Books vs. eBooks (Book Rambles)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hello, everyone and welcome to the first book ramble at Cindy Reads A Lot! Of course I've rambled many times before (in reviews..and basically all I post, haha), but this time, I'm dedicating an entire post to it! Obviously, I may or may not continue this series depending on if people view this post or comment, etc, so if you want to see more rambles, READ this! COMMENT! And follow! See? I'm a natural at rambling. Ahem. So let's get on to this ramble. Our topic today is: 




2k16 is the perfect to break in your Kindle. After all, that's all everyone's using, right? Not so fast. Although ebooks may have some pros, they do miss out on a few things that traditional books have, which is the reason why not EVERYONE uses ebooks. Curious? Keep reading. :-) 

1. First things first. The cost. It's pretty obvious that ebooks cost less than books. They're much affordable than hardback/ paperback books that can cost around $17.99 (or even more). The only thing about ebooks is that they're less expensive, but require a e-Reader or device to access them. But then again, you only have to buy the device once--and then you can purchase books a lower price. There's also this really super duper cool thing called the library where you can get books for free. (It's how I read so many books. I probably only have like...5-10 books on my shelf. I know, it's shameful.) So I suppose the cost is a tie on both ends? 

2. The feel. If you know me at all, then you'll know that I love first cracking the cover, the smell of the pages...I'm not the only one, right? That's something you unfortunately only get with books. I prefer reading on books for this particular reason. With eBooks, you read on a device, so you don't exactly feel or smell anything. For some peeps, reading on an electronic device causes headaches or eye ouchies (I'm not exactly sure what you call them, so just go along with me), so that may be another con to ebooks. Books can't cause that problem (from what I've seen) so, the 'feel' point goes to books! 

Petting and smelling. Yup. #relatable 

3. Convenience. Books may smell good, but they can get heavy, especially when you're carrying more than one (Don't even get me started on textbooks...) ebooks, on the other hand, are light and require only a device. When traveling, secretly reading something while you're with your friends, ebooks make it more convenient. A point to ebooks! 

4. Customization. (N.B. This might not apply to all eReaders) With books, you're stuck with whatever font/size the printing company decided on. But with eBooks you're able to change these things, the color of the page, the size of the words, and s on. Another point to ebooks! 

5. Distractions. (I'm not sure if this applies to everyone, but it definitely applies to me, so...) Whenever I find myself reading on my Nexus, I'll read for a few minutes and then I'll start playing around with the fonts types and sizes and page colors. Then I read a little more. Then I think, "Man, my screen is TOO bright!", so then I go to settings to change the brightness. On my way to settings though, I spot Tumblr and Color Switch. You can guess what happens next. I'm an easily distracted person, reading on electronics is DEFINITELY not my strong suit. I even get distracted while writing blog posts! 

6. Andd...that's all I've got. ;-p

So if I've counted correctly, that's a tie between books and ebooks. What do you prefer, books or ebooks? Let me know in the comments below! If you haven't figured it out yet, I like traditional books! (If you'd like, let me know if you like my ramblings so I can post more!) 

Thanks for reading! 




Wonder (MMGM)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hi, everyone! Welcome to MMGM! First things first, we've GOT to take a look at the new Cindy Reads A Lot. Deep breath. Okay, squee!! Cindy Reads A Lot just got transformed! Oh my God. It's a big deal because, well I haven't really done much to my blog since the minimalist template. But man, I LOVEEE this new look. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! SQUEE! I still have to fix a *few* things, but other than that...I LOVE IT! What do you guys think? :-) Okay, on to the reason why you guys are here, hehe. 

I've recently gotten into reading books about kids with disabilities and mental illnesses. Let me tell you this: they are life-changing. Seriously. I didn't really know much about things like this, but after I read Wonder *cue all the cheering* it really struck me how hard the lives of kids who are born different are. So this week, I'm reviewing Wonder by Raquel J. Palacio! 


Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Series: Wonder
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (February 14, 2012)
Source and Format: Hardcover, my library


"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being 
sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page."


