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review 2014-11-28 00:00
GRANDMA STINKS! - Mark C. Collins GRANDMA STINKS! - Mark C. Collins Emma is a young girl and her Grandma comes to stay. Though, when she arrives, Emma notices something funny. Grandma stinks! Yuk. So, while Grandma gets settled in to the house, Emma does her best to try and help her, while also trying to get rid of the foul smell. Eventually, Emma becomes used to it and doesn't mind anymore.

I bought this book from Amazon.com.au (for free) a few days ago and gave it a read through today. I think it was a sweet story. Though it's kind of rude of Emma to make fun of her Grandma like that, I liked that way that she mostly kept it to herself and did her best to try and help. It's very sweet and I chuckled several times. This is definitely a story I would read to my kids.
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review 2014-10-22 12:30
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Blue Moon - Alyson Noël

Still cleaning up my database one old review at a time.


This is the sequel to Evermore which I loved so much I gave it one star. This sequel picks up where the last left off and tells the continuing saga of the newly immortal Ever and her immortal soul mate Damen as they struggle with teenage inanities and an evil nemesis.

I listened to this on audio and over two hours go by without anything of interest happening. There is plenty of bitchery and immaturity to go around, however, as we listen in on Ever and her small circle of self-involved friends as they natter on (and on) about inconsequential things. Eventually the book picks up when we, the reader, are invited on a shopping spree to Victoria’s Secret with Ever to watch her pick out the perfect pair of matching underthings that she’s going to wear as Damen finally deflowers her (oh but will he?!). I’m just kidding about the book picking up here but not about the VS trip unfortunately.

Most of the book is a snore fest but I had nothing better to do as I folded laundry, made dinner and then cleaned the kitty boxes. The narrator does a fine job of bringing these characters to life and I could clearly discern one from another. The problem lies in the fact that I didn’t like any of the characters and that Ever grates on my last nerve. She is shallow, insecure, annoying, unkind in her thoughts toward others (Ava especially), a wee bit pathetic and very ugly on the inside. It’s only towards the end of the story that I actually started to warm up to her and then she goes and does something so idiotic I’m back at square one again. Sigh. But it allows the big question of “Will they ever really do it?” to be strung out for several more books. If my teen daughter smuggles this series into the house to read I am going to lecture her on never, ever acting like an Ever.


Very Important Disclaimer:  I figured it was time to come clean. This is the guy who ghost writes my reviews. Don't let his goofy looks deceive you, he is slightly smarter than he appears but his taste in books is questionable. If you don't like something he writes, I don't recommend sneaking up on him unawares to give him a talking-to because he may eat your face off. He's a little nutzo. You can, however, try bribing him with treats to put him in a better mood. It's likely he'll only eat the treats and leave you with a slobbery hand. In that case, be thankful you still have the hand and slowly back away.



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text 2014-07-30 20:41
Book a Day #30: Book You Want to Read
Rebel Heart: The Scandalous Life of Jane Digby - Mary S. Lovell
The Book of Unholy Mischief - Elle Newmark
The Venetian Bargain - Marina Fiorato
Sacred Treason - James Forrester
Some Danger Involved - Will Thomas
My Cousin Rachel - Daphne Du Maurier
My Real Children - Jo Walton
The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis - Stephen Halliday,Adam Hart-Davis

My memory of what books I've put on my wishlist because of this game is terrible.  I'm sure there are some!


So I'm just listing some stuff I've found out that I want to try recently; I'm not sure of the source on any of them!

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review 2014-03-21 00:00
It Stinks to be Pink!
It Stinks to be Pink! - Kathryn L. Novak Children's Book: "It Stinks to be Pink!" (An Illustrated eBook About Self-Esteem and Self-Image) (Adventure Story for All Children ages 3-9) BCB Book Series: EZ as 1-2-3 Access Your Child's Abilities

Illustrated very colorful imaginative children's book about adventure.
Starts out with fuzzipuffs and flora and Hawaii. So much information about the different flowers!
A fuzzipuff has an exciting day at school and then after.
There are many others who are out playing but Spotty feels left out. He even runs away one day. Many adventures are to come as Spotty finds themselves a friend.
Believe and never give up, dream and wish are good things. Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.
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