Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: life
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-22 21:21
2 Out 5 "A little too much Y and not enough A" Stars
You Look Different in Real Life - Jennifer Castle




You Look Different in Real Life

Jennifer Castle



For the rest of the world, the movies are entertainment. For Justine, they're real life.


The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one could have predicted that Justine would be the star.


Now sixteen, Justine doesn't feel like a star anymore. In fact, when she hears the crew has gotten the green light to film Five at Sixteen, all she feels is dread. The kids who shared the same table in kindergarten have become teenagers who hardly know one another. And Justine, who was so funny and edgy in the first two movies, feels like a disappointment.


But these teens have a bond that goes deeper than what's on film. They've all shared the painful details of their lives with countless viewers. They all know how it feels to have fans as well as friends. So when this latest movie gives them the chance to reunite, Justine and her costars are going to take it. Because sometimes, the only way to see yourself is through someone else's eyes.






While You Look Different in Real Life wasn't really for me, I think for a younger audience it may work.  The only reason I listened to this in the first place is for a reading challenge (I needed a narrator whose name started with a Q). 


Overall, for me, the characters were not memorable and it was really difficult for me to see where this story was going.  Ultimately, there is a message there and that's why the ending is the only part that got a decent rating from me.











Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 2/5

Secondary Characters~ 1/5

The Feels~ 1/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 1.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2/5

Ending~ 3.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ It's whatever…

Narration~ Samantha Quan is not bad in this, but I really didn't like the book…so maybe that makes it kind of difficult to figure out how I feel about her as a narrator.

Setting~ New York and the surrounding area…I think

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)



Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-22 18:45
MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon, narrated by Nick Sullivan
Mystery Walk - Robert McCammon,Nick Sullivan


MYSTERY WALK is a story involving the epic battle between good and evil and Robert McCammon does these types of stories better than almost anyone.


I won't get into the plot much, as this book was written back in the 80's and hundreds of other reviews already do that. I will say that this is my fourth time reading this book, (I actually listened to it, courtesy of the narrator Nick Sullivan), and this time it affected me even more than it did previously. I'm not sure why that is-perhaps as I've grown older I see more truth and depth in this tale?


It could also be the fact that the narrator brought these characters alive for me. I easily pictured the small town of Hawthorn and both its hateful and sweet residents. I vividly pictured the tent revivals of J.J. Falconer and the bogus claims of healing from his son Wayne. (I had to try hard NOT to picture Wayne's first bout with healing, you'll see what I mean if you read this.) Mr. Sullivan's voicing worked really well for me here and for this reason I've bumped my rating of 4 and 4.5 stars from my previous reads to all five.


MYSTERY WALK is full of hope but at the same time does not shy away from the difficulties in life we all face. The wonderful prose of Robert McCammon is only improved by Nick Sullivan's narration. If you're in need of a little hope in your life during these difficult times, then I highly recommend giving MYSTERY WALK a listen. If you do, give Billy Creekmore a hug from me and tell him that Char said "Hi".


You can get your copy here: Mystery Walk


*I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator, in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-03-22 14:11
TBR Thursday
The Shoe on the Roof - Will Ferguson
Vlad: The Last Confession - C.C. Humphreys
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter - Margareta Magnusson
Still Life - Louise Penny
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White
The House at Baker Street (A Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson Investigation) - Michelle Birkby

In the docket for the next week and a bit....


For my 2018 PopSugar challenge, The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson will be my book about mental health.


Still Life by Louise Penny will be the P entry for my Women Authors A-Z list.  Now I Rise by Kiersten White will likewise be my W entry.


And then, just for fun, Vlad : the Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys.  I met Humphreys as last year's When Words Collide conference here in Calgary.  As a result, I recommended that my public library buy his latest book, the above.  Now it is my duty to read it.  :)


The House at Baker Street just seemed like too much fun to pass up and I've been patiently waiting for it for some time.  The same with The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which I hope will kick-start my spring cleaning (if spring ever deigns to show its face here).


Have a lovely weekend, friends and happy reading!


Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-22 00:05
I hope Stinkbug and Pence are choking on thier bile
A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Jill Twiss,Marlon Bundo,Jim Parsons

Marlon Bundo is not a godfather, or at least he doesn’t seem to be.  It is important to know this.  This picture book is a response to the Pence family book about their bunny rabbit and a plea for tolerance.


                And as my students would say, “it is as funny as shit”.


                Yeah, I’m not sure how shit is funny either.  I mean, okay, I suppose if you have been constipated and then you go No 2, it might as good as shit.  But what sort of weird tickling shit exists that makes you laugh?


                This book by Jill Twiss (John Oliver) is about a bunny who falls in love with another bunny, another buck (I am sorry but a male bunny is a buck and not boy, just saying). and then Donald Trump aka Stinkbug tells them they can’t marry.  Thankfully, Marlon Bundo has a bunch of friends, one of whom, the dog, understands democracy.  The cool thing is that Marlon’s friends are all different in different ways – including a decorative turtle and a hedgehog (honesty, you have me at hedgehog) who likes to read the endings first to make sure the book isn’t too traumatic (Dude, put down Old Yeller!).


                The artwork is beautiful.


                Now, I’m sure that some people are going to get upset about this spoof of the Pence family book, but you know what – I don’t care.  I don’t care at all.  Pence has shown that he does not care about me because I have a vagina, and he wants some of my friend to change who they are.  So, you know what, Mike Pence can take his homophobic, sexist self and jump in a lake.


                Don’t worry, Marlon Bundo, you have a home for life.


                A half star off because I am a comma purist so really 4.5, but the illustrations are so beautiful.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-03-21 14:10
Still Life - Louise Penny

I just looked at my public library account.  I have 14 days left to read this book, so no problem.  However, there are 2212 people patiently waiting in line for it!!!


Currently, the library has 11 copies and I note that 12 more are on order.  I think that's probably a good thing.


Holy smokes!

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?