I can't get over how strong this story is. I've never cried because of a book before (Not even Neverseen, although my heart hurt. A lot.) but Auggie's story almost made me cry. Almost. There are so many things to love about this book; from the story to the characters to the symbolic cover. It's really well written and is now one of my favorites. 

Here are a few things that caught my attention throughout the book. 

The symbolic cover. When I first picked up this book in the library, the cover made had me thinking that the cover artist was aiming for something artsy. But it wasn't until I read the summary (and the rest of the book) that I understood the concept. The boy on the cover is Auggie and he was born with facial deformities. I love it! 

The characters. The two things I look for in book characters are diversity and flaws. (I'm not a terrible person, I swear!) But Auggie's character is taken to a whole new level. Auggie's never gone to school before (because of all the surgeries he's had to have) and well, he doesn't want to. He knows that people can be cruel and judgmental and he doesn't want to go through that. I liked how the author included character development that really helped us understand Auggie better. The situations and problems that Auggie are put through are heartbreaking, but realistic too, so it makes the story much more powerful. 

The other characters, his friends, his parents, his sister, they're all supportive of him and go through a lot too, which shows that they really cared about him. 

There was one character I didn't like though: the bully. Yeah, no one liked him, because well, he was MEAN! You can guess how he reacts when he meets Auggie. *grumbles about bullies* 

Short chapters! If you're like me and you're busy all the time, books like this are for you! With its short chapters, you can sneak in a page without having to stop in the middle of the chapter and having to re-read it because you forgot about everything. Another pro to this book! 

In general, this book is a great read, whether you like short chapters or long chapters or different points of view or not. It's a great story with a great lesson. The characters are really diverse and unique and the character development is great! 



My final rating is...


5 STARS!!!! WOOO!!! I highly recommend this one to everyone! 


R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. She did not design the cover, but she sure does love it.
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Thank you so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

<3,


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Neverseen (MMGM)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hi everyone! Welcome to MMGM! I just wanted to let you know that my heart has been severely damaged. *cries* Yup, that's right, I read Neverseen. No, of course I won't tell you *sniffs* specifically what....thing happens in the book! You're just going to have to read it to find out. *tries to find distractions to avoid prying questions* Ooh, look at the cover! (Also: I know I'm totally late on the review, sorry!) 




  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (November 3, 2015)


"Sophie battles the rebels—and recovers dark memories from her past—in this jaw-dropping fourth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she's not alone.

Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets bigger than anything they’d imagined.

But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it." 





Whew, "game-changing" is definitely an understatement. It had me flipping the pages, flying through each chapter, and gasping at everything plot twist that was in it. It was an AMAZING BOOK.

A few things that caught my attention throughout the book:

I know you guys are gonna squeal with me when I say it. Ready? There are new characters! Squee! Yes, you read that right. Although we still read about the original Keeper crew, there are so many new characters that are introduced! I was so happy about how much character development there was and just the fact that the new characters played really big roles in Sophie's story made me super glad.

Another thing to be excited about. There's a totally new, completely amazing SETTING! *cue all squealing* Yup, there's a new setting! And it picks up right where we left off in Everblaze. *winks* I'm not going to say where because I know some of us haven't read book 3, but I swear it's worth it.

There's a LOVE OCTAGON! (There might not be 8, but shh...) If you thought that it was awkward during books 1, 2, and 3, psh, you're in for a doozy! There's a ton of Sokeefe, Sofitz, and Sofex moments in store! And not to mention...other stuff.

THEN, there's...the ending. I kind of wanted to scream when I reached the ending. But it would be impolite to my neighbors, especially because it was around 3 or 4 in the morning. But fear not, I screamed in my head! Yes, I did. After I read that last sentence, my eyes kind of just zoomed over to the next page expecting the rest of the story. *horrified voice* BUT NO! It was the acknowledgements. Which is great, you know, but I mean, IT WAS A STINKING CLIFFHANGER! We were left hanging. Why Shannon?! If you've been around social media (Tumblr, twitter, insta) you'll see that the fangirls (and guys) of KOtLC are going crazy because of this.

