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The Game of Sunken Places, by M. T. Anderson — June 13, 2017

The Game of Sunken Places, by M. T. Anderson

download“When Brian and Gregory receive an invitation to a distant relative’s strange mansion…well, they should know better than to go. Trips to distant relatives’ strange mansions rarely go well. And this mansion is even stranger than most. Uncle Max doesn’t really know what century he’s in. The butler burns socks. And the attic is home to the Game of Sunken Places.

The Game of Sunken Places looks like a board game. And most of the time it acts like a board game. But from the moment Brian and Gregory start playing, they are caught up in an adventure that goes far beyond the board. Soon the boys are dealing with trolls with bad attitudes, warring kingdoms, and some very starchy britches. There’s a surprise around every corner-and, for Brian and Gregory, only one way to win.”  Taken from the back of The Game of Sunken Places

The Game of Sunken Places has a couple of twists in it. The genre is fantasy/steampunk, which is a very interesting genre combination. This book could have been a lot better. It was not suspenseful enough and everyone was very sad at least once in the book. I like happy stories.  If you love fantasy or steampunk this is a book for you. I believe that this book could have been a lot better but it was still pretty good. I thought that the setting changed a bit to much. Like you were here and then a paragraph later you were somewhere else. Those were my only problems with the book. Three Stars. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Rooster, by Beth Nixon Weaver — June 12, 2017

Rooster, by Beth Nixon Weaver

downloadThis book does have drug abuse in it.

“It is August of 1969, and fifteen-year-old Kady Palmer is dreaming of escape-she wants to be anywhere but her parents’ citrus grove in rural Florida. Kady is longing for a life without hr endless chores, the crazy ranting of her senile grandmother, her mothers constant nagging, and, most of all, without her neighbor, Rooster Rosado.

Rooster is thirteen, but was born “oxygen deprived,” a disability which causes him to behave like a small boy. And although everyone dotes on Rooster, it is Kady he loves more than anyone: following her wherever she goes, bringing her silly, useless gifts, and calling her Madrina, his dear godmother. Kady suspects she should feel flattered by Rooster’s blind devotion, but instead she feels trapped.

Then Kady gets involved with Jon, a senior in her high school who lives in the lavish subdivisions of the  other side of town. Jon’s money, his drugs, and the lies he encourages her to tell her parents look like a way to escape, and for a while, Kady thinks she’s finally free of Rooster and her crazy family.

But when a terrible accident happens and Rooster’s life hangs in the balance, Kady’s feelings toward her family change. 

Sparkling with humor and kindness, Rooster is a story about friendship, loyalty, family, and, most of all, resilience.” Taken from the book jacket of Rooster

Okay, Rooster is really sad, and also sweet. Bittersweet. Rooster is really nice especially when he is with his Madrina. Kady could have been portrayed better. I always wanted to more about Kady’s background and Rooster’s background. I was also not expecting the ending. It was like, okay, having fun. And than, BAM!! Rooster is hurt. The ending came on fast. Otherwise I thought that this book was okay. Rooster is very good. Three Stars. I will probably be upgrading to the Personal Plan soon so be prepared for some changes. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller — June 11, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King, by Tricia Levenseller

downloadThank You to everyone who has mentioned Daughter of the Pirate King. I hope you like my review.

THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF TIME FOR ME TO BEAT HIM SOUNDLY ONCE I’VE GOTTEN WHAT I CAME FOR.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map-the key to a legendary treasure trove-seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving herself the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first-mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.” Taken from the book jacket of Daughter of the Pirate King.

I am sorry. When I am bored I read and I was bored a lot today. Also, summer is a busy season for me. I will be posting on and off so don’t get offended if I don’t post for a few weeks at a time. I loved the Daughter of the Pirate King. I was not expecting the ending. It was a shocker. I think I have found a new favorite type of book. Pirate fantasy. I think the name is self explanatory. I cannot wait for the sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen. Can you? I hope I can last long enough without breaking. I do not know who my favorite character is this time, which is freaky. Thanks for Reading!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves —

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

downloadI dedicate this book review to Kristi Meyer of  YAandWine, a really great blog to follow if you have not followed it already. Thank You for the book suggestion. 

