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review 2017-09-21 19:06
Good Me, Bad Me / Ali Land
Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

Not recommended for those who have children and/or are sensitive to violence against children.

Milly knows she is different from other children. From other people. But she maybe doesn’t realize just how different. You see, Molly’s mother is a serial killer and she has forced Milly to be Satan’s little helper. It’s much easier to snatch a child if you have one of your own in tow.

What conscience Milly has left has sent her to the police. Yes, she felt bad for the children lying dead in their basement, but what she was truly dreading was the “birthday party” that her mother was planning when she turned “sweet sixteen.” So before the invitations go out to people to come & brutalize her, Milly turns her mother in.

But she had no idea how hard it was going to be to leave her mother behind. Or how difficult it will be to act like she is “normal,” especially when she has been taught by an expert how to read body language, how to manipulate people, how to tell them what they want to hear. She can’t seem to fit in to her foster situation, because she can see altogether too clearly what is going on in their home—and how can she trust a social worker who can’t see that his wife is an addict and his daughter is well on her way to the same state.

If you like this book, I would recommend I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. It is a young adult work, but really well done in my opinion. Another child struggling to right himself after being raised by a serial killer dad.

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review 2017-08-07 04:42
Dragon's Guide...
A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans - Joanne Ryder,Laurence Yep

 

 

It was a lovely funeral for Fluffy, the best pet I ever had.

- Opening sentence

 

Avoid spoiling your pet with too many treats; however, spoiling yourself is all well and good.

- Chapter 4

 

Be firm with your pet and make it clear what is acceptable behavior. Both you and your pet will be happier for it.

- Chapter 6

 

This is a cute book told from the point of view of the dragon (Miss Drake). Amelia was Miss Drake's pet (although she called Amelia Fluffy). Amelia left the dragon to her great neice, Winnie. But Miss Drake doesn't want a new pet and Winnie seems untrainable. The book tells how Winnie and Miss Drake get to know each other and become friends. Dragons and other magical creatures hide themselves from humans (unless they are trustworthy). Miss Drakes can transform into a female human when she needs to. There are plenty of other magical creatures who also hide themselves from humans in this story.  

 

I really enjoyed this book. Miss Drake is sarcastic and controlling and Winnie holds her own in the friendship. Winnie finds a journal that ends up wreaking havoc, but together, Miss Drake and Winnie find a way to fix things.

 

This book is nominated for a 2017-18 Sunshine State Young Readers Award, grades 3-5. I think it will be a popular one this year. I am a bit interested in the sequels, but my classes start again soon, and I don't think I'll have time to read them.

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review 2017-05-16 19:24
Among Animals 2
Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction - Sascha Morrell,JoeAnn Hart,John Yunker

Among Animals 2 is a collection of short stories that examines the varied relationships between humans and animals. With a mix of contemporary fiction, historical stories, dystopian and science fiction, many different aspects of these relationships are able to be captured. Some of these stories will make you uncomfortable, some are sweet and comforting, all will make you think about the relationships humans share with animals that are pets, in captivity, on farms or in the wild and how our actions affect them.

 

Some stories that affected me were:

Phoenix Cross looks into factory farming of chickens and genetic engineering. Some of us may know exactly the horrid conditions in which factory farmed chickens are raised, we might ignore it, we may not care, some of us might choose free-range chickens. Phoenix Cross brings out not only the effects of this method on the chickens, but on the farmers as well. I loved the connection of boy and bird in this story and the bird's point of view really made me think about how our food gets to us.

 

Exotic Animal Alert: Please Post Widely inspects caretakers and zoo animals as well as the close bond one might form with an animal that is truly wild. Again, an animal point of view was used in order to empathize with the clouded leopard point of view. What I found most interesting was the differing opinions about Sokar the clouded leopard formed by the husband and wife who raised him and how Sokar's presence impacted their relationship.

 

A Normal Rabbit is the story of a family and their ordinary pet rabbit, Camper. Camper is a symbol for many things in the family, but most of all Camper's presence is able to elicit responses of empathy for other living things.

 

Overall, an interesting compilation of stories that will hopefully make readers reexamine their relationships with the animals and environment around them.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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text 2017-03-12 14:31
Has anyone read this book or do they plan on it?
Humans, Bow Down - James Patterson,Emily Raymond,Alexander Ovchinnikov,Jill Dembowski

I really, really want to read this book, but I feel like it's going to be 'humanity strikes out against robots and destroys them, yay!'  

 

And I'll be all like 'boo!'   

 

So... has anyone read this?

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-21 08:43
9 Reasons Why 2016 was a Good Year, Monster-Wise!

 

 

Game Changing Monsters

 

Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus

 

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My Review

 

Why I Loved it

 

This is the book that launched a thousand books! Written at such a young age, I find it amazing how Mary Shelley changed the world of sci-fi forever. This book featured more than one monster!

The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson

 

 

2

 

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved it

 

I loved it for its portrayal of war and military life. I loved how it doesn’t just talk diversity, in terms of gender, race, religion etc but how it is all that! The sixth book in a series that never misses. War was the biggest monster here!

 

The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters

 

3

 

Why I Loved it:

 

Because Minette Walters doesn’t create characters, she makes them come alive! There isn’t a single book by this author that I haven’t loved. Even though, I was unsure about this one because it was about a soldier returning home from war, which normally doesn’t interest me, it didn’t disappoint! There is no black or white in her stories, just a lot of grey. The real monsters are the ones hiding behind pretty faces!
 
 

Not Your Average Monsters

 

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

 

4

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Dinosaurs as steeds. In Wars. With Knights. How could this book be anything but delicious?!

 

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett

 

5

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Pratchett is amazing in small doses. This book was laugh out loud funny and it got everything about the cuddly monsters exactly right!

Daystar by Darcy Town

 

6

 

Why I Loved It

 

I had read the previous two books in this series and I needed to know how things would end. I love the humor in Darcy Town’s books and how much of an adventure they are! The monsters in this series are mostly literal ones, including demons and succubi.
 

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov

 

 

7

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

Again, like Shelley, Asimov changed everything about robot sci-fi! This edition was beautiful, hardcover, and included a small note by the author at the beginning of every story. The monsters in the stories varied from humans to robots and humans, again!
 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

 

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My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

If you have seen the movies, then you know that monsters come in all sizes and species. The worst are the human ones who never learn from their mistakes!

Mayday: A Kaiju Thriller by Chris Strange

 

10

 

My Review

 

Why I Loved It

 

If Kaijus were not only defeated but kept by the Earthlings and made to fight for entertainment…yeah, it could turn into a disaster of monstrous proportions. This book made a perfect Halloween read!
Like I said, 2016 was an awesome monster of a year and I mostly loved what I read. Hope this year is even better.
 

Happy Reading!

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