November 23, 2014

Niles Wormwart, Accidental Villain by D.M. Cunningham Being Released This Week!


Being released this week by Spencer Hill Press is the exciting adventure Niles Wormwart, Accidental Villain by D.M. Cunningham.

In the science fair world of ketchup-spewing volcanoes and potato clocks, one boy, Niles Wormwart, plans to alter the history of science fairs with his time travel wristwatch based on Nikola Tesla's work. Unfortunately, history has different plans for Niles.

After Niles blows up his school's science wing with his project, his father, deciding his son needs to make some friends and take a break from his constant experiments, sends unsuspecting Niles off to the mysterious Camp Mayhem.

The only problem is that Niles' father thinks it's a role-playing camp. Well, it's not.
Headed up by the ominous Red Czechmark, Camp Mayhem is ground zero for training the future villains of today. A place for real kids to realize the real villain inside them. Niles sharpens his focus on escape while everyone inside wants him to sharpen his focus on discovering his own dark powers. There's a sinister plot brewing, and Niles is dead in the middle of it.

Thrust into a world he only thought existed in comic books. Niles discovers his true potential inside the walls of Camp Mayhem-the potential to become the darkest of evils or stay true to his good-hearted roots.

 You can pre-order Niles Wormwart, Accidental Villain on Amazon.com.
November 22, 2014

Brooklyn Bean Variety Pack Review + Giveaway



I can't function properly without my morning cup of coffee, so you can imagine that I have tired almost every brand of coffee imaginable. Though I am a coffee freak, I'm not going to pay over a hundred collars for a Keurig coffee machine, but instead I own a cheap Bella Coffee Maker, which I have enjoyed using for over a year now.

Many coffee brands are bringing out the single serve coffee cups (or otherwise known as K-cups) that are intended to be used with the Keurig machines. I keep seeing these K-cups in stores and I have always wanted to try one, but I didn't want to buy a new high-priced coffee brewer.

Luckily for me, I was sent a complementary 40 single serve Brooklyn Bean Roastery Variety Pack to review. Since I am a coffee nut, I was more than excited about trying this out. You might be wondering how I was going to brew these coffees without a Keurig. Well, that is simple, my current coffee maker has a reusable coffee filter, so I just pour in about a cup of water into the machine, poke a hole in the K-cups and pour the coffee grounds into the reusable filter. It works perfect this way, though I do recommend putting in a another cup of water as it was a bit too strong for my liking.

Please take note that if you do own a Keurig, these cups are not compatible with the Keurig 2.0 Brewers!

The 40 coffee cups in this variety pack are:

Blu-ray Review - The Wind Rises


The Wind Rises
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, William B. Macy
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Retail: $36.99
ASIN: B00MHT49KO
Running Time: 127 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Buy Link: Amazon


Review:

Now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the United States is the award-winning Japanese anime The Wind Rises. It is the final film from director Hayao Miyazaki before his retirement. Based on the manga Kaze Tachinu by Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is a fictional fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi. Special Features include The Wind Rises: Behind The Microphone, Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers and TV Spots and the Announcement Of The Completion Of The Film.


The Winds Rises tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who as a young boy dreamed of being a pilot, but his poor eyesight kept from it. Despite this setback, he still loves all aviation. He is determined to become an aircraft designer and follows the footsteps of his mentor,  Giovanni Battista Caproni (voiced by Stanley Tucci). He goes on to attend Tokyo Imperial University to study engineering, where he befriends future designer, Kiro Honjo (voiced by John Krasinski)

Bedphones Sleep Headphones Review


As far back as I can remember, I have always been a night owl. This has never really bothered me, as I do my best writing and blogging late at night, but after I finish my work there is nothing else to do. Yes, I could watch television, but there isn't much on after midnight except for repeats of reality shows. Therefore I try to go to sleep, but it isn't an easy feat and I normally have to listen to some music to help me doze off to beddy bye.

I'm a little bit behind on the current technology, so I don't own a MP3 Player or and iPod, instead I listen to music on my portable CD player at night. The problem is that I can't exactly lay down and listen to music because of my bulky stereo headphones. I have tried the smaller earphones, but they are uncomfortable too.

Luckily for me there is a new headphones that are meant to be worn when you are in bed. Is is called the Bedphones Sleep Headphones and it retails at $54.95. It is $5 higher if you want an incline microphone with remote, but it can be purchased on Amazon.com for $39.95. At 1/4 inch thick, these Sleep Headphones are the thinnest headphones in the world. They are designed to lie flat, so this way they won't disturb your sleep while wearing them. It comes with a neat black case and a sleep mask.

DVD Review - Adventure Time: Finn The Human


Adventure Time: Finn The Human
Voice Cast: Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, Niki Yang, Tom Kenny, Olivia Olson, Dee Bradley Baker, Pendleton Ward, Polly Lou Livingston, Jessica DiCicco, Maria Bamford
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Retail: $24.98
ASIN: B00MEXP5OW
Running Time: 176 minutes
Rating: TV-PG
Buy Link:  Amazon

Review:

Arriving on DVD on Tuesday November 25, 2014 is Adventure Time: Finn The Human, featuring 16 exciting episodes from the popular Cartoon Network series and a sweet exclusive backpack, similar to the one Finn carries around in the series.

