Thursday, September 18, 2014

Candy Aisle Crafts: A Review

The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store!
 
From party decorations to children’s toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects.
 
Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks. Candy Aisle Crafts is packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both  kids and parents will love.

This is such a cute cook craft book. This is also my first cook book, I thought it might be a risk to review something like this. I’m not a foodie or some type of wiz at arts and crafts either. But the title is Candy Aisle Craft so I figured hey someone like me who kind of sucks at this sort of stuff, maybe it could be easy.

There are cute pictures and examples to go along with them. The instructions are short and simple. The book is sorted into four categories. Hard candy, gummy candy, marshmallows and cookies and cereals.

The one down fall is that the book is half kid friendly and half not. A big part of this book is dealing with hard candies and heating them up. I don’t really think that is a kid friendly craft. And in the categories, like gummy candy and marshmallows are the same thing, animals. That’s all that’s being shown, I’m pretty sure there could have been a lot more of crafts, and not just one thing.   

Other then that this book is really cute, and kind of fun and simple.
So if you’re interested in this book or anything else Jodi Levine has done you can go to her website and read a preview of this or anything other up coming work.


Also I tried out some gum drop animals and this is how they came out.
  

                           (Bumble bees and a frog, with lily pads)


I was given this book for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (bloggingforbooks.org)

~Kellie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Revolutionary: A Review

Number #3 in the Anomaly Trilogy

After months in New Hope and Athens, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: working in their assigned fields, maintaining productivity.
Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now, a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better.
She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when Thalli discovers that even the surviving aboveground villages are in danger of State domination, her fragile faith begins to crumble.
As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why they have been left alive at all . . . a personal secret that will haunt Thalli forever. And as she struggles with this new truth, she also struggles with decisions of the heart.
Can the State’s expansion be stopped? Or will humanity—above and below the surface—be irreparably damaged?  Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.

Warning! This is the last book in the trilogy so there will inevitably have spoilers!

This is the finale, it’s over. Thalli has returned to the State. For one last battle with Loudin. In the beginning you know Thalli has gotten stronger. And I fill she just builds on that in this book. She’s a strong character with characters who are actually strong beside her. There are a lot of those type of flaws with characters in young adult fiction. There has to some sort of really weak person. This series just seemed to destroy that cliché.

There is a cliché that could have gone without. The love triangle, Alex or Berk who will she choose. It wasn’t talked about the whole book, but still it got under my skin. Just pick already, is what I thought when it went to that sort of place. It wasn’t my favorite parts to read.

My feelings went right back to where they were from the first book in the series. They are back in the State. The first book was set all in the State. Most of the time nothing happens, nothing big. Some people died, I’ll spare you who. No big moves were made after something like that happens. Sure there are little bits of what happens outside the state. Like in Athens and in New Hope, but were just little parts in the book. It was kind of boring.

As an ending you want to be built up, so the ending can be just mind blowing. I feel I didn’t get this from the last book. I do love Thalli and will miss her and the other characters like Rhen and Dallas, but I am glad that this series is over.



I was given this book for my honest review from BookLook bloggers program. (booklookbloggers.com)

~Kellie