Category: Reviews

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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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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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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Amelia’s Hope…by Candis Vargo

Posted April 16, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Amelia’s Hope…by Candis Vargo

Cara Michaels diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer shortly after she finds out she is pregnant. She decides to forgo chemotherapy during her pregnancy even though it means certain death for herself. ‘Amelia’s Hope’ describes her struggle through cancer treatment and pregnancy.   To say ‘Amelia’s Hope’ was tear-jerker is a vast understatement. Cara’s situation was both touching and devastating. Waiting to find out what would happen kept me racing through the pages. I found Cara’s situation both heart wrenching and touching. Her husbands support brought tears to my eyes. Cara’s genuine realizations at the little she would never to experience with her daughter was especially sad.   I  loved the character of Cara and definitely connected with her. Even though the decision to forgo chemotherapy was Cara’s to make, I can’t say I agreed with her decision. The  book  explains that if she has chemo the risk to the baby is mostly in the first trimester. After that the risk is much smaller. I think that Cara’s decision to forgo all treatment during pregnancy was not one I would have made. She sentences herself to certain death. This absolutely devastates her family.     I did really love the pacing and the […]

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Stinky Steve: A Minecraft Mishap…by P.T. Evans, Illustrated by Tashjian

Posted April 15, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Stinky Steve: A Minecraft Mishap…by P.T. Evans, Illustrated by Tashjian

Stinky Steve is a character in Minecraft. Steve discovers he has a flatulence problem. Steve discovers that this issue can actually help him in his journey through Minecraft.   My kids love Minecraft. Saying they are totally obsessed is an understatement. They also really love bathroom humor.I thought ‘Stinky Steve’ would be a great Minecraft fan fiction book for us to review together.   My kids loved all the off-color jokes and references to Minecraft. They  also really liked how at Steve was constantly ….well you know.   They were able to read most of the dialogue themselves. I would say the reading level is around second or third grade. We definitely will be picking up more books in the series.

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Cheesus Was Here…by J.C. Adams

Posted April 8, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
Cheesus Was Here…by J.C. Adams

  Cheesus Was Here by J.C. Davis Publisher: Sky Pony Press Release Date: April 11th, 2017 Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult, Humor, Fiction Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.   Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The […]

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Everyday Magic…by Emily Albright

Posted April 5, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Everyday Magic…by Emily Albright

Maggie’s father is a big Hollywood director. He is domineering and loves to have control. Maggie’s father wants her to become an entertainment lawyer. Maggie’s dream is to work in the fashion industry. ‘Everyday Magic’ tells of Maggie’s struggle to be who she wants to be and break free from her father’s grasp. ‘Everyday Magic’ is a companion book to Albright’s first book, ‘The Heir and the Spare’. ‘Everyday Magic’ features Preston, one of the background characters from ‘THATS’. I did not realize this until I was already finished with ‘Everyday Magic.’ You do not necessarily need to read “THATS’ to understand the events in ‘Everyday Magic’. With that being said, there were elements in the story that left me with questions. For example, how did Evie (an American) become a Duchess Suo Juro (in her own right) and why is a British prince living in a flat with friends. An important element of this book is the abuse Maggie and her family have to endure at the hands of her father. Maggie’s family dynamics demonstrates that abuse transcends all levels of wealth and status. The character of Maggie was sweet. I found myself rooting for her. She did seem to […]

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