Take Me to the Willow…by Shelly Brimley-Blog Tour Review

Take Me to the Willow…by Shelly Brimley-Blog Tour Review

  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.   Synopsis: In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered. When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized – to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never […]

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The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe…by C.S.Lewis

During the bombing blitzes of WWII, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are siblings sent to live in a country English estate . While exploring the mansion, they are transported to the magical land of Narnia (through a wardrobe), where they must help the lion, Aslan defeat the evil witch. I have been interested in this book since I was a child. For some reason, I had somehow gotten the impression that this story was very scary (perhaps because of the 1970’s animated movie). So I never read it until now. I am trying to read more classics, when I saw a copy at my library, I decided to give it a chance. Usually classics take me awhile to read since the prose can be hard to understand. This book was very easy to read, and I found the prose to be very fluid. The story is said to have many religious metaphors. These were very subtle and didn’t distract from the story, although you can certainly read between the lines. Although some parts involving the Witch, can be a bit scary, this is still a great book for children. When a book is so engrained in our culture, that you can’t imagine a […]

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The Boston Girl…by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl…by Anita Diamant

Addie Baum is a young rebellious girl born to Russian, Jewish immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century. Addie struggles against society and her own family in order to find out what it means to be an American woman. She experiences both triumph and tragedy along the way. The story is told in the first person through Addie’s telling the story of her life to her granddaughter in the 1980’s. I will start off by saying that I chose to read this novel because Addie’s background is very similar to my late mother-in-law’s. Like Addie she was the children of Russian Jews that immigrated to America at the beginning of the twentieth century. I really wanted to get a sense of what life was like for her. This was definitely a chapter driven novel. There was little, if any, plot. Even though this is fiction ,the story reads like a really well written memoir. The only exception is the few times when Addie digresses from the story and addresses her granddaughter, Ava, directly. The ‘Boston Girl’ was very engrossing. I felt as if Addie was telling me the story. I half expected to see her when I looked up from the book. […]

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Ivy Pocket Blog Tour Review

Ivy Pocket Blog Tour Review

I was given a copy of these books from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Ivy pocket isn’t just your average twelve year old. She is, funny,sassy, witty, and most of all self-important. Her insults are often wrapped up in complements and she is convinced that she is spectacular at everything she does. The Ivy Pocket series, by Caleb Krisp, is a fun, new, middle grade series set in Victorian England.  So far two of the books have been published, ‘Anyone But Ivy Pocket’ and ‘Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket’. Title: Anyone But Ivy Pocket Author: Caleb Krisp Series: Ivy Pocket Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication Date: April 8,2015 Genres: Middle Grade  Pages: 387 ABOUT ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity. For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees […]

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Book Signings….C.J.Redwine author of ‘The Shadow Queen’ and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES)

Book Signings….C.J.Redwine author of ‘The Shadow Queen’ and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES)

I am super excited that NY Times best selling author, C.J.Redwine (DEFIANCE series) and author J.A. Souders (THE ELYSIUM CHRONICLES) are in Central Florida this week. They will be signing copies and holding a Q&A. C.J.Redwine will  also be signing copies of her awesome new YA fantasy novel ‘The Shadow Queen'(Ravenspire #1). -They will be at the Sandlake Barnes & Noble (7900 W. Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819)  this Sunday  May 22@ 2:00pm. -They will be at the The Muse Bookshop (112 S Woodland Blvd, DeLand, Florida 32720) next Wednesday May 25 @ 6:00p Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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An Abundance of Katherines…by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines…by John Green

