Review: Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha, Illustrated by A Lot of People (See Post)

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Book Information:

Top 10 Deadliest Sharks by Joe Brusha
Illustrated by Anthony Spay, Shawn McCauley, Marcio Abreu, Agustin Alessio, German Nobile, H. G. Young, Gabriel Rearte, Shawn van Briesen
Colors by Andrew Elder, John Hunt
Letters by Jim Campbell
Designing by David Seidman, Christopher Cote, Cause Design Co., Rod Whitney
Main Editing by Jennifer Bermel
(Many other people…)
Silver Dragon Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781937088905
120 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

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

Gives information, such as fun facts; recorded attacks; unprovoked fatalities; what their prey are; and other things, to promote knowledge of sharks.

Okay, I’ll start with how they presented the information. I read some interesting information about 10 sharks they thought was the Top 10 Deadliest sharks. At first I didn’t get how they made their Top 10 list, but now, I think they made it based on how aggressive the sharks are in their attacks. :S

Anyways some of information that was interesting was how sharks played a role in World War 2 – with how the pilots landed in the sea, wounded, with sharks. Another interesting piece of information was about the shipwreck and how many people died from the sharks. However, on one of the sharks, it didn’t give any kind of example of any attacks – only ways to avoid sharks. Most likely, the tips would have been better at the end of the book, as a way to summarize the book. >.<

Next, the artwork and coloring was really pretty. I liked how they drew the sharks and made it look like it was really under water. Also, the artwork and panels perfectly matched what was being said in the text. The text was also very easy to read since they were in boxes or circles, instead of the background. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good graphic novel, but I would have preferred the tips be at the end of the book, with the shark having an actual example of an attack.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Wal-Mart, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

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Book Information:

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2000
ISBN 006028452
216 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

When thirteen-year-old Koly’s parents arrange a marriage for her, she discovers that her husband is very sick. However, things turn out for the worst when her husband dies, and she is abandoned in a city with other widows. What will become of her?

The plot kind of reminds me of The Dowry Bride, but on a less gruesome scale since the mother-in-law isn’t trying to kill her. Also, it is a little bit more romantic, in my opinion. So, the book already had my attention because of these two things. However, there are some similarities between the two books, especially with the characters’ personalities. Evil mother-in-law, weak father-in-law, mommy’s boy, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Anyways, even though the characters are kind similar to The Dowry Bride, I think this book captures a different light and is much better at describing and having a good ending. Also, it is a lot less gruesome because no one is trying to kill Koly. ^^ The characters in the book are still pretty enjoyable, despite the similarities with the personalities.

The descriptions, metaphors, similes, etc all paint a pretty good idea of what Koly is going through in your head. They were all pretty much done beautifully and some of them made me laugh, and this was a very good aspect of this book.  ;) I think I mostly enjoyed this book because of these things. :D

Anyways, with everything Koly goes through, including the ending, kind of reminds me of a cultural Cinderella. However, even though the ending was pretty good, I wish there was more to this book. Though, the author left the story at a good enough spot so that you can imagine a happily ever after ending yourself.

Overall, I am pretty much satisfied with how this book turned out, especially with the romance (for a young adult book).

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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2nd Review: The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

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Book Information:

The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal
Kensington Publishing/Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 0758220316
343 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Megha is a dowry bride in India. One day, she overhears her husband and mother-in-law talk about how to murder her. For fear of her life, she runs away to the only place where they won’t think to find her. Kiran helps hide her from his wicked relatives. However, when they begin to have feelings for each other, will this bring doom to them?

My feelings are pretty much the same as when I first read it. However, the redundancy got on my nerves more this time than the first time. And the fact that I endured reading the book again without smut just made my mood worse. >.>”

Anyways, like mentioned before, there is a lot of redundancy. For the first part of the book, it was really boring and makes you wonder why she put it there. Then, it turns out the author just repeats that part later on in the story, with only a little bit more detail. Also, this book is very slow paced with a little too much description. I was struggling to read the whole book again. :( It takes almost 200 pages for them to do gushy romantic things. :(

Even though there isn’t any detailed smut, there is several gushy, giddy puppy-love romantic parts. I don’t like reading that much romance without any kind of smut, if I do, I will read young adult books for it. There is sex mentioned and one not very detailed smut scene between Kiran and Megha, but other than that, you will get filled with romance and love. :X So those of you expecting more smut than romance, you will be disappointed, though, the romantic parts are (kind of) nice. ;)

It is sort of exciting with the characters, descriptions, and climaxes, but this book is not something I would read more than twice. The ending is very disappointing. I wish there was more of a complete ending as to whether or not Megha and Kiran get married. The point of this book, to me, was to mostly show women’s independence and how women, like men, can grow whenever something terrible happens and still lead a successful life.  It is a good book to encourage women to take a stand in things they know isn’t right for them or others, but as far as romance goes, it isn’t. :(

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.

