Review: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight

by Gangplank Gigi, guest reviewer

Title: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace
Author: Eric Wight
Format: Kindle ebook
Page Count: 96 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Frankie Pickle has a secret life inside his imagination (this aspect is in a graphic novel format). Frankie draws all over his math test as his imagination leads him, but he is given an extra few days to re-take it. Over those days, he is so busy he doesn’t have time to do any studying, but he finds out that his parents have been teaching him math through the things he does in life (such as baking with his father.)

Why I started this book:

I read this book to my 6.5 year old grand daughter after reading it for myself. It was bought on my Kindle.

Likes:

  • This book is a good one for boys, because it is about Frankie.
  • He happily passes the re-take, even if he still uses his imagination.

Dislikes:

  • It was very difficult to read the graphic novel portions on the Kindle. It was black and white both on Kindle and on iPad. (Probably because I bought it as a Kindle ebook versus through the iPad store.) The graphic sections are much easier to read on iPad.

Buy: Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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Unanswered Harry Potter Question #2: What Type of Shoes Does Voldemort Wear?

Unanswered Harry Potter Question #2: What type of shoes does Voldemort wear?

(This article is humorous, not factual.)

I’ve unearthed in a 1995 Quibbler article with the answer to this question. As the scan of it may be hard to read I have transcribed and pasted it below for your convenience.

HE-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED’S
SECRET SHOE STASH

Can you really be afraid of a shoe fashionisto?

For thirteen years He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has gone without foot apparel and he’s tired of it. Upon first regaining his body at the end of the Tri-Wizard Tournament this year, his Death Eaters report that the Dark Wizard asked of the Previously-Assumed-To-Be-Dead Peter Pettigrew for his favorite pair of snake skin shoes. None of us imagined that this would be Lord Thingy’s first request!

SO WHAT IS LORD FLIGHT-FROM-DEATH’S FAVORITE PAIR?

It shouldn’t surprise you that He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s favorite pair of shoes is a pair of hand-tooled Oxfords made out Nagini’s skin. Nagini for those of you who don’t know is his pet snake. (A real snake, perverts! I shudder to think of a pair of shoes made with what you’re thinking of… gross!)

WHO KNEW THE SELF STYLED DARK LORD WAS SO NARCISSISTIC?

I certainly did not, but those closest to him have been aware of it for a long time.

One Death Eater, known for his own fashionable attire, had this to say, “The Dark Lord is as vain as they come. He’s even vainer than me, which if you knew me, is saying something. At Hogwarts I was given the superlative, The Most Likely to be Found with a Mirror in His Hand. When I first joined him he told me I couldn’t use the same hair pomade that he did. I almost quit right then. Am I ever so glad that he’s bald! Now I can go back to my favorite brand again.”

Well there you have it dear readers. It’s clear that Lord Thingy is proud of his looks. Instead of running in fear from him the next time you see him you should compliment his footwear.

Lavender Brown, fashion reporter for the Quibbler.

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Review: Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3) by Rachel Hawkins

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Format: Hardback
Page Count: x
Grade Reading Level: x

Summary: Sophie Mercer is not a witch. She’s a demon. Just as she got used to her magical powers, the Prodigium Council yanks them away. Will she ever get them back? Under the care of her sworn enemies Sophie learns that a war is brewing and the sides of good and bad are blurring.

Why I started this book:

I wanted to complete the trilogy.

Likes:

  • What the real bad guy was doing when nobody else was looking to gain power.
  • Sophie and Archer. J
  • Elodie, the witch ghost, and how she helps Sophie during crisis situations. (But not so much when she does the same thing for proving points.)

Dislikes:

  • To be honest, when I started the book I could barely recall what had happened in the series already. It took a bit to get back into the book.
  • It was lacking in emotional depth when it came to big reveals. The secrets get exposed and then it is business as usual.
  • Archer getting tortured; Cal being forced to heal him again and again and again. Students being forced to torture.
  • Character death… again.

Buy: Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel)

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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Review: Sirensong (Faeriewalker, Book 3) by Jenna Black

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Sirensong (Faeriewalker, Book 3)
Author: Jenna Black
Format: Digital Ebook
Page Count: 320 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Summary: When Queen Titania demands Dana be presented at court, it can only be bad, but good manners make it impossible to refuse. The whole gang goes: Dana, her father, Ethan, Kimber, Keane, Finn… and the Erlking! Disaster strikes right away, but luckily Dana escapes unscathed… but her growing power unnerves the Erlking. It is possible she could destroy him where others have failed. She’s dangerous to faery and once the Seelie Queen knows her new power, Dana is as good as dead.

Why I started this book:

The Erlking from Shadowspell. Enough said.

Likes:

  • The Erlking still. It’s clear he’s on a mission to steal himself some faeriewalker magic, but maybe there’s some genuine interest too? After all when most of the faerie world fears you, it’s kind of hot for a girl to walk up to you and sass you.
  • Dana giving the tree lady the sacrifice. That whole scene was vivid and awesome. Glad to see it came in handy later too.
  • Ethan and Keane fighting. Funny. Sexy.
  • Dana, Queen Titania and the Erlking’s showdown at the end of the book. Way awesome.

Toss-Up:

  • I’m equally sad and happy to see the bargain between Dana and the Erlking morph into a new one. Perhaps he wants to focus on the new fariewalker in order to give Dana time to sleep with Ethan before he sweeps back into the picture? That way they could be together with few repercussions. I like that scenario. Let’s do that Jenna Black!

Dislikes:

  • When Keane goes after Kimber, Ethan’s sister, to get back at Ethan. Why does Kimber put up with it? Even if part of it is also getting back at Dana for “lying” to her. It works out well in getting rid of the extraneous guy for Dana’s affections but it was clumsy and made Keane into someone fickle and Kimber into someone desperate.
  • Kimber’s tantrum that Dana kept secrets. Oh gee. I wonder why? Secrets were kept until someone figured them out, nothing personal.
  • Like Aunt Grace, Henry is so obvious as a bad guy.
  • Why did the Erlking have to be sleeping with the queen? Humph.

Last Minute Thoughts: Has anyone heard of a forth book? Seriously. I must know!

Buy: Sirensong: A Faeriewalker Novel

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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Review: Darklight (Wondrous Strange, Book 2) by Lesley Livingston

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Darklight (Wondrous Strange, Book 2)
Author: Lesley Livingston
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 336 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 13 and up

Summary: Kelley Winslow might be a Faerie princess, but her Janus guard is far away in the Otherworld hunting down the dregs of the Wild Hunt. Sonny Flannery misses Kelley something fierce and is doggedly determined to get back to her. But it is another Janus guard that rescues Kelley from a terrifying fae encounter and sends them both tumbling end over end into the Otherworld themselves. There secrets about an ancient power start to whisper and Kelley must learn the game that is afoot or lose more than she can risk.

Likes:

  • Fennrys Wolf really stood out in this book. He is looking like a contender for Kelley. I bet Sonny won’t like that. Also I’m probably Team Fennrys.
  • Sonny’s past is expanded and boy does it ever get complicated and convoluted as it crosses Kelley’s past too.
  • The Spring Court! Woo!
  • The cliffhanger – I don’t love Sonny! Oh angst!!!

Dislikes:

  • Not enough interaction between Kelley and Sonny in the beginning of the book. They don’t meet up again in person until about halfway through.
  • Why does Queen Mabh not want her daughter to be with Sonny? That is not explained satisfactorily.
  • Creepy leprechauns – who is controlling them – because they don’t seem all that organized or focused – just crazy.

Buy: Darklight (Wondrous Strange)

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests

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