Passenger…by Alexandra Bracken

Posted December 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Passenger…by Alexandra Bracken

This book centers on Etta, a 17-year-old violin prodigy. During one of her performances, she is thrust back in time to the eighteenth century.I have heard mixed reviews about this novel but based on the  synopsis I decided to give it a chance. Also,the cover, wow. What I Loved. I will start by saying I love time travel books. I pink puffy heart love them. Ever since  I saw ‘Somewhere in Time’ as a kid I have been obsessed with time travel.  I found the locations very interesting (a ship during the American Revolution, Paris in the ninth century, war-time London, Cambodia, the middle east in the fifteenth century). I also did like Nicholas as a character. What I didn’t love Where do I start? This book was so much work to read. I had to literally push myself to pick it up. The story was that incredibly slow. The first half had very little action in it. It was filled with information dumps. The second part picked up a bit but was still super slow. Also, except for maybe Nicholas, I really didn’t connect with the characters at all. Etta was not a typical teenager and she came across […]

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And Everyday the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

Posted December 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
And Everyday the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

‘We lived an extraordinary ordinary life’   ‘And Everyday the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer’ is a novella about the love one man has for his son, grandson, and wife. The man is slowly slipping into a state of memory loss. His greatest fear is that he will soon not remember any of his most beloved memories. In a letter to the reader at the beginning of the story, Backman states,’This is a story about memories and letting go. It’s a love letter and a slow farewell between a man and his grandson, and between a dad and his boy.’ He also explains that writing this story was a type of therapy for him as he too has experience with a loved one with memory loss. As I began to read this story, I soon realized that this is both a similar and different type of story to Backman’s other works. It is similar in that it portrays an older person and their relationships. It is different in that the story line is not as straight forward as other Backman’s works. The story is told through the perspective of the grandfather who is sinking deeper into dementia. It switches […]

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Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Posted November 15, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Aftermath…by Clara Kensie

Each second of my four years, two months, and seven days in the attic dragged on forever, and nothing ever changed. We don’t have a Dream Book anymore. But we don’t need one. ‘Aftermath’ is a young adult novel about Charlotte. She is kidnapped from a football game when she is eleven and is held in her kidnapper’s attic for over four years. She survives by imagining that her twin sister, mother, and father are leading a wonderful life without her. She imagines that her twin sister is living everything ‘double’ for Charlotte.  Her kidnapper has a stroke and falls down falls down the stairs. The EMT’s then find Charlotte in a cage in the attic. When Charlotte is released, she is reunited with her family but soon finds out that they have not been leading the life that Charlotte dreamed. I really liked the premise of this novel. As the name implies the story focuses less on Charlotte’s captivity and more on the damage that it caused Charlotte and her family. I liked how Charlotte’s state of mine is explored through her warped thinking and her small habits (such as taking the stuffing out of the stuffed bears everyone gives her). This […]

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Just Life…by Neil Abramson

Posted November 13, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Just Life…by Neil Abramson

“Words matter. Sometimes even just one…”   “The faces showed that these dogs had learned the truth about humanity. Ears back in submission, eyes downcast. Thy had given up.”   “The dead always seem to make ghosts of the living. Why do they hold such power? I mean, whether it’s their memory, or fighting against their memory, they’re always there. Sometimes even more than when they really were standing beside you.”     Samantha Lewis is a veterinarian who runs an animal shelter in NYC.  She is having difficulty keeping her shelter going even before a deadly disease strikes her neighborhood. Sam finds allies in an elderly priest, a smart mouthed former psychologist, a troubled teen, and a Vietnam vet, among others.   ‘Just Life’ is part medical thriller, part suspense novel, part animal rescue story. I am always on the look out for any type of animal rescue novel but I have trouble finding ones that seem to be plot driven and fast paced.   I picked this novel up at my library not knowing much about it (other than it was about animal rescue). It is by the author of ‘Unsaid’ which I have on my TBR but […]

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Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

Posted November 12, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea…Ben Clanton

