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That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell Illustrated by Neal Layton

Emily Brown does everything with Stanley her toy rabbit. She goes on deep sea dives, into outer space, and anywhere else her imagination wants to go. One day there was a knock at her door. And that knock and what is to follow will bring her face to face with the Queen herself. That naughty Queen wants HER Stanley. She insists on calling him Bunnywunny and also for her giving him up. But no matter what she tries to give her in return for Stanley she repeats that Stanley is NOT FOR SALE!

Emily Brown loves her Stanley and she's going to make sure no one, not even the Queen is going to take him away. She ends up teaching that naughty queen a thing or two in the end. I got a little teary eyed at the end because I'm such a sensitive fool. I mean seriously? Getting teary eyed with a picture book? Well you know then that it's a sweet book that you can enjoy. I found a video where Freema Agyeman is reading the whole little book so you can see for yourself if you like it. By the wa…

Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

For the Wilkinson's the afterlife hasn't been the greatest time of their lives. Yes, they do have each other... Mr. Wilkinson who used to be a highly respected dentist, Mrs. Wilkinson a lovely motherly type of woman, Eric Wilkinson their teenage son who has a broken heart, Grandma Wilkinson a strong withered old woman who always has an umbrella on hand just in case, and of course Budgie their pet bird who always says Open Wide just like Mr. Wilkinson would say to his patients. All that changed when a bomb was dropped on their house during World War II. Trixie Wilkinson never made it to their afterlife. She was Mrs. Wilkinson's shy younger sister. But there happened to be an addition later on in the form of a lost girl who didn't know who she was. She has a thing for pets and would very much like a ghost sheep she could teach tricks too. Her name is Adopta.Get it?

The Dial-a-Ghost/Adopt-a-Ghost agency is around for ghosts that need a home from the blood stained brides …

Sorcery & Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer

Cecelia and Kate are cousins but not only that but best of friends. They get in the most audacious predicaments one involving a goat... Unfortunately Kate is sent away to London with her Aunt Charlotte and her sister Georgina. They are there for the Season which I interpret to mean the time when suitors come along and when one will eventually ask a girl to marry them. Kate is dragged along because as the older sister she has to have her Season first or with Georgina. Georgina isn't all that bad but every guy is drawn to her so you see how that can get to her head.

Meanwhile Cecelia or Cecy is in Essex with her Aunt Elizabeth and her brother Oliver who fancies Georgina which is his cousin which is nasty... just saying. She makes friends with Dorothea who is beautiful just like Georgina but is more embarrassed by all the attention than welcoming of it.

There is magic and wizards in this story and it all starts off with Kate stumbling upon a curious door which she of course had to o…

Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard

After discovering that her dead twin sister's friend's Lying Game could go too far Emma worries who else her sister could have made angry enough to kill her. At least she has Ethan Landry, the cute brooding type on her side. He actually believes that she's not Sutton and that there is a murderer out there that will make sure she stays in line and if not she will end up just like her sister.
Now new suspects are coming up while others are being cleared. She is quite certain all the way through who the killer/killers are. She's being watched while she's with Ethan even at a time like three o' clock in the morning. She's actively snooping now and although terrified of who is watching her she is resolved to find out who her sisters murderer is before the murderer gets her.
She gets in trouble in this one. She also discovers a long time prank that had to deal with a train. After given a train bracelet early on in the story she knows she needs to figure out who it …

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Running was like breathing to Jessica. It was her world. Her life. But all that changed when on the bus ride after setting a league record in the 400 Meter Dash she and her track friends were hit by a car. Now Jessica lays defeated in a hospital room. Her right leg BK (Below the Knee) is gone. How can she ever hope to run again? Her freedom... Gone.

