I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

Posted April 3, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
I Am Lucille Ball…Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

‘I Am Lucille Ball’ tells the story of how little Lucy overcame many obstacles to become the legend that she is today. She lost her father as a young child and she is sent to live with relatives who did not appreciate her sense of humor. She is told over and over, by her grandmother, that women are not funny. This did not deter her. She pushed on. Eventually she helped change the way women are looked at in show business and how show business is run in general. I’ve loved Lucy since I was a kid (see what I did there). Lucy’s antics never failed to make me laugh. When you think about it, its amazing that a show made 65 years ago is still entertaining and hilarious. When I need a good laugh, the ‘freezer episode’ (where Lucy and Ethel buy a side of beef not realizing its half a cow), the ‘candy making’ episode, or the ‘Vitameatavegamin’, never let me down. I was super excited to run across this ‘I Am Lucille Ball’ edition of the ‘Ordinary People Change the World Series’. My son is very silly and funny and sometimes he gets in trouble for it. I […]

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The Bone Witch..by Rin Chupeco

Posted March 26, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Bone Witch..by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch(#1) byRin Chupeco Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Release Date: March 7, 2017 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Synopsis: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.  Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human. Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will give by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves. What I Loved: ‘The Bone Witch’ tells the story of ‘Tea’ who was given the gift of necromancy. Because of this gift, she is ostracized by those around her. She is than brought to a live with […]

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Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Posted March 24, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Hadley’s best friend Magda is sexually assaulted. The boys who did it get away without any consequences. Magda commits suicide. Hadley vows revenge. She dons a pink ski mask and attempts to gain ‘justice’ for Magda. ‘Vigilante’ is a raw look at rape culture, suicide, PTSD and male privilege in our society.  Hadley attempts to take back some of the power that was taken from Magda. Although I didn’t  necessarily agree with how Hadley takes back power, I did love how Cross portrayed Hadley as strong and passionate. I also loved the background characters such as Zoe and Gabe. They gave Hadley the support she needed. I also liked how realistically flawed all the characters were. The pace of the book was definitely fast.  I flew through it. The prose was also well done and easy to read. I do think that the story did come on a little strong as fare as ‘rape culture’ in our society is concerned. Also, I would have liked more details of how Drew’s attorney got him and his friends off on the rape charge. There seemed to be a ton of evidence against him. Including evidence that he drugged Magda. The deep undertone of ‘Vigilante’ is that Magda was not […]

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$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

Posted March 12, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

$2.00 A Day is a non-fiction book about extreme poverty in America. It attempts to explain what causes an individual to be in such dire circumstances. It also highlights what they do to survive. It basically describes how some survive with no cash income. Lately I’ve not been much of a non-fiction fiction reader. I just didn’t seem to come across many non-fic books I’m interested in. ‘$2.00 a Day:Living On Almost Nothing in America’, seemed to highlight an interesting subject so I thought I would give it a shot. The main thrust of this book is that in the U.S., what we think of as ‘traditional welfare’, no longer exists. The federal government eliminated it in the mid-nineties during the Clinton administration. Currently families are only able to get cash from the government if they have minor children and jump through all the government hoops (such as keeping a job). It is also temporary, lasting only for a couple of years. The federal government gives the states money for the upkeep of the ‘welfare’ system. The states disperse it however they would like. This includes dividing the money into other programs and away from people. The authors explain that […]

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Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

Posted March 5, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ is a middle-grade historical fiction novel. The story takes place in the deep south during at the height of the great depression. The titular character, Possum Porter’s, mother and baby brother recently died in childbirth. Adding to Possum’s grief, her father decides to send her to the town school (up until then she had been homeschooled). Possum’s goals  become to show her daddy that she is too smart for school and to keep her teacher, Ms. Arthington, away from her father.     ‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ reminded me a lot of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ There were major differences such as the setting and time period. However,the story just had the ‘Little House ‘feel to me. There were also obvious similarities such as ‘Mary Grace’ being the daughter of the  town store owner and she constantly teases ‘Possum’. Also, the town Possum lived in had a ‘Walnut Grove’ type of atmosphere.   What I Loved… I think that historical fiction middle-grade books are very important. In today’s time, where kids spend their time glued to devises, it’s important for them to take glimpses into the past. One of the best ways to do this is by reading a great historical fiction  book. I […]

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Tuck Everlasting…by Natalie Babbitt

Posted February 22, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Tuck Everlasting…by Natalie Babbitt

