A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tori's Review: Karma Bites by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

Life seems to have it in for Franny Flanders. Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. The only karma Franny’s got is bad karma. Then Franny gets her hands on a box of magic recipes that could fix all of her problems. It could even change the world! Finally, life is looking up. But Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be played with. When you mess with the universe, it can bite back in unexpected ways. Ouch!

Obtained: Publisher
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

1. Karma Bites

My Rating:

My Opinion:
KARMA BITES is a well written, engaging story.  I thought that Franny was extremely sophisticated for a middle schooler (I mean, really, I NEVER thought of some of the things that crossed her mind when I was that age).  She actually seemed to be the only one who actually used her brain in the entire book.  All the other kids tended to obsess over their social standings and her mother was some scatter brained author.  Her granny was the only other truly memorable character that I enjoyed.

This book reminded me just how cruel younger kids can be.... even the ones who remain 'neutral.'  I loved how the authors portrayed this aspect, and revealed through the story just how petty those social standings are.

The only problem I really had with KARMA BITES was the language some of the characters used.  I thought that it was a bit corny at times, but I think it fit perfectly for the age group who would be reading this.  Maybe it didn't work for me, but I think a lot of younger kids will love it.

If you enjoy middle grade books, I'm going to assume you'll love this one.  Even though this book clearly caters to a younger audience, I couldn't help but grow more and more invested with the story line.