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Monday, July 6, 2015

Soundless (YA)

Book #88 Read in 2015
Soundless by Richelle Mead (YA)

This is a fantasy/folklore book from the author of the Vampire Academy books.  I read it in one sitting.  Based on a top of a mountain, a village of artists, miners or servants have been deaf for generations.  They trade metal from the mines for food from the line keeper down the mountain.  Unexpectedly, a young artist regains her hearing.  She and her boyhood crush scale down the mountain to try to get more food for their village.  They come across a whole new world...but is it safe?  Will they help or harm their village?

This book was well written.  The main characters were interesting and complex.  The weaving of folklore and fantasy was well done and balanced.  I could see both high school girls and boys liking this book, as well as adults.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hiss and Tell

Book #87 Read in 2015
Hiss and Tell by Claire Donally

This is the fourth book in a cozy mystery series.  However, this book will work well as a stand alone.  In this book, former reporter Sunny brushes up on her former job skills when she is asked to bring a local flavor to a wedding of some high-profile socialites.  They invite Sunny to their private home.  Not to be left behind, Sunny's cat Shadow, a former street cat, manages to tag along and cause some trouble.  Not as much trouble as the person murdering people connected to the wedding.  Sunny and her cop boyfriend Will attempt to solve the murders.

I enjoy this series a lot.  Sunny is an intelligent heroine who can handle herself.  Her grumpy father, cop boyfriend and nice next-door neighbor are all good secondary characters.  And then there's Shadow...he's a great feline addition to this series:  loyal, brave and intelligent.   This series is well written and I will continue to read it.  I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Untwine (YA)

Book #86 Read in 2015
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat (YA)

In graduate school, I read a book by this author and loved it.  Several years ago, I read another YA book by her and loved that too.  Therefore, this one was a no-brainer to request for review.  It did not disappoint.  Isabella and Giselle are identical twins.  On their way to a school concert, the unthinkable happens and the twins, along with their parents, are in a horrific car crash.  One twin lives; one twin dies.  How does the family cope with this?  How does the surviving twin move on with her life?

This book is well written and shows insight to the complication of family and how tragedy can bond people together.  While a quick read, this book packs an emotional punch on many levels.  The family is one that readers will care about and want to see them heal.  I think high school girls and adults would enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

Book #85 Read in 2015
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

This was an enjoyable read.  Elsa is a precocious 7 almost 8 year old girl who has adventures with her non-traditional grandmother.  Her grandmother dies but leaves Elsa with a deliver letters to certain people, letters of apology written to those people by her grandmother.  The recipients are the other people who live in Elsa's house/apartment building and through this quest, Elsa connects with these people in ways that she never would have imagined to be possible.  The writing style of this book makes it as if talking to a friend; the characters are ones that readers can relate to and will care about.  Besides a mystery element, there is fantasy through the make-believe world that Elsa's grandmother has created, as well as a lot of humor.  I really liked it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

June Reads

June Reads:

1.  Frostfire (YA)  5/5  1st in series  library book
2.  Rebel Belle (YA)  5/5  1st in series  Kindle book
3.  Survive the Night (YA)  5/5
4.  A Castle Full of Cats (Children's) 5/5  library book
5.  Goodbye Stranger (YA)  5/5
6.  Fuzzy Mud (YA)  4/5
7.  The Last Leaves Falling (YA)  5/5
8.  Jillian Cade, Fake Paranormal Investigator (YA)  4.5/5
9.  I am Princess X (YA)  4/5
10.  Hyperbole and a Half (4/5)  library book
11.  From Where I Watch You (YA)  4/5
12.  Sweet Forgiveness (4/5)
13.  Lost (YA)  4/5  2nd in series  Kindle book
14.  Blood Red (4.5/5)  1st in series

84 books Read in 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Blood Red

Book #84 Read in 2015
Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub

This is the first in a new trilogy and it is a book that will keep readers engaged from start to finished.  Set in a town in the Hudson Valley--in theory not that far from where I live--called Mundy's Landing, there seems to be a serial killer targeting redheaded women.  Who is his true target?  Rowan, an elementary teacher and a redhead, has her own worries....her former neighbor, with whom she almost had an affair with years ago, seemingly has returned to her life by leaving her little gifts as a way to remind her of their time together.  Will she lose her perfect husband and marriage if she confesses after all these years?  Will the killer hit close to home for Rowan? 

There are many layers to this mystery, some of which I figured out and some that kept me guessing to the very end.  The characters were complex and interesting.  The setting intrigued me since it mentioned places that I am familiar with....Catskill, Albany and Saratoga being just a few.  I will continue this series.   I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Lost (YA)

Book #83 Read in 2015
Lost by S.A. Bodeen (YA)

This is the sequel to Shipwreck Island and a good series for middle school readers.  Lost picks up right where the first book picks up so reading the first one is suggested.  The family is still marooned on the island and trying to figure out how to survive until they are rescued.  The island continues to be scary with its unknown creatures that shouldn't exist.  There will definitely be a third book in this series as this one ends with quite the cliffhanger.  It was a good, quick read.  I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.