BOOKSHOTS: BOOKS I HAVE MISSED

I grew up in a world of Fancy Nancy and Skippy Jon Jones, you know, the classics. Maybe a scattered Dr.Seuss, but to be honest I could never fully enjoy those stories like most people.

Anyway, I was also one of those annoyingly advanced kids who learned to read in 1st grade, and became a speed reader within a few months, so I would plow through every Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House out there, and had moved onto The Baby Sitters Club in Third grade (I still have a decent portion of the books), and eventually Sweet Valley High, but somehow, along the way, I missed one of the greatest books out there, and under-rated the other.

So today, we’re going to be reviewing two children’s book (a possible nod to me getting closer to trying to publish my Children’s book?), both with a princess theme.

And first up to the batting ring we have…

Beth Moore’s “My Child, My Princess”.

Now perhaps, I might be a bit biased on this book, just because it was the only book I let my mom read to me once I actually learned how to read, and I genuinely enjoy the story line behind it, but how exactly does it hold up, six years after I last read it (and twelve years after I first read it).

So the story starts following our young Princess, who was commanded to clean her room by her dad-the king. Of course, because she’s a princess, and there is no way in the land of SUGAR COOKIES this girl is going to clean her room; she does the most logical thing- She Runs Away. Unlike every single one of us who has actually tried to run away (but actually just goes to our parents closet or the bathroom), she actually runs away-dressed up as a peasant-she goes to live like them. She get’s along fairly well, however, things get bad, and she watches as people taunts the King-her father, the only one who can recognize her. She feels horrible, and returns, promising to never again hurt him, and he basically calls her bluff, but tells her that it doesn’t matter, because his love for her will never end.

So what are my thoughts on this story?

Well, I will always love this story, for what it is, the parable, and the memories behind it. However, I did find a few flaws. I always thought that the book was long, whenever I, or somebody else read it, but in retrospect, when I picked it up just recently, the book didn’t feel nearly as long-and I quickly realized that it was the way that it was written (in loose “old English”, if you will), which made it a bit harder for younger me to understand. Not to mention, the placement of some of the words had current me re-reading to check and make sure I wasn’t going crazy.

So in conclusion, despite the slight confusion in the writing, I would still give this book four-out-of-five ginchies, especially if that was really the only flaw. Who do I suggest reading this (to)? Most likely someone ages Five and Up, considering I don’t think a three year old would have the ability to enjoy it as much. I do think that even adults should read it, because it transports you to a completely different time, with a sweet story/parable with this, that would genuinely make someone feel good.

MOVING ON.

To a story I was not so lucky to have around when I was a kid, but would have totally loved-Just Princesses, by Crystal Velasquez.

So interestingly enough, I found this book shoved under one of the desks at moms book and found myself absorbed in it almost instantly. Which is weird, because I feel like the intended age group for this was actually 6-12, and also, I’ve enjoyed a few comic books in my life, however I’ve always been more drawn to people “drawing” with words (if you will).

So, for the summary?

Princess Katrina’s -one of our main squeezes- father has remarried an “evil” step mother (only Princess Katrina isn’t the type to be negative-kudos to the author for writing a positive princess who didn’t whine about life), who was actually a witch (but who could tell, she seemed like a wholesome family friendly lady), and had a moody daughter, who just didn’t really like anybody or anything. (A genuinely relatable character).

So the evil witch-step-mom has decided that kids should be old, and she should have youth, only, things don’t work out to plan, as she ends up…

BECOMINGANOLDHAGANDMAKINGALLTHEADULTSDISAPPEAR.

So this means that the two step-sisters (you know, moody daughter and Princess Katrina. I have the book, and could easily give you names, but then you wouldn’t fill compelled to read it as much), along with their gaggle of friends and animals (THE BEST PARTS) set out for a way to get the adults back, and turn the ha – step mother, normal again. This instills them on a journey that shows the independence, and the importance of making decisions.

