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The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
by Stuart Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.58
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3.0 out of 5 stars Action abounds in the super hero style adventure!, April 25, 2015
Action abounds in this super hero style adventure inspired by the Chinese zodiac. While the beginning is a bit transparent, it is sure to appeal to middle grades readers craving action. From the first few pages all the way through to the end, action takes the center stage. There's a bit of literary merit with foreshadowing and some minor character development, but the star of this novel is the fast-paced adventure. A phenomenal addition is the comic-book style action graphics spread generously throughout. Well-crafted and engaging, I almost think the illustrations were the best part of this book. I think I'd prefer seeing it in a graphic novel format if this illustrator does the work. They were fantastic!

The parents' initial acceptance of Steven's disappearance is a bit too abrupt, as are some other plot actions. This is the main reason why I can't give it higher than a 3-star rating.

This is a good choice for readers making the transition from graphic novel to old-school formats as well as for those readers who are Marvel and related super hero fans.


Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge Original UK Edition Season 2 [HD]
Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge Original UK Edition Season 2 [HD]
DVD
Price: $19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Rough Beginning for a Phenomenal Series, April 10, 2015
Rough acting in the beginning means you need to be dedicated to the series, but it is well worth it. Jeremy Piven is especially stiff in the beginning, but we see more depth to his character, Mr. Selfridge, as the series continues. Nonetheless, the supporting cast is phenomenal. This series tells the tale of the Selfridge Department Store during its beginning years. It's a fascinating look at the time period and all the social norms that were being challenged, such as the suffragette movement. In many ways, the work of Mr. Selfridge led to many of the norms we take for granted today, such as the customer is always right. An eccentric innovator, Mr. Selfridge faced issues both at home and work, and this show masterfully ties them together with a series that explores the lives of those intertwined in Mr. Selfridge's life. The character development is superb, and this is a series that is definitely worth the rough beginning!


Dominion Intrigue
Dominion Intrigue
Offered by Art's Game Store
Price: $40.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Add-on or Stand Alone Game, April 10, 2015
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Tremendous expansion pack for a solid game that changes EVERY time you play it. It keeps the die-hard gamer happy and allows anyone (read non-gamer) to easily experience the fun of trading card games without the expense or work of maintaining special card decks. I especially love that we can tweak the card layout to change the game for the type of play we want each time: wealth-building, attacks, conspiracy, or action-packed are all possible and more.


Splendor Board Game
Splendor Board Game
Price: $29.45
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for non-gamers and gamers to play together!, April 10, 2015
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A fabulous board game that appeals to long-time gamers and newbies. I love the well-designed game pieces, and the game play is intriguing enough to hold our interest. Monopoly fans and Magic the Gathering fans will both appreciate this wealth building experience.


Matched
Matched
by Ally Condie
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.45
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Must Read, April 10, 2015
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A must for YA Dystopian readers!


Unwind (Unwind Dystology)
Unwind (Unwind Dystology)
by Neal Shusterman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian Horror, April 10, 2015
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A friend told me to read this fabulous dystopian novel but forgot to tell me that it was truly a horror novel. Based on current day pro-life/pro-choice conflicts, this future has come to a peaceful yet horrific state where parents of grown children can terminate their relationship by having their kids taken apart, organ by organ. As a mother, I was disgusted and traumatically horrified. As a teacher, I was grieved by the utter hopelessness faced by the characters. This book thoughtfully examines some deep issues of life, longevity, obligation, and faith all while keeping the reader entranced in the characters' horrific fights to live or "not die" with unwinding. I strongly recommend this book for those with the fortitude to handle the descriptive scene of surgical unwinding, and I even recommend it for those with weaker stomachs. Get through it, and you'll be better for reading it!


Pulse
Pulse
by Patrick Carman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.18
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angst and a Bit of Action, April 10, 2015
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This book has a long intro. Then moves uber fast at the end. The overall premise is good with the mysterious pulse power. The author missed several great opportunities to develop sub plots that would have added more depth. I like this book for a middle school read, but it lacks the depth and polish needed for a broader audience. Oh, and it demands the sequel, which I'm not sure I want to read.


The Rule of Three: Fight for Power
The Rule of Three: Fight for Power
by Eric Walters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.79
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Action Continues, April 10, 2015
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This was a good continuation of The Rule of Three series. It resolved some issues with specific characters and showed Adam's growth as a leader. It also further explored the role of morality in apocalyptic situations. There's hardly any figurative language or sensory imagery, but there is tons of action. I also liked that the ending left room for further exploration in a later novel while also providing a satisfying conclusion. I won't be frustrated if I have to wait a couple of years for the next book in the trilogy, but I'll certainly be picking it up once it's on the market. I especially liked that it explored morality while remaining a safe novel for middle school reading. I definitely recommend this sequel!


Guardian (Proxy)
Guardian (Proxy)
by Alex London
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.58
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Sequel, April 10, 2015
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This was a satisfying continuance of the Proxy story. Syd finds himself in a malaise brought on by his new role in the Reconciliation. As expected, this is quickly shattered with the arrival of a new and pressing issue that threatens to destroy those around him. What was unexpected was the expert treatment of Syd's relationships with his friends and enemies. While this novel has plenty of action and suspense, what was most interesting was the character development. Old favorites take on new roles in the Reconciliation and the change is dramatic. Even though Syd is the star of this series, a new character Liam is introduced and explored more fully than Syd. I particularly liked the internal conflict that each of the characters was facing and how their actions only seemed to exacerbate their conflicts. I also liked the treatment of the "Chapter 11," or gay, characters; there were no hot passion scenes, but rampant discrimination, gentle longing, and heartbreak were explored in a tenderhearted manner. I felt like these characters were not artificial constructs but real, living people dealing with normal issues in a dysfunctional world.

The best part was the ending. Like most 2nd books in a trilogy, it didn't resolve many of the conflicts, but it did do a phenomenal job of tying two characters together even while one was on the precipice of death. Some may be frustrated that we won't know the outcome of this death struggle until the next book, but the comfort gained from the resolution of one character's struggle was well worth the mystery.

I definitely recommend this book!


Burp® Gun
Burp® Gun
Offered by Hammacher Schlemmer
Price: $29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A one of a kind classic that is so fun to own!, March 8, 2015
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A one of a kind classic that is so fun to own! I had purchased one of these many years ago when my kids were younger, but when I saw it on amazon I had to purchase another. This is such a well made toy. And it is unique. Everyone at the office loves it, and at the house my cat enjoys it as well. The only caveat is that with a toy like this, you have to think of it just like you would with lego building blocks. No one wants to step on a piece of lego in the middle of the night, and equally (or worse),, no one wants to step on a plastic ball in the middle of the night. So you need to make note of where the "fill point" is on the tube after all of the balls are loaded so you know whether or not all of the balls are accounted for. Also, you peel back the rubber cap to put the balls back in, you do not try to force them in.


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