Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review ~ Wicked #PLL #5 by Sara Shepard

TITLE: Wicked 
AUTHOR: Sara Shepard
COPYRIGHT: 2009
TYPE: young adult
PAGES: 311
SERIES:  YES
1. Pretty Little Liars 
5. Wicked
6. Killer

REASON FOR READ:
Well come on I read books 1-4 and wanted to know more. Besides it’s turned into my guilty little pleasure

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can't help but be bad. . . .

Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer's digging up her family's secrets. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.

Now that Ali's killer is finally behind bars, the girls think they're safe. But those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And they should know by now that I'm always watching…

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Okay so spoiler seriously people this is the 5 book so if you haven’t read books 1-4 be warned I am going to talk about this book in details…

OMG so Mona is dead as is Toby. Hanna is debating if her step sister Kate is really all she is claiming to be. Emily isn’t gay. Spencer is adopted or at least believes she is. And Aria has the hots for her mom’s new boyfriend who turns out to be a total douche EW… oh Aria’s dad is still with cray cray Meredith who is pregos with the new baby and moves them into a house by Ian. Do you remember him? Well apparently in this book he is in jail but gets out on bail due to his mom dying of cancer HOLY CRAP… Wilden and Jason are still in here as is Maya and Jenna.  And well a whole hell of a lot of others.
Whew I think that catches everything up without giving stuff away per say…

THINGS I LIKED
Whelp I absolutely love that this is no longer the show it is grittier and dirtier and well plain old prettier than the show.
The girls are still a hot mess
I am starting to feel bad for them so at least that has changed
And add to it all there’s a new A!!!
The mystery is still there that was a bonus.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE
My God this book jumps around a lot from different perspectives which is good and yet can get overwhelming at times when you want to know more about a chapter.
Man these girls are to the point that they don’t deserve necessarily what is happening then again at times they do.

FINAL GRADE: B

Would you recommend this story? Yes if you like PLL then you have to read this one.

Is this a part of a reading challenge? Not any more other than the yearly challenge.



Monday, October 27, 2014

Currently Reading ~ #PLL Heartless #7


Title: Heartless
Author: Sara Shepard
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 274

Summary: 
First Emily, Aria, Hanna, and Spencer claimed they found a dead body in the woods behind Spencer's house, only to have it vanish without a trace. Then, when the same woods went up in flames, they swore they saw someone who's supposed to be dead rise from the ashes. And even after all that, the pretty little liars are still playing with fire. Call me heartless, but it's about time someone shut these liars up for good. After all, nobody likes a girl who cries wolf—least of all me

Review and Giveaway ~ Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown



Title: Tracy Tam: Santa Command
Author: Krystalyn Drown
Copyright: 10/22/2014
Type: children/young adult

Reason for Read:
It sounded and looked absolutely adorable plus come on I wanna know what happens at Santa Command?!

Summary on Goodreads: 
Tracy doesn't believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn't believe exists.

Thoughts/Opinion:
This was a very cute short read. It was light and fluffy and yet somehow still connects to older readers. I enjoyed reading about Tracy's adventures especially how she ended up in Santa Command. There were lots of little enjoyable parts. Tracy is a scientist at heart and allows that to overrule her fear of things especially when they start getting out of control. There were actual moments of tension and I have to admit a few moments that I couldn't believe the writer actually thought of. And trust when I say Ms. Drown thought of a lot of things that under any other circumstances would be creepy. Can you say video cameras, surveillance, and other stalk like tendencies but hey it's all in good fun plus without it Santa would have a harder time.

The modern twist on the story is nice with computers and pagers, phones, DNA etc. I have to say that was new and I enjoyed watching this little girl dust for prints with cocoa powder in hopes of getting a good finger print. The virus and the jeopardy of what will or would happen if Tracy doesn't fix what she messed up was very enjoyable and I had to catch myself a few times from laughing out loud or gasping in amusement.

Very enjoyable read and one I can totally get behind and suggest to others. It's a fluffy Christmas read that still has real depth and emotions. Something a lot of books for this age group are missing. Very amusing and still at the same time a book to say hey, you like Christmas? Well give this a try for a nice read.

Favorite part:
I am going to admit that I enjoyed the beginning and being introduced to Tracy learning why she is doing what she is doing was refreshing.

Final Grade: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this story? Yes

And you can purchase this lovely book at the following sites:

ABOUT TRACY TAM: SANTA COMMAND:

Title: TRACY TAM: SANTA COMMAND
Publication date: October 22, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Krystalyn Drown

Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.


