Book Review: A Touch of Mistletoe

Book Title: A Touch of Mistletoe
Editor: Megan Derr

“It turned out M.C. didn’t really do Christmas the way An-An’s family did, with presents and cookies. Instead, there was a lot more mayhem and death.”
From Ad Meliora in A Touch of Mistletoe edited by Megan Derr
Final Verdict: A great collection of winter holiday themed stories that make for a fun way to take a break no matter the time of year.

For the full review, click the name of the book.

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Book Review: Dangerous Dreams

Book Title: Dangerous Dream
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The rest of us had to make our own destiny.
Lena and I knew that better than anyone. Ridley and Link, they still had to learn it the hard way.
I guess that’s sort of where this whole story begins.
Ethan from Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Final Verdict: Not bad, but not nearly enough to tempt me back to this series.

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Book Review: With Pride

Book Title: With Pride
Author: Megan Derr

“Always he was second or third choice. Just once he wanted to be someone’s first choice. He wanted to be offered, accepted, with pride. Not from obligation or with resignation. He wanted to be a preference, not simply the least disappointing of limited options.”
Kristof from With Pride by Megan Derr

Final Verdict: A great quick read, with an amazing new world, characters that will engage you, and a romance you can root for.

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Book Review: City of Bones Discussion

Hello Sweeties,

So you know, Frances and I went and saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie recently. Afterwards, when we were discussing what we thought of the movie we kept coming back to some of the things from the book that had not been said in our review. Namely we discussed one of the major plot points/twists that happens near the end of the book. Since we decided to start adding secret content to the site, places where we discus the whole plot of things including spoilers, we knew we had to do one for this book. Normally we have very similar opinions on books and movies, however, we did have different opinions about this major plot point. So if you are curious about our thoughts, and have either read the book already or are ok with spoilers click through here to see this hidden post. There is also a link on the book review page.

Until next time,

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Movie Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harold Zwart

Notable Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemim West, Robert Sheehan, Jonathon Rhys Meyers

“You have an incredible gift and we need you…I need you” Jace Wayland in City of Bones

Final Verdict: Unless you want to turn watching the movie into a drinking game, or just like making fun of bad movies, avoid this movie, especially if you want to read the book series without spoilers!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**

Book Review: Beautiful Chaos

Book Title: Beautiful Chaos
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Mortal world is in a state of beautiful chaos and destruction, which will lead to an exquisite end.
Sarafine in Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Final Verdict: The best in the series, with a more coherent plot and less mopey teenagers. The trick is making it to this book.

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Book Review: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book One

Book Title: Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book One
Author: Jeff Gunhus

If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your house, looking for a way in.
Jack Templar: Monster Hunter- Book 1 by Jeff Gunhus

Final Verdict: An interesting book for a young reluctant reader, but for the more avid reader there are better books out there.

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Book Review: Demonic Dora (The Demon Diaries #1)

Book Title: Demonic Dora (scroll down to reach Frances’ addition)
Author: Claire Chilton

“‘Did you know Larry could fart fire? It’s fuckin’ epic!’ she gestured to the skinny soul sitting across from her who demonstrated by shooting a blast of fire out of his backside.” Dora, Demonic Dora: The Demon Diaries by Claire Chilton

Final Verdict: Original, humorous and refreshing to read! Bring on book two in the Demonic Dora series!

For the full review, click the book title and scroll down to reach Frances’ addition.

Book Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Book Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare

The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.
Jace Wayland, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Final Verdict: An imaginative plot with twists and turns that keep the reader on his/her toes. Not without faults, but I would definitely recommend to those who are a fan of young adult fantasy fiction.

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Movie Review: Constantine

Movie Title: Constantine
Director: Francis Lawrence
Notable Stars:  Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare

God’s a kid with an ant farm, lady. He’s not planning anything.” John Constantine in Constantine

Final Verdict: If you are a fan of movies where the main character kicks some demon butt, check this movie out!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.