Sarah…by Teri Polen

Posted June 26, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Sarah…by Teri Polen

Cain, his mother, and sister move into a new house after Cain’s father dies. Right away Cain realizes that strange things are going on in the attic. He soon finds out that it has something to do with the disappearance of Sarah, a student at his high school. I haven’t read any horror novels but have a few on my TBR, so I thought this one would be a good one to start with since it is kind of mix of YA contemporary and horror. What I Loved I loved the character of Finn. He was funny and blunt and was a good balance for the easy-going Cain. I also loved that Cain had a cat named Eby. I like when authors include pets in the story line. It adds a touch of realism to the stories. I also loved how the story started out as just mildly scary and became more and more intense as it went along.  I think the story of what happened to Sarah and how she came to haunt the house was done well and kept my interest. The conclusion was satisfying  with just a hint of twist at the end. What Left Me Wanting More […]

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Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Posted June 26, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Emily is witness to a terrible crime. When Emily is threatened, her and her family must enter the witness protection program. Her ideal life is than turned upside down. What I Loved ‘Em & Em’ was a sweet contemporary romance with a twist. There are back and forth POV’s with Emily aka Ember. The first POV leads up to her witnessing a crime. The second POV is her life as ‘Ember’ after she enters into the witness protection program.  I enjoyed reading both the past POV and the current POV. The character of Emily aka Ember was very fleshed out. She was strong, smart, and talented (she is an amateur photographer). Her friend Clare was also interesting. She could have  easily been the typical cheerleader but instead became a good friend to Ember. I did also love Charles but he did come across as a little too sweet too and perfect. What Left Me Wanting More I didn’t really buy that Emily and her whole family had to go into hiding because she was testifying against highschool football players. It kind of felt forced that she was that terrified of them. Emily’s boyfriend from home, Zach, seemed to be a not very nice guy. I kept […]

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Beartown…by Fredrik Backman

Posted June 25, 2017 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Beartown…by Fredrik Backman

On the surface, ‘Beartown’ is about a small town and it’s love of hockey. Their greatest hope is that their junior team will win the  junior hockey championship. The championship, the hockey club, and  Beartown it’s self is put in peril when a defining event splits the town. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Fredrik Backman. When I heard Backman was writing a new book I couldn’t wait to read it. Than I found out it centers on hockey. A lot of hockey. Something I don’t know much about. Once I got into the story, I quickly realized that the story was not about hockey at all. It’s about people. Lots of deeply complicated people. Bachman created some of the most fleshed out characters I have seen a long time. Most people do not fall into the entirely good or entirely bad category. These well-defined ‘human’ personalities are hard to truly capture in a novel. Bachman is a master at it. An example of this can be seen in David. He was an excellent coach and friend but was still human and didn’t always know how to react. Romana was one of my favorite character. I think […]

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If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

Posted June 7, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

‘If We Were a Movie’ tells the story of ‘Nat’. ‘Nat’ is a triplet and struggles to have individuality from his brothers. Nat applies and is accepted to the NYU music program. The novel begins with Nat’s brothers inadvertently destroying his laptop along with his school project. Soon after this happens the character of ‘Pearl’ is introduced. She is an intricate part of the story and is the common thread thought the ‘Power of the Matchmaker’ series. She in turn introduces Nat to Jordan who ends up becoming his roommate and friend. Jordan is as obsessed with movies as Nat is with music. As the mother of twins I can identify with Nat and how being a multiple can be both a good and a bad thing. I was excited to read a book that touched on the subject of a multiple struggling to have individuality. Nat really has a hard time with loving his brothers and wanting to spend time with them while still wanting to do his own thing. I liked the character of ‘Jordan’. She seemed quirky and cute even though a few times she seem to flaunt her families’ money. The charter of ‘Sofie’, Nate’s girlfriend,  is portrayed as self-centered […]

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Laerka…by Laura Matthias Bendoly

