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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.


 

I was not entirely prepared for this story to be so epic. The contrast between the magical, supernatural aspects and the contemporary, real life aspects were very well done!

When I sat back to reflect on this very eclectic masterpiece, I realized something. The protagonists were not indie kids. They were not supposed to lead extraordinary  lives. They were supposed to lead mundane, simple lives, and yet I just kept thinking…what a crazy mix of super interesting and tragic stories from these regular kids! I mean, I can’t even imagine having friends who have all gone through such major life struggles, let alone imagine if I had to go through the events myself!

Like I said, the contrast between indie kids and regular kids was very well done! I mean, there really is no question as to who the so called “hero” kids were supposed to be when one was saving the world from vampires and the other was dealing with a workaholic mom, yet each friend could easily be the protaginist in their very own novel. Each and every character had such interesting back stories that there never was a chance for a lull.

Something else I thought was very cool? Each chapter title was actually a blurb on what the Indie kids were up to! If you read each one…it’s kind of like it’s own little story!! It’s like bunch of mini breaks, or lil’ intermissions. I really enjoyed them! 🙂

This story was exciting, moving, heart warming, thought provoking, and fun! I absolutly loved it!

I gave this one a *9.5/10*

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If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?


 

The one thing that I keep hearing about this book is that it will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas!

Who hasn’t dreamed of having some kind of mythical creature as a pet at one point of time or another? As a kid I always wanted a sea monster or a Pegasus. I am still waiting to come across a unicorn or dragon or fairy to make my secret BFF! I absolutely loved reading this book! I found myself imagining what life would really be like with these particular pets. There were even some creatures that I had not heard of, so I went ahead and looked those creatures up! I learned some things, and I know lots of kids out there are going to learn a lot from this book as well!

Not only will this story open the door to many other reading adventures,  it teaches us all that its okay to dream for big things, but to appreciate what we have. Also, it gives us a little bit of an insight into how much responsibility having a pet can be! Plus it rhymes. What more could we ask for?

Thanks so much to Netgalley  for letting me read this book early! Look for “If I Had A Gryphon” on shelves February 9th, 2016.

I gave this beautiful book a *10/10* and I will be recommending it to many, many people!

Professional Reader