I was super excited to learn about ‘a the Unicorn of the Sea’ book. I initially planned on reading it on my Kindle but it looked so cute, I bought a paperback copy. It is part of a new series called ‘Narwhal and Jelly’.  One of my ‘tater tots’ loves Narwhal’ so this book was perfect for us. Inside it is laid out like a graphic novel and has really fun illustrations. There is also educational information throughout the story. We loved ‘Narwhal and Jelly’s’ friendship. We also really loved that their favorite food is waffles! We had fun reading it and is it perfect for ages 8-10. We plan on getting the others in the series.   Save Save Save

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The Spiderwick Chronicles…by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Posted November 6, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Spiderwick Chronicles…by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ is a middle-grade trilogy. The story revolves around nine-year old twins, Jared and Simon and their thirteen year old sister, Mallory. When their parents get divorced, they are forced to move into their great-aunt’s spooky and dilapidated house. They  soon discover an ancestor’s field guide to fairies in the attic. They then begin to believe there are various types of fairies and mystical creatures in the house.   I first heard of the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ when ‘ Peter Likes Books’ mentioned this book on his YouTube channel. This seemed like a great series for my kids (especially since it has twins as two of the main characters) so I thought I would give the first book, ‘The Field Guide’ a try. It is a very short book and I read it in one sitting. The story line is a little creepy and a little scary but cute. The twin’s relationship with each other and with their older sister rang true to life for me. The illustrations are amazing and interesting. So much so that I am thinking of buying the real ‘field guide’ that is a companion to the book. I also am definitely going to read […]

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A Monster Calls…by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

Posted November 5, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
A Monster Calls…by Patrick Ness (Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd)

‘I have had as many names as there are years to time itself! roared the monster. I am Herne the Hunter! I am Cernunnos! I am the eternal Green Man!’ ‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreck?’ ‘You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is the only important you do.’   The story behind the writing of ‘A Monster Calls’ is one of grief and loss. Irish author Siobhan Dowd originally conceived of the idea of ‘A Monster Calls’. Tragically she passed away from breast cancer before she could write the story. Patrick Ness later wrote the novel based on her ideas. This novel focuses on the most painful issues a young adult can experience, death, divorce, abandonment, and bullying. ‘A Monster Calls’ is the story of Conor O’Malley. He is a thirteen year old boy whose mother is dying of cancer. His father has left the family, remarried, and moved to America. As if this wasn’t enough, Conor is also bullied violently at school. His grandmother (who helps care for him […]

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The Lost Great Dane…by B.L. Blair-Book Blitz

Posted November 1, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Lost Great Dane…by B.L. Blair-Book Blitz

Mystery/Romance Date Published: December 1, 2016 The Lost Great Dane is the first novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott opened the Lost and Found Pets agency because she loves animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job. While searching for a lost cat, Alex finds a weak and injured Great Dane. The dog has no collar, no tags, and no microchip. And the only person looking for him is a man who might have murdered his own wife. Within 24 hours, Alex has a hunted dog, a homemade microchip, and a hitman on her tail. She realizes the only way out of this mess is to solve the mystery of the lost Great Dane. Excerpt  As I headed down the hallway to the office, I could hear Claire talking to a client. I glanced at my watch and realized it was our two o’clock appointment. I gave the client a brief nod but didn’t interrupt. When I reached my desk, Hero came over to greet me, and Jerrie raised her head. Once she realized I wasn’t doing anything interesting, she went back to sleep. Both cats were curled up on the love seat […]

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Pushing Perfect…by Michelle Falkoff-Blog tour

Posted October 27, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Pushing Perfect…by Michelle Falkoff-Blog tour

When Kara experiences her first acne outbreak , she believes it is the beginning of her slide away from perfection. She slowly pushes away from her best friends and begins to worry about getting in to the best college. When she realizes she suffers from test anxiety, she seeks out a new way to ace the test. A new friend introduces her to a drug that will help her to concentrate. She soon begins to be blackmailed by someone who knows what she did. Kara worries that she will never be perfect again. What I Loved: I did understand Kara’s motivation to be perfect. I think it is an experience that many teenagers face. They push themselves to do well in school and sports and to look perfect. I liked that this issue is addressed in this story, as it is often overlooked in young adult novels. I felt the story was very realistic and believable. I think Kara’s insecurities and her relationships with her friends are pretty accurate for high school students. I also love the title. It could have double meaning. As in the person selling Kara the drugs is pushing her need for perfection but also Kara […]

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