Saturday, March 17, 2018

Creature Feature: Who Let the Wyverns Out?

Creature Feature created by Michael is a feature that focuses on the wonderful world of fantasy, science fiction, and horror creatures. 


If you are like me and read a book that features a wyvern and look it up and said, "O, It's a dragon." You would only be half right, because Wyvern is not a dragon though it has dragon attributes. I think much of the confusion comes from movies, TV, and Video Games. Even Smaug at times in Hobbit films had more wyvern features then dragon features. Yes Smaug is a dragon, read The Hobbit and check out Tolkien's own drawing. 

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Okay so what exactly is a wyvern you might ask? A wyvern is like a flying serpent. Say what?!! In fact the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word wivere which means serpent, or the Latin word vÄ«pera which of course the English equivalent is viper. So how did we get the dragon like features for this particular creature. Not exactly sure on that one. I do know wyvern were featured in many charges(shields) and coat of arms during the medieval period.  As in this one, its pretty darn cool! 

Image result for wyverns and coat of arms

It also has features like a dragon. In fact the upper parts has wings and a dragon like face. While the bottom portion is more serpent like. Wyverns have no magical force and usually are unable to breath fire unlike dragons which can. They are very strong, highly ferocious, and exceptional hunters. Many wyvern in today's literature, arts, games, etc follow this particular style and attributes.

 These creatures have appeared in video games, TV shows, movies and books. Some of the more popular of these are : 

Video Games: Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, and Elder Scrolls
TV Shows: Riders Of Berk and Game of Thrones 
Movies: How To Train Your Dragon and Reign of Fire
Books Series: (They don't always show up in the first book but the first book of series is listed below) 

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

As of right now I think my favorite wyvern is Stormfly from How to Train Your Dragon, because I like How to Train your Dragon and Finn (my grandson)  has a stormfly Build a Bear. Though I'm starting to like Abraxos. Plus Stormfly does stuff like this:

Review: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup CloudsTitle:  Ketchup Clouds 
Author:  Annabel Pitcher
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date:  November 12th, 2013
Pages:  272
Genre:  YA Realistic Fiction
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Audio
Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

This book got lost in my TBR. I remember being so excited for this book. It was one of my most anticipated reads that year, however, it got away from me. Let me just say this book- so awesome. I just fell for this book, the story, the characters,  the writing, the mystery. It was all so grand. 
Zoe has a secret, A secrets she is afraid to let anyone find out about that a secret she needs to tell someone. This secret is haunting her. She finds a way to deal with this secret by writing to a convict sentenced to death row in Texas. She feels it is safe to confess to this man. He doesn't know who she really is and who is going to tell. The story from start to finish is about Zoe and her secret and is written in letters to this man in prison. It's written in a timeline of two different years. The current and the year before. Zoe's secret slowly comes out. 

This book has become a new favorite of mine. I can't really pinpoint what was so amazing because it was everything. 

The story had emotion- regret,  love, fear... this story had a mystery- the secret that just needs to be revealed and is little by little...friendship... family drama... oh and one very lost and hurting teenage girl. 

Zoe is a flawed character. Her flaws come from being a teenager and all the crap that she has gone through. She was pretty sheltered growing up and didn't learn how to make rational decisions. She really wasn't good at making decisions at all. The choices she made were not good at all. Her flaws are what made her real and the story gritty and raw. 

I felt for Zoe from the very beginning and throughout the book. Even when I was screaming at her because of her choices and lack of judgment. And yes I was screaming at her. I was rooting for her. SO many times I wanted to comfort her and tell her it will all be okay. She needed someone to do that one thing for her. 

At the beginning of her tale... she was so innocent and naive, by the end she was a mess but more self-aware and world aware. She loved she lost she learned- through her experience. 

the story was also very enthralling. There as a mystery. The mystery of Zoe's secret. We learn very early what her secret is but we don't know how it happened or what exactly happened. The how and what made the story so intense for me. I just needed to know the entire story. I seem to have a soft spot for stories written like this, where events come out little by little. Even though I wanted and needed more I was also just satisfied being in the moment. The author is such a grand storyteller. 

The feels in thsi book. The writing. Just beautiful. I really couldn't get enough. The ending was good, perfect even for this story. I will for sure read more by this author. 

An overwhelming and beautiful read. 

Annabel Pitcher
Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband. MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE was her first novel. She is a full-time writer.

Wee Reads: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

What Finn Reads....  
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry BearThe Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood


The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear... How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.

What Finn Thinks...

Do you like this book?
Yeah! I like the mouse and the strawberry!

What's your favorite part of the book?
The mouse guarding the strawberry! And when he put the mustache on it, it was so silly! This book makes me feel like flatness. (As Finn planks...)

What do you think of the cover?
I like it because I like strawberries and mice and he is saying shhh!

Do you want me to read it again?

What Momma Thinks... 
This is a really cute book, about a mouse who finds a huge ripe strawberry. The mouse is afraid that the bear is going to find and steal his strawberry, so he decides he must eat it, in order to keep it safe.

Some of our favorite pages:

Similar Books..
Little Mouse's Sweet TreatBlueberry MouseSuch a Little MouseLittle Mouse and the Big CupcakeMouse's First Summer

Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).

Stacking the Shelves 3/10-3/16

Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 


For Review:

Spies, Lies, and AlliesThe Secret Science of MagicISAN


Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1)The Call (The Call #1)A Night to Remember


Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don't Learn Them from Movies Anymore)Black Bird of the Gallows


For review:

The Life and Death ParadeA Thousand Beginnings and EndingsWild Blue WonderNightbooksPeevesInvisible Ghosts

Purchased (with birthday money) and gifted for birthday

Alice in WonderlandViolent EndsThe Price Guide to the OccultThe Book JumperPlaylist for the DeadTo Catch a Killer (Erin Blake #1)Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen



American Panda

Free for Kindle:

Brightest Kind of Darkness (Brightest Kind of Darkness, #1)

Finn: (he made out like a bandit this week)


Harry's Lovely Spring Day: Teaching Children the Value of Kindness.The Angry DragonThe Book No One Wants To ReadDon't Forget Dexter!Goodnight, Little MonsterThe HiccupotamusMy Monster FartsRexy the Dinosaur and a New Bike: (Children's book about a Dinosaur Who Learns that Sharing is Caring, Bedtime Story, Picture Books, Ages 3-5, Preschool Books, Kids Books, Dinosaur Books)The Snail Who Forgot the Mail: Children Bedtime Story Picture BookToday I'm a MonsterVegetables in Underwear

For Review:

36601810Hedgehog!34381367Audrey the Amazing Inventor.Kalinka and GrakkleBe Still, LifeHarvey's HideoutAnimal Babies

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