This is the first book by Stacey Rourke that I've had the pleasure of reading and I have no regrets. If you're a fan of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, this is a must-read. This story delves into the Sea Witch's back story, shedding some much-needed light on the villain we all love to hate. Told in the fashion of Maleficent, readers are brought back in time to before Triton was king, when he was just a small merlad and Vanessa, his older sister, gave him all the grief an older sibling is supposed to. The story is full of hardships and heartache for our mersiblings and the reader will find themselves feeling things for Vanessa they didn't before. This story will make the reader see The Little Mermaid in a whole new light and bring some understanding to why Ursela did the things she did. There's morals hidden throughout the book that are needed for more than a few adults and about every child on land... and in sea. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mermaids, as young as 11 or 12.
I did find more wording errors (wrong tenses of words) in this book than I'm overly comfortable with and feel Ms. Rourke should look into a proofreader to help her editor out for future books. The errors, while obvious, don't really impede the flow of the story in any way more than a second glance to make sure the reader actually indeed saw an error. They are simple and as easily fixable as they are overlook-able.
However, while the average reader will more than likely simply not see the errors, I, being an editor, did and given the amount of them within this book, I cannot give it the 5 I want to. However, given the research, detailing, and character and world building Ms. Rourke did to create this story and shed light on one of Disney's most memorable villains, I give Rise of the Sea Witch 4 of 5 paws.
I await the next book in this series, don't keep us waiting too long, Ms. Rourke.
***This Review Contains Mild Spoilers***
I will start by saying, that this was birthday gift for my daughter last year, when she turned 10. She's a huge FNaF fan and I spent countless months hearing all about the animatronics and the things they did in the games that when this book was on preorder, it just seemed to be a must-have for her. I naturally, after hearing so much about it, had to read this book that piqued her love of the written word that she's read it 4 times in the last year.
This is an AMAZING book to have come from Scholastic. Not that Scholastic books are bad, but it's ultimately rare to find any that adults would pick up and become engrossed in, (The last Scholastic books that got to me like this one did were the Harry Potter books). It's almost like a combination of R.L. Stine and Stephen King in the way the story is written, but with how graphic I've heard the games are, this doesn't surprise me. What did surprise me, is how the story just catches you and even though they never actually name the old yellow rabbit, the reader knows he's Springtrap and that the yellow Freddy is Golden Freddy.
For the young adults, this story is full of shock scares. For those older, the story is almost a sad one, one that will put you in the mind of The Woman Black's story.
I did spot two plot holes that I feel both authors, while seasoned story tellers (one being the creator of the games, the other an author) should consider looking into and perhaps hire another editor who won't miss these vital, obvious errors.
In chapter 9, Sammy is mentioned as having been at Freddy Fazbear's, however, the whole reason Freddy's was created was because Sammy in fact vanished at the diner that preceded Freddy's, Fredbear's.
In chapter 11, John all but orders to stay behind with Jessica, who is slowly losing her sanity due to what's going on, and Carlton, who is in no condition to go anywhere since he can barely stand without assistance, yet well after John has left on his own, Charlie is with him and it a few pages later, Jessica is there as well, Carlton isn't mentioned until a few paragraphs later. There is never a mention of Charlie, Jessica or Carlton leaving the office where Dave was. These are obvious errors that nearly destroyed the flow of the story for me since both times, I flipped several pages back to reread to see if I had missed something that would explain these instances, only to see that I hadn't missed anything at all. The explanation is just non existent.
Despite the two errors, this story is a quick read for an avid reader, even with it's averaging 30 pages per chapter, and it's definitely one that any fan of R.L. Stine will enjoy, as will any fan of horror in general.
Of course, When I saw The Twisted Ones (the second book to this series) was out for Preorder, it was ordered for my daughter's birthday this year. Maybe she'll be a good child and let me read it first so I don't have to wait a year this time >~.^<
While the story itself is worth 5 paws, due to the plot holes mentioned in my review, I can only give it 4.