ABOUT KRYSTALYN DROWN:


Krystalyn spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there. Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author. Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads


Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn 
November 21, 2014  

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown (INT)  

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review ~ Bossypants by Tina Fey

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Copyright: 2011
Type: Autobiography
Pages: Audiobook
Series:
NO

Reason for Listening:
I absolutely loved her on SNL and wanted to know more about her. I thought this would be a good way.

Summary: 
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

Thoughts/Opinions:
If you enjoy snark then this is the book for you. She covers everything from her thoughts on Hilary Clinton, Sara Palin, breast feeding, to college and then some as well as 30 Rock. She can be offensive but come on if you realize anything you know anyone who writes for SNL and acted on the show can be offensive in a lot of ways. After all isn't that how they make their money?!

There were a few things that I rolled my eyes on and there were a few moments when I laughed so hard I almost peed myself. SERIOUSLY if you ignore everything else listen to her honeymoon story cause let me tell ya it was freaking funny and I still chuckle over it. 

All that aside it was 5 CD's and a lot of talking (DUH) not a Stephen King amount of talking but still. The audio was paced well and it ebbed and flowed when it needed to. Where there boring moments yes but also exciting ones. Did she dish on anyone no so if you are looking for gossip keep right on looking!

All in all not bad and not my favorite. Glad I gave it a shot though so anyone who is a fan as by now already read it and loved it so I will end it with that. 

Favorite Part: 
Honeymoon story hands down

New Author Challenge


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Currently Reading



Title: Tracy Tam: Santa Command
Author: Krystalyn Drown
Genre: young adult
Page #er: ?


SUMMARY
Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review ~ 11/22/63 by Stephen King

TITLE: 11/22/63 
AUTHOR: Stephen King
COPYRIGHT: 11/8/2011
TYPE: Fiction
PAGES: No pages this was audio
SERIES:  no

REASON FOR LISTEN:
I am a case manager that is on the road way too much and need to calm down before and during travel times. I thought it sounded interesting and decided to give it a try.

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.(

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
First and foremost I do not under any circumstances read Stephen King due to horror and to be honest I just don't do horror. When I found out he did a time travel novel and it involved JFK I immediately yelled SOLD! Also this was my first audio book sort of... I listened to a nonfiction book as a beginner so in a way this was my first attempt at fiction in audio format. I enjoyed the man who did the audio and his attempts at accents as well as pitches. This led to giving each character their own thoughts. It also separated them in my head to help with any confusion that might have occurred. Needless to say that part was very enjoyable. 
I admit that I did and yet didn't realize how long of a time commitment this was going to take on my end. 30 CD's seriously look at that again 30 and each one was at least 45 minutes to an hour long. A HOUR LONG I just gave 30 hours of my life. While the book was good, it wasn't 30 hours of my life good. There were parts where I seriously rolled my eyes, wondering did you just take a hour to describe a 5 minute fight and than turned around and took 5 minutes to describe something I would've been good with having a hour long conversation about?!? That's a Stephen King novel. They are long and very, very, very detailed. Some like that I do not. So I fast forwarded a lot toward the end, which should've been the exciting part and had the first part of the novel moved quicker I'm sure I would not have felt the need to fast forward the latter half. 
The story in general was good. There were a few moments of stunned graphic detail that made me either want to stop or continue but felt dirty afterwords. There were moments where I sat back and thought about it and he did make you think about the cause and effects of time travel. I do like how it all tied in and well needless to say had a lesson to think about that made me go... that actually makes total sense. There were parts where I questioned if he was serious and he had parts in his story that made me want to go and research more of the JFK saga. 
There was a lot of cussing (so be warned if that turns you off) and there was violence (that was described graphically as well). Also there was sex scenes and I can't say it would have matter if a man or a woman wrote it there was a lot of sex involved which of course not shockingly enough was with a *gasp* virgin that makes me mad (why did she have to be a Mary Sue with sex she was divorced seriously?!) anyway that would be a side rant. 
Clearly there were things I enjoyed Mr. King is an excellent writer with a lot of details. The story does make you think and has stuck with me. Those are 2 qualities I look for in a book. 

FINAL GRADE: I would give it a B- (cussing, sex, and violence plus a quick peek at IT another novel involving a killer clown was thrown in for fun).

Would you recommend this story? If you don't mind the above warnings then sure.

Is this a part of a reading challenge? new author and yearly reading challenge.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Currently Reading



Title:  11/22/63
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Audio book
Page #er: 894





Summary: 
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.