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Monday, March 2, 2015

Mockingjay (YA)

Book #27 Read in 2015
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (YA)

This is the final book in the Hunger Games series and I liked it more than I thought I would, based on what I had heard about it.  I am not sure, however, if I liked how Collins wrapped everything up.  That being said, there was a good amount of action and romance to keep me engaged.  In this book, Katniss is in District 13 and she wants to be the one to kill Snow.  She also wants to rescue Peeta, as Snow has him captive.  All in all, this was a good series.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

American Sniper

Book #26 Read in 2015
American Sniper by Chris Kyle

This is the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in US military history.  This book was a quick read; Kyle writes in way that feels like a conversation.  He talks of his childhood and his military tours and his wife chimes in as well.  It was a good read.  We just watched the movie and that was good too. 

February Reads

February Reads:

1.  Jungle of Bones (YA)  4/5  Library book
2.  Girls Like Us (YA)  4/5
3.  All the Rage (YA)  4/5
4.  The Impossible Knife of Memory (YA)  5/5  Kindle book
5.  The Girl on the Train  (5/5)  Kindle book
6.  By Book or By Crook (5/5)  Library book   1st in series
7.  Read Between the Lines (YA)  5/5
8.  Big Fat Disaster (YA)  5/5
9.  The Chalk Girl (3.5/5)
10.  The Tyrant's Daughter (YA)  5/5
11.  The Sin Eater's Daughter (YA)  4/5
12.  Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling (YA)  5/5
13.  Hissy Fitz (YA)  5/5  Library book
14.  Mosquitoland (YA)  4/5

25 books read in 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mosquitoland (YA)

Book #25 Read in 2015
Mosquitoland by David Arnold (YA)

Mim is a quirky, intelligent teenage girl who runs away from her father's house to go visit her mother in Cleveland.  Mim gets on a Greyhound bus and begins her journey, meeting some nice and not-so-nice people along the way.  On her journey, she finds out more about herself, people in general and the world around her.  Mim is an interesting character who reminds me a bit of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird--curious, intelligent and spunky.  This book bogged down a bit for me in the middle but overall, it was a good read.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Hissy Fitz (YA)

Book #24 Read in 2015
Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings (YA)

This is a cute read for upper elementary and middle school students.  Hissy is a cat who just wants a quiet house so he can catch up on his sleep.  That being said, he lives with a noisy family with a carpenter dad and three active children.  When tired, Hissy gets, well, hissy.  At night he ventures out into the neighborhood to try to work off his excess energy.  This is a good read for young cat lovers.  I borrowed this book from my public library.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling (YA)

Book #23 Read in 2015
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank (YA)

This book tells the stories of two girls, Francesca and Shannon, who are dealing with Crohn's Disease.  Told in verse, a line down the center of the page symbolizes the curtain between their hospital beds.  As they bond, their metaphorical curtain is pulled back and they end up being support for each other.  I read this book in one sitting.  The characters are well developed and interesting, which I always find even more impressive in a verse novel.  I especially enjoyed the local setting and was interested to learn that the author is also somewhat local.  I highly recommend this one for high school girls and think adults would enjoy it as well.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Sin Eater's Daughter (YA)

Book #22 Read in 2015
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (YA)

Twylla has been deemed to be an embodiment of a god who has the power to kill a person with a single touch.  The Queen has decided that Twylla will marry the Prince and has brought her to the kingdom.  She is used as a deadly weapon.  This ability has led her to remain distant from those around her because she does not trust herself to accidentally harm them.  But is all as it seems?  A new guard, Lief, has led her to question what she has always thought as being true but at what expense?  This book was a good, quick read.  It had  elements of fantasy, romance and mystery to it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.