Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Booked

Booked Booked by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quick little audiobook, but I didn't love this as much as The Crossover. Listening to the author hurt the book, I think, because there wasn't the voice work that I was looking for, and I didn't love the parts in 2nd person--the "you" drove me nuts. There was a lot of realistic family drama involved--parents separating, bullying, friendship, first crush. That stuff I liked, but I'm not a fan of a bunch of books/library references. Odd, isn't it?

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Review: Age of Myth

Age of Myth Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like epic fantasy? Then you'll love this book! I really don't understand why this was published adult--it could have easily been YA. Give this to fans of Patrick Rothfuss or teens who are looking for another fantasy series to start.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Dark of the Moon

Dark of the Moon Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I had to read this one because in the opening chapters, a character listens to Cross Canadian Ragweed. And I love going to hear Cody Canada sing. This book was an enjoyable pop culture bestseller, but it did take me a week to read, which isn't a good thing. It was entertaining though!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review: Leaving Blythe River

Leaving Blythe River Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect for fans of Hatchet, Longmire, and feel good outdoors stories. Published for adult audience, but could have easily been for teens. 17-year-old Ethan isn't thrilled when his mom sends him to his dad's while she takes care of her dying parent. Ethan hates his dad--he walked on him having sex with Ethan's crush--his dad's secretary. But when his dad disappears on a daily run, Ethan must mature quickly--he needs to find his father, even if he isn't too thrilled to be doing the right thing.

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Review: Golden Son

Golden Son Golden Son by Pierce Brown
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Can't believe this received an audie--my copy of the CD audiobook sounds cloudy and hazy--very irritating. And I'm not interested in the story, either, which is surprising since it received rave reviews.

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Review: All American Boys

All American Boys All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant audiobook (Perfect narration by Guy Lockard and Keith Nobbs). Two "All American boys"--one white, one black--deal with racism, awakening to racism, and the blindness of friends and family. Love how this book deals with a difficult subject in a way that everyone can understand. If I could make all my friends read this book, I would! I'm late to the game reading this one, but so glad I did.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Clariel

Clariel Clariel by Garth Nix
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I remember reading the Abhorsen series years ago--so long ago that I never marked them on Goodreads. I somehow got my hands on this audiobook and the narrator persuaded me to listen. Great fantasy series!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Born on a Tuesday

Born on a Tuesday Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. Coming-of-age story set in Nigeria. Engrossing read--I needed to learn about the different kinds of Islam from the innocent eyes of Dantala. Review to come in SLJ AB4T.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: Point of Honour

Point of Honour Point of Honour by Madeleine E. Robins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good Labor Day read that involved absolutely no brain labor on my part! Sarah Tolerance is a "fallen woman" during the Regency period. King George is mad, politicians are crooked and maneuvering for the throne, and she lives in a cottage behind her aunt's upscale whorehouse. Sarah isn't a working lady--but she did run off to the continent with her fencing instructor, leading to her current status. Now she isn't above dressing like a man and displaying her fighting skill to protect herself as she investigates acts of mischief. This is more mystery and who-done-it than romance, which was okay by me.

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