called Mia and Me on Netflix multiple times. Mia and Me includes elves (whose wings make them look more like fairies, but what do I know?), unicorns, dragons, and a winged unicorn named Onchao. The winged “Unicorn Prince” on the cover of this book immediately reminded me on Onchao.

This is definitely aimed at a younger audience than the stuff I normally read, but I always try to read the books I plan to give to my nieces and nephew. Unicorn Prince had exactly the appeal factors I expected: a girl who could travel to a magical fantasy land, fairy ponies (because a plain old pony or even a Pegasus wouldn't be magical enough), and impossibly beautiful unicorns. Although Holly isn't magical herself, her lack of magical ability actually turns out to be beneficial in this particular book.

I didn't notice any problems with the writing, and the story was easy to follow. I didn't always like the illustrations (Puck occasionally looked a bit odd), but they weren't necessarily bad. The text definitely fits my niece's reading level, and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll enjoy the fantasy aspects here the same way she enjoys them in Mia and Me. That said, from an adult perspective, Mia and Me appeals to a broader age range than this. I actually kind of enjoyed that show. Unicorn Prince, on the other hand, felt too simplistic and flat to me. There was no time to get to know the world and the characters at anything but the most basic level. If my niece ends up liking this and I get the other books for her, I'll read them, but otherwise I'm not interested.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-06-08 06:36
Totes my honest opinion. Totally.
Dean Koontz Series Reading Order: Odd Thomas series, Frankenstein series, and all other books - ReadList,Steven Sumner,Tara Sumner

OMG! Totes informative! Like, I was on Wikipedia, right, and I was all, "ODD THOMAS absolutely CANNOT be the FIRST Odd Thomas book, right?!??!?!?!" Then they had all these lists for free that explained in detail which books came in what order, and I totally knew they were illegal or something, so I totally jumped off that site and went to my favoritest place in all the interwebs, you know, G to the R, baby! GOODREADS! And THAT list said the same thing that Wikipedia said. I was all like, "NO WAY?!?!?!?!" But it was also FREE so I knew I HAD TO BE IN TROUBLE!

Thank my heavenly creator because without her I would never have checked on Amazon and found this ONE OF A KIND list that I couldn't have found ANYWHERE ELSE legally or for FREE! You know something is legit when you totes have to pay a dollar for it.

For real, you guys, don't be a big stupid-headed dumby dumbkins like me. Pay a dollar for this unique information that you can totally not find anywhere else for free. Not on Google. Not on Wikipedia. Not on GoodReads (which Amazon totally owns). BUY THIS, because I'm totes sure that Dean Koontz gets a cut. Like, why wouldn't he, you know?

Thank you ReadList for saving my life for the cost of a Mickey D's cheeseburger. I knew I could count on you!

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quote 2014-11-02 17:22
I was running out of time. I would have to choose even though neither option was good. Maybe a hero could see another way out of this, but I was not a hero.
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quote 2014-11-02 15:40
Noah acted like he felt nothing because he felt everything. He seemed not to care because he cared too much.
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