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Review: Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura

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Book Information:

Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura
Illustrated by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura
Orchard Books
Published in 2001
ISBN 0439416590
40 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

Five animals and a child go on an adventure to go visit their friends.

This book is pretty much just a fun book with pretty much no plot. However, I like how they put Hiragana (どこへいくの?ともだちにあいに!) with romaji next to the Hiragana and English in it. To me, it was a very creative way for children to learn something new. Anyways, from the front of the book, it’s in English and drawn by Eric Carle. Then, for the Japanese version, you read it like you read manga (from the back of the book and then right to left). Then the illustrations in the back are from Kazuo Iwamura.

The illustrations are actually pretty good. The ones from Eric Carle are pretty average, and I didn’t like them that much. However, the illustrations by Kazuo Iwamura were very cutely drawn and looked great. I loved those illustrations more the ones from Eric Carle. Anyways, the text is pretty easy to read/see since it was black text on a white background.

Overall, it was a very good read and creative since it kind of introduces a new language for little kids.

Now a real quick guide on how to read the Hiragana:

  1. First, go to the back of the book and open it.
  2. Then it will look something like this here.
  3. Then you read it like this here.

Thanks to hika on how to separate the romaji and the short Japanese lesson. :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 Eric Carle
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Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Book Information:

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin Company
Published in 1993
ISBN 0395645662
180 Pages

Series Information:

The Quartet Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5


Picture this: a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, inequality, and even teenage rebellion. Sounds perfect, right? But for Jonas, this world is a reality. December is a special time in this community since that is when the annual Ceremony takes place, where all the children learn their new responsibilities for their new ages. Though, Jonas is frightened because the Ceremony of Twelve will mark an important change for everyone who is twelve. At the Ceremony, they will learn what their life assignment is, as determined by the community’s Elders. As he watches his friends receive their life assignment, each chosen for a job where they are most suited at, Jonas has been chosen for something more special than them. He is chosen as the Receiver — something that Jonas might regret getting since he learns all the dark secrets that his world is based on. What will he do when he learns that the people would be better off if they received what he learned?

Okay, a science fiction book, yay! Actually, I read this book back in junior high because it was one of those “required” books we had to read. I don’t know if it is still required, but I hope it is since I really like this book and what it teaches.

This is one of the few books where I don’t care about how many descriptions or details are used. Why? Because I like the theme of the book and the message it represents. Though, there are enough descriptions where it is around the theme of the book. Like the summary says, it “questions every value we have taken for granted and reexamines our most deeply held beliefs”.

The book examines things like seeing colors, feelings, holidays, and making choices, and how we take it for granted since we always had them. While in the book, the government, I guess, decided to take away those things in order to create a “perfect” world. While it might be good to have peace without conflict, no poverty, no unemployment, etc, it is still important to have choices — no matter if they are bad or good for the person.

Go read it, the book will teach you to enjoy your free will and question and make sure the government doesn’t do something like this to us. >.<

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: The Hittite by Ben Bova

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Book Information:

The Hittite by Ben Bova
Tom Doherty Associates
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780765324023
317 Page

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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After a long campaign against the Armenian army, Lukka is finally returning home to family. However, instead of finding peace in the capital of the Hatti Empire, he finds nothing but chaos. The once great city is now engulfed in flames and men are terrorizing and looting the city of its goods, including any women they find. When he reaches his home, he finds it destroyed with his father dying and family missing. With the last words of his father that Lukka must find his two sons, he goes off with the men he commands to find them. However, when he reaches Troy, he finds himself in the middle of a war. Now, in order to get his children and wife back, he must prove himself to Odysseus. But by the time he proves himself greater than Price Hector of Troy and the swift warrior Achilles, will it be too late to save the loved ones he came for?

