Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ms. Marvel (Vol. 2 Generationn Why) by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series! Generation Why is Ms Marvel battling The Inventor who is stealing teens for nefarious purposes and I love her interaction with Wolverine! On to Vol. 3!!!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleThe Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This audiobook was full of drama as Andrew Eiden flawlessly narrates Mason Buttle, a large kid for his age, perspiring all the time and full of learning disabilities. Thank God for his special teacher who helps him express himself through a computer and she is a haven for him in school. Calvin and his family have been grieving the death of Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin so much so - their house is falling down, his uncle doesn't work on the farm anymore, and the police think Benny killed his best friend. As Mason tries to stay out of the way of the lacrosse bullies, his new friend Calvin becomes a target of those bullies too. I loved Connor's other book, Waiting For Normal, and she outdoes herself with Calvin, his problems; I could not stop listening to Andrew Eiden; I rooted for Mason Buttle and my heart was full as the audiobook/book ended- highly recommended!

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Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Dress Codes for Small TownsDress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved Billie and her Hexagon friends- she loved her hometown, her friends, but boy did she have internal questions that kept her second guessing throughout most of the book. I really liked Davey and his side story (esp the one about Billie as a mask wearing girl). A great read about small towns, clergy families, and the power and love that friendship nurtures, heals, and grows. I read this for #2jennsbookclub to be discussed Thursday, Dec 13 at 8PM EDT- it is a quick read so jump into it and JOIN us for a twitter chat that is absorbing.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Legendary (Caraval, #2)Legendary by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am going to make this short and not so sweet- I got really tired of Donatella; her decisions, indecisions, vacillations with everyone and everything. There was not enough of Scarlett and Julian (loved them in the first book) I thought Tella and Scarlett were playing the game together! That did not happen. I could not put down the first book and was really disappointed with this book- hated the ending which really would have made my review better. The plot did not hold me in thrall the way the first book did; the characters not so much either, and I loved Scarlett's goodness in the first book- I am getting a little tired of the awful meanness in YA. Sorry for my rant but I really loved the audiobook, Rebecca Soler did a great job. I was disappointed with the plot- having to wring my hands the whole time reading a novel is just not my way of enjoying a good book. Ms Garber I am pleading for a book like the first!

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the DressmakerThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful graphic novel; the illustrations say what the characters don't- you will love Frances and Prince Sebastian---good friends who support one another. Frances has a dream to become a dressmaker and she is given a job by Prince Sebastian (she must keep his secret) and she begins to turn heads with the wonderful designs she creates for Prince Sebastian (also know as Lady Crystallia); such fantastic secondary characters too---a must read, you will laugh, you will cry but you will definitely enjoy this story!!!

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Sunny (Track #3) by Jason Reynolds

Sunny (Track, #3)Sunny by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG, I just love this whole series and Sunny broke my heart and then gave me hope as he gives up track, stays on the team but now will try discus, loves to dance, wishes his mom never died and that his relationship with this Dad- who Sunny must always call Daryl was different. I can't wait for the next book in the series, but everyone should read these thought provoking, funny, angsty books about kids, sports and life- highly recommended!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Box of Bones by Marina Cohen

A Box of BonesA Box of Bones by Marina Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this creepy, alluring middle grade story by Marina Cohen! Kallie is very comfortable in her skin, smart, and kind of a loner. When Kallie accompanies her grandfather Jess to a Local Festival of Fools she is confronted with some strange goings on beginning with a faceless man giving her a puzzle box. As she sets herself the task of unlocking the box’s secrets, Kallie is drawn into a mystery of another time and place where Liah is a bone carver in training who must overcome an evil empress with a box of bones. What readers will really enjoy about this book is the mystery and eerie plot that set Kallie and her friends investigating. Pole and Kallie have grown up together and are very much alike in their personalities. It is the new student, Anna and the fantasy book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe that throw Kallie’s belief system into questions and turmoil. As the plot thickens and Liah, the bone carver’s chapters are interspersed; readers will be turning the pages as they race to find out how the stories, mysteries, and lies fit together. I particularly enjoyed Kallie’s discussion with her English teacher, Ms. Beausoliel about fact and truth especially “stories are the truth in our humanity.” I appreciate author Marina Cohen and #BookJunkies for sharing this novel with me in exchange for my fair and honest review. Highly recommended!

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