The creative world of Adventure Time was created by Pendleton Ward, who was inspired by video games and the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. The series is set in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where the heroes, Finn the human and his adoptive brother, Jake the dog, get into some sort of trouble in almost every episode. 



The episodes on the single-disc set are:

The New Frontier (Season 3)
The Lich (Season 4)
Finn The Human (Seaosn 5)
Jake The Dog (Season 5)
We Fixed A Truck (Season 5)
Bade of Grass (Season 5)
The Red Throne (Season 5)
The Great Bird Man (Season 5)
One Last Job (Season 5)
Little Dude (Season 5)
City of Thieves (Season 1)
Conquest of Cuteness (Season 3)
Who Would Win (Season 4)
Ignition Point (Season 4)
Furniture & Meat (Season 6)
Sad Face (Season 6)



Though Adventure Time is targeted at kids, the series has managed to win the hearts of adults with its snappy humor and Futurama-style humor, which ironically has John DiMaggio (he voiced Bender on Futurama) voicing Jake. Highlights from this DVD release includes the three-part episode - The Lich, Finn The Human and Jake The Dog. Overall, all the episodes on the Adventure Time: Finn The Human DVD are fun to watch and it would make a great stocking stuffer this Christmas for any fan, young or old. 



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


November 21, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: Nov. 21st - 27th

Book Blogger Hop

Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop!

If you want schedule next week's post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

  This week's question is submitted by Elizabeth!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list below (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).


3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
  

My Answer: 

Start out by focusing on posting original content and reviews to your blog. It will take a while to gather a few loyal blog followers, so please be patient. Before you request to review a title from a major publisher, please make sure that you have at least a Google Rank of 1. Wait at least six months to a year before joining any sort of reviewer program.


Linky List:

Blu-ray Review - Kiki's Delivery Service


Kiki's Delivery Service
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice-Cast: Kristin Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman, Debbie Reynolds
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Retail: $36.99
ASIN: B00MMPB4ME
Running Time: 105 minutes
Rating: G
Buy Link: Amazon


Review:

Available to own on Blu-ray from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is the 1989 (first released in the United States in 1998) Japanese anime Kiki's Delivery Service. The film is directed by the now retired Hayao Miyazaki and features the voices of Kristin Dunst, Janeane Garofalo, Phil Hartman and Debbie Reynolds. Special Features includes an Introduction by John Lasseter, Ursula's Painting, Original Japanese Storyboards, Original Japanese Trailers Creating Kiki's Delivery Service, Producer's Perspective: Collaborating with Miyazaki, Scoring Miyazaki, Behind the Microphone, The Locations of Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki & Jiji and Flying with Kiki & Beyond.

Based on the book of the same name by Eiko Kadono, Kiki's Delivery Service centers on a thirteen-year-old girl, Kiki (voiced by Kristin Dunst), who travels on a broomstick with her cat Jiji (voiced by the Phil Hartman) to the port city of Koriko, where she plans train to become a witch!


Kiki takes a job delivering goods on her broomstick for a baker named Osono (voiced by Tress MacNeille). She befriends many of the locals, including an artist, an old woman and a geeky teen. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that she can no longer fly, which forces her to halt her job at delivering goods. When a friend gets into trouble, Kiki must find away to regain her powers and save the day.
November 20, 2014

Review - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!


Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!
by Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Publisher: Ripley Publishing
Pub. Date: September 9, 2014
ISBN: 978-1609911096
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

Ripley's Believe It or Not! was founded by Robert Ripley as a cartoon in 1919 in the New York Globe. When Globe folded, Robert moved it to the New York Evening Post in 1923 and later moved it to the New York American in 1930 before heading into syndication. The cartoons all featured unusual and bizarre facts from all over the world. Several short films were released in the 1930s and there have been several television shows over the years as well.

2005 marked the release of the first Ripley's Believe It or Not! Annual featuring hundreds of unusual stories and articles with glossy photographs throughout each edition. The 2015 installment titled Reality Shock! was released back in September and includes the newest collection of unbelievable stories, crazy photographs and wacky facts.

Reailty Shock! is spilt into 11 different chapters:

Believe It!
The first chapter features some of the strangest things that you will ever see, such as a skateboarding mouse, the world's tallest man and a village full of dolls.

World
Take a trip around the world to climb the "Death Zone," step across the see-through path or climb the stairway to heaven.

Lazarus is an unusual looking feline with a lovable disposition. Born with a cleft palate that makes him look like almost vampiric, this cat is so warm and cuddly that his owner is using him as a therapy cat.

Animals
Chapter Three proves that animals can be strange too, such as the fluffy cows, the trapdoor spider, the flat face cat and the freaky lobster.

Sports
Chapter Four features the craziest sports and activities imaginable, from bubble soccer to berry boarding.

Body
Learn about several unique humans, such as Larry the Leopard, the young man that grew a new nose on his forehead and the Two-Headed Nightingale.

Rating System

AMAZING!!! Go get this book right now!!

Great! Highly Recommend

It's ok. Borrow from a friend material.

Not that good but at least read the blurb.

Leave it on the shelf!

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