Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Breakout Kidnapped Edition

My best friend and I attended the new sensation Breakout. It’s a cleverly designed interactive game in which you are locked in a room and are given one hour to solve the clues and ‘breakout’ to win the game. It’s a bit difficult to review this game because I want to be sensitive to those who have not attempted the game. I don’t want to provide spoilers and give anything away.

My friend Julie had also wanted to attend however when we made our online purchases Ashley and I were able to buy the tickets but then it showed that game as being closed. (A maximum of eight people per room are allowed.) That was a real bummer. When Ashley and I arrived it was evening. We had the 8pm ‘game’. The parking lot consisted of a smaller building with some other bigger ones around it. I was a bit surprised our game would take place in the smaller office space building. On the outside I wasn’t impressed. There was only a few signs outside but nothing to really add to the intrigue of what would be coming up for the gamers.

Upon entering the building, you see a decent sized sitting area with a small desk and computer area. The man at the desk, fresh out of his teen years it looked, was amusing, exciting to listen to, and quite enjoyable. He was very knowledgable and explained things easily. He definitely knew the speech and still added some entertainment in the atmosphere. We had to sign a waiver on a small tablet. I was kind of disappointed to learn you could only do each game once but at the same time I also understand...but I think for those who don’t succeed and ‘breakout’ it should be something you can attempt again. (In my opinion.)

Friday, May 15, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: GRAPHIC NOVELS

TOP FIVE GRAPHIC NOVELS:
HARDCORE:

1. SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
3. CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT?, by Roz Chast
4. THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE, by Sydney Padua
5. AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON, by Rick Remender and Jerome OpeƱa

SPOTLIGHT:     
SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6
Bryan Lee O'Malley
It's finally here! Six years and almost 1000 pages have all led to this epic finale! With six of Ramona's seven evil exes dispatched, it should be time for Scott Pilgrim to face Gideon Graves, the biggest and baddest of her former beaus. But didn't Ramona take off at the end of Book 5? Shouldn't that let Scott off the hook? Maybe it should, maybe it shouldn't, but one thing is for certain all of this has been building to Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour! The sixth and final volume to indie comics most influential series in the last decade! Soon to be a major motion picture coming in August 2010 directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: CHILDREN'S BOOKS

TOP FIVE CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
PICTURE BOOKS:

1. THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES, by B. J. Novak
2. THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
3. I WISH YOU MORE, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
4. WAITING IS NOT EASY!, by Mo Willems
5. DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

SPOTLIGHT:   
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS
by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: NONFICTION

TOP FIVE NONFICTION:
HARDCORE:

1. HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan
2. THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks
3. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS..., by Dana Perino
4. BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher
5. DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson

SPOTLIGHT:
HOPE
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus
Two victims of the infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity, and their final, dramatic rescue

On May 6, 2013, Amanda Berry made headlines around the world when she fled a Cleveland area home and called 911, saying: “Help me, I’m Amanda Berry. . . . I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for ten years.”

A horrifying story rapidly unfolded. Ariel Castro, a local school bus driver, had separately lured Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight to his home, where he kept them chained in the basement. In the decade that followed, the three were raped, psychologically abused, and threatened with death. Berry bore a child—Jocelyn—by their captor.

Drawing upon their recollections and the diaries they kept, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus describe a tale of unimaginable torment, and Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post reporters Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan interweave the events within Castro’s house with the ongoing efforts to find the missing girls.

The full story behind the headlines—including shocking information never previously released—Hope is a harrowing yet inspiring chronicle of three women whose courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness ultimately delivered them back to their lives and families.

Read by Jorjeana Marie, Marisol Ramirez and Arthur Morey.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WHO'S ON TOP: FICTION


TOP FIVE FICTION:
HARDCORE:

1. GATHERING PREY, by John Sandford
2. MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci
3. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins
4. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr
5. GOD HELP THE CHILD, by Toni Morrison

SPOTLIGHT: 
GATHERING PREY
John Sandford
The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times–bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winner John Sandford.
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.

Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.