Wow, just wow. This is the first book by the young and very talented Nadege Richards that I've had the honor of reading and it blew me away. Asylum 54.0 is everything Dystopian as well as Sci-Fi fans are looking for. This books starts with action and ends with it, not to mention there are some amazing, comic book-style art works interwoven within the pages that really bring certain scenes and the characters to life. I absolutely Mathai! She's everything I hope my little girl will be when she's older; brave, strong, independent, and willing to fight for what's right. She's an amazing rolemodel for young girls of all colors and ages and her story is an amazing one. There are a few seemingly slow spots within the story, but since it's the first of a series, it makes sense. This book begins the adventure and thus there's backstory and the such to read about. There are no "boring" parts of this book. Every word is deliberately placed to entrap the reader within Mathai's world. Told in the first-person, this story will capture your imagination and you will see and feel all that Mathai does and then some.
I would recommend this book, and more than likely the entire series, to anyone who loves a well-written story, even those as young as around middle-grade age since there's no swearing and no adult themes. Ms. Richards has proven herself to the masses and shown us that even the younger writers have stories worth hearing.
I look forward to the second installment of this saga, Sanctum 92 and eagerly await its release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws. Well done, Nadege, you've restored my faith in indie writers.
National Treasure is one of my favorite movies. Then again, I love movies like this. There's a ton of historical fact (and a lot of creative liberties taken with some very old rumors) that bring the story together and not only make it believable, but make younger generations take an interest in our history (as if all the blood gore and conspiracies that are actually in our history aren't enough). What I like most about this movie is that even the fictional parts of the it are so detailed in explanation, you can't help but wonder if at least some of it is true. Perhaps there is a lost Templar treasure somewhere, prehaps someday this movie will be remade as being "based on true events". All we can do is wonder and dream about such a wonderful find.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws.
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This is probably one of the most twisted movies I've ever seen in my life. Definitely a must-see for anyone who likes crime dramas and thrillers. There's a ton of unexpected twists and turns, and unlike most Rated R movies, there's some actual boy-bit visuals too from both the main actor, Ben Affleck, as well as the supporting minor male, Neil Patrick Harris. Rosamund Pike played the sociopath beautifully. I was very impressed with her performance. If you hated her, she did her job well, trust me. This is definitely something I would watch again... and again.
I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
Carmen: A Hip Hopera was one of my favorite movies growing up. With an all star cast, this movie was the pinnacle of hip hop culture when it released. Watching it now as an adult though, the acting is absolutely horrible! The only thing even half way decent are the songs which riddle the movie since it's a musical. This movie brings back so many memories for me and for that reason alone, I give it 4 of 5 paws.
Ghost in the shell is a pretty good movie. There are some very noticeable variations between the movie and the anime, though I'd have to say, they did an amazing job of bringing the first scene of the first episode to life in the movie. I wasn't pleased with the casting choices, however. Motoko was all right being played by scarlet Johanson, but the they should have cast Batou better, or at the very least given the character his infamous pony tail. The story line was decent, mixing scenes from stand alone complex and things that were new (to me at any rate). They did a great job of bringing the city to life and even Motoko's infamous backward fall from the roof that's in the opening credits of the anime. I definitely plan to watch this one again at some point. I give this movie 5 of 5 paws
I have tried so hard to watch this movie all the way through several times since it's release and have failed every time. The idea of the story is a good one, but the execution falls short. There's plenty of action and jump scares to keep most people glued to the screen. For me, it's not enough.
It reminds me so much of The Skulls and I think that's where my issue lies. While The Covenant has different characters, the main premise is quite similar to The Skulls, which released first and gave me the same attention-holding issues.
The Covenant is a good movie for those who need a quick jump-start, or for those who don't like hardcore thrillers, but for those of us who find only the goriest and scariest of movies good enough, this one doesn't even come close to hitting that mark. I give this movie 3 of 4 paws.
Babe: Pig in the City, takes place shortly after Babe wins his sheepdog trials. A big celebrity now, the farmer treats Babe like he'd wanted to from the beginning, like family. Hard times hit the farm though, and unless Babe can get where he's going and get paid, the farm will lose his farm.
While this movie is good, it follows the sad pattern of most sequels. It's expected to match the quality of the first movie and it falls short. Babe has himself quite an adventure in Venice, Italy and meets new friends, including a family of chimpanzees. There's plenty of comedy in this sequel, but that's about all there is. It's great for a quick laugh when you need one, but for anything with a message, it gets lost in the comedy.
I would watch this again simply because Babe is an amazing pig and his adventures should be told as often as Wilbur and Gordy's. I give this movie 4 of 5 paws.