I finally read a non-supernatural book AND an adult one. I like young adult books too much. I’ll try to get more adult books after I read the rest of the books I have. :) Oh, beware of spoilers in the review.  ;)

This is my first compliant… not enough details or descriptions (of the characters, events, places) to make the book longer than it is now. This history fiction book starts with Lukka coming home and finding his house destroyed, his father dying, and his wife and children missing. However, from there, the author tries to quickly get Lukka and his men to Troy in order to find his wife. It skips some things like more details about everything it takes to get there, but it includes some (but not all) of the hardships — like Lukka having to kill one of his men because the guy didn’t want to go on. I found this a little frustrating since the author didn’t go into that much detail about him arriving to Troy and finding it under siege. Then after getting there, the book almost automatically goes into the fighting between Troy, and Lukka having to prove himself there. It’s pretty much like I wrote in the summary. The book has details, but not enough to keep you satisfied. The chapters are like 2-6 pages each, and not enough details to make the book really worthwhile.

My second compliant… I hated how whiny Helen is, but I let that go since it was a different time than it is now. Helen acts like how most authors put women leads: demands attention, blames themselves and gets pity from that, and pretty much gets whatever they want, which is getting frustrating because it is so common now.

My third and last compliant… the ending sucked. It doesn’t even have an ending where it mentions whether or not Helen, Lukka, the little boys, and his men make it to Egypt or if Menaleus catches them. I find this more annoying than the lack of details problem. :(

Now, a couple of things I actually liked in the book. I like how it goes into the history of Troy and Hatti and who built the Trojan horse, which not many books really do. Though, the author kind of ruins it by not having that many details and making the book go as quickly as possible. However, it is an exciting read, and it is entertaining. Though, it is frustrating. So, go ahead and read if you can live with lack of details, fast moving, and bad ending. :|

Oh, a few warnings. This book mentions rape, love scenes, gore scenes, etc, however, the author doesn’t go into too many details about the acts — just kind of mentions them and moves on to something else. Also, I rated it 3 three stars because of the interesting topic, but I didn’t go any higher because of the lack of details and very bad ending. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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Review: Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

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Book Information:

Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop
Wendy Lamb Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780553487831
240 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Despite the child labor laws in 1910, at twelve years old, Grace and her best friend, Arthur, are expected to quit school and go work in the mill with her family. With the high-risk job as a doffer, Grace has to learn how to do the work right, so that her family won’t lose any money. Grace is noticing that Arthur is willing to do anything to get out of mill, and Grace tries to stop him. She tells him that help will be coming, not to give up hope. When Lewis Hine comes, they believe their prayers have been answered. Though, will Lewis Hine be able to keep the promises he made? Will their hopes be raised by this event, only to be destroyed later?

This book shows a certain creativeness since the author uses a picture that Lewis Hine took of a child working in a mill during the 1900′s as inspiration, instead of making it up from thin air. The author even adds Lewis Hine into the book, which makes it even more like the actual history. It kind of read like those Dear America or Royal Dairies books. And, like those books, it includes the actual history that the author found out about the photographer and the girl in the 1910 picture.

Counting on Grace is very well written and lets us know how horrible even America’s history is — like involving child labor and how lax the law was enforced during that time. It leaves you thinking and grateful for how Lewis Hine and the Child Labor Commission changed the laws, so that children wouldn’t have to work that young and get those injuries like the characters in the book.

Even though it is only a junior level book, it there is enough history, emotion, and description to get you interested and thinking about how different things actually was. So, even though this might be way below your reading level, it is a great read for your children.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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Review: Sweetblood by Pete Hautman

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Book Information:

Sweetblood by Pete Hautman
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published in 2003
ISBN 0689850484
180 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Lucy Szabo, a teenage diabetic, has a very original theory about vampires. To her, they exist, but not in the usual way, she thinks original vampires were actually slowly dying diabetics before the discovery of insulin. Online, she is known as Sweetblood, and she visits a Transylvania chat room, where “vampires” discuss anything goth or vampire. However, there is one person different from everyone else, who claims he is an actual vampire, and she’s not totally sure if he’s kidding. As she becomes more involved with vampires, Goths, and that online guy, her life begins to turn for the worse – failing classes, bad relationship with her parents, and even the ability to regulate her blood sugar worsens. What will happen when the online guy finds her and invites her to his strange world? Is he just a stalker? Or, is he really a vampire? Will she be able to make the choices she needs to in order to become the person she knows she is?

