2nd Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 9781416914280
485 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 01
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray has always thought herself as “normal”. However, when she starts seeing things, like demons and Shadowhunters, her mother is suddenly kidnapped. But what would demons want with a human family? Everyone wants to know, including the Shadowhunters.

I love books like this, however, it doesn’t really have that many things that make it special or different from all the other books. The author seems to borrow a lot of aspects from other things, with only a very little originality. Also, the dialogue doesn’t seem to be very realistic from the point of teenagers. The author uses a lot of works that I don’t think most teenagers would know. Anyways, the book seems kind of slow and boring because the author describes almost every event and character in detail, but I kind of like that. :)

Also, I don’t really like how she put so many anime and manga things in the book since it just makes it seem like a fanfiction than an actually story. :( Plus, you can see many manga character stereotypes in this book — like how Jace seems to be like, personality wise, characters in most of the manga I read (bad boy). The other characters seem to match a certain stereotype as well: the bad boy, the nerd, and the annoying, whiny girl. The only characters I really liked were Magnus and Alec, however, some readers might them or the book because they are gay characters. But that just makes me like them even more, since I love reading yaoi manga. ;)

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

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 Cassandra Clare
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Review: The Little Red Pen by Susan Stevens Crummel, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

The Little Red Pen by Stevens Crummel
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Harcourt Children’s Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780152064327
56 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 4 out of 5

The Little Red Pen always does all the work while all her helpers do nothing. However, when the Little Red Pen disappears, will they be able to finish grading the papers before the students come back to school?

The plot is kind of normal for a children’s book, but I liked the humor and characters in it. Also, I liked how they used office supplies in a school to tell the story, and it made the story much more amusing. :)

The illustrations were pretty good, but the colors made it kind of hard to see/read the text. Also, the type of font they used and the color of it made it even more even difficult to see/read.

All in all, it is a pretty good book, but I wish it had a little something more to the plot.

Where I Got It:

Bought from my library, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Susan Stevens Crummel, Illustrated by Janet Stevens

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Book Information:

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Stevens Crummel
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Voyager Books
Published in 1999
ISBN 9780152056582
48 Pages

Series Information:

Retelling and/or Sequel to The Little Red Hen.
Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

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

The Rooster is tired of eating the same thing every single day, so he gets the idea to be like his grandmother, the Little Red Hen, and cook something. However, will no one help him cook it?

Okay, I’m going to call this a sequel to The Little Red Hen, even though it really isn’t because it only mentions it only a little bit. Though, I guess it could also be considered a retelling. Oh, well, I’m going to call it a retelling/sequel. xD

Anyways, it has the same basic outline as The Little Red Hen, but it has a couple of differences. I’ll just let you read it, so you can find them out yourself. However, I think it has more comedy and humor than in The Little Red Hen. I also liked how there were cooking tips on the side of the story. I loved the twists the author put on the story, and the personalities of the characters. :)

The illustrations were kind of good since they reminded me of how they were like when I was a kid. It was also very easy to see/read the text. :D

Overall, I like this retelling/sequel of The Little Red Hen. Go ahead and go read it to your children.

Where I Got It:

Won in a drawing from my library, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Susan Stevens Crummel
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2nd Review: The Final Eclipse by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Final Eclipse by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2007
ISBN 1423108434
265 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 13
Last Book in the Daughters of the Moon Series

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After a long time of being trapped in Nefandus, Vanessa is finally able to escape from Nefandus. However, she had to leave Serena behind, and now, Vanessa must rescue her before the final eclipse and her seventeenth birthday.

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.

Since it is the last book of the series, there isn’t any mythology story. However, you will be given information that you’ll learn more about later on in the books. So, I guess the beginning is not really that necessary to read, unless you really want to read it.

Anyways, the book includes pretty much every Daughter of the Moon, except Tianna, but it is mostly told through Vanessa’s point of view. It might feel kind of rushed, but it won’t leave you that unsatisfied. I like how the author was able to pull all of it together and make it make sense. Usually, when any author does a long series, they lose sight of the plot they were trying to make and just make the series even longer, so this author gets kudos for not doing that. I also like how the author was able to put so many twists in the book and series.

Like all the other books, the tone and dialogue still 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 are still 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 these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology and history that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). I also like how these things haven’t diminished, despite this book being the last in the series.

Overall, this book is great, so go ahead and read all 13 of the books in this series, since almost all of them are quite interesting.

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

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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Review: The Three Bully Goats by Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Will Terry

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Book Information:

The Three Bully Goats by Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by Will Terry
Picture Window Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781404861657
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

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

Three goats, Gruff, Rugg, and Tuff, are nothing but bullies to everyone in the meadow. When they pass over the little ogre’s bridge, they ruin the peace on the other side of the meadow. However, the bullies will learn their lesson, when they pick on the wrong animal.

This book puts a very nice twist on the children’s classic, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It still has the basic outline of the original, but the author changes the characters personality and even adds something to make it a little different from it. The author makes it so that the goats are the bad guys and the ogre is the good one. Even with some slight changes, it was still a nice and interesting take.

Also, I think the illustrations were more adorable than the original. :P They had a very soft and gentle feeling to them, and they were enjoyable to look at. It was also very easy to read/see the text.