“Born into high British society, Anna Arden has been groomed for a position she will never fill. Though a member of the Luminates-the ruling class who us magic to exercise power-Anna cannot perform the simplest spells. But sometimes, by accident, she breaks them. After drawing unwanted attention from the magical elite, Anna is sent from England to her family’s once powerful but now oppressed native Hungary.  Her life might as well be over.

But Anna soon realizes that nothing is as it seems. The people around her hold dangerous secrets-from her aloof cousin Noemi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gabor to the magic-wielding Luminates. The society she’s known all her life is crumbling into discontent. And her lack of magic may mean more than she imagines. 

In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her gift, spark a rebellion, and change the world forever.” Taken from the book jacket of Blood Rose Rebellion.

I thought that Blood Rose Rebellion was amazing. If you like fantasy action-packed thrillers this is the book for you. I always enjoy a book like this and if it wasn’t a library book I would put it on my favorites shelf. I thought that Anna was very well written and the Hungarian legends were very descriptive. What is the sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion? If anyone knows can they please tell me? I am in love with Gabor even though he is currently taken. I hope that you love Blood Rose Rebellion as much as I do. Thanks for Reading!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

 

 

The Ultimate Book Tag —

The Ultimate Book Tag

Hello!!! Today I will be doing a book tag called The Ultimate Book Tag. Yay!! So one thing. I will not tag anybody at the end of this book tag. If you to do it just do it. So let’s begin.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No. I can read pretty much anywhere.

2. Which author’s writing style is the best and why?

I think Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing style is the best because she writes very descriptive historical fiction.

3. Harry Potter or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter. One: Because it is awesome.Two: Because there is not much cursing. Three: Because it is awesome.

4. Do you carry a bookbag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

No, I don’t carry a bookbag and if I did it would only have books in it.

5. Do you smell your books?

Sometimes. It depends on the book.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I don’t know, it depends on the book.

7. What book did you love while reading but later discovered it wasn’t quality writing?

Well I guess maybe the first Wings of Fire book. Everyone gave it such great reviews and I liked but then I reread it and realized it stunk. 

8. What is the Thinnest book on your shelf? 

The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes. That book is like 20 pages. See the review here.

9. What is the Thickest book on your shelf?

Well, since I am moving soon all my books are in boxes but the thickest book there is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You can see the post here.

10. When did you get into reading?

Well, my parents say that when I was born instead of sleeping with a stuffed animal or blanket I slept with my arm around a book. So since I was born, I guess.

11. What is your favorite classic?

I do not know. I love them all!!!

12. In school what was your best subject?

Reading.

13. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would say thank you for the book and go exchange it later.

14. What is your favorite word? 

Books.

15. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all three?

I would describe myself as a nerd.

16. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires because I hate Fairies.

17. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters because it would be cool to change form.

18. And finally: Full on Romance Books or Action-Packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-Packed with a few love scenes mixed in.

I am all most done with Blood Rose Rebellion so be prepared for another book review today!!! Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

 

Little Blog on the Prairie, by Cathleen Davitt Bell — June 9, 2017

Little Blog on the Prairie, by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Little House on the Prairie
Great book
Horrible idea for a vacation

Genevieve Welsh has a nice, normal, regular summer planned. That is, until her mom signs the family up for Camp Frontier, a theme vacation that promises its guests the “thrill” of living like 1890s pioneers. Even though they’re forced to surrender their modern possessions, Gen manages to secretly keep in touch with her friends back home, regaling them with all the horrible day-to-day details of life on this “Little Hell on the Prairie.”

