Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Questionable Music

What holiday song makes you want to never hear it again?

That honor for me goes to that horrible Christmas Shoes song.  I prefer my songs more upbeat and less about buying shoes etc etc...

I just never understood the point of this song besides being oh so sappy and intentionally sad.

Monday, November 23, 2015

What Craft Have You Tried Lately? - Zippy Loom and Zippy Corners

I love using my Zippy Loom and they just came out with corners. It is a lot of fun and I’m very happy that I’ve figured out how to make hats.

Friday, November 20, 2015

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Upside-Down Magic

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

“And Sage Academy did not want wonky.”

“Some lies were safer than the truth.”

“Do not flux in the lunchroom.”

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review - Upside-Down Magic

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

4 out of 5 gnomes

This is one of those books that I actually found myself wanting to read because of the cover. I work at a library and when I saw this on the holdshelf I knew I had to read it too.

This book is pretty darn adorable and has a heck of an interesting way of looking at magic. In this world it’s common but only certain kinds of magic are accepted. There are Flares, Fuzzies, Flickers, Flyers, and Fluxers. All these magics would be pretty cool on their own but then the whole Upside-Down magic gets thrown in.

These kids with messed up magic are really looked down upon. They are all put into a special classroom to try to understand their brand of magic. All the normal kids don’t exactly look kindly on them though or give them a lot of slack.

Nory is a Fluxer who can change into animals but not quite like she’s supposed to. It’s pretty funny picturing what she turns into. Her family is more than a little dysfunctional too. I don’t like her father at all and her siblings aren’t exactly understanding.

All the characters you meet are fun and have some really interesting magic. It was great in the end how they were all able to work together. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sentence Sneak Peek - Upside Down Magic

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

The first sentence from each chapter of Upside-Down Magic, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Nory Horace was trying to turn herself into a kitten.”

“Hawthorn was sixteen.”

“The Hall of Magic and Performance was very grand.”

“Nory’s father rose.”

“That evening, Father and Hawthorn picked at their dinner.”

“Aunt Margo had fixed up a tiny guest bedroom for Nory.”

“The hallways of Dunwiddle School were nothing like the friendly hallways of Nory’s old ordinary school.”

“Nory was a bitten for only a minute, but during that minute she got a lot done.”

“Things worth doing are usually hard,” Ms. Starr said.”

“In the cafeteria, Nory and Elliott both got plates of mac and cheese.”

“The cafeteria was closed until further notice.”

“On Monday, Bax turned into a rock at the beginning of headstand practice.”

“Nory and Elliott practiced that afternoon at Nory’s house.”

“The next day passed with math, geography, poetry, group trust exercises, and interpretive dance.”

“The box of normal worked for Elliott, too.”

“The UDM students, Nory and Elliott among them, did math and geography and expressed their feelings through interpretive dance.”

“Principal Gonzalez pulled a blue leather leash from his pocket.”

“A week later, Elliott, Marigold, Willa, Bax, Nory, and Sebastian had a picnic in Aunt Margo’s backyard.”

Monday, November 16, 2015

Question of the Day - What are the Best Comics You've Read Recently?

These are both very different books but so interesting. I love the characters and stories of them both and can't wait to read more.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review - Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

5 out of 5 gnomes

Dear Magnus Chase,

You my dear are a whole different animal than what I’ve read from Rick Riordan before. I loved the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus was awesome even if it had a pretty blah ending, and I never got around to reading the series he wrote about Egyptian Gods. This new take on Norse mythology though is really cool.

Stuff goes unexpectedly right from the beginning but makes perfect sense as you read it. Like the description of the book itself says: “Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .” That little bit of info there was truly surprising but it lets you explore some truly interesting places.

You my beautiful book show relationships very well. His friends and family are all extremely different people. Yet all of these relationships feel real and will have you rooting for all of the characters.

Valkryies, Valhalla, Norse gods a plenty, and a plethora of other creatures and surprises leads to one heck of a fabulous start to this trilogy. Unexpected happenings abound and if you’re like me you’ll truly be surprised while reading.

Unlike past heroes written by Riordan, Magnus isn’t exactly a fighter and that’s pretty refreshing as he finds ways around that. I can’t wait to watch Magnus’s character grow and see how the rest of the worlds come into play.