The driver was killed and so was Lucy Sanders. What Jessica discovers later is that her parents are struggling to pay her medical bills which doesn't make her feel less guilty than she already does. Or maybe she feels less worthy of all the attention given to her. For now she is in constant gloom because she lost her leg. She can't even walk yet. It's so far away. She has to learn to be patient. Through old friends and new maybe she can feel less like a freak while she faces life after her dreams are shattered. Well maybe she doesn't have to lose her dream of running again...

About every five seconds I was crying during th…

Torn by Stephanie Guerra

Stella Chavez has always been the good girl who never attracted attention. She is on the soccer team so she does have a jock boyfriend but other than that she's not popular but she's not a total loser too. Her mother works tirelessly to feed her and her younger brother and sister that she has had to raise when she is gone. Her brother is a gaming addict and she makes sure he doesn't just eat junk food all day. She needs to make sure her sister doesn't hang out with the wrong people and be with someone in a gang. She wouldn't have to do this if her father was around. She can remember her father being loving but there was also that split personality that came in with drugs. He ended up in the end leaving the family to fend for themselves.

Insert new girl Ruby who's a wild child, uses and abuses men, drinks, curses, and does anything she wants to. It's not like her mother is going to do anything about her. She doesn't even seem to care. With Ruby, Stella c…

Cover Reveal: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

The third book of the Unearthly books has been revealed! How do I know? I follow @CynthiaHand on twitter! Ah, the joys of knowing what your authors are up to. I'm glad it's socially acceptable because otherwise I'd call it stalking...

"Wow, am I ever excited! My editor has given me the go-ahead to share the cover for BOUNDLESS!!!!


First off, I want to say that this might be my favorite cover out of all of them, and I love all my covers. But this one... I love her expression, I love her dress and the way the wind is moving it, I love the lake rocks under her feet, the suggestion of water, the parting of the clouds, and I love the color. It's all LOVELY."

-Cynthia Hand (This was from her post on her blog.)



It's a reddish wine color it looks like. I can't say that it's my favorite (I love the first one the best). I think it needs to grow on me. What do YOU think of the cover?

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Six years ago Grace was taken by hungry wolves into the woods behind her house. She did nothing and remembers only the yellow eyes of a wolf that saved her. Since then she has had an obsession with the wolves. Whether or not she likes to call it an obsession. She always looks out for her wolf. It's like he's waiting for her.

Sam is a wolf when it turns cold. When it's hot and Summer he is able to be human. He's been watching Grace all these years. Now this is the one part of the book that I can't shake. Grace loves Sam the wolf. Then he becomes human and she loves him even more. They become a couple. Dude, that's weird... How do you not just stop and look at yourself in the mirror. You're in love with a wolf. I could understand if you loved him as a human first and then found out he turned into a wolf. It's kind of creepy...

Other than that the book proved to be an entertaining read. I've never exclusively read a book about a wolf/werewolves so I w…

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

The last time we left Clara she discovered that Christian didn't need saving because he's an angel himself. They haven't really talked about it. The unspoken what do we do now? Did they fail their purpose by her saving Tucker? But she wouldn't have it any other way. She doesn't care if she's destined to be with Christian. What does it matter who she falls in love with anyway? She belongs to Tucker.

This time her vision shows her that she's going to be going to a funeral. For whom she doesn't know. What I don't understand is how this vision can be a purpose. It's just a vision. How is it a purpose if she's going to a funeral? The mystery of the person who is going to die kind of ate me up inside because there were two people I thought it could be and I was right. Around half way through is when you find out. I cried a lot because of this. It was ridiculous but throughout I was also hating on Clara. She wasn't paying attention to her brot…

The Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley

Granny Relda is wreaking havoc in Ferryport Landing or should I say Mirror is wreaking havoc in Ferryport Landing? There's only a small number of people and Everafters willing to fight against the Scarlet Hand and those numbers are going to dwindle unless the Grimms can convince others to join in. Meanwhile Uncle Jake is going crazy with the need to revenge his love's death. On top of that all of the Mirrors have been fixed by their creator Bunny. Now The Council of Mirrors tells of a prophecy: the salvation of the whole world relies on the Sisters Grimm.

