battle of the ampere michael vey book 3

The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged third installment of the #1 New York Timesbestselling series.In the third book of the electrifying Michael Vey series, Michael and his friends must continue to fight the Elgen and try to disrupt their plans to rule the world. – Goodreads

This is the third book of the Michel Vey story and it picks up right where book 2 left off. This is not a stand-alone story, to fully understand the situation Michael Vey and his friends find themselves in and the battle they face, you need to read the first two books. They are clean, fast-paced books about some teens with electrical super powers. That sounds kind of cheesy, but they are fun books to read.

rating: 4 stars


throwback thursday - 2009

My Bookend Babies at the library. 


can you see me now

I found this post rattling around in my draft folder. Why do I ever leave things in there? I usually forget about them until it’s everlastingly too late or finally post after they are old news. Anywho…
A few months ago LaLa was complaining about headaches…everyday. Honestly, I just ignored it. Then she started complaining about being dizzy too. Still kind of ignored it because she had just had an ear infection. Yep, Mom of the Year should be in the mail to me soon. Finally after a few…no, not days…weeks of the same complaint I decided to take her to the doctor thinking her ear infection was back. Her ears looked fine and the doctor did just a routine eye exam…and the girly could make out the big E at the top of the chart and that was about it.
So I made an appointment with the eye doctor…and guess what?
She needed glasses.
She started the hunt for frames.
She finally found frames that she liked. And then we found out we have the most annoying insurance EVER. They covered our eye doctor for the exam at one office, but would only cover frames and lens at his other office. The office that didn’t have the frames she liked.
So we were off to search for frames that would be better than the ones she had already fallen in love with.
And luckily we found frames that she LOVES even more.
She is so cute.
My girlies are happy to be four-eyes-forever Sissies now.
Don’t you love a blurry picture in a post talking about glasses? But how could I not post a duck-face-peace-sign picture?!?
And if you were keeping track that’s now 5 out of 7 in the family with glasses. Thankfully our eye doctor is Big Daddy’s cousin.


fools' gold order of darkness book three

All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory. Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny. Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life. With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined. – Goodreads

I just don't enjoy these books as much as I enjoy Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction...yet I keep coming back for more.

Rating: 2 stars


the interestings

From bestselling author Meg Wolitzer a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships.
The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules’s now-married best friends, become shockingly successful—true to their initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents have become and the shapes their lives have taken. Wide in scope, ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and apart in a changing New York City, The Interestings explores the meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money, and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the course of a friendship and a life.
– Goodreads

I was not a big fan of this book overall. I trudged through hoping I would like it more than I did.

rating: 2 stars