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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Life Unaware (YA)

Book #55 Read in 2015
Life Unaware by Cole Gibson (YA)

This was a powerful read which I could not put down.  Set in a high school where, like most, there are the popular kids and those who are on the fringe, Regan is a popular girl, daughter of a famous politician.  Then all of her private messages, where she is judging her classmates, are taped to the lockers belonging to those she had talked about.  Regan becomes a social pariah immediately and this book tells of the bullying she faced.  Nolan, her friend's brother, becomes her only friend and the two decide to do a video project where Regan apologizes to those she had hurt.  This book shows the truly vicious nature of bullying and how it affects its victims.  I think high school girls would eat this book up.  It was well written and the characters were complex and interesting.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Rosie Effect

Book #54 Read in 2015
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

This is the sequel to The Rosie Project.   In this book, Don and Rosie are readying for their impending parenthood.  Don, in his own special way, is investigating what it takes to be a father.  Somehow, he ends up getting himself in trouble in a variety of ways.  Don is a quirky, Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory type of character, and I enjoy him.  I'm not a huge fan of Rosie and in this book felt that she wasn't really treating Don that well but overall I root for the couple's happiness. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

bits and pieces (children's)

Book #53 Read in 2015
bits & pieces by judy schachner  (yes the lowercase is on purpose)

This was a beautifully illustrated children's book about two cats, one old and one young, who love each other to pieces.  Tink teaches the young kitten the ways of cats.  When Tink is an old cat, he gets out of the house with his family noticing.  Will Tink ever find his way home?  A wonderful story for cat lovers, young and old alike.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Relish (YA)

Book #52 Read in 2015
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (YA)

This is a memoir, told in a "graphic novel" format, about the author's connection to food, which she had throughout her life.  All of her memories are linked to food.  Food is the thread that keeps her connected to the people in her life.  Her father shares a love of eating good food.  Her mother shares a love of cooking/baking.  I also enjoyed that some of it was set in Rhinebeck, NY which is not that far away from where I live.  The description of that area makes me want to drag my husband on a day trip there this summer vacation.  I enjoyed this book and think foodies will as well.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tombquest 2: Amulet Keepers (YA)

Book #51 Read in 2015
Tombquest 2:  Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop

This is the second book in a young adult adventure series.  Alex, his friend Ren and his cousin Luke are in London to find the second Death Walker and see if they can locate Alex's mother.  They are almost immediately in danger and need to work together in order to survive.  This series has a lot of Egyptian connection in it and its plot has lots of twists and turns to keep readers engaged.  The third book comes out in the fall.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

World Gone By

Book #50 Read in 2015
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

This is the third book in the Joe Coughlin series; however, it is my first book by this author and I had no problem reading this book as a stand alone.  This is a gritty read, showing the world of gangsters in the 1940s.  These men live, and die, by different rules.  Joe Coughlin is an advisor to a head gangster and while certainly not a good guy by any means, to call Joe a bad guy is to sell him short.  Joe loves his son and is loyal to his friends, even if that puts himself in harm's way.  This was a great read and it flew by.  I borrowed this book from a friend.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (YA)

Book #49 Read in 2015
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (YA)

Piddy has recently changed high schools.  Almost immediately, for no reason that she can think of,  resident bad girl Yaqui Delgado is rumored to want to fight Piddy.  Piddy begins to be bullied and harassed by Yaqui and her group of girls.  Piddy doesn't want to admit it and by not doing so, her grades begin to flounder and her personality changes drastically.  This book shows how difficult high school can be on students and the effect that bullying has on its victims.  It was a powerful read and I think high school girls especially would love it.