Overall, the book is a very enjoyable read, so go ahead and read it to your children. :D

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:

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2nd Review: The Becoming by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Becoming by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2004
ISBN 0786818921
273 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 12

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Tiana is starting to feel very unsettled, but she has no idea as to why since everything is going great for her. However, when she feels something watching her and Jason and Mason say she’s “becoming”, she starts to worry even more. What is becoming? And, does that mean her dark side is taking over her?

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 books I’ve read so far.

After taking a break from telling mythology stories in the last couple of books, the author finally goes back to telling them in this book. It starts out with telling about Pandora and how the Gods created her to release the sorrows. Then it goes on about how the Atrox used the same idea to create a woman for itself. I know it is completely different from the original, but I like how the author made the original mythology into something that will fit into the series and book.

Tiana isn’t really my favorite character, but this book has a good twist to it. I like how the author has been building up the excitement and action in these last couple of books. The ending of this book might be a little sad, but it makes it interesting. ;)

I like how the tone and dialogue still 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 are still 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 these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology and history that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). I also like how these things haven’t diminished, despite this series almost ending.

This series is getting really interesting, so go ahead and read this series and book already. :D

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

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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Review: Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy, Illustrated by John Manders

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Book Information:

Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy
Illustrated by John Manders
Clarion Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780618339556
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

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

Fergus O’Mara is very clever, but it is too bad that he uses it to get out of work. On his way to go have fun in Skibbereen, he might discover that his cleverness can be put to better use when he meets up with the Night-Demon.

The plot is kind of like the usual legend/ghost story – someone needs to be taught a moral lesson, they go out and they meet spirits, and then they almost always learn their lesson. No matter how much this plot is used, it is always fun and enjoyable to read, and it also teaches children certain kind of lessons. I found the characters enjoyable for this kind of plot. I think everyone will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Fergus, and it’s always wonderful when authors are able to make characters like that.

I also enjoyed looking at the illustrations. They matched the story almost perfectly, and they were all so pretty to look at. It was also easy to read/see the text. :D

Overall, the story is a great read for children and for adults as well. I think your children will really enjoy this book.

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:

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2nd Review: The Prophecy by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Prophecy by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2004
ISBN 0786818913
273 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 11

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Catty finds the Scroll in a local art museum, however, before she gets a chance to steal it, it suddenly goes missing. Though, when someone recently close to her hands-delivers this “gift” to her, she finds out it has strings attached. Will these conditions be worth it?

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.

Like the last book about Maggie, this book doesn’t really start out with a mythology story. However, it does start out with a story about Chris and his role as Keeper of the Scroll. I really liked that since I have been wanting more information on the guys in this series.

Anyways, in this book, we continue to learn more about the Daughters of the Moon, Atrox, and what’s more, we get to learn more about Catty’s past and her father. Although it has more information on new characters, I didn’t really like this book. It does have some interesting scenes – like with Kyle, Chris, and meeting Catty’s father. However, it doesn’t really give me the same excitement as the other books.

Anyways, the tone and dialogue still 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 are still 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 these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology and history that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). However, these points in this book just keeps you occupied. I didn’t really find anything that made me get really into the book.

Overall, this book is pretty good. The ending chapters might make you a little happy, so go ahead and read it. I can’t wait to finish this series. :)

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

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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Review: Crabby Pants by Julie Gassman, Illustrated by Richard Watson

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Book Information:

Crabby Pants by Julie Gassman
Illustrated by Richard Watson
Picture Window Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781404861657
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

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

Roger has a problem… He is always crabby. So one day, he gets an idea on how to get rid of his crabbiness.

This book is every cute and funny. Both the plot and characters kind of matches what you imagine how the book will be. I like how the author uses cats as the characters because cats generally have some kind of attitude – much like Roger. It was also very amusing at the ways Roger tries to get rid of his crabbiness. ;)

Anyways, the illustrations were very well done and very cute. I like how the art style matched the subject/theme and font of the book. Also, the fonts matched the feeling of the book very well. It was also very easy to read/see the text on the pages.

Overall, it was a very good book, and I think it will amuse you and your children. :D

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 Julie Gassman
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Read It Again, Mom

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2nd Review: The Talisman by Lynne Ewing

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Book Information:

The Talisman by Lynne Ewing
Volo
Published in 2003
ISBN 0786818786
278 Pages

Series Information:

Daughters of the Moon Book 10

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Maggie is running out of time. She has to pass her title of mentor to the Daughters of the Moon to the new successor. However, will the Atrox stop her before she can even tell the new heir?

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.

This book is unlike the other books in the series, but it is like the one about Stanton. It gives information about Maggie, instead of telling you a mythology story. Though this book is another one of my favorites because it does something different from the other books, which makes it even more special.

Anyways, in this book, we continue to learn more about the Daughters of the Moon, Atrox, and what’s more, we get to learn more about Maggie’s past. For me, the plot was way more interesting than the other books because it takes place during ancient Greece (I think it was Greece) and you learn more about a side character. Also, it gives you more information on her role as the mentor of the Daughters of the Moon, Hector, and Chris. I loved the parts where it gave more information on them. :P

Anyways, the tone and dialogue still 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 are still 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 these points. Another thing I liked about this book is the mythology and history that is incorporated in it. Also, the character growth and their personalities are believable (for a supernatural book). 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.

This series is pretty good. Also, I loved this book because of the history and romance that it has, so go ahead and read this one. ;)

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

Places to Buy From:

Currently out of print. There is currently no book with books 7-13 in them.

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