Friday, April 29, 2011

Rise of the Evening Star

Rise of the Evening Star(Fablehaven Book 2)
By Brandon Mull

OK, it's official- I love this series!

I may have to go out and buy the rest of the series instead of waiting for them to be available at the Library.      I don't often spend money on books but I would definitely make an exception for these books.

This books offers the reader a story full of adventure, humor, and courage. The twists and turns of the plot will keep you engaged and there are a whole new set of characters to get to know in the second book of this series. The kids must learn to figure out who to trust which isn't always an easy task when someone is trying to break into the preserve to still a valuable artifact.

I might of even liked this one better then the first. Hard to say, because they were both really fun reads!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels
by Cassandra Clare

I was excited that there was a fourth book in this series because a enjoyed the first three so much.

 I liked this book but it is not nearly as good as the first three. I hope that the next one will be a better.  I am assuming that there will be a fifth book based on how it ended.

Some things I liked about this book. More of this book was focus on Simon, who was one of my favorite characters in the other books. There was mystery and action and some new interesting characters.

The things I did not like about this book.

There are more adult situations which I find to be inappropriate in young adult fiction. If I rated this book I would give it a PG-13 rating.

It was much slower moving and took too long for anything interesting to start happening.

I found Jace's moping to be annoying. I will admit it actually became important for the plot but still a little annoying. ;-)

Anyway. So I will say that I still like these books but this one was my least favorite so far.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown

I really enjoy Dan Brown's style of writing and I find the subject of his books fascinating. I think the history intriguing and the hunt for clues and symbols thoroughly engrossing.

That being said, this was not my favorite book of his. It was slow moving and for me a little anticlimactic. I still really liked the history and Langdon's attempt to figure out the symbols that will help save his friend's life.

My favorite of his books is still Angels & Demons and if you haven't read any of Brown's books before I would recommend reading it before you try The Lost Symbol

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dr. Seuss

I grew up reading Dr. Seuss books. There is just something special about his books. Now I am reading them to my kids and they are loving them just as much as I did.

Did you have a favorite when you were little?

My favorite was

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
by Dr Seuss

I just loved this book. Simple to read and entertaining. I love the pictures (of course) and as a kid loved discovering what was on the next page. I actually don't own this book so I think I may have to find it soon so my kids can enjoy it too.  Hopefully just as much as I did!

When I was a little older I also enjoyed

The Lorax
by Dr Seuss

Inspiring and fun to read. I think this book helped inspire me to care more about our earth, the environment and the animals that live in it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein

This book was recommended to me by one of the Veterinarians I used to work with. It is written from the perspective a the dog and I found his insight to be very interesting.

For me this book had a little bit of a slow start and it took me a few chapters to really get interested in the story. I found it to be a little crude during certain parts of the story but I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that it was a dog describing what he was seeing. There was also some strong language in the novel.

Once I got past the beginning I started to really enjoy the book. It is a story about loss and the struggle to keep a family together. The main character loses his wife and then has to fight to keep custody of his daughter. I really got caught up in the story and really liked reading how the dog perceived the events transpiring around him. His view of the world was so honorable and truthful. I wish we could all view the world and people around us with a little more "dog" like loyalty.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Discoveries

My children recently celebrated their birthdays and got some great new books as gifts.

Sheep in a Jeep
by Nancy E. Shaw

Loved the pictures and stories in this one. I hear there are a whole series of these sheep tales. I think we will have to check them out.

One Little Lion Cub and Her Friends

Really cute interactive board book. My son loves discovering what is hidden.

I Love You Through and Through
by Bernadette Shustak

I think this may be my favorite new book.  It is adorable! I love the darling drawings and the story is so sweet. It puts into words perfectly,  how much I love my children!

Friday, April 8, 2011


by Brandon Mull

I kept hearing about these books and I just had to find out why so many people were reading them. I always feel like I am the last to know about popular series but I am always glad to discover the reason for their popularity. I will never choose not to read a book  because it is too popular or too young for me.

I made that mistake when Harry Potter first came out. I though to myself that it was a kids book and I would find it that entertaining. When I finally gave Harry Potter a chance I loved it and regretted that I hadn't read it sooner. I look back now and realize how silly it was for me to not read a book because it was popular and in the Children's section. It's ok to love the same books everyone else does!

This book was also in the Children's section and guess what,  I loved it too!

This was a fun, entertaining story about to siblings who learn about the mystical preserve that their Grandparents run.  This is a great fantasy. It's story is unique and well told. The younger brother is adventurous and constantly getting into trouble, while his sister is level headed and obedient. Their differences became essential for the telling of this tale about the decisions they make and their consequences.

I am excited to read the rest of this series. I hope they are just as good.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jane Eyre

I just finish reading Jane Eyre, again.

For some reason I find this book to be such a touching story. When Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester met again it brought tears to my eyes. If any characters are truly meant to be together, these two were destined for each other. Seriously this story brings out the romantic in me.

When I think about their story, I realize just how sad and tragic it is. There are so many bad things that happen to them through out the story and it saddens me that they are forced to go through such hard trials before they find each other. But isn't that a lot like real life. We often face trials and obstacles to our happiness and it is how we face these that define who we are.

What stories touch your heart?