Review: Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle – Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith

Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle

Title: Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle
Author: Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Series: Nick and Tesla #3
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source/Format: Publisher / Hardcover, 256 pages
Opening Sentence: “‘It’s her,’ Nick said. ‘She’s the spy.'”
Author Website (Science Bob and Hockensmith) | Goodreads | Amazon

In this third installment of the series, 11-year-old whiz-kids Nick and Tesla discover that someone in the quiet town of Half Moon Bay has placed their beloved Uncle Newt under electronic surveillance—but who is spying on him, and why? To expose the secret agent, Nick and Tesla build all kinds of outrageous contraptions. Throughout the book, the narrative is interrupted by blueprints and instructions so that budding young inventors can follow along. Science and electronics have never been so much fun!

I want to get this out at the very beginning: I think the more I read Middle Grade the less I feel like most MG is for me. Maybe I’m getting too old in mindset, but I don’t know. This feeling, unfortunately, spreads to Nick and Tesla. That being said, I don’t think this review is going to be very long… because I don’t feel like I have very much to say.

For much of the novel I was entertained, but the bare minimum amount. If I’m being completely honest? The only reason I kept reading was because this book was given to me for review. Otherwise I don’t think I would have been compelled to keep going. I actually tried starting it once before and didn’t pick it up again for months because I wasn’t captured by the story.

This is why I think it’s Middle Grade + me, not so much Nick and Tesla + me. The simplicity of the story killed it for me. The dumb jokes would make children laugh, I’m sure, but they were filler to me. I craved a more in depth and complex story and I wasn’t getting it… So I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Maybe I’m becoming a bitter adult? I just was having so much trouble getting into the story from the POV of the target demographic (as opposed to the adult I am).

So yeah. I wanted to love this book, I really did. But I think maybe this series and I are reaching our end. Sigh. I’m going to read the next book (because I have that one for review as well), but if I’m still feeling the same way then I’ll walk away content with the feeling that I gave the series a fair shake.

All of that being said, if you’re a hardcore Middle Grade fan then I recommend this series. I’ve spoken to several people who loooove it. And, of course, the science projects included in every book are super cool and most definitely a selling point.

Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


Reviews from the rest of the series:
High Voltage Danger Lab (#1)
Robot Army Rampage (#2)

July/August Photo Challenges

Hi, how is everyone doing?!

So I’m really bad at Instagram photo challenges. I didn’t know that in June, but I definitely know that now, in September. I tried to do two different challenges and have a total of, like, 16 photos… for two months. Hahaha. Oops. Photo challenges are hard! I figured I could compile them and post them. :D

July!

July TBR // A book in the sun

This post is really photo heavy, so the rest is after the jump! :)
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Review: Hung Up – Kristen Tracy

Hung Up Kristen Tracy

Title: Hung Up
Author: Kristen Tracy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Source/Format: Library / Hardcover, 282 pages
Opening Sentence: “This is Lucy calling to update my order BKE-184.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

How to explain about a book told completely in phone conversations… I’m just going to be super honest.

I wasn’t as impressed with Hung Up as I wanted to be. The idea was refreshing and cool and I had high hopes, but it fell very short. I was actually somewhat bored reading the book.

Just to get it straight: Hung Up wasn’t bad…. Reading it was easy and fast, but at one point I looked back and realized I had already read half the book. Cool, awesome. But what I said was, “But I feel like nothing has happened.” And really that’s how the whole thing is. The main characters bicker a lot (ugh) and sometimes talk about serious things, but I didn’t care at all about either of them or where they were going. The conflict was interesting but even that came too late and almost felt like it was just smacked in there because the story needed substance.

I really hate when I don’t love books I was looking forward to, but I can’t pretend I liked this one when it was just okayish. :(

Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bout of Books 11: Updates

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Hi hi hi! Usually I make these crazy organized, page-heavy posts for Bout of Books that have all kinds of menus and whatnot, but I’m too lazy and it’s too last minute to do that this time, so simple we go! I’ll be updating as I go! Click here if you want to see my goals!

Monday – Day 1
Number of pages I’ve read today: 0
Total number of pages I’ve read: 0
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Books: None! :(
Today’s Challenges!