But then again, it builds up excitement for the next book, but...I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR?! NoOoOoO!! I guess you can see the ending as both a good thing and a bad thing, but oh, man, it hUrTs!

All in all, this book is amazing and I highly recommend it to every human being in this world. And hey, if you're in Mars or Jupiter or are orbiting the Earth in a spaceship, I recommend it to you too. Anything Shannon writes is amazing. Anyone disagree? Good. ;-)




With all of that being said, here's my rating. (It's quite predictable)






5 STARS!

It is my favorite book as of right now and I've yet to find something that has beaten Shannon and her amazing writing skills. Can't wait for Lodestar to come out! It seems that each book in the series is better than the last! 
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Thank you so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! :-)

❤️,










Links: 

To find out more about NEVERSEEN and the rest of the Keeper series, click HERE

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IT'S MY BLOGIVERSARY! (with MMGM)

Friday, March 11, 2016

As you can see from the post title, today is (Well, if you're here from MMGM, Friday was) my BLOGIVERSARY! 

For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically a blog's birthday. Cindy Reads A Lot started on March 11, 2015 and today is March 11, 2016, which means that Cindy Reads A Lot is TURNING ONE! WOO! To celebrate, I have an special post that includes my top ten favorite books I've read in 2015 and the books I'm waiting on.  

PS. I think there's something wrong with my template coding, which is why you might see huge spaces between chunks of text. It's really bothering me (because when I type it in here, it's fine) so a new template might be in the works soon...and besides, I've had this look for a while, so now it's time for something new... :-)

All right, on to the festivities! 



1. Neverseen, by Shannon Messenger


Sophie battles the rebels—and recovers dark memories from her past—in this jaw-dropping fourth book in the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.



Sophie Foster is on the run—but at least she's not alone.



Her closest friends from the Lost Cities have gone with her to join the Black Swan. They still have doubts about the shadowy organization, but the only way to find answers is to start working with them. And as they settle into their new lives, they uncover secrets bigger than anything they’d imagined.


But their enemies are far from done, and unleash a terrifying plague that threatens the safety of an entire species. Sophie and her friends fight with everything they have—with new allies joining them—but every choice has consequences. And trusting the wrong person could prove deadly.

In this game-changing fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie must question everything to find a truth that will either save her world—or shatter it.

2. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio
                                                  
You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page

3. Everything, Everything, by Nicole Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. 




4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green 

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.








5. Blackbird Fly, by Erin Entrada Kelly

Future rock star, or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this debut tween novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers and following her dreams.

Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods, makes mistakes with her English, and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” It becomes unbearable in middle school, when the boys—the stupid, stupid boys—in Apple’s class put her name on the Dog Log, the list of the most unpopular girls in school. When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show how special she really is. 

6. Fish In A Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. 

7. Every Soul A Star, Wendy Mass

And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also where three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally likes the simple things in life--labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the Moon Shadow campground, is a part of who she is, and she refuses to imagine it any other way.

Popular and gorgeous (everybody says so), Bree is a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide?

Overweight and awkward, Jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined and making friends in the most unexpected situations.

Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one's place in the universe.

8. The Blood Guard, by Carter Roy 

When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove's seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she's a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities—gymnastics, judo, survival training—she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure—dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he's never much liked and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom's last words of advice: Trust no one. That's a lot for an ordinary kid to deal with. But then again, maybe Ronan's not ordinary at all. 

9. Counting By 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan 


In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life... until now.


Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

10.  Deep Blue, by Jennifer Donnelly

Serafina, daughter of Isabella, Queen of Miromara, has been raised with the expectation - and burden - that she will someday become ruler of the oldest civilization of the merfolk. On the eve of the Dokimí ceremony, which will determine if she is worthy of the crown, Sera is haunted by a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. But her nightmare is forgotten the next day as she diligently practices her songspell; eagerly anticipates a reunion with her best friend, Neela; and anxiously worries about Mahdi, the crown prince of Matali, and whether his feelings toward her and their future betrothal have changed. Most of all, she worries about not living up to her mother's hopes.

