31 October 2011

Audiobook Review: Coraline

2¢ Worth: Back when I saw Coraline the film for the first time I remember thinking, "Goodness this weird and creepy. I don't see why people like it so much." Then recently, under the recommendation of Books for Ears, I decided to try Coraline the audiobook. What I found is that Coraline IS creepy but in good, hard to stop listening, full of subtle messages sort of way. Neil's story telling of a girl who inadvertently brings darkness upon her family and how she goes about saving them is captivating.

Words aloud: Coraline is read by the author himself Neil Gaiman. Even though Coraline is a first-person story read by an adult male, Neil does a fantastic job reading it. I found myself excited to hear more. As only the author can do, he knew exactly what parts to emphasize and how to sing the scary little tune the rats chant. He even rocks the voices of the other characters. Honestly, it felt like listening to a scary story by a bonfire.

Wooed: I adored the pompous proud cat and his ingenious quips. Something he was robbed of in the film.

Whippersnappers: Had I listened to Coraline as a child, it probably would have scared the daylights out of me. Therefore, I recommend parents listen to Coraline first before deciding to share it with their children. This will help each person decide if their little one is brave enough to handle the spirits and monsters. When Neil was asked if the book is for children or adults here is what he answered:
"If it has to be put into a box that's the sort of stuff you'd find in the box it goes into: books with young protagonists, with stories that children enjoy and that adults enjoy and they seem to be enjoying different things. As a general sort of rule, kids seem to read it as an adventure. Adults get nightmares. Does that help?"
Word to the wise: This is a perfectly eerie quickie for those looking for something Halloweenesque or for a short interesting audio.

What about the film?: Ah the film. So many unnecessary changes and additions. In some ways the film is creepier. In other ways it isn't creepy enough. One thing I do know for sure, the audiobook is WAY better and more entertaining. This is one of those of cases where I believe the audio is the best format to enjoy this story. Why you ask? Because it leaves the visuals up to your imagination.

Wind-up: Coraline is a novella written by Neil Gaiman. The audiobook is read by the author and consists of 3 discs (3 hours and 36 mins). Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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30 October 2011

Thank You Mr. Postman: Angels, Kentucky, & Belly Laughs

Hi dolls! Thanks to some of my amazing blogger pals, my mailbox was actually busy this week...

Angels True Stories by Robert J. Morgan
(won at the very cool Tina's Book Reviews)
Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
(a gift from the super sweet
Pirate Penguin)
Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
(a gift from the kind and thoughtful
Tea Time with Marce)

So what did you get this week? Are you ready for tomorrow? Do you get trick-or-treaters? Are you dressing up? Or are you like me and simply passing out candy? Oh and do tell, what did you think of Grimm?

27 October 2011

Free eBook Alert: One Imperfect Christmas

Good morning lovies! It's alert time! One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson is currently FREE for the Kindle and the nook. The cover reminds me that in just 5 days the Tales of Whimsy home is converting to Christmas decor. So early you ask? Why yes, since Baby Whimsy is slated to be a December baby and I am not sure if I will have any time or energy for decor by then, we're decorating early. If you celebrate Christmas, do you start decorating early, wait till the day after Thanksgiving or December 1st, or do you prefer the thrill of the last minute action?

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider
downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Own a nook? Check out Free Friday at Hott Books.

26 October 2011

Wishin' and Hopin': Soul Surfer

After reading a review of Soul Surfer at scribbles, scripts & such, and Faith, Fashion, and Football, I sat down and watched the film for the first time yesterday. I was inspired by Bethany's faith, courage, and family. I was also amazed that such a young woman could be so strong. Now I can not wait to try the audio. Have you seen the film or read the book?

23 October 2011

Yackety-yak: Once Upon a Time...First Impressions

So did you watch
Once Upon a Time? What did you think? I love it. I am so hooked. I want to rewatch t
he first episode again. I never say that. I love the subtle little hints. Like the invitation for apple cider, the wolf, and Granny's Bed & Breakfast. And how hot is Prince Charming (Josh Dallas)?

Credit: Image courtesy of the awesome Once Storybrooke.net.

21 October 2011

Contest Winner: Kiss of Night

Happy Friday! It's contest winner announcement time! The winner of my Kiss of Night contest is: Penelope of The Reading Fever! Congratulations doll! If you haven't checked out The Reading Fever, remedy that immediately. Her reviews are fantastic. Penelope, I will be contacting you via email for your mailing address. The winner was selected with help from Random.org. Thanks again Faith Words for making this contest possible.

Click here to read my review of Kiss of Night.
Click here to visit Kiss of Night on Goodreads.
Click here to listen to an interview with Debbie Viguié.
Click here to order Kiss of Night on Amazon.

18 October 2011

Well Said: Want

"If you stay here, you can have whatever you want."
Coraline sighed. "You really don't understand, do you?" she said. "I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?"

17 October 2011

Free Kindle eBook Alert: A Home for Christmas

Happy Monday dearies! I have a sweet alert for you. A Home for Christmas by Deborah Grace Staley is currently FREE for the Kindle. Isn't the cover lovely? It reminds me of how much I adore seeing old Victorians decorated for the holidays. So run over and grab your copy. It is never too early to start building up your Christmas collection.

