Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I Am Harriet Tubman - Brad Meltzer Blog Tour




I am a huge history fan, if it is new and It is history, it is on my 'to read' list. When I was chosen to review a new book for children on a major person of the civil war, I was beyond excited. I think it is such a great idea that there are so many books geared for younger audiences on history. Alot of books released a while back just could not keep a readers attention. The best part about this book is that it does manage to do that. But I did have a few issues with this book.

The part of this book that bothered me the most is the sheer fact that they kept Tubman the size of a child throughout the whole book. While all of the other characters were the correct size for their age, the illustrator always decided to make Tubman appear as a child, even when she was in her 80's.

Another part of the book that bothered me was how the characters spoke. I found it very hard to follow at some points If I am being honest. If a younger child who is the correct age for picture books were to pick this up, I'm not sure if they would honestly enjoy it.

Now for the pros.

For one (as I said above) I adored the fact that publishers are trying to market history to the younger audiences. Children are much more likely to want to learn about something if they are given an accessible way to learn it.

Finally, the book does manage to keep the readers attention. This book is full color and school aged children who are just learning to read love to have pictures in their books. Most non-fiction history books contain no pictures (or if they do, they are just in black and white) and the kids won't be as apt to read that as they would a book with full color.

In other words, this is an okay book. I found all of the info it contained to be true. It would be a great book for a teacher to have on hand for students to read as it gives them alot of info quickly.


AUTHOR
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My SonHeroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The House of Secrets. He is also the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

ILLUSTRATOR
Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career at Marvel Comics, and has worked on thousands of comics, including Cosmic Commandos (Summer 2017), Franklin Richards: Son of a GeniusPet Avengers, and Cow Boy, all of which he wrote and illustrated. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

I got this book for free from the publisher but it in no way influnced my review.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review: Best Erotic Romance

Best Erotic Romance Best Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You see, with this book I was kinda torn.



There were some stories I really loved and others I literally just skipped because I just couldn't get into it.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic

No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic by Denise Lewis Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As someone who has read american girl books for around 10 years now, I can say that as of late, American Girl books have just not been the same as they were in the past. I find that more often then not, the girls are little brats now, the best thing about this book is the fact that it defied the most recent published books by AG and was actually a good read, it was a solid book that any little girl would love.

Melody is a nine year old girl who loves to sing. Her story takes place in th 60's, so this is right in the area of the anti segregation marches. Melody was choosen by her teacher to take the most prestigious role in the children chior, a solo in the big show in the summer, Melody is elated. Her brother is also into music, and she learns alot from him in that sense. One of the great things about this book is the relationship Melody has with her siblings and cousins. They are all very close. Melody's brother is hiding a secret from the family though, he has only told Melody.

As time goes on, the tensions rise. Melody is right in the middle of all of it. Suddenly, an accident occurs and Melody doesn't feel right about everything going on. Will she be able to perform at the show?

I didn't do it enough justice at all, but if you love history novels, this is the book for you. I felt surprised at alot of events in the book, and all of it was historically accurate as well with no sugar coating while still remaining appropriate for a younger reader.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: Quest For A Popstar

Quest For A Popstar Quest For A Popstar by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 1 of 5 stars



I literally could not read this book, at all. It was so darn cringy, I know I called "The Football Girl" the cringest book I ever read, nope, It is now this one.


So let's see... the book was written as If a 12 year old wrote it, which was a turn off in the beginning. But I thought to my self "Skylar, It may get better, just think of all those other great books that you hated in the beginning but then loved." Nope, nope, nope. That didn't happen here in the slightest. But here is the part that I stopped reading at.

"I grit my teeth. There are guys in the group who look worse than me and didn't get such severe criticism."

And with this, I DNF'd. I do not need to read a book with a female character playing the "Oh look, the man is treated better than me, must be because I am a woman." No thank you. If you don't want to read a book that a jr. high student wrote, do not read this.

I thank the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book, It did not influence my rating at all.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Thrifty Time Travelers Series: Blog Tour

In case you didn’t know, I am a total history buff. I read nonfiction (and fiction) history whenever I get the chance or whenever something particularly exciting comes out. I was asked to review a new series titled “The Thrifty Guide To…” which is a children’s nonfiction series based on history. Currently there are only two set to be published, which focus on Ancient Rome and the American Revolution.


The Thrifty Guide To Ancient Rome

When I first started this book, I came in with no prior knowledge of Ancient Rome (I am more of a US history person), so everything I now know about Rome  (which is now quite a lot) is from this book. The cover and the inside pages would entice younger readers to pick it up and want to read it. It isn’t your normal nonfiction book with text and pictures here and there, this book is much different. Instead of old photos, there are no drawings in the book to represent what is going on in the book. There are also many many graphs and maps in the book as well that I found very easy to understand. The book itself and all of the information in it was also very easy to understand. I know many children have a hard time understanding history and this book wasn’t hard to understand in the least, which could help them tremendously.