Tuesday – Day 2
Number of pages I’ve read today: 14
Total number of pages I’ve read: 14
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Currently Reading: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Wednesday – Day 3
Number of pages I’ve read today: 26
Total number of pages I’ve read: 40
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Currently Reading: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Note: Hahaha. Oh man, it looks like this isn’t going so well for me, doesn’t it. I have lots of other things on my mind, so honestly Bout of Books keeps slipping between the cracks. I’m going to try and dedicate myself more to reading tomorrow and see what happens.

Thursday – Day 4
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of pages I’ve read: 110
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Currently Reading: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan /// The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Friday – Day 5
Number of pages I’ve read today: 42
Total number of pages I’ve read: 152
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Currently Reading: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Note: So… 152 pages. Hahaha. I can’t deal with how bad I’m slumping lately. The Assassin’s Blade is good, though. I was enjoying Two Boys Kissing as well, but I’m going to stop reading it during Bout of Books because I feel like it’s more of a slow-and-steady book. Only two day left! I wonder if I can finish a book….

Saturday – Day 6
Number of pages I’ve read today: 30
Total number of pages I’ve read: 182
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Currently Reading: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Sunday – Day 7
Number of pages I’ve read today: 75
Total number of pages I’ve read: 257
Total number of books I’ve completed: 0
Books: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan /// The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Wrap-Up

Whoop whoop a read a total of 275 pages this week! And finished 0 books! But that’s okay, because I read more this week than I have in a pretty long time. Like, that’s a really sad thing to say considering I read less than 300 pages, but oh well. I’m digging the two books I started, so hopefully I will keep the will to finish them! Yay!

Bout of Books 11: Sign-Up and Goals

Hi guys! So after a lot of consideration and being unsure, I decided to participate in Bout of Books again! Yay! I haven’t been reading much at all lately, so maybe this will help! :D

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Time Devoted to Reading

I’m actually not going to devote any specific time to reading. I hope to read everyday, though.

My Goals

    -Read at least 3 books
    -Paricipate in at least 2 challenges

Books to Read

These are the physical books I have in my possession that I’m going to choose from. I also have a ton of books in at the library, so I might choose from those as well. And, of course, I have everything on my Kindle! :D

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Review: Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls Abigail Haas

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 16, 2013
Source/Format: Library / Paperback, 400 pages
Opening Sentence: “Shots! Shots! Shots!”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

Wait, what. I mean… WHAT?

I’ve heard so many great things about Dangerous Girls. And not even just from random people on Goodreads, but also people I talk to. Obviously I wasn’t going to pass up this novel.

Mystery is definitely not my favorite type of book to read, so I was wary coming into a book that is most definitely a mystery and spends a lot of time in a courtroom. I wasn’t disappointed though! Dangerous Girls is a book that just drew me in. I didn’t feel particularly compelled to keep reading, but I would fly through 100 pages and not realize I did it because it was interesting.

I don’t really want to talk about my feelings about the book because I’m afraid I’m going to spoil it. I see no way to talk about it without talking about it completely. I’m still somewhat confused. The ending lets you know the gist of the situation, but it still leaves a lot up for interpretation. That’s fine, but not for me. I like my books, especially mysteries, to lay things out for me completely and this one didn’t. That’s why it lost a star.

Anyway, I feel like I’m about to start saying too much. Would I recommend the book? Yup! But be prepared to be jerked around. This is nowhere near a happy story. But you already knew that, didn’t you?

Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars

Let’s hug! – A love letter of sorts

Ugh, I miss you guys so much!

I was going to post a review today, but I’m feeling kind of nostalgic and can’t really help but just tell you all how much I miss you. I used to be way active on this blog, but I don’t really know what happened. I just… stopped reading. I mean, I do read, of course… just not that much.

And that sucks because I love talking to all you lovely people about books and life and everything else. Watching TeaTime and participating in chats and Bout of Books… Even randomly tweeting people with “So I finally read [BOOK] and OMG!” It’s so blissful in the most subtle way. I didn’t notice I missed it until it hit me, BAM!

To be honest, when I first went on hiatus I felt so much better. Like, “I don’t HAVE to read! Yes!” I hate saying that, but it’s true. I don’t know why I’m in such a reading slump, but I want to try and pull out of it with the help of my blog and all of you, my lovely bookish friends. You’ll help me, right?

Looking at my blog, I feel like a stranger. I’ve been away from it for so long that it doesn’t even feel like mine anymore. I think I’m going to change the design or something in the nearish future.

Anyway, for some reason California has decided to be colder today, so I NEED to go outside and read. I love cold weather! yes! :D :D :D

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