Click here to read my review of A Home for Christmas.

Don't have a Kindle but still interested? Consider downloading the Kindle reader (for free) for your for PC, BlackBerry, or iPhone. Own a nook? Check out Free Friday at Hott Books.

14 October 2011

News Flash: Coming Down the Pipe

With Baby Whimsy on the way, time is about to change for me. So I have decided to take some advice from fellow mommy Natalie of I'd So Rather Be Reading. In a post entitled How Do You Balance Reading and Your Family? she advised mommies to get audios. So be on the lookout for audiobook reviews. It will be some brand new uncharted territory for me, but I'm ready!
Photograph Credit: Image courtesy of TrakinX.

12 October 2011

Unreview of Stork: Where's the Beef?

Remember those Wendy's commercials from back in the day? The ads that proclaimed, "where's the beef"? Well that is how the Stork left me. The story wasn't bad, it was just thin on the juicy beef the title alludes to (storks, legends, and mystery).

2 stars

But don't let me stop you. For a difference of opinion, check out these great reviews: YA Book Queen, i swim for oceans, Fuzzy.Coffee.Books, and Random Ramblings.

10 October 2011

Wee-view: When Autumn Leaves

2¢ Worth: When Autumn Leaves wasn't the autumnal jewel I was hoping for. Apart from the gorgeous yet misleading cover (it changes seasons and spends very little time on fall) the structure of the story was really frustrating. Autumn (the town witch and enchantment guru) is looking for a successor and each chapter is a tiny window into one of those candidates. So what made it frustrating? Just when you start rooting for someone, you are introduced to someone else. Just when you think you're starting to understand the magic that chapter is alluding to, the story changes gears. None of the characters get any closure and ultimately the story lacked glue. It was if each chapter was piece of a pie that never really came together as a whole.

Whippersnappers: Infidelity and some profanity.

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07 October 2011

Review: Kiss of Night

2¢ Worth: Kiss of Night begins like a classic vampire novel but quickly spins into a modern day battle of the vampires in today's Prague. Underneath the battle is a mystery I was quickly sucked into. Susan, one the main human characters, spends the story trying to find out what her family connection to the vampires is and why she will play an intricate role in helping defeat the evil vamp intent on world domination. Yet what makes Kiss of Night different and memorable is the way God, faith, and prayer are effortlessly woven in. Traditionally in vampiric literature the faithful are mocked by the vampires. This time a Friar Laurence like vampire monk actually encourages prayer before battle. The end result is a fascinating and exciting 4-star battle for good with a new view on vamps.

Wrapping: The sexy brooding Johnny Depp look alike on the cover is totally accurate for the main hottie vamp Raphael.

Wire tip: This will be a three part series.

Wooed: I am loving the undeniable and inexplicable connection and attraction Susan and Raphael are trying to fight.

Wrinkle: There was one minor lull around the half way point.

Whisper: The message seems to be that no one is beyond prayer and salvation.

Warning: Cliff hanger alert! I was itching to find out what happens when they win and how a vampire that repents is handled, but it appears there is way more brawling and mystery to be revealed first.

Whippersnappers: As is with all vampire stories, there is death and a bit of sensuality. It is tasteful but best suited for older readers.
"All that evil needs to succeed is for good people to stand by and do nothing."

"Generations crying out for meaning in their life, for something to believe in beyond themselves, and afraid or unable to embrace faith. Tragedy is all around us."
Word to the wise: If you are a vampire purist or traditional Christian Fiction enthusiast you may find issues with this novel. However, if you're an open-minded reader or someone who has been looking to try Christian Fiction for the first time, definitely try this book. I'm hooked. And while it may not be a recognized genre, I will from this point forward refer to books in this category as Supernatural Christian Fiction. Now I really can't wait to try Plain Fear: Forsaken.

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Thank you Sarah of Faith Words for including me in this tour.
Thank you Joy of Edgy Inspirational Romance for recommending me for this tour.

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Contest: Kiss of Night

Thanks to Sarah at Faith Words, I have 1 copy of Kiss of Night up for grabs! Whoot whoot! To enter, simply comment with your email address below. The winner must be a resident of the US or Canada. Contest ends October 21, 2011. Good luck ladies! 

04 October 2011

Whimsy Update: Soon We Will Be Three

I have a confession to make...I've been keeping something from you ladies. Soon I will be sporting one of these. That's right, Mr. Whimsy and I are expecting a baby Whimsy this December.

The facts:
  • We didn't think we could have babies.
  • Therefore, she is our unexpected surprise and blessing.
  • We have no clue what to name her. Got any ideas?
  • Her room is nowhere near done BUT she does already have books.
The truth:
  • I have no idea how exactly this will effect Tales of Whimsy, but I have every intention of continuing to read, blog, and visit your blogs.
  • I am however pretty sure it will take me some time to get into the swing of things and find a new groove.
  • I have been changing the pace here at Tales of Whimsy so the transition will hopefully feel rather smooth.
So seriously, do you have any name ideas? Ideally the name will be lovely, unique, mean something cool, and sound good in English as well as Spanish.