Monday, December 30, 2013

Her Mad Hatter Review

Title: Her Mad Hatter

Author: Marie Hall

Book: (Kingdom, #1)

Pages: 129

Rating: 4.5/5

I loved this book despite the sex scenes...but whatever. As you can tell by the cover there is the Mad Hatter, Alice, and romance in Wonderland.
Alice has a life, she runs a cupcake with a Wonderland theme. She has been obsessed with Wonderland since she was a child. The Mad Hatter in particular. So when a fairy godmother shows up she has a hard time believing that what she's seeing is real.
The Hatter has tried to find his mate so many times that he's given up hope to ever find his Alice. When his godmother chooses this Alice he is angrier than ever because she is the granddaughter of the Alice he had fallen in love with. The Alice that betrayed his heart and everyone else.
With only three days left to save him from going insane Alice does her best to prove to Hatter that she really does care for him. After all he did save her life when she was younger. He just doesn't remember her...yet.
He falls hard for her but he know it cannot last. Every Alice has left him, so why should she be any different? When they sleep together the Hatter knows that she is the only one for him, but will Wonderland accept her? When it doesn't Alice flees heartbroken and alone only to discover she's been gone three months and that her brain cancer is back again. This time, though, the doctors can't save her.
The Hatter cannot leave Wonderland and knows that it was him that kept Wonderland from accepting her. His love for her was all it took.
Was all that the fairy godmother went through to save the Hatter from madness in vain? Does Alice truly love the Hatter? What will happen to him if she dies? What will happen to Wonderland?
I truly loved this book and finished it quickly. Oh yeah! I got a Kindle for Christmas and I managed to get this book for free...along with quite a few other books. Whenever I do a review on a book that is free, trust me, I'll tell you. Hope you enjoy the book!

About The Author

Marie Hall is a USA Today Bestselling author and has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.
Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there'd be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project.

On top of that she's a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She's a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun's gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue, however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!
Her Mad Hatter is the first book of her Kingdom Series.
She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

All Our Yesterdays Review

Title: All Our Yesterdays

Author: Cristin Terrill

Book: (All Our Yesterdays, #1)

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

Happy Christmas Eve! Woohoo! Sorry, I'm in a happy mood despite the fact that I have to work tonight! At least I don't have to work tomorrow! WOOPWOOP! Sorry, let me get on with the review...I'm not into the whole time travel thing but I really liked this book. It was a bit odd because time travel always leaves me confused but I hung in there till the very end and I'm glad I did.
Em and Finn have been locked in a secret military base where they are tortured for information. One day Em decides to find out what is in the drain that haunts her every day. What she finds is a list. A list of things she has done in the past to try and prevent the time machine being invented. The only thing is that she went back in time with Finn to do so and they have failed every single time. The only thing left on the list is to kill the doctor. The very man who started it all.
Marina, James, and Finn were all friends on the night that James's brother was shot. After that night though James would never be the same. With the future changing because of the things Em and Finn are doing, things are being discovered for the first time. Like who really killed James's brother and why.
While James, Marina, and Finn look for answers a more sinister force is happening. Marina has been in love with James since they'd met but he'd never seen her as anything other than a sister until the night he meets Em and Finn. The future version of Marina and Finn. Everything changes in that one second of time. Will it change the future? No, not yet.
The doctor shows up before Finn and Em can kill James and end the doctor's rule. The doctor (future version of James) is an evil man who threatens to kill the younger versions of Finn and Em before they can kill him.
Will they young James let the new him kill Marina and his best friend? Will Finn and Em complete their mission and save the world from destruction? Who will live? Who will die? What future is there left?
I love the ending so much! I didn't expect it and I even cried when one of the characters died because I thought...oh well I'm not going to spoil anything for you. You'll just have to read it.

About The Author

Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Author: J.K. Rowling

Book: (Harry Potter, #6)

Pages: 652

Rating: 4/5

I liked this book and I saw the movie (unfortunately) so I knew what was going to happen. The movie was wrong about some things but sadly right about others. Tell me, who all knew Snape was a traitor? I on the other hand was torn because I wanted to believe he was good.
Harry leaves hi Aunt and Uncle shortly after arriving when Dumbledore comes to get him.  After a stop along the way Harry finds himself safe with the Weasleys and owner of Sirius's old house. On the train to Hogwarts Harry discovers Draco has joined the Death Eaters but (much to his surprise) his friends don't seem convinced.
When he's back in school he becomes obsessed with finding out what Malfroy is doing but he can't follow him so he sends Dobby and Kreacher to tail him. He also has sessions with Dumbledore in which he learns more about Tom Riddle (You-Know-Who) and what it will take to kill him. You-Know-Who has split his soul in 6-7 (not precisely sure) ways and each has to be destroyed before he can be killed for good.
Dumbledore takes Harry with him to find one of the Horcruxes which makes Dumbledore so weak it is Harry that has to get him back to school. (bet he wished he hadn't!) There they find Death Eaters and discover that Malfroy had gotten them in and that Snape was a traitor. Poor Dumbledore trusted him so much!
Will Harry save Dumbledore from his fate? Will the Order come just in time to save him? Or will Dumbledore parish and the school fall into the hands of You-Know-Who?
So sad how it ended and I had to fight back tears at the end! I enjoyed it though but I'm not too pleased at how it ended so that made me take away some points. Sadly Harry has to continue on his journey alone...Or does he? Find out in my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

How To Train Your Dragon Review

Title: How To Train Your Dragon

Year: 2010

Movie: (How To Train Your Dragon #1)

