Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: A Noise Downstairs

A Noise Downstairs A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A faculty member comes across another faculty member driving erratically. He follows him, and then discovers that he has two dead women in his trunk that he's trying to bury. And there starts the mystery. One is in prison, and the other was hit hard in the head with a shovel. There are cheating spouses, negligent shrinks, and all sorts of supposed plot twists that I just found uninteresting. Not my thing at all, and I usually love mysteries and suspense. The audio is full of audible breaths that drove me nuts.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win

Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win Charlotte Walsh Likes To Win by Jo Piazza
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The perfect listen for election week! It is horrible that women have such a bad experience when running for office, but I'm thrilled that more of them did just so in the past two years. Hopefully we can keep increasing those numbers. But, really, questions about shoes and clothing brands have to stop, if men aren't asked the same questions. It's just stupid. And male politicians don't have to smile and "be nice" all the time. Ugh. I'm getting all riled up just thinking about what Charlotte has to put up with in this book as she runs for PA Senate.

Great contemporary book about a woman running for office. Loved how it focuses on a marriage where the woman is more successful than the husband, a working mother's work/family balance, and seems to make running for office less scary.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: Lovely War

Lovely War Lovely War by Julie Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the publisher. No quotes are included since I read the advance copy.

I knew I would love this one going into it because of the awesome cover. I'm a sucker for historical fiction, especially the World Wars. I'm glad this one focused on WWI, along with the Harlem Hellfighters, jazz music, women's roles in society, shell shock, and race relations. The four main young adults are very distinctive, and readers will have no problem keeping their stories straight and cheering for them.

At first I wasn't too thrilled with the concept of Aphrodite and Ares being on trial for sleeping around on Hephaestus, but I grew to love how they told the stories of the four human characters. The old mythology legends and Trojan War histories kept coming back to me as I read, and it really did help improve the novel. I came to love Aphrodite (what the heck?), as well as pity Hephaestus and his love for his cheating wife. That's just weird because it's not like I usually develop feelings for Greek gods.

If you love historical fiction, read this, no matter your age. Sure, it's written for teens, but adults will pick this one up, too.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review: The Other Woman

The Other Woman The Other Woman by Daniel Silva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm so glad he has an author's note at the end to let me know what's real and what isn't in the book, because, seriously, reading this genre makes me question everything in politics and international relations. But, I guess I question everything I see online, too, so what's the difference?

My favorite Israeli spy is back when foreign spies start dropping like flies, and he gets accused of assassinating them. He didn't, but now he has to find out who did. There is a tangled web of Brits, Americans, Russians, and Israelis in this one, and I love how they all can quickly travel around the world in borrowed jets and zip through passport control. In my next life, I will be in the CIA. Or at least a librarian with security clearance.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: Wildcard

Wildcard Wildcard by Marie Lu
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not as good as Warcross to me, but still a good followup to the continuing saga of Emika Chen and her complicated relationships with Hideo, the developer of the game Warcross, his younger evil brother Zero, and her gaming team. I felt like I had to keep having things explained to me while I read this because it was a bit convoluted. But it was a satisfying ending, which is always nice to have in YA scifi/fantasy.

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Review: Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp

Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp by Mary Cronk Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading nonfiction about things I never learned about in school. I was a history minor in college and took a lot of military classes--I never knew that some American nurses were POWs in WWII in the Pacific. Loved the details about some of the women in the book--you see them in pictures, hear their stories, and grow concerned about whether or not they make it. The description of the Coming Home after the war fascinated me--hard to be a happy homemaker when you ate almost nothing for three years and saw war and devastation. PTSD was prevalent, but the government giving them reparations for being a POW were not. Fascinating stuff. These were tough women and set the tone for future war nurses in Korea and Vietnam.

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