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We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

Zara feels shut off from her Bosnian born mother. She knows that her mother survived some horrible things in the Bosnian war but Zara wants desperately to understand who her mother is. So when Zara, her mother, and her little brother are victims of a tourist attack, Zara begins to understand what emotional and physical trauma can do to a person and a family.   I really love a good historical fiction. Good historical fiction is entertaining while at the same time teaches us about significant events. I have noticed that much of the historical fiction out there covers the really well-known periods of history. For example: the Tutor period, the American Civil War, WWI, and especially WWII. I really love it when I find a  novel that explores world events that are lesser known . When I read the synopsis of, ‘We Are All That’s Left’, I knew this was a book that I had to read.   ‘We Are All That’s Left’, alternates between Zara dealing with the aftermath of a present day terror attack and Zara’s mother, Nadja, living in war-torn Bosnia in the past. Going into the story, I did know a little about the Bosnian […]

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What I Leave Behind…by Alison McGhee #BlogTour

What I Leave Behind…by Alison McGhee #BlogTour

Will’s dad commits suicide. His childhood friend, Playa, is raped at a party. His mom works long over-night shifts as a nurse. Will then decides to take the negatives in his life and turn them into something completely wonderful.   Will’s father’s death helps him realize that everyone needs positive acknowledgement. He also realizes that sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference. He gives small gifts and kind words to those around him ( his lonely boss, his friend Playa, a neglected little boy, an abused neighborhood dog).   OMG……This book is powerful, and wonderful, and heart wrenching ! ‘What I Leave Behind’, is a prime example of, “less is more.” There are so many books out there that are just way too long for what they are trying to say (read ‘The Goldfinch’). McGhee delivers a strong and pointed message with just one hundred chapters with one hundred words each. With this she demonstrates that you don’t need a mega size book to deliver a powerful punch.   I really loved that symbolism played such an important part in the novel. From the way that butterflies that  ‘little dude’ watches everyday to Will’s quest to recreate his […]

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Chowders…by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Chowders…by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Clowders by Vanessa Morgan Genre: Horror, Suspense Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs. When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is terrifyingly real. Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises. Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them? Their move to Europe may just have been the worst […]

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Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

Posted March 25, 2018 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

  We are super excited to be part of the Antipodes blog tour! We had a chance to do a Q&A with author Michele Bacon.    Q&A 1.What inspired you to write Antipodes? ​​The landscape and people of New Zealand. I loved living there, and would have stayed forever, had I been able. ​​ ​​2.Could you explain what an antipode is and how it relates to the story? ​​An antipode is a direct or exact opposite, and many of Erin’s experiences in New Zealand are opposite to those in the States. ​Australia and New Zealand are called The Antipodes, because they appear to be on the opposite side of the Earth from most other landmasses, so both definitions are relevant to my book. To find your own town’s antipode on a globe, swap the N/S of your latitude and add/subtract 180 to your longitude. For instance, I lived in—and Erin visits—Christchurch, whose coordinates are 43.5S, 172.6E. A Coruña, Spain is 43.5N, 8.41W. Their centers don’t match precisely, but the cities overlap on an antipodal map. Most antipodes are in the ocean. The antipode of my home in Seattle is in the Indian Ocean.   ​​3.Do you have a daily writing […]

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No Sad Songs… by Frank Morelli

No Sad Songs… by Frank Morelli

Gabe is used to helping care for his ailing grandfather. Then tragedy strikes and thrusts eighteen-year-old Gabe into the position of primary care giver for his grandfather with dementia.   They’re so many things to love about, ‘No Sad Songs’. The thing I love most is that the book is set in the 1990’s.  This is a time period I haven’t seen a lot of in YA fiction ( or really fiction in general). The nineties are such a nostalgic time period. It is the last decade were our lives were not totally run by cell phones and computers. The simple things in the life of a teenager was very evident in this story. Gabe’s main worries are eating pizza and attracting girls.   The most important theme in, ‘No Sad Songs,’ is caring for someone with dementia. This novel really highlights the divesting situation or a child or grandchild caring for a parent or grandparent with this disease. The dementia sufferers often don’t know who they are or where they are anymore. For example, Gabe’s grandfather constantly relives his time fighting in WWII. Game’s flashbacks also really highlight Gabe’s pain as he remembers the wonderful times with his grandfather. I have read […]

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Faithful…by Alice Hoffman

Posted March 3, 2018 by thebookr in Books, Reviews , , , / 0 Comments
Faithful…by Alice Hoffman

