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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens

Summary:

According to “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist… (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book was witty in the best way, but it’s one I’m glad that I didn’t read younger because I would have missed about half of the references.  It’s a great one on many levels as there are religious, literary and philosophical references embedded throughout the whole novel. I’m already looking forward to a reread because I know I didn’t catch everything. 

At times, the book felt a little long, but this slow build allowed things to unravel into chaotic hilarity.  That being said, this slow build meant that some jokes fell a bit flat as I was hoping for a bit more of a reveal.  Overall, I’d still strongly recommend this one to anyone with a religious background or enjoy a good satirical read.

Warning: Contains repeated violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Folks who can laugh at anything – the devote religious would probably be horrified by it.

Something New

Something New

Summary:

A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding…. The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

Having seem multiple of my close friends go through the pains (and occasional fun) of wedding planning, this graphic novel caught my eye.   (Actually if I’m honest, since I love Lucy Knisley, I probably would have picked it up regardless of context!) In it, I think Knisley does a really good job of portraying an honest, introspective and often very funny perspective of her experience through the year leading up to her wedding.  There are so many things people are told you “have” to do, it was refreshing to see someone saying “no” to the overblown industry.

The book is a mixture of histories of tradition, a documentation of the event and a discussion on the topics that Knisley had mixed feelings on and I’d definitely recommend giving it a read!

Warning: May have you super interested in DIY Pinterest activities.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone who is about to go through, has been through, or has ever been around wedding planning.

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain (Please Don't Tell My Parents #1)

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Super Villain

Summary:

Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She's got superhero parents. She's got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn't understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear.

In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero's sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She's good at it.

Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This book was awesome.  It is an absolute blast and everything about it is fun, quirky and super entertaining.  I envision the story occurring in a similar world to “The Incredibles”, but with some middle school stress thrown in.  There are a lot of superhero-world stereotypes, but I don’t mean that in a bad way, but rather in a familiar way.  Not only is Penelope trying to navigate school, but she is trying to figure out what it means to be the daughter of superheroes.  Throw in some tempting villainy and it’s a slippery slope that’s happening all too quickly.

Roberts also does an amazing job realistically portraying the kind of trouble some middle school kids with lax supervision might get into. I haven’t gotten around to reading the sequel, but it will definitely be happening in the near future.  This is a great book that I would recommend to anyone.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone looking for a hilarious quick read in the vein of “The Incredibles”!

Want to read the whole series?

  • Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #2)
  • Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen (Please Don’t Tell My Parents #3)

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

Summary:

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses. 

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of "Runway "magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts "Prada! Armani! Versace!" at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child. 

“The Devil Wears Prada” gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This is one of those rare occasions that the movie is better than the book.  In the movie Andy is funny, endearing and relatable, but in the book she comes off as a pretty awful friend and kind of a flake.  Ignoring your best friend and boyfriend, even if you’re busy, when they’re going through some intense things is not ok.

That being said, there were definitely some funny moments that I enjoyed and I certainly didn’t hate the book.  Miranda Priestly cracked me up multiple ties.  I do have to say, I think Andy was over-reacting a few times, but if you suspend real life for a little while it’s definitely more entertaining!  Wouldn’t necessarily warn people away, but not what you’re getting with the movie so I’d steer you in that direction first.

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Chick lit fans who think the premise is slightly less than ridiculous – you are the ones that will enjoy it the most.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada #2)