This isn’t really a vampire book since it only really talks about theories of how the vampire legends came about.

I like how the author came up with a theory that vampires were untreated diabetics. It was a very creative concept and different from anything I have heard or read before. Not only that, but it gives an awareness of how much medical technology has developed. Also, it points out how several people who would have died is still alive due to technology, so they are considered “undead”. And also, it gives a sense of personal encouragement that even if you think you can’t change yourself; you can if you just think about it.

Anyways, it’s a pretty good book that points out new thinking and things like that. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers

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Book Information:

The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Published in 1996
ISBN 0842335706
324 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Even though Cadi knows that it is forbidden to look at the sin-eater, at her Grandmother’s funeral, she catches a glimpse of the sin-eater. However, either by the curiosity of little girls or a more powerful force, she decides to find the sin-eater to help her get rid of her sin. Will she be able to find what she seeks? And, will the sin-eater be able to help her? Or, will everyone be saved from this encounter?

Been over two months since I have posted this, but I’ll try to make a review that is longer than a sentence. >.<

After reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, I decided to read another one of her books to see if I would like it. Well, I kind of like it and I kind of don’t. There is more religion down your throat than Redeeming Love, but not so much that you want to stop reading it.

At first, this book kind of starts slow, but after Cadi and some people go find the sin-eater it gets a little bit more exciting. The book has a lot of details almost like her other book that I have read, and the character development is also very good. Also, in the books I have read so far from her has some sense of historical detail in them, which was very interesting to read because I’ve never heard of sin eaters until I read the book.

Go read the book. It’s not as interesting as Redeeming Love, but it is still well written. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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Review: The Scourge of God by William Dietrich

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Book Information:

The Scourge of God by William Dietrich
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 006073499X
334 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

When Attila, King of the Huns, seeks to invade the Eastern Roman Empire and threaten civilization there, Jonas and other ambassadors are sent to Attila’s camp in order to keep the peace. Though, it will be hard to keep the peace when some of those ambassadors plot to get a Hun warlord to assassinate Attila. When Attila finds out about this plot, he keeps Jonas hostage while either killing or sending away the others. While being kept hostage, Jonas meets a captured Roman woman named Illana and falls in love with her – the only problem is that she is promised to the Hun warrior who saved her during the destruction of her city. So he starts coming up with a plan to escape with a sword, Illana, a fool, his wife, and himself, but this plan fails and leaves Illana in the clutches of a very angry Attila. With the stolen sword, he tries to gather allies in order win against Attila, who threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Will they succeed – and will Jonas rescue his love?

Okay, I love history-fiction, so of course, I’m going to give this book a good review. :)  There also might be spoilers in my reviews, so beware of that. :P

I admit that I don’t know much about this time in history, but even though it is fiction, I became interested through the characters, plot, and the descriptions. ;) Though, I could have gone without the description of the battle scene and what the corpses looked like. :(

There is enough description in this book to drag you into that era and get an idea of how people might have lived during the time when Attila was alive, and also it will get you thinking what would have happen if Attila had won those deciding battles/war in history. The politics in the book were boring, but the author makes it up by having some very descriptive battles — to the point where you may read over some of it — and history. I haven’t verified how much is actually true, but the general outlook of the plot — minus some of the main characters — is pretty accurate to what happened in history, for what we actually know from that time period.

Anyways, the book begins with a prologue/introduction. In the introduction, it begins with Jonas telling you a very general summary of his background. Then, after that, it goes on about the affair of Honoria and the events that Jonas was hinting about in the introduction. So, basically, it goes from the present to the past and back to the present again and then a little bit, maybe, of what will happen in the future.

I think it was very descriptive — I know I’ve said that like 200 million times, but, hey it is my review — and didn’t have that many holes in the plot or the time line of what was happening. The ending was an epilogue and made the plot a little bit more completed than if the author would have stopped with just what happened to Jonas and Illana. I suggest you don’t read if you don’t like history fiction or gory details. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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