Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beautiful Creatures (2013) Official Trailer [HD]

The movie for Beautiful Creatures comes out soon.

My husband saw a trailer for this movie a couple days ago and turns to me and says, "That movie looks good."

My response, "Great! Now I have someone to go see the movie with me!"

 I didn't think he would be interested and I don't know anyone near me who has read the books, so I thought I would have to wait until it came out on Blu Ray. It looks like I may get to see it sooner then I thought... Now we just need to find a babysitter!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


By Becca Fitzpatrick

I have been wanting to read this book since it came out in October. It is the final book to the Hush Hush,  Crescendo and Silence series. This continues the story of Nora and the Fallen Angel Patch. The Nephilim (immortals, who are the offspring of humans and fallen angels) and the Fallen Angels are on the brink of war and Nora finds herself the leader of Nephilim. This responsibility is made even more difficult because her boyfriend is a fallen Angel.

I have really enjoyed this series and love any chance to read more about Patch. He is one of my favorite fictional characters! If they ever turn this into a movie, I will definitely have high expectations for who ever plays him.

This book is one of my favorites in this series. I still like the first book the most, but this one is a very close second.

I couldn't put this books down. This is just what I needed, a fun, easy and entertaining read. This is why I read so many young adult books. They are such quick reads, yet they keep my attention completely. I become so wrapped up in the story and the characters that I often don't want to stop reading. A the same time it is easy to put it down and start up again later, perfect for my busy schedule with two young boys at home.

I thought she did a great job of wrapping up the story and creating a great ending to this series. She was even able to surprise me with a few of the twist, not always an easy thing to do. I loved the way it ended.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chic Fil A and Franklin

A new Chic-Fil-A opened near us. I'd heard good things but had never eaten there before. We decided to try it one saturday after we were done running around checking out garage sales. It. Was. Delicious.
I am completed addicted to their chicken. Enough said.

At the moment their kid's meals come with Franklin books. My boys love Franklin book, or as my 2 year old calls them Turtle books. I have never been a huge fan, the stories always seemed a bit long. Now that my boys are older and are willing to sit longer for a story, these books are growing on me. We got a couple cute ones this month. (I may have eaten there a couple times in recent weeks.)

Franklin Fibs
by Paulette Bourgeois

This is a cute tale where Franklin tells a lie to his friends and has to deal with the consequences. My boys think it is funny when he makes a fly pie.

Franklin and Harriet
by Paulette Bourgeois

In this one Franklin learns how to share his favorite toy with his baby sister. It can be hard to share especially with a baby brother or sister. I thought this was a well thought out story.

I think I may have to pull out the other two we own and give them a go again. I'm pretty sure my boys will love them too.

Franklin Goes to School
by Paulette Bourgeois

About his first day of school.

Franklin In the Dark
by Paulette Bourgeois

What is a turtle to do when his shell is dark but he is afraid of the dark?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Water Harvest

Water Harvest
by Eric Diehl

 Even though it took me a while to read this book, I enjoyed getting to know this new world. This book was an interesting mix of Sci Fi and Fantasy. There was technology and invaders from the moon, but there was also fantastical creatures and mystical forces at work.

I will admit that it took me while to get into this story because the world was so foreign to me and at times overly descriptive/wordy (think Tolkien). There was just so much going on and so many new characters to learn, that at first I had a hard time keeping track of it all. This is probably one of those books where it would have been good to have a hard copy. I find it much harder to flip back to previous chapters when reading on my kindle. I am such a visual person that it is often simple for me to flip back to the exact pages I need to read, in order to refresh my memory about a certain character or event. I have not figured out how to do this very successfully on my kindle. The names in this story were just so similar, that it was hard for me to keep track of them all at first and not being able to flip back easily made that more challenging for me. I did eventually figure it out and once I did I found the book much more interesting.

 There were a couple points of the book that I wished there had been more information about because I still feel like I don't  fully grasp the ideas. I would have liked more on the background of the planet and the water harvest that they were fighting over. I also felt like I didn't really understand who the Maesters were and what their purpose was, expect that their leader made for a really good bad guy.

I really liked the character of Cairn and his love Neilai. I spent the entire book hoping that things worked out for them. It is always nice to have someone to truly root for. But my favorite characters where the underground creatures that they meet while exploring some caverns. They were fun to read about and I thought their background was fascinating. I think I would have liked reading more about them.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Llama Llama

We love the Llama Llama books.

Here is the newest member of our home library:

Llama Llama Time to Share
by Anna Dewdney

We love these books because the pictures are delightful and the rhymes are fun to read. This one was just as fun to read as the rest. I love that his new friend was a Gnu, since it is pronounced "new." Clever! This is a great story about learning to share.

Do you have a favorite series of children's books?