Danny and the DreamWeaver by Mark Poe

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Author: Mark Poe (Rich DiSilvio)
Publication Date: July 15, 2016
Genre(s): Middle grade fiction/science-fiction
Length: 91 pages

Description (from Goodreads):

Danny is a grumpy video-game junky. He daydreams in school and has a long-standing rivalry with his neighbor.

Yet Danny soon finds himself ensnared in a bizarre dream. Controlling his dream is Nostrildamus, an odd-looking creature with a huge nose and no eyes, yet can oddly see into the future.

Taken on a time-traveling hunt to solve an art-related mystery, Danny meets strange looking artists, like Hippopotamus Bosch and Michelanjello, while Nostrildamus tries to impart subtle pearls of wisdom.

Yet, what does it all mean? And what effect, if any, will all this have on Danny?

Find out in “Danny and the DreamWeaver,” an imaginative adventure of criminal intrigue, time travel, and art history, infused into a bizarre dream that will have you scratching your head and smiling, until the end!

My review:

If I had to sum up this book in one word, it’d be HILARIOUS! I had SO much fun reading this!!!

From the very first page of Danny and the DreamWeaver, I was smiling and laughing. It’s filled with a lot of sass and humor but is actually educational at the same time.

The characters featured are so fun to read about and I was actually a little upset to see them go at the end. My favorite was a scene between Nostrildamus and a cardinal at the Vatican that had me laughing so hard I had to stop reading for a bit and come back to the book when I could pick it back up without busting out laughing again.

Even though the beginning pulled me in, it also had some faults… Danny rushes home to play games on his XBox 360 and PlayStation that I think are only available on the XBox One and PS 4 consoles. That probably only threw me off because I’m a bit of a video game junky, so I notice that kinda thing. Others probably wouldn’t.

My other issue is a pet peeve of mine in many, many stories… a character described himself for absolutely no reason! Again, this might not bother anyone else but it’s a pet peeve of mine. In this instance, Nostrildamus describes his appearance to Danny while Danny is standing right in front of him.

I think middle-grade students will enjoy this book and get a kick out of the puns. I also really liked the short bios at the end of all the famous characters.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author. This in no way influenced my review.

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WWW Wednesday – December 5, 2018

img_1384-0Happy Wednesday!!! 🎉 It’s time once again for WWW Wednesday ! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

Don’t know what WWW Wendesday is or how to participate??? All you need to do is answer the following three questions and link back to Taking on a World of Words, or you can put your answers in the comments on her blog! (You can also leave your link in my comments to be sure I don’t miss your post!)

The three WWW questions are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Here’s what I’m currently reading:

 

Both The Sound of Holding Your Breath and Formula are books I expected to have read and shared on here already, but with everything going on in our house, I chose to hold off on them. Finally got to start both of them though, so YAY!!!!

I’ve been reading When Jesus Answers: Returning to the Healing Mercies of God’s Presence with my husband. It’s not like any other book I’ve ever read and so far, we’re both loving it!

I recently finished:

I’ve been wanting to read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series for a while now, but I picked up the first one from the library before we left for the cabin. I had read mixed reviews, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was SO GOOD!!!

I also wasn’t sure what to expect from American Pop. From the description, I pretty much knew I was either going to love or hate it. Thankfully, I enjoyed the dysfunctional Forster family story.

 

What I’ll be reading next:

 

What’s your WWW? Any thoughts on the books above?  Leave a comment or send me a message through the Contact Me page.

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The Seeker’s Stone (DNA in the Deep #1) by Kelly S. Epperson

42203484Title:  The Seeker’s Stone
Author: Kelly S. Epperson
Publication Date: October 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction Chapter book for kids 7-13
Length: 66 pages

Description:

Staring down the ladder into the rock’s dark interior, Emily and John wonder what they’re getting themselves into…

An hour ago, Emily and her brother John found themselves stuck with summer science camp instead of summer fun. Now, they’ve discovered the mysterious Seeker’s Stone, an intelligent ship that calls herself Catie.

When Catie transports them to the world of cells and DNA, they plunge into more adventure than any of them bargained for. Menacing enzymes, ferocious viruses, and monstrous predators lurk among the wonders of DNA, cells, and life beneath the waves. Can three friends find the strength, wits, courage, and teamwork to survive and escape the monsters of the deep, or will they become another link in the food chain?

My review:

The Seeker’s Stone is a humorous book that is both fun to read and educational. It begins with two siblings, Emily and John, basically begging their dad not to make them go to science camp. But their dad had won Emily and John’s spots at the camp through a contest and he insists they will have a great time. (Not to give away the ending, but something I found really funny was that by the end they’re calling home basically begging to be allowed to stay!)

Shortly after Emily and John’s father drives away from the camp, Emily and John (mostly John) make a wonderful discovery – The Seeker’s Stone!

My kids loved The Magic Tree House series and also The Magic Schoolbus television show. The Seeker’s Stone is very similar to those, so pretty much if you like that type of entertainment, you’re more than likely going to enjoy this book. There’s a lot of learning that could happen through this series, but it’s not presented in a “teachy” way, which I liked. Overall, the book has a really upbeat, funny, and even sarcastic vibe to it.

