Sunday Street Team: Genius + Giveaway

Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout

1577182About the author…

Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called “a potent and vigorous film.” He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

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Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:
Rex– One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.

Tunde-This14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.

Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

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The Review…

 Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Cover Rating: 4 Thumbs Up! (It’s shiny in person!)
My Thoughts: This book took me by surprise in the best way possible. I had never read anything like it and I wasnt sure I would enjoy it because I don’t know much of anything about coding, hacking or engineering. The good news is you don’t need to! So if any of you have reservations for the same reasons I did then forget them and go get this book!
The story line was fast, there weren’t any slow points for me and I read through it quickly. I also found it to be very engaging, even though the level of tech talked about  is way above me. The author did an excellent job of describing it so I could understand and then it proceeded to sink its hooks in. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what happened next! By the end I have to admit the subject matter really pulled me in, I was fascinated by these young geniuses and their innovation. And maybe more than a little jealous.
This is a multiple view-point story which was, in my opinion, done right. Each character had a unique voice and interesting dynamic. I also loved their different cultural backgrounds, it was something unique that I don’t read often. Painted Wolf was my hero, of course. She is so bold and gutsy, but of course I relate more to Rex, except I have trouble with html so forget code. The friendship they shared with Tunde was such a crucial part of the story and it didn’t feel contrived, it felt very real.
I wasnt expecting the ending at all! It was such a cliff hanger, it actually reminded me of the way a film might finished if it was part of a series. Mid-action, lots of questions unanswered, leaving you on the edge of your seat… I’m telling you this is not a book to miss. It’s fresh, fun and action packed with some humor and just the right amounts of romance. This here is the full package and a beautiful cover to top it off!
Recommended For: I would really suggest this for anyone who likes action, or sci-fi, I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers. If you enjoy books like Enders Game or movies such as Die Hard or Oceans Eleven, where there is a problem solving element, then I think you would like this book.

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Sunday Street Team: Hippopotamister


5126004About the author…

John Patrick Green grew up on Long Island and has worked in New York City since graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a degree in graphic design. He was the comics consultant for Disney Adventures magazine, where he wrote and often drew the popular Last Laugh feature. John is the co-creator and illustrator of the graphic novel series Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden and Teen Boat!, both with writer Dave Roman. He has also worked as a writer, illustrator, or designer on comics and graphic novels for Nickelodeon Magazine, DreamWorks, Scholastic Graphix, and DC Comics. John lives in Brooklyn with zero cats and way too many LEGOs.

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The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run-down and falling apart. Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

The Review…

 Rating: 3.5 Stars
Illustratiom Rating: 5 Thumbs Up!
My Thoughts:
This was such a fun book to read. Hippo tried out so many jobs and the story is so well illustrated. Every page comes alive in a way that is really engaging to kids. My son is ten months old and loved looking at and touching the pictures.
The main character, Hippo really grows in this book, discovering what he enjoys and what he is capable of accomplishing. He was likeable, hard-working and loyal. His friend however, the red panda, is kind of awful and always gets them fired, when Hippo is in fact doing a really good job. I dont think their friendship was a good example for kids.  I like that in the end he saved the zoo. I think ‘be your own hero’ is a fantastic message for children. There were a lot of good morals or lessons in these pages. A neat bonus was that some of the content seemed geared to making the parent/reader laugh too.
I found the story to be a little on the long side for younger kids and not enough words per page for older kids.
The story could have been shorter, in my opinion, and still achieved the same goals. Some of it felt overly repetitive.
I liked Hippopotamister over all and if you have a child who enjoys longer stories about animals, this is definitely the book for you!


Page 394


Page 394 is an original meme that began here at Novelcravings. The meme is simple, turn to page 394 in your current read or a favourite book, find a passage you love and share it with us! Everyone is welcome to join. Please remember to link back to this page and share the link to your blog post in the comments below. The meme happens on the 14th of every month.

This week I will be quoting The Rose Society by Marie Lu 23846013

“The whispers in my mind roar, filling every crevice, shoving out the light and letting the darkness flood in”

Page 394

I read this at the end of April and I was just blown away by how creepy and dark it was. I don’t even like Adelina. I should clarify, I don’t like who she is but she is exactly who she needs to be for the story to work. And I applaud Marie Lu for being able to step into this dark pair of shoes and write such a rich, complex, and merciless character.

What is on your Page 394?

Check out these other blogs participating in the meme:

Beth @ Betwixt the Pages

MC @ Blame it on the Pages

Emma @ emdoesbookreviews

hermionefowl @ addlepatesandbooknerds

Yasmin @ thewildreaders

Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books

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Hello, it’s me

Hello lovelies!

I am so sorry that I have been MIA
I havent even gotten around to my post about my experience at Yallwest! I hope you all can forgive me. I got back from my trip and life just took over full force! I have a lot of training shifts at my new job, I’m in the midst of moving and as most of you know I’m a single mom. So right now I am overwhelmed and posts had to go on hold. I hope to be back up and running soon! Once I am set up in my new place things will be better than ever because I will have my own office space finally!
I appreciate every one of you for coming back and sticking with me during these times. Good things are coming!