Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: The Best Man

The Best Man The Best Man by Richard Peck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peck seems like he can just whip these feel-good middle school stories out of his back pocket! Love how this coming of age novel (based in the Chicago suburbs) covers the main character finding out that his uncle is gay. Um, yes, everyone knows but Archer. But this isn't an "issue" novel, it's just an escape into a kid's normal world and all of its ups and downs. I've wanted to escape into this author's worlds since I was a kid myself, and he still has the touch. Richard Peck is a master of kid lit.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Every Wild Heart

Every Wild Heart Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick and easy book club reader about mothers and daughters that could have been published by a Christian publisher, even though there is no mention of religion.

Gail Gideon is a talk show guru who became famous ranting about her ex-husband. Now, as the mother of a shy 14-year-old, she's worried because after a fall from a horse, her daughter is acting differently. Nic is now outspoken and acting on the impulses that she used to keep to herself.

Throw in some romance for both of the characters, and you have this book, along with a playlist at the back, as well as book recommendations for other mother-daughter reads like Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

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Review: MatchUp

MatchUp MatchUp by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was pretty freaking amazing! It was great to see all my favorite characters get into some situation with some of my other favorite characters. And most of the stories were good! Very impressive collection. Review to come in SLJ AB4T

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have Christina's World hanging in my spare room--that painting has always made me think and appreciate my rural upbringing. And, so, of course, I had to read this historical fiction novel written about the life of Christina Olson, the woman in the painting. It's slow-going, but the audiobook narrator was good, and I stuck with it until Wyeth painted the famous work at the end of the novel.

I didn't care for Orphan Train either, so I won't be reading anymore by this author.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Fifth Victim

Fifth Victim Fifth Victim by Zoƫ Sharp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie Fox is back to be being a close protection specialist in this novel--to a rich young lady who is danger of being kidnapped, since other young adults of moneyed background have been taken lately in her neighborhood. Charlie is distracted because her boyfriend Sean isn't in the picture (no spoilers here), but she manages, of course, to take care of the problems. Good lead-in to the next book though--off to request it through interlibrary loan now!

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