2nd Review: Night Shade by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Night Shade by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2001
ISBN 0786807083
275 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 03

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Once a gang member, Jimena has changed her tone after learning about her destiny as a Daughter of the Moon. She is not afraid of anything, but when her deceased boyfriend, Veto, shows up again from the dead, Jimena is afraid what kind of bargain he has made with the Atrox that could cost them their lives.

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read, but since I really didn’t like this one, it took longer than the other two books.

In the third book of the Daughters of the Moon series, it explores the legend behind the goddess, Diana. It really isn’t as interesting as the other two books for mythology information, so meh.

The tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). Despite the descriptions, there is very little growth, and it is not as interesting as the first two books. However, it’s better than most books that have a series. :( As the books/series goes on, you get more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox, which is good because it won’t overload you with information with just one book. The third book is still pretty good, despite the less interesting mythology information, so go ahead and read it. :) I’ll be reading the next book after I read a picture book.

Any more information would spoil the books. :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Natalie’s Bookshelf

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole

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Book Information:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780689878459
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Based on a true story, Roy and Silo are two penguins who are a couple, but when they notice all the other penguins having babies, they want one as well. Then, their caretaker, Mr. Gramzay, gives them a left over egg to take care of. And when Tango is hatched, they created a new kind of penguin family.

This is one of the top ten challenged books in 2006, 2007, and 2008. It was also number two for 2009. Anyways, I can’t see how it is one of the top challenged children’s books. It only retells a true story about penguins in New York. Yeah, sure, it is about two male penguins, but it goes in about how there are different types of families. I guess most people are just too touchy about subjects like two males being together, even if it is penguins.

I thought the story/plot was cute, even if it is based on a true story. You might have to explain some weird things, if your kid asks about it. But it might be a good way to start explaining different kinds of families and not to start hate over different people. Anyways, I really didn’t like the illustrations that much, but they did remind me of how picture books used to be – colored with colored pencils. :X

The only lesson I can think that’s in there is to not judge different kinds of families, which makes it sort of enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations, even if they are basic looking. And if they do ask questions, explain it without hate or judging. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Justin Richardson
$New_Bullet Peter Parnell
$New_Bullet Henry Cole
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Books for Kids Blog
$New_Bullet The Quick Wit Litniks

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Into the Cold Fire by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Into the Cold Fire by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2000
ISBN 0786806540
264 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Serena’s power to read minds comes in handy sometimes, but it also makes it easier for the Atrox to turn her into one of them. So, when the Atrox attempts to turn her, what will the rest of the Daughters of the Moon do? Will Jimena and the rest of the Daughters be able to prevent the premonition of Serena turning?

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read. I finished it in a week, but that’s only because I had to go to work. >.<

In the second book of this series, it explains about Hekate and how she is a Goddess of the Night, and also how she might be credited to evil. Also, there are 13 books in this series, so more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox will show up as the books progress, which is a good thing because it isn’t cramped all into one book.

The tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). I can’t wait until I re-read the next book in this series. This book starts out better than the first one since you have a little bit more information to go on. Also, my favorite character is Stanton. :) Yes, I’m weird and like all types of guys from different kinds of books.

The plot isn’t that much different from other supernatural books or shows since it is basically teenage girls fighting evil, which might remind some people of Sailor Moon and several other anime. That might be way I like it since it kind of reminds me of most of the anime I watch. Oh, well, I like that and mythology so it was perfect book for me. Also, there is a little bit more, errr, sexual tension than the first book.

Any more information would spoil this book and series. :D I can’t wait to start on the next book in the series (again).

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Missy’s Book Blog
$New_Bullet Natalie’s Bookshelf

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, Illustrated by Steve James

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Book Information:

There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Illustrated by Steve James
Little, Brown and Company
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780316068741
40 Pages

Series Information:

Dewey
Not really a series, but there are some books about Dewey.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

This is the illustrated children’s book version of Vicki Myron’s adult book, Dewey the Library Cat. Dewey is new to being a library cat, as he is trying to figure out what a library cat does, he wonders if he is the right cat for the job.

I decided to start reviewing some picture books because I keep on seeing really cute ones in the library, and this is my first one that I am reviewing on here. While most people don’t like it is based on a true story from another author, I like it. Why? Because it gives a chance for little kids to broaden their horizons even though they aren’t on the adult reading level yet.

Anyways, I like the children’s book version, but I’m not too sure if I would like the adult book. >.>” The author(s) made it really easy and fun to read for children. The illustrations make it even more enjoyable. They were so cute and soft that I looked at the pages extra long. :)

There aren’t really any special hidden lessons for children in the book, but it is still really enjoyable. Anyways, it is a good read to read to your children, and I think they will love the illustrations.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Vicki Myron
$New_Bullet Bret Witter
$New_Bullet Steve James
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Books for Kids Blog
$New_Bullet The Quick Wit Litniks

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2000
ISBN 0786806532
294 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Vanessa Cleveland has always want to be like other teenage girls, especially the part of dating and kissing boys without disappearing in front of them. So, what is she going to do when she starts dating Michael Saratoga? And to make matters worse someone has been following her. Has someone finally found out about her secret?

I decided to do a better review of the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing since my first ones weren’t done very well. This book is really a fast read. I finished it in about three days. ;)

Anyways, the book starts out great since it explains about the legend of Selene and how the daughters of the moon came to be, but it doesn’t go into that much detail about it. Also, there are 13 books in this series, so more information about the Daughters of the Moon and the Atrox will show up as the books progress, which is a good thing because it isn’t cramped all into one book

The tone and dialogue reminds me a lot of my teenage years and my high school, so the author did a really good job at writing the book in teenage words and their world. The descriptions were also very well done, and both of these things made the book go a little bit faster than most other young adult books. So, I really like this book from this standpoint. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). I can’t wait until I re-read the next book in this series.

The plot isn’t that much different from other supernatural books or shows since it is basically teenage girls fighting evil, which might remind some people of Sailor Moon and several other anime. That might be way I like it since it kind of reminds me of most of the anime I watch. Oh, well, I like that and mythology so it was perfect book for me.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lynne Ewing
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Missy’s Book Blog
$New_Bullet Natalie’s Bookshelf

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble