Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: Dearest


Author: Alethea Komtis
Publisher:  HMH Book for Young Readers
Publish Date: May, 8 2012

Book Rating 3/5
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Publisher's Description 
In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves "The Wild Swans," "The Goose Girl," and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell? 

Book received:  Rented 

Why I Picked it up: It was free book. I had hope fro a good re telling of a beloved fairy tale. Her writing style is strong. The editing. Ugh. it was just awful. The same as the first book. Great idea but very confusing and poorly edited. This is third book and nothing has changed in the editing. of the book. There is information that the reader dose not need to know or see but and could be explained later and in a better manner. I am underwhelmed. I am please this book was free to read. .

Why I finished it: I did not finish it. 

Who I would give it to:This book did not live up to expectations. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Review: If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers

Author:Hannah Brencher
Publisher:  Howard Books
Publish Date: March 10, 2015

Book Rating 3/5
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Publisher's Description 
A heartwarming memoir of love and faith from Hannah Brencher, founder of The World Needs More Love Letters, who has dedicated her life to showing total strangers that they are not alone in the world.

Fresh out of college, Hannah Brencher moved to New York, expecting her life to look like a scene from Sex and the City. Instead, she found a city full of people who knew where they were going and what they were doing and didn't have time for a girl still trying to figure it all out. Lonely and depressed, she noticed a woman who looked like she felt the same way on the subway. Hannah did something strange--she wrote the woman a letter. She folded it, scribbled If you find this letter, it's for you on the front and left it behind. 

When she realized that it made her feel better, she started writing and leaving love notes all over the city--in doctor's offices, in coat pockets, in library books, in bathroom stalls. Feeling crushed within a culture that only felt like connecting on a screen, she poured her heart out to complete strangers. She found solace in the idea that her words might brighten someone's day.

Hannah's project took on a life of its own when she made an offer on her blog: She would handwrite a note and mail it to anyone who wanted one. Overnight, her inbox exploded with requests from people all over the world. Nearly 400 handwritten letters later, she started the website, The World Needs More Love Letters, which quickly grew. 

There is something about receiving a handwritten note that is so powerful in today's digital era. If You Find This Letter chronicles Hannah's attempts to bring more love into the world,and shows how she rediscovered her faith through the movement she started.

Book received:  Rented 

Why I Picked it up: I have been waiting for this book I has been with more love letters, Hannah's site for a while.  Reading people stores and sending out love letter's of my own. I know this girl. I have been with her on my side of the screen for a while. I Knew she could write a book that you would want to devour. That when you finished it would leaving you feeling whole. Whole and ready to take on the world. There is so much to be said about this book. It  is love story, to love. It is not romance it is life and how hard it is. It is about finding love and beauty in the everyday. 

Why I finished it: I could not stop reading it. I wanted to know how one of my favorite people got to where she was. How this became her good work. 

Who I would give it to: Joy and Meghan..every one. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Review Comic: Wonderland Volume 5

Wonderland Volume 5

JG Miranda /
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publish Date: January 27, 2015 

Book Rating 4/5

Publisher's Description 
As an Age of Darkness spreads across the realms, pushing the Queens of Wonderland into conflict, Calie must take a final stand. 

Journeying into Wonderland to save her daughter Violet, Calie assembles a team of warriors in effort to take control of Wonderland... for good! 

Collects Wonderland #21-25.

Book received:  NetGalley 

Why I Picked it up: I am a fan a fairy tales and fairy stories.  I read most of the Zeneoscope collection, so when I was able to get an ARC of this newest trade I was thrilled. The artwork is lovely and story continues on about the Liddle Family. 

Why I finished it: I was interested in how it would all end. 

Who I would give it to: Anyone who loves the Alice and Wonderland story. This series answers a few questions and leaves you wanting more.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review: Enchanted

Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)


Author: Alethea Komtis
Publisher:  HMH Book for Young Readers
Publish Date: May, 8 2012

Book Rating 3/5
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Publisher's Description 
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
     When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

Book received:  Rented 

Why I Picked it up: Some of Co-worker know I enjoy retold fairy tales suggested this book to me. The premise of the story seemed interesting. A retelling of the Princess and the Frog, but it is so much more than that. It draws form many different tales but that is also the problem. The tales become badly tangled.  

Sunday meets the Prince and loves him but he is the Prince her family hates. The reason being that Rumbold (the Prince) had her older brother, Jack, turned in to a dog. Well we never find out what happens to Jack. At one point we find out he is dead, or so we think because towards the end they say he is alive. 

There are dream scenes that throw you off while reading the book and are never addressed again.  

The writing style was well done, but there just seemed to much happening at one time and many things not explained. 

Why I finished it: It was an easy enough read and I wanted to see how the author solved the problems she created for the characters.

Who I would give it to: Joy and Meghan they both enjoy retold tales, but with a caution that they will become confused 

Happy New Year!!!

I will be back this upcoming week. I had to take sometime off during the holiday and for school.