Man Crush Monday: Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz Edition

I honor of me reading Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, for this edition of man crush monday I decided to choose Carlos De Vil from the Descendants book and movie series.  Cameron Boyce does an amazing job at portraying Carlos De Vil, Son of Cruella.

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Book Review: Descendants: Junior Novel by Walt Disney Company

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos are the offspring of some of the most terrible villains of all time. They’re offered a chance to leave the Isle of the Lost, where they have been imprisoned all their lives, and go to prep school in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon with all of the “good” kids. There, they must choose whether or not to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps. Watch out Auradon–here come the Descendants!

 

About the Author:

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Note: The decision was made to consolidate all Disney publications under the name Walt Disney Company. This profile is for Walt Disney, the characters he created, and the company he founded. Any questions, please ask in the Librarian’s Group.

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy O. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created some of the world’s most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, a character for which Disney himself was the original voice. He has been awarded four honorary Academy Awards and has won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards out of fifty-nine nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland Hong Kong.

Disney died of lung cancer in Burbank, California, on December 15, 1966. The following year, construction began on Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. His brother Roy Disney inaugurated the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) (commonly referred to as Disney) is the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company was reincorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929. Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theatre, radio, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of the company in order to market more mature content than it typically associates with its flagship family-oriented brands.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theatre divisions; and owns and licenses 11 theme parks around the world. On January 23, 2006, it was announced that Disney would purchase Pixar in an all-stock transaction worth $7.4 billion. The deal was finalized on May 5. On December 31, 2009, Disney Company acquired the Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for $4.24 billion. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.

 

My Review:

I really loved this book as much as I loved the Descendants Movie.  Everything was spot on and if you haven’t seen the movie or read this book I highly recommend that you do both.  Carlos happens to be my favorite character.  If you have seen the movie and/or read the book please comment below what you thought of it and comment your favorite character from the movie.

 

Descendants Movie Trailer

 

Book Review: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Goodreads Synopsis:

There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.

But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Isle’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom.

 

About the Author:

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

 

My Review:

I really loved this boo.  I loved the story of it too.  It was really fun to she what happened when Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos went back to the Isle of the Lost when mysterious messages told them to return.  I can’t wait to read the third book in this series. #Longliveevil

Book Review: Immortal Edited by P.C. Cast

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Goodreads Synopsis:

WHEN YOU’RE IMMORTAL TRUE LOVE REALLY IS FOREVER

Rachel Caine revisits the setting of her Morganville Vampire series, where the vampires are in charge and love is a risky endeavor, even when it comes to your own family

Tantalize author Cynthia Leitich Smith gives us a love triangle between a vampire, a ghost, and a human girl, in which none of them are who or what they seem

Claudia Gray takes us into the world of her Evernight series, in which a pre-civil War courtesan-to-be is courted by a pale, fair-haired man whose attentions are too dangerous to spurn-in more ways than one

Vampire Academy author Richelle Mead brings us the tale of a young vampire on the run from the rest of her kind, and the human boy who provides the gateaway car-as well as a reason to keep running

Wicked series writer Nancy Holder immerses us in a post-apocalyptic New York where two best friends are forced to make a choice that may kill them both

Rachel Vincent explores a new corner of her Soul Screamers universe with the story of a leanan sidhe capable of inspiring the musician she loves to new creative heights-or draining him, and his talent, dry

Master fantasist Tanith Lee shows us what happens when a bright young woman with some supernatural savvy encounters a misguided (but gorgeous) young vampire

And Kristin Cast, co-author of the House of Night series, introduces us to a new kind of vampire: one with the roots in Greek mythology, and the power to alter space and times to save the girl he’s meant to love.

 

About the Editor:

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PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today Best-Selling author and a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. PC is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. Ms. Cast lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses. House of Night Other World, book 1, LOVED, releases July 11th. SUN WARRIOR, book 2 in the Tales of a New World series releases October 17th.

 

My review:

I really loved every single one of the stories in this book.  I didn’t post reviews for some of them because I couldn’t find their pages on goodreads, and I wanted to be able to post the summaries with the stories.

Book Review: Immortal: Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Goodreads Synopsis:

Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust.

 

About the Author:

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Cynthia’s fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.

 

My Review:

I really loved this story.  It had the right amount of suspense, mystery, and action.  This makes me wonder if this is included as a short story to a series, and if so I really want to read the rest of the series.

Book Review: Captain America The Man with No Face by Ed Brubaker

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Bucky has survived his first major trial as the new Captain America, but now a villain from his past – both as Bucky in WW2 and as the Winter Soldier during the Cold War – has come to the U.S., and he’ll have to face his history just as he’s finding his feet in the present. The beginning of a gripping war and espionage tale, with some familiar faces for long-term Cap readers, as the New Captain America moves further into the Marvel Universe.

 

About the Author:

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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles for Image Comics, such as Fatale, Criminal, Velvet and Kill or Be Killed.

In 2016, Brubaker ventured into television, joining the writing staff of the HBO series Westworld.

 

My Review:

Brubaker did an amazing job with this story. I really loved it and I have a feeling that Steve Rogers wouldn’t mind his best friend taking up the mantle of Captain America.  This is one of the books that I will have to buy.

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Book Review: Captain America vs Red Skull by Stan Lee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Captain America vs. The Red Skull

 

About the Author:

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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

 

My Review:

Really loved all the story lines in this book.  Again I especially love Captain America, he is my favorite Avenger and I have a feeling that Captain America will approve of this collection.

 

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Mystery Blogger Award

Hey guys, it’s me (Sierra Harper) again.  I was just nominated for the Mystery Blogger award and so here we go (BTW I am treating this like a book tag).

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Rules:
  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

Who Nominated Me?

I would like to say thank you to Abigail Carter of What Makes a Good Book blog (http://whatmakesagoodbook.blogspot.com/).

I better not forget to thank the creator of this award, Okoto Engima, and here is the link to her blog (https://okotoenigma.wordpress.com/)

3 Things about Me:

  1. I want to earn my Masters Degree in Library Science and become a Librarian
  2. I love the Legend of Zelda gaming Franchise
  3. I love watching DIY youtube videos and trying to recreate those ideas for around my house.

Question and Answers:

Q:  If you could meet one character, who would it be and why?

A:  I would want to meet Isabell Lightwood because I would love to learn some of her moves and I think that it would be really fun to hang out with her.

Q:  What book is currently at the top of the pile to read next?

A:  Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Q:  Which book would you want to make into a film?

A:  The Selection by Kiera Cass

Q:  Which character do you love to hate?

A:  Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Q:  And which character do you actually hate?

A:  King Maven from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Random Q:  What’s your absolute favourite Disney film? Ever?

A:  Cinderella

My Nominations:

  1. Samantha:  https://bookishvillainy.wordpress.com/
  2. Flavia:  https://flaviathebibliophileblog.wordpress.com/
  3. Amanda:  https://stardustpandablog.wordpress.com/
  4. Karina:  https://afirepages.wordpress.com/
  5. Beatrice:  https://dreamlandbookblog.wordpress.com/
  6. Sonali Agarwal:  https://sonalify.com/
  7. Ashley:  https://thebookswag.wordpress.com/
  8. Debbie:  http://debbiesbooknook.com/index.html
  9. Ashley:  http://bookishcreature.com/
  10. Painfully Fictional:  https://painfullyfictional.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite book series of all time and why?
  2. What book in your favorite series is your favorite?
  3. Who is your most owned Author?
  4. What book cover is your ultimate favorite and why?
  5. Who is your favorite character and why?
  6. Random:  What is your favorite TV Show?