Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review and My Favorite Quotes - Prince in Disguise


Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

5 out of 5 gnomes

Feeling after Reading = Giddy with a side of happy :)

This was a perfect holiday read and well a pretty great read for any time of the year.

Scotland + Winter time + a reality show + a wedding to prepare for = a heck of an interesting ride.

The writing and chemistry of all the characters is what really drew me in and kept me reading. The familial dynamics felt true and the romantic chemistry was really on point.

From the title alone you can guesstimate more than a little bit about where the book is going. But while reading even if you can guess what’s going to happen you don’t care and are having too much fun reading and taking it all in to mind.  


Quotes to Show You What You Can’t Miss:
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“You don’t marry someone you just met. Did they not have Frozen in Scotland?”

“I was not the type of person who did well left alone with her thoughts.”

“I was happy I had finally warmed up but disturbed that I was so easy to kidnap.”

“It’s heartwarming when it involves singing crabs. Say what you will about Walt Disney, that man knew how to jazz up a real bummer of a story.”

“Hands of a baby angel is creepier. Why is the angel a baby? Why is it touching me? Am I dead? If the giant squid is touching me, I’d assume it was by accident. Like, I swam into its space.”

“We were getting good at having our own conversations outside of everyone else’s.”

“Ah, “unusual,” the even less polite cousin of the bitchy “interesting.”

“I considered it. But I also considered the possibility that you’re full of crap.”

“He raised an eyebrow. Ugh. The jealousy continued. I wished I had better control of my eyebrow muscles. Was that the kind of thing you could train for? At, like, a face gym?”

“Yes, he does, you twitchy li’l owl. It’s so obvious that even you must notice it, Miss Never-Had-a-Boyfriend.”

“Maybe you really could get high on life.”

“Damn that Princess Bride-ing mofo!”

“He wasn’t,” I hastened to explain as I scrambled over Jamie and out of the sleigh. “I mean, it was a consensual ravishing.”

“Jane Austen would have peed all over this date.” “That is a truly horrifying mental image.”

“It was at that moment I reached the horrifying conclusion that my dad had absolutely no idea who I was.”

“In America you can use anything as a verb!” I retorted shrilly, scrambling to my feet. “You can verb whatever you want! Thank the goddamn Smurfs for that!”

“Don’t judge a book by its pink cover,” I said smugly. “Now pony up.”

“So tall! A real, proper-sized girl. And those cheekbones! She’s like a Roman statue!”

“His Royal Highness Prince Gillecroids Edmund Alexander James,” he said heavily.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mini Reviews to Start off the new year


This is such a sweet book. The drawings are simple but they along with the words portray some very important messages. A quick read that is well worth checking out. This is an unassuming seeming book that will most definitely stick with you.

 
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

One of those books where you know what to expect for the most part but is still a great read. I loved the multiple aspects you get to read from because it provides a better view of the story. I was sad that a certain animal trope happened. Overall though it’s one of those feel good stories that is almost too sweet but does have some great characters and a good message.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review for the All the Wrong Questions series

Review for the  All the Wrong Questions series


* Books read thanks to Put Me In The Story (I had TRV's name and my name put into the story and then she read the books.)
* Check out all the books here

Reviewed by Tiny Reverse Vampire


The A Series of Unfortunate Events book series were my introduction to Lemony Snicket's way of writing and characters. All though Sunny by far was my favorite character I was always fascinated by the different sayings and stories that the narrator character of Lemony Snicket would put in throughout the book.

Lemony Snicket honestly I must say was one of my favorites if you liked his little ways of putting in the info in between that's telling the story then you really will love this other series of books getting him as the main character and getting to see how he started it all. His reporting side but actually how he himself investigates is great.

I love these books the whole new cast of characters. Then there is of course all their quirks and more mysteries for you to ponder. Everything from about how Beatrice sunk like the others but truly what's going on with the VFW and the different investigative agencies.

Now a big bonus with this series is that I was able to read one of the customized books so literally when reading the series throughout there are secret messages just for you I would definitely say those messages are fun and well, they made a twenty-nine-year-old laugh and smile at every turn. Giving this book to any one of Snicket’s fans should I think make them a true fan for life. With the different activities and what you are asked to do a parent could read with their child and have a great time too. I think this would make a great present.

