Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mini Reviews

I'm leaving for Chicago tonight at 3:00 A.M. Well technically in the morning, but I consider it to be night. Since I won't be at my house this weekend to post reviews like I usually do I decided to post one big one of mini reviews of anything I randomly find on my Goodreads shelf. Most of these are short stories and books I've read forever ago, but I want to post them. :D

Straydog by Kathe Koja
3 stars
I don't like dog books, never have even when I was little. That's more of my sister's area, but I liked this book, which is a surprise. We had to read this book as a group in class and when I first saw this book I thought "Great another Lassie story, I just can't wait to be bored to death." I know, I know it sounds mean. I know the saying don't judge a book by it's cover, but I judged it by its title, too. When I started reading this book I had no clue what it was about, because our teacher would fuss at us if we looked at the back of the book and I was surprised that this book was about a girl. Yes a girl and the girl, Rachel, was cool. She was a cynical, I-can-see-through-your-bs kinda girl and I liked that. She was funny in a dry and cynical kind of way and a talented writer. I recommend this book if your looking for a quick read with a little bit of heart.

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Volume 1
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You Volume 1 by Karuho Shiina

4 stars

So I found this awesome free app that gives me free shoujo manga and it's not bad to read on my phone and the quality is pretty good. Yay for Iphones!

Anyway, this isn't at all what I was expecting. It's very... fluffy. But in a good way. I really like Kazehaya so far. He's a cutie. I like Sadako. She's pretty alright. She does cry way too much. Sometimes it doesn't bother me, but I don't know with her she just makes me annoyed. I sense drama coming. I like drama and romance. So there better be romance.

Cover Thoughts: I absolutely adore this cover. It's so simple and cute. Just absolutely adorable.

Noah and Mara's first meeting from Noah's POV 
Noah and Mara's first meeting in Noah's POV by Michelle Hodkin
It's just as I would picture Noah's voice to sound like. Pretty good not many authors can do that. Now I need The Evolution of Mara Dyer even more.
All this awesomeness is too much and I need more. Why does Noah say fuck so much? I get it you use it a lot, but he doesn't need the word in every single thought are sentence. Now the wait begins.

Crying Llama GIF Pictures, Images and Photos 

A Dark-Hunter Christmas (Dark-Hunter, #3.6)

A Dark-Hunter Christmas by Sherrilyn Kenyon

3.6 in the Dark Hunter series

3 stars
A Dark-Hunter Christmas is about Jamie Gallagher a Dark-Hunter who has just lost the love of his life to old age and Simi (Acheron's demon) helps him.
I read this book in the back of Dance with the Devil and thought that it was sweet and lighthearted with a good point and good lesson. I thought it was too short and I was hoping that he would end with him and Simi getting together, but I'm not giving up hope and maybe eventually he will in another book.

The Broccoli Tapes by Jan Slepian

1 star probably not even a half of that
I don't know why this book suddenly popped into my head today, but I hated this book. I had to read this book for group reading in the fourth grade and I absolutely loathed this book. I hated every moment I had to pick this book up and it was one of those books that I skimmed the whole time and could care less about. I made it abundantly clear to my teacher that I hated the book and I thought reading it was torture.  

The Scarlet Ibis: The Collection of Wonder 
The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst

3.5 stars
I'm trying to think of the right words to describe this story because not talking about it just doesn't seem right. Out of all the short stories we had to read in the short story unit this year this one effected me the most. I didn't cry but I wanted to. I wanted to weep for Doodle and the unfairness thrown at him. I just feel like anything I say will never give this story justice for how touching it was.

The Cask of Amontillado 
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe

4.5 stars
I had to read this for school and I absolutely loved it. Maybe the reason I enjoyed it so much was because I read it for school and we talked about irony. Talking about the story made me think more into it and now I think it's brilliant. I had already been intrigued, but the story just proved to be amazing.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

3 stars

I remember reading this story in the third grade. It was my favorite story we read that year. I just watched the movie on Cartoon Network and it brought back memories. I have to say though even though I really enjoyed this book I thought the movie was a lot better. 

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The Lady or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton

2 stars

If I was in the princesses position I would've given him the door to the lady and then walked away from the city, town, or wherever the hell they are. But I'm not in her position so I want a bloodbath and a tragedy. Bring out the tiger!  

First Test (Protector of the Small, #1) 
First Test by Tamora Pierce

First in the Protector of the Small series

1 star
I read this book in the fifth grade. I'm not a big fan of fantasy and it takes a lot for me to enjoy reading about it, but my tastes have changed since then. I still think even now I probably enjoy this book. I trudged through this small book for a whole month. I could understand if this was a tome, but even in the fifth grade big wasn't the size of this book. It was Twilight and this is so small, but it was a workout to get through it. I also had a hard time connecting to the writing and I remember complaining about it even back then to my mom because it was my only book during a hurricane. I was not a happy reader.

Peony in Love

Peony in Love by Lisa See

3 stars
I recently saw this book on Goodreads and remembered reading it a long time ago, like one or two years ago. I cried and cried and cried. This book is such a tear jerker and it probably doesn't help I'm a softy, but the story is beautifully told and just overall beautiful. Peony is betrothed to a man she doesn't know. When she meets a handsome poet at a play her story becomes the play that touched her heart. The concept as I said was beautiful. That's the easiest word to describe Peony in Love, beautiful and touching some up the book for me. Just thinking about it brings back memories of reading this book. 


Ponies by Kij Johnson

4 stars

Odd, but thought-provoking.   

Shortest review ever just like this book. You can read it here on Tor. 

 Shiloh (Shiloh, #1) 
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

2 stars

Shiloh isn't a bad story at all. Since it's been a while since I've read it and I was pretty neutral towards the books in the fifth grade, I'm giving it two stars. I liked the story, but it wasn't the most interesting of stories. It passed the time and we got to watch the movie, which is always the best way to get out of class.

Code Orange 

Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney

3 stars

I actually really liked this, which surprised me. I had bought this book in the fifth grade and was in a horror kick. Someone said Cooney was a great horror and suspense writer. I read one of her other works, Drivers Ed, and hated it. This made me give the book away. I had to read it in the seventh grade for school and I was really into it. I liked the plot and where the story was going. Of course it started to get really far fetched at the end, but I still enjoyed it. 

The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

1.5 stars

I'll just come flat out and say this. This book sucked. It's boring and lacks any suspense. Jamie (that is her name right? I should probably read the summary) is boring and her relationship was boring too. Her search for her family lacked any emotion and I honestly wasn't sure why I even bothered to finish this book, but even in the fifth grade I was determined.   

i think I'll post a part two of this because I did have fun doing it. Have you guys read any of these? If so what did you think of them?


  1. I read The Face on the Milk Carton and didn't find it all that.

    Dog books, I've tried reading them but stop after a while. I just don't get them.

    1. I feel the same way, Lectus. Dog books just aren't for me.

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