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review 2018-04-29 16:03
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco - Mo Willems,Dan Santat,Mo Willems,Dan Santat

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A cute book that branches off the Elephant and Piggie series. I like the idea of having Piggie and Elephant promote books for kids. A cool way for kids to feel close to some of their favorite characters while expanding their reading habits.

This is a fun story about sharing and fractions, told in a very entertaining way. 

Great illustrations (although that squirrel's pigtails kind of creeped me out) and very funny dialogue. 

Entertaining book. 

Don't forget to play Find the Pigeon.

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review 2017-09-15 00:10
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco - Laura DiSilverio

I did not like this book. 


There were periods, commas and intelligible sentences so I gave it two stars. 


But dear me I didn't like the MC, there were too many characters (some of which had similar names),  and the ending angered me in that it was a colossal TSTL moment on the part of the MC. The mystery was meh. 


Normally I would've DNF'd this, but I needed to read it for a challenge. 



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text 2017-02-22 05:13
Fiasco and WTF
Venom and Vanilla (The Venom Trilogy) - Shannon Mayer

Uff da, this is some silly stuff.


Venom and Vanilla started with a bang. We're introduced to Alena on her death bed, cut down by a communicable disease that's so virulent that she's flown out to Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle to die isolated and alone. It's a sad, slow beginning, nostalgic for her simple life and small rebellions. Alena was a member of the Firstamentalists, an almost cult-like religious group who brooked no contact with the Supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, etc. Of course, fiction being what it is, the narrative lack dictates that, in order to cure the fatal disease rapidly killing her, Alena must become a Supernatural. 


I actually loved watching a protagonist struggle with her religion. Alena holds to her principles, even though she'd long questioned them, long past my expectations. While I found her childish refusal to do anything close to cussing annoying -- for fuck's sake, donkey butt has nowhere near the frisson of asshole -- I commend the commitment to character. Alena is a good girl, a religious girl, and she's not going to shed her convictions just because she's like a giant snake or there's a hot vampire or whatever. 


But that's about where I stop my praise, because this novel is such an absolute fiasco. Alena is turned into an ancient Greek monster by Merlin, THE Merlin, of all people, to be murdered by Achilles, who is apparently a thing, and Zeus works for Wal*Mart, plus there are vampires and naga and werewolves and satyr and god knows what fuck all. Oh, and there's a standard dystopia where Supes are second class citizens dumped onto the other side of a wall (oops, sorry Canada, you're now the dumping ground for supernatural creatures). 


This is one of those stories that is so far gone that I enjoyed it, just waiting for whatever bananas ass shit was going to happen next. Lightning shootout in Wal*Mart? Fine. Naked girl fight in a Queen Anne neighborhood attic? Sure. Casual slut shaming while reveling in the lead's nascent sexuality? Whatever. A house-sized snake fighting minotaurs? I guess. So much random shit happens, SO MUCH. SO MANY characters hide footballs, and not even stealthily, but like right in front of you like you don't have eyes in your head. It's so blatant it passes over insulting into something else completely. 


Anyway, I guess what I want to say is that the reader for the audio is fucking amazing, and I think she's the only reason I finished this thing. Her name is Saskia Maarleveld, and I really like her voice. 


The End. 

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review 2016-07-03 13:19
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (Book Club Mystery, #1)
The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco - Laura DiSilverio

Not bad; a pretty good first mystery in a new series that centers on Amy-Faye (ugh), an event planner, and her fellow book club members/friends.  When one of the members dies unexpectedly and the death is ruled suicide, Amy-Faye and her friends question the validity of the ruling.


I liked the characters, the setting and the mystery.  The writing felt natural, as if the author knew what story she was writing, instead of writing to fit someone else's parameters (like a marketing department).  I like that Amy-Faye was smart, but didn't think herself so smart she could do better than the police; in fact, she spent quite a lot of time reporting everything to the police.  I liked that friendship played a big part in all parts of the story and there was a delightful lack of "evil nemesis".


What I didn't like so much was the ending of the book.  It could be a good ending about the strength of friendship, but it could also be a setup for a love triangle, which frankly, would ruin this series for me before it hardly got started.  I'm willing to read the second to find out.


(This one is a happy surprise for A book that's been on your shelf for more than a year in Summer Book Bingo.)

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