I started reading Snicket’s books as a kid and am still really enjoy this series.  Meeting a lot of new characters and wondering what exactly is going on with them along with literally layers of mystery leads to a really intriguing read. These books are hard to put down and easy to race through.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Short/Sweet Review and My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Humans Wanted

5 out of 5 gnomes

This anthology was extremely well done. If you're looking for something positive to read and want to feel good about what humans are capable of then check this book out ASAP. It's full of strong stories that will make you laugh, cry and almost everything in between. There's something to like about each story as they show how weird yet vital humans can be to the world.


These are my favorite quotes and I think they encapsulate the whole anthology very well.

“Humans are tough.”


“Sure it's weird when they talk sympathetically to broken spaceships or try to pet every lifeform that scans as non-toxic.”


“Oh, well, a sidekick’s job is to keep the hero amused, carry the bags, and express admiration when the hero does something very clever and saves the day.”


“We all got the directive.”


“Humans bond with their machines emotionally. When the machines stop working, Humans will pet the machine and feel sad for it.”


“This is the most vital lesson of all: the hug. It is said that Humans hug frequently. It may even be necessary for their survival as a species. For certain, it is how they seal their pack bonds.”


“They’re so curious, some of them dedicate their lives trying to learn what happened to people dead for centuries.”


“It’s odd, I’ll admit. But if a human gets attached to you? There is no companion who will do more or care more for you, than a human who considers you their friend. Even a human who considers you an acquaintance is a powerful ally.”


“Humans grow attached, and so did I.”


“Irrelevant, Captain. Humans have been observed to name their toasters.”


“And by the sound of it, it’ll proceed to hug it to death,” the captain growled.”


“I closed my eyes. It was too much. I was injured, probably delirious, and the human got more and more bizarre the more time I spent with him.”


“Maybe it was a normal human reaction, though. The universe’s orphans, that’s what they called them in school, remember? Always so willing to adopt anyone into their “family.”


“Please don’t leave me alone.”


“How very strange, that he could hold me so gently after being so brutal.”


“I don’t know if I learned a lesson or not, but I did gain a friend.”


“Racism is literally losing a war for them.”


“What an unlikely gift. In a mad world, only the insane could thrive.”


“Oh, humans always find time for the things they enjoy. They will gain great satisfaction from squeezing in such an altruistic project, as it were, in the margins.”


“Amity is not a concern. Humans are capable of competing with one another and cheering each other on at the same time.”


“Five moonstrobes might as well be five hundred, for humans are simply ill equipped to feel the immediacy of an event until it is staring them in the face.”


“The humans pulled, what I believe is called, an all-nighter.”


“Procrastination. The ultimate human trademark.”


“Does your culture consider your excrement holy?” Valeri questioned politely. “I’d never heard that before.”

“Always remember your heart, my dearest.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

What Book Are You Reading Right Now/Really Liking?

I’m just about all the way through this book. It’s quite an awesome read because all of these short stories look at humans from an alien perspective. This unique perspective always finds the good in humanity/what makes humanity interesting. So if you want a book to cheer you up in these crazy making times then check out this great story collection.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review - The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes
 
If you’ve read any of this author’s previous books then you already know that you should prepare to have your heart torn out and stomped on a little. The love and heartbreak kind of jumps off the page at you at times. Saying that though I am really glad that I picked this book up and read it. It’s unique and a world I can’t wait to go back to.

You have a plethora of courtly politics and then you throw in things like curses and mysterious illnesses. This equals one jewel of a book.

This fantasy world makes you care right away. The sibling relationships especially are pretty well done. Then there are the romantic relationships including a rather unique take on the love triangle. The use of multiple points of view really helps too though I wish there had been more of her brother’s point of view.

Overall, a book well worth checking out.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Glass Spare

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.”

“Only instigate a fight you can win.”

“This was the way it had always been between them. The world tried to destroy them, but they kept each other alive.”

“The world was at once frightening and fierce and so beautiful she couldn’t stand it.”

“Story of my life,” she muttered, and began again. If she left her upbringing entirely to her instructors, her life would be nothing but poise and billowing skirts, her brain puddling in her skull.”

“Now, stepping forward onto foreign land, Wil was born for the second time in her life, a different sort of monster. Or perhaps, the monster she was always destined to become.”

“Hope is not a weapon.”

“Has it ever been suggested to you that you have a problem controlling your impulses?”

“I’m all copper and hinges, and you’re that indestructible glass. When we fall apart we know how to put ourselves back together. No one else will do it.”