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Daughters of the Moon: The Talisman - Book #10
Daughters of the Moon: The Talisman - Book #10
by Lynne Ewing
Edition: Hardcover
31 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Eh., Oct. 22 2009
I'm usually very open-minded, but I thought this book was terrible. You've got a good idea, but the plot meanders back and forth endlessly and it feels rushed. The dialogue was strained and unrealistic. The writing style is hardly above 6th grade level; I know because it hasn't been long since I was in sixth grade, reading sixth grade material.

For example:
" She walked to the fence. She opened it and felt the wind on her cheeks. Her heart raced, but she thought it would work. She closed the gate and started to walk. The ground was dusty around her shoes."

Like I said before, the story had an extremely good idea, but it was ruined because the author didn't take the time to develop the plot to make it interesting and original. The characters did things that didn't make sense, and then when they were asked to explain it, they gave an answer that didn't make sense.
Look at this for example:
Partway through the book, a girl's sister, who betrayed her multiple times, suddenly comes out of the blue as the girl is making her way to a dangerous place. The sister claims that the betrayals were all a mistake, and will you please take me back? The girl actually BELIEVES her, RIGHT AWAY, with NO SUSPICION OR DOUBT. (Then, of course, the sister goes on to betray her again.)

In the end, it didn't feel..finished. Then the main character died! No doubt, the death was obviously supposed to make you feel something, but I didn't feel very sad since the author barely developed her.

I also thought the Big Bad in this story was unrealistic. I mean, a force of EXTREME EVIL, EVIL, and nothing but evil bent on taking all the good things in the world away? See what I mean by sixth-grade level?


Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception
Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception
by Wendelin Van Draanen
Edition: Hardcover
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow-It's A Kid Book That Talks About Professional Art!, Oct. 5 2009
And it's a very unique way of stumbling into a mystery-A bandit shows up at the most unsuspected place you could think of-an art gallery. (Though Van Draanen's mysteries all have a strange way of beginning). The real crime, though, is the complete opposite of what Sammy expects. Our detective girl, Sammy Keyes is funny, smart, nosy and full of attitude. I thought it was kind of amazing to find a kid's book where the characters talk about what makes good art and what makes a good artist, and people's different opinions of it. Also a very good mystery. Funny, engaging, and a whirl-through-it page-turner. I recommend it.


Wake Up to Your Dreams
Wake Up to Your Dreams
by Sandra Collier
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 5.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beginner's Guide for Dream Interpretation, Oct. 5 2009
This review is from: Wake Up to Your Dreams (Paperback)
Wake Up To Your Dreams is a perfect book for anyone who wants to begin discovering their dreams. It includes the basic information about sleep and dreams and the main "themes" people's dreams are about. It will get you started on discovering the world in your sleep, and is especially good for younger people. After this I recommend goiing deeper by purchasing a more complicated book.


Teen Dream Power: Unlock the Meaning of Your Dreams
Teen Dream Power: Unlock the Meaning of Your Dreams
by M. J. Abadie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.95
36 used & new from CDN$ 1.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Learn About Your Dreams!, Oct. 1 2009
...Discover the amazing world hidden in your sleep! This book shows you how to interpret your dreams, explains the nature of sleep, tells you what people in history have learned form your dreams, teaches you to explore you inner self and use yours dreams to enrich your life.
There is also facsinating information about things that I used to believe only existed in fantasy: Out-Of-Body Experiences (OBEs), precognitive (meaning predicting the future) dreams, telepathic dreams...it goes on and on. I would have never believed in any of it if I had not had a OBE myself after reading instructions form this book.
You could say I was imagining it. You could say it was "just a dream". It was not. I will not go into details about it, because you can buy this book and have one YOURSELF.
As you pay attention to your dreams more overtime, you will have more vivid dreams, you will remember most, if not all, of the dreams you have every night, and
Be amazed.