There’s a twist at the end of the book that actually shocked me a bit, which was good, but the ending seemed a little far-fetched and sort of Disney cartoonish to me… Then again, it’s a kids’ book so that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just that reading it as an adult, it took me out of the story.

So my overall impression of The Seeker’s Stone is that it’s definitely worth picking up for fans of The Magic Tree House series.

My rating:  4.0/5.0

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Rosemary in Bloom by Khristy Reibel – BOOK REVIEW

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I normally don’t pick books this way, but I chose Rosemary in Bloom by Khristy Reibel specifically because it didn’t sound like something I’d normally read.

Title: Rosemary in Bloom
Author: Khristy Reibel
Publication Date & Publisher: August 10, 2018, Open Books
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
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Description (from Goodreads):

What if war separated you from your true love? What if you married the wrong man? What if the power of love brought you together again?

When Rosemary meets Albert it is instant chemistry. But it is also the summer of 1942, and scores of young men—Albert included—feel compelled to enlist to fight the war against Hitler. Albert wants to marry Rosemary before he leaves for Europe, but she just can’t commit. Like so many young women of her time, Rosemary finds herself left behind to work and worry, desperate for love but frightened of abandonment.

Three years later, and with Albert’s fate still unknown, Rosemary meets Harry, a charming and handsome man. Rosemary feels guilty for spending so much time with Harry, but she has all but lost faith that Albert will make it safely back home, especially when she receives news of her brother’s serious combat injury. Should she wait for Albert, or settle for second best?

Inspired by a true story, Rosemary in Bloom explores faith, forgiveness, enduring love against all odds, and the difficult decisions that strong, smart women on the home front had to make during World War II.

My review:

I’m not sure exactly what I expected from Rosemary in Bloom, but it was definitely better than I anticipated!

The story follows two young people, Rosemary and Albert, during World War II. Rosemary is 16 at the beginning of the story. She’s quit school to help provide for her family after her father has left for TB treatment and her sister has moved back in with her mom with her two kids during her divorce. Albert works with Rosemary at the glass factory in their town and the two meet during a war bond drive at a local dance hall.

Rosemary wants nothing more than to be in love and to be a normal girl, but the war makes that impossible. She has to work and ration the things she loves (like butter and nylons) and she’s scared to care for any of the young men her town because they all end up leaving for the war. When her brother joins the military and is so eager to go fight, she’s devastated.

I absolutely fell in love with Rosemary and Albert! They were so cute together!!! When Albert joined the military and left Rosemary, it broke my heart right along with her. But Rosemary made me angry too! I understood her heartache and worry, but it upset me how easily she let Harry sway her when he came around.

Before leaving, Albert had asked Rosemary to marry him and even though she didn’t give him a real answer, they both seemed to be believe that she would wait for him. And honestly, Harry didn’t strike me as the kind of guy you give up a man like Albert for!!

Harry isn’t serious about anything, and I get how during that time an attitude like that could be intoxicating for her. Still, Albert was clearly the better choice!!!

Then again…… Albert didn’t exactly do himself any favors either. He doesn’t write to Rosemary and she’s led to believe that he died. By the time she finds out the truth, Harry’s got his claws in her. The question is, will it all work out right in the end?

I think part of the reason I loved this story so much was because it reminds me of my grandmother’s own love story. She was reunited with her true love late in life and they spent many years together before he died. I couldn’t help but root for the same for Rosemary and Albert all through the entire book!

This was a wonderful love story that had me in both happy and sad tears.

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – BOOK REVIEW

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So I’ve had Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate & Other Filters on my radar for what feels like FOREVER! I finally got to snag a copy from South Charleston Public Library last week when I took my daughter and her friend for some library fun.

Description (from Goodreads):

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape—perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

My review:

There is so much I enjoyed in this book! First, I immediately took a liking to Maya and completely understood her relationship with her parents. She feels suffocated by the expectations put on her by friends and family for her future. In order to deal with the outside world, she uses her camera as a shield to kind of hide in plain sight. She views life through a documentary lens.

While Maya wants to live the life she truly wants, she doesn’t know how to do that and still be a good daughter. One such example of this is in her love life. She’s had a crush on an American boy named Phil at school for forever! But along comes a boy named Kareem who could have easily come straight out of her mother’s dreams! Maya has to choose between the two. While it shouldn’t be such a hard decision, it’s made even harder by the fact that Phil has a girlfriend.

Honestly, I loved Kareem and wasn’t all that thrilled with Phil. Even after finishing the book, I’m a little upset with Maya for even needing so much time to choose between them. Kareem seems to be the better fit in my opinion, but maybe I’m looking at it through a mother’s eyes?

Just when you think everything is starting to go Maya’s way, a terrorist attack happens in a town not too far from where Maya and her family lives, she has to deal with out of control Islamophobia. She and her parents are put in danger and her world is turned upside down.

While I connected a lot with Maya, I wasn’t a big fan of the way her parents were ultimately portrayed in the end. I saw some similarities in other real-life Indian parents I know, but at times I felt like there was too much stereotyping, especially for a book dealing with the very negative aspects of stereotyping!

Overall, I thought this was a great read and I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read it! I think it’d be a great required reading book for high school (**HINT, HINT to the English teachers who read my blog**).

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