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review 2019-06-25 02:48
Review: Shouldn't You Be In School? - Lemony Snicket
Shouldn't You Be in School? - LemonySnicket

Title: Shouldn't You Be In School?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All The Wrong Questions, 3
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3.5 stars


Synopsis: Is Lemony Snicket a detective or a smoke detector?

Do you smell smoke? Young apprentice Lemony Snicket is investigating a case of arson but soon finds himself enveloped in the ever-increasing mystery that haunts the town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea. Who is setting the fires? What secrets are hidden in the Department of Education? Why are so many schoolchildren in danger? Is it all the work of the notorious villain Hangfire? How could you even ask that? What kind of education have you had?

Maybe you should be in school?


Favourite character: Lemony, Pip & Squeak
Least favourite character: Stew


Mini-review: I thought this book was great. Definitely preferred the lack of Theodora and Officers Harvey & Mimi. 

I keep wondering, though, how much research the author had to put into these books to be able to give random facts about caviar. 

I really like how each book adds new characters on to the old ones, so that the cast just keeps growing and growing.

Also, was there a gay couple in this book? The Talkie Brothers, who are both referred to as uncle by Ornette, but then Lemony says "They didn't look like brothers."


Fan Cast:

Lemony Snicket - Finn Wolfhard

Moxie Mallahan - Oona Laurence

Jake Hix - Grayson Russell

Cleo Knight - Elle Fanning

Ellington Feint - Esme Creed-Miles

Kellar Haines - Dante Brown

Ornette Lost - Storm Reid

Pip Bellerophon - Max Charles

Squeak Bellerophon - Jacob Tremblay

S. Theodora Markson - Natasha Lyonne

Stew Mitchum - Major Dodson

Sharon Haines - Danai Gurira

Officer Harvey Mitchum - Josh Gad

Officer Mimi Mitchum - Rebel Wilson

Dashiell Qwerty - Lucas Till

Hungry Hix - Keala Settle

Hangfire - Burn Gorman

Prosper Lost - Adrien Brody

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review 2019-06-24 17:33
Review: A Crafty Killing by Lorraine Bartlett
A Crafty Killing - Lorraine Bartlett

Title: A Crafty Killing
Author: Lorraine Bartlett
Series: Victoria Square, 1
Format: mass market paperback
Length: 292 pages
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner, Ezra Hilton, is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra has been faltering-but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer.


Favourite character: Andy Rust
Least favourite character: Peter Ashby


Mini-review: I enjoyed this, although there isn't much investigating. It's mostly just Katie asking new people she meets how well they knew Ezra and her doing paperwork. Another body shows up, she hounds the detective and then accidentally stumbles upon the murderer by pure luck. Bravo.

Also, this book has recipes at the back and you better believe I'm going to try them.


Fan Cast:

Katie Bonner - Anna Kendrick

Andy Rust - Adam Driver

Rose Nash - Goldie Hawn
Tracy Elliot - Jodie Sweetin

Seth Landers - Neil Patrick Harris

Detective Ray Donovan - Woody Harrelson

Vance Ingram - Steven Weber

Ida Mitchell - Pamela Reed

Peter Ashby - Peter Scanavino

Gerald Hilton - Christopher Meloni

Nona Fiske - Jamie Lee Curtis

Mary Elliot - Michelle Pfeiffer

Edie Silver - Diane Keaton

Gilda Ringwald - Julie White

Fred Cunningham - Trevor Long

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review 2019-06-24 17:03
Review: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson,Rod Bradbury

Title: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Series: The 100 Year Old Man, 1
Format: paperback
Length: 384 pages
Rating: 4 stars


Synopsis: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over …

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.


Favourite character: Allan & Benny
Least favourite character: the Prosecutor


Mini-review: This book was fantastic and hilarious. I loved how it followed Allan's journey out the window versus how he came to be climbing out of the window, from the day he was born and onwards. The fact that he found himself in the middle of some of the biggest historic events that happened in the 1900s and became friends with presidents and such made this book so much better.


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review 2019-06-23 15:18
Review: Mandie and the Forbidden Attic - Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Forbidden Attic - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Forbidden Attic
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 4
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: What can be causing the mysterious noises in the school attic? How can Mandie and her friends find out without getting into trouble?


Favourite character: Celia & Joe
Least favourite character: April


Mini-review: Good book, this one introduces Celia Hamilton, one of my favourite Mandie characters. We're starting to see more of Mandie's stubbornness. Didn't like how Miss Prudence called Mandie's father "of savage blood." She shouldn't talk about her students families like that, especially at a finishing school.

April Snow needs to take a chill pill.


Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

April Snow - Emily Carey

Thomas "Tommy" Patton - Asher Angel

Robert Rogers - Kyle Red Silverstein

Miss Prudence Heathwood - Mary Steenburgen

Miss Hope Heathwood - Patricia Heaton

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Elizabeth Shaw - Malin Akerman

Uncle John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.

Joe Woodard - Louis Hynes

Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery


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review 2019-06-23 15:07
Review: When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket
When Did You See Her Last? - Lemony Snicket


Title: When Did You See Her Last?
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: All The Wrong Questions, 2
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: I should have asked the question "How could someone who was missing be in two places at once?" Instead, I asked the wrong question -- four wrong questions, more or less. This is the account of the second.
In the fading town of Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are All The Wrong Questions.


Favourite character: Lemony
Least favourite character: Theodora


Mini-review: I liked this one, but it's still nowhere near on par with "A Series of Unfortunate Events" but it's still a good series. I liked how there was more action and that we're meeting more town members, like Jake.
It's a cool world even if I'm very confused about what time period it's set in.


Fan Cast:
Lemony Snicket - Finn Wolfhard
S. Theodora Markson - Natasha Lyonne
Moxie Mallahan - Oona Laurence
Ellington Feint - Esme Creed-Miles
Jake Hix - Grayson Russell
Pip Bellerophon - Max Charles
Squeak Bellerophon - Jacob Tremblay
Dashiell Qwerty - Lucas Till
Officer Harvey Mitchum - Josh Gad
Officer Mimi Mitchum - Rebel Wilson
Stew Mitchum - Major Dodson
Cleo Knight - Elle Fanning
Propser Lost - Adrien Brody
Hungry Hix - Chrissy Metz

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