Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Faithful Place

Faithful Place Faithful Place by Tana French
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awesome audio! Loved the Irish accents of lower class Dublin.

Frank Mackey has escaped his family and the street that he grew up on. But when his sister calls in tears and says that they've found the suitcase of his girlfriend--he has to go back. Everyone thought she ran away to London years ago without Frank. But if she didn't, does that she's dead? Frank is a detective, and ends up taking time off to investigate.

Loved this one--my fav Dublin Murder Squad so far!

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Review: Only Wounded: Stories of the Irish Troubles

Only Wounded: Stories of the Irish Troubles Only Wounded: Stories of the Irish Troubles by Patrick Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of fictional stories about the Irish troubles, interspersed with factual accounts of bombings and terrorist activities in Northern Ireland.

Too depressing for me to read. Glad times have changed there and it's hard to believe this stuff was going on when I was born. You would think by now that people wouldn't fight over what denomination of Christian you are.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: George

George George by Alex Gino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet book about a 10-year-old who knows she's a girl, even if she was born a boy. I'm glad these books are starting to be published by major houses like Scholastic, and I'm sure this will end up on the Banned Books list next year. I wouldn't mind one bit if my 10-year-old read this book--we'd have a great discussion together about it! I don't think it's a literary masterpiece, but it opens the eyes of grade school kids to transgender issues.

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Review: Haunted Ground

Haunted Ground Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can see why this won so many awards back in the early 2000s--it's a great mystery! And set in Ireland, which is a plus for me. Dr. Nora Gavin is an American pathologist who returns to her birth country to learn more about bog bodies. Fascinating stuff, right? Add in a nerdy, sexy Irish archaeologist, a past murder mystery, and a modern laird under suspicion of murdering his wife and son. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Meteor Men

Meteor Men Meteor Men by Jeff Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alden Baylor is one of many teenagers sitting in a field watching a meteor shower when one of the rocks crashes--and it's hollow. More meteors crashed all over the world, and aliens hatched out of them!!!

Nothing new here, but the artwork was great, and I appreciated that the teenage boy had the soft heart and wanted to understand the aliens instead of just shooting them.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War

1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War by Morgan Llywelyn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read too much like a textbook instead of a novel. But I still skimmed and scanned to find out what happened at the end. Basically, Ireland was a complete mess in 1921.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review: Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Pretty cheesy standalone novel about a modern day violinist who believes that a piece of music that she found in an antique store in Rome is making her daughter show signs of being a serial killer. Turns out that the piece of music has a history that has to do with the Holocaust.

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Review: Dumplin'

Dumplin' Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet tale of learning to love yourself the way you are--not the way society says you're supposed to be.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Descent

Descent Descent by Tim Johnston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautiful, haunting mystery writing, yet....

Usually I don't mind when chapters are told from differing perspectives but this time it was frustrating. I had to read until I figured who was talking/thinking and then had to go back and re-read the chapter from the beginning. Does this mean I'm too used to YA lit? I want names at the beginning of the chapters! :)

And I'm probably one of the few readers who didn't like how things wrapped up at the end.

However, if you love literary mysteries combined with a coming-of-age tale, take a look at this one.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Wow...I had to stop listening to this audiobook after being 6 disks in--I couldn't handle the narrator anymore. I'll have to attempt it in book format later.

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