#BookReview Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

I love Michael Moore’s documentaries – they are funny, reflect on real events and always get my mind moving. With that in mind, picking up this book just seemed so natural! I found a copy at a local charity book sale and I figured, why not read it?

Unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would have. I really think this book would have been better in film form (for me, anyways). I loved Michael’s unique and funny style of crafting the narrative in this book but I just couldn’t keep a hold on it. I had to read it a little bit at a time, and some of it just went over my head (that’s what I get for keeping up with Canadian politics instead of American).

This book takes a look at the September 11th terror attacks and all the strange occurrences around it. The highest praise I can give this book is that it really got me thinking, and that is high praise!! Not often do I get to pick up a book that makes me think and connect the dots. The funny commentary made it even better since it didn’t make the book feel like a textbook. If I had history classes with this sort of humor then I would have loved those classes!

In my opinion, this book is in a niche market. People are either going to get butt hurt over the funny commentary laced with terrorist attacks or they are not going to understand the humor. Michael Moore has a very specific sense of sarcasm that some people just don’t get. I do think this is a great book and if you enjoy Michael’s past work, then you’ll enjoy this one! If you’re easily offended, this book won’t be for you!

Three out of five stars!

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#BookReview Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren felt like a book personally made for me.

This novel following Hope Jahren’s life and trials of becoming a geobiologist is a serious gem for my collection. Every sentence of this novel felt like it was crafted for me – it a smart, female scientist rocking out in her field. She wins awards, she builds laboratories and she is a genius in her field. How can I not love this book?! On top of it all, it’s a non-fiction novel which is not my normal read, yet I was SO OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK. All caps. Yes, I was that obsessed.

So, down to the nitty gritty: This biography is not all sunshine and roses. Along the way, Hope deals with all sorts of trials and craziness. We follow her as a lab tech in a hospital, as a scientist trying to get grants, and as a friend to Bill and mother. Mixed in with her personal story is loads of facts about trees and nature. There are entire chapters devoted to the complexity of how trees work and live, which was one of the coolest parts of the books for me. I wish Hope had taught my high school biology classes, because for once I actually felt like I understood what trees go through. Everything was relatable, and there were lots of metaphors.

The best part of this whole book was the comedy. Our author clearly has a fantastic sense of humor, which involves a LOT of sarcasm. I am incredibly sarcastic so I loved every second of every snarky comment. I felt so connected to Hope, because I could relate. That’s where I think this book really shines! Very few books connect with me on a such a personal level, so I loved every second of reading this book. I didn’t want to put it down and I wanted to read it again (which is very rare for me, by the way).

I believe there is something in this book for everyone: science, sarcasm, an incredible friendship between Hope and Bill, the trials and errors of being a mother, and mental health.

And, to be brutally honest, I don’t really have any negatives to say. It was the perfect book for me in every way. Other readers will have their doubts, but I connected with this book so strongly that I can’t see faults. Every reader wants a book like that, and I’m glad I found mine. Thank you Hope for sharing your wonderful story.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

BONUS: Some of my fave quotes included below:
“Fortunately, for the patient, there is a sleep-starved teenager apprenticed to a chain-smoking barmaid in the basement who is ready for action.”
“Working in the hospital teachers you that there are only two kinds of people in the world: the sick and the not sick. If you are not sick, shut up and help.”

That second quote has been my life motto for years, so hear someone as dedicated as Hope to say it… Yes, my heart has swelled up so much!

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#BookReview The Pharaoh’s Builderb y Heather Perrywinkle Smith

 

 

The Pharoah’s Builder was an interesting read to say the least.

I thought this book had a lot of potential – Pharaohs, magic, Egyptian lore – all of those can make a super interesting story! Think The Mummy vibes! Unfortunately, this book just didn’t hit all the notes I wanted it too. And I don’t think the second book ever came out? I’ve been looking for it but I just haven’t been able to locate it.

My first big issue with this book was that 5 year old Milla (daughter to the Pharaoh) talks more intelligently than every adult I’ve ever met. She has class that no child I’ve ever met has (and I work with a LOT of kids). That tore me right out of the story. Sure, maybe it was a different time and kids acted like mini-adults, but it was just so hard to sink into this story when I pictured the many five year olds I’ve met.

The book itself ended on a cliffhanger, while I’d rather it have ended as a closed story that could have been continued. There were so many loose ends that had just been introduced only to be ditched. Bilal’s love affair with Lilli didn’t go further, the Pharaoh’s wife’s plans didn’t go into fruition, and the magic introduced into the story was only briefly touched upon. It reminds me of movies that are ready to start a franchise but forget that they are telling a story within the movie itself.

