Saturday, April 22, 2017

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this epic, grand story and loved Rebecca Soler's narration of two sisters, an abusive father, a constricted life, and the chance(s) to escape it all to find love, happiness, hope, and maybe fear? Told from Scarlett's POV; Solar's voice was real showing her love and fear for younger sister, Tella. Their father is a governor in their small town and has been hitting them and psychologically holdoing them hostage for years (ever since their mother disappeared. As Scarlett looks forward to marrying a duke and spiriting her sister to safety with her new marriage- tickets arrive for the Caraval, which grants the winner a wish. As Scarlett prepares to run away and participate in Caraval but get back in time for her wedding- oh do things go so wrong, change, etc. With Caraval, no one is who they seem, there is a problem with time, people lie, scheme, and act as riddles and clues spur players forward. I loved Scarlett and her pull toward Julian was sizzling. I can't wait for Book 2!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live TooSiblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too by Adele Faber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book for any parent or grandparent- since I am now watching my 3 granddaughters, I have been reading all the great stories, illustrations, comics helping me with sound advice.

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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water's EdgeAt the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh what a great historical fiction read! Maddie is such a great character who goes through so much, becomes self aware, and really blossoms as a heroine through growth, internal strife, and uses her courage to deal with a husband who drinks and abuses drugs, lies, looks down his nose on everyone, and also his best friend who does not look out for Maddie when she most needs it. With much resolve, the people in the village and small house she lives in show Maddie what really matters most in life; protecting her and helping her to see so many possibilities in life with purpose.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great recommendation from my college roommate & friend, Connie---if you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you will thoroughly enjoy this story about an aging grump who has a lot of anger but also so much knowledge about fighting for things that matter, fixing anything around houses and following rules. A great read about the importance of acceptance, life, family and neighbors.

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Giant Days Vol 2 by John Allison

Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days, #2)Giant Days, Vol. 2 by John Allison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this 2nd volume of Giant Days for The Hub Reading Challenge & April topic of college & career for chat with #yearofya on April 26 at 8pm. In this continuation, I really enjoy the friendship of Esther, Susan and Daisy as they traverse the angst of college, boys, and themselves. The 2 guys, Ed and Susan's beau, are getting a lot more page time and I love this series!

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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was OursWhen the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book s part of The 2017 Hub Reading Challenge receiving The Stonewall & Rainbow Awards. This book was lush, full of confusion, lies, secrets and the drama of families. I loved Miel, the girl who fell out of the water tower after her mother tried to cure her of the roses growing out of her wrists. Even more, I loved the story of Samir, the boy (the only person) who helps her throughout her life; is her best friend and her love. But life is not easy for these 2 as the author weaves mysticism, Pakistani and Latina beliefs, fairytales integral with their daily lives. Also Sam has protecting his mom and also hiding a big secret Sam (born Samira) protecting his mom in the practice of bacha posh - binding his breasts, wearing large pants, not taking gym, and deepening his voice. None of this matters to Miel, best friend in love with Sam. As the Bonner sisters (EVIL, EVIL, EVIL) bully their way into Miel's secrets, her fears, her love for Sam I was truly afraid. I rooted for Sam and his mom, Sam and Miel and lastly Miel and her sister. The character development was epic but I did have a heard time following some of the aspects of the character's lives but I could not put the book down, I just could not stop reading about Miel and Sam! I loved the moons, the pumpkins, the roses- and the many other symbols that pulsed with questions was just fantastic.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Kill the Boy BandKill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I listened to this book as part of the 2017 HUB Reading Challenge for awesome audiobooks. Barrett Wilbert Weed did a spectacular job of narrating all the girls voices, the guys in the band and all of the British accents were perfect. But that is all I can say- performance great but I HATED the story! The main character, Lydia is an unreliable narrator - she kept saying she was going to the police about band boy, Rupert P being tied up in the chair in their room - but she never does and her reasoning was just so awful- meant to be funny but just weak excuses to me. All of her friends were not really her friends and as they get deeper and deeper into the Rupert P mishap, things just keep getting more and more ridiculous. So I was not a fan of these fan girls, not a fan of the story but I did like the narrator's performance.

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