Time: 1hr 30min

Rating: 5/5

So I've watched this movie more times than I am willing to admit because I love it so much! Honestly I just lost track of how many times I have watched it...Oh well! Have any of you seen this wonderful movie?
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is an outcast in his tribe because of all the problems he causes. He has never killed a dragon but he wants to. That is, until the morning he catches a Night Fury which no one believes. He sets out to prove that he has indeed caught the never-before-seen Night Fury. When he does find it he discovers that not only can't he kill it, it didn't kill him either.
His father Stoick (Gerard Butler) leaves to try and find the dragons nest and puts Hiccup in dragon training class. Instead of hurting the dragons in class he uses the techniques he learns from Toothless (Night Fury) who he is helping to fly again. Toothless lost part of his tail when he crashed so Hiccup made him a new one and helps him fly since Toothless can't do it alone.
As he becomes more popular the time approaches for the final test in the class. The killing of a dragon. His father comes back and Astrid (America Ferrera) finds out about the dragon but Hiccup shows her that she shouldn't be afraid. When their trip on Toothless turns into a nightmare they find out where the nest is and what controls the dragons. All of them.
Stoick finds out about Toothless after an unfortunate event and learns that 'the beast' (Toothless) knows how to find the nest. He gathers everyone and they go after the nest but Hiccup isn't about to let his whole tribe be killed by the monster in the nest. He gathers everyone he can get and they go after them.
Will they make it in time? What will happen to the beast that rules the dragons? Who, if anyone, dies? What happens to Hiccup and Toothless?
So since it's a DreamWorks movie you can probably already guess about the ending. I won't ruin it for you though. I love this movie and hope you agree! :D

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Frozen Movie Review

Title: Frozen

Year: 2013

Time: 1hr 41min

Rating: 5/5

Sorry I haven't posted in a while but between work and with the crappy internet service I get...I haven't had time to post much. So let me say that I fell in love with the music a few days before I'd even seen the movie, and Let It Go is still my favorite song by far. My parents loved this movie too because it wasn't the classical princess searching for true love. That's something right! Oh and if you don't want spoilers I recommend that you do not read this!
Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) are princesses left all on their own after their parents were lost at sea. The sisters (once close) were pulled apart by Elsa's fear. Anna doesn't know why Elsa won't talk to her anymore because her memory was changed in order to save her life. See Elsa can control snow and ice and she accidentally struck Anna in the head with her magic.
Now the gates to the castle are opening for the first time in years for Elsa's coronation as queen and Anna couldn't be happier to be free for a little while. She hopes to find true love and meets a handsome and somewhat clumsy Hans (Santino Fontana) who steals her heart. But when Elsa won't give them her blessing Anna fights with her and Elsa's powers are revealed to the whole town when the kingdom is frozen in an eternal winter. Elsa runs into the mountains where she is determined to stay so as to prevent any further harm.
Anna sets out on a journey to find her sister and end the winter but needs the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven. They make it up the mountain with a lot of luck but they meet Olaf (Josh Gad) on the way. Olaf is the snowman the two princesses made when they were smaller. Once they make it to Elsa's ice palace Anna goes in alone but is struck in the heart by Elsa's magic. With Elsa not realizing what she had done she throws them out and Kristoff takes Anna to the trolls for help saving her life.
Unable to do anything for her Kristoff has to get Anna back to Hans, her true love. He leaves her at the castle and sets off but what he doesn't know is that Hans had tricked her and instead of being in love with her Hans was really just after the throne. Leaving her to die Hans sets off to kill the only thing between him and the throne, Elsa. He had her in a prison but she escaped in another storm.
Anna sets out to find Kristoff her real true love but finds Hans about to kill the crying Elsa who thought Anna was dead.
Who does she choose to save? Herself? Or Elsa? Will the kingdom be saved from the endless winter?
I loved this movie and though it is a cartoon for kids I am still a kid at heart so I will continue to watch cartoons. I hope you feel the same.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Book: (Harry Potter, #5)

Pages: 870

Rating: 4.5/5

Agh! I hated one of the characters so much I thought I was going to go mad! I mean who can honestly ignore the signs the You-Know-Who is coming back? *sigh* Alas I was able to make it through without too much hair pulling. I found I enjoyed it quite a bit when the toad wasn't involved.
Harry (once again) is having a boring summer till the day he and Dudley are attacked. (one of the signs that You-Know-Who is coming back...the Ministry lost 50 points!) They survive but the Ministry of Magic is holding a hearing for Harry on whether to sentence him...(I think to Azkaban). Dumbledore gets him off  and Harry learns about The Order of the Phoenix which was created long ago to battle He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Sirius is involved and Harry, Hermione, Ron, etc. spend time in Sirius's house where the Order resides.
When they get to school they find they have a new professor who is a evil evil woman! Professor Umbridge wants no mention of You-Know-Who and gives horrible punishments to Harry for mentioning his name. She wants him to stop spreading "lies" so she makes his life a living hell. Not to mention that the O.W.L.s are coming up. When Ron's dad is attacked they head back to Sirius's house for the holidays and to take care of Ron's dad. (Harry saw him get attacked by a snake in a vision which means another 50 points are taken from the Ministry!)
Sadly Harry has to go back to Hogwarts to endure through Professor Umbridge (who took over as head of the school when Dumbledore had to flee) and the O.W.L.s that sneak their way closer. When Harry has a dream of Sirius being attacked and tortured he has to find a way to get there and help. But how can he do this when everyone he can tell are gone?
Will they get away from Umbridge and save Sirius? Or is this just a trap meant to gain You-Know-Who a weapon?
Ok I did love it but I must say I was terribly disappointed when one of my favourite characters died! I mean I loved that character! The rest of the book was great though slow in some parts. I'll do a review on the next book when I finish it! :D