The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) (MMGM)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hope you've all been having a great weekend. It's time for MMGM! Before I get to the review though, I just wanted to say an early "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!". I'm super thankful of having the chance to share my thoughts on books with you guys, and I'm so happy to be part of MMGM.  Make sure to look for the Question of the Day later in this post and comment your answer down below! 

Alright, this week, I will be reviewing a hilarious book called The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other). It's another book about sibling relationships, so if you have a sister or brother, I feel your pain. I actually was not expecting this book. I bought it from my school Scholastic Catalogue and was thinking that it was a chapter book...but it's not...well...well it is, but I mean...IT'S JUST DIFFERENT OKAY?! STOP GRILLING ME! Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's the cover! I absolutely love the detail on this one. 

Oh shoot, I forgot to add the info. it won't go in. Alright well, here it is...

Age Range: 8 - 12 years (The book itself is really short and really easy to understand)
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: The Tapper Twins (Book 1) (OMG! I just found out that this book is part of a series! How cool is that?!)
Page Count (at least in paperback): 219
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 7, 2015) 

"This brand-new series by a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.

Told as a colorful "oral history" by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world."

5 Reasons why you should read and love The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other): 

  • It's really short. I don't know about you, but my time has been seriously limited lately, so short books are my life right now. It's not missing any details, and it's not that short, so the book length is pretty perfect. *thumbs up*
  • The format of the book is DIFFERENT. I personally think that this book is PERFECT for the reluctant reader because the book isn't like a book. It's more like a...a...combination of things. Like listed above, the story is told from different people's point of views, and also through photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, etc, etc. When you're reading it, it doesn't seem like a book, it doesn't seem like you're really even reading it! Maybe this book will make your reluctant reader WANT to read! *thumbs up*
  • It's about TWINS! Which I think are super interesting. In this case, it's a girl and a boy, so obviously they don't look exactly alike or think alike (not all girl twins think alike either, but who knows!) , but it's cool to see the story from the eyes of one twin and the eyes of another. I'm a huge fan of switching points of views (as long as it doesn't get too out of hand/confusing. 
  • There are pictures! If you think that middle schoolers are too old for pictures, you're wrong. Utterly completely wrong. I mean sure, we don't really want fully colored in pictures of girls sitting under trees and reading books and guys running around and doing whatever it is guys do, but these pictures are awesome. It's kind of like a modern picture book. But with less pictures and more words. And a deeper story line. 
  • Fantastic message. If you know me at all, you know that I love books that have a deep embedded message that you don't understand until you read the entire book. I like random books too, but ones with messages usually stay with me longer than those about cows and pineapples. (speaking about pineapples, don't forget to follow me on instagram @cindythepineapple) 

My Rating: 

I like the idea of this one and laughed quite a few times, but I feel like Claudia went waaaaay out of her way to get revenge on Reese. A little exaggerated, but still a fun read. 

About the Author


Hi! I’m Geoff Rodkey. I write things for a living: mostly books, movies, and TV shows…but I’ve also written for magazines, newspapers, video games, web sites, standup comedians, and even two United States Senators. Although at least one of them would prefer that I don’t mention that.                     I’m currently working on a middle grade comedy series about 12-year-old fraternal twins who live in New York City and don’t get along. The first one, The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other), comes out April 7, 2015, with three more books to follow in 2015-16: The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York, The Tapper Twins Run For President, and The Tapper Twins Don’t Have a Title For Their Fourth Book Yet. (I’ll get around to retitling that last one at some point.)     Before The Tapper Twins, I wrote the adventure-comedy-mystery-coming-of-age trilogy The Chronicles of Egg. The Egg books are about as much fun as you can have between two covers, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote them. (If you want to check them out, start at the beginning, with Deadweather and Sunrise.)

Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM! And I hope all have a nice thanksgiving! 

ALSO! The question of the day is...What's your favorite holiday and why? Mine favorite is definitely Christmas, because then you're all excited for presents and then New Year's is right after and then Valentine's and it's just like a mob of crazy holidays stuff going on. Tell me your answer in the comments down below! 

Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope y'all have a nice week and an even nicer Thanksgiving! 




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The Alchemist's Theorem (MMGM)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hi! Long time no see, at least for MMGM! That's right, I'm back today with a review! Please welcome...The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise by Margaret Chiavetta. And I promise that the cover has a really deep, significant meaning once you read the book. Take a look at the pretty...

  • Age Recommended: 8+ This book is literally amazing and perfect for basically anyone to read. If you're a younger reader, though, I would recommend having a dictionary by your side to look up words even if you're really hooked to the book and don't wanna put it down...

  • Page Count: 213 pages

  • Publisher: Margaret R. Chiavetta; 1st edition 

  • Publication Date: November 6, 2015


"This epic fantasy novel for middle grade readers has fun potion-making, faithful animal friends, and fantastical adventures. 

