Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

12 year old Suzy just knows that things don't happen for no reason. When her "former" best friend, Franny, dies in a tragic accident, Suzy refuses to believe that it just happened, and she sets off to prove her theory. This story of grief, loss, and life in our universe is a must read for all ages!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The stories of three very different women are woven together to illuminate the bravery, cruelty, and camaraderie that so many women faced during World War II. Caroline, a former Broadway star, New York socialite, and liaison to the French Consulate finds the course of life dramatically changed when the Nazis begin their assault on Eastern Europe. A world away, Kasia, a Polish teen, is pulled into the Polish underground after Nazis invade Poland and her carefree world is ripped apart. While in Germany, Herta, a woman doctor in a man's world takes a job for the German government as the only female doctor at Ravensbruck - soon to become one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps.

These women's lives intersect when Kasia finds herself sent to Ravensbruck and she becomes a human pawn for Nazi medical experimentation. Inspired by actual events, Lilac Girls is a heart-breaking story, but one that illustrates the power of compassion.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: A Psalm for Lost Girls

A Psalm for Lost Girls A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tess de Costa was 17 when she died of an hidden heart condition, she was also considered a Saint by many. No just an amazingly great young lady, a literal Saint. When Tess started hearing voices that guided her to very specific knowledge, her Catholic community paid close attention. The lives of Tess, her mother, and her younger sister, Callie, became caught up in mystery and spirituality. Yet when a neighbor girl, Anna, disappears, Tess's gift cannot help finder her before the stress takes its toll.

Callie's quest to disprove the Saint status, along with her deep grief, leads her to investigate the mysterious reappearance of Anna, and along the way come to terms with how to live without her sister.

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Review: Grendel's Guide to Love and War

Grendel's Guide to Love and War Grendel's Guide to Love and War by A.E. Kaplan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun romp through one summer of misfit teen, Tom Grendel's, crazy life. Filled with a little love, a lot of war, and total absurdity, readers will fly through this YA tale.

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Review: Faceless

Faceless Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Maisie had it all going for her...a great boyfriend, plans for college, a best friend who was amazing. But in a split second it all changed. While finishing up a morning run, a freak accident happens and Maisie finds herself waking up from a medically induced coma almost a month later with half of her face singed completely away. A miracle surgery can give her a life back, but it isn't all that she or her parents hope.

A serious topic with potential, but Maisie's character just didn't resonate with me. Her "woe is me" attitude and constant whining, may be realistic is such a case, but it was just too much for this reader.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: One of the Boys

One of the Boys One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A heartbreaking story of devotion and destruction. A father who is idolized by his sons, a mother who abandoned them - at least that's what they've been told. Finally, with the opportunity to start fresh in a new town (a new state even), the boys are jubilant and optimistic. Yet the truth slowly unfolds before them, and they realize that their dad is not the man they've always believed he is.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Good as Gone

Good as Gone Good as Gone by Amy Gentry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Julie Whittaker is kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint at the age of 13. The only witness is her 10-year-old sister, Jane. The eight years that follow bring a family to the brink of existence - filled with despair, grief, and maybe even hope that Julie might return. Then one evening the unthinkable happens - Julie - now 21 - appears on the family doorstep. This damaged soul has returned, yet what's next. How does a family just forget about 8 missing years? Her story doesn't exactly ring true - a child trafficking ring, Mexican drug lords? When doubts surface, Anna, Julie's mother, can't even fathom how she can be so unsure about her own child.

A quick mystery read!

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