Posted June 6, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Laerka…by Laura Matthias Bendoly

‘Laerka’ is a modern-day retelling of  the fairytale ‘The Little Mermaid’. Stella is a teenager in modern-day Savannah, Georgia. While working a part-time job in Savannah’s port, she sees a women (who she thinks is a mermaid) jump from a Russian container ship into the ocean. What I Loved I thought the choice of  Savannah, Georgia as the setting for ‘Laerka’ was a great choice. Savannah is such a unique  and beautiful place. It also has a rich history and a vibrant port culture. This makes it the perfect choice for ‘Laerka’ . The historical and nautical information was interesting and helped to add to the story line. ‘Stella’ herself as a character was well-rounded with a unique voice. Even though she is a teenage girl, she is very strong and self motived. She helps her father with his fishing business and is able to drive and navigate though Savannah’s waterways with precision. I also loved the absent-minded professor that ‘Stella’ worked for. He was quirky and funny. Another great ‘character’ was ‘Laerka’s’ mermaid dress. It was able to not only transform the looks of the wearer but to also transform the way the way the wearer feels about themselves. What Left Me Wanting More One […]

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The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone Blog Tour

Posted June 4, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone Blog Tour

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Release Date: June 6th 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis: Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating. Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps into help rescue a baby in distress and a video ofher good deed goes viral. Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced toother “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretlyright local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact? This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom. I am super excited to be part of the Unlikelies tour. Check back soon for a full review.      TEN THINGS WE WOULD BE […]

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Painless…by Jamie Mayer

Posted May 13, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Painless…by Jamie Mayer

Quinn is a seventeen year old who suffers from Congenital Analgesia. Congenial Analgesia is a disease where the sufferer feels no pain. This disease is extremely fascinating. I have heard in the past about children who could not feel pain. It is explained in ‘Painless’ that it is a rare but deadly disease. Children who inherit this disease rarely make it to adulthood. Pain is an evolutionary trait that helps prevent injury. The inability to feel pain cause the victims to unknowing cause life treating  damage to themselves. Quinn takes this to another level by intentionally hurting himself. Adding to Quinn’s problems is the fact that his mother left when he was a child. This leaves Quinn at the mercy of his older sister Caitlin. It is revealed early on the Caitlin is also having a hard time juggling responsibilities in her life. She is a nurse, mother, wife, and caretaker to both Quinn and their terminally ill father. ‘Quinn’s’ character really brings home what struggling with this disease must be like. The character of Caitlin is also wonderfully complete. Like many women she is stretched thin. The character of Caitlin is indicative of what it is like to be a […]

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How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

Posted May 2, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
How to Make A Wish…by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Release Date: May 2nd 2017 Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Contemporary Synopsis: All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens tobe Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father. Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into mid-night adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. ‘How to Make a Wish’ centers on Grace. After […]

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Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Posted April 30, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways / 0 Comments
Blacksouls…by Nicole Castroman-Blog Tour

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman Publisher: Simon Pulse Release Date: April 11th 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure Synopsis: Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands. Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could […]

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The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

Posted April 29, 2017 by thebookr in Book Blitz, Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

  I am excited to be part of the ‘Yellow Envelope’ blog tour. It is a fun non-fiction book by Kim Dinan. She and her husband sold everything they owned and decided to tour the world. Right before they left their friends gave them a yellow envelope full of money. The rules were: don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. I can’t wait to read it. For now here is my Q & A with Kim. Check back in the next couple of weeks for my review.   1. If you could live anyplace other than where you currently live, where would it be? Good question! It would have to be someplace beautiful, remote and in the mountains, maybe some tiny Swiss village in the Alps. I don’t know which one. I’ll have to go do some on-the-ground research!   2. What is the single most important piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to downsize and travel? Do something every single day that leads you in the direction of your goal. It took me three years to downsize and save money so that I could travel. Some days the only thing […]

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