My pets Ares the cat and Apollo the dog. Just trying out the blogger app on my phone.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Book Review: Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab – “Science Bob” Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they’re sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It’s not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own—engineering all kind of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin; 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.
In Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Lab, we meet the characters and learn how to make everything from rocket launchers to soda-powered vehicles. Learning about science has never been so dangerous—or so much fun!
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I received a copy for review from Quirk Books. My 9 year old, who read at a middle school level actually plucked this from my hands and read it first. He carried the book around for the day and bookmarked all the projects for us to do. At the end of the book I asked him what he thought of it and he said he really enjoyed the story, the characters and the projects. After prying the book away from him (as he likes to read books more than once) I was able to read it. I thought it was a fun book and perfect for kids. It had mystery and science combined into one book. I love how the ending still leaves you with some questions.
Book Review: Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself - Pflugfelder & Hockensmith
Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself - Pflugfelder & Hockensmith
When a rash of robberies hits the town of Half Moon Bay, 11-year-old sleuths Nick and Tesla are determined to catch the criminals--but to do so, they'll have to build a host of new gadgets and gizmos! In this robot-themed follow-up to Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab, the brother-and-sister duo build four different droids out of ordinary household objects--and illustrated instructions are included throughout the story, so you can build them, too! Can Nick and Tesla catch the criminal mastermind--and foil his army of rampaging robots--before it's too late?
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I received a copy of this book from Quirk Books. My 9 year old son was very excited to be receiving the second book in this series since he really enjoyed the first book. He liked this book even more than the first one. I was able to read this book after him and it was an enjoyable book. I had my suspision on who the bad guy was and I was actually wrong. I love how creative Nick and Tesla are. I was glad to see the introduction of a love interest for Uncle Newt. I love the kids' reactions to his new friend. I will definitely and I think my son agrees that we will read the next book as well.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist--books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I have had this book on my to-read list for quite a while and finally decided to read it. This book is told from the point of view of Death, which I thought was a very interesting concept. I wasn't sure how the narrator would work but the author made it work very well. Not only did we learn about the life of Liesel but we also learned about what was going on at that time. There were many interesting characters in this book, such as Liesel's best friend Rudy, her foster parents, Max the Jewish man hiding in their basement as well as all the neighbors she interacts with on a daily basis. I got so attached to some of the characters that when they died I was sad. We follow Liesel from the time she arrives at her foster home until the day she dies. Wonderfully told story!
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing-a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.
Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural "badlands" of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming Pye family, life is a Greek tragedy where the sins of the fathers are visited on the sons, and terrible events occur-offstage.
Centerstage are the Morrisons, whose tragedy looks more immediate if less brutal, but is, in reality, insidious and divisive. Orphaned young, Kate Morrison was her older brother Matt's protegee, her fascination for pond life fed by his passionate interest in the natural world. Now a zoologist, she can identify organisms under a microscope but seems blind to the state of her own emotional life. And she thinks she's outgrown her siblings-Luke, Matt, and Bo- who were once her entire world.
In this universal drama of family love and misunderstanding, of resentments harbored and driven underground, Lawson ratchets up the tension with heartbreaking humor and consummate control, continually overturning one's expectations right to the very end. Tragic, funny, unforgettable, Crow Lake is a quiet tour de force that will catapult Mary Lawson to the forefront of fiction writers today.
3/5 stars (liked it)
This book is told from the point of view of Kate and has many flashbacks to her childhood. Her parents died when she was about 7 years old and she was raised by her two brothers, Luke and Matt. Throughout the story we know that something occurred to cause a drift between herself and Matt but things unfold slowly throughout the book. The thing I liked about it is that even though things are not revealed right away the author writes the story in such a way that I want to continue reading it. I was happy with the conclusion of this story.
Our next book: Fun Home - Alison Bechndel
Sunday, February 02, 2014
Possession - J.R. Ward
When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she's unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn't know which to choose--or what kind of dire consequences could follow.
Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil--literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty...
Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman's future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.
3/5 stars (liked it)
Cait is new and improved, having had a bad break-up a year before and losing weight and at the beginning of the book getting a new hairstyle. Then she meets the singer G.B. and in the same night she meets Duke. Both very attractive men and she can't decide which guy to go for so she sees both of them. There are twists in their story. And I wish we could have gotten a better back story on Cait. In there is Jim who is obsessed with Sissy. So obsessed in fact that he doesn't get in the game of helping the soul until the very end. But lucky for him that Adrian still cares. Also some surprise deaths in this book. I liked this book better than the last book although still not as good as Covet.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Momo is a border collie. He's hiding in all of these photos.
5/5 (it was amazing)
This book was adorable. Momo is such a likable dog! The scenery in this book is gorgeous. I loved turning the pages and figuring out where Momo was hiding in the picture. Some were easy to find and some were more difficult to find. I looked at this book with my 6 year old and she absolutely loved it. Left it sitting on my coffee table and my 9 year old picked it up and enjoyed looking at it. Great book for all ages!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his new-found friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.
Hollow City draws readers into a richly imagined world of telepathy and time loops, of sideshows and shapeshifters--a world populated with adult "peculiars," murderous wights, and a bizarre menagerie of uncanny animals. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
3/5 stars (liked it)
I love the cover of this book and love how this picture is in the book and it's a character we meet. This book was full of action as the children are always on the move. We meet many new characters and I hope we come back to some of them in the next book. I really like how things/characters will be described in a section of the book and then you turn the page and there is a picture to accompany the description. The pictures are all very interesting and I think there was just the right amount of pictures. Also I really like section at the beginning that contains the Peculiar Personae. This has the names, pictures and description of powers of the major characters in the book. This was great especially for someone who read the first book a while ago to remember who each person is. Overall a very interesting book and I can't wait to read the third book in the series.