To me what may have been the best part of this book was the humor the author wrote in. When reading this book you can tell that the author has experience with children. When children read books, they simply want to be entertained. With most nonfiction book, there is no entertainment, it is simply x did this, x happened… but that was not the case with this book. In this book the author writes as if he is teaching a class of children. If you know anything about teaching, you know that if you don’t entertain the kids, they won’t listen to a thing you say. For the kids to actually listen to what you have to say, you need to entertain them. Stokes does just that. He knows how to capture the reader in but still teach along the way, which is not very easy to do in a book. I give this an A ++ and believe that any teacher trying to teach their students anything about Ancient Rome should have this book.


The Thrifty Guide To The American Revolution

This was the one I was most excited about considering I am a civil/revolutionary war buff, and I wasn’t disappointed. If this book was published back when I was first starting to learn U.S. history it most definitely would have been one of my favorites. The book is written just like the Ancient Rome one was, so yet again, this book will be perfect for any teacher who is trying to teach their students about the war. It includes many part’s of the war that not many books do, like little snippets of important members of society at the time, that not many people know about. It includes lot’s of information that history books don’t, but things that kids will care about, like 
* A look into individual battles, and their casualties
  • Little events that happened during the war
  • Humor in general
I found myself laughing to a lot of the parts of this book. 

Yet again, like the last book, this book is very easy to understand while still providing a chock full of info about the war.  I would recommend it to anyone.

I thank the publisher for providing me with a advanced copy's of the book, though it did not effect my review at all.



Author Bio: Jonathan Stokes

Jonathan Stokes (www.jonathanwstokes.com) is a former teacher who is now a rising star as a Hollywood screenwriter. He has written screenplays on assignment for Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, New Line, and Sony/Columbia. Inspired by a childhood love of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Jonathan wrote his first novel, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas, published by Philomel in 2016. Born in Manhattan, he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he can be found showing off his incredible taste in dishware and impressive 96% accuracy with high fives.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Review: Everything for Her

Everything for Her Everything for Her by Alexa Riley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can say I much enjoyed this book!


To me, the awesome thing about this book is that though it was meant to be a romance, it was also a suspense book as well! Don't believe me? Then let's see what it's about!

Mallory was an orphan as a child in lived in an orphanage. Despite all of that, she got a full scholorship to the college of her dreams, and right as she was set to graduate, she got an internship at one of the most prestigious office's in the world. To say she is happy in an understatement, she is absolutely enthralled.

"From the beginning, I knew that she would be my greatest achievement, so the day I let her go, I set down a path for her.
A path to me.
No one knows it's been me behind the curtain, pulling the strings. I've constructed everything in our lives so that at the perfect moment, I could have her.
The time has come."




Now onto Miles part of the story (or, as he is known at the beginning of the book as the secretive Oz). The quote pretty much explains it all. He is very obssesive over Mallory and she hasn't even met him. He met her when she was about to graduate high school and he was about the graduate college. He has watched her since then and has (as stated above) set down a path for her that will lead her to him. Now that she works in his office, that time has come.

As you can foresee, Mallory eventually meets Miles and they bond instantly (well...I guess she does, he already knows her, ya know?). As his secrets come out (no, nothing earth shattering), she isn't sure she wants to be with Miles.

“I sit in front of her door all night.
And all day Sunday.
And all night Sunday.”


But guys, as creepy as all of that must have just sounded, when you read the book it really isn't. Just believe me, when you read the book you will fall in love with Miles because he honestly says/does the sweetest things. I mean, the man loves his mother to pieces and treats her like a queen, what more can we ask for? Plus, he does mean well, he just doesn't want to lose someone that means alot to him (love at first sight is what we'll call this).

The end of this book is hoenstly one of the sweetest/best things I have read. I just made me so happy for them!

"The first time I saw you, I thought I'd woken up in the land of Oz, It was like seeing color for the first time.



That all seems like alot to take in I know, and I don't want to spoil it for you, so I'll leave out all of the important plot twists that will literally blow your mind. Just read.this.book.


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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Review: Hula for the Home Front: A Nanea Classic 2

Hula for the Home Front: A Nanea Classic 2 Hula for the Home Front: A Nanea Classic 2 by Kirby Larson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was a very good book for children, though I did think the first one was better. This book continues where the first one left off with Donna gone, except a new girl has moved into town and goes to Nanea's school. Nanea used to be her teacher's top girl but to Nanea, it seems as if the new girl is getting all the attention. Nanea starts to have bad feelings towards the new girl until she learns her story. They soon become friends.

Nanea's brother is slowly heading towards his 18th birthday, once a man turn's 18, he can join the army, and that is exactly what he wants to do. Nanea doesn't want to lose him plus Donna.

During this time Nanea also teaches her dog a very interesting new trick.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of history be it a boy or a girl, no matter the age. It is all together a good book.

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