Throughout the book people doubt the girls and try things there own way. But we need the Sisters. This series again I say and will continue saying for the rest of my life is the greatest fairy tale series that has ever come out and will ever come out. It is pure brilliance! I will read this to my future children! The ending is just perfect. You don't even understand. You will DIE! You will flail around, yell, and squeal,…

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

Calla, Violet, and Daisy are sisters. Sisters who are spending three weeks at Camp Callanwolde. Calla is the mother type, always worried about her sisters and how others will perceive her. This is her last summer at camp and at home because after this she is going off on her own to college. She decides to apply for a job this year so she is an assistant. Her crush every summer, Duncan, is a counselor. He is her very best friend but he doesn't know how much she loves him but not wanting to ruin her friendship she doesn't do anything. Maybe this last summer she'll break that boundary...

Violet is the middle child so she has to be the rebellious one. All the campers have a concentration and she is a Writer. She becomes friends with Brynn, this give me attention type of girl. She admires her for that because she has never been able to break the rules. So there she goes off being rebellious and sneaking out of camp at night. Brynn is trouble though and her sisters see it espec…

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

"Her voice
pierces me in the chest,
right under, 
the breastbone
And my heart,
right then and there,
rips in half.
I can feel the weepy
tear in it."

That's right. It's another one of those books that is written in verse. This one is about two sisters, Hope and Lizzie. Lizzie tried to kill herself and Hope is trying to find out why. Her mother is a prostitute so they aren't living in the best living conditions. I've never absolutely loved a book in verse. Burned by Ellen Hopkins got close only because the book's ending made me want to scream and rip and tear out the father's eyes out.

I actually don't mind verse that much anymore. It's just that I haven't read a 5 star book with verse in it but I'm being too critical seeing as I've only read three like that so don't mind me too much. This book had a lot of potential and it was intense at some times. It's a really messed up family they've got here. I didn't like how Hope a lo…

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

It takes a little while for you to understand the different type of vampires so I may sound like I'm speaking a foreign language but bear with me. The vampires I'm talking about aren't immortal. A Damphir is like a bodyguard for the Moroi. The Moroi have powers but they don't fight. They really should like they used to because Strigoi are killing them off. When a vampire turns Strigoi which is when they are bitten by a Strigoi. They are immortal and pure evil because they crave the blood of the Moroi and Damphir. They cannot stop themselves. They turn cruel.

Now I always thought reading this that there were other books before and it does refer to things happened like two years before. But actually there's just a spinoff of the book and the series is called Bloodlines. Rose Hathway, the Damphir bodyguard for her friend a Moroi Princess Lissa, is a party girl. She is a take action type of girl. She's the narrator too and instigates the running away from the Acad…

May 2012 Cover Love

How can I forget my Cover Loves for the month? Only read a couple of books last month but I still got some really great Cover Loves.



My Cover Loves for May are Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers, The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, and The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley. 
Fall for Anything was a heavy book. Her father was a photographer as you can see from the cover. He killed himself and all his daughter wants to know is why? I really just want to draw her. It's calling me. It's just so perfect.
The Lying Game ended up being better than I thought. I don't know why I thought it wasn't going to be that great. Because it was on t.v.? I don't know. I watch everything. Things just kept on happening and you're like who IS THE KILLER!!!??? You never can know. If you think you know you are wrong because they will throw something at you completely from left field and you'll be like wait. What!? I know you guys know I like covers with faces so it shouldn't b…

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Supernaturally, the sequel to Paranormalcy, continues the mishap adventures of Evie. She's living a normal life now but she isn't as happy as she thought she was. She wanted normal but there is no drama or fights everyday like her favorite show, Easton Heights. In other words it's boring... She's stuck in High School while Lend, her shape shifting water element boyfriend, is in College having a great but busy time.

