Mary Poppins by PL Travers – Review

5662933._SY475_.jpg When Jane and Michael Banks draw up an advertisement for a nanny, Mary Poppins arrives on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, changing their lives forever.

Their wonderful new nanny is strict but fair, and full of surprises. Soon the Banks children are whisked off on the most exciting and magical adventures they have ever had. But Mary Poppins has only promised to stay until the wind changes…

So it’s just a bunch of short stories strung together in a semblance of a story about Mary Poppins. If you put Mary Poppins in the first sentence and the last sentence of a story it doesn’t mean it’s about her. I have mixed feelings about this story.

I clearly only have the original Disney film to go off of, and I never liked it. But I’m giving the books a shot and so far I’m also not liking them. Mary Poppins is cocky and rude. She doesn’t seem fun to me. I remember a lot of whimsy and magic and laughter, the book has so little of this. There are some interesting stories, but I don’t really see what any of them have to do with Mary Poppins as a person. The book is called Mary Poppins, why is the story not about her?

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Unearthered by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner – Review

25446297._SX318_.jpg When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…

Well this was fun!

A good old fashion adventure story. It is very much like Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. I like both the main characters. They’re both equally stubborn and funny and they work pretty good as a team, even when they’re fighting with each other.

I also like this idea that any book written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are all connected to each other. I keep seeing little things that make it seem true. I would love for it to be true. What fun!?

Ammonites are big in this book. I like those. I have a tattoo of one! Each chapter heading has an illustration of one.

These two kids go through so much crap. They’re captured like seven times. Jeeze.

Ravenous Zine Volume 3: Activism – Review

Vol+III+cover.jpg This is the Activism volume featuring interviews, articles, and recipes centered around sustainable activism, nourishing resistance, cultivating community with in-person gatherings and prioritizing self-care so we can continue to do important work.

I love this zine so much. I’m so glad I came across it and am able to read it and own a physical copy.

It’s absolutely beautiful. The images and pictures and writing is perfect. I learned so much from this volume and have topics that I want to research more on my own time. It’s great. I can’t say enough nice things about it.

Mallory has some real talent in finding and other peoples talents. I can’t wait for there to be a volume four. I’m so ready to see what’s next.

After the Woods by Kim Savage – Review

17998474._SX318_.jpg Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

This has been sitting on my shelf for ages and I’ve finally read it. It’s not bad. The epilogue bothers me. But over all I like following Julia as she tried to figure herself out after being kidnapped.

Liv on the other hand sucks. She’s miserable and stupid and a bad friend. I know she was a major plot point and was necessary for Julia’s story, but man. If Liv was my friend I would have ditched her so fast. She’s awful. I don’t get why Julia wanted to help her so much and gave up so much of her life for someone who basically got her kidnapped.

ITS ALL LIV’S FAULT

Ugh.

Paula also sucks. Why can’t the news just report the news and not make things worse or more exciting when it doesn’t need to be. She’s awful too. And her dumb kid.

Actually a lot of people in this book are just awful.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery – Review

20312870.jpg  When Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, decide to adopt a child from a distant orphanage, they don’t get quite what they bargained for. The child who awaits them at the tiny Bright River train station is not the strapping young boy they’d imagined–someone to help Matthew work the fields of their small farm–but rather a freckle-faced, redheaded girl named Anne (with an e, if you please).
     Matthew and Marilla may not be sure about Anne, but Anne takes one look at Prince Edward Island’s red clay roads and the Cuthberts’ snug white farmhouse with its distinctive green gables and decides that she’s home at last. But will she be able to convince Marilla and Matthew to let her stay?
   Armed with only a battered carpetbag and a boundless imagination, Anne charms her way into the Cuthberts’ hearts–and into the hearts of readers as well.

I have never been a fan of Anne of Green Gables. As a child and a teenager I have been forced on many occasions to watch tv and movie adaptations of this story and I hated every second of it. So I never understood why people loved it so much, because to me it was horrible. But now I’m an adult and I am willing to give things a second chance. So here I am, reading the series. I have recently purchased the first three in the series.

So. The adults in this world suck. Like, they are so horrible to Anne. Is that why I hated it so much when I was younger?! It’s just full of judgment rude old people. Cool.

But I get it, I know why people like Anne and why they have a soft spot for her. Anne herself is not unlikable. She’s sweet and whimsical and polite. When she’s mad she has a real reason to be mad. She day dreams and get’s distracted but that just makes her more likeable. She works hard and she tries her best and she apologizes when she does wrong. She stands up for herself and she helps others. I don’t get why the adults all don’t like her. Ugh.

I also like these new covers. They are much more appealing then almost every other cover in existence for this series.