Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm, Book 3), by Adam Gidwitz

The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm, book 3)
By: Adam Gidwitz
ISBN-10: 0525426159
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Jorinda and Joringel are two siblings who are literally hell-bent—they’re determined to go to the pits of Hell where they will meet the Devil and his grandmother. But will they survive the danger-filled and violent journey?

Readers familiar with this trilogy should already know that these books are extremely gory retellings of the Brother Grimm’s fairytales aimed at middle graders. This book contains the following:

• Vague metaphor of a girl getting her period (Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger and has monthly mood swings)
• Violence (cutting off heads and feet, imprisonment, children are murdered and eaten, though they are later brought back to life)

The Grimm Conclusion is the final book in A Tale Dark & Grimm Trilogy.

More A Tale Dark & Grimm reviews:
Book 1: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Book 2: In a Glass Grimmly

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review: The Tenants of Building 38: An Anthology, by Sophia Olson

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The Tenants of Building 38: An Anthology
Edited by: Sophia Olson
ISBN-10: 1503171388
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In a single apartment building, each tenant has their own story to tell, whether it’s detectives trying to solve mysterious murders, strange, dangerous creatures roaming the night, or young women moving into their new apartment and falling in love with the dashing young man in the room down the hall.

This is a collection of thirty-eight stories by various authors. The genres are widely ranged, though most of the stories contain either a horror or romance aspect, and there are many cameo appearances from characters in different stories.

Altogether the stories contain:

• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, misusing God’s name, d*mn, h*ll)
• Kissing
• A few of the stories contain graphic, lengthy sex scenes
• Violence (murders, blood coming out of faucets, cannibalism, ghosts and other paranormal creatures, reference to a daughter dying from cancer, hunting dangerous, mythical beasts, reference to committing crimes and being sent to prison, some very gory details)
• Drinking
• Reference to porn and masturbation
• One character is a vampire and drinks people’s blood
• Some frightening instances
• A man cheats on his wife
• A character has an anorexic disorder
• Reference to a kidnapper
• Obsessing over and stalking someone

The Tenants of Building 38 is a cross between the young adult and new adult genre. It should be suitable for older teens and adults to read, and the stories are all enthralling in their own way, though readers should be warned that it does include a lot of inappropriate content.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by: Stephanie Perkins
ISBN-10: 1250059305
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Midnights, by Rainbow Rowell

Mags has been waiting for a New Year’s kiss from Noel for what feels like forever, but every year he kisses another girl instead of her.

The Lady and the Fox, by Kelly Link

Each year on Christmas Eve, Miranda sees the same man standing in the snow outside, and every years she tries to visit him, but what Miranda doesn’t know is that there’s a dangerous curse holding him in place.

Angels in the Snow, by Matt De La Pena

Shy is stuck babysitting an out-of-town couple’s cat over Christmas break, so all week long he’s holed up in their apartment with no food. Things are looking quite grim until the girl from the apartment above comes down to visit him, and they end up being just what the other person needs.

Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me, by Jenny Han

Natalie has a unique job: she works for Santa Clause in the North Pole, along with all of his elves.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown, by Stephanie Perkins

Marigold is an animator and needs a worker’s voice at a nearby christmas farm for her short film project, but doesn’t know how to go about asking him, so instead she ends up buying a Christmas tree and re-decorating her entire apartment with the help of the worker in question, North . . . and she might even find a new love just in time for the Yuletide holiday.

Your Temporary Santa, by David Levithan

The main character’s boyfriend hatches a plan and asks him to play Santa Claus for Christmas in the hopes of getting his little sister to believe that Santa Claus still exists.

Krampuslauf, by Holly Black

One determined girl plans to throw an unforgettable Christmas party, but a few of the guests who arrive end up being not quite who she expected.

What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth?, by Gayle Forman

Sophie is stuck at a college where she has no friends. On the night of Hanukkah she meets Russell, a friendly stranger and the first person who is truly able to understand her in a while.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus, by Myra McEntire

Vaughn is a troublemaker with a capital T, so he can’t believe he got stuck helping set up a pageant at a church. When nasty weather provides further complications, Vaughn ends up playing the part of Joseph in the pageant while the pastor’s friendly daughter, Gracie, whom Vaughn might have the tiniest crush on, is playing the part of Mary.

Welcome to Christmas, CA, by Kiersten White

A waitress is stuck with her job at a year-round, Christmas-themed restaurant, but when a new cook arrives in town and starts working at the restaurant, he might be her key to happiness.