Artemis Fowl. Graphic Novel
Artemis Fowl. Graphic Novel
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars See It For Real, Oct. 1 2009
I read the graphic novel before I read the book, unlike most people, and I have to say the artists and adapters did a very good job turning it into pictures. Especially for a book like Artemis Fowl, which is not an easy book to turn into a graphic novel. They must have read ahead and re-read this bok over and over before deciding how to draw it out.
It's a strange format for a graphic novel, for a person used to the manga-style writing and art. Of course this is because of Eoin Colfer's strange writing style (that we all love). It includes little boxes of information that they cannot show in pictures, for example what the characters are thinking. This makes it much easier to understand the story.
But the reason I only gave this four stars is my dislike of the written book, but I have to say I really enjoyed the graphic version.
Good graphic work like this is seeing your most amazing dreams come to life.


Voracious
Voracious
by Alice B Henderson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voracious Monsters, Aug. 4 2009
This review is from: Voracious (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is good for anyone who likes scary supernatural thrillers. After Madeleine, the heroine here, gets caught in a flash flood she is rescued by a strange man. Not long after she finds out she is being hunted down by a million-year-old mtyhical creature. Watch the wild chase between them and how the hunted slowly becomes the hunter, and Madeleine rushes to find a way to stop this legendary eater. What I reall liked about this was the parts telling the legend of the monster and the stories of what it originated from and what it had done over the centuries. I also liked how Madeleine was the one who finally defeated the creature, not the other man.


Trickster's Queen
Trickster's Queen
by Tamora Pierce
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.73
65 used & new from CDN$ 1.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Trickster's Queen, Aug. 3 2009
This review is from: Trickster's Queen (Paperback)
As Tamora Pierce continues writing, she improves more and more, and Tirckster's Queen is one fo my favorite books of all time.
In this book, Alianne of Pirate's Swoop, under her cover identity of a maid, and the remains of the Balitang family return to Rajmuat, the capital of the Copper Isles. They find theirselves a huge part of the new, burning-up court life at the palace, filled with rumors and lies. Aly, a witty, brave and cunning heroine is now the spymaster of the raka rebellion against the supressing luarin that lies hidden under the noses of the court nobles.
The plot is complicated, with many twists and turns and you can see how slowly, all the events in the story, both the small and the large ones weave together to break down the old government. As all the raka of the Isles rise against the four-year-old luarin king, it becomes more and more obvious that this is the rise of the queen of the prophecy.
Tamora Pierce adds all the elements of a historical fiction set in the medieval times and a bit of fantasy, too, in the form of creatures and raka and luarin mages (wizards).


Fine Mess
Fine Mess
Price: CDN$ 17.37
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kate's Secound, Aug. 2 2009
This review is from: Fine Mess (Audio CD)
For her secound album, Kate Voegele loses some of her 'good-girl' style from her first album. This deluxe edition includes a few acoustic tracks.
Kate Voegele is different from the artists we see today. Her music makes you think, Well, this sounds like a girl who's been writing music in her bedroom most of her life.
For this album her song structure aims a little more to mainstream, but her lyrics are always original and creative, different from the music we see on the top charts.
Kate Voegele is extremely talented singer/songwriter. She has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard and her music is authentic; you can tell it has not been messed with on a computer. Kate writes, composes, sings, and plays almost all her music, except from a little help on writing for a few of them.
I wouldn't recommend this to everyone; it is best for lifting a girl's spirit up.
What struck me most about her songs is that her music sounds so REAL compared to the polished, perfect top-ten songs I hear these days.
Overall, an excellent playlist by a talented girl.


Between Golden Jaws
Between Golden Jaws
by Tiffany Trent
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Think It Is!, Aug. 2 2009
This review is from: Between Golden Jaws (Paperback)
I loved this book. This is the third installment in the Hallowmere series, and as it progresses the books get better and better. Tiffany Trent's writing is extremely rich and descriptive. There is a dark, creepy edge to it, and it has a great period feel that makes the 1800s come alive. The fairy folklore and myth is the rich and complex type that you would think they were real. As for Corrine's choice, she does something completely unexpected. And at the end, something happens that opens the door for a hundred new possibilities. The end is not an end; it's more of a huge beginning.


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