Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book Review: Moldylocks and the Bear by Bertram Boo {Plainfield Chronicles Book 2}

Title: Moldylocks and The Bear
Author: Bertram Boo, Plainfield Press
Series Order: The Plainfield Chronicles # 2
Publisher: Plainfield Press
Date of Publication: Sept. 23/ 2014
Age Ranges: Middle Grade (my 8 yr old loved it though)
Genre: Kids fiction, Fairytale retelling, mystery, kids comedy


Synopsis:
The zombies of Plainfield are back in this fast-paced, limb-flinging follow-up to the bestselling "Scar and the Wolf." Meet a whole new batch of characters, discover new places around town, and find out what happens to lost little body parts trying to find their way home.

Moldylocks LaMort has always felt like she's the biggest loser in Plainfield. But now she finally has a chance to get some respect -- and get out of town -- by winning the lead role in "Grizzlylocks," Plainfield's annual town musical.

Moldylocks should be a cinch to win. After all, she's the biggest bear expert in Plainfield. But her arch-enemy, Jeminy Stinkpit, wants the role, too, and she and her mom will do anything, legal or not, to get it. To make things even more complicated, a family of *real* bears has just moved into town, and Moldylocks finds out she really didn't know anything about bears at all.

See what happens as Moldlocks's life goes from bad to worse to disastrous until she's finally forced to answer some hard questions:

What would you do if you found out everything you knew about someone was wrong?
Will she betray a friend to get what she wants?
Will she be able to drink bee barf?

Find out in "Moldylocks and the Bear" -- a story about losers, winners, the new kid in class, musical theater, bearrorism, and mismatched feet.

And, of course, zombies.

Basically, it's the story you know, just brainier.



 My Thoughts:

I have to say I absolutely love this series!  The first book, Scar and the Wolf, just totally won me over.  It has drama, mystery, and comedy.  Oh and the best part? There is zombies.  But zombies more for kids that can still be entertaining to grown ups too.  
So, yeah, I love a series that is basically geared toward the middle grade crowd (although my 8 year old still enjoyed it).  In a way, that is a huge compliment to the author because it is that interesting that it can keep a 30-something woman hooked to the last page.  Bravvos!
So each book takes a different fairy tale, like Goldilocks and the three bears, and completely turns it on its head.  There is zombies in it, a deeper storyline and morals that can still teach us today.  And there is lots of comedy.  
Our main character, Moldylocks, is this little zombie girl who is a huge fan of Bears.  Of course, she is a fan of the misconception of bears.  Besides bears, she is also a talented actor in the local plays.  Moldylocks puts up with bullying from the popular girl at school and the other classmates and seems to be lonely a lot.  
The local theater where her mom directs is putting on a huge play about Bears and is having a contest for the main part.  This is Moldy's chance to get out of Plainfield through the acting scholarship up for grabs.  
But she isn't the only one who wants that part and Moldylocks ends up learning more about Bears than she ever thought possible, especially when a family of bears moves into the area.

These bears are pretty awesome!  They have a great sense of style, have wonderful taste in music, and have the most wonderful attitude when it comes to less than appealing neighbors. 
In fact, the way this trio of bears deals with the judgmental and rude zombies is something we could all learn from, myself included.  Skip, Muffy, and Brockster open up their home to the zombies trying to show them bears aren't the vicious killers everyone believes them to be.  
Unfortunately, the town is too caught up in the rumors to actually give this family the benefit of the doubt.  There are only two zombies that will open their minds and hearts to this family to learn the real truth about bears.  

The set of characters in this book are truly well written.  We see Moldylocks grow as she learns throughout the story that not everything is as it seems.  I think one of my favorite characters was Phileas.  He was just a darling! 

The characters were amazing and the morals in the story were enough to make me fall in love with the story but then the creativity shown throughout will knock your socks off!
Simply put, Moldylocks and the Bear is a fun book to read!
The different names will give you a chuckle:


"Stinkpit Manor, Ebnerzer Rotbody, Calvin Gutbucket..."

And then there is the descriptions of the different zombies that will make you snort out loud:

"Emily Shank was just a leg, Tom Head was just a head with no body, and Arnold was the hired help with just a body and no head..."

And finally, the alliteration is astounding too!

" back-up's back-up was backpacking; A finger flinger finder's fee..."



