Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Advertisements

Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season, #0.5)

Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein


Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

Release Date: November 2002

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

Source: TBR Shelf

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, “Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud.”

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

2 out of 5 stars


This does not have any of the magic I remember it having when I was younger. I used to love Shel Silverstein’s books and poems because they were cute and funny, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t really see one poem that I liked from this book. I’m positive because I outgrew it, but it is very strange because I have so many fond memories of his books from when I was younger.

I don’t think that I will read any more of Silverstein’s books. Runny Babbit was my favorite poem/book, so maybe I’ll consider that one again.

I gave this two stars because I think it is a readable book. I didn’t hate it, but I was VERY underwhelmed. A lot of the poems didn’t even make any sense and didn’t rhyme like his usually do. I don’t know. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to keep reading.

Review: Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt


Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt

Title: Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: February 8, 2017

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 481

Source: Author

After struggling for years to have a child, Claire Rasmussen, 34, turns to adoption, only to find new obstacles on the path to motherhood. Then she gets an unlikely phone call and soon learns that a distant uncle possesses the secrets of time travel.

Within weeks, Claire, husband Ron, and brother David find themselves on a train to Tennessee and 1945, where adoptable infants are plentiful and red tape is short. For a time, they find what they seek. Then a beautiful stranger enters their lives, the Navy calls, and a simple, straightforward mission becomes a race for survival.

Filled with suspense, romance, and heartbreak, HANNAH’S MOON, the epic conclusion of the American Journey series, follows the lives of four spirited adults as they confront danger, choices, and change in the tense final months of World War II.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this final installment of the American Journey series! I’ve loved getting to read these books and am so glad to have gotten to get to know John a little bit through our author/reader relationship.

This has been my favorite of the series so far *rated 3/5 stars because I’ve refined my reviewing lately!* I really enjoyed getting a perspective from this time period. I do enjoy that the Bells have gotten more lenient with letting people stay and come back from different times. People can’t help it if they fall in love with someone while traveling.

I really enjoyed this one, and the ending was really nice. They bring back all the characters from the previous books for a little sneak peek. I think it was a nice conclusion to the series as a whole. I always say this, but I love connecting with authors so much. It’s one of my favorite parts of blogging because you get to meet so many new people!

This book was about a family who has been trying to have a child for a long time, but end up adopting a child. In 2017 there is a huge wait time in order to adopt, but in 1945 there isn’t. The couple travel back in time to the time of World War II and find themselves in the South. They adopt a lovely girl named Hannah, and meet a lovely neighbor who they bond with.

Beautiful conclusion to the series! Go support John by buying and reading some of his novels!!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Review: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan


The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

Title: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 5, 2007

Publisher: Puffin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 320

Source: TBR Pile

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…


5 out of 5 stars

This has been my favorite book from this series so far. I really enjoyed reading it! Rick Riordan has a very easy-to-read writing style, and I sped through this book. If you look at my goodreads you’ll see that I started this on June 17 and finished it today. That is ten days, but you have to understand that for most of those days I didn’t even read from this book. I had to read my book for book club during that time and wow it took like 12 years. Anyway, I was actually reading this book for between 2 and 4 days. Ish.

I really loved this book. It was fun, fast paced, filled with great characters. Woo. Look at that alliteration I just unintentionally used. Anyway, this has been my favorite. I think I’m finally starting to connect with the characters and I’m starting to love them. I’m anxious to see what happens with Nico in the next book. The end left it with a cliff hanger about him. Excited to see that :)

I literally want Percy and Annabeth to be together forever and ever and ever. Seriously they are the best ship ever. They’re perfect for each other and I love themmmmmmmm. I know that they’re like 14, but it could happen. I’m still dating my boyfriend from when I was 14 and now I’m 17. It’s possible, people! They’re honestly destined to be together.

My favorite scene from this book was when they were at the Hoover Dam and everyone was like:

“I want to go to the dam snack bar.”

“Where’s the dam bathroom.”

“I need to find the dam drinking fountain.”

It honestly made me laugh more than it should have, but whatever. I enjoyed it.

I think that middle grade like this is the way to go. The books are usually quite short, they’re fast paced, there is the slightest amount of romance, there are some pretty epic action scenes. It’s great. Highly recommend. If you’ve not picked up this series, get it together.

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Review: Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L.M. Montgomery


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L.M. Montgomery

3709710

Title: Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Release Date: September 11, 2011

Publisher: Puffin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 429

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her. A favourite classic with cover and introduction by the inimitable Lauren Child, award-winning creator of Clarice Bean and the hugely popular Charlie and Lola series.


5 out of 5 stars

This book was so adorable. I started it and was a little wary because it was written in a style I’m not used to, but after about 100 pages I was in love. Anne is so cute, and all the experiences she has at Green Gables are just so adorable. Anne is adopted by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, but kind of by accident. The siblings wanted a young boy to help out on the farm, but instead they were brought a chatty-red haired girl. Anne is obsessed with the idea of romance. She loves beautiful things, and makes sure those around her hear about the wonderful things she sees. Matthew and Marilla come to love her as they would a child born from either of them.

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading about Anne and her adventures with her bosom friend, Diana. She becomes easy to relate to and you want to know what happens to her next. Anne is a hard working girl who loves school and all aspects of learning. She is also always outside thinking of the beautiful things around her and daydreaming to her heart’s content. She’s “sworn enemies” with a boy named Gilbert, but actually has a little crush on him and it’s just so cute.

This will be a book I read to my kids when they’re young. I love how Anne talked and how she interacted with her peers, Marilla, and Matthew. I love the name Avonlea even though it’s the name of the small town school area. I think it would be an adorable name for a little girl.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest it. It’s a fun whirlwind of a story. It’s light-hearted, fun, and reminiscent of summertime.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM

Review: School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1) – Christopher Mannino


School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1) – Christopher Mannino

25572274

Title: School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)

Author: Christopher Mannino

Release Date: May 2, 2014

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 244

Source: Review for Author

Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


3 out of 5 stars

I got asked to review this book by the publisher, and am glad that I read it! It’s been a while since I read a fantasy, and a fantasy from a new world. I always love diving into new worlds, especially in fantasy. I really enjoyed this book, and the premise was different from anything I’ve read.

Suzie Sarnio is thrown into a world of Deaths, and has to go to school to become a Death. They have an option of going home, but only if they pass the final exam. Everyone is there for a year guaranteed, and then if they pass the test, they can leave to see their families again. Suzie is thinking of this every single day of being in this world. Another reason she wants to go home is because she is the first female Death to be in the world since a million years before. Everyone believes it is a man’s world, so she gets bullied quite a bit at the beginning. She ends up finding friends with the boys that she has to stay with, and enjoys a few of her classes designed to train her to become a successful Death.

I really liked this concept because I’ve not read anything about Grim Reaper-esque characters. I also thought it was an interesting twist Mannino put into the story by having Elementals. Elementals are hated by the Deaths, but they have special abilities, and it was pretty cool to read about that. The reason I didn’t give this book a four star was because it’s really difficult for me to relate to younger main characters. Suzie was thirteen, and I couldn’t think of anything but that whilst reading this book. The story was cool, I just wish they were older teenagers. I love reading books about teenagers ages 16-19; it’s easier to relate to.

I would recommend this book because it is a different feel, and the writing style flows nicely. Huge thanks to Christopher Mannino and his publisher! I really enjoyed reading this, and am excited to pick up the next one in the series :)

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.17.59 AM