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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Bury the Living..by Jodi McIsaac

Posted October 22, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Reviews / 2 Comments
Bury the Living..by Jodi McIsaac

Review   Nora O’Reilly has a history of being a rebel. So when a stranger in a dream calls her to the Cathedral of St.Bridget of Kildare (patron saint of Ireland), Nora follows. Once there she finds more than she bargained for. At the cathedral she touches a relic of Saint Bridgett and is flung back eighty years .   You all know I love a good time travel story. This one also had some unique twists. Nora goes back in time only a relatively few years. The book also highlights some of the tough warfare that Ireland has endured. I saw a few reviews that have said that ‘Bury the Living’ is the Irish ‘Outlander’. From what I know of ‘Outlander’, one of the main themes is romance. This novel does touch on romance but is not its main theme. Before reading ‘Bury the Living’, I knew about the strife in Ireland but I guess I never really knew how awful it was. This book really brings home some of the struggles and hardships of the Irish people during this time.   I did really loved this book. It stuck to the main storyline well and did not stray much. The characters were solid […]

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The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

Posted October 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Great American Whatever…by Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts is a high school student who wants to be a movie director. His sister has recently been killed in a car crash. His dad has left. His mother is depressed, and Quinn wants to come out to family and friends. I will admit, that I had instant cover love for this book. I really didn’t know much about this book before I started reading it.   What I Loved   The whole plot is that Quinn needs to get over his sister’s death and his father’s leaving. He is struggling in life and doesn’t know how to move forward and explore his sexuality.  To me it basically was a better, deeper, more well written, ‘Me Earl and the Dying Girl’. The prose was well written. The emotions were there for me when it came to his depression. I could feel his sadness. I did kind of like the characters of Geoff and Carley. . I thought is was interesting that he had a ‘mentor’ that made it to Hollywood, so it gave him hope and direction to follow. Also, I had title and cover love for this book   What Left Me Wanting More   I did struggle to make it […]

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Kindred Spirits by…Rainbow Rowell

Posted October 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Kindred Spirits by…Rainbow Rowell

This ‘book’ is really a short story. The story it’s self is sixty-two pages. The rest is the first chapter of another book by another author. So I’m going to make this review short and sweet.   Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors. Although I am not a big short story reader, I wanted to read ‘Kindred Spirits’ because of what I have heard about the storyline. It’s  about  a girl name ‘Elena’ and her experience standing in line waiting for one of the  ‘Star Wars’ movies.  She gets in line  three days in advance and there are only two other people in line. Her mother drops her off but tries throughout the story to talk her out camping in the line overnight.   ‘Kindred Spirits’ follows a premise that I have often found very interesting. Sometimes you meet people by happenstance knowing you probably will never see them again but for a short time they were a part of your life.   Also, this story is hilarious. I laughed every-time Elena’s mother drove by I also loved the idea of ‘line rules’. Although, it says on the cover, for ‘older readers’ this could also be a young adult story. […]

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