Happy Birthday to Me Again (Birthday Trilogy Book 2)
Beyond that, there is very little consensus. The countries of Virtudom claim to be descended from Saint Galian Berethnet, who rescued the princess Cleolind and defeated the dragon. Virtudom counts its ruler, Queen Sabran IX, back to Cleolind and Galian, and the founding myth holds that the Nameless One will be held at bay as long as the royal line holds.
The titular Priory has an altogether different take on the relationship between Cleolind and Galian: Cleolind was self-rescuing, and not the consort of Galian; it was she who founded the Priory. In the East, on the other side of the world, people revere dragons, though these are beasts of a different sort: water-based, instead of fire-breathing.
The Seiikinese train a special few to bond with their dragons and become Riders. It is their belief that a comet forced the Nameless One into dormancy in a cycle that balances water and fire, earth and sky. The recent past and the complex interpersonal webs that bind the many characters there is a lengthy index to help you keep them all straight feel textured and real. The book follows a web of people bound to one another by both duty and duress, enmity and amity. This act of largely self-serving kindness the trials would certainly be postponed if the stranger were discovered sets her on a path to collide with Niclays Roos, an exile from Virtudom who has lived the last decade on the doorstep of the East, a small trading post where foreigners must wait for unlikely passage into Seiiki.
In Virtudom, Sabran IX is protected by Ead Duryan, an agent of the Priory who has been inserted into the royal chambers as a handmaiden and helpmeet. The threats she is facing are both human and draconic, and Ead must use both her wits and training and a sort of magic forbidden in Virtudom to keep the queen safe. The opening half lays out the world and its people in with a careful hand, and at a measured pace.
While there is an inkling that the awakening of the Nameless One is nigh—wyvern attacks, rumors of outbreaks of a draconic plague—the threat feels remote and unreal; a spectre like climate change, always circling on leathery wings. As the reader follows the main character, Cameron, we see him change right before your eyes.
Granted This book is so great! Granted that he is ageing quickly, I like how his heart changed. While at first he was a big jerk and a big meany. As you get more in to the story, you see his heart get soft and you feel so sorry for him. I really wanted to just hug the guy. He learned a very valuable lesson in all that he went through. The way that his friends and parents treated him, made me want to scream. People are so insensitive!
I mean, if this were to happen to anyone else, they would feel the same way. I like that Cameron kept his head on straight and high. He didn't let it hold him back. He wanted to be treated the same. But people were so mean Even some of the things the teachers did made me sick!
The way the love interest played out in this book, I just adored! I really like seeing Cameron open his eyes to a girl who he should of noticed. I even like seeing her seeing that what she did to him and try to take it back. I like how she saw the goodness in him, the real him. I like that in the end, they both learn something new. Rowe wrote a simply fantastic book that I could read again. Rowe really capture the voice of a struggling teenager dealing with stuff all teenagers deal with and more.
Even characters that had minor roles played so much more. Creative book, but it came across as a middle-grade fiction for twelve-year-olds rather than a YA novel. The main character was often very annoying, obnoxious and immature, too. May 05, Scott-robert Shenkman rated it it was amazing.
Let me just say right up front: I will put spoilers in this review. All over the place. And I will spoil the end. I need to do that to be able to write the review I want to write. You have been warned. I have mixed feelings on this book. The fact is, I loved it. I raced through it, and it was a one-day read for me. But let me state right up front, Let me just say right up front: I will put spoilers in this review. But let me state right up front, no criticism to the author, because he followed the fairytale story closely. And then there were the characters you were supposed to hate: Charisma, the girlfriend, who was pretty much a witch not an actual one, that honor belongs to someone else , the Coach just a jerk — period , and especially Ryan, who, at least to me, was Evil Incarnate.
And I liked Cameron. From the beginning to the end. There, I said it. He was 17, a star athlete, good looking, popular — of course he was cocky. All teens push boundaries. No one really got hurt by it. And one other thing: he did have character. But this is the first version I have ever read where Beast could have died — and almost did this is the first book of a trilogy about Cameron so it was pretty much a given that he would live — though if I had read this before the other two were published, I would have been concerned.