Mendel, an eccentric boy with an autistic nature, and the master alchemist Sir Duffy set out on a series of quests with their many weird and endearing creature companions—like Esther the snake-ish gusselsnuff, and Gooder the fat, lazy, carnivorous horse. These determined travelers must venture across the continent of Terra Copia, an exotic land where the plants and animals in one forest are completely different from the next. It is up to them to safeguard secrets and dangerous artifacts from many enemies—such as agents from the Academy of Advanced Disciplines, venomous pixies, and a mysterious pale stranger. If they fail, a terrifying curse will return to their land.

The Harry Potter audience will love the world of The Alchemist’s Theorem, and all of its magical alchemy, fantastical beasts, and epic adventure."

What other people thought about The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise...

"A rather dashing adventure from a new voice in the Middle Grade Fantasy arena that appears to have staying power.”—Insatiable Readers 

"Chiavetta avoids showing autism as either an entirely crippling illness or a special gift in and of itself. Mendel has autism and he has to learn ways of coping with the world... It becomes one aspect of who he is, not the sole defining quality of an inquisitive and inventive young man.” —Fangirlnation

5 Reasons why you should read and love The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise...

  • Lovely characters. Mendel and Sir Duffy have this really unbreakable bond, and it was amazing to see the scenes play out and how they stuck together. I was really sad when the book ended, because all of the characters were so sweet and caring and I JUST LOVE THEM TOO MUCH!!! *SOBS*
  • Teamwork lessons. No matter what crazy or terrible situation these guys get stuck in, they either find a way out of the situation or work together to overcome it. Very inspirational!
  • Amazing illustrations. (Yes, there are pictures and yes, yes they are amazing.) Lovely is just what they are! If you think that middle grade books are too 'advanced' to have pictures in them, you're completely wrong! The pictures really pull together the book and make it even more enjoyable. Not only do they make it more enjoyable, but they also help you picture the characters and scenes better. 
  • Plot twists and battles. HiYA! Pow! I feel like every page in this book is either heart-warming or really twisted. It's so sweet but also whoa-you-never-saw-that-coming like. Lovely!
  • A mixture of everything! Is it sci-fi? Is it fiction? Is it fantasy? You'll never know with this book! (Except that it says 'fantasy novel' on the cover, haha) I feel like it's different every time. There's a lot of alchemy in it, so definitely sci-fi, a lot of fictional events, but also fantasy animals, like Esther, the gusselsnuff!

I give this book and honest... 
                                                                                                         because it was amazing! 

About the Author: Margaret Chiavetta!

Want some cake? 
I was an anthropologist and spent several years working with monkeys. Scientists say you have to be objective about your animal subjects and avoid any interaction, but to me that was the best part. I got to know 300 monkeys by sight and personality. Observing and engaging with monkeys are how I learned so much about human behavior.
While I was assimilating to monkey culture in the subtropics, I began to write about my adventures. I went on to get my MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington Bothell. I took my ambition for anthropomorphism, fantasy and writing and arrived at my first book, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise. There are many strange creature companies to the human protagonists and a great deal of inter-species communication. Just the way I like it.
(cue announcer voice) Wanna read an excerpt of the book? Or hear the one and only Margaret Chiavetta read it TO YOU? Click HERE and scroll down a tiny bit and you'll find the text along with the audio there! 
Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

~Cindy :-)


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PS. The question of the day is...

How did you spend your Friday the thirteenth? (I almost got ran over by a car. I'm okay though!) 

Comment down below your answer!!!! Hope y'all liked this review! 

Hello, it's me

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hello! This is my comeback post! This week, I'm not doing a review (but I am finally being able to read stuff!) but I'm here to tell you guys how much I miss blogging. PS. there might be a comeback playlist in this post...

I miss you guys. 

Very, very much. 

And I miss blogging. 

Very, very much. 

And I miss reading. 

Very, very, very much. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to get a review up next time, (#mustreadrightnow) so fingers crossed for that. The reason why I have time to post is because *drumroll* please..... I FINISHED TERM 1!!!! To be completely honest, I still have a few projects to catch up on....and a few tests on Monday...but I just wanted to let y'all know that I'm NOT DEAD. And that this blog is NOT DEAD either. It's still up and running. 

Also: I might have an updated blog look sometime soon, sometimes new changes are good. :-)

I'm gonna head back to finishing my homework and then READING, but before I leave, here's the playlist I promised! 

Pretty sure that everyone knows how this works, but just in case you don't...

-So the track title will be in the color...(PREEETTTY)

-To play that track, all you have to do is look at the track # which is the number next to the name and click on it on the link below 

-To make sure you have the right song, see if the number in the link corresponds to the number next to the song! 


1. Hello, by Adele (because she's amazing like that + duh, the post title)
Play Track 1
(for this one, the song doesn't start until about 1:20, so you can skip forward to hear it)

2. Air I Breathe, by Mat Kearney
Play Track 2

3. Wildest Dreams, by Taylor Swift
Play Track 3

4. Safe With Me, by Megan Nicole 
Play Track 4

5. Ours to Lose, by the Summer Forever cast
Play Track 5

Bye for now!!!!

~Cindy from Cindy Reads A Lot