I seriously loved Heather Perrywinkle Smith’s writing and I wanted to see this story do well. I love Egyptian lore and the book sounded SO FREAKING COOL. I see so much potential with this story and with Heather’s amazing writing, I can only imagine how great it’ll get! Hopefully she writes the next book (or I’m able to find it!) and it continues this really interesting story.

My low score is because of two reasons: Milla speaking in a more mature manner than the adults of the story and the loose ends. This book would be a four out of five if it was a little more realistic but I just couldn’t get past those points.

Two out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro

This book was my best surprise of the year. To be honest, I just picked up a random book from my shelf. I decided that I would just take a very un-calculated risk and pick up whatever book my eyes went to – and this book was it.

Fire Sermon is an incredible novel following the journey of a religious woman who begins to have an affair on her husband. The narrative is not your typical romance novel, it’s truly a dramatic unfolding of the character. I loved this character study and how beautifully Jamie Quatro could write out this woman’s feelings and experiences. Seriously, it blew me out of the water. I truly did not expect this book to be half as good as it was.

Jamie Quatro has a beautiful writing style, full of metaphors and truly engaging descriptions. This book could have been a real flop because of the subject matter, but it had me hooked at every single word. There isn’t one thing I would change about this book because it truly was just mesmerizing. I highly recommend it! I’m almost frustrated that I didn’t read it sooner! This is one incredible, lovely and amazing piece of literature that I think anyone who loves drama and riveting reads should pick up.

Maggie has a ‘romantic’ relationship with her husband, but begins to fall in love with an intellectual poet. She’s cheating on her husband, but doesn’t know how to deal with it. The sex with her husband isn’t all that great and it hurts, but she feels like she owes him his pleasure. The more she engages in infidelity, the more she questions herself. Can someone truly fall out of love or change their feelings about someone? Will God understand what she has done?

Even if you’re not religious, I think this book is an excellent view into one woman’s perspective. Yes, it’s fiction but it does really open your eyes to another world. The struggles and changes in a woman’s life can be more troublesome than one thinks and I loved that Jamie opened us into Maggie’s world. The story is absolutely breathtaking.

Five out of five stars.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

 

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#BookReview NYV: Goth by K.D. McQuain

NYV: Goth is a great addition to the New York Vampire series by K.D. McQuain.

I have been waiting anxiously for this sequel for quite a while, and I have to say it didn’t disappoint! This sequel is darker, more twisted and absolutely brutal!

Yet again, we follow Chris in his new vampire life – he’s a little older, a little wiser and still getting into trouble. This book packs on the drama, the sex, the blood and the gore. As he tries to find his place in this world, performing a job alongside Amym and Joyce, trouble ensues.

This book is one hundred percent an R rated novel – there’s lots of sex scenes and lots of blood and guts. This book is not for the light-hearted, but it’s still quite the treat! The mature tone makes this book an interesting read since we are following a teenager. At times, I forgot that Chris was a teenager despite his actions reflecting his age pretty well. I still love Amym in this book, and I wish we got more from his side of the story. His little novella (#1.5 in this series) was really awesome – if you haven’t read that book, pick it up! Seriously, it’s great!

I loved that Chris is growing as a character. He wasn’t my favourite in the first novel, but he’s grown on me quite a bit. He has realistic emotions and reactions in a book that’s fantastical. I hope K.D. McQuain continues with this series and continues growing and developing Chris. He’s becoming one truly interesting character.

My issues with the book were as followed: I always seem to have difficulty figuring out how to pronounce the names of the characters. Googling them rarely helps me, so it’s more of a personal ‘con’ of the book. I’d love to see how K.D. had pronounced them as he was writing – that’d help silly old me out. My other con is that I wanted a little more from the side stories. They were really interesting, but I just wanted… more. Maybe I’m just greedy because I like K.D.’s writing style.

Overall, this book was a dark yet fun ride! It’s another ‘Reader Beware’ book – it’s really dark, it has rape and murder and lots of R rated content that might not be suitable for all ages or personalities

I would recommend this book if you like R rated vampire books (no glitter here folks!), drama and horror mashed together, or want a new series to jump into. I would recommend reading the first book so you really get the whole picture of this series, but you could definitely follow along with this story without any prior knowledge.

Four out of five stars!

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The first book in this series can be found on Goodreads: Goodreads – NYV: Punk (#1)

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#BookReview The Mega Collection by Scott Gordon – Nine Awesome Bedtime Stories!

