August 22, 2014

Book Blogger Hop: August 22nd - 28th

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 reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won't be stopping back to read your reply so you don't bother?

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: 

I try to reply to the Book Blogger Hop comments, if I remember. I don't normally reply on review comments unless somebody asks a question.

Linky List:

Light My Fire Lunch Kit Review

Looks like school is back in session this month and whether or not your kids are in elementary school, high school or just starting college, one of the most important things during the day is a well balanced lunch. Yes, I'm sure there are many kids that will settle for the school cafeteria's food, but there will be a few that will prefer to bring their own meals from home.

Kids that do take their meals to school will most likely take them in either a plain paper bag or in a plastic lunchbox with some sort of cartoon or character on it. This is fine with younger kids, but the older ones will be too embarrassed to take their lunch in them.

Useful Things carries several different lunchboxes, including the Light My Fire Lunch Kit (check out the two pictures of the kit in this blog post). The kit comes with two waterproof Snapboxes (one oval and one triangular. These boxes fits easily into the larger waterproof triangular container, which the lid can be used as a plate. The kit also comes with plastic Tritan fork and a TPE carrying harness. The kit either has orange or green lids with the gray containers. The fork comes in either green or orange.

August 21, 2014

Review - Eerie Elementary #1: The School is Alive!

Eerie Elementary #1: The School is Alive!
by Jack Chabert
Illustrations by: Sam Ricks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pub. Date: June 24, 2014
ISBN: 978-0545623926
Pages: 96
Buy Link: Amazon


I don't keep up with all the middle grade books being published, so if it wasn't for NetGalley, I would have never known about the new Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert, which is part of the Branches line of books from Scholastic Inc.

In book one, titled The School is Alive!, Sam Graves is elected Hall Monitor for his third grade class, which is a position he never wanted, as he was elected by the school principal. His first morning as Hall Monitor turns out to be a morning he would never forget when he learns that the school is actually alive!

After nearly being killed by quicksand in the playground's sandbox, Sam encounters the school's janitor, Mr. Nekobi, who enlists Sam in helping him protect the students against the school. It seems Eerie Elementary feeds off of students and it had been up to Mr. Nekobi to stop the school, but now the responsibility has been handed to Sam.

August 20, 2014

Back to School Reads - Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten

Summer is nearly over, well at least for the kids that are heading back to school this month; meaning kids will be having the dreaded homework assignments, including book reports. I know some kids may think reading is boring, as they would probably rather be playing a video game, but reading can be a joyful experience when you find that one perfect title to read. Therefore, I am going to be featuring a few Back to School Reads on here.

Do you remember receiving those Scholastic book catalogs during your elementary years? Or attending the yearly school book fair?

I sure do remember them, as this is when I was introduce to many new authors, including those who wrote under the Point Horror title. I read these books vigorously, introducing me to the works by R.L. Stine, Diane Hoh, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Christopher Pike, and Caroline B. Cooney. The plots of Point Horror were similar to the horror movies from the 1980s, where typically a female teenager must battle some sort of bad guy, like an ex-boyfriend, a stalker, a serial killer, a ghost, a vampire, etc. Yes, the books were heavily criticized, but teenager readers loved reading them. The books became even more popular during the 90s' with ten books or more being released yearly, but toward the beginning of the 21st century the genre almost disappeared. After an eight year absence, new Point Horror titles returned in 2013.

One of the newest Point Horror releases, Wickedpedia (224 pages; ISBN:  978-0545415873) by Chris Van Etten, arrived in bookstores back in June from Scholastic Inc., and follows the similar horror premise of the original Point Horror books, except for the fact that the plot is more updated with today's trends and technology.

Wickedpedia centers on an aspiring teenage chef Cole Redeker and his best-friend Gavin. Cole has never gotten over the breakup with his ex-girlfriend Winnie, as he is still in love with her, but she already has a new boyfriend, the know-it-all Josh. It is no secret that Josh uses Wikipedia to research his class reports. Cole and Gavin thought it would be funny to alter those pages, so Josh would get into trouble. What starts out as a little harmless joke  turns into murder!

August 18, 2014

Back To School Reads: Homeroom Diaires

Summer is nearly over, well at least for the kids that are heading back to school this month; meaning kids will be having the dreaded homework assignments, including book reports. I know some kids may think reading is boring, as they would probably rather be playing a video game, but reading can be a joyful experience when you find that one perfect title to read. Therefore, I am going to be featuring a few Back to School Reads on here.

Available now in bookstores is James Patterson's latest novel for teens, titled Homeroom Diaries (Pub. Little, Brown and Company; ISBN: 978-0316207621). Co-authored by Lisa Papademetriou, the book centers on teenager Cuckoo Clarke. Don't worry, her real name isn't Cuckoo, but the nickname stuck after a brief stint in a mental hospital (or as she prefers to call it - Crazytown) when her mother left her (again). She attends North Plains high school along with with the other members of the Freakshow, which are friends Brainzilla (Kate), Eggy (Hana), Zitsy (Paul), Flatso (Beverly) and Tebow (Peter).

