2nd Review: The Silver Child by Cliff McNish

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Book Information:

The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780822565031
192 Pages

Series Information:

The Silver Sequence Book 01

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Six children are the first to start changing into something not human, and no one knows why. However, all of them are drawn to Coldharbour, and they can hear a roar. What is making the roar? And how will they be able to fight it?

First, what was I thinking when I thought I should re-read this in order to make a better review?!

Okay, my feelings haven’t really changed from the first time I read it.

I’ll summarize since I don’t want to think that much about this book. Things I didn’t like:

  • This book is very short. You can finish it rather quickly, if you even finish it.
  • This book is not that well thought out. Too many plot holes and not that many details.
  • Descriptions, wording, events, etc are all very choppy and strange.
  • Too much like a junior fiction book than a young adult one.
  • Personalities of the characters are not that well developed. Also, they are very boring. ~_~

And there isn’t anything I liked about the book. :(

They definitely aren’t worth reading unless you are really, really bored.

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 Cliff McNish
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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781416975861
479 Pages

Series Information:

Infernal Devices Book 01
Prequel Series to the Mortal Instruments Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always been normal. That is, until her brother sends for her from London, but when she arrives, she is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Dark Sisters. While under their “care”, she learns that she can shape-shift into other people. She is rescued by the Shadowhunders, and they protect her from the Magister, who desperately wants Tessa and her ability. However, is there more betrayal behind this than what meets the eye?

This series, the Infernal Devices, is the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments. However, I don’t think it really is necessary to read this before the Mortal Instruments. Why? Mostly because the plot and characters in this books are very similar to her Mortal Instruments series, so I fail to see how this is a “new” series. Yeah, sure, there are some new aspects like Tessa is less whiny and seems stronger than Clary, but it still reminded me of the other series, a lot.

Other than having a little bit better characters, the setting and style mad the book seem more boring and redundant compared to the other series. The descriptions were great, but there didn’t seem to be enough growth – it didn’t have enough oomph behind it. Not really a good series to start if you don’t like repeat stories or characters. Also, Magnus doesn’t have the same spark in this series, so I’m not really happy about that. :( The only reason why I would read the next book would be to see what Will talks to Magnus about.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues

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Book Information:

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Pegues
Harvest House Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780736915601
141 Pages

Series Information:

30 Days to “____”
Not really a series, but author has a lot of books with the 30 Days to “___”.

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

With Deborah Smith Pegues using biblical scriptures as your guides, this book will (or should I say, won’t) help you with what you say and how you should say it, in order to improve both your personal and business relationships.

Let’s see… what to say about this book? All right, let’s start with the reason why I bought a religiously infused (or what I say, “BOOKS WHICH TRY TO MAKE YOU INTO EVEN MORE OF A RELIGION-FANATIC,” how to book. I honestly didn’t read the summary – shame on me, but oh well. I ordered this with two other books, When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People, which are much better books in my opinion.

The only parts I liked are: some of the metaphors and similes, sayings, (very few) scriptures, able to finish it in one day (and not because I liked the book), and the poem at the end. I think When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People will help you more than this book. Only if you are a religious fanatic do I think this book will be of any help to you. >.>”

Worst parts: Too much religion to be any good for non-religious fanatics. Too much quoting and not enough explaining of how that particular part of biblical story matches what we should learn and how to put it into use. Also, the book just quotes the scripture without analyzing it or how to ask yourself questions on how to conduct yourself in certain situations. Oh, it had some good points, but nothing really to show how to get to those good points. You can definitely tell it is a religious propaganda – not that there is nothing wrong with that, but it’s a waste of money for something you could get or hear from church for free.  Also, during the beginning part, it says something about how only God can help you tame your tongue – not your own hard earned efforts. Okay, this is me after reading that, “You mean nothing I do will matter, unless I become a mindless zombie of ‘If you don’t follow this, you’ll go to hell.’ Do people really only need divine assistance in order to say and do the right thing?

