Archive for May, 2011

Book Review: The Faeman Quest

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The Faeman Quest The Faeman Quest by
Series: Faerie Wars #5
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 368

When Mella, the daughter of King Consort Henry and Queen Holly Blue accidentally travels to the country of Haleklind, she discovers rebel forces preparing an invasion using a terrifying new magical weapon.

My Review:

I think first I need to ask has anyone heard of this series besides me? It’s one of my favorites, but every time I talk about it I get such blank stares! (Including internet *blank stares* which just makes me sad. This wonderful community should have at least one other person in it who knows the wonder of the Faerie Wars!) I’m considering a read-a-thon re-reading these, would anyone be interested in joining in?

I was a little surprised at the time skip from the end of the last book, even though I knew it had to happen. I think it was really well done though. We now get to see Henry as a grown-up – he has a 16-year-old daughter so he has to be at least 35, and is probably 40. It’s rare that we see a character (especially a main character) age that much in a YA or MG series (Faerie Wars is sorta borderline – think Harry Potter mixed with Artemis Fowl). The amazing thing is that Brennan still kept Henry the same and yet believable. He was still the Henry I loved originally but he’s become a father figure while I wasn’t looking.

I also loved the addition of Mella to the cast. She is such a mixture of Henry and Blue that she couldn’t possibly be anyone else’s daughter. She’s spunky independent and slightly quirky and completely loveable.

I’m so glad this isn’t the last book (it better not be!) and I eagerly await the next installment! (ASAP please Mr. Brennan. That wasn’t a very nice place to stop!)

Random Acts of Kindness – May

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Book Soulmates

I’ve been watching this event for quite a while, but I’ve never been quite brave enough to join in. Today I decided it was time to do something different so I bit the bullet and put my name in the ring. I’m really excited for this, I always love Secret Santa and surprises, so this event seems perfect!

If you want to join, here are the rules:

• Sign up each month you’d like to participate in.

• Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)

• Create a wishlist and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
{Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there’s a link to it.}

• If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wishlist and contact that blogger for their address.

• At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K!
{Make a post saying ‘Thank You’ to whoever granted one of your wishes :)

Lets’s keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
Remember, there’s always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Just click the button above for the original post and a chance to sign yourself up!

Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society

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The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society by
Series: Mysterious Benedict Society #1
Published by in 2007
Genres: ,
Pages: 492

After Reynie Muldoon responds to an advertisement recruiting "gifted children looking for special opportunities," he finds himself in a world of mystery and adventure. The 11-year-old orphan is one of four children to complete a series of challenging and creative tasks, and he, Kate, Constance, and Sticky become the Mysterious Benedict Society. After being trained by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, the four travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by a criminal mastermind to participate in his schemes to take over the world. The young investigators need to use their special talents and abilities in order to discover Mr. Curtain's secrets, and their only chance to defeat him is through working together.

My Review:

This book was a little out of my comfort zone, but I’d heard good things about it, so I decided to give it a try. It is most definitely an MG novel, which I don’t mind so much as long as it’s well done, and I think this book was one of the best MG novels I’ve read. As an adult reader, I still had some questions, but they weren’t so pressing that they overwhelmed my enjoyment of the book. I think that’s the true test of a novel for a younger genre (either YA or MG) – can the book be enjoyed without all the answers.

Part of the enjoyment, of course, was the cast of characters. I found Reynie very easy to relate to, despite our difference in age. Kate and Sticky were the perfect Ron and Hermione to Reynie’s Harry, and Constance… well Constance was a nuisance as she is supposed to be, but it makes sense once you find out how old she is. And Benedict, dear old Mr. Benedict, is so cute! He really personified that “tired old man” vibe that we get from all the great mentors; Merlin, Dumbledore and all the rest.

But perhaps the best part for me, and one of the reasons I will definitely be recommending it to all ages, is the tone of the novel. One of my hugest pet peeves as a kid was being talked down to just because I was young. I wanted to be treated as an equal by adults, and I hated people, and novels, that just assumed because I was younger, I was ignorant, and unable to understand. This novel not only avoids that tone, it acknowledges the problem. This is the novel I wanted to read in Elementary School, because I would have felt just as put-upon as Reynie when his orphanage master didn’t even let him try to get into another, better school. Granted Reynie is the extreme, but the main point is still one worth listening to: Children are nowhere near as dumb as adults often make them out to be.

If you haven’t read this one yet, then I suggest you immediately put it on your TBR pile. Besides being educational, it’s pure fun!