Seventeen year old Shelby and her best friend, Helene, are in a horrific car crash. Helene is left in a permanent coma. Shelby recovers physically but she follows a path of self-destructive behavior. Shelby’s behavior is not only a way to punish herself for the accident but also a way to form a barrier to her mental recovery.   Having read Hoffman’s previous book, ‘The Rules of Magic’, I went into, ‘Faithful’, with the impression that it would have paranormal elements. When the story begins, I thought that the story would follow both Helene and Shelby. I was pleasantly surprised when, ‘Faithful’ turns out to follow Shelby’s mental health after the crash. I’ve put off writing this review for a while. I wanted to give some thought into how I really felt about ‘Faithful’.   I really love Shelby’s story. In many ways, Shelby is just an ordinary person trying to overcome a tragedy. The way that Hoffman portrays Shelby as a flawed human but as an overall good person really endeared her to me and the story in general.   Shelby’s PTSD follows a true to life behavior pattern. Since Shelby blames herself for the accident, she justifies her […]

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Take Control Challenge #TakeControlTBR

Posted February 28, 2018 by thebookr in Books, Events / 0 Comments
Take Control Challenge #TakeControlTBR

  This year I am taking part in the ‘Take Control’ challenge, hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Reviews. The challenge runs from March 1-March 31. The purpose is to read some of those backlisted books that you’ve had sitting around for a while. I oftenput off my older TBR books to read new releases so this challenge if perfect for me. ~*Rules*~ Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link a shelf entitled Take Control 2018 from your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private. Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf created on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly Begins midnight March 1st, 2018 and ends March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm. Read/listen to books from your TBR pile. ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2018. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count. Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then enter the URL link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( These can be a mini review. Just one or two […]

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The Bone Sparrow…Zana Fraillon

The Bone Sparrow…Zana Fraillon

Subhi is born in a refugee in an internment camp. He has never seen the outside world. He has no books, no school, and not enough food, water, or clothes.   Every once in a while I stumble on a book that totally takes me by surprise. One that I haven’t heard anything about. A book that you had no idea would be so meaningful, impactful, wonderful, and life changing. One that rips out your heart, and in the process makes you a totally different person. ‘The Bone Sparrow’ is definitely one of those books. I had absolutely no idea what ‘The Bone Sparrow’ was about going in to it. Right before I started reading it, I read over the synopsis, so I had a vague idea that it was about a refuge.  I was not at all  prepared for the punch that ‘The Bone Sparrow’ gave me.   First thing is that Subhi is only ten years old. Honestly, the story did seem as if it is  told by a ten-year old. As the mother of three kids around this age, I am stunned at what Subhi had to endure. Lack of enough food, clothes, water, places to bathe, a school, or […]

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The Carlswick Deception…by S.L. Beumont

The Carlswick Deception…by S.L. Beumont

    ‘The Carlswick Deception’ is a series of mystery/detective. Each novel can stand alone as back story is given about what happened previously in the series.   Stephanie is an art history student at Oxford. In the past she had an internship with the arts and antiques unit at Scotland Yard. In ‘The Carlswick Deception’, Stephanie is called by Scotland Yard to show a detective around Oxford in relation to a case. Of course soon Stephanie becomes involved in said case.   I love mystery/detective stories. However, sometimes I find the main character detectives to be somewhat dull and boring. This was not the case in the ‘The Carlswick Deception’. I found the character of Stephanie interesting and very charismatic.  I also love the character of Luke, the detective Stephanie is working with. I, however, am not a fan or her boyfriend James. He seemed rather dull and kind of wishy-washy. I also find it as a stretch with the police letting a college student help investigate such high stakes crimes (including interviewing witness, and following felons etc) .This seems to be a trend of British detective stories involving a lay person  as detective (Agatha Raisin, Grantchester, Father Brown etc.) They […]

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Turtles All the Way Down… by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down… by John Green

Aza is a high school student who struggles with severe OCD (she constantly worries that C.Diff is going to kill her). She must fight against her own mind and help her friend Daisy find a fugitive billionaire and claim her reward. Oh, John Green, how I love to hate you. I told myself there was no way on earth that I would ever read another John Green book.  Then I found out that ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is about OCD. I’ve had severe OCD since I was a child so here we are.   I’m going to separate this review in two separate areas. First a general review and secondly how well Green paints an accurate picture of OCD.   First the Book In General: John Green is the master of writing a book that’s easy to read. All his books have been quick reads for me. His prose is among the best I’ve read in YA but a good book is about so much more than the prose. A great novel is complex and imaginative  and deep and original and (for a contemporary) true to life. So to begin ‘TATWD’ has all the normal John Green tropes: double entendre […]

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