Posted in Book Reviews, Novels

REVIEW: The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver

91rkjthD2IL

*No Major Spoilers*

Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and Diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them.

But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”?

One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters.

With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).

~

First off, I’d like to say, if you are a fan of the monsters and creatures in the Harry Potter universe, this theme gets expanded tenfold. Even though most monsters are only mentioned in passing, I feel this monster-filled world is just as fleshed out as in Harry Potter.

To imagine our world is filled with creatures that are only featured in mythology and fairy tales reminds me of the Pokemon video games, just without the animal abuse. The world feels so strange and alien since Cordelia was sheltered growing up in a house full of monsters.

One small nitpick I had early on was the similarities between the father and daughter’s names. I had to go back and reread sections because I got the two mixed up. Although to make up for it, I’m impressed at how the author gets us to bond with Cordelia and Cornelius and makes the disappearance more impactful without wasting our time.

As Cordelia’s search for her father and the monsters continues, I love all of the hijinx and misadventures the characters get into. In one case, Cordelia finds herself at a traveling circus that boasts a freak show of monsters. For Cordelia to think this circus as her monsters almost instantly, shows how young and somewhat immature she is.

I love the ending of this story, it wrapped everything up all nice and neat. Everyone learned from the struggles faced on the adventures shows through. Even Cornelius learns from his mistakes and moves on from the loss of his wife. So if you’re looking for a novel with a happy ending, you’ll find it here.

Although I know this is a children’s chapter book, I feel the issues discussed are appropriate for all ages. Friendship, racism, and growing up in a world that looks down upon the “lesser than”. Big issues discussed in appropriate ways.

I would recommend this for lovers of fantasy, monsters, and a coming of age story that’s worth the read. The Monsters of Cedar Street is a fun read for readers of all ages.

~

If you would like to support me CLICK HERE to become a member and receive exclusive blog posts only members will get to read!

Posted in Discussions, Personal Blogs

DISCUSSION: Christmas is Upon Us

christmas scrabbles bokeh photography
Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com

Thanksgiving is over, and Christmas is less than a month away. With the upcoming holiday and New Year, I’d like to reflect on this year and plan for the upcoming months.

I started this blog in January of this year. I felt like it’d be a fun side project to distract me from reality. It was a rough start, still kneading out the bumps, but more or less I have a rhythm going.

Hopefully, I’ll be still keeping this blog going for days to come. I enjoy being able to share my thoughts about the books I have read. Even the off topics discussions are fun too!

My plans so far for the next year is going through my “to be read” list. I have crates of books that I’ve purchased and I’d like to try and make a dent on that massive list.

I would also like to review books that I’ve read in the past. I like the Harry Potter series, but the later books are long and massive. I’ve read so many it’d be difficult to pick which ones I’d reread.

So those are my thoughts and ideas at this point in time. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday/Christmas/whatever holiday you celebrate! Thanks for reading my blog!

Posted in Book Reviews, Novels

REVIEW: The Hiss-tory of Magic (Wonder Cats Mystery #1) by Harper Lin

25739009

*No Major Spoilers*

Cath Greenstone, her cousin Bea, and her hippie aunt Astrid live in Wonder Falls, a small town near the mystical Niagara Falls. They run the Brew-Ha-Ha café, and naturally, they’re witches hiding in plain sight along with their three magical cats, Treacle, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow.

When Brew-Ha-Ha’s baker is burnt to a crisp, along with their beloved café, Aunt Astrid lets out a big family secret: a powerful spell book, a Greenstone heirloom from the Salem days, has been stolen from its secret hiding spot in the café. If it’s fallen into the wrong hands, black magic could destroy not only Wonder Falls but the world.

My mom recommended this book to me. I do love the supernatural and cats. A connection I made between this book and another book I’ve read was, Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series. Both of the main protagonists has a very special talent for reading what cats are thinking and are able to help them.

This book starts at a slow simmer, gradually getting more hot as the story goes on. This mystery had me bamboozled! Even at the end, I was trying to collect my thoughts about the climax and aftermath.

All three main characters were my favorites, along with their cats Treacle, Peanut Butter, and Marshmellow. Treacle was the main cat amongst the three and belonged to Cath. Peanut Butter was an anxious and frightened orange cat that belongs to Bea. Marshmellow being the elder of the three and the one wielding the most magic; Astrid’s cat naturally.

My only complaint, and it’s just a minor one, but I wish the cats were more involved in the plot. Sure they helped the police find a clue, but other than that, Cath seemed to use the cats for eavesdropping on others.

I would recommend this novel to lovers of cozy mysteries, cat mysteries, and the supernatural!

Buy it on Amazon!

Posted in Personal Blogs

Happy Easter!

pexels-photo-730848.jpeg

Happy Easter everyone!

Hope everyone enjoys the chance to spend time with friends and family today or this past weekend! Hooray for 50% off candy tomorrow!