Now usually, I’d try to describe the story more, but we’re about to go off on a tangent, and say this book’s take on Feminism, is something just about anyone could get behind

How?

Because the story had it’s Prince charming, but the characters themselves acknowledged that they didn’t actually need him, or his “masculinity”. Not to mention, the Prince himself had problems, so the Princesses weren’t the only ones whining about problems. I think the biggest enjoyable moment of this for me, wasn’t just the show of feminism in an enjoyable, clear-but-tasteful entrance, but the logical thought process of the characters themselves. They were relatable, and that is something that is very hard to find in fairy tale stories.

Just Princesses, written by Crystal Velasquez, is the one book that I would suggest that everyone read this book at least once. A fun childrens story, with a strong character set up and background. Usually I would list my flaws, however, I genuinely struggle to find some, perhaps because it was a story I enjoyed so much. I have read reviews online, where people find the open-ending frustrating, and few other concepts annoying, however the comedy aspect is what is really enjoyable. As I’ve stated (numerous) times before, it’s very hard to write characters that are relatable, not to mention adding strong characters with flaws, that don’t come off as painful illusions.

I would also like to give this book, Five out of Five ginchies, for the make-up, and concise storyline of the book (AND, since I haven’t mentioned this, the fourth wall breaking).

Before we move on to the ending, I want to quickly apologize for the sloppy review of Just Princesses, I am EXHAUSTED, and sick. I however really enjoyed these books, and was eager to suggest both to you all. I hope to eventually come back and revise this book review, but as for now, this “dying” (I’ve been a whiny one this week), teen is getting ready for bed.

Have you read these books? Did you enjoy them?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Book Shots: CopyCat

Remember the simple days, when we could fan girl in the safety of our own lives, and didn’t have to worry about psycho killers?
I don’t, not after reading Copycat, which, might I say has emotionally messed me up, and in some forms, made me weary to make any more blog posts.
But here I am, your loyal and faithful blogger, willing to sacrifice everything for you.
Feel honored.
I feel honored, actually, because I get to give something at the front of this review that I’ve never given before:
SPOILER WARNING.
That’s right, a book that yours truly, genuinely found surprising.
Now interestingly enough, I’m the type of person that’s a quick-witt, but a slow brain (surprised?), so this book really blew my mind.
Just when I thought I knew who the psycho was, the end of the book threw me through a loop.
The story follows our main character, Addie, and her adoration for the ever-popular, Gap Lake Mystery series, written by R.J Rossen (mind you the book itself, CopyCat, was written by Jane Hannah, who I give ten thumbs up for this story). Outside of her fictional world, Addie has a best friend, Maya, Colton, a quirky friend, and a dad who may or may not have been a loaded big-deal business man getting away with a crime. (I’ll leave you to read up on her dad). Not to mention a job, and a Lousia (we all need a Lousia, get’s rat poisoned, and still comes back to work-BOMB lady).
It seems life can be a little boring (I mean, you know, boring in terms of the world compared to Gap Lake), that is until the popular girl is killed, and she is the one to discover the body.
I’m going to skip a few parts, but to give you an idea of what happens toward the end:
In the original book, it’s made to seem like the boyfriend is the killer, even though he isn’t…
That being said, I’m actually really impressed with this book. I’d like to say I was impressed from the start, however I did find the beginning a little slow.
Once I got half-way through, I forgot that I was reading, and became absorbed in the story line, and trying to guess who was the perpetrator.
HOWEVER, as I mentioned before it took me a bit to get into the book (however that might be on me because I was in a mood when I first started reading it), and while everybody had sound characters, I didn’t feel particularly connected with our main girl, Addie, the story was great in mentioning how she felt, but I feel as if there was a lack of character building, like something was missing.
Would I still recommend this book? Hex Yes.
It’s the first decent book I’ve read in about a year (let’s acknowledge my poor start of last year’s book shots), and I’m actually really interested in reading more of the authors books.
Who would I say the target recommendation is for? Anybody age ranging 14+, who’s looking for a good physiological thriller. 14+ because the book does have swearing(A decent sprinkling of the “f-bomb”). It’s the type of book that you probably shouldn’t read at night before bed, but if your like me, and addicted to something that makes you uncomfortable (in a good way), loopy, then I’d say pop this bad boy out before read, and get your creeps on.
Total Rating: Eight of Ten Ginchies.
Have you read Copy Cat? Would you read Copy Cat? Do you have any book review suggestions? I’d love to hear!
Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!
HaziWords

Book Shots: Grasping At Eternity

Can we just acknowledge how I somehow managed to read THREE books this year. Wow.