The problem with Beauty and the Beast is that is a story about a grave injustice committed — against the Beast. But why? Beast is a bad person, mean to vulnerable people, and he needs to be taught a lesson to force him to change his attitude. And he and Belle always fall in love and live happily ever after. The problem is first: the witch has appointed herself judge, jury, and executioner for another human being. We leave it up to the law. So the witch has appointed herself as God and imposed a curse.
Not cool. Now in most of the supernatural versions, the guy is cursed to be hideous and live all alone until someone falls in love with him. Sometimes, anyone near the Beast gets sucked into the curse well there goes the movie and that freaking song again. Starting to get excessive. In one book, the guy who got cursed was cursed by accident it was meant for his brother , and the witch is so psycho that she even tries to kill him and Belle when the curse is broken.
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But here, it was a child the law and any parent will tell you that a year old is a child. And he could have died, his entire future stolen from him. And why? And he was with his girlfriend and she had a crush on him.here
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This pissed me off. Again, I am not criticizing the author, because I loved the book, it was written very, very well. I loved it. A story of a forced redemption is not as powerful as a story where the protagonist finds it on their own.
Well, you know what? They catch our attention first. You want to show real character development? That shows depth and growth. So those are my problems with the fable. Problems with the book? My hat is off to Mr. I intend to read it again at some point, and am now on my way to start the second in the series.
I'd seen this one around a lot a few months ago so when I got an opportunity to review it, I jumped at the chance. A story about someone who ages a year every day? Sounds fantastic! It was just as good as I hoped too — the narrative is simple but effective, the plot runs along smoothly and not too slowly or too fast! I enjoyed watching the different characters develop and change throughout, which strangely enough doesn't happen that often in YA books. Cameron had the most development of course, mentally as well physically. He started off as a typical jock, pretending it was his birthday just to get free cake and as the story progressed went from one extreme to the other — learning the error of his ways and trying to make changes to getting violently drunk and crashing his Prom.
The characters in this were all rather odd. Wes, Cameron's friend was about the most normal, as well as Ryan, Cameron's teammate, whereas the rest of them seem to get Cameron in some pretty bizarre situations. I feel the need to mention Cameron's father in particular here. Oh my gosh, what on Earth was going on with him? The things he tried to do to Cameron were unrealistic and highly unbelievable, yet all the rest of the story seemed believable believe it or not , and that made him even weirder. One thing in particular I loved was the chapter headers, each telling you how old Cameron's age was at that time.
So if it'd been a couple of days, you'd know pretty quickly. All in all this is a fantastically fun book and I can't wait to read the even more bizarre sounding sequel, Happy Birthday to Me Again — plus the third part, Happy Birthday to You is now available as of the 4th December! Blog Facebook Twitter Apr 09, Jessica B rated it it was ok. This review was originally posted at my now dead book blog shutupimreading. My current blog is thebillcosbysweater. Its length made it fast, but it definitely could've been better. Cameron was your stereotypical idiot jock boy with a stereotypical heartless popular girlfriend.
Their high school could be any other tv or book high school. Basically, know going into this book that it's not entirely original. However, it flew by, and desp This review was originally posted at my now dead book blog shutupimreading. However, it flew by, and despite the minor issues I had with it I did end up enjoying it a decent amount, though I still didn't love it by any means. Major pet peeve: Why, for instance, would Cameron's dad be mad at Cameron for wanting to be an architect? Are these rich people problems? I don't understand. Overall, it was one of those books I ended up just being indifferent about.
By the way, it's a dollar on Kindle, so it's not like you're losing much if you hate it. Plot: Pretty predictable and cliched. Characters: Alright but I didn't connect with any of them. Writing: Sometimes a bit awkward, but other than that ok. Ending: Saw it coming. There's a sequel that I don't think I'll be reading, but it'll definitely take the series in a different direction. Mature content: There was mentions of sex and swearing. Overall: Eh, it was ok. I'd probably put it down to talk to people without much regret.
Happy Birthday to Me was not the best or worst book I've ever read, and it probably won't stand out in my mind. However, it was a decent way to spend a few hours. View 1 comment. Sep 25, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: review-on-blog , kindle. Wow this book is such a fun journey! It is such a unique concept. It is crazy,sad, sweet, and funny all wrapped up in one. It is the first book in the Birthday trilogy and I am not quite sure what the other two books are going to be like because it seemed to come to a good conclusion, but I am really excited to find out!
