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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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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