However, there is a few grammatical errors that I found through the book.  It wasn't enough to take away from the story, but you may want to remember this if you will not be reading out loud to your kids.  My kids and I actually made a little game of it and if they were reading by themselves they would bring to me any errors they found and we could correct them accordingly.  
But again, it was just a few and nothing that would take away from the overall story. 

Overall, Moldylocks and the Bear is a wonderful story that is filled with heart, fun, and lessons that all of us could learn from.  
And of course there is zombies! What's not to love?

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything expressed here is my personal feelings and opinions.  
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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ebook Sale blast!! Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein








What’s better than a new book? How about a new book that only costs $2.99? If you haven’t had the chance to start the BECOMMING JINN series by Lori Goldstein, or even if you just want to have a eCopy as well, now is the perfect time to pick it up!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Book Review: Brink of Dawn by Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef

Title: Brink of Dawn
Series:  Chosen
Author(s): Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Date of Publication: Nov. 28,2015

Goodreads Synopsis:
Follow-up to the multiple award-winning Wind Catcher
They walk among us as if they are gods.Only the Chosen know what they are.Only the Chosen know to fear them.And only the Chosen can defeat them.
Evolved Publishing presents the second book in the multiple award-winning Chosen series of young adult mystery thrillers, which feature an American Indian fantasy and supernatural theme, from the same author who brought you the award-winning thriller Shatter Point, and his daughter.
Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.
Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.
The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.
Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?
Brink of Dawn picks up where the multiple-award-winning first book in the Chosen series, Wind Catcher, left off, but it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Continue the adventure! And be sure to watch for the third and final installment in this exciting series, Scorched Souls, to launch in late 2016.
AWARDS FOR WIND CATCHER:WINNER: Readers' Favorite Awards -- Gold Medal 2015: Young Adult Coming-of-Age
WINNER: Mom's Choice Awards -- Silver Medal: Young Adult Books
WINNER: Beverly Hills Books Awards - 2015: Best Young Adult Fiction
WINNER: Awesome Indies -- Seal of Approval: "A treat to read."




My Thoughts:


Is it possible to actually fall  in love with something or someone more than you already are? 
Yep, absolutely possible.
And that is pretty much what has happened with this series, these authors, and the characters.  The Chosen series really does keep getting better and better.  
I love that  in the second installment, Brink of Dawn, we delve deeper into the prophecy and realize it isn't only central to Native American folklore; it gives us similarities and examples from the other major religions too.  So just like in the book where we have very different people from all walks of life coming together for a common purpose, we see that the beliefs have more in common than most people realize they do.  It is truly a breath of fresh air in this day and age.  
Our main character, Juliet, is still recovering from losing someone very close to her in the first book, Wind Catcher, as well as trying to reconcile herself with the fact she will have to commit crimes she may not be able to forgive herself for, even if it is to save the planet.  In this book, Juliet has to learn more about herself as she goes into a self-imposed exile internally.  
Troy is still there protecting his best friend, Juliet, and learning more about himself as well.  We see a tremendous growth in each of these characters as they learn their importance in each other's lives. 
We are also introduced to a few new characters that play pivotal roles in the progression of the story.  Connor, a young man who is very troubled and drinks to deal with the pains of the past, is an interesting character that I have to say I really enjoyed.  He proves the point "never judge a book by its cover" to be true time over time.
Akari is super fun!  I also love that we get to see Japanese mythos brought in and are able to find similarities between it and the other mythos in the story.  Akari is a strong and tough female but still has issues that she must learn to overcome.  She has panic attacks when she least needs to have them and I just find myself loving her so much because I , too, suffer from panic attacks.  I can definitely relate, even if I can't save the world from powerful aliens! 
Blake is also an enigma in his own right too.  At first glance, you would think he is a pompous and spoiled young man, but we soon come to find out he has the biggest heart you could imagine.  He, just like his counterparts, have some serious issues that he will have to work through to save the world.

I found myself reading Brink of Dawn nonstop and having a very hard time putting it down to do routine things like eat, sleep, or teach.  This is a story that has an exciting plot, relatable and lovable characters, and a theme to die for.  
I highly recommend this series to anyone that loves fantasy with a mixture of the different mythos (including Christianity) and has a scientific appeal to it too.



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