The changes that Cameron went through while aging were so funny! I can't even imagine what that must have been like to witness. If I went to school with him, I would be so freak Wow this book is such a fun journey! If I went to school with him, I would be so freaked out! Heck, if I were him I would have been so much more freaked out. I thought he took it pretty well. Talk about scary. At first I was excited that Cameron was going to get his just revenge for being such a jerk, but then as the story goes on and I got to know him a little better, I felt so bad for him.
He really did change a lot and become a lot more mature. He never really was a jerk before- just immature like most high school guys. What I loved most about this book was that even while dealing with something as serious as dying, Happy Birthday to Me managed to be really, really funny. I can't even count the times something outrageous happened that had me laughing out loud.
This book put me in a good mood. I can't wait to see what the second one is going to be like. Jan 07, zapkode rated it it was amazing Shelves: plus-books , ebooks , young-adult. Cameron is a boy that likes to obtain free gifts for his birthday so he tells people on a daily basis that it is his birthday in order to get free things.
One day he and his friends some of them know and some of them don't do this it's his birthday scam and the next day everything changes for him. Eventually through the worst of situations that force him to find himself, realize what a jerk he had been and who his real friends are he begins to find a will and a desire to do better in his life.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was different as in not something I had read before, and it was well written with a nice storyline and plot. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. It was worth the download. Jan 28, Rita rated it really liked it Shelves: book-challenge I really liked this novel. I liked the premise of the story and the characters.
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Cameron was at the beginning that kind of jerk that somehow everyone still likes. At least on the outside. But when things start to change for him, Cameron starts to think about his behaviour. I really liked his character development. I also liked Wesley's and Liesel's character. Wesley because he was just such a good friend, although you wouldn't have thought so and also becau I really liked this novel. Wesley because he was just such a good friend, although you wouldn't have thought so and also because of his artsy stuff.
Liesel is just a character that we learn about pretty late in the book. I just loved her kindness, her warmth and most of all I thought she had such a cute name. Liesel, hah.. The only reason this novel doesn't get a five-star-rating was that I knew pretty early how Cameron's disease took place. Other than that I cannot wait to read the sequel Jul 10, Alexis rated it really liked it. The premise is great, although it's pretty much a modernised Beauty and the Beast.
Sure things are changed up here and there but the basic premise is the same. The first thing he asks for in the beginning is a mirror, and he's given one that apparently resembles a miniature tennis racquet. Y'know, sort of like this one; Yeah, that's the mirror from Beauty and the Beast. I have never seen anyone in real life use this sort of mirror, and I doubt that any hospital has such an oddly-shaped mirror there.
I'm pretty sure that in a modern setting, Cameron would have ended up with a round pocket mirror borrowed from one of the nurses. I know your daddy is a plastic surgeon, Cameron, but hospitals are no places for vanity. They do not come stocked with ornate mirrors. Speaking of Cameron's dad He's a jerk.
The whole book is based upon growth and character development. What the hell were you expecting? His dad, however, has no reason to be such a jackass. Case in point, when Cameron first begins to realise that he's ageing, he gets quite a bit of stomach flab. This is understandably freaking the poor guy out, but what does his daddy suggest? He interrogates him about his diet and then forces his 17 year old son to get liposuction. You'd think this is a temporary insanity, but when his kid really begins to age he also tries to force him to get a facelift. He goes on about how he wants his son to be perfect and even screams at him for eating a single slice of chocolate cake because sugar apparently destroys your body's physical perfection or whatever.
I was going to go on about how that's totally unrealistic, but really he's the kind of jackass parent who yells at his child for not living up to his convoluted expectations because he sees his child as another of his own achievements. What's the bet that his reaction would have been equally over-dramatic and condescending if Cameron had developed an eating disorder? I bet he'd probably have yelled at his son for making him guilty.
Heaven knows he slapped his kid in the face for developing a disorder that could kill him in a few weeks. For every kid out there that has a parent like this, words cannot express how much pity I feel for you. It sure as hell made me sympathise with Cameron. That scene with Cameron's mom? Yeah, freaked me out.