‘What If You Could Live Forever?’  Winnie Foster is a sheltered child living in the late 1800’s. Winnie is tired of her mother and grandmother’s obsessive ways. Because of this one day Winnie decides to run away. She runs away into the woods next to her home. There she meets the Tuck family. The Tuck family drank from a spring in the woods that gave them eternal life. This was my first time reading ‘Tuck Everlasting.’ I somehow missed reading it as a child . The characters were amazing. The character of Winnie Foster is endearing and relatable. She is both sassy and funny.  One of my favorite elements of her story is her long drawn out conversations with the bull frog.  The characters of the Tuck family are also endearing and relatable. The ‘man in the yellow suit’ was the perfect villain both charming and conniving.  Tongue in cheek metaphors are used throughout the book. An example of this is when the Foster’s cottage is described as saying, ‘Move on-we don’t want you here.’ ‘Tuck Everlasting’ asks and answers a deep moral question.  If you could find the proverbial fountain of youth, would you really want to drink from it? Would you want to watch the world around […]

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Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

Posted February 19, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Keys to the Sun…by Marcel Feldmar

‘Keys to the Sun’ tells the adventures of two brothers, Lucas and Parker Chase. They are in New Orléans to visit a family friend ‘Aunt Ruby’. While there they and a new friend, Nicole(Cole), find a map that leads them on a treasure hunt around the French Quarter. What I loved   I loved the idea of a hidden map that gives clues to a hidden treasure. I also loved that the story incorporated a lot of New Orléans history. An example of this is the haunting story of the casket girls who arrived in the city with casket trunks and then promptly disappeared. I found the prose well done and easy to read. I did also love the characters of Cole, Parker, and Lucas and I loved brother’s interaction with each other.   What Left Me Wanting More   First off, this book read like a middle-grade novel but with there were a few words that would be inappropriate for this target age. The clues  and the treasure hunt around the city left me often confused. The descriptions of the layout of ‘Twilight Oaks’ was very intricate and really didn’t add much to the story. I  also didn’t understand how the kids figured out […]

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The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

Posted February 2, 2017 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
The You I’ve Never Known…by Ellen Hopkins-Blog Tour

  ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ follows two girls Ariel and Maya. Both begin the story struggling to deal with dysfunctional living situations. Ariel’s father moves them from place to place never staying in one spot long. He tells Ariel that her mother left the family and that she doesn’t want anything to do with her. Maya has an abusive mother who keeps strict tabs on her. She later flees from her mother into anther bad situation.   I was super excited when I found out that I would be part of the ‘The You I’ve Never Known’ blog tour. I have heard so many wonderful things about Ellen Hopkins books. Even though I have several of her books on my TBR shelf, I had yet to read one before now. I was in for an amazing surprise. This book is beautifully written. Since part of  this novel is written in verse form (as are all of Ellen Hopkins books),at first I wasn’t sure if the story would come together for me.  Wow, did come together beautifully. This book was so engrossing, I literally could not put it down.   I loved both the characters of Ariel and Maya. Both characters […]

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Teach Me to Forget..by Erica M. Chapman

Posted February 1, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Teach Me to Forget..by Erica M. Chapman

‘Teach Me to Forget’, follows Ellery, a high school student who was recently involved in a car crash. That car crash fatally kills her little sister, Tate. After the accident Ellery suffers from deep depression. This depression leads her to constantly think about suicide. After one of her suicide attempts, she tries to return the gun to her local k-mart. Once there she is detained by the store security guard who happens to be a boy from one of her classes.   What I Loved… ‘Teach Me to Forget’ really gets inside Ellery’s head and demonstrates how painful and powerful both grief and depression can be. The story slowly (through flashbacks) tells the story of Ellery’s relationship with her sister. The story also tells what loosing Tate did to both Ellery and her family. I did love the characters of Colter and Janie.  I also thought the romance element between Colter and Ellery was  both sweet and realistic.     What Left Me Wanting More… I really did not like Ellery very much. She seemed totally obsessed with her own pain and didn’t seem to notice anything that was going on around her. I didn’t really understand why Colter and her other friends would want to hang around her. I also would have liked to […]

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Between Two Skies…by Joanne O’Sullivan

Posted January 25, 2017 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Between Two Skies…by Joanne O’Sullivan

‘Between Two Skies’ is the story of Evangeline. She loves her Mamére (grandmother), her small Louisiana town, and being out on the water. This novel highlights her family’s  pain and struggles after Hurricane Katrina hits their small Louisiana town.   A Brief History of the Cajuns The history of the Cajun people is central to the theme of ‘Between Two Skies’. For that reason, I would like to briefly review their history . I think most of us know that a sizable part of the population of southern Louisiana are Cajun. We all know that Cajun’s are of French descent and have their own food,culture,and even language. Even though the Louisiana Purchase and the French and Indian War are touched upon in American history classes, I don’t think most of us know what that has to do with how the Cajuns got to Louisiana. Back in 1750 the English, France, and Spanish had all laid claim to parts of North America. The French colonies were collectively called ‘New France’.  The part of history that I think is not generally well-known is that at this point ‘New France’ occupied a large area of eastern Canada and what is now the central part of the U.S. Like the English, […]

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