Monday, March 24, 2014

MMGM:SPRINKLES AND SECRETS

First of all WOOT WOOT! 1600 views in ATH (all time history).

I must say I'm so sorry for typos. It's late and I'm so tired right now. But I wanted to get something up. Only five posts in March and we have only a week left.


Some of you might remember the MMGM I did on IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES. Well, today I’m reviewing the second book in the series, SPRINKLES AND SECRETS.

The review for the first book can be found over here.

Goodreads:
In this companion novel to It's Raining Cupcakes, twelve-year-old Sophie has a dream come true when she's offered a TV commercial spot. She's not just happy about the opportunity, she's over the moon happy!

But then she finds out what exactly she'll be advertising: the delectable, ever-popular brownies from Beatrice's Brownies, which just so happens to be the number one competitor to It's Raining Cupcakes, a cupcake shop owned by her best friend, Isabel's, family.

Sophie has a tough choice to make: Follow her dreams or crush her best friend. What's a girl to do?

My synopsis:

This book is told from Isabel’s friend’s point of view. Sophie wants desperately to be an actress, so when her agent offers her a chance to audition for a part in a commercial, she jumps at it. But things get chocolate-fudge-messy when she learns what company is holding the audition. It’s Beatrice’s Brownies, It’s Raining Cupcakes’ biggest competitor. 

Sophie tries to keep it from Isabel, hoping she can keep their friendship. But what happens from there isn’t just sprinkles and rainbows. It’s ice-cream-soup-chaotic!

My review:

The plot was pretty straight forward. Character A gets something that will make friend B get mad, so A lies to B. B finds out and gets mad at A. A does something for B. B forgives A. 

I like how you see how A gets B to forgive them. Sophie was pretty creative in doing something for Isabel.

Even though it was a really obvious plot, the characters were good and loveable. I felt the writing was good. I thought Isabel could have been portrayed a little better, especially since I’ve been in her head for the first book, so I know how she thinks. 

 I think I'd give it about 3.25 out of 5. That's a solid "liked it".

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

And the winner is...

The winner of a copy of NUMBER THE STARS is...

Suzanne Warr

Suzanne, you have one week to email me at birdie(dot)on(dot)books(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize! A special thanks to everyone who entered!


Monday, March 17, 2014

MMGM fail

And... I failed. Again.

So no MMGM.

And I'm so busy I haven't had time to go through the NUMBER THE STARS entries.

Yeah. I know.

I PROMISE I'll have them by Wednesday.

Monday, March 10, 2014

MMGM: MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH

Hello everyone! I've finally gotten my life back in some crazy form that borders normal. That is, if normal is super crazy and stressful.

I can NOT wait until I get another break. Life. Is. HECTIC.

Now, I'm not doing a giveaway for this book, but I DO have one going on RIGHT NOW. If you want to get a piece of the action, you can win a FREE copy of NUMBER THE STARS by Lois Lowery right here! And since I reply to all my comments, there are only actually FIVE entries currently! So get on that pronto and you could be getting some bookish awesomeness in the mail pretty soon.

But hurry! It ends on March 13th at 11:59 pm!

(Now I sound like I'm doing a commercial. Great.)

Let's get back to the real reason we are here.



MY BASMATI BAT MITZVAH 
By Paula J. Freedman

In case you can't read the green writing at the top, it says the following: Just your average Jewish-Indian-American girl.

Isn't that just an awesome way to sum up this awesome book?

I'm going to let Goodreads say its bit:

During the fall leading up to her bat mitzvah, Tara (Hindi for "star") Feinstein has a lot more than her Torah portion on her mind. Between Hebrew school and study sessions with the rabbi, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to hang out with her best friend Ben-o--who might also be her boyfriend--and her other best friend, Rebecca, who’s getting a little too cozy with that snotty Sheila Rosenberg. Not to mention working on her robotics project with the class clown Ryan Berger, or figuring out what to do with a priceless heirloom sari that she accidentally ruined. Amid all this drama, Tara considers how to balance her Indian and Jewish identities and what it means to have a bat mitzvah while questioning her faith


My review:

This was a great book! Tara is really interesting and I loved her so much. She felt very real to me. I loved how Paula really gave her a personality. I feel like I know Tara and she's not some book character. 

I also liked the level of depth given to each character. I could understand where they were all coming from, even if I didn't agree with what they were doing.

There is a little romance in it. It is part on the conflict, but it adds to the story and makes it feel a little more real in my opinion.

I think I would have liked it a little better if her relationship with Ben-o turned out differently, even though I lived the small amount of romance in the story. Once you get to her age, a few people start "dating", but sometimes I wish the main character would just pull a Quentin (read Heartbreak Messenger to understand!). They are in Middle School.

All in all, it was a great book about growing up and being who you are- even if that means being Jewish-Indian-American.

Worthy of 4 stars.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

MMGM fail

Due to my very busy weekend and terrible wireless internet connection, I have not been about to put together a MMGM for you guys. However,  I have a giveaway going on right here, so jump on that!

I always reply to comments, so divide the number of comments by two if you want to know how many entries there REALLY are.