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy, who has been dumped by 19, yes that’s 19, girls named Katherine. He is so depressed when he is dumped by Katherine nineteen, his friend Hassan talks him into going on a road trip. They end up in Gutshot, Tennessee visiting the grave of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Ok, I’ll start off by saying a few years ago, my first John Green book was ‘Fault in Our Stars’ . I thought it was reasonably good but did not live up to the hype. Then I read ‘Paper Towns’. Let’s just say it has some not very nice quotes about Orlando and those of us who live here ( I heard they left those quotes out of the movie, so I must not be the only one that found the quotes not very nice).  I also felt it had no depth and little plot line. So for awhile I wasn’t interested in reading his other books. Then I went to a book sale and teenage girls were grabbing up his books like the Zombie Apocalypse was coming and they needed reading material. So when I saw ‘An Abundance of Katherine’s’ at the library I thought, I’ll […]

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The Society… by Jodi Andrefski-Book Tour Review

The Society… by Jodi Andrefski-Book Tour Review

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Samantha Evens used to be popular at school. Then her father is arrested for insider trading and her life falls apart. Her former best friend is now her tormentor and she now lives in a trailer with her aunt. Sam vows to seek revenge by using the schools secret society against it’s own members. This novel was interesting, as it highlights what can happen when bulling gets out of control. Sam is bullied and then becomes a bully herself. I did like this book and I think it would be a great read for high school students. Something  I liked was the interesting quotes from famous people at the beginning of each chapter. The main characters were very believable to me. I did emphasize with Sam. I think it’s easy to understand how hard it would be for her in the circumstances she was in. She is portrayed as a flawed but not all together bad person. I would recommend as a novel for young adults.  Especially those going through a similar situation as Sam was in. I give it four stars. Rating:📖📖📖📖 Add to goodreads    Buy on Amazon […]

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We Were Liars…by E.Lockhart

We Were Liars…by E.Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair Eastman is part of the privileged Sinclair family. Her family owns an island off Martha’s Vineyard, where they summer every year. The Sinclairs seem to be a rich, beautiful family. However,there is more going on then meets the eye. Early on Cadence has an accident, that she doesn’t remember, and no one will tell here what happened. The rest of the novel pretty much centers around this. I read this book in one sitting. It was somewhat short and definitely a page turner. At the beginning I was really into the storyline. I loved the idea of a family with it’s own beautiful island. I loved how the cousins were friends. I loved how the introduction of Gat onto the island complicated thinks. However, about the middle of the book, I started to roll my eyes at all the teenage angst.  I began to think this was another of those books about teenage crushes and nothing else. Soon the atmosphere of the story began to change and I literally could not put this book down. The ending shocked me and made think deeply about what had happened. In my mind, it is almost a parable. I keep thinking about the story […]

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The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title…by The Behrg

Posted May 8, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Girl Who Couldn’t Come Up With An Original Title…by The Behrg

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is really two short stories. I did not know what they were about before I read them. I was, however, really captivated by the title. Both short stories are about depression. This is explained by the author at the end of the stories. I did enjoy the first story, in particular. It was very gothic and gritty and quite a bit spooky. Both stories were very metaphorical and figurative. While these stories may not be for everyone, I believe they send an important message and helps to portray depression in an understandable way. I would recommend for those that one to read something unusual. I give these short stories three stars.   Rating:📖📖📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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All The Light We Cannot See…by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See…by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure is a blind girl who lives in Paris while WWII blazes over the continent. Werner is a German orphan who wishes to escape a future working in the mines his father died in. Marie-Laure flees to the walled city of Saint-Malo. Werner is forced into the German war machine. I had been thinking about reading this novel for sometime. I actually put it off because of it being a Pulitzer Prize book. The other Pulitzer novels I read, ‘The Known World’ and ‘The Goldfinch’ I really did not enjoy . For this novel, I will start off by agreeing with other reviews that say parts of the story are somewhat slow moving and that the back and forth timeline can be confusing. I found the fine details helped me to understand what Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives were truly like. The alternating POV, while somewhat confusing, helped to build the suspense of the storyline. This novel is very heavy in descriptions. You can almost hear the subtle sounds that Marie-Laure hears and how her mind turns them into images.  Until you read this book, it is difficult to understand what a blind girl in occupied France or even a sixteen year old boy sent to war must have […]

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