Review: The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group
Catherine Jinks

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (April 4, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0152066152
ISBN-13: 978-0152066154



This review is pending. I have tried to read this book for TWO WEEKS but I can't seem to get passed page 58! I could not get in to this book. I tried. I really did.

I think what was holding me up is the excessive fluff talk in this book. I'm all for plot development, but please don't spend 40 pages talking about the same thing! I think I literally spent 40 pages reading various characters asking Toby (the young werewolf) if he remembers how he ended up naked in a dingo pen. Of course, Toby can't remember. Even I picked up on that after 20 pages! Ugh.

I think I've reached a part that might lead to something interesting, but I'm not willing to try finishing this book just yet. There are too many delicious books out there worth my time. No need to deprive them by drudging through this book any longer.

If anyone has read this book, I would be interested in knowing if it does get any better. Would it be worth trying to read again?


Blog Hop and Follow Friday (5)

Book Blogger Hop


 This week's question: "Who's your all-time favorite book villain?"


My favorite book villain has to be Dorian Grey from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey. Seriously, anyone who is willing to sell their soul to the devil and murder their friend-- in order to stay young forever-- is pure evil. My second choice would be all the little heathens that helped murder poor Piggy in Lord of the Flies. Conformity is not cool.







This week's question: What's the most embarrassing thing you've done on cold medicine?

Well, thank goodness I don't really have any horrible stories to tell about this one. I do remember needing cold medicine and tissue (desperately) while sitting in a math class in college. That was embarrassing. It's hard to take a test while trying to keep snot from dripping out your nose. Sorry if that was really gross. It was really humiliating. 


Review: Pearl Verses the World

Pearl Verses the World

By Sally Murphy

ISBN: 9780763648213
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: 8/23/2011
Source: NetaGalley


Summary from NetGalley: Pearl likes to write poems, but despite the insistence of her teacher, Ms. Bruff, Pearl’s poems don’t rhyme, and neither does she. She wishes she could grow gills so she could stay underwater in swim class without drowning. And she hasn’t a clue why perfect Prudence bumps her desk and sends her pencils flying. Pearl thinks there’s no nicer sound than the bell at the end of the day, even though back at home Granny, always a crucial part of their family of three, sometimes doesn’t recognize Pearl, and Mom is tired from providing constant care. In a lyrical novel told with clear-eyed sympathy, humor, and heart, Sally Murphy follows a girl who holds fast to her individuality even as she learns to let go—and in daring to share her voice, discovers that maybe she’s not a group of one after all.


Review: This was a very short read (80 pages), but it was such a sad story. I felt sorry for the little girl, Pearl. Her teacher, Ms. Bruff does not understand her poetry because it does not rhyme. Pearl feels like Ms. Bruff is always looking at her with disapproval, leading to Pearl’s feelings of being a “group of one.” When her grandmother dies—after a long battle with dementia—Pearl has a need to share her feelings, but has trouble finding the words. At the funeral, she shares a poem that she writes about her grandmother. In doing so, she releases her feelings and shows Ms. Bruff that not all poems have to rhyme.


The poems were quick and easy to read. Most of the pages had simple sketch drawings to help illustrate the book. I do not typically read middle grade novels, but I thought it might be something my students would read. After finishing the book, however, I’m not convinced any of my students would read this book without my probing. It was a very sad story. As a piece of writing, I think it would be worth using in class if we discussed the underlying themes and the idea of coping with loss of a family member. I think the book would be best suited for a child struggling with loss.


In My Mailbox (2)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.


My mailbox is pretty puny this week after last week's book buying bonanza. My husband banned me from the bookstores for a week or two, and I didn't make it to the library. (I had to help with my cousin's baby shower.) Soooo... I had no choice but to dig around in my ever growing TBR boxes to find something to read. Which, really, isn't a bad idea since I'm up to 3 boxes now! I might have to use the boxes as coffee tables if I don't start emptying them out.


Now I'm reading The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks. I didn't read the first book in this series, but it seems pretty good so far. I had a raffle  of the original ARC of this book that I got in November in my class. I was lucky enough to get another copy from NetGalley.

Oh, and I almost forgot. I won an ARC of Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore from a Goodreads contest. This will certainly be my next read. 

I finally finished Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. It was exactly like I predicted it would be... HILARIOUS! I didn't think I would like it, but I ended up loving it. I laughed at loud several times during the book. (It even had a nice plot.)
















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