Yes, Cuckoo and the Freakshow are the outcasts of the high school, but they don't care much. The group sticks together through thick and thin, as they try to survive high school together. From debating whether she has a crush on the new teacher or her friend Tebow, her mother's wanted or unwanted return, and the death of her foster-mother, Cuckoo has a a lot to deal with in one year, if she isn't too busy coming up with a new ending to the Twilight Saga.

A sneak peek into Cuckoo's life!

Cover Reveal - The Day Human King by B. Kristin McMichael

The Day Human King
Book Two of the The Day Human Trilogy
by B. Kristin McMichael
Publisher: Lexia Press, LLC
Pub. Date: Fall 2014 
Pages: 200 pages Approx.

Book Description:

After he assumed the power of the late sidhe king, Devin thought the battle to protect Nessa and proceed with her coronation was over. Everyone feared him and he had the power to do anything in the sidhe world. He was wrong. As problem after problem arises, Nessa finds the path to the throne is not as simple as they thought. Formalities must be adhered to, preparations must be made, and between all of that, Devin and Nessa must decide what to do with an obviously pregnant Fiona, who will not name the father of her child. To make matters worse, the elite sidhe are still assassinating each other. No one in the palace is safe. Who is behind the latest deaths, and can the coronation actual occur with all the drama going on? Devin and Nessa’s road to power might be cut short if they can’t find the answers.
August 17, 2014

The Ultimate Coin Supply Kit Review

Any coin collector will know that Whitman Publishing, LLC is the best company that makes the supplies for coin collecting. From coin books to the yearly A Guide Book of United States Coins, the company manufacturing everything you would ever need.

Available to purchase now from Whitman Publishing, LLC is the 625pc Ultimate Coin Supply Kit, featuring the 2015 Red Book Price Guide, State Series Quarters Folders Volume I & II, 300 Nickel-Quarter Mylar holders, 300 Cent-Dime Mylar holders, 4 Quarter Size Storage Tubes, 5 Cent Size Storage Tubes, a Whitman Coin Storage Box, 5 Quality Thumb-cut Pages, 6 Plastic 2x2 Quarter holders, and a 3" Round Magnifier. If purchased separately, this collection would retail at over $76, but it can currently be purchased at $29.95!

Being a coin collector myself, I was excited to review a complimentary kit in exchange for my honest thoughts. Of course the main item that pops out of the kit is the 2015 Red Book, a price guide of United States Coins, which retails at $14.95 all by itself. The guide covers the current prices of Pre-Federal Issues (colonial and post-colonial), Federal Issues (from half cents to proof and mint coin sets), Bullion, United States Pattern Pieces and other coin issues. The "Welcome To Numismatics" gives a detailed introduction to the United States Coins, starting with the Spanish Milled Dollar and ending with Sunken Treasure. The 2015 Red Book gives a coin collector the current value (well at least close to it) for every coin grade.

Included in the kit are 300 Nickel-Quarter Mylar holders (a 100 psc. set retails at $5.99) and 300 Cent-Dime Mylar holders (a 100 psc. set retails at $5.99). These are great for keeping coins dust-free. To keep each cardboard holder close, I recommend taping it shut with scotch tape. There is also a 6 pcs. State Series Quarters Plastic Holders. These polystyrene holders can be used to keep any quarter in your collection safe. Each 2" x 2" holder retails about $.89. You can store these holders in the Whitman Coin Storage Box (3 dividers; box is 9 inches long), which holds 39 - 2" x  2" holders and retails at $5.99.

August 16, 2014

DVD Review - Varsity Blood

Varsity Blood
Director: Jake Helgren
Starring: Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Blair Jackson
Studio: Image Entertainment
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Retail: $27.97
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


I've been a fan of horror films ever since I watched John Carpenter's Halloween when I was either seven or eight years-old. While I do enjoy most slasher films, there are a few (Blood Murder 1 & 2) that are so horribly written, directed and acted, that they are just laughable. I'm not a fan of the recent surge of PG-13 films either, so I eagerly asked to review Varsity Blood, as soon as heard there were review copies available form RLJ Entertainment.

Varsity Blood is written and directed by Jame Giovagnoli; yeah, you're not the only one that has never heard of him. The film stars a bunch of unknowns, except for Debbie Rochon, who is famous for the low-budget films Tromeo and Juliet and Toxic Avenger 4; so you can pretty much guess that the acting is cringe-worthy. Then again, most horror moves have bad acting in them anyway.

The "killer" in Varisty Blood!

The film begins on Halloween Eve, where a Hogeye High cheerleader is murdered by the football team's mascot. The rest of the film takes place on Halloween night with a group of teenagers and football players having a party at a remote farm. Of course the mascot-axe-carrying-killer is also there and one by one, the killer murders each teenager, all except for the new girl in town Hannah Wallace (played by Lexi Givoagnoli).

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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