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Book Review: Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli


This is my first Jerry Spinelli book and it was a cute, pleasant surprise. Hokey Pokey is a place where there are no adults. But just because there are no adults doesn’t mean the place is ran in chaos; there are rules . . . simple rules like watch out for the huge sock pile it smells gross (lol). But things change for Jack, one of the bigger kids, when his bike is stolen . . . by a girl he hates. Everything is different for him at that point. His friends aren’t the same, he isn’t the same and most importantly, his feelings towards the most hated girl aren’t the same either.

This book is cute because Spinelli was able to make a book, for children or preteens into a book that is very much for an adult.  Getting your bike stolen or anything stolen for that matter is a life changer and Spinelli did a great job with the characters.

The book did dull down for a bit but it wasn’t hard to push through; all books have a slow moment in which you need to see the torture the main character or supporting characters are really going through. The ending was amazing. Not a single flaw in it. It was an aha! moment and it will have you smiling , thinking of your childhood. Wonderful fast read.

This books get a 10 out 0f 10. Spinelli did a great job with transitions and not leaving a single stone unturned.

Book Review: Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake


If you remember my post about the first book then you would know that I was completely in love with the first book. However, the second book was more of a like then love situation.

Still hunting ghosts, Cas Lowood, is missing Anna dressed in blood; only months before she opened the door to hell and saved his life. He should move on right? Not at all, although he is trying with the help of his friends, Cas can’t move on from his first love mainly because he is having nightmares of Anna being tortured in hell; Unable to ignore these dreams and images, Cas takes a trip down past demons in order to save Anna’s life.

In the first book, Cas makes friends with Thomas and Carmel. Thomas and Carmel start dating and Cas is the third wheel, which is fine. What bothered me about these friendships is Carmel. I. COULD. NOT. STAND. HER. She forced herself to be there because she was nosy and her being the most popular girl in school she had to know what was going on. She cheated on Thomas. She wanted everything to be catered to her. For instance, Cas was had to kill a ghost and it was more gruesome than before. Carmel was scared and didn’t want to see the mess. Cas was like well this is my job you don’t have to be here. He was getting tired of her crap towards the end of the novel as well.

Also the book stalled . . .  and it was very noticeable. I under stand why Blake did it and I honestly don’t know if I would do it differently, but even with that said the book still lost points.

Was it as great as number 1? No. Was it good? Yes.

The book gets 7 out of 10.

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Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


Although it seems like a typical boy meets girl story, there was nothing typical about it. Cas Lowood , with the thought of revenge for his father’s death pushing him , he moves from city to city, state to state, country to country to kill ghost/dead people; Of course, with the help of his mom and a ghost detecting cat.

On this particular “trip” Lowood, has to kill Anna dressed in blood; a local legend in which a ghost kills everyone who enters her house. However, the twist to this is she spared his life. Anna is not like any other ghost Lowood has met. Not only did she spare his life, which is completely abnormal but she is still wearing the dress she died in.

Honestly, I couldn’t have found a better book to read. The author did an amazing job with details. Lowood’s mother is a witch, so in various parts of the books she describes smells, more than just using the terms rosemary or lavender. She does her best to make sure the author knows that this is what the mother does. She creates herbs, and scents for protection. I also believe she did a good job of keeping Lowood very realistic. He is a 17 year old boy and although she doesn’t put in the book he thinks about girls and drinking and partying, she makes references to his struggle of trying to make his mom happy and doing his job (of killing ghosts).

The pace of the story was steady. It didn’t move too fast in which you didn’t think you missed something and also the “action” scenes gave you no question to what happened. It shocked and moved you, which is exactly what it should do.

As in every story, in which a boy meets a girl, there is love and who the love in between was probably the craziest part of the story. I loved it; it was perfect. This book had the perfect amount of love, horror, freak-out and sadness.

The book gets a nice 10 out of 10. There is a second book and so look out for that review!

Book Review: The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire



Before starting let me explain this to anyone who is even slightly intrigued by the title of this book . . . . .  not only is it an adult book, as in adult themes it is also long as hell. However, it was worth the time; kind of sort of.

Violet Lee is 17 years old and what was she doing outside by herself at 1 a.m. in a mini skirt. I really couldn’t tell you. I mean the book explains why but still WHY WERE YOU OUT THERE! Anyway, because she is out there she sees something she is not supposed to see, she is pushed into a world of vampires (of course) riches beyond her dreams and Kaspar, the dangerous, sexy and forbidden vampire.

I loved this book. Although it was long for what seemed like no reason, the author was able to keep me going. Yes, there was some pauses made during this reading because Violet was getting annoying and yes, there was a lot of running around. But that didn’t take away from the book. Violet does a lot of back and forth, which is fine but she literally did it through the entire book. She wasn’t a strong character either. Not once in the book did she really need to take a stand, which had me disappointed. She was feisty and liked to talk back but that doesn’t mean she was strong nor taking a stand. She lacked respect as well.

Another thing I didn’t like in this book [a bit of a spoiler] was how everyone flip flopped their opinions of her. If she did something wrong she was the most hated but when they all find out who she is and supposed to be there was no credit given to her.

On a lighter note, what I loved about this book was Kaspar was a vampire. Not like the “I’m not a monster, I hide who I am vampire” but the “I suck the blood of humans and sometimes kill them” vampire. He was accept me the way I am or don’t accept me at all. I loved that.

I also loved the fact that Violet wasn’t innocent, sexually speaking that is. The book didn’t show a monster, an evil being taking the innocence of a woman. It showed a woman, although 17, making a choice and not falling into seduction. I thought that was honest and it had more of a modern spin to it. Because like it or not there are teenagers out there having sex.

Finally, what made this book a winner for me was the honesty. If there wasn’t vampires in this book or if it wasn’t titled “Dinner with a Vampire” I can picture this being a story about powerful humans. It wasn’t completely supernatural. It made a lot of sense as odd as that sounds.

Over all I give this book 9 out of 10. I thought, although it was long, it was detailed enough for those to understand, it was honest, and it was sexy.



Review: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz


This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

Probably the most honest book I have read in a long time. A collection of short stories, Diaz goes through the emotional roller coaster about love, heartbreak and most importantly cheaters and cheating. The biggest and reoccurring story in this book is about a boy growing into a man named Yunior and love and loses.

He was a bit annoying to me because he was really doing it to himself. What I love about the book is the honestly. I was surprised by it; it really through me for a loop and I had to pause. The first short story kicked me in the chest because it really hit close to home as if he (Diaz) knew my story. Although it was in a male perspective it was deep.

The book did stale a bit. I got bored with the story and Yunior. He was getting annoying because all he did was complain; never did anything different.
Over all the book gets a 8 out 10. I thought it was great and would recommend everyone; men and women to read it.