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The Life We Bury…by Allen Eskens

Posted July 18, 2016 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , , / 0 Comments
The Life We Bury…by Allen Eskens

“Yes,” he said. “There is a difference. I’ve done both. I’ve killed… and I’ve murdered.” When I read the goodreads synopsis of the ‘The Life We Bury’, the premise intrigued me. A college student, Joe Talbert, sets out to find an elderly person to write a biography on for his English class. He stops at a nursing home to see if there is someone he could base his paper on. The employees direct him to, Carl Iverson,  convicted murder and arsonist. Carl is dying of cancer and is ready to give Joe his ‘dyeing declaration’. The problem is Carl still insists he is innocent of the murder charges. As the story progresses, the stories of both Joe and Carl’s lives come to light. Joe has an alcoholic mother, an absent father, and an autistic bother. Carl was a war hero in […]

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Sticks and Stones..by Abby Cooper-Blog Tour

Posted July 15, 2016 by Karen in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
Sticks and Stones..by Abby Cooper-Blog Tour

‘Sticks and Stones’ is the story of sixth grader, Elyse. Elyse has suffers from a disease that causes the names others call her to appear on her body. Positive names feel fine but negative names are itchy.  This novel is, what I would call sort of, magical realism novel. This is because the disease Elyse suffers from is real only in the novel. I saw Elyse’s disease as a metaphor for the effect words can have on someone.  Elyse’s story is indicative of some of the difficult times many pre-teens and teens suffer through in middle school. I really loved this book. It took me a few chapters to really understand the underlying premise of the story. I believe few of us  emerge from the middle school unscathed. ‘Sticks and Stones’ is a really important book for any middle schoolers to read. Although the outer signs of Elyse’s […]

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Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

Me, Earl,and the Dying Girl…by Jessie Andrews

I have had ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’ in my TBR pile for a while. I loved the name and the cover art is fun and quirky. I have heard it as a of  a ‘cancer’ book that sprung from  “Fault in Our Stars’ popularity’. I did notice that both were published  around the same time, so I am not sure if this is true.  Also, I have to say that other than being about teenagers and cancer, these books are nothing a like. I am far from a John Green fan but at least FIOS has a plot, ok characters, and a worthwhile message. This novel is basically about Greg Gaines, who is the most self deprecating character, by far, that I had ever read about. He basically spends the book saying terrible things about himself and working on not […]

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A Summer to Remember…by Marilyn Pappano Blog Tour

A Summer to Remember…by Marilyn Pappano Blog Tour



   ‘A Summer to Remember’ is novel six in the ‘Tall Grass Series’. Pappano based the series on a group of women who have lost their husbands in war. The women form a sort of support group they call ‘Margarita Club’. Each book in the series focuses on one or two of the women as they carry on with life. This novel could be a standalone book ,as you don’t need to have read the earlier books in the series to understand what is happening. I don’t often read romance novels but this one stood out to me because of its war widow premise. I also have tried to read books outside of my usual genres of young adult, literary fiction and historical fiction. This story mainly focuses on Fia. A twenty something women who lost her husband and  is […]

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Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

Beyond the Rising Tide-Book Tour Review

‘Beyond the Rising Tide’ is a contemporary romance with an interesting twist. Kai saved Avery’s life. In the process he drowns. Kai and Avery are total strangers when this happens. As a result everything about the boy who saved her life is a mystery to Avery. The gilt Avery feels for what happened causes her life to spiral downhill. Kai, in the afterlife, still feels drawn to Avery and her torment and attempts to help her move on. Paranormal is not a genre that I usually read. However, I was drawn to this book because of the unique premise. The story is full of rich detail of the strong emotions that both Kai and Avery feel. Avery is often conflicted with her feelings for Kai, her ex-boyfriend, and her mentally ill mother. Avery’s  emotions were very raw and made her very easy […]

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