Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: The Dark Days Club

The Dark Days Club The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just my type of regency novel! A spunky heroine who discovers she has magical powers inherited from her traitor to the crown mother. Trouble ensues, along with a tangled love interest. Of course, it leads right into the sequel.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Nowhere Girl

Nowhere Girl Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cady, now a best-selling mystery writer, has always been haunted by the death of her identical twin sister when they were 16. The killer was never found, and now the past comes back when the police chief is fired and the case is re-opened. Cady is happily married, but now her high school crush comes back into her life. He's a corrections officer, and is able to give Cady information for her next month.

I read this book in one night, but there were too many dings against it for me to highly recommend it. Several plot twists were undeveloped--the police chief getting fired, her parents moving, the town rumors, her own marriage problems. I read fast, and, in some cases, a major plot twist happened in one sentence--no exploration necessary, I guess. I had to go back and re-read--what just happened? Don't I get an explanation? Reasons?

And then when I got to the end I felt like I had read the book before. But even that felt unbelievable--she was 16 and her twin sister supposedly KNEW her. I felt like even making the twins 18 or 19 would have made it more believable. And I never felt like Brady and Patrick rang true. The whole romance thing was just messed up.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: City of Women

City of Women City of Women by David R. Gillham
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I listened to about 30 minutes of the audiobook and I wasn't hooked.

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Review: A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Warren has a new fan--me. Recently I heard someone say that she should run for president and I decided to take a look at her more closely. And I like what I see. She is truly trying to make a difference for working families while holding onto her roots, and she's one badass female politician super-lawyer professor. I want to be her friend. I want to hear her speak in person. I want to donate to her presidential campaign. I'd vote for her in a heartbeat.

And, once again, the sexism she endured during her campaign was just unbelievable. Sure enough, I just googled her and in the top 4 articles, one was about WHAT SHE WEARS. Horrible. She is a female politician. Stop talking about what she looks like and what she wears. I don't care. I like her brain and I like that she stood up to big banks.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: We Are the Ants

We Are the Ants We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't feel the love for this one as much as my colleagues did. I give it 5 stars for breaking some boundaries with LGBTQ YA lit (yay romantic love!), but I didn't feel that I was reading something genuine. Maybe it was the supernatural elements added in? Because I did feel like they were added in after the realistic parts of the book were written. I found myself skimming the science parts, and I just didn't understand how no other students/teachers/adults came to Henry's aid. Maybe I live in a lala land, but in schools around here, LGBTQ kids still have a group of kids to hang out with. It's so much different in 2016 compared with 2006. I don't understand why more kids don't help Henry at school, and I REALLY don't understand why the teachers don't do more about the bullying.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved the illustrations--I felt like my fingers would smudge the pencil drawings and the shaded colors. Love how I found myself searching for the critter on each page, too, and the main character's facial expressions.

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Review: I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series is getting better and better! I love Sean Duffy, even if he is a little too free-giving with the ladies. It's 1982 in Northern Ireland, and he's a Catholic serving in the Brit detective force. This time he gets mixed up with the FBI, the IRA, and the owner of the Delorean factory and things get messy. I had not idea the owner of the Delorean company was arrested on drug charges, did you? I had to research a bit after reading this one to find out more about fact and fiction.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: Sweetgirl

Sweetgirl Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading this book, I feel like I know what it's like to be inside the head of a white trash, methhead from Michigan, and it's not a good feeling. Really....I feel gross.

Percy, a hard-working high school dropout, is looking for her drug addict mother again, and heads to a local meth maker's farmhouse to see if she's there. She isn't, but a crying baby is, along with its passed out mother. Percy takes the baby and enlists the help of one of her mother's ex-boyfriends to try to get the baby to safety at the local hospital. But this is winter in Michigan and it's cold, and snowing, and everyone is walking around with guns and high on some drug or another.

Really, this world is depressing. Don't do meth, people. AND GET THE HELL AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO BE SAVED!!!

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Review: A School for Brides

A School for Brides A School for Brides by Patrice Kindl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I read this, I kept thinking of Jayne Entwistle narrating it for me. And that made it better! Years ago I read the first book in this series and loved it (Keeping the Castle) so I thought I would give the next book a read. Thoroughly enjoyable, and, like a typical Regency-ish historical fiction, the girls are nuts, and the people in charge of them are even nuttier. Very glad I wasn't born back then! The entire book is about most of the girls wanting to find a husband to complete their life (except for the wannabe scientist), but I still enjoyed the thoughtless read. It was just what I needed the first night of my break.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: A Brilliant Death

A Brilliant Death A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A pleasant small-town mystery set in the Ohio Valley. Two teenage best friends--Travis and Mitch--spend their high school career investigating the death of Travis's mother. Supposedly she died jumping off a boat naked with her lover while Travis was asleep at home as a baby, but the story doesn't add up. Travis's father is abusive and never wants to talk about anything, so the two of them have to investigate on their own. I didn't think things seemed very realistic at the end, but it was still a good read. Loved the occasional quirky line in the book that was funny.

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