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Monday, March 30, 2015

Leaving Time

Book #38 Read in 2015
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna is a teenager who is trying to find her mother who went missing when Jenna was a toddler.  There had been an accident at the elephant sanctuary, owned by her parents, and a worker ended up trampled and Jenna's mother was severely hurt.  She disappeared from the hospital, leaving Jenna behind with questions and Jenna's father behind with mental issues.  Did Jenna's mother leave to hide bad things that she may have done?  In typical Picoult fashion, this book moves back and forth between narrators.  Readers of Picoult know to expect a twist at the end but this twist was one that I was not expecting.  This was a good read and will keep readers engaged.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Diary of a Harry Potter Addict

Book #37 Read in 2015
Diary of a Harry Potter Addict by Darby Romeo and Kerin Morataya

This book talks about ways to get past "HPSED" or Harry Potter Series Ending Disorder.  Rabid Harry Potter fans can use this "self-help" book to figure out ways of moving on past the end of the Harry Potter books.  Humorous, especially to Harry Potter fans who would get all the references, I would have liked to see more of a true diary format that a self-help guise.  I borrowed this book from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

The Friendship Riddle (YA)

Book #36 Read in 2015
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

This was a good young adult mystery, perfect for upper elementary and middle school readers.  Ruth finds clues/notes in old library books at her neighborhood library which seem to lead to more clues.  Since Ruth loves reading about people going on quests, she decides this will be her quest.  She ends up getting some help from newfound friends of hers and the group try to find the spots where the clues will lead them to.  I enjoyed that the young characters were smart and readers.  I have read several of this author's books and she keeps that theme throughout them all.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Book of Speculation

Book #35 Read in 2015
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon is a librarian who loves books.  He receives an old one in the mail and contacts the bookseller who sent it to him; the bookseller says that he thinks Simon will find it an interesting read.  He does, as it tells the history of his family that was previously unknown to him.  While reading it, Simon's sister returns and the two find out there is a lot about their family that they might not have had known.  This book was well written and had a sort of gothic feel to it.  It told parallel stories of Simon's ancestors and Simon's own present-day story.  This can be jarring to readers but Swyler did a really nice job with it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses (YA)

Book #34 Read in 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (YA)

This is the first book in a new series by this author.  Feyre kills a wolf who is really a fairy and must uphold the treaty terms and give up her life for that whom she killed.  Tamlin, instead of taking her life, allows her to live out the rest of her life on his lands in the fairy world.  He ends up treating her like a dear guest instead of the killer of her friend.  I am usually not a fan of books with fairies in this them but I loved this book.  It reminded me of Beauty and the Beast.  It had great characters (Feyre is a brave, bad ass chick), good romance and action elements to it and an engaging plot that made this over 400 page book fly by.  I highly recommend it.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crash and Burn (YA)

Book #33 Read in 2015
Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan (YA)

This was a good read, geared towards high school students.  Some gritty stuff in it like drug use and sex, but overall a powerful enough read about a school shooting to get past that stuff and make it a worthwhile recommended read.  Burn tried to burn the elementary school down (hence his nickname) and Crash was there when he tried it.  Fast forward to their high school years, with each boy having gone through some heavy stuff, and Burn is holding teachers hostage in the faculty room and threatening to blow up the school; Crash hopes to de-escalate the situation.  This book was over 500 pages and easily could have had some cut as it bogged down a bit for me in the middle, but overall I liked it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Where They Found Her

Book #32 Read in 2015
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

I loved this author's book, Reconstructing Amelia, and this book did not disappoint.  Molly is a reporter dealing with the death of her baby.  New to the reporting game, her editor asks her to cover a story for the regular reporter, who is out of town.  Neither knew that the story would involve covering the discovery of a infant girl's body, whose condition leads to a homicide investigation.  As Molly begins her own investigation, she realizes that this case has layers and connections that are beyond complicated.  This book was well written and had a plot full of twists and turns that will keep readers hooked.  I did figure out most of it before the end of the book, but I was never 100% sure that I was right until the very end.  I recommend it.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a review.