The one with the librarian? That freaked me out too. I don't know if that was intentional but ICK. His mom and sister are pretty nice, if not bland, and his girlfriend is a insert an expletive of your choice here. Wesley one letter off being the prettiest boy alive is a fantastic friend and he does something at one point that I can't talk about because SPOILERS but it's really very sweet.
I wish I had the courage to support my friends the way he does. Cameron is lucky to have a friend like him. So, about that Cameron, eh? I liked him. Sure he's a jerk, but he learns to appreciate who he is. That's not why I like him though. I like him because his punishment doesn't fit his crime, and not once does he sit around moaning about it.
Okay, sure, he acted like a jerk, but why should he die for it? He's a teenager! Not just any teenager either, but a top-notch basketballer who's extremely good-looking and dating the most popular girl in the year. Of course he's cocky! Despite the fact that he's pretty much dying for being himself, Cameron chooses to spend what's left of his life making the most of the time he has left and showing the people around him just how much he appreciates them. Now that's maturity. How can you not like a guy who's inherently good but occasionally prone to a few weaknesses? It's why we're human to begin with, and I really thought that Cameron was pretty mature in dealing with the cards he was dealt considering he was an entitled jerkbag to begin with.
I liked him, and I rooted for him, and I sympathised with him. That's good enough for me. Some things aren't explained enough i. Liesel's powers , but since there are sequels I'm assuming that will be tackled in those books. The main problem, Cameron's ageing, is explained to the supporting characters as a unique type of Progeria it's a disease that his father hasn't even heard of despite having gone through Med school which isn't very reassuring for his patients.
It's well-explained and is a very believable explanation. Bravo to the writer for actually giving a method for how such an odd illness could be explained to other people. There are a few grammatical issues, but a lot less than expected considering it's self-published. This was a particular gem; "Liesel put her heads against my chest and started crying.
There was nothing that made it difficult to read, though. It's written very simply hence why I got through all of it in one sitting but it's coherent enough, and the author is perfectly capable of writing dialogue that not only sounds like something a real person would say but also sounds distinguishable from character to character. No small feat. I definitely do recommend this if you're looking for a quick read, but don't expect it to shake your world off its axis.
It's fun, light and easy to get through, kind of like a well-made lemon meringue pie.
So why not? Just don't use any candles. Jul 25, Hanna rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary. In this book, Cameron who is the high school super star is getting one year older each day. So everything is changing for him and he has to deal with this. I found the story really original and interesting. Through the book, Cameron is growing up: he learns what is really important in life and which people really care about him. Even the people around him are changing, especially his dad who learns that the inside is more important than the outside.
So, it was a good book event if it was a little bit predictable. Apr 15, Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing Shelves: culture , children , kindle , family , friendship , medical , magic , health , author-contest-giveaway , basketball. This was truly an incredible read adding the joys of being a Senior in High School with witchery, sorcery and a disease called Progeria a young basketball player goes through it all but unlike people who really have the disease, he survives!
I kept thinking of the moving, Jack by Robin Williams which was really a true story as this one kept on. Because of the intensity of the story it was really a quick read! Mar 16, Jo Dunn rated it really liked it. Well, what can I say! A book with a cheery, colorful, celebratory-type cover can be somewhat deceptive. The hairs on the back of my neck are still standing!! Sep 26, Brenna rated it liked it Shelves: for-author. Originally posted to Esther's Ever After.
Apr 15, Amber rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own , reviews. An authentic and likable male point of view, touching plot and vivid, clean writing were what awaited between the pages. Happy Birthday To Me is an easy read with just a pinch of magic. As someone always on the look out for likable and realistic male characters, I was very excited to meet Cameron. The combination of the humorous and sort of gross worked to make a well I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Happy Birthday To Me but what I got was something that sincerely surprised me.
The combination of the humorous and sort of gross worked to make a well rounded male character that felt authentic. I always think that it's because it's a guy writing it but that's not necessarily the case. It's easy to mess up your own sex or the opposite so this is solely the writer. Cameron is a bit naive, or maybe he's singularly focused, at first which was frustrating because as a reader, I saw which way he needed to go while he was blind.
