Book Reivew- The Candymakers

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The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Published by Little, Brown on October 5, 2010
Genres: Childrens- Middle Grade, Mystery, Fiction
Pages: 453
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Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?

Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?

Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?

Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather?

Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?

This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

The Candymakers is a sugary sweet feel good book, that is told in a pretty (cool) unusual way. The first part is told from Logan’s perspective. Then, it is retold from the perspectives of Miles, Daisy, and Logan respectively. Then, Logan takes the reigns again to continue the story.

I love how the book is written. Each time the first two days are told from a different character, key parts of the story fall into place and you slowly get the bigger picture. Each of the children is so unique and has such an interesting and unexpected story, and it makes the book so amazing!

Another thing I love about The Candymakers is how every character has their own challenges to face, yet they are all linked together by events that happened in the past (that some of them don’t even remember!). They each have different motivations and as the children get to know each other and spend time in the (amazing) candy factory, they learn important things about themselves.

Also, lets be real here for a minute: WE NEED THIS CANDY TO BE REAL!!! All I want to do is eat Neon Yellow Lightning Chews and a Pepsicle and Harmonicandy and Bubbletastic ChocoRockets and every single other candy in this book! Even the Bacon Pops! It needs to happen. All of it.

I am going to give The Candymakers five out of five hearts. If you haven’t read this, you need to!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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The Pixar Book Tag

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I was tagged by Lauren @ Comma Hangover  to do the Pixar Book Tag! I grew up watching Pixar movies, and now that they have such a great bunch of movies lined up to come out, it is only right to participate in the Pixar tag! What better way to celebrate the amazingness?

So, without further ado, lets get down to business:


Toy Story

A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

Am I allowed to say every great book ever? Cause I want more characters to come to life than people I actually know….

8112318So I decided on the characters from The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. I chose them because (1) that would mean there would be some pretty amazing candy made that just sounds so amazing and (2) there would be no force trying to end the world like in so many of the other books I read. So you go ahead and choose your reason.

Also, I have a feeling that the kids in this book would be pretty fun to hang out with… there would definitely be a lot of laughs and a lot of sugary fun!


A Bugs Life

A character that goes through a transformation.

Considering that in most books a character goes through some kind of transformation, I decided to go with an actual physical transformation… not just a change in personality, outlooks, or attitude.

13589580I am going to go with Brooklyn from What the Spell. In the beginning of the book, Brooklyn turns 16 and is finally allowed to use her powers (ya know, cause she is from a family of witches). So like any 16 year old girl, the first thing she decides to do is completely change her appearance. She goes from a shy mousy girl to a total bombshell overnight, and that is just where the journey begins.

Brooklyn also goes through a bit of a personal transformation, but it is all started by the change in appearance (and the powers obviously, but that’s not the point here).


Monsters Inc.

A strong/scary character that develops a soft side for someone else.

9378297This one was actually pretty easy. I’m going with Cas from Anna Dressed in Blood.

So Cas isn’t a bad character in any way (he’s actually the protagonist), but in the beginning of the book he pushes people away and refuses to get close to them. He just wants to do his ghost killing (sending off?) job and move onto the next one.

Then comes Thomas. And Caramel. And Anna. The rest is history. Cas learns to let people in, and when he does it’s beautiful. So I wouldn’t say that Cas develops a soft side “for someone else” per say, but he does develop a soft side, so that’s good enough for me!


 Finding Nemo

“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

imagesIs it bad that I’m having trouble with this one?

The first thing that came to mind was Harry Potter, because not only is 4 Privet Drive, Surrey an address I will never forget, the books have a lot of great quotes.

One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from Hermione: “Books! And Cleverness! There are far more important things-friendship and bravery…”


The Incredibles

Coolest book family.

Percy-Jackson-The-Lightning-Thief-Original-CoverPercy Jackson. He has quite possibly the coolest family ever.

First of all, his father is POSEIDEN. That is awesome. But that also makes a bunch of the Olympians (and other gods) related to him in some way, and all their kids… which kind of makes the biggest, most powerful extended family of all time.

Oh, and not to mention the monsters. I mean, not all of them are good, but there are a few like his Hell Hound and Tyson the Cyclops. Oh! and don’t forget the horses! And Pegasus (pegasi?). And all the other cool horse things.


Cars 1, 2, and 3

A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

10507293For all the great books that don’t get sequels, there are all those books that don’t need sequels and get them anyway.

My choice for this one is The Selection Series by Kiera Cass.

Don’t get me wrong here, because I absolutely loved The Heir (I still haven’t gotten to read The Crown), but the original three books didn’t need a sequel. They ended really well.

That being said, in this instance I am really happy we got more of these books! And the covers… oh the covers!


Ratatouille

A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

1183379Hmmmmmmmmmm. Now that I’m thinking about it, I haven’t read a lot of non-human/humanoid books lately. That’s pretty sad on my part.

I think I am going to have to go back to my middle school years and say The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter. Or rather, the Warrior Series’ (plural).

These books were my life for years. I had every single one all the way up to the third or fourth series when I started to grow out of them. But man those cats were a lot of fun to read about. They had some amazing adventures in there!


Wall-E

A book that made you lonely.

41zlOSzTsuL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_For this one I’m going to say Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay  Asher.

This book made me so sad and heartbroken and empty inside. I mean, I did really love the book-it was amazing-but it was so deep and it just made me want to be around all my friends and never let them out of my sight.

I have to admit, the first name that came to mind for this question was Gayle Forman, because her books kind of have that same effect, but I think Jay Asher wins on this one.


Inside Out

Name a book that could be one of your core memories.

*low whistle*

18879761A core memory. That’s a tricky one. There are a lot of really deep books out there (like the above mentioned Thirteen Reasons Why) that could all be core memories just because of how emotionally jarring they  are.

I am going to go with a Gayle Forman book for this one: I Was Here. This book starts out with a suicide, and ends in the most beautiful way possible. It’s definitely a book that is going to stay with me forever, so I guess it could be one of my core memories.


And there you have it! The Pixar book tag!

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically (mostly because I have no idea how many people have already done it), but if you haven’t done it and you want to, then consider yourself tagged and don’t forget to leave me a link so I can see your answers!