Book Review, Realistic Fiction, Romance

{Realistic Fiction/Romance} Gamer Girl~Mari Mancusi {Review}

Maddy is a high school student who originally lived in Boston, but after her parents got divorced, she had to move to a small town and a new school. She gets picked on by the popular crowd and has a hard time fitting-in in general. Once her father gives her Fields of Fantasy, an MMORPG, for her birthday, Maddy develops a crush on a guy she meets online, Sir Leo. Maddy tries to adjust to her new situation and make friends all while having a crush on one of the popular guys, Chad, and Sir Leo, her online crush, and making a manga for a contest (called Gamer Girl, of course).

This book is very cliché. Most of the tropes one associates with school-based middle-grade books are here. Maddy is unpopular, kind of goth, doesn’t fit in, feels like she will never have any friends, develops a crush on someone who is above her league, etc. However, I’m a sucker for all of those tropes, so I didn’t really mind. This book was incredibly predictable, but most middle-grade realistic fiction and romance books are, so I suppose I can’t fault it for that. The ending was was also very abrupt. Everything was resolved very quickly, but that happens in most middle-grade realistic fiction books as well, so I shouldn’t have expected anything different.

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Book Review, Fantasy, Paranormal

{Paranormal} Stories of Ghosts, Witches, and Demons~Freya Littledale (editor) {Review}

This book is a compilation of scary stories, poems, and a song all edited together by Freya Littledale. Looking it up online, a lot of people seem to have really fond memories of this book, so I looked forward to reading it. Rather than talk about the book as a whole, I’m going to give some brief thoughts on each story. Also, pardon my cover scan; I got the book free from a Lending Library so the cover has black crispy spots all over it.

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Book Review, The Hardy Boys

{The Hardy Boys Other} The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life~Paul Ruditis {Review}

I figured I’d post the two Hardy Boys guides close together to lessen confusion. I’m still thinking that both books may have the same author but I can’t prove anything. Check out my post on The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life by Franklin W. Dixon for more of my thoughts on this.

The book is like the other guides: tips about life. These tips are adapted from situations in the original 58 Hardy Boys book (though it is still unclear what tips are from revised editions or original editions).
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Book Review, Nancy Drew

{Nancy Drew Other} Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life~Jennifer Worick {Review}

Much like The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life, by Franklin W. Dixon and The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life by Paul Ruditis, this book contains tips for life adapted from quotes and situations from the first 56 Nancy Drew books (though it is unclear what tips are from revised editions or original editions). There is only one book with this title, so there is no confusion. Thank goodness.

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Book Review, The Hardy Boys

{The Hardy Boys Other} The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life~Franklin W. Dixon {Review}

I got two books called “The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life”, originally thinking that they were the same thing but different editions. As it turns out, they are not the same in that they have different authors, different covers, were published five years apart, and are different sizes completely. However, some of the text inside both of them are the same. Both books have this tip:

  • “Posing as a hood in a disguise is the best disguise for undercover operations along the waterfront where hoods hang out” —The Bombay Boomerang

In The Bombay Boomerang, Frank says, “I’m posing as a hood. It’s the best disguise for undercover operations along the waterfront where hoods hang out.” So, that means that this isn’t a direct quote that they both quoted; both books changed the quote in the exact same way. I can only surmise that this book, The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life, by Franklin W. Dixon, is the original release, and The Hardy Boys’ Guide to Life, by Paul Ruditis, is an updated version released under either the name of the original ghost writer for the first version of the book, or under the name of the new compiler (as most of the tips are different). Even so, the companies that released the books are not the same as this book was released by Simon & Schuster and the Paul Ruditis version is released by Running Press. I suppose I shall just stay confused.

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Book Review, Thriller

{Thriller} Let’s Play Make-Believe~James O. Born and James Patterson {Review}


Christy Moore is in the middle of a divorce from her super rich husband, and she meets Martin Hawking, who is divorced. Martin likes playing “make-believe”, AKA mainly petty crimes equivalent to “getting gas and not paying for it.” Now, Christy and Martin have a hot romance, and then things get out of hand.

So if that sounds boring, that’s because it is. I want to make it clear that my plot description is as it is, and only mildly vague near the end for the sake of spoilers. However, the summary on the back of the books makes the book sound like it could be really good! So, I’m going to quote the summary and pick it apart because boy is it disappointing.
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Book Review, Realistic Fiction

{Realistic Fiction} #1 Here Come the Brownies: Corrie’s Secret Pal~Jane O’Connor {Review}

Corrie has just moved to a new town, her mom signs her up for the Brownie Scouts against her will, and she gets a secret friend who gives her Brownie things.

This is a series that follows the Brownie Scouts, and is basically a buyable advertisement for the group. The book reads like your typical new-kid-finds-friends story, except this story paints joining the Brownie Scouts as solving all problems.

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