Book Review – The Water Fight Professional

Posted On Jul 14 2014 by

Angela Ruth Strong’s latest middle grade read, The Water Fight Professional, is timed perfectly for the hot summer days ahead. Joey Michaels is a kid with a business plan: Drench people for money. Hey, who wouldn’t pay a buck or two to have their brother, sister, or mom clobbered with a water balloon or the latest in water-based weaponry? The Water Fight Professional includes all the crazy weird adventures you’d expect, but Joey learns many important lessons along the way. It’s a summer for learning who he really is, what he really wants, and that maybe, just maybe, girls aren’t …


Denise Jaden Cover Reveal!

Posted On Jun 30 2014 by

FOREIGN EXCHANGE Cover Reveal and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER Giveaway! I “met” Denise Jaden after reading a post she did for Writer’s Digest. She intrigued me with her energy, her love of writing, and her faith. Sometimes you know someone will be a friend before you ever say a word to them. Since my first contact with her, I’ve had the privilege to read two of her novels prior to publication. This is always fun because it gives me a chance to see how a successful author develops her characters and stories. When I read Foreign Exchange I immediately fell …


Middle Grade Book Review – Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Posted On Jun 21 2014 by

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Gary Schmidt has been one my more pleasant discoveries this year. When I first started listening to the audio version of Wednesday Wars, I though it was going to be a silly “adventures of a 7th grader” type of story with no real underlying meaning. But as the story went on, it got deeper, and we’re introduced to the wonderful, and often terrifying, world of a 7th grade boy in 1968. 1968, as you may know, was a year that nearly tore this country apart. Dr. Martin …


The Fault In Our Stars – a Book vs. Movie Review

Posted On Jun 9 2014 by

As promised last week, I’m going to do a comparison between the book version of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Let me start off by saying both versions are excellent. But you know how it goes, right? The book is always better.  But is it really better? Or just different? The problem with movies based on novels is that movies are limited to two hours or less in most cases. Long movies mean bigger budgets and fewer showing times in the theatres, so producers shoot for that magic 90 to 120 minute length. In screenwriting world, that …


Feed by Mira Grant

Posted On May 26 2014 by

Feed by Mira Grant My rating: 4 of 5 stars Though I swore I’d never read zombie books, this one caught my attention because it used the zombies more as a (very dangerous) backdrop to the setting. The story is really about Georgia and her brother, blog journalists following the campaign trail of a presidential candidate. After a series of attempts at sabotaging the campaign with the use of the virus that causes people to become zombies, the journalists uncover a conspiracy that runs deep within the campaign itself. The characters were excellent and fun to read. The zombies well …


Looking for Alaska by John Green

Posted On May 10 2014 by

Looking for Alaska by John Green My rating: 4 of 5 stars John Green is a fantastic writer. This is the second of his novels I’ve read and find his style and characters to be magnetic. In LOOKING FOR ALASKA, a boy starts at a boarding school in Alabama at the beginning of his junior year. Naturally, he’s highly intelligent, but not popular in his old school. Two friends showed up for his going away party. Pretty sad. But when he arrives at his new boarding school, he immediately befriends his new roommate, the “Colonel,” and a beautiful, but odd …