If This Bookworm Has Offended

If This Bookworm Has Offended

Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn't want to live there - Owl City || I review all sorts of things, books, movies, mini-series, adaptions. I also fan cast.

3 Stars
Review: Bailey's Peoria Problem by Linda McQuinn Carlblom
Bailey's Peoria Problem - Linda Carlblom

Title: Bailey's Peoria Problem
Author: Linda McQuinn Carlblom
Series: Camp Club Girls, 6
Format: ebook

Length: N/A

Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: What can be tamer than spending time with a bunch of sheep? When Bailey and Alexis visit a cousin’s sheep ranch, they expect a low-key, relaxing hiatus from every day life. Instead, they’re thrust into the throes of a missing millionaire, code-infested animals, and hapless cries for help. It’s "shear" adventure as the Camp Club Girls furrow into the fields and plow the plot on these prairies!


Favourite character: Brian
Least favourite character: Rude & Dude


Mini-review: I really liked the sheep shearing aspect of this. I've never read a book that talks about that. Didn't even know they had competitions for it. Also enjoyed that they solved a cold case.


Fan Cast:
Bailey Chang - Miya Cech
Alexis Howell - Malina Weissman
Uncle Nathan - Daniel Dae Kim
Aunt Darcy - Irene Bedard
Brian Chang - Booboo Stewart
Marshall Gonzalez - Pedro Pascal
Kate Oliver - Anna Cathcart
Elizabeth Anderson - Willow Shields
Sydney Lincoln - Storm Reid
McKenzie Phillips - Abby Donnelly

3 Stars
Review: Maple Frosted Murder by Susan Gillard
Maple Frosted Murder: A Donut Hole Cozy Mystery - Book 2 - Susan Gillard

Title: Maple Frosted Murder
Author: Susan Gillard
Series: Donut Hole Mystery, 2
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: A professional and very public rivalry with the owner of the corporate cookie cutter donut shop owner, leaves Heather as the prime suspect in his murder, when his body is discovered.
Health inspectors, shady business practices and a tangled web of intrigue unfold as Heather dives headfirst into the case, determined to clear her name and uncover who is the cold storage killer.


Mini-review: This one was better than the last one, but it's still horribly edited (if at all). The culprit was pretty obvious and the relationship between Heather and Ryan feels rushed.


Fan Cast:
Heather Janke - Bryce Dallas Howard
Ryan Shepherd - Sam Witwer
Amy Givens - Anna Camp
Maricela - Cote de Pablo
Angelica - America Ferrera
Jung - Randall Park
Eva Schneider - Michael Learned
Sheila Drombrowski - Andi MacDowell

3 Stars
Review: Sunny the Yellow Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Sunny The Yellow Fairy - Georgie Ripper, Daisy Meadows

Title: Sunny the Yellow Fairy
Author: Daisy Meadows
Series: Rainbow Magic, 3; Rainbow Fairies, 3
Format: paperback
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: The seven Rainbow Fairies are missing! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each RAINBOW MAGIC book. Read all seven books to help rescue the fairies and bring the sparkle back to Fairyland!
Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever!
A trail of sparkly yellow dust lands Rachel and Kirsty in a very sticky situation! Could Sunny the Yellow Fairy be at the bottom of it?


Mini-review: Cute. Liked that they added bees in it and they adopted Queenie.


Fan Cast:
Rachel Walker - Austyn Johnson
Kirsty Tate - Drew Olivia Tillman
Sunny - Jessica Belkin
Ruby - Dove Cameron
Amber - Madison Davenport

3 Stars
Review: The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson
The Missing Ink - Karen E. Olson

Title: The Missing Ink
Author: Karen E. Olson
Series: Tattoo Shop Mystery, 1
Format: mass market paperback
Length: 299 pages
Rating: 4 stars


Synopsis: Murder leaves a mark
Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of an elite tattoo parlor in Las Vegas. When a girl makes an appointment for a tattoo of the name of her fiancé embedded in a heart, Brett takes the job but the girl never shows. The next thing Brett knows, the police are looking for her client, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't her fiancé's...


