Review! It’s Raining Cupcakes

Author: Lisa Schroeder

208 Pages

Published by: Aladdin on January 1, 2010

Summary:

Twelve year old Isabel is dying to get out of Willow, Oregon (population 39, 257) and experience something other than her small town. It seems that everyone gets to travel except Isabel–even her best friend, Sophie. When Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer as she tries to help her mom get the shop up and running. But when Isabel learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expense paid trip to New York City, she realizes this is her chance to finally get out of Willow. Except there are two major roadblocks to this plan: Sophie, who also is entering the contest and is always the best at everything, and her own mom, who wants her to enter the contest on her terms.Can Isabel manage to finally do something for herself, without losing her best friend and further straining her already tenuous relationship with her mother? In this sweet coming-of-age story from popular teen author Lisa Schroeder, Isabel discovers that it’s not about where you go in life as much as it is about enjoying the view wherever you are.

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Review! Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret

coverAuthor: D.D. Everest

320 Pages

Published by: HarperCollins on April 21, 2014 (first printing)

On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package from a man he has never met, a package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn’t recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn’t know he had and a world he never knew existed.

Soon Archie becomes a bookbinding apprentice to the Flame Keepers, a secret group devoted to finding and preserving magical books at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner.

T03-catching-flamehe book waited 400 years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.

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Review! Class Dismissed

class dismissed coverAuthor: Allan Woodrow

272 pages

Published by Scholastic Press on 27 October 2015

Summary (from goodreads.com):

Class 507 is the worst class Ms. Bryce has ever taught. And she would know — she’s been teaching forever. They are so terrible that when a science experiment goes disastrously wrong (again), Ms. Bryce has had it and quits in the middle of the lesson. But through a mix-up, the school office never finds out.
Which means … Class 507 is teacher-free!
The class figures if they don’t tell anyone, it’ll be one big holiday. Kyle and his friends can play games all day. Samantha decides she’ll read magazines and give everyone (much needed) fashion advice. Adam can doodle everywhere without getting in trouble. Eric will be able to write stories with no one bothering him. And Maggie … well, as the smartest kid in the class she has an ambitious plan for this epic opportunity.
But can Class 507 keep the principal, the rest of the students, and their parents from finding out … or will the greatest school year ever turn into the worst disaster in school history?

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Summer 2018

It’s probably been really obvious, but I haven’t been reading much lately. Of course, there are still some books that interest me, but I just can’t seem to find any motivation to actually sit down, pick them up, and read them. Whenever I visit a book sale I still find something to buy, but my TBR pile just keeps growing! So this summer I decided to try to work my way through the shelves full of books I have at home that I haven’t read. I’ve found 20 books that’s I’ve decided I’m going to finish this summer. Aside from my 20 books, I found some books that I’m interested in reading, but I know that I won’t be finishing those for quite some time. Those are the types of books that I really need to be in the mood for, for example: A Song for Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones #1), The Lost Gate – Shadow of the Hegemon, etc.

As I continue to clean out my room/house I’m sure that I’m going to find many more books that I forgot I even owned. Hopefully this will get me out of my reading funk (which has been going on for over a year now). I have to face the possibility that maybe I’m just not an avid reader anymore. Maybe this funk is actually my normal and my reading boom was an anomaly. I guess only time will tell.

Anyway, for each of the books I read this summer on my list I’m determined to actually post a review for them (even if it’s just a short here’s what I thought). So the 20 books are:

  1. The Wurst is Yet to Come
  2. Engaging Father Christmas
  3. Pippi Longstocking
  4. Children of the Lamp: The Blue Djinn of Babylon
  5. The Genius Files: Never Say Genius
  6. Wilma Tenderfoot: The Case of the Frozen Hearts
  7. It’s Raining Cupcakes
  8. Murder on the Links
  9. Class Dismissed
  10. The Sinclair Mysteries: The Painted Dragon
  11. Draw Blood
  12. Blood Dawn
  13. Airman
  14. The Book Scavenger: The Alcatraz Escape
  15. BOB
  16. Fairy Tale Reform School: Charmed
  17. Fairy Tale Reform School: Tricked
  18. Fairy Tale Reform School: Switched
  19. Descendants: Rise of the Isle of the Lost
  20. Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret

Yu Yu Hakusho 2018 Special

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The other night I had a hankering to watch the fight between Kurama and Roto (don’t know why–I just did) from the TV series Yu Yu Hakusho. So I turned it on, expecting to just watch that one episode, but as you might expect, one episode turned into two and before I knew it I had watched through the Dark Tournament. Even after it was over I just kept going right through the Chapter Black saga (naturally, this took a few days).

