Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read this in two lunch hours and it was freaking fascinating. Love how Partridge used each chapter to focus on how one person was involved with the Vietnam War--nurses, soldiers, presidents, musicians, etc. She even includes a South Vietnamese refugee who eventually ends up in America. This is a great introduction to the war for teens and adults.

My two complaints--a few of the pictures didn't quite match up to what was being talked about on the page and I didn't want to hear from repeated people (I'm looking at you, LBJ and Nixon).

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review: A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder

A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder by Dianne Freeman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Romp through Victorian England, with a female serving as the nosy woman who makes a good detective. :) I enjoyed it enough to finish the audiobook, but not enough to read the next book in the series.

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Review: The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel gross for finishing this book, because it's that kind of horror/serial killer read that you can't get enough of, yet feel dirty because you want to keep reading!

The Gardener kidnaps young girls, rapes them, "cares" for them in his greenhouse garden, and seals them up like real butterflies on their 21st birthday. Gross storyline, but you want to read it to find out who and how they escape from his torture chamber.

Quick, disturbing, fascinating read.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Review: The Witch Elm

The Witch Elm The Witch Elm by Tana French
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was sooooo slow for me. The audio production was a bit over the top, and, wow, the last third of the book lasted forever. I may be done with French's books, since the last few haven't been the best for me. I just wanted tighter editing, more action, and less discussion between the characters.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: The Hunger Angels

The Hunger Angels The Hunger Angels by Jason Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short little teaser that you can download for free from Google Play.

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Review: Red Dog

Red Dog Red Dog by Jason Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series and this author, and I wish they were more popular! All rural libraries need to push this series to their mystery and gritty readers--they are perfect. The setting is southern Illinois, so I appreciate hearing about Olney, Makanda, etc., and the people are pretty much the lowest of the low in that area--dog fighters, meth makers, and swindlers. But, whoa, it's such a good read.

Slim and his 13-year-old daughter take a simple case of finding and retrieving a pit bull, but it turns into a huge mess that even the FBI can't sort out. These books are funny and snarky and full of literary, pop culture, and redneck references and I just can't get enough of them. Hoping a Book 3 will be out soon!

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