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The Isle of the Lost

Posted August 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fantasy, Magic, Middle School, Review, Rural, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Isle of the LostThe Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

My take on this book: I can only think of one word to say about this book is WOW!

Melissa de la Cruz has always been one of my favorite authors, especially after this book. Okay so probably the characters actually belong to Disney but with this book we understand the characters and how they become the way they seem like in the movie Descendants.

Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (and her namesake) has always been trying to make her mom proud of her. But the one problem is that Maleficent doesn’t seem like she ever will be proud of her daughter. This is especially true in this little prequel book of the movie.

Jay, the son of Jafar, doesn’t really seem like he is that evil in this book. He just wants to have a place that really makes him belong and with Mal, Evie, and Carlos he has found that. Even though he, much like Mal, doesn’t seem like he will ever make his dad proud of him.

Evie, the daughter of Evil Queen, can be seen even in this book that she is quite smart and not as vain as her mom, which can be a good or a bad thing. Probably with Evil Queen she wouldn’t be proud of her daughter being smart and not focusing on her beauty. Though she along with the other two aren’t doing their parent’s justice/evil and that is something that every second generation villain wants to try and do. But also wanting to do something better than their parents as well.

Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil, is the youngest of the other three and is really trying to get more credit and love in his mom’s eyes but this is hard for him as his mom’s one true love isn’t him. Carlos is quite smart which is something that is needed in this little rag tag gang of “friends”. But like the first three he is also a disappointment to his mom.

We also see a little bit of Auradon but not a lot since this book is mostly about the main four starting to become “friends”. This book is really good and I am giving it a five stars.

I’m also happy to say that this book is good and now I can’t wait to watch the movie again and see if I like the movie even more now. 😀 I’m also hoping that there is another book!!!

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.


Home for a Spell by Madelyn Alt

Posted August 5, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

Home for a Spell by Madelyn AltHome for a Spell by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #7
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on January 4, 2011
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

In Madelyn Alt’s “enchanting and bewitching”* series, Maggie O’Neill is Stony Mill, Indiana’s newest witch. It’s a job that entails a fair share of magic and mysticism – and sometimes brews up a perilous potion of mystery and murder…

Maggie is back at work at the antique shop Enchantments. Unfortunately, she’s hobbled by a broken ankle, which makes helping customers a pretty lame proposition. But just because she’s sporting a bright yellow, sparkle-covered cast doesn’t mean the rest of her life is slowing down.

Her boyfriend, the magically inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business that she feels guilty about distracting him from. And her best friend and upstairs neighbor is getting ready to tie the knot with her own boyfriend and move away. This leads Maggie to wonder if it isn’t time to find her own change of scenery. First things first: a new apartment.

But when she finally finds a place to call her own, Maggie’s dream of new digs turns into a nightmare after the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home – but for a frightfully clever killer…
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My take on this book: I am happy to say that I am giving this book a five stars because it kept my attention and I actually like the storyline this time. Granted we don’t see much of Steff or Dr. Dan or of mostly anyone else in the N.I.G.H.T.S unless they are the ones working at the antique shop with Maggie, Liss, Tara, and Evie.

The one time that Steff is mentioned is when Liss tells her that she is moving with Dr. Dan sometime soon. Which is how Maggie ends up trying to find a new place and she kind of does. Even if the apartment manager gives her the creeps and she had no clue why.

This time I actually figured out who did it along with Maggie and them. Granted I didn’t understand the motive for this person. However, I did realize it was her and we found out the reason at the end of the book. Let’s just say that even though the ending of the book is perfect. This might be the last book of Maggie’s life and that is sad. And we are left to our own devices on thinking up stuff for Maggie and the N.I.G.H.T.S. and what has been going on in their life.

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A Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt

Posted August 3, 2015 by karenbaron in Cozy, Murder, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Witches / 0 Comments

A Witch in Time by Madelyn AltA Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt
Series: A Bewitching Mystery #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Berkley on April 6, 2010
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

“This new series is going to be a winner.”**

Madelyn Alt’s mysteries featuring Maggie O’Neill – Stony Mill, Indiana’s newest witch – have been praised as “quirky, enchanting, mystical, and addictive.”** And exploring the spirit world has never been this much fun – or this much trouble…

For the past few weeks, Maggie has found that two is far better than one. She’s been attached at the hip to the smoking-hot Marcus Quinn. Things couldn’t get any better – until her sister, Mel, gives birth to not one but two little bundles of joy…

Maggie’s just left Enchantments, Indiana’s finest mystical antiques shop, for a date with Marcus when the call about Mel comes. Stopping to pick up refreshments for her family on the way to the hospital, she learns that a Stony Mill teenager has been found dead.

Later that night, at the hospital, she hears a whispered conversation that sends chills down her spine. Could the conversation be related to the teen’s death? Or to a murder that hasn’t happened yet? It may take all her witchy intuition to find out…

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My take on this book: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Maggie O’Neill is back in another good mystery. Right off the bat this book will be five stars. Maggie uncharacteristically, wanted to be done working at the store early that afternoon. She wanted to get her butt over to Marcus’s place so that they could watch movies and maybe do something more… That is until her mom called Liss who then called Marcus who told Maggie to get to the hospital asap.

Maggie was pretty much busy with doing all the things her sister and mother wanted her to do at the hospital while waiting for her sister to give birth to her baby. Or in the case babies that no one knew about. Not even Felicity knew about the babies. The day after Mel gave birth to her twin girls Maggie was on her way out and going to her job when she broke her ankle.