I’ve never been more disappointed in myself.

But jumping back into it, I thought I’d review an old familiar of mine- Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper.

And as I’ve always felt toward the three times I’ve read the book, I felt the train wreck comming in the first page.

The story starts off with our MAIN Main character, Maryah, who has just had an uncomfortable run in with her parents, basically about her being “average”.

Oh my gosh, you don’t have good lucky or a big chest, woah-es me.

Sounds like every book? The complaints are.

But you know what, I’ll give it to the author, girls are pretty sensitive, and being told that you’re not exactly like your attractive smart brother would hurt (I should know), and if your parents say it, I’m so sorry (Can’t relate, my mother does everything but slap me when I make a remark comparing myself to others).

So she’s pouting in her boat, has her brother come up and try to console her, she feels a little better, and things will be perfect, she’ll eat snikerdoodles and listen to old classics, and her dad will apologise.

Except they won’t be perfect, because then a bit of a freak accident happens, and long story short, she ends up with a broke leg and a piece of wood shoved in her abdomen.

Due to the accident, her parents and brother (who’s her twin, by the way), passed away, leaving her an orphaned kid, who was either to live with her aunt and uncle, or her God parents that she’s never…actually met.

But she did meet them, because during the book, the twist is introduced, which you pick up between our kinda-annoying MAIN MC, and very annoying, MC dude, who is actually a total rotten Snicker doodle himself, and is whiny, and completely stuck on living for this girl and being weird about it, while she’s clueless,(but not really). I’m not going to lie, the Main Characters, they were total crap, like I get them, but also, the idea that they’ve spent centuries together, and never really had a break, would clearly acknowledge that they both needed a break.

And once again, the dude, the MC, Nathaniel is really whiny, for a dude, and acts nothing like a guy who’s seen some shingles, and rather a guy who’s playing the “nice guys finish last”.

That being said, the side cast was bomb, they were well structured, and had a less whiny attitude then the MC’s did. They had quarks, and gave me major Fast and Furious “Family” vibes.

The storyline that is important, but not, but also yeah kinda, important, is there, but not completely there, since the storyline is very

“I hate you, but I love you, and God help my ragging teenage hormones even though I’ve been around for CENTURIES.” (Yes, centuries, go read the book, I’m not giving spoilers).

In conclusion, you’re probably wondering why I read the same book three times-and the answer is simple.

The side cast is the main cast, and I love them.

Also I might be a massocist.

When it comes to suggesting the story, in general, would I?

No. But for my romance readers, and those who do enjoy their sides over the main course, yes. For my younger ones, or those who aren’t into completely Sexual references, probably not.

It’s not a lemon, thank the good Lord (I wouldn’t have read it), but it’s too edgy to be fluff, so basically, my current standing as a teenager.

For age, maybe someone who was fifteen, when I first read the book, or older, I’d say this book should be something you should check out, at the very least because the author loved her characters, you can tell, and that’s admirable.

For total rating, I’d give it two out of five ginchies, just because of the over-fluff, and the characters being very, very annoying.

I want to hear from you guys! Have you read this book? What did you think? How would you rate it? Are there any more books you want me to review?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story it is!

