Month: November 2016

Give Me a K-I-L-L A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine

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My Review:

I really love reading R.L. Stine books, and some of my favorites have been the Fear Street series especially the Fear Street Cheerleaders so when I saw that the next next Fear Street book would bring them back I was so excited. This book captures the right amount of twists and horror that is expected of the Fear Street series. I enjoyed Gretchen’s character and going through the twists and turns for her. I hope that we continue Gretchen’s story especially with that ending. Overall I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more in the Fear Street series.

5 out of 5 stars

This book comes out April 4th, 2017

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The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

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My Review:

I’ve been a fan of Ms. Dickerson since reading The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Silent Songbird. What I loved about it is that it takes the perfect setting in England and creates this fascinating world with interesting characters in it. I really felt bad for Evangeline, and liked that she had a strength to her. In the scene with John and Westley towards the end kept me on the edge of my seat, I really felt the madness of John. Overall I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading the next book from Ms. Dickerson.

5 out of 5 stars

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Darkchylde: The Ariel Chylde Saga Based on the hit comic book series by R. Queen

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My Review:

As a fan of the comic book Darkchylde I was excited to see that it was going to be a novel and it did not disappoint in any way. The book was able to capture the magic of the comic series and improve on it in the book. I really enjoyed reading it, I had forgotten how I missed Ariel. The writing itself was done very well and flowed together well. Overall I really enjoyed reading this and hope there is more for Ariel in novel form.

5 out of 5 stars

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The Art of Selling Movies by John McElwee

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My Review:

I had such fun reading this book, it was well-researched  and I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of movie ads. I found myself excited to turn to the next page to see the next photo. The book itself was very good and interesting. I really enjoyed reading this and recommend it to fans of the history of movies or fans of non-fiction books.

5 out of 5 stars

This book comes out February 28th, 2017

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A Never-Before-Seen Look at How the Hearts, Minds & Wallets of Moviegoers Were Won in Hollywood’s Golden Age

RICHLY ILLUSTRATED HARDCOVER REVEALS THE COLORFUL, FASCINATING HISTORY OF AMERICAN FILM ADVERTISING

From the silents through the mid-1960s, the Classic Era of American Cinema saw men and women with no aptitude for art become artists, wizards with words, master persuaders. Unlike other ad folk, theatre operators sold nothing more tangible than a couple hours’ amusement, and gave customers nothing to carry home beyond memories each hoped would be pleasant. Creating powerful, compelling advertisements wasn’t merely a matter of friendly competition between clever marketers – it was what the very livelihood of small-town theatre managers and cinema bigwigs alike depended on.

In The Art of Selling Movies [GoodKnight Books, February 28, 2017], lifelong film enthusiast and noted historian John McElwee reveals how the promise of happy times was aggressively marketed daily amidst heated competition in the Amusement Pages of U.S. newspapers, creating a thriving industry that continues to influence American culture today.

Unlike other classic film interest books, The Art of Selling Movies shifts the spotlight away from great directors and iconic stars in favor of the “faceless folk” who awoke desire for movies in the masses. A vibrant full-color, 300-plus-page hardcover featuring hundreds of never-before-seen images and clippings (painstakingly restored using technology that has only made such restoration possible in the past decade), in The Art of Selling Movies, McElwee also explores the intersection of commercialism, folk art, fine art, newspaper production, and regional demographics.

“These ads exerted an emotional appeal,” says McElwee, “and sparked a ‘must-see’ mentality that merchandisers still seek to convey today.

“The variety of ads for an individual film were infinite. For as many bookings as Citizen Kane had, there were that many different selling approaches,” he continues. “The best of vintage theatre ads can still teach advertisers a great deal about the art of selling.”

An illuminating and entertaining exploration of how the hearts, minds, and wallets of American moviegoers were won in Hollywood’s Golden Age, The Art of Selling Movies will delight American history buffs, Classic Era film aficionados, and modern-day Don Draper types alike.

 

Superman Science The Real-World Science Behind Superman’s Powers by Agnieszka Biskup and Tammy Enz

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My Review:

This book is exactly what I would expect for the science of Superman, it had the right  amount of science with pictures to keep the younger children entertained. This was really well done, and I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked that each chapter was a different power such as the first chapter is about flight. Overall this was a really fun book that I think would work great in the classroom.

5 out of 5 stars

This book comes out March 1st 2017

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Werewolf by Matthew Pritchard

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My Review:

This was a really suspense-filled book, the premise was great and I loved how the environment added to the suspense. I think the time-period being in Nazi Germany adds to the creepy setting and really added to the story, one of the scariest parts was towards the end and it involved a internment camp. The idea freaked me out and made me scared for the character going. Detective Inspector Payne was a great character and I enjoyed going along this mystery with him. He was the right amount of smart and being a detective, Overall I thought this was a really good book and look forward to the next book from Mr. Pritchard.

5 out of 5 stars

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The Woman in the Water by Will and Sheila Barton

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My Review:

This was a really enjoyable mystery novel, I loved the main character of Lizzie and had a grand time reading about her adventure. It had the right amount of mystery and suspense and was the right amount pages so it wasn’t too much to take in. Overall I really enjoyed reading this and can’t wait for more from Lizzie and from the authors.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders by Greg King

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My Review:

What a really well done true crimes book! It not only talks about the horrible murder but actually shows Sharon Tate as a person instead of just a headline. This book was really well researched and written, I enjoyed reading it and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. It really captured the sadness of the event. Overall this was a really good book and I would recommend this to anybody interested in true crime books.

5 out of 5 stars

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