While this book would be good if you are a heavy religious person, these “lessons” will not work with those who believe mostly in self-efforts and not solely on beliefs (God, divine figure, morals, consciousness) in order to help them succeed. I rated it a one because I found it unhelpful, too religious, not enough real life examples or explanations over the biblical story quotes, and some of the information is kind of altered. If you research some of the fact parts, you’ll know what I mean.

And no, I will not listen to comments along of the lines of “I shall pray for you. You are going to hell.” Why? Because I have my own opinion and my own mind, I don’t need you telling me how to think. Also, if this offends you because you are one of the ones where God is the total aspect of your life, then don’t let it, because as I said before, you have your opinion, and I have mine. I’m sorry, but I can’t help how I am. Let’s just agree to disagree, and don’t shove your views done my throat. Be smart, not confrontational. ^^

Oh, there is also a workbook for this book, but I don’t know how it is since I didn’t buy it along with this book. But if you are like me, I would suggest just going to your church and ask your leaders there to give you some counseling on how to improve your speaking skills and how to “tame” your tongue – and then donate whatever you would have used to buy this book to the church.

Another note, this book isn’t really apart of a series. The author just has a lot of “30 Days to ____” books, and no, I won’t be reviewing or reading those since they aren’t a series like in fiction.

Out of the three books I got, I found When to Speak Up and When to Shut Up and Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People to be the most helpful and insightful. If those books are examples of how all the help books from that publisher publishes, then I think I will order all the help books I need from them. :X Go read those books instead of this one — it really is just a waste of money when you can learn it from your church for free.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, but I gave it away as a gift after reading it.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Wyvernhail
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780440240037
183 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 05
Last Book in the Kiesha’Ra Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Hai has always been an outsider, and even in the Wynern’s court, she is considered a mongrel. Few consider her as a friend, even the royal family refuses to acknowledge her bloodline. However, when she starts having visions, they begin to overwhelm her. Though, are they the future or something that her presence awakens? When Oliza, Hai’s cousin, abdicates the throne to Wyvern’s Court because she wants to save it from the vision she saw, Hai sees its destruction. When Salem, heir to the serpiente throne, is poisoned, in order to prevent Oliza from coming back, Hai’s followers plan to usurp the throne. However, as long as Oliza lives, the visions of her child destroying everything can come true. Unable to kill Oliza, due to Nicias’ loyalty towards her, Hai must find a way to awaken Salem — even if that means her giving up something that is precious to her.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. Oh, yay, I’m finally finished with this series. \o/ Let’s say, I don’t really like the ending. :( Also, there are spoilers, so beware

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. The same thing is kind of true for this series. With the ending of Wyvermhail, it gets a lot less interesting, and not to mention, you wonder why Hai is still in the book. True, the visions helped Oliza’s decision, but without Hai there to interfere, then her followers wouldn’t have tried killed Salem. Then, with Salem alive, she wouldn’t have gotten the vision of Oliza’s child. *shakes head* *SIGHS*

Anyways, Wyvernhail, takes place only moments from the previous book, Falcondance. Now, instead of a likable character narrating, Hai is the one that narrates this story. Although she doesn’t seem as cold as she did in the other books with her in them, it is still hard to actually like her or even accept that she had a real part in the series. The only part I think she was really needed for is to help Oliza abdicate and waking up Salem, other than that, I view her as unnecessary to the series.

Another problem with the book is that her visions and the real life is muddled together, so you have to think about what is real and what is not. Also, the author depended on visions to tell the ending of the series, which I didn’t really like. Why depend on visions, when they can change? I like the idea of visions of the future, but with Hai, I didn’t like it so much. She annoys me whenever she thinks to interfere, I know other books with visions, they interfere, but they, most of the time, interfere at a lower level. Hai, however, interferes at a much higher level in this book than she did in the others.

With that said, I didn’t think that Wyvernhail as well written as the other books, and I really don’t want to say, “Go read it.” Though, if you want to know the ending, as crappy as it is, you have to read it. My advice is just read the last two chapters to avoid the annoying parts with Hai in them. The descriptions are a lot less, but the events are suspenseful and annoying. With this book, I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but the spark that it once had, died with this book. The first two books are worth reading, the last three books, err, they really aren’t worth reading, especially this one.