Evie is still her funny over dramatic self and like her she gets in trouble. Well, more like trouble finds her. People keep watching her and it's not that weird because no one knows that she's an Empty One and can see through glamour's but its different... It's like everyone is watching her. She's in danger. That doesn't stop her from heading straight for it. She's needed back at IPCA. This time she cannot do a case if she doesn't want to but she is about to meet the most insane boy ever, Jack. He's this hyper little boy …

It's A Wrap: A Grimm Week Summary

So it's a little late but this is a wrap up of the Sisters Grimm week. Next time I won't go as crazy. At least not when I have school. Eight books in seven days with some reactions and summaries. I had to rush at the end. Thanks for taking the time to check them out. Reading the last book this weekend so yay!

Fairy-Tale Detectives 
Fairy-Tale Detectives Review
The Unusual Suspects
The Unusual Suspects Review
The Unusual Suspects Reaction
The Problem Child
The Problem Child Review
The Problem Child Reaction
Once Upon A Crime
Once Upon A Crime Review
Once Upon A Crime Reaction
Magic and Other Misdemeanors
Magic and Other Misdemeanors Review
Tales from the Hood
Tales from the Hood Review
The Everafter War
The Inside Story

Hope you had A Very Grimm Week!

Graduation

It has finally happened. After a ridiculous amount of years in school I have finally graduated. I'm the last too so it's the end of a generation. Now my cousin's son is up next. We'll have to wait like what? more than 10 years. Seems short but I took awhile to get there. I really don't know where my life is going to go but now is the time for me to go for it. Experience new things. Be the person I have always wanted to be or discover the person I am supposed to be. What I'm supposed to do. Congratulations to all the 2012 Graduates. May your journey in life be great!

The Inside Story by Michael Buckley

So we know who the leader of the Scarlet Hand is. Betrayal is all over. Sabrina is questioning everything. She NEEDS to save her baby brother before Mirror decides to use his body so he can become human. Meanwhile she, Daphne, and Puck are in the Book of Everafter going through the books stories to get to Pinocchio and Mirror.

Puck has accepted Sabrina and their marriage wholeheartedly. He jokes with her about it throughout. You are just laughing throughout at his remarks. *sigh* I love him so much. I want to know that they end up together in the last book. It better happen.

I forgot completely about something REALLY important that happens at the end of the book. Like REALLY important. Things are going to go crazy in the next book. It's the end. I think I'm going to cry. Sabrina is going to be a leader. Everything ends way sooner than the future seen in the Everafter War. This should be good. My one complaint about this book is that the acknowledgements or thanks in this book…

The Everafter War by Michael Buckley

This cover is my second favorite cover and like I said with The Unusual Suspects I love that cover too. This is the book that everything goes down. You find out who the leader of the Scarlet Hand is and you WILL BE SHOCKED!

Puck finds out that Sabrina is married to him in the future. And when he questions that he's a boy and they don't get married he gets the response back that he chose to grow older. He goes on a tyrant and does horrible things and one thing that he regrets.

You can't forge about the Parents Grimm because they are finally awake. You find out where Sabrina got her temper from. But, unfortunately her father isn't too excited to be back. Their parents are always fighting so it isn't what you would call a fairy tale ending.
You learn a lot throughout this book. It's probably my favorite book of all of them... so far. I still got the last book to read. Something big happens other than the revealing of the leader of the Scarlet Hand. Something that…

A Grimm Review: Tales from the Hood

Grimm Characters

Sabrina gets a little bit into the pain category but not really because if I was her I would have done the same thing. I would be trying to protect my family from the Wolf. I would have not however boldfaced lied to my sister. She deserves what she got but I still worry about it.
-Sabrina Grimm


Daphne is acting like Sabrina throughout this book. Sabrina thought it was mocking but she got her attitude adjusted fast because it was because she looked up to her. She was betrayed. Will she ever be able to forgive her sister?
-Daphne Grimm

