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review 2019-09-01 03:41
Review: Dawn: Diary One by Ann M. Martin
Dawn: Diary One - Ann M. Martin

Title: Dawn: Diary One
Author: Ann M. Martin
Series: California Diaries, 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Can Dawn find a life in California to match the one she left behind in Connecticut—or has too much changed between her friends?
At Vista, eighth graders are required to write personal journals about their experiences. Meet thirteen-year-old Dawn Schafer, the crunchy and health conscious member of the Baby-Sitters Club, who has returned to California to live with her father, stepmother, and brother. Dawn is thrilled to be reunited with her old friends Sunny, Maggie, and Jill.
It’s not always easy to keep the group together, though—things are changing fast since they moved the eighth-grade classes into the high school. With new social demands and decisions to make, Dawn sees just how much her old friends have changed since she moved away. Or is she the one who is different now? It’s time for this independent girl to let go of the life she had across the country and figure out just where she belongs now.


Favourite character: Ducky
Least favourite character: Sunny


Mini-review: This series follows Dawn Schafer, formerly of the Baby-Sitters Club, as she moves back to California. So this takes place while Abby's with the BSC. It's a bit more mature, with parties and drinking and guys checking out the girls boobs, along with a censored swear word or two.

So Dawn could now careless about babysitting and doesn't miss Mary Anne or Kristy or any other members of the BSC. So every fan of the BSC is getting defensive and it made me struggle a lot with Dawn.


Fan Cast:

Dawn Schafer - Addy Miller

Sunny Winslow - Samantha Bailey

Maggie Blum - Morgan Lily

Jill Henderson - Brianna Daguano

Ducky McCrae - Zachary Gordon

Amalia Vargas - Isabela Moner

Mandy Richards - Bella Thorne

Jack Schafer - Max Martini

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review 2019-09-01 03:21
Review: Mandie and the Midnight Journey by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Midnight Journey - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Midnight Journey
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 13
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Mandie has mixed feelings when she returns home from boarding school to find a new baby brother. Her mother seems to be so wrapped up in the new baby that Mandie allows herself to wonder if her mother doesn't love her anymore. Feeling sorry for herself, Mandie packs her few belongings to leave, despite her Uncle Ned's advice.


Favourite character: Riley
Least favourite character: Mandie


Mini-review: Man was Mandie a brat in this. I wanted to shake her a couple (make that a few) times. Also, I can't believe Elizabeth's letting her go to Europe after everything she did. Like I get that Mrs. Taft already paid for everything, but they should've sent Sallie or Polly or something.


Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Elizabeth Shaw - Malin Akerman

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Riley O'Neal - Domhnall Gleeson

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Liza - Genneya Walton

Polly Cornwallis - Nikki Hahn

Morning Star Sweetwater - Irene Bedard

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Mrs. Woodard - Danica McKellar

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

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review 2019-09-01 02:52
Review: Mystery at the Ski Jump by Carolyn Keene
The Mystery at the Ski Jump - Carolyn Keene

Title: Mystery at the Ski Jump
Author: Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew, 29
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: When Nancy learns that the Drews' housekeeper has been duped by an elegantly dressed woman into buying a stolen fur piece, the young detective starts a search for the clever swindler. To Nancy's astonishment, she discovers that the woman is using the name Nancy Drew. The dishonest acts of the impostor point the finger of suspicion at Nancy herself and result in her being questioned by the police. Nancy's determination to capture the elusive, dangerous Mitzi Channing takes her to northern New York State and Canada. At a gala winter event Nancy meets this situation and turns the tables on Mitzi Channing and her fellow thieves makes another thrilling Carolyn Keene mystery. 



Mini-review: Good. Liked that it was set partially in Canada (and Quebec at that). The whole mink stole aspect was interesting, as you don't often hear of them as much as you'd think in books. Or at least the books I read.

Liked Ned's slight jealous rivalry with Chuck.


Fan Cast:

Nancy Drew - Katherine McNamara

Bess Marvin - Abigail Breslin

George Fayne - Brianna Hildebrand

Carson Drew - Max Martini

Hannah Gruen - Mary Steenbergen

Ned Nickerson - Ansel Elgort

Burt Eddleton - John Boyega

Dave Evans - KJ Apa

Chief McGinnis - Vincent D'Onofrio

Eloise Drew - Elizabeth Banks

Mitzi Channing - Evangeline Lilly

Chuck Wilson - Grant Gustin

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review 2019-08-19 02:29
Review: Ruby the Red Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Ruby the Red Fairy - Georgie Ripper,Daisy Meadows

Title: Ruby the Red Fairy
Author: Daisy Meadows
Series: Rainbow Magic, 1; Rainbow Fairies, 1
Format: paperback
Length: 65 pages
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever!

Rachel and Kirsty discover Ruby the Red Fairy in the pot at the end of the rainbow. Can they help find the rest of her Rainbow sisters . . . before it's too late?



Mini-review: Cute. Reminded me of Sleeping Beauty a bit (evil creature gets revenge because they weren't invited to a party). I like how Rachel and Kirsty met and the fact that they are now tasked with finding the rest of the rainbow fairies. Quick read, took me 10 minutes.


Fan Cast:

Rachel Walker - Austyn Johnson

Kirsty Tate - Julia Garcia

Ruby the Red Fairy - Dove Cameron

King Oberon - Clancy Brown

Queen Titania - Kristin Chenoweth

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review 2019-08-19 01:40
Review: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Washington Nightmare - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Washington Nightmare
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 12
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Mandie's return to school after her eventful Christmas vacation finds her not knowing whether she will be able to accept President McKinley's invitation to the White House. After a long talk, Grandmother Taft agrees to accompany her to Washington where they will be joined by Joe and Sallie.

The first night at the White House, Mandie hears something in the hallway and is convinced that she sees George Washington who's been dead for over one hundred years! The nights that follow she sees him again in different places.

Mandie's mystery is about to turn into a gigantic surprise!


Favourite character: Uncle Ned & Sallie
Least favourite character: Mandie & Miss Prudence


Mini-review: Mandie is invited to meet the president of the USA and be in attendance for his inauguration. Most of the book is Miss Prudence and Grandmother Taft in a battle of wits as to whether or not Mandie can go to Washington or not. (Prudence no, Grandma yes.) Then when Miss Prudence caves (because Mandie is a spoiled brat who always gets her way) there is no nightmare. Also, this whole book just felt unrealistic.


Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland

April Snow - Emily Carey

Etrulia Batson - Emily Alyn Lind

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein

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