Favourite character: Brett
Least favourite character: Bruce


Mini-review: I really enjoyed this. Most cozy mysteries are set around bakers or crafters so to read one about a tattoo artist was really fun. A breath of fresh air, if you will. So unique. I loved reading about the tattoo shop and the people who work for Brett. I loved the tattoo design aspect, as well.


Fan Cast:
Brett Kavanaugh - Elizabeth Debicki
Joel Sloane - Jonathan Groff
Ace - Zahn McClarnon
Bitsy Hendricks - Vanessa Hudgens
Tim Kavanaugh - Nicholas Braun
Chip Manning - Dane DeHaan
Elise Lyons - Melissa Benoist
Simon Chase - Nicholas Hoult
Jeff Coleman - Frank Grillo
Bruce Manning - Dermot Mulroney
Matthew Masters - John Cena

Fan Cast: Shock Wave by Dana Mentink


Trey Black - Nikolai Nikolaeff

Sage Harrington - Alexandra Daddario 

3 Stars
Review: Shock Wave by Dana Mentink
Shock Wave (Stormswept Book 1) - Dana Mentink

Title: Shock Wave
Author: Dana Mentink
Series: Stormswept, 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars



When an earthquake rips through San Francisco, the last person journalist Sage Harrington expects to run into is ex-soldier Trey Black. After what they survived in Afghanistan, she doesn't know if she can face him again. But now they're trapped in the bowels of a ramshackle opera house on a mission to find Sage's missing cousin. And they may not be the only ones. Someone is desperate to keep them from discovering the truth. With time running out and devastation and danger all around, Sage and Trey must put their trust in each other to make it out alive. 

Stormswept: Finding true love in the midst of nature's fury.


Favourite character: Trey
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: To be honest, I struggled a bit with this book at the beginning, and I think that was because of Sage's blind decisions to do stuff without thinking it through. Once she calmed down about halfway through the book, I enjoyed it a lot more and I can't wait to reread Antonia's story, as well as Dallas' story.


Fan Cast:

Trey Black - Nikolai Nikolaeff

Sage Harrington - Alexandra Daddario

3 Stars
Review: Summer by Karen Kingsbury
Summer - Karen Kingsbury

Title: Summer
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Series: Sunrise, 2; Baxters, 12
Format: paperback, large print
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: A NEW BEGINNING: Hollywood actor Dayne Matthews and Katy Hart are married and living in Bloomington, Ind., where Dayne has found a solution to his on-camera love scenes—he wants Katy to star in his next film. Katy wins the part and is cast opposite her super-star husband. The story of a small town girl's dream come true is too much for the press to resist, and in an effort to appease them, the couple agrees to a 12-episode reality show. It seems like the perfect compromise but by the time they finish filming the movie, they feel cracks around the edges of their marriage. Now they face an uncertain future, and possibly the end of everything that truly matters to them.
AN UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER: The Baxter family learns that Ashley and Kari are both pregnant, but an ultrasound reveals that something is wrong with one of the babies. As the summer progresses, the sisters pray for a miracle while trying to face the unthinkable. It's in this trying season that they must all learn the lesson God has been trying to teach them—He is still in control, and He will be with them regardless of the outcome.
AN EMOTIONAL FAREWELL: The Flanigans continue to draw closer to their only daughter, yet Bailey struggles to find her way amidst the turmoil of adolescence. She has always made good decisions, but she wants to experience more of life. Her friendship with Cody Coleman—the young border staying with the Flanigans—continues to blossom in this summer after his graduation. But when Cody decides to enlist in the Army, he'll have to say goodbye to the family he's come to love and the girl he'll never forget.


Favourite character: Cole
Least favourite character: Brooke & Katy


Mini-review: I'm not sure how I feel about this to be honest. It was emotional, but some of the characters (*cough* Brooke and Katy *cough*) ruined some things. Also I feel like Dayne and Katy's story wasn't talked about enough. It felt odd and rushed. Same with the Flanigans.