Titles: The Impossible Astronaut and The Day of the Moon
Vague synopsis: [from the BBC website] The Doctor is engaged on quest that takes him from the visually stunning Utah desert to the White House where he’s enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former-FBI agent Canton. His mission – save a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.

My Review: As River Song says:

If you have yet to watch the episode think twice before you read my review. Even if you like spoilers, I can guarantee you won’t want them this time around. Seriously. Not even kidding.Spoilers generally amuse me, and I was so glad I hadn’t found any accurate ones this time around.
Still with me? Good. Now let’s be honest, this is more likely to be a squee fest than anything else, because I think that Doctor Who is amazing pretty much no matter what they do (I think I can honestly say I didn’t like 2 episodes, and come to think of it, I can’t even remember what the second one is. They’ve been going 6 seasons now. A 98% batting average is pretty awesome!) 
So, on to my reactions. First of all WHAT?!?!?! Please tell me they did not do what I think they just did. I mean, talk about starting with a bang, but I think this was too much of a bang. Are they hinting that the series is over once Smith is done? Cause I’m soo not okay with that! But on the other hand, I don’t think the series would be completely over. I mean, he says “I thought I’d never get done saving you,” and knowing the Doctor he wouldn’t leave us completely unprotected, right? Plus, where was his (future) TARDIS? That is really not something I would want to get into the wrong hands. Something just does not feel right about this, and I would not be surprised at all if Moffat turns around and gives us some timey-wimey stuff that says IT never happened (see how I’m at least avoiding the big spoilers there? But seriously go watch it if you haven’t!)
Thought 2: The Silents are soooooo creepy! Great idea for a monster, and great explanation why we (and the Doctor) have never seen them before! That said, really? That’s it? We spent the whole of last season wondering what the Silents/Silence was and you wrap it up in two episodes at the very beginning of the series? Come on, Moffat, I know you’re a better writer than that. Prove me right please? (Ooh, plus remember the lyrics of Abigail’s song at Christmas? “When you’re alone Silence is all you’ll see?” Something like that. I think we still need to watch out for whenever a character is alone. The Silents can’t be gone yet.)
Thought 3: Love the swearing on Fish Fingers and Custard! So doing that for the rest of my life lol
Thought 4: It seems like every episode recently has had a lot of timey-wimey stuff in it. While this isn’t a bad thing, it’s starting to seem like a drug – now that the Doctor has used it to save his skin a few times, he’s more willing to use it again. What happened to the whole “going back on your own timestream implodes the universe thing?” Like Rory said, “The universe did explode.” Perhaps, Doctor, we need to have an intervention?
Thought 5: Who the HECK is she?!?! Actually, both shes. (I have my theories. I’m so excited to see if I’m right!)
Thought 6: Most amazeballs first episode EVAR! Also, I hate Steven Moffat. He’s just doing it to mess with us, I know he is, but I CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT! And that’s driving me bonkers!
Tune in tonight for the latest episode, The Curse of the Black Spot! I know I’ll be watching!

Media Review: Rio

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Title: Rio
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Studio: 20th Century Fox

My Review: This is going to be more of a collection of opinions than a review – it’s been a while and all I have are my few notes on what I thought.

Thought 1: The movie felt like Madagascar, but with the benefit of a completely original story. It was like if they did a sister movie to Madagascar and set it in Rio. (I loved Madagascar btw, I definitely mean this as praise!)

Thought 2: Blu is so cute! And Linda, his owner, owns/lives in a bookstore! Obviously I’m going to relate to her. I wish I was her!

Thought 3: The animation was very well done, and very colorful. You can tell it was made for a younger audience, but it is still enjoyable for those of us who haven’t been kids for a while.

Thought 4: There was a lot of physical humor, but it wasn’t overdone. I laughed a lot more than I expected to.

Thought 5: I thought the love story between Blu and Jewel was really cute! Jewel was so fed up with Blu for not being a proper bird and Blu was so in awe of Jewel that it seemed like it was never gonna happen (and therefore I knew it would) but the way they got there in between was soooo cute!

This is definitely something I would recommend to others. I may not buy it when it comes out, but I would not be opposed to seeing it again regularly, because it’s soooo cute! (Apparently the word of the day is “cute.” But it applies, so I’m not going to fix it.)

Again, sorry my posts have been so sporadic lately. I should be getting my life in order soon (graduation is tomorrow, then life can go back to normal. EEK!) and then I promise there’s some really awesome stuff coming your way!

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