Here’s a collection of my reviews for Scott Gordon’s books! The specific book I read was called the Mega Collection #1 – Nine Awesome Bedtime Stories for Children 3-5, and boy was it worth every second! If you’re looking for some fun and friendly stories, I’d recommend picking this book up!

Now onto the show!!

Pigtastic by Scott Gordon

Pigtastic by Scott Gordon is a super fun, super cute, children’s novel!

I absolutely love the 3D design of our lead character, the pig! He looks super cute! Add in the wonderful story about accepting people and you’ve got yourself a winning combination! Scott Gordon and his unique style makes me want to shout from the hills about how awesome these books are. Seriously, I’d recommend reading them to your kids if you are looking for something a little different yet still just as fun.

I really loved all of the Pig’s different costumes. That was a really nice touch to make this book cool! The England costume was definitely my favourite one!

Who doesn’t want to be Pigtastic?! We all have to be ourselves in this absolutely crazy world! If we all have hearts of gold, we’ll be Pigtastic!

Overall, it’s super cute and worth every penny!! The 3-5 age group will definitely love this book and all of it’s silliness!

Five out of five stars.

My Little Pet Dragon by Scott Gordon

My Little Pet Dragon is a unique children’s read full of fantastical fun!

I really liked the cover page with the CD art of the dragon on a skateboard. To me, that really stood out compared to other children’s books I’ve seen around recently. The entire book is continues to pack each page full of the awesome 3D art that’s on the cover.

Each page has just a few words on it and a 3D picture that matches the plot that’s carrying on.

I’d say the general age group for this book would be between 2 to 9 years old. The story is rather simplistic, but is extremely cute.

At the end of my copy, which was an eBook I found via BookBub, it has a story about how Scott got into writing. While I thought it was a touching story to include, I felt that it didn’t need to be in a children’s novel that a child might read themselves on a parent’s tablet or phone. As an adult I loved reading it, but it felt out of place (in my humble opinion). It is a motivational and inspirational set of words though!

The version I was reading also included lots of sneak peaks at his other books! While it does a great job advertising these books, it didn’t feel right sitting in a book that a child could be reading. You’re introducing them to a couple chapters and then they can’t necessarily finish it. As someone who has studied marketing, I understand the need to market and advertise your books, but it just didn’t mesh well with the way this book was set up. Maybe put sneak peaks as links at the end or on your website? Not in the book that ends up taking WAY more pages than the story itself.

The final bit (I promise!)… It asks to support the author on Patreon. Again, I totally understand the need to support artists and writers, but it felt out of place.

Overall, this book was really cute and I’d love to read more by Scott Gordon! I think he has lots of potential and he appears to have quite the catalogue!!

Four out of five stars!

Ninja Robot Repairmen by Scott Gordon

This story is full of pushy, robot repairmen! It’s a unique and silly story that is full of laughs for your 3 to 5 year olds.

Scott’s unique style of 3D designs on a white background continues with this book. His style seems to be ingrained in all of his work.

They cause quite the nuisance for our unknown lead! I could see this book being best used as a reading buddy story. It would be a great way to get kids to laugh and get to know each other. In this story, ‘No’ is not an answer no matter what! Even the bad guys at the end were quite amusing!

This story felt more like a fun one than one that will teach you an important lesson. Regardless, I love having a good story full of goofiness around on my shelves!

Three out of five stars!

A Pocketful of Dinosaurs by Scott Gordon

This book was styled a little different at the start! There were actual cartoon pictures! I liked the change from the 3D, computer animated style that is featured in almost every other Scott Gordon book. Change can be good!

Seeing the names of the dinosaurs and the pronunciations was fun! I wish I would have had a book like that when I was growing up and learning about dinosaurs in science class! I think little kids who love dinosaurs would be totally obsessed with this book! The only downfall about this book, is that I don’t think kids ages 3-5 would be able to pronounce some of the words or even the word segments. Hopefully they are able to read this book with a parent, guardian or reading buddy to make it more engaging!

I’m not sure how accurate this book is, but it was definitely cute!

This book also features links to dinosaur research websites and exhibits! That may or may not be a bonus for some people – I’m not going to test the links, so I’m not sure how safe they are. The PBS and wikipedia articles should be safe to visit.

Four out of five stars!

If I Were a Robot by Scott Gordon

If I were a robot…. I’d have enhanced reading abilities!

This book was cute, but was not my favourite of all of Scott Gordon’s books. But not all books can be the best, now can they?! I think it is another cute addiction and full of wacky, fun and zaney ideas but it just wasn’t my favourite. Kids who love science, technology and robots would kill for this book!! I think it’s great that Scott has such a unique library of stories! Every kid should love at least one of his stories! He doesn’t just stick to one genre and I applaud him for that.