Fan Cast:
Ashley Baxter-Blake - Brittany Snow
Landon Blake - Scott Eastwood
Dayne Matthews - Diego Klattenhoff
Katy Hart-Matthews - Sophia Bush
Kari Baxter-Taylor - Kate Mara
Ryan Taylor - Matt Lanter
John Baxter - Jeff Goldblum
Elaine Denning - Christine Baranski
Luke Baxter - Joseph Mazzello
Reagan Decker-Baxter - Elizabeth Olsen
Bailey Flanigan - Zendaya
Brooke Baxter-West - Bryce Dallas Howard
Peter West - John Krasinski
Jenny Flanigan - Gabrielle Union
Jim Flanigan - Luke Wilson
Cody Coleman - Brandon Larracuente
Erin Baxter - Stef Dawson
Randi Wells - Brooklyn Decker
Dr. Amy McDaniel - Jenny Slate
Rhonda Sanders - Anna Paquin

3 Stars
Review: Mandie and the Windmill's Message by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Windmill's Message (Mandie, Book 20) - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Windmill's Message
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 20
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Mandie, Celia and Jonathan should have known that when Uncle Ned said there was a big mystery waiting for them in Holland that he meant a BIG mystery. Adventures had followed them at every stop on their summer travel through Europe with Mrs. Taft, Senator Morton and Uncle Ned, and Holland promised to be no exception. But what mystery could the quiet, peaceful land of the windmills possibly bring?
They won't be there long before they find out. Who's behind the mysterious resetting of the windmill's blades and what message are they sending? Is it a harmless prank or is someone really up to something bad? Are lives in danger?
Is someone out to destroy the royal family's reputation?


Favourite character: Albert & Jonathan
Least favourite character: Mandie


Mini-review: Okay, so, didn't like Mandie's grudges against Jonathan for something he obviously had nothing to do with. That is a big lesson in judgment right there and I'm honestly kind of shocked that her grandmother didn't send her back on the first ship home because she's a real piece of work (Mandie not Mrs. Taft). Not sure if the ending was supposed to be racist or not. Can't wait to get into the books I haven't read yet.


Fan Cast:
Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink
Jonathan Lindall Guyer III - Louis Hynes
Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep
Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland
Albert Van Dongen - Levi Miller
Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon
Mr. Van Dongen - Mads Mikkelsen
Velda Van Dongen - Thomasin McKenzie
Maurice - Nicholas Hamilton

Fan Cast: Mandie and the Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard


Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Polly Cornwallis - Nikki Hahn

Joe Woodard - Diego Velazquez

Uncle Ned - Zahn McClarnon

John Shaw - Robert Downey Jr.

Elizabeth Taft - Malin Akerman

Mrs. Taft - Meryl Streep

Liza - Genneya Walton




Dr. Woodard - Gideon Emery

Bayne Locke - Tom Glynn-Carney

Gaynelle Snow - Carrie-Anne Moss

Ruby Snow - Diana Silvers

Morning Star - Irene Bedard

Etta Shaw - Ashley Johnson

Irene Shaw - Matia Jackett

Fan Cast: Strawberries and Creme Murder by Susan Gillard


Heather Janke - Jenna Fischer

Ryan Shepherd - Sam Witwer

Amy Givens - Angela Kinsey

Maricela - Cote de Pablo

Michelle - Jillian Bell

William "Billy" Fordyce III - Caleb Landry Jones

Carolyn Fordyce - Diane Lane

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Shock Wave (Stormswept Book 1) - Dana Mentink

Why can't Sage let Antonia go? She's willing to let a dog die and/or fend for himself, but she has to go stupidly after a woman she's not even sure is in the building? She could've left before all this happened. But, no, every single noise must be Antonia. Despite the fact that someone's obviously trying to kill them.



3 Stars
Review: Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman (Mandie, Book 19) - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Mysterious Fisherman
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 19
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: Traveling through Europe in the summer of 1901, Mandie and her group arrive in Antwerp, Belgium, where they plan to visit art museums as well as do sightseeing around the beautiful city. Mrs. Taft has made it clear that there are to be no more adventures like, Mandie, Celia and Jonathan have gotten involved with in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.
But what are Mandie and her friends to do when adventure discovers them? Who would believe that a seemingly abandoned fishing boat has strange sounds coming from inside? Until they find out more, should they tell Mrs. Taft?
And what is the link between the boat and the suspicious man they think has stolen the priceless painting from the art museum?
Who is the bearded giant?


