Friday, August 1, 2014

Moving?

I'm considering moving this book review site to a tumblr account instead of blogger.  I'm more familiar with Tumblr and feel more people would use it than blogger.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Deadly Little Lessons: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz

This time, Camelia’s psychometry is channeling into her pottery giving her clues to a teenage girl that had gone missing in Rhode Island.  After her parents drop a huge bomb on her, Camelia enrolls herself at a college in Rhode Island’s summer pottery program where she can do what she loves, but also find more clues surrounding the missing teen's disappearance.  


Monday, August 5, 2013

Tangled by Carolyn Mackler

Jena and Skye have known each other for a long time, being forced to be friends because their moms went to college together. They both lived very different lives. Jena was from a small town in New York, was middle class, and wasn't the prettiest girl in school. Skye was the exact opposite. She was skinny, an actress, went to private school, and lived in an apartment overlooking central park. And then there was Dakota and Owen. They were brothers, both going through things just like Skye and Jena. Dakota was the popular athelete while Owen was small and had a blog. These four lives are thrown together, tangled if you will.

I've had this book on my list for a while now.  It was a nice story.  It was a love story type of happy ending, but there was so much more involved.  I liked hearing each characters story and background.  Definitely a good read.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Jacob had always had a special bond with his grandfather, Abe.  He idolized him despite the crazy stories he used to tell about the children he lived with in the orphanage growing up.  After Abe is murdered, Jake feels he must act on his grandfather's dying words and go to Wales, to the orphange his grandfather grew up in.  He felt the trip might bring him closure, but what he finds in Wales is never what he expected.  He learns about his grandfather's life, and his own and ends up creating a new life for himself, one he never could have imagined.

I saw this book in Barnes and Noble about a month ago and the cover really caught my eye.  It almost seemed haunting and dark.  I love stories like that.  I put it on my kindle and brought it with me on vacation.  I read it in one day.  The plot was nothing like I had imagined by the title, but I read it in one day.  I couldn't put it down.  The idea was so different and creative.  I also really liked the Q & A with the author at the end of my book (not sure if that's just on kindle editions or if it's in the print too).  It was interesting to hear how the author started it.  I enjoyed this book immensely because of the pictures that went along with it.  It was definitely unique, but gave you more of a picture in your head.  There is a sequel coming out January 13th so I look forward to reading that one.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Immortal Circus: Act Two: Episodes 1-3 by A. R. Kahler

Vivienne is now one of the older members of the troupe but unfortunately has earned the title of "Mab's henchman" making her an outcast, but at least she has Kingston. Oberon wants her back in the summer court with the promise of telling her what she is. As her past starts to catch up with her, Viv desperately wants to know what she is because deep down she knows she’s dangerous and doesn’t want to hurt anyone else.

Act two seemed to take a little bit of a different turn than act one, explaining more of the fairie story to us.  It's still good, with just as many twists as the first one.  I can't wait to get the next episode!


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon is brought to the capital under false pretenses. What was supposed to be a night of lectures turned into fighting for his life, trying to save a friend, and learning the ancient secrets of the Masons and our nation's founding fathers.

Like all Dan Brown's book, this didn't fail to disappoint.  It actually took me a little while to get into the book, mostly because I really wasn't familiar with the Masons or anything about them.  US History was never my strongest subject, but the story picked right up and I couldn't read it fast enough.  The Inferno is one of the next on my list.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Pat has been in a neural facility for 4 years. In those four years many things have changed. He has no memory of those 4 years, but is released home to find out his wife, Nikki, has divorced him, his brother has gotten married, and his best friend had a daughter. Despite all this, he believes he will be reunited and get back together with his ex-wife. He finds a friend is Tiffany, the sister of a friend, who has depression. Tiffany is odd herself, but agrees to help Pat reunite with his wife if he dances with her in a competition.
This book wasn't at all what I expected, but it was actually really good. Pat clearly had some problems, but so did Tiffany. They were unlikely friends, but were able to help each other find closure. You felt yourself really sympathizing with Pat, with how much he believed in the good. I was glad the story had a happy ending. I am going to try and watch the movie this weekend. It just came in.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Charlie was always different and he seemed even more of an outcast after Michael died. He had no friends at school. When he meets Sam and Patrick, they encourage him to "participate" in life. They show him what having friends is like. Charlie is able to make a new life for himself in high school and learn some of the reasons, he is the way he is.

I read this book in 8th or 9th grade and I remember liking it a lot and then more recently it's gotten all this hype because it was made into a movie so I decided to read it again. The book is written through letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous friend. The identity of the friend is irrelevant. It is a quick read and it's one of those stories that just sort of touches you. I'd definitely recommend it. I haven't seen the movie yet, but from talking to friends and family it seems like the movie stuck fairly close to the book, but that the portrayal of characters was different.  It was also very difficult to find original cover art for the book because they now made the movie book cover version.