Granny continues to defend Mr. Canis all the way. I thought she was going to faint when they declared him guilty. She was right in the end.
-Granny Relda Grimm
Tobias Clay. Nice name Mr. Canis but why did you have to leave! I'll miss you. I'm sure we'll be seeing him soon. I wonder if he was married or had children. That's a really big deal.
-Mr. Canis


Elvis why aren't you there every second of every day! So mad at you…

Tales from the Hood by Michael Buckley

It's all about the Wolf in this one. The Grimms need to find out the real tale of Little Red Riding Hood if they have any hope to free Mr. Canis but he doesn't even want them to. He feels he' where he belongs. Granny Relda has employed Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. They are lawyers who have real trouble ahead of them considering who they are up against.

And then there is the actual Sisters Grimm. Sabrina is more aware of her looks and is insulted more by Puck's remarks. Daphne on the other hand who has never cared for her looks is now. She's acting just like Sabrina. Like an adult. She even has her own little pocket dictionary with her so she doesn't have to rely on her sister.

Buckley does a great retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. It's nothing any regular person could have made up. I'm so glad that he made these books because no one could do it justice like him. Red Riding Hood is in here and you get a surprise from her.

Uncle Jak…

A Grimm Review: Magic and Other Misdemeanors

Grimm Characters

Sabrina was basically perfect in this book. She was too busy freaking out over the fact that her future her was married to Puck.
-Sabrina Grimm


Daphne is not going to let the whole Puck and Sabrina thing go anytime soon you can believe me. She seems to not mind her older self but she doesn't like that she's so serious. The girl has seen that Sabrina has been totally good for a long time. She admires her now.
-Daphne Grimm

Granny has a lot of things going on. Where did she get that 150,000 from! I seriously think they have stocks somewhere or I don't even know. Now their poor... at least they got some help from her friends.
-Granny Relda Grimm
Canis has transformed completely into the Wolf in the future. He's given up but it doesn't mean that Granny Relda won't.
-Mr. Canis


Elvis has great-grandchildren! He and his kids got busy... I want to know who he ends up with! I'm surprised Daphne didn't get teary eyed that Elvis died. I sure did.

Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley

Everything's going haywire in Ferryport Landing. The new mayor, the Queen of Hearts, has implemented a tax on all the humans' properties. Then there is Charming who has been missing for three months. At least the girls have been getting some training in but with Puck that training is more like war. Their parents are still asleep but they are working on it. Sabrina's birthday is coming up in a few days and she is stronger than ever.

There are strange things going on. People who aren't supposed to there and creatures as well. Solving this case can affect their future even more than you think. Will they be able to? Or is this the Grimm Sisters first unsolvable case?

You will get very excited and giddy when you read this book. It's ridiculous how much it makes you happy. It also makes you worry a whole lot because the future isn't so great. Meanwhile Uncle Jake seems to have found himself a girlfriend... if only her two fairy godmothers would leave him alone. She&…

A Grimm Reaction: Once Upon A Crime

A favorite moment of mine when Puck broke down. Why do I like such heartbreaking moments? Well, here we go.

Sabrina smiled. "There's no one here now, Why don't you go ahead with your version?"
Puck tilted his head curiously at Sabrina and smiled.
"My father was mean, arrogant, horrible, and selfish. He cared little for anyone and less for those who disagreed with him. His only love was for his precious kingdom."
Sabrina raised her eyebrows, admiring the boy's honesty, but remained quiet.
Puck turned to the water as if his father were still there, listening.
"I hated you!" he shouted. "You took every opportunity to remind me that I was weak and stupid!"
Suddenly, Puck fell to his knees. Tears streamed down his cheeks. Sabrina rushed to him, knelt down, and used her scarf to wipe them away.

First of all. They were holding hands. It said it moments before.






When he was talking about how his father was mean, arrogant, etc.





When he said I hate yo…