Books Young Adult

Inked by Eric Smith and a Tattoo Party!

Let’s get INKED!!



You know how art imitates life and how sometimes life imitates art?

What’s up with that? Well I was thinking the other day, and I hit on a truth. My revelation was inspired by reading Inked. Here’s a blurb from the book:

And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice…

only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.

See what that says there? That your fate is more than skin deep. Why is that so important? Because it’s a lesson our hero learns in the book. Everyone must get their tattoos so they can take their place in society and see what their occupations are going to be.  Kinda like the sorting hat for the Tattoorati. But it makes me wonder whether you get to select your occupation or does the occupation select you?

Things that make you go hmmmmm?

I can’t tell you whether our hero gets inked or not but I can tell you that the story had me on my feet until the very last page.

As if that isn’t enough to think about, I started a tattoo party over on my pinterest board. Here’s the link. Makes me want to get a tattoo.

Or another one.

There are a few curse words in this book but nothing they haven’t heard before. It’s suitable for older middle grades, too, I think.

What would your occupational tattoo be?




Books Children

Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle!

I LOVE the Nick and Tesla series!


If you love ALL things science, then you’ll love the next installment: Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle! As we follow twins Nick and Tesla around Half Moon Bay, their lovable weird Uncle Newt constantly gets them into trouble. Uncle Newt is under surveillance (but who?? and why??) and it’s up to the twins to figure out why!

Along they way you’ll learn how to make all kinds of neat science experiments (WARNING: wear protective clothing and eyewear, I’m just saying) just like the kids do in the series.

Remember the science experiment I made trying to follow their recipe in High Voltage Danger Lab?  Here’s the link.

Quirk Books always brings the BEST stuff!

Grab your copy now, put on your white lab coat and get experimenting. OR, put on sunglasses and a fake mustache and try your hand at going undercover.


Non Fiction

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, a Review by Cleo Cat

I’m Cleopatra Jones


Cleo Cat for short. I’m the boss around here. Pam stepped out for a bit to do some dumb human things so I took this chance to read and review the book How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin.

First, I had to help Pam read the book.


She’s a freakishly large  nice person and all but she’s a pretty slow reader.  I may have dozed off while she read.

When we’re not reading, we like to sit in our comfy box.


Where’s my cat nip?

Sometimes I take my meals with Pam.


She clearly does not know how to open a simple package of cat treats.

I know Pam read the book and is looking for options to attain financial freedom, but she keeps missing all these great photo opps. She’s so dumb human.

I try to help her.  I really do.


But she just doesn’t get it.


I sit and I’m cute and I wait for her to take photos but she is NOWHERE to be seen.


By the way, the tea here is terrible.

I’m at my wits end with Pam.  She reads books but doesn’t use the knowledge that she gains from them.  I tell her all the time; knowledge is power.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

Maybe she needs to read the book again?

Books Children

Let’s Talk About Monkeyfarts!

Thanks to Quirk Books for sharing this fun book with us!

Books Children Reviews

The Bird is Back! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Bird is Back!  I’ve had a love affair with Quirk Books, ever since 2011 when they introduced me to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in hardcover.  I’d never read anything creepy before and I was hooked.  It was love at first peek. with my hands over my eyes.  screaming.  But love, nonetheless.

I’ve kept Quirk on my radar and gladly read anything they publish.  Anything! So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Miss Peregrine aka The Bird, is back in paperback!

Miss Peregrine

Even more exciting? The sequel comes out next year, woot!

Have you read Miss Peregrine? Tell me about how you LOVED the photos!!