I don’t really have any news or updates that I’m aware of at this moment, just wanted to take today to wish all of my followers a happy Easter!

Thanks everyone!

ElishasBookReview

Posted in Book Reviews, Novels

ARC REVIEW: Bodie on the Road: Travels with a Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness by Belinda Jones

9781510732933_477ed

*No Major Spoilers*

**Thanks to SkyHorse Publishing for letting me read this lovely novel early**

***Bodie on the Road by Belinda Jones will be hitting your local bookshelves on June 5, 2018,***

In this touching and emotional memoir, Ms. Jones takes us on an adventure with her newly adopted pup, Bodie. They make a trek along the west coast to visit friends in Portland, Oregon. Along the way, they discover new sights, smells and inner feelings towards each other and past relationships.

The cover of this book looks gorgeous with the bright blue background, distant mountains, blue lake and the grassy field. The smile on Bodie’s face warms my heart and the cover is what made me choose this book to read.

This journey is a testament to dog-lovers and travelers alike. The bond between humans and their canine companions is unbreakable and unyielding. This is a positive read for all those who love dogs, feel-good road trips, and yummy food.

I loved how Ms. Jones added the details of all the delicious food she and Bodie dined on while on this trip. It made me hungry for maybe some food-related books from her. I am a food person, and I wanted to go to a lot of these places and try one of everything!

I was hesitant at first to read this novel. Most of the dog-related books I’ve read such as Marley & Me, Where the Red Fern Grow, and Old Yeller, the dog gets sick and gets put down/dies. This is not that book. This book isn’t about the life of Bodie, it’s just a story about how his life was renewed when he was adopted by Ms. Jones. This is the chapter of this dog’s long and happy life.

I was a little put off with the British slang/words. I felt like it took away from the book somewhat. It’s not that big of a deal overall, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I had three dogs growing up, and Bodie made me miss them very much. There was so much personality in the way the author and Bodie interacted I was able to put myself there.

If you love a genuine love story about a person and their dog, this is the book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this touching story!

Pre-Order it on Amazon (not sponsored)

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels, Marvel Comics

REVIEW: Jessica Jones: The Pulse, The Complete Collection By Brian Michael Bendis

51WZ5HdNJsL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

*No Spoilers* **Besides obvious ones**

Jessica Jones, retired Avenger and now Private eye, takes a job at the Daily Bugle for a new column for the newspaper called The Pulse. Along with famed columnist Ben Urich, the duo is tasked with reporting on fellow superheroes and report on their activities and other interesting superhero news stories. All while Jessica is expecting a baby.

However, someone is after Jessica and Luke Cage. Will they come out alive? Will Jessica’s baby be healthy? How is S.H.I.E.L.D. involved? Everyone’s favorite superheroes make a cameo in this epic story of action, excitement, and family!

Ben Urich also has his own storyline in this graphic novel. He wants to tell the whole story, no matter the red tape or the lack of interest from his coworkers. His loyalty to Daredevil makes him a good member of the press to have at your side.

This story is awesome! I loved all of the cameos from the Marvel Universe superheroes and supervillains! Jessica Jones is a very relatable character in the fact that she is a new mother. The fact of having superhero parents can make being a parent of a possible baby with superhuman powers terrifying!

This is a big collection of graphic novels. So if you’re not up for a long graphic novel, maybe try one of her shorter graphic novels first. I would suggest the Alias series, or the beginning of the series I reviewed Monday.

Posted in Personal Blogs

Life Update & New Idea for the Blog

cN47dgnDTgKTLycdGTXf4Q
Rascal Flatts performing at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma

The concert was fantastic! I was getting burnt out on my guys (Rascal Flatts) live shows, and going into this one, I had low expectations. The same setlist as always changes a few songs same old stuff.

I was surprised to see that they did an overhaul of their setlist it’s not “Greatest Hits” + more recent songs. I genuinely didn’t know which song they were going to play next. They didn’t perform every single hit they’ve ever had, but that’s okay. New music is always good if the music is good.

Overall, the concert was fantastic! Definitely reminded me why these guys were a huge part of my childhood. Their music was there for me when no one else was.

I was bullied by both peers, teachers, and family for being obsessed with not only this band but country music as a whole. Well, things have changed and I don’t consider myself a country music fan anymore. I am still loyal to this band though, after all, I’ve been through, they deserve my loyalty.

I got to visit with my mom for a couple of hours and it was nice getting to spend time with her and catching up on things. I miss my mom sometimes, but I’m glad I decided to branch out on my own when I did.

Also another possible update for this blog. Thanks to the wonderful people at Turner Publishing, I was shown a website where you could get review copies of books before they’re released to bookstores, etc. I think this could be a great idea for this blog! Same rules will apply as they do on here. Please let me know what you think about this new development!