The Dokimí proceeds, a dazzling display of majesty and might, until a shocking turn of events interrupts it: an assassin's arrow wounds Isabella. The realm falls into chaos, and Serafina's darkest premonitions are confirmed. Now she and Neela must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the mer nations. Their search will lead them to other mermaid heriones scattered across the six seas. Together they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood as they uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.


(Note: Some of these books are already available. I just haven't gotten the chance to read them yet. ;-p) 

1. Sea Spell, by Jennifer Donnelly

At the end of Dark Tide, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history? Meanwhile, Serafina and her Black Fins train goblin troops for battle against her uncle Vallerio's death riders. Will Sera ever see her beloved home--and her beloved Mahdi--again, or will the Volneros take over the mer realms while Orfeo takes on the gods themselves? Nothing less than the fate of the underwater world is at stake in this breathtaking finale. 






2. Lodestar, by Shannon Messenger (The wait is an agony. Ughh...) 


Dark schemes unfold--and Sophie's loyalty is pushed to the limit--in this thrilling fifth book in the best-selling KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES SERIES. 

Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities--but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc. 

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she's warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act. 


A mysterious symbol could be the key--if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world's underbelly and the Black Swan aren't the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn't stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her. 
3. Out Of My Mind, Sharon M. Draper 


From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.

"If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it." (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it - somehow.


In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability. 

4. The Julian Chapter, by 


A brand new, exclusive chapter from the bestselling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed novel Wonder.

Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book's most controversial character—Julian. 

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie's story through six different viewpoints, Julian's perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.

Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully's side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption? 





And joining me for MMGM! (Next week I'll have a review up) I also wanted to let you guys know that I have a Goodreads account now, so if you'd like to add me as a friend and/or follow my reviews, my name is cindyreadsalot. 

See you next Monday!!!

The Island of Dr. Libris (MMGM)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Happy March, everyone! This week, I'm reviewing The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein. Since he's the same author who wrote Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library and it's one of my favorite books, I decided to give this one a try. I definitely wasn't disappointed. The cover fits the book perfectly! 



(PS. I know you guys are going to think I'm a total nerd, but 'libris' in Latin means BOOK! Coincidence? I don't think so. *mysterious smile*) 




  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)
  • Source and Format: Hardcover, my library :-)


"What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible...isn’t it?" 






I had really high expectations for this book, especially since Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library was an amazing read. I wasn't definitely disappointed, it was really good. Not Escape form Mr. Lemoncello's Library good, but close enough. Other than a few bumps along the road, I really enjoyed The Island of Dr. Libris. What I liked about this book? Um, HELLO! it's about book characters coming ALIVE. I mean, who wouldn't want that? (Oh my gosh, if it actually worked, I would totally bring the KOTLC crew to life. Am I right?) 

The characters were really fun and realistic. Billy, the main character, deals with parent troubles, bullies, and all sorts of crazy things happening on the island. We meet all sorts of wacky characters from the books that Billy reads. 

Billy's story shows the importance of reading books and using your imagination. This book also explains as people get older, they use less of your imagination because they think it's better to live in reality (Come on, BOOKS ARE OUR ONLY ESCAPE FROM REALITY!)  and that spending your time imagining things is a waste of time. Reading Billy's story may help you realize that imagination is far more important than you think it is. 

My favorite part of the story was watching all of the stories unfold and collide. Um, let's just say Hercules meets Robin Hood and *mumble mumble whisper*...

Although this technically isn't the ideal place for a trailer, I just decided to put it here anyway. Enjoy! 






And now, for the rating...




4 STARS! 

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Thank you so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

<3,









Links: 

If you'd like to lean more about Chris Grabenstein or check out The Island of Dr. Libris, click HERE

If you'd like to return to Shannon Messenger's website or check more MMGM's click HERE


 
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