Yet again, the 3D computer animated style is back, and the robot has cute costumes! The costumes are always my favourite part of his stories. His creativity with the costumes is just too good! AND THERE’s A LIGHTSABER! And maybe a deathstar?! The easter eggs in this book are definitely the best part!

Side note: There’s another uncanny valley creepy guy in this book. That drops me score down by quite a bit. No amount of Star Wars references can fix the creepy, uncanny valley men.

Two out of five stars.

My Crazy Pet Frog by Scott Gordon

The lead of this story looks so… weird. Weird yet interesting all at the same time! I’m not quite sure what to think of it. Even when he starts doing different activities, it’s like he is staring into my soul. That uncanny valley feeling is amped up a bit in this book. And… a rubber ducky normally looks like a duck and not like an inflatable you wear around your waist.

But hey, it turns out the uncanny frog is a secret agent. That’s cool… right?! And he dances like he’s a fan of the Bee Gees!

The end of this book is what really gets me… he has a family who’d like him to come home and just hang out instead of being all of these crazy careers. It felt slightly depressing, yet kids wouldn’t see that. Only the parents.

It was one of the shorter books, but it was one of the weirder books. I think it’s cool but… odd. Let’s go with odd. It honestly felt like the author was picking up story ideas from a hat and mashed them all together.

Two out of five stars.

My Daddy’s Cool Car Collection by Scott Gordon

This book is all about cars! There are a variety of vehicles featured in this book, and my wonder is how the Dad afforded all of these cars! A limo, a semi-truck, a Volkswagen! The antique cars were definitely my fave! And what type of car book would this be without some sports cars in the mix?!

Some of the cars looked more realistic than the others. A group of them appeared to be quite cartoony, some appeared to be tilted on a strange angle and others looked like they had a professional photographer put them in the book.

Little kids interested in cars would totally dig this book! Scott does a great job at having a library full of different genres of kids books to let everyone in on the reading action!

While this wasn’t my favourite book, I still think it’s mighty cute! At the end there is a little lesson about spending time with your kids instead of buying cars, but it felt just thrown in. As if there had to be some sort of really important message at the end… I would have preferred the message to be woven into the story somehow instead of forced in.

Three out of five stars.

A Little Book About You by Scott Gordon

The uncanny valley is strong in this book… I don’t know why, but the 3D animated people always creep me out Scott Gordon’s books. I’m sure kids wouldn’t notice, but as an adult I’m just weirded out. That shouldn’t let the story down though!

This book is all about the reader being special and one of a kind. It’s a great message that is told right off the bat! This message is told through a variety of characters holding signs and objects, for reasons unknown. The story itself is great, but I don’t totally get the illustrations.

Overall, it’s cute!

Four out of five stars!

Additionally, this book has a lot of BONUS content!
Some chapters to Disco Frog’s new story, a puzzle, and lots of synopsis of Scott Gordon’s books.

 

Average: 3.3 out of 5 stars!

 

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#BookReview Naked by Kay Brandt

Naked by Kay Brandt is an Survivor-esque erotica.

Cadence and Jackson are the leads in this exciting, Survivor like show where they travel to Madagascar and must survive in the wilderness. The main plot sees them filming their episode for the famous television show, but it’s more than just that. This book is filled with sexy, erotic scenes from behind the scenes of this show. The producers and filmmakers, the leads and the relationships outside of the show. It’s wild, hot and purely erotic.

This book does have a bit of a narrative since Cadence and Jackson do have to survive in the wilderness, but I’d say it’s more erotic than drama. I like the inclusion of a plot that isn’t just about sex, because it felt like it spiced up the book a bit more. I like having a little story in my eroticas so it’s not just sex.

That being said, it’s absolutely an R rated novel. The book is rather short – around 200 pages – so it’s an easy read to binge. I binged the whole book and I found it worked well that way.

Naked is almost a “stereotypical” erotica – the way they speak isn’t always realistic but it’s intended to make you hot and bothered. If you’re looking for Shakespeare, this isn’t the book for you!

The worst part of this book is how it ends – a cliffhanger. Those dreaded cliffhangers drive me absolutely NUTS (pun intended), but don’t be worried loyal readers! The book hints at a sequel to this novel so you’re not left hanging.

I’d recommend this book if you like books with lots of sex or something that is highly erotic. If you’re like me a like a little plot in your eroticas, pick this one up! I’d definitely say this some quality work from Kay Brandt!

Four out of five stars!

I received this book for free from the author, Kay Brandt, in exchange for an honest review.

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