That being said, I didn't actually mind this because it meant I cared for him right away and wanted better. In this case, Cameron really did get better with age. What I liked about his constant aging was that he still made mistakes like a seventeen-year-old kid. The authenticity of Cameron's voice throughout the novel was definitely it's strongest point.
I did notice that as Cameron grew older, his voice sounded less and less young which I wish would have been a little more consistent, especially since he makes a point of telling us over and over that he's a kid trapped in a grown up body. I'm not sure if the change in voice during the much older years was supposed to signify how Cameron matured but his voice smoothed out again by the end.
My favorite character for the beginning was Cameron's friend Wes. I guess I liked Wes because Cameron sort of came alive around the, You could tell their friendship was real and I enjoyed their witty banter back and forth. I guess I also felt that Wes showed Cameron's decent side in the beginning. Cameron's family on the other hand were horrible, particularly his dad. I thought it was a good thing to work through in the novel but the shallowness of his father and the fact that his mother just went along with it shocked me. I don't know why I wasn't wild for the idea of a guy aging one year every day.
I guess, I wasn't sure what to make of it. That's why I was so surprised when Cameron's aging touched me. The older he got, the quicker I turned the pages because I was worried for him. There were so pretty touching scene towards the end of Cameron's years that really choked me up. I'm not wild about sports but I liked the basketball angle in this novel because of what it stood for. I also want to stress how smooth the writing was. I know people tend to be leery of self-published books because sometimes they are riddled with mistakes or don't read smooth.
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This is not one of these novel. Rowe's writing was at times funny, at times touching and always easy to read. Happy Birthday To Me is sort of like a cake. You can see what kind of frosting is on the outside but the inside is one giant surprise. I really loved Cameron's voice and the incredible growth his character goes through.
If you're looking for a well written and realistic male point-of-view, look no further than Happy Birthday To Me. Oct 13, Michelle novelsontherun rated it really liked it. Brian has written quite an original tale that had me laughing at his sense of humour, but, at the same time there is an underlying message that is woven in to the story. Cameron Martin, basketball player and athlete , he has the looks and he has the popular girl.
He is a bit of a stirrer and that is where this story takes its direction. Cameron finds himself aging one year per day. The start of the book has Cameron at age eighty and in hospital I am intrigued already. The thoughts that came to mind when reading this book, were, the movie 17 Again with Zac Efron On the inside he is seventeen on the outside every 24 hours he gets a year older.
The once selfish teen is starting to get a speedy view of growing older and body issues. There are funny moments throughout this book, but there is the serious issue of a boy rapidly aging, and getting closer to death every day. One minute he has his whole life ahead of him at seventeen, but then, that could be over in less than three months. A hard thing for a family to watch happen. I am not sure if I would have had him up on charges for one thing he did His father just did not cope well with what was happening to Cameron.
The impact his rapid aging had on the people around Cameron was interesting, and yes, with Mrs Gordon When your mum mistakes you for your father, cause you look like him, well that could make for a rather Be careful what you wish for. Wesley Craven I liked Wes, he means well, but he does think like a guy sometimes. And then there is the mysterious Liesel I would have loved the cover of this book to have had a blurb that separates it from looking like a birthday book with a blurb that shows the reader some intrigue I was tryingJ But you get what I mean.
I love the titles of these books as they really do have meaning to the story. I think they just need a blurb that peaks more interest I gave this 4 stars as I was entertained, I laughed, it was an easy read with an interesting idea that made me stop and think a bit about my life and what would I do with my time if I was aging one year per day.
What would you do? May 12, Novels On The Run rated it really liked it. Apr 28, Logan rated it it was ok. First impressions: Cameron is really engaging with a powerful voice. I felt like I knew him right away. The book opens with Cameron on death's door, rapidly aging on the outside despite being only 17 on the inside. I just had to know more! Lasting impressions: Not enough conflict for my tastes and the supporting characters seemed not to serve much purpose.
But I loved Cameron's voice and I thought the prose was well written. Conflicting impressions: I wanted there to be some kind of external confl First impressions: Cameron is really engaging with a powerful voice. Conflicting impressions: I wanted there to be some kind of external conflict. This book was all about Cameron's struggle with this aging process, and for too long we don't have any idea how he can overcome it. I ended up just assuming he couldn't, so there wasn't a whole lot driving me through the pages.