In truth, frontier living isn’t all bad. There’s a cute guy named Caleb who lives in the next clearing. And who knew that Gen would prove to be so good at churning butter? Besides, by the time Gen’s friends turn her stories into the most popular blog on the Internet, Gen’s got more important things to worry about-like finding a way to keep her family from failing the frontier competition and trying to keep the resident “Nellie Olson” from stealing Caleb…

First of all this book is really really funny. Everyone in this had their own problems and opinions. Pretty much everyone broke the rules in some way or another, even the camp director’s family is breaking the rules. If you want a funny book about a teenage girl’s problems this is the book for you. Everyone should read this book. Little Blog on the Prairie is pretty well written but you do not hear about the blog Gen’s friends have made enough. Otherwise I enjoyed this book. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey — June 7, 2017

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust that have never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me…and the one who cursed me.

So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor and seen many things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

I thought that The Monstrumologist was really creepy and grim. I would not call this book a horror story but it is creepy. The main character, Will Henry is strange. They put a confusing backstory in so you never know the truth. This is the only problem I have with  If you like suspenseful, creepy stories this is the book for you. I would read this book in bed with the covers drawn tight around you  and the lights on. The book would be better as a movie. I thought that there would never be a book like this. All things creepy are in in this book. If you are looking for creepy monsters and tragic backstories this is the book is for you. Four Stars. I will be reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo — June 6, 2017

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price-and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction-if they don’t kill each other first.

I thought that Six of Crows is one of the best books I have ever read. Not as good as the Book Thief but still one of my personal favorites. This book was told very well. I loved how each character had a story to tell and they were able to tell it in a way so that you were never bored. The plot was the best though. Leigh Bardugo really knows how to create suspense. I finished this book but then I had to go back and reread it because it was so good. Thank you to everyone who has mentioned Six of Crows. I got so curious that I picked up the book and read it. Everyone should read Six of Crows. I am reading the Monstrumologist  by Rick Yancey now. Stay tuned for a review. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abby, by the Countess of Carnarvon — June 4, 2017

Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abby, by the Countess of Carnarvon

Charming and charismatic, Catherine caught the eye of Lord Porchester (or Porchy’,as he was known) when she was just 20 years old, and wearing a pale yellow dress at a ball. She had already turned down 14 proposals before she eventually married Porchy in 1922. Less than a year later Porchy’s father died suddenly, and he became the 6th Earl of Carnarvon, inheriting a title and a Castle that changed both their lives forever.

Catherine found herself in charge of a small army of household staff, and hosting lavish banquets and weekend house parties. Although the couple were very much in love, considerable challenges lay ahead for Catherine. They were immediately faced with saving Highclere when debts threatened to destroy the estate. As the 1920s moved to a close, Catherine’s adored brother died and she began to lose her husband to the distractions London had to offer. When the Second World War broke out, life at the Castle would never be the same again. 

I thought that Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abby was a great book, except for 2 things. One: Lord Porchester was a known womanizer and divorced Catherine and a couple other women. Two: After and right before Lord Porchester divorces Catherine she abuses alcohol. Otherwise this book was great. Lady Catherine and the Real Downtown Abbey is for young adults. This book was also signed by the current Countess of Carnarvon, the author. Yay!!!! I hope the author writes more books like this. You should all read this book. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons

Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey, by the Countess of Carnarvon —

Lady Almina and the Real Downtown Abbey, by the Countess of Carnarvon

Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry.

At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor.

Almina oversaw 80 members of staff- many who came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations.

But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere, both upstairs and downstairs, changed forever.

I loved this book. It was written by a Countess and I got signed it by her. Lady Almina is fascinating. Who knew that Countesses could be so exciting? I sure didn’t. Everyone gave Lady Almina money so she thought she would be endlessly rich and was able to do ambitious projects. Anyone who knows anything about Egyptian History should know that the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, Almina’s husband, discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Hope I spelled the name right. Almina is a perfect role model for a girl wanting to be a doctor, I do not want to be a doctor. During the First World War where everyone is freaking out and people wait hoping their sons and husbands are not killed next Almina makes a nice little hospital with state of the art equipment (for back then) and well trained nurses. It is pretty amazing how a little social outcast can become anyone. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a great day!!! -annaleeliz and Buttons