Favourite character: Jonathan
Least favourite character: Mandie


Mini-review: What to say about this book. Basically there's no mystery, really only in the kids imaginations. The only real mystery is that the Strange Woman shows up and at this point she's really starting to annoy me, mainly because I haven't finish the Europe trip arc and so I have no idea who or what she is.


Fan Cast:
Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle
Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink
Jonathan Lindall Guyer III - Louis Hynes
Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep
Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland
Strange Woman - Linda Hunt
Alex - Ciaran Hinds
Minister - Burn Gorman

Fan Cast: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell


Nikki Maxwell - Ashley Boettcher
MacKenzie Hollister - Belle Shouse
Brandon Roberts - Mason Cook
Chloe Garcia - Jenna Ortega
Zoey Franklin - Skai Jackson

Fan Cast: While My Pretty One Knits by Anne Canadeo


Lucy Binger - Amanda Seyfried

Maggie Messina - Marisa Tomei

Dana Haeger - Zoe Saldana

Suzanne Cavanaugh - America Ferrera

Phoebe Meyer - Vanessa Morgan

Dr. Matt McDougal - Jonathan Groff

Peter Goran - Rob Lowe

Cara Newhouse - Sara Paxton




Detective Walsh - Patrick Warburton

Detective Marisol Reyes - Daniela Ruah

3 Stars
Review: Writ in Stone by Stefan Petrucha
Writ in Stone - Sho Murase, Stefan Petrucha

Title: Writ in Stone
Author: Stefan Petrucha
Series: Nancy Drew Graphic Novels, 2
Format: hardcover
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: It's double trouble for Nancy and her friends, when an ancient artifact and a little boy are both suddenly missing.  The artifact is a piece of an old stone marker that may prove that the Chinese were in America eighty years before Columbus.  The little boy is Owen Zucker, a sweetie who Nancy sometimes baby-sits.  Nancy's determined to recover both the artifact and little Owen, but someone's out to stop her - permanently!


Mini-review: Cute. Kind of an obvious ending. So glad they made Nancy a redhead.

3 Stars
Review: Mandie and the Jumping Juniper by Lois Gladys Leppard
Mandie and the Jumping Juniper - Lois Gladys Leppard

Title: Mandie and the Jumping Juniper
Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
Series: Mandie, 18
Format: ebook, bind-up
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: When Mandie and Celia left the United States to spend the summer traveling with Mrs. Taft through Europe, they didn't expect that each new place they visited would have a mystery and adventure all its own. But since boarding the Queen Victoria, it's been one episode after another.
Traveling from Switzerland to Germany with Jonathan, Uncle Ned, and Senator Morton, they arrive at the medieval stone castle of Baroness Geissler. None of them know much about the castle, but with its many turrets, long narrow slits for windows, a drawbridge and moat, it's not a surprise when they discover there's a mystery surrounding it. A very old juniper tree that's located on the property is said to "jump" sometimes, and no one knows why.
What is the secret of the jumping tree? And why is the baroness's grandson so rude and unlikeable?
Will Snowball help them solve the mystery?


Favourite character: Jonathan
Least favourite character: Mandie


Mini-review: Reading this book I realized how incredibly racist this series is. That's a rant for another time (probably once I finish the series and can jot down some examples). As I'm sure you can tell, I wasn't impressed with this book. It felt more scandalous than past Mandie books. Glad Jonathan seems to be able to talk some sense into Mandie. But they probably should've reported Rupert.


Fan Cast:

Amanda "Mandie" Shaw - Emma Rayne Lyle

Celia Hamilton - Sadie Sink

Jonathan Lindall Guyer III - Louis Hynes

Grandmother Taft - Meryl Streep

Senator Morton - Donald Sutherland

Uncle Ned Sweetwater - Zahn McClarnon

Rupert Geissler - Kodi Smit-McPhee

Dorothy McSwain - Alisha Newton

Catherine - Ella Purnell

Strange Woman - Linda Hunt