Maggie was thrown into a loop over the conversation she heard from the elevator and has been trying to figure out who the people were while trying to figure out who they were talking about. That right there has been the biggest mystery especially considering the weird way that Dr. Dan has been acting around Steff. Steff is Maggie’s best friend. Marcus has also been trying to get Maggie to stay put so that her ankle could heal which is turned out to be pretty hard. Since Maggie has too many things to worry about right now. Like helping her sister with the twin girls while her husband is missing, figuring out what happened to the teen that died, figuring with why Tony Nunizo was killed, and to heal her ankle.

Madelyn Alt has woven a great mystery book as once again I didn’t guess who the killer was, once again. That has been becoming a trend for me as I haven’t figured out who killed the person that got killed in any of Madelyn Alt books.

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The Job by Janet Evanovich

Posted July 6, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

The Job by Janet EvanovichThe Job by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Series: Fox and O’Hare #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam Penguin Random House on November 7, 2014
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 289
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O'Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.
From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor's pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake - retired Special Forces, and his talent - machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job - if they survive.

My take on the book: CAUTION THIS BOOK REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET PLEASE EXIT RIGHT NOW! IF YOU HAVE READ IT PLEASE STAY!

Hi my loyal people. Here is a new book review brought to you by me! I finished another book but I am proud to say to all of you that the reason it took so long was for a good reason. As you can see I have changed my blog site from Blogger to WordPress which I am great to say is finally up and working. I hope that you all like it better now. Anyways back to the reason for this blog post!

Nick Fox and Kate O’Hare are back with an awesome book. This on, in my opinion, is one of the best books with Nick and Kate in them. These two are like the most dynamic duo that I love to read and watch on the television in shows or in the movies. We have an FBI Agent who has to be teamed up with Nick Fox while letting everyone think that she is out looking for him, because she is the only one that can catch him, but in reality is working with him for the FBI. I mean it’s pretty awesome and something that you don’t get to see every day.

Plus the two of them are hilarious together. I mean we have the humor of the two of them together plus the sexual frustration that they both give each other and it just makes it into an awesome book.

So in this one Kate and Nick catch at least two baddies, well unintentionally, as the first one was trying to get Nick’s attention and not the FBI’s. I also love the fact that no matter what we always, mostly, see the same team members they hire to help with the cons along with having Kate’s dad. Though I am starting to think that maybe Kate’s dad and Nick have been talking to each other secretly since they almost always agree on everything.

I am giving this book five stars rating since it’s soo funny and kept me guessing and the whole time I was working on my new blog site with my mom I couldn’t help but think “What is going on with Nick and Kate in this book?” Or my favorite “What type of con is Nick going to pull for this one”. I always end up thinking of these things whenever I read a Fox and O’Hare novel because of the fact that these two are so funny and so good at keeping me on my toes. And sometimes making me wonder if the con will actually work and that they will get the bad guy that they are after.

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Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.

About Lee Goldberg

New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include “Martial Law,” “SeaQuest,” “Diagnosis Murder,””Hunter,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Nero Wolfe,” “Missing.” “Monk” and “The Glades.” He’s also the author of the Fox & O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job), “The Walk,” “Watch Me Die,” “King City,” the “Dead Man” series, as well as the “Diagnosis Murder” and “Monk” series of original mystery novels.


Keys to the Repository

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Novella, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Short Stories, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Keys to the RepositoryKeys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods #4.5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Hyperion on June 29th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 227
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Lavish parties. Secret trysts. Bone-chilling murders. Angel. Demons. Midterms. The day-to-day lives of Schuyler Van Alen and her Blue Blood friends (and enemies) are never boring. But there's on-so-much more to know about these beautiful and powerful teens. Below the streets of Manhattan, within the walls of the Repository, is a wealth of never-before-revealed information about the vampire elite that dates back to the dawn of history. In a series of short stories, journal entries, and intimate letters, New York Times best-selling author melissa de la Cruz gives you the keys to the Repository and an in-depth look into the secret world of the Blue Bloods.
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My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

See I told you I will be back today..or tomorrow for the people on the East Coast or anywhere else. Anyways. This little novella is soo cute and it gives us an insight on what goes on in-between some things. Along with knowing a little bit more about some people. Like with what happened to poor Dylan when he was being hunted down. Or with what that first night for Sky and Jack was like. Or anything like that. Plus in Kingsley’s part he is soooo funny with what he does in his little section of the book.

Anyways this book is like super short but a good one that I couldn’t put down but had to for several long agonizing minutes. But I made it through dinner and watching television with my parents to finish this book and to give you, my loyal fans and my fellow book lovers, on another good book by Melissa de la Cruz.

And yes if anyone asked me about this book I will say that you should read it!!! Well after the other four books before this! I know I know I know. I say that about every book I have read so far but I only read books that I am certain that I will like. But I have two new books that I am going to read after I finish my last two Blue Bloods books of this series, that I own, that were given to me from a friend. So we shall see what I think about them. Well scratch that after I am done with one other book called The Scent by H.P. Mallory. It’s a second book in a series that I started reading a while ago so I am pretty excited to read it finally.

What did you guys think of this book? Did you like it? Or did you hate it? If you hated it why? I am quite curious to know since I know that not a whole lot of people have the same taste of books that I do. Oh and if you guys have any suggestions for books to read I will love to hear them in the comment section below 😀

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.