Buying all the books separately isn’t really worth it, but if you really want all the books, get The Shapeshifters. That book has all of the Kiesha’Ra books, Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail, and it’s cheaper than getting all the books separately. This way, you don’t feel guilty if you wasted your money. Buy it from these places The Shapeshifters Ebook // The Shapeshifters Paperback.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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Review: The Silver Child by Cliff McNish

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Book Information:

The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780822565031
192 Pages

Series Information:

The Silver Sequence Book 01

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Milo, Walter, Helen, Emily, Freda, and Thomas are changing, and their parents don’t know why, but the children do. They are drawn to Coldharbour because of the approach of a sinister enemy. However, they don’t know what it is yet, nor, do they know how their destinies tie together.

Not only is this book very short, the other two books in this trilogy are just as short. You can pretty much read all the books in this series in just one to three days.

Basically, this book is not that well thought out. In this book, there are not that many details and it feels like it had a lot plot holes. At first, the books are kind of strange while you reading it.

They definitely aren’t worth reading unless you are really, really bored.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cliff McNish
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Review: You Suck! by Christopher Moore

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Book Information:

You Suck! by Christopher Moore
William Morrow
Published in 2007
ISBN 978006059029
328 Pages

Series Information:

A Love Story Book 02

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Thomas C. Flood is turned into a vampire by his vampire girlfriend, Jody, and now they have to work through new issues. Will they be able to deal with Thomas’ transformation, vampire killers, a call girl named Blue, Jody’s sire, and a teenage Goth minion?

Been over two months since I have read this, but oh well, I’ll try to make the review more than a couple of sentences. I didn’t know this book was a sequel to another book, but I really don’t want to read the first one seeing that this one was so… urgh. >.<

Well, the title kind of gives you a preview of how the book will be, because in my opinion, the book is badly written. The chapters are very fast paced and leave a lot of details out of it, and some parts I wouldn’t even consider “chapters”.

This book is definitely not worth reading. I like vampire books, but I like there to be actually be a plot and a lot more details in my books. This one has to be the worst vampire book I’ve ever read. >.>

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:

$New_Bullet Christopher Moore
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Confessions of a Bibliophile

Places to Buy From:

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Review: The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori

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Book Information:

The Book of Names by Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori
St. Martin’s Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 0312366329
304 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

David Shepherd, a Georgetown University professor, doesn’t believe in any kind of religion, but that may change when his peaceful days come to an end. Now someone is threatening the world, his life, and the people he loves most. As the chosen one, he knows the names of all thirty-six people in the Book of Names. And whether he likes it or not, he has to use his gift to save the remaining three people listed in the Book of Names because if he doesn’t, the world will end. While running from a Gnostic Group, he learns to trust religion, himself, and the people helping him, so that he can save the things that matter most – the only question is… will he live long enough to save the remaining three?

At first, I thought that The Book of Names would be like The Da Vinci Code, and in a way, it kind of was like The Da Vinci Code — minus the excitement, mystery, and clue theme to it. Another thing that is different is that The Da Vinci Code was controversial in the Catholic religion, while The Book of Names is controversial in the Judaism religion. Though, they both add what seems to be controversial or what some would call “insulting” themes to their religion, even though it is only fiction, which means it’s not real, but who am I to judge someone else’s beliefs and religion like that — but I do have the right to write how I feel, so don’t correct me and get in a religion argument with me since I won’t tolerate it. Also, I apologize if I offend anyone in this review since religion is a “no-no” topic most of the time.

Okay, since I really didn’t like this book, I’ll just write why I didn’t like it. It was a pretty good idea to write about, but it lacks descriptions, in-depth information about what’s happening, lack of mystery and clues so that you can figure it out along with the character, and it jumps from one area to the next, almost like the authors didn’t have anything better to write for the previous point of view and just wanted to get on with the book. Though, one thing I kind of liked was the information on Judaism that I didn’t know before. The ending, like most of the book, felt rushed and did not enough description.

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:

$New_Bullet Jill Gregory
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$New_Bullet Tales of a Book Addict
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