Star of Bethlehem, by Ally Carter

Lydia swaps places with a girl at an airport and ends up being sent to a strange country, where her “boyfriend” and his family are waiting to meet her.

The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

Neve is betrothed to the stern preacher of the village, but when she begins receiving courting gifts from someone else, she somehow knows that she’s woke the Dreamer and he is the right man for her, even though he may not be entirely human.

This fun, romantic, holiday-themed anthology contains stories from twelve different authors that will give you the warm-and-fuzzies and make you want to read it with a cup of hot cocoa. The stories are all unique, and span many genres, from contemporary to paranormal, so you may enjoy some more than others.

The stories contain:

• Profanity (including the F-word)
• Kissing
• Physical attraction
• References to pranking and vandalizing property
• Holding someone prisoner
• A couple from one story is homosexual
• A preacher acts aggressively toward a female whom he wants to marry
• Drinking

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1), by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, book 1)
By: J. K. Rowling
ISBN-10: 3348312193
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Harry Potter finds out that he is a wizard and is taken from his relatives’ horrible home to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry. When Harry realizes something is amiss at the school, it’s up to him and his new friends, Hermione and Ron, to sort out all the suspicious, magical grownups, including some of their schoolteachers, to find which one of them is guilty.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a middle grade fantasy novel. It contains:

• Minor profanity (one use of d*mn)
• Violence (scary magical creatures chase the main characters, a unicorn was murdered and is bloody, fighting a troll, a plant nearly squeezes the life out of Harry and his friends, a death, a friendly ghost named Nearly Headless Nick shows children that his neck is nearly decapitated, references to parents’ deaths)
• Adults drink

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in a hugely popular fantasy series. The plot and characters are engaging, and the storyline is full of magic.

Readers who enjoyed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone might also like:


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Review: Airman, by Eoin Colfer

By: Eoin Colfer
ISBN-10: 0141383356
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Conor was convicted of committing treason against the king, and as a result he was thrown into jail on the Little Saltee island. Years later, Conor has made friends with some of the prisoners and is figuring out a way to escape the island. There’s just one problem: to escape, he’ll have to build a machine to fly himself out.

Airman is a young adult historical fiction standalone. It includes:

• Minor profanity
• Violence (killing, fighting, descriptions of and blood)
• A kiss

Airman is quite violent, but the humor and witty, sarcastic cast of characters stay true to the author’s trademark hilariousness. The plot is also engaging and has a steampunk vibe.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5), by Darynda Jones

Book Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5), by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, book 5)
By: Darynda Jones
ISBN: 978-1250014405
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When droves of dead women start showing up in her apartment, Charley needs to solve their case before her girl cave becomes standing room only. Then again, who could focus on the dead while suspecting her very alive next door neighbor of arson. 

Fifth Grave Past the Light gives the strong impression that the series is headed to bigger places than it might have first appeared. Expect the usual humor, pacing, and continued relationship development while a bunch of questions are answered and still more pop up to tantalize and torment. This installment is heavier on the sex than the prior books. 

The Charley Davidson series is an adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance series. This novel includes:
  • Profanity: F word (multiple uses), shit, ass hole
  • An Unfaithful spouse
  • Physical abuse, injuries, pain, dislocated joints, strangulation, stab wounds
  • Threatening to pull a child apart
  • Killing/death/horrific death
  • Implication that individual(s) may have been buried alive
  • Attempted rape
  • References to a naked dead man
  • Full male and female nudity 
  • Groping (private/public)
  • Many sex scenes (oral sex, use of props, to punish, many details)

More Charley Davidson Books:
  • Book 1: First Grave on the Right (Review)
  • Novella 1.5: For I Have Sinned
  • Book 2: Second Grave on the Left (Review)
  • Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Review)
  • Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Review)
  • Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light (Review)
  • Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge
  • Book 7: Seventh Grave and No Body
  • Book 8: Eighth Grave After Dark (Review)
  • Book 8.5: Brighter Than the Sun (Review)
  • Book 9: The Dirt on Ninth Grave
  • Book 10: The Curse of Tenth Grave
  • Book 11: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
  • Book 12: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

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Book Review: The Name of this Book is Secret (The Secret Series, Book 1), by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Name of this Book is Secret (The Secret Series, book 1)
By: Pseudonymous Bosch
ISBN-10: 1417829753
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A menacing group called the Midnight Sun are out to find the secret to immortality, and when a boy from Cass and Max-Ernest’s school goes missing, no doubt kidnapped by the Midnight Sun, it’s up to them to rescue him with some help from another secret society.