I was first exposed to Yu Yu Hakusho at a relatively young age when it was airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. After just watching one or two episodes, I was hooked. And since then it had definitely become one of my favorite shows. Of course, on Toonami it was heavily edited, but for my child-like brain it didn’t pose much of a problem. Honestly, it was probably the only reason my parents continued letting me watch such a violent show. Of course, now that I’m a full blown adult, I only watch the uncut version–much more exciting that way.

300px-YYK_protagonistsRegardless, I love the show even after all these years. All four of the main characters were great, the plot was engaging, and the humor spot on. The dubbing of the show was fabulously done and the script was filled with clever humor and witty sarcasm. At one point in my life I was interested in those super serious shows, but now I much prefer shows with a coherent plot line with plenty of humor spread through it.The show had memorable characters and a fantastic plot. The humor was always on point and the character interactions were top notch. The English dubbing was done incredibly well and I enjoyed the clever jokes and witty sarcasm. All the English voice actors managed to make their voices fit amazingly well with each character, especially Justin Cook as Yusuke.

Anyway, finishing my walk down memory lane, I found out some very interesting information while I was revisiting my childhood show. Apparently, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the TV show a new animated feature will be released sometime this year! I am so excited! Other than the existence of a special, not much else has been released. I have no idea how long it is, what it will be about, or if the original cast members will return (I sincerely hope so!).

Although I know nothing of the special, if I were to guess, it will just be a small update on what the characters have been doing since the end of the series. I know we got one of those already, but this will probably just be a continuation of that. Either that or the main characters will reunite against a new supposed threat in the demon world, but at the end of the special they will realize they were all overreacting and it wasn’t really much of a threat. For a heavy action show, there isn’t much they can do in a short special (I’m assuming this will be 30 minutes tops). Nevertheless, I am extremely excited to see it when it is released!

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The special will be released along with a new Blu-ray collection of the series. I’m sure it will be pretty expensive to buy, but honestly the show is worth having, especially if there’s a new special on it. Therefore, as long as I can scrape some money together, I will definitely be adding this to my collection.

 

Summer 2017

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Honestly, I have a whole pile of half-finished articles sitting on my hard drive, but for some reason I’m having a hard time finishing anything. Motivation is hard to come by.

I figured I’d take a chapter out of someone else’s book and just write some short thoughts on various things I’ve been thinking of.
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Amelia O’Donohue is so not a Virgin

1001004010961551Author: Helen FitzGerald

Published by: Sourcebooks Fire on November 1, 2010

Summary (from amazon.com):

Amelia O’Donohue was stunning. We all knew we were in the presence of tremendous beauty, humbled by her eyes and by her expensive designer clothes. We all deferred to her, waiting for her to initiate conversation, and hanging on every word she said.

So when Amelia asked for my help, What was I to do? Did I have a choice? It’s not like I could tell everyone that she sneaks off in the middle of the night in her pink silk nightie to sleep with her boyfriend. Right?

But this one favor leads to a secret so big it just might change everything-for Amelia and for me…

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Beyblade, Live-Action

I was scouring the internet today and guess what I came across?

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Yep, you read that right. Beyblade and live-action all in the same sentence.

You remember Beyblade? The high action game with spinning tops? There’s going to be a full blown movie about them and frankly, I cannot wait. It has been over a decade since I first got into the series, but I do remember it quite fondly (well as fondly as I can with a series like that). The Beyblade I got into was the old school show; the one with Tyson, Max, Kai, and Rei. Once they introduced new characters, I gave up the show for good. Continue reading

Review! A Wonderlandiful World

Book_-_A_Wonderlandiful_World_coverAuthor: Shannon Hale

336 Pages–Ages 9 to 12 (and up!)

Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on August 26, 2014

Summary (amazon.com):

At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps. But when Raven Queen came along, things became fairy, fairy confusing. Now no one’s destiny is certain, not even for the most royal of them all, Apple White.

When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. The students transform into animals and objects, palace mice talk, and the beautiful green grounds on campus fade to black-and-white. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen, Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio, and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Hat and Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school-and their lives-a very unhappy ending.

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Review! Spy School Series

Spy School 1 CoverAuthor: Stuart Gibbs

Ages 8 and up

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Summary for the first Spy School (from goodreads.com):

Can a normal, average kid become a superstar secret agent? Maybe not, but it’ll be fun to watch him try!

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap. Because of his innate math skills, Ben isn’t surprised when he is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science—but he’s entirely shocked to discover that the school is actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Could the C.I.A. really want him?

Actually, no. There’s been a case of mistaken identity—but that doesn’t stop Ben from trying to morph into a supercool undercover agent, the kind that always gets the girl. And through a series of hilarious misadventures, Ben realizes he might actually be a halfway decent spy…if he can survive all the attempts being made on his life!

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