Monday, June 27, 2016

Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers by Jo Firestone

Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

Pages- 200
My rating- 1 of 5 stars
 Reviewer- Stephanie

I recently read the description of this game and thought that I HAD to have it! Who doesn't like puns? Well, this Game was quite a letdown... there are some jokes on the front of the cards that seemed a little too easy to guess and the fact that I knew most of the answers didn't seem fair to the other players. playing this game with only three or four people didn't seem to make it any better. I was expecting a lot more and was let down.

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From the daughter-father duo that created Brooklyn's beloved live pun competition comes Punderdome, the "Punderful card game [that] will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party" (

One part game, one part conversation starter, you don't need to be a pun master to master Punderdome: the goal is to make bad jokes and have fun along the way.

A player (the prompter for that round) draws two prompt cards from the deck, and then reads the prompts to the rest of the group, who have 90 seconds to create a single, groan-worthy pun that combines the two prompts.     

When time is up, pun makers share their puns with the prompter, who awards the prompt cards to the player whose pun he or she likes best. The winner then draws the next pair of prompt cards and the process repeats. Players win by obtaining 10 pairs of cards.

Every Game Set Comes With:
·         200 double-sided cards (100 White and 100 Green)
·         2 Mystery Envelopes with fill-in prize slips
·         2 80-page pads for drafting puns
·         1 instruction card and 1 pun example card
·         A stu-PUN-dous time for 3 or more players


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher

Silence is Goldfish
Title and Author-Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher
Publisher-  Orion Children's Books
Pages- 365
My rating- 5 of 5 stars
 Reviewer- Stephanie

This book was amazing, The character development was completely wonderful and this book was a fun and fast read. Silence is Goldfish is a book that I would reread. I love this book and would suggest it to anyone looking for a great read!

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My name is Tess Turner - at least, that's what I've always been told.

I have a voice but it isn't mine. It used to say things so I'd fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn't. It lied.

It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. But the words that really hurt weren't the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down.

Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them.

I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew.

Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father's blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess's eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.


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Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves
Title and Author- Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
Publisher- Katherine Tegen Books
My rating-2 of 5 stars

 Reviewer- Stephanie
"Shallow Graves" was a book that I thought tried to branch out, but it REALLY didn't work for me. I thought that this novel could have used better transitions and more developed storyline. The beginning of the novel was amazing! The story started to become very interesting, but after the first 100 pages, I started to lose interest. Breezy is a wonderful character that went through an interesting change. I wouldn't read it again.

Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.


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The After Party: Poems by Jana Prikryl

The After Party: Poems
Title and Author- The After Party: Poems by Jana Prikryl
Publisher-  Expected publication
My rating-2 of 5 stars 
 Reviewer- Stephanie

"The After Party" is an interesting collection of poems. Some poems are very short -about one stanza- or longer (a few pages). The idea of this collection seemed very thought out, but the order of this collection didn't flow the way that I was expecting. Some of the poems didn't have that flow that most poems have. Many of them were kind of confusing and very dull. Overall I wasn't impressed with the execution of the book.

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Jana Prikryl’s The After Party journeys across borders and eras, from cold war Central Europe to present-day New York City,from ancient Rome to New World suburbs, constantly testing the lingua francas we negotiate to know ourselves. These poems disclose the tensions in our inherited identities and showcase Prikryl’s ambitious experimentation with style.

“Thirty Thousand Islands,” the second half of the collection,presents some forty linked poems in a great variety of structures and incorporating numerous voices. Rooted in one place that fragments into many places—the remote shores of Lake Huron in Canada, a region with no natural resources aside from its beauty—these poems are an elegy that speaks beyond grief.

Penetrating, vital, and visionary, The After Party marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.


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