We don't find out what's going on until the very end of the book, which ultimately left me feeling unsatisfied. Overall impressions: The beginning and end of this book really pulled me in. Cameron is a cocky athlete with a pretty girlfriend who doesn't seem to care about him all that much. His best friend, Wesley, is a wannabe film auteur - he reminded me of a hippie grunge Dawson, but in a good way.
Cameron is a basketball star, and the son of a successful plastic surgeon. He's got pretty much everything going for him.
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Then Cameron starts to age rapidly, and the stage is set for this ticking time bomb of a deadline. Cameron is aging one whole year per day, and soon his time will be up. As he gets older, his friends and family go through various stages of shock, and life gets pretty lonely. His mom is weepy, his dad is horrified and distant, his sister keeps bugging him to come to her music recital, and his friend Wesley wants to make a film about him. His girlfriend flakes, the weird girl from the pizza parlor keeps showing up, and the librarian incessantly harasses him.
Oh, and the basketball team wants him to quit pretending his aging body can keep up. Somewhere in the jumble of all of these extraneous characters, the story got lost for me. I didn't know what Cameron was supposed to be learning. Cameron has no idea what's happening, there's no medical explanation, and so ultimately he just keeps living his life, one miserable day after another.
I was dying for him to figure out who was holding all of the secrets, and wished that had happened way before it did. My focus was too scattered between the relationship with his dad, the upcoming state basketball championship, the film Wesley is directing, the girlfriend who leaves him, and the librarian who ends up in the most bizarre scenario with him that really left me confused.
I think the main reason I didn't enjoy this as much as I could have is that the motivations of the characters seemed off somehow, and the story didn't seem to go anywhere for long chunks of time. Still, I have to say again that Cameron has a really great voice and it's fun to be in his head. The story is unique and interesting, and I think Brian Rowe is a gifted writer. I found this book to be a breath of fresh air in a market flooded with paranormal romances; I just wish it had kept my interest a little better.
Jun 09, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in Not only was it something totally different and unique, but it sounded like it was going to be lots of fun. I expected the laugh out loud moments, but not the events that made me tear up a bit. I thought it was going only to be a little mysterious, with the paranormal aspects thrown in here and there, but I was surprised at the heartfelt moments that kept me glued to each page. Cameron has the perfect life. He's good looking, a star basketball player, has a beautiful girlfriend, and his family has money.
His family life is a little less perfect with his father always working and his sister always practicing away on her violin, but Cameron is happy, confident and full of life. One day though, Cameron looks in the mirror and sees a man. Not the 17 year old boy that he is, but an older version of himself. He immediately freaks out and tries to find out what is wrong, but no doctor can tell him of a cure.
Instead he must live each day carefully, and as he gets a year older with each passing day, Cameron finally begins to realize what really matters in life and how every moment that you spend with your loved ones is truly special. Like many others have said before me, I did not like Cameron. At first. He's your ordinary, popular and good-looking jock.
He's a jerk with a gorgeous snobby girlfriend and he only worries about his looks and when he'll finally sleep with his girlfriend. I sort read the beginning slowly because I was having hard time connecting with him or anyone else. So when he first started aging, I thought "that's what you get, butthead His family and friends, although at first a little odd in the way they treated Cameron, begin to change as they realize that Cameron isn't getting any younger and that he will quickly become an old man.
Although they have a hard time accepting what's happening to him, they must face it and support him in any way they can. I enjoyed how each relationship blossomed as the days went by, and how their love became more apparent as Cameron became older. His changes in personality only helped each relationship grow stronger and that definitely helped in liking him more. I loved that I didn't know how it would all end, and I must admit that I was a bit surprised with how the story concluded. Actually, I was a lot surprised, and it left me with lots of questions.
I know the second book in the trilogy will be released in just a few months, but I cannot wait to read what happens next. The authors writing was great, and the book held a combination of humor and seriousness, that keeps the reader flipping through the pages until the end. I definitely recommend this book to YA and paranormal lovers; this is a fun, unique read that I'm sure many will enjoy.