The Name of this Books is Secret is a humorous, entertaining, and creative middle grade mystery novel full of surprises. It is the first installment in a series of five books and contains:

• Brief conversation about excrement
• References to farts
• Minor profanity (one use of d*mmit, what the heck, oh my gosh)
• Kidnapping
• Plan to remove someone’s brains
• The main characters are in danger throughout the book, and there are many highly suspenseful scenes
• Reference to a monk cutting out his own eyelids
• Sneaking out
• Lying to parents

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
By: Jonathan Auxier
ISBN-10: 1419700251
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Peter Nimble is a quick-witted thief, and spends his time picking pockets in the hopes of scrounging up some extra food to feed his hungry belly. His eyes were also pecked out by crows when he was a baby.

When Peter finds a pair of magical eyes in a box, he is suddenly whisked away to another part of the world, and is sent on adventures he never could have dreamed of. Will his daring escapades eventually reveal his long-lost identity?

It contains:

• Stealing
• Violence (action scenes, fighting, reference to birds pecking a baby’s eyes out)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a fun middle grade novel that will pull readers along on a sweeping fantasy journey along with the characters.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2), By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, book 2)
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
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The Paranormal just keeps getting more freaky and now someone is murdering fourteen year old boys. Seeing as Nick is a fourteen year old boy with a bunch of evil hit men already after him, he finds that even more disturbing. Now all he has to do is unravel the mysteries and harness his new found powers if he wants to achieve living for a few more days. Just great.

Invincible (the second Chronicles of Nick book) picks up exactly where Infinity (book 1) leaves off. The story is paced and toned like the prior installment with more revelations and a little less focus on the "I need a girlfriend" angle. Chronicles of Nick is Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy and incorporates a variety of magic, myth and not human characters such as shape-shifters, vampires, Greek deities etc.

Invincible Includes:
  • Really not wanting to remain a virgin
  • teen's obsession with the opposite sex
  • Kissing 
  • Teen girl gropes teen boy
  • Magic use
  • Language: Holy mother, P*ss, D*ck head, Skum sucking dog, cr*p, bullcr*p
  • references to a picture of someone mooning someone
  • Joke about mother sexually harassing teen (teen's way of objecting to being hugged)
  • Stealing
  • Lying
  • Blackmail
  • Injuries (references to blood and deep slices)
  • Murder (suffocation mentioned and murders made to look like suicides)
  • Gruesome (reference to a heart being cut out of a corpse - not detailed)

Chronicles of Nick:
  • #1 Infinity (Review)
  • #2 Invincible  
  • #3 Infamous
  • #4 Inferno
  • #5 Illusion
  • #6 Instinct
  • #7 Invision
  • #8 Intensity
  • #9 Untitled (exp pub 2018)
  • #10 Untitled (exp pub 2019)
  • #11 Untitled (exp pub 2020)
  • #12 Untitled (exp pub 2021)
  • #13 Untitled (exp pub 2022)
  • #14 Untitled (exp pub 2023)
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Review: Devil to Pay (Night Huntress Universe, Novella 3.5) by Jeaniene Frost

Devil to Pay (Night Huntress Universe, novella 3.5)
By: Jeaniene Frost
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After decades of keeping her emotional distance, Elise runs into someone who makes her want to break down those walls. It figures he is the only guy out there with a legitimate reason for being suicidal.

Devil to Play is a stand alone short story in the Night Huntress Universe. It takes place after the third book in the Night Huntress Series, At Grave's End, and cameos several key Night Huntress characters (Cat, Bones, Mencheres). The story flips back and forth between two point of view characters and has a short but satisfying ending.

Devil to Pay is an adult paranormal romance and includes:
  • Drugs & intent to use
  • Attempted suicide and suicide
  • Blood Drinking
  • Sexual references to male and female intimate places, in particular during arousal
  • Profanity (F word, b*llsh*t, etc)
  • Demon possession
  • Killing (references to blood)
  • Full Male & Female nudity
  • Sex scene (brief cut away scene includes clothing removal, references to the act as well as what it feels like)
In comparison to Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress or Night Prince novels, Devil to Pay is extremely light on both the sexuality and the gruesome. Devil to Pay originally appeared in the Four Dukes and a Devil anthology.

Readers who enjoyed Devil to Pay may also enjoy the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.

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