The Thief

What better way to spend a stormy Sunday than reading a good book?

I just finished reading The Thief, the first book in The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. This Newbery Honor book was entertaining, and I didn’t want to put it down. (It wasn’t that rare breed of book you can’t put down; it was simply a good book you did not want to put down.) The book deserves more than three stars, but not quite four. Maybe a 3.7 or 3.8.

The story begins with Eugenides, or Gen for short, locked in the king’s prison. Gen, a petty thief with a large ego, is provided an opportunity to accompany the king’s magus on a quest. An offer, given his limited resources and his desire for fame, he accepts. The quest begins sending Gen, the magus, and their companions on an adventure through neighboring kingdoms.

The book is heavy on description and the introspective thoughts of the main character, which I often skipped over. However, I found the characters intriguing enough to keep reading. I simply liked the characters and looked forward to seeing how their relationships developed.

I am placing this book on my list of books for all ages. (There are a few “goddam-its” and “damn’s” in there, but that’s it. ) While the story does not make it into my top-ten, it is good enough that I would recommend it to pre-teens and teens.

Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure (found on Amazon)

Manifest DestinyAirplanes meets Monty Python meets Studio C meets The Muppets meets music. 

This completely cheesy, yet amazingly CLEAN, musical adventure has no educational value whatsoever, but if you are in the right mood, it is hilarious!

Surprisingly, the actors all have musical talent and the melody’s are rather catchy.

This movie is going on my favorites list, simply for the sheer stupidity of the movie and the enjoyment that it brought to my sisters and I.

Incredibles 2

Incredibles-2I went and saw Incredibles 2 with my family today. And boy, was it great! It is one I’d definitely be interested in seeing again, and even more astoundingly, one I’d definitely be interested in owning.

Being a fan of the first Incredibles, I was super excited when they announced there would be a sequel. Like many, I thought 14 years was too long to wait. It was about time for a follow up to the Incredible family adventures.

The sequel does not disappoint, and remains true to the first movie with its emphasis on family. Packed with humor and fun family moments that everyone can relate to, this movie is a must see.

This is definitely making it on my “favorites” list.

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

HeartStone.jpgI’m proud to be a woman. I won’t deny that women aren’t perfect, even though we like to pretend we are. But often times in movies and books, I find the female characters lacking. They are either physically strong to the point where they lack any emotional capability, or they are your stereotypical female and focused on romance and their physical appearance. That is why Heartstone by Elle Katharine White was such a pleasant surprise. White’s story features a female protagonist, Aliza, who is strong, courageous, and loyal, but at the same time possesses the unique traits that make women women.

The story portrays familial loyalty and love in a positive light. The family dynamics between Aliza, her parents, and her sisters, are very relatable. Being the oldest of five girls myself, I appreciated the different siblings’ personalities. It reminded me of my own siblings.

This fantasy-romance-adventure novel is just pure, clean fun. There is no sex and no profanity. (The word “ass” and “bastard” are used once in the book, but they were used appropriately and not in anger. This is, after all, a medieval-fantasy book.) The romances between the characters are pure, not the lustful “romance” so often featured in novels.

Interspersed with humor, sadness, and innocent, honest love, Heart Stone by Elle Katharine White, is an entertaining, enjoyable read and appropriate for all ages.

There is so much that I liked about this book it’s hard to convey it all in a review. So, you will just have to check it out for yourself. It’s definitely getting added to my “favorites” list, and I look forward to reading other books by Ms. White.