HaziWords

Book Shots: Vintage Veronica (Resolution Book 2/100)

Book Shots: Vintage Veronica (Book 2/100)
Hey guys, today I give you another ginchtastic bookshot…
Vintage Veronica
—–*Begins sorting out emotions toward this book, feeling slightly frustrated*)——
Vintage Veronica, written by Erica S. Perl, is the fifteen-near-sixteen-year-old girl, Veronica. The story follows her, her terrible choice in friends, her romance with an unexpected boy, a wacked boss-kinda-guy, her extremely healthy mom, vintage things…and well…Lizards.
I’d have to say, this book’s begining was slow and painful. I almost immedietly disliked it for a multitude of reasons: The MC’s personality, the stereo-typical fat girl (the MC), and the slow pulse the story had throughout. Admittedly, I didn’t really want to finish this story, but
A)Bookworms are to never put down a book, no matter how terrible it is. They must wade it out, and be certain they dislike this book.
B) I really wanted to add another book to my completed list. (Seriously, thank God for Renegades, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and a few other choice books).
That being said, Vintage Veronica was a unique-ish story about a girl who loves-all-things-vintage.
However, I’m going to adress something that bugged me throughout the book.
The Fat Girl stereotype. You know, completely down on themselves, they have that female role model obsessed with weight loss, nieveness, and well, Cynical.
I can promise you, I have read several books that right the characters cynical towards weight loss, or thinner ladies.
Which was kind of akin to this story.
Veronica was too shy (until the end, you know, the hero’s journey), a little obessive about her weight-it showed up in the story ALL the time (like, I get it, I get a little flippant about my weight, however, I can promise you I don’t just concern myself about food, weight, and making friends), and honestly, flat out cynical. Her personality was harsh, and while it was part of the story, confusing. She was judging a dorky kid, while she was dorky.
Also, Veronica didn’t have frequent friends due to her weight-another slightly strange thing, because honestly, I’m not entirely sure how one effects the other-you’re always going to find somone. While I’m aware this made the story, can we please stop making all these “diverse” characters the flippin’ same? Like, I’m sorry, but Plus sized girls in stories are always
1. Self Concious
2. Party Girls (hit-or-miss, but common)
3.Nieve
4. Disdainful toward thin-people.
Why?
I’m not just saying that toward Plus sized girls, I could also ask why we always make Chinese Girls smart, or other annoying book-stereotypes, like Colored people comming from the getos, or having poor language, Red Heads are either fiery, or shy. Writers are shy, it’s all so…the stinkin’ same!
Sorry about that little rant right there, just couldn’t help it with that rant.
That being said, I did enjoy the Reptiles, and the Nail (hey, I’m not giving away spoilers).
Also Bill.
Anyways, time for a Sypnosis.
Veronica Walsh has always struggled with friends, but never with vintage fashion. Her dad practically raised her in Flea Markets, finding hidden gems. However, she wasn’t expecting to find a hidden gem in the guy she had always considered…awkward, and not exactly in a nice way. She even gave him a nickname, the Nail. Unfortunately, her nickname was small compared to the nickname that her “friends” gave him. While these “freinds” were pretty rude to him, and wanted to bust him for ludacriousness, using Veronica as their lead protagnoist, they ended up with a double agent.
Yup, usually friendless Veronica had made friends, and romance. The question is, when despition is actually what hits the fan, will it last?
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Honestly, I was hoping for a fresh new book (Even though it’s from 2007), that had a unique take on life. Unfortunately, both mean girl and MC were pretty main stream, and not developed in a way I’m comfortable with. The book was like a flatlining heart monitor until halfway through, when things begin to pick up the pace, and then they move in what feels like the author felt rushed through (you know, hit a writers block, really didn’t want to deal with it) this. I’m giving it two stars because the Nail, Bill, and the Reptiles. The wording didn’t pop out in ways that was unique, the story was dull, and focused around how Veronica didn’t have friends, mainly because of her weight (not that her personality didn’t need work, you know, typical teenager). I did giggle at a small part with the reptiles, though honestly, the way the Nail reacted with them reminded me of how I reacted with my Guinea Pigs.
That being said…
Well…
I don’t disdain the author like I (for some reason that I can’t comprehend) disdain Scott Westerfield.
Suggested for: People who are in need of a brain-numbing book after a stressful day, people who like reptiles, corky bosses, or a unique read.
Age Group: 13+, Again, excessive swearing, drug referances, some more maturish-teen themes, and really, just not meant for little kids.
So that’s all I have for you all today, what’d you think?
Have you read Vintage Veronica? What were your thoughts? I apologize for the rants and tangents.
Also note that I will never say a writter is terrible expect Scott Westerfields writing. I kid you not, for two years I have held some strange vandeta against him, despite trying his books
AfterWorlds, and the Uglies.
I know, I know, he has great use of adjective, and his diversity is unreal in his books, but for some odd reason, I can’t stand the books he writes. I still have no clue where this comes from. Even Freud would be confused (no offense Froyd fans, but I’ve read some of his theories, I think Freud was a little confused in general).
Stay Ginchy!
HaziWords

Book Shots: This is where it ends: Resolution book 1/100

Book Shots: This is where it ends Book 1/100 book Resolution
Hey Guys! Haziwords here, bringing you your dailys forecast of Haziness, with chance of Books.
—I honestly think I’m going to need therapy after reading this book.——-
So I’ve completed book one of my resolution (almost done with the second one, I need to read eight-ish books a month for the next twelve months), and I’d have to say…
It was interesting.
Written by Mariele Nijkamp, this is where it ends in an emotional, riveting book that spirals through for different povs of the victims of a school shooting. Each one with different view points, each some how connected to the shooter, and each other.
It killed me.
I legitamately could not sleep until five the following morning when I first started reading it.
The book was unique, following in the view point of Autumn, Sylv, Tomas, and Claire, all seniors at Oppurtunity High. Honestly, I can’t give a major sypnosis on this, because I feel as though the whole view point of the story focused more around the Characters past, rather than the actual shooter/ event going on. I admit the book used strong discriptions, and the characters were well-developed, and I commend the author of taking such a trying task of writing about such a controversial topic. However, I felt like the story, as mentioned before, focused more on the character’s past, rather than the goings on. I also was pretty much sobbing at the loss of my favorite character, who was one of the point of views. The book was slow in points, and really honesty started climatically, so it was anti climatic all the way through (not exactly how I enjoy things, honestly).
So really, for the first book for me to finish for the first of the year, I wasn’t exactly impressed. Maybe it was because I struggled with the loss of a book character (though what was I expecting, butterflys to fall from the school ceiling?), or just how tense it seemed throughout the book. I’m positive it was just because this wasn’t exactly my type of book, considering the dialoug wasn’t impressive.
Suggested for: Those of you who like to dine with murderers, who strive for emotional writing, rather than dialoug, and physical mixed in, and who really want to grasp the goings-on in these sorts of situations.
Age group: 13+ For swearing, controversial topics, mature themes (way beyond drinking), and the fact a GOOD CHARACTER died.
Seriously.
How could you do this too me?
They were my favorite!
AND HE DIED.
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.
I’ll have an acceptance meal with a side of fries.
Rating: 3/5-I’m serious, the description was killer, the Character Development was strong, and kuds to the writer for catching the emotion of things. However, as stated, a little to ‘in the past’ for my taste, the death of a character, and the use of my least favorite f word (a common word where I occasionally volunteer at, so understand my disdain people), and the fact the author is a dream crusher of another character.
So that’s all I have for you today, be on the look out for eight more book shots this month-and many more to come. Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? What books do you suggest I read this year? What books are you reading?
Stay Ginchy!
HaziWords

SUGAR COOKIES-I MEAN FOOD FOR THE SOUL-I MEAN ANOTHER BOOK SHOT

Hey guys, HaziWords here bringing you your daily forecast of a scattered, but Hazi, chance of Book Reviews, and Geekyness.

Thats right, it’s time to review another favorite book of mine. The book is written by Holy Smale, and it’s CALLED….

Geek Girl.

It had class.

It has sass.

It has Sugar Cookies.

I mean a really old Tortois.

I MEAN HARRIET MANNERS.

GOSH WHAT IS WRONG WITH SPELL CHECK?!

But really, Geek Girl includes all of those.

Including a Lion Boy.

And a really creepy stalker.

OH HONESTLY, IT’S ANOTHER BOOK THAT PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE WOULD ENJOY.

Except it’s more…PG-13 than the First book review I did.

……..

Let’s just get into the sypnosis.

  Harriet Manners is a geek. Theirs no doubt about it.

The Oxford Dictionary says it, her satchel says it…in a fait way, but it says geek none-the-less.

If she’s honest, she’s certainetly not what you might call cool-beans.

Especially considering her stalker is the only other geek she knows, that has managed to vomit on her twice.

Clearly, though, despite the alleged geekyness, a model agency seems to have other ideas.

Specifically, Wilbur (not William, mind you). His offer is nearly unresistable for Harriet. Finally, a way out of being the world most hated person. She could finally be cool…popular…she could finally have a metamorphosis that she’s read butterflies have.

Now if only she could figure out why she was chosen, sort out an angry stepmother and best friend, and try to act chill around Lion boy, whole hiding under furniture and smelling hands (don’t ask-read).

Join Harrier Manners as she takes over the Fashion World…or at least finds something better to wear, rather than an insect costume.

    All in all, I give this book a ten out of five stars. While the writing and characters were amazing-I admit I yearned for a bit more hiding under table action.

JUST KIDDING.

The whole thing was amazing, and really captivated me from start to finish.

 That’s all I have for tonight, folks, so make sure you stay ginchy!

  Snickers and Hashbrowns,

        HaziWords

Book Shots; More painful than Bullets (2)

HOWDY FRIENDS, Hazi Words here, bringing you your daily forecast of Hazi…with a chance of Book Reviews.

—–First off, let me be clear, I did not, for any reason read what this book was about. I picked it up on my way to check out at the library, for some unknown reason, honestly.——-

     Today’s book shot pans in on Sarah Dessen’s book, Once and For All, written for young adults  (So what exactly classifies a young adult? A teenager? A kinda-adultish but not really person? Do we even know if it has an exact meaning? Is it a term no one knows where it came from, where it will go, or whether or not it knows Cotton Eyed Joe?) who love weddings, DOGS, boys that remind them of their brother (never sitting still, always fiddiling with the car instruments, i.e, seat belts, radio WINDOWS), food trucks, and-POOLS AGAIN? WHAT IS IT WITH BOOKS AND PEOPLE FALLING IN POOLS? (Though, it’s probably less dangerous than falling in a pit of lava, which I have done several times to my story characters). 

Honestly, I kinda liked this book-minus the fact the main character BARELY SMILED. I mean, come on, can someone write a teenaged book, where the main characer is a girl, and she’s always trying to be positive, despite a really cruddy past? And if their is one, direct me too it. Please?

Anyways, sypnosis time:

    For a wedding planners daughter, Louna Barrett sure has been through alot. From a wayward father, to finding weird things left at weddings, to have a strange past about her boyfriend, she sure seems quiet the scared person. 

Freshly out of High School, working with a freshly hired idiot, Ambrose Little, she makes a bet with him. She can play the field, and he can stay at one place. Of course, mix that in with some painful memories of her past, and a dog, and you have a recipe for…confusion.

  So who is this book suggested for?

People who love romance, one super awesome wedding-planning duo, a little mischievousness on one totally loveable guy, and a dog.

I mean, you know, this is probably my worst post, as I’m about ready to zonk out, due to the not-really-sleep over the past few days. 

But seriously, what do I give this book for a rating? 3 out of 5 stars. While the book was thoroughly entertaining, the dialogue was weak in spots, and while there is some strong language (a warning), it was very enjoyable. My personal favorite is actually, William, rather than the dog. 

Apples and Oranges,

          HaziWords