Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)Ashfall by Mike Mullin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this audiobook at part of the 2016 Hub Challenge and oh it was deadly and cringe worthy but the narrator who plays Alex as a sullen teen who is home alone when an underground Volcano erupts was superb!!! Alex goes from being a total jerk to forging against all odds to search for his family in an end of the world struggle that will keep you listening or turning those pages as Alex fights for his life, food, shelter and even the government (FEMA) in horror filled chapter after chapter. I can't wait for the next in this series!

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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

The Memory of LightThe Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Francisco Stork books and this fictional book about depression, suicide attempts, recovery and friendship was so moving. I also read this book as part of our May twitter chat we will have on YA/student instabilities they face 5/24 AT 8pm with #yabookchat. Vicky is a teen who has tried to commit suicide and spends time in a mental health facility where she meets and bonds with 3 other mentally ill teens- E.M., Mona and Gabriel. Vicky has a very supportive Doctor in Dr. Desai and a father, sister and step mom who do not understand why this has happened. As Vicky talks in group (gets to know her "friends"), and works in the hospital, she becomes more aware by talking and confronting her feelings that she suffers from depression. What I liked is how Stork shows Vicky and her family being totally shocked that Vicky was in fact depressed, did not understand what depression is, and how she must continue to talk and learn how depression can and will affect her and what tools she will need to keep with her to deal with this throughout her life. I liked the baby steps Vicky took to become mentally strong and how she continued to slowly look at the light and the sun as growth in her life and pledge not to be afraid or lonely anymore. I think this book should be read by all teens, guidance counselors, teachers and parents should read and learn from this book. Stork has taken his own experiences with depression and attempting suