Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: 100 Ghosts By Doogie Horner

 Cut two eyeholes out of a bed sheet, and boo! You've scared yourself up a classic Halloween icon. But what does that ghost look lie when he's shy? Or in love? Or a pirate, a llama, a bond villain, or Russian nesting doll? 100 Ghosts explores every sort of spook in a series of whimsically haunting illustrations. It's a delightful collection for adults, children, and anyone in need of a friendly fright.


My Thoughts:

100 Ghosts was no doubt, the cutest, most enjoyable book I read in 2013. I remember standing in the kitchen as my mom cooked, showing her all the different types of ghosts showed in this book- from the llama to the R2d2. With the gallery of ghosts and as well as with the introduction by the author/ illustrator you'll come to realize that ghosts are nothing to be afraid of- they're just like us. They cosplay as Harry Potter on random occasions and strive to please their mothers. At times while looking at drawings of the different types of ghosts I found myself laughing out loud. Some of the ghosts were so ridiculous that I couldn't help myself. 

Like with The Muppet and The Marilyn Monroe:


Overall this book was awesome! I would definitely pick this up if you're in a bad mood or you're just looking for something to make you giggle. Whether you're an adult, teenager, child, or timelord I guarantee that you'll love this book. 


*5 stars*

Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Review- The Geek's Guide To Dating By: Eric Smith



You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your bedsheets are officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You're hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you've discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall. What's a geek to do? Take some tips from Eric Smith in The Geek's guide to Dating. This Hilarious primer leads geeks of all ages through the perils and pitfalls of meeting women, going on dates, getting serious, breaking up, and establishing a successful lifelong relationship (hint: it's time to invest in new bedsheets). Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.


The Geek's Guide To Dating is a fun guide for dating specifically designed for geek's and nerds alike. In the book you learn what type of geek you are (I'm an academic/ book geek, big surprise), how to ask someone out, getting ready for a date, and more. It explores every problem and challenge a geek could possibly encounter on a date. The book is mainly geared towards guys (ex. your date is always referred to as a she) but if you're a girl geek like myself, this doesn't take away from the awesomeness of the book. It's just as easy to follow along with. Also, Smith kindly  made a page in his book addressing lady geeks that may be reading the book and apologizes for always using male appropriate pronouns..

One of the many things that I enjoyed in this book were all of the pop culture references. We're geeks after all, a little bit of Star Wars references can't hurt. Also, it was hilarious and surprisingly true, when the author compares dating to things like Final Fantasy and Mario Cart. There are references to t.v. shows, movies, books, and video games on almost every page. You may not understand every one (and if you do than congrats, you're a super geek like Eric), but it won't take out of the reading or make you confused. But of course, you'll love when you recognize Eric Smith talking about your favorite episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer or him completely understanding your frustration over the Star Wars prequels. 


Overall, this book was awesome! It gave a great guide in helping geeks how to date. Even if you're not even interesting in dating (like me) all of the quirky remarks and nerdy pop culture relation to dating, made it very enjoyable. I would highly recomend this book for any fellow geek.

★★★★★ (5/5)

Please note, I recieved this book on behalf on Quirk Books for an honest review. The author, publisher, or anyone else did not force me to write this positive review. I did really enjoy the book. In reviews, I never lie about my honest opinion of a book. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

  I got a finished copy of this book for review from St. Martins Press. This book will be released on September 10th.



 From the author the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.


Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My Thoughts:


After finishing Rowell's first young adult novel Eleanor & Park I knew I had to read her second one, Fangirl as a fellow fangirl myself. 

The story follows Cath, a big fan of The Simon Snow series, 7 (and soon to be 8) books about a boy named Simon who goes to a magical school. There he finds friends like Penelope, and enemies like his roomate Baz.

But Cath isn't just a fan, she writes popular fanfiction online, has Simon posters all over her room, and much more. Being a fan is part of her life. A big part.

But when Cath starts going to collage, things change. She has a strange roommate who isn't too found of her Simon obsession, her twin sister Wren is growing distant, and she has a professor that doesn't seem to understand how much fanfiction means to her and how writing about something else just isn't the same. Sure the characters and world might not be Cath's, but the story is. She didn't steal Simon and Baz from the author, she just borrowed them for a little while.

What I love about Rowell's books is that there's always more to the story then the description. For example, Eleanor & Park wasn't just about two teenagers falling in love, it was also about bullying and a girl's abusive stepfather.
So Fangirl wasn't just about a huge fangirl and her starting collage (though I did love that story line) Cath also had to deal with her father's mental health and her feelings about her mother that left her as a child wanting to be part of her life again. There's also some pretty adorable romance, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

This book was very unique in ways. I've never seen anything like it before. In between each chapter there was an excerpt from something Simon Snow releated: a page from the wiki, an article about the books, a page from the actual books or from Cath's slash fan-fiction. Overall, I loved every part of this book and can't wait to re-read it. 


Like everything in this book, the characters were very strong. Cath was an excellent protagonist. I loved seeing her grow and change through out the novel. 

Wren, Cath's twin sister, is a perfect example of how twins are not the same person. Cath is uptight and a bit conservative while Wren on the other hand is the stereotypical collage student: partying, having sex, and getting drunk to no end. I'm sure there are some people that do, but I didn't hate Wren. Everyone gets a bit crazy at  points in their life but she still obviously cared for her sister.

Of course, the roommate Reagan, was an interesting character. At first she seems a bit odd, probably the worst roommate Cath could have imagined having. She has a clingy boyfriend, is a bit violent, does drugs, smokes, you name it. But eventually they warm up to each other and Cath & Reagan, are even able to have a weird relationship that you can't exactly call being friends. 

I loved Cath and Wren's father. I think his name was Arthur, but I can't be sure so I'll just call him Mr. Avery. He seemed like a hands on single dad which you don't see that much because usually either the mother takes the kid(s) after the divorce, or the father of the children leave. Not the other way around. He wants the best for his daughters, and convinces them not to give up. He seems like a good father though he did has his faults like all of us.

And finally, of course I loved Levi. Such a sweetheart. It was just the little things that made me love him. Like the fact that Reagan gave him a key to her dorm in case of emergencies but he still waits outside the door for her to come and let him in because it's not an emergency. Or that he grew up on a ranch- I've always wanted to like on a ranch or farm.

There were other characters in the book like Professor Piper, Courtney, and Jandro, but they were only in a couple of scenes so I decided to just focus on these 5.


Overall, I ADORED this book. I seriously am in love with Rainbow's books and can't decide whether i like this one or Eleanor & Park better. I'm planning on reading her adult book Attachments soon and can't wait for the release of her next book Landlines coming out spring 2014.



Please note that the author, publisher, or any one else did not make me wright this positive review. I honestly did enjoy Fangirl. Whenever I review a book I received from  publisher I always share my honest thoughts on it.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

20 Books (and series) To Read Before You Die

I've read a LOT of amazing books, and I feel that more people need to read them. So in no particular order, here are 20 of some of my favorite books that I feel like everyone should read. The first 10 are stand alones, and the rest are series.
Stand Alones:
1. A Little Princess By Frances Hodgson Burnett
2. Eleanor And Park By Rainbow Rowell
3. The Fault In Our Stars By John Green
4. The Great Gatsby By F. Scotts Fitzgerald
5. Peter Pan By J.M. Barrie
6. The Book Thief By Markus Zusak
7. Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson Levine  
8. The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman
9. Every Day By David Levithan
10. Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell
1. The Harry Potter Series (7 books) By J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games Trilogy By Suzanne Collins
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books) By Rick Riordan
4. And the follow up series- Heroes Of Olympus (5 books) By Rick Riordan
5. The Across The Universe Trilogy By Beth Revis 
6. The Delirium Trilogy (even thought I've only read the first one) By Lauren Oliver
7. The Darkest Minds Trilogy By Alexandra Bracken
8. The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Series By Jeff Kinney
9. Fudge Series (4 books?) By Judy Blume
10. The Beautiful Creatures Series (4 books) By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Problems Only Book Nerds Understand

1. When a character dies, and no one understands why you're crying over a "fictional" character.

2. When you have to wait a year for the sequel of a book, and to make it worse there's a sneak peek of it so the publisher can torture you.

3. You lend your favorite book to a friend, and 3 months later they still "haven't had the time" to read it.

4. Even though you have over 1,000 books, you still want need more.

5. There's a tiny scratch on your new book that only you can see and it's driving you insane.

6. When the last book in a series has a different style cover. (Ex. Shades Of Earth By Beth Revis)

7. You order a hardcover book online, and when you get it, it's a paperback.

8. When a book is damaged during shipping.

9. A book written in a male's POV is so obviously written by a woman (and vise versa)

10. You can never find a book (that's not realistic fiction) that's not in a series.

11. All of the people who understand these problems are on the internet.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Review- The Book Thief By Markus Zusak



The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

My Thoughts:


Usually, if you ask someone what this book is about, they'll say it's simply about a little girl in Germany in the time of World War II who starts stealing books. And that's true- but there's more than just that.

The Book Thief is about friendship, hard times, sacrifice, LOVE, death, and so much more.

Narrated by Death himself, it's the story of a little girl named Liesel Meminger. In the prologue Death shares the tale of what I assumed is how Liesel dies. I think this is one of the many reason this book is considered "sad', because as you grow to love Liesel, the whole time you know from information in the prologue that she's going to die. Death also talks about the 3 times he met Liesel, and gives us a little piece of what he's about to share with us. He then goes from the beginning- well, not exactly the beginning- he starts in 1939 when I believe Liesel is 9 or 10. Her mother decides to give her up for adoption, knowing that it will be better for her- maybe she'll get some more food and will have a better chance of surviving.

When she arrives at her foster family's house she quickly forms a bond with her foster father Hans. After Hans teaches Liesel how to read, she then forms a love affair with books. Sooner or later, she wants more- and her love leads her to thievery. She starts stealing books from book burnings, the mayor's wife's library- wherever she can find them.

As I said, this isn't all to the story. Liesel also forms a strange friendship with a wacky boy with the hair of lemons- Rudy. Since they're both very poor, they also start stealing together. But not books, (at least not yet) potatoes, apples, anything to get the stomachs a bit fuller. 

It's also about the Jewish fist fighter Liesel's (foster) family hides in their basement and how the little girl's influence and company helps cheer the poor Jew up. 

This book is in 3rd person- actually Death's perspective, so we do get to learn some more about the other characters like Rudy or Max, and get to see some of their inner thoughts that they do not share with The Book Thief.

Even though the storyline didn't pick up right away, I enjoyed every second of it. There was never a dull moment, something interesting or heart warming was always happening, that involved stealing or not.


The characters were the best part. Liesel, Max, Hans, Rudy, Rosa, even Death, they had such distinct personalities and if I started reading the book to you with out all the "Max said, and Liesel saids" you would still be able to figure out exactly who was speaking. 

I would usually say "Blank was my favorite" at this point in my review, but I can't do that here. All of the characters were superb, how am I supposed to choose just one?

Even the secondary characters were great. Ilsa Herman, Barbara Stiener, Frau Holtzapfel, they were all very interesting to read about as well.

There were just so many of them! I can't possibly talk about them all. Tummy Muller was.... strange, and Victor Kemmel was a jerk. 

Needless to say, when you read this book, at least one of the characters will pull you in and make you want to continue. Because there's a character for everyone here.


Overall, this book was amazing! I think a lot of people hesitate to read this book because others have told them it's incredibly sad- which it is, but just because a book is sad doesn't mean there are no happy moments in it. The Book Thief is no doubt the best book I've read this year and I can't wait to re-read it soon. After all, that's why I buy books in the first place, so I can fall in love with the story all over again. 



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Blog Tour- The Tale Of Two Centuries By Rachel Harris: Excerpt, GIveaway, and More!

Happy book birthday to The Tale Of Two Centuries By Rachel Harris! To celebrate I'm participating in a blog tour that includes an excerpt from the book and an excerpt from the book! Here it is!


Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first centuryteen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

Without stopping or even slowing his stride, he grabs a map from a vendor and flips it open. “So Lethal Xperienceis at the back of the park. We’ll hit that first and then make our way up to the front.”

He seems unaware that the length of his legs far exceeds my own. As I frantically attempt to match his stride, I must pant or wheeze because he finally looks down at me, no doubt pink-faced and wide-eyed both from the sensory overload surrounding us and my huffing at a near jog to stay beside him. He grins. “Try to keep up, Short Stuff.”

I grit my teeth with determination and somehow keep myself from muttering, Yes, Master. But the thought still makes me smile. Cat must be rubbing off.

We pass a circular ride filled with fake horses going up and down. Giggling and drooling children clap their adorable hands from their belted saddles while a spirited tune blares overhead. Just past that is a miniature roller coaster made to look like a giant, happy centipede. The child in the front seat waves to his mother as the cart dips, and his squeal of joy tails behind him. It’s too bad that not all roller coasters can be five feet tall.

Then I get a wicked idea.

Austin believes I am a child, naive and boring, and, it would seem, without any humor. This second challenge is supposed to be about fun, and nothing—not even the lead role in a prestigious play with a crowd of a thousand—will give me more joy than turning the tables on him, even if only for a moment.

Looking back at the children’s ride, I grab Austin’s elbow and say innocently, “Is this not the roller coaster you are looking for?”

He stops rather abruptly and peers at me through squinted eyes. “You know, it’s like you look normal…” He trails off and shakes his head. He points a long tan finger at the centipede ride and in a tone dripping with condescension explains, “Less, Arthropod Picnic is a kiddie ride. It’s made for pint-size ankle-biters ages three and under.”

I try my best to look disappointed. I do everything I can to contain my mounting delight. But after no more than a few brief moments, I let forth a victorious giggle.

Realization dawns on his face. “You think you’re funny, huh?”

When I nod, he chuckles. He leans back on his heels and lets his gaze travel over my body. Humor dissipates as my skin prickles to life. On Austin’s slow ascent back up, he pauses to look me in the eye and an emotion crosses his face. It’s so fleeting—gone and there in an instant—that I cannot catch it.

“So, you think you’re ready to play at the big girl table now.” The left side of his mouth kicks up in a grin. “We’ll just have to see about that.”

The apparent taunt and Austin’s added wink spur me on.

This is my chance to prove to him that I’m not the timid girl I once was. To prove to myself that I’m no longer the child of my youth but a woman ready for the future.

I sashay toward a person dressed as a shiny nugget of gold posing for pictures with children, feeling Austin watching me, his gaze on my every step like a physical touch. My legs feel wobbly under my skirt, but an energizing spark ignites in my blood. I glance over my shoulder, confirming I have his complete attention, and then with an outward shrug (and an inner dance), I reply with every ounce of confidence I can muster, “Yes. We will.”

Austin’s smile widens. The sounds and patrons of the park fade away, and it is as if we are the only two around. I don’t know what is happening…I scarcely even recognize myself in this moment. Being with Austin does that. It turns me into someone else.

And I like who I become.

I watch his slow saunter, my body poised with tension. I don’t know what is going to happen next, but I wouldn’t trade the delicious expectation for anything. Austin doesn’t stop until he is right in front of me, close enough that I have to look up to meet his demanding blue gaze, and so close that warmth fans across my face as he says in a low voice, “Careful, girl. You’re playing with fire.”

“I’ve been careful my whole life,” I tell him, surprising myself with the resentment ringing in my tone. But it’s the truth. “And you know, I think it’s about time for me to be a little…” I bite the corner of my bottom lip, searching for exactly the right word to describe the emotions and thoughts that have surfaced the last few days. When I find it, I smile and wiggle my eyebrows suggestively “Wild.”

Austin sucks in a breath. He searches my eyes and I boldly stare back, praying that he cannot see my knees shaking. Then, obviously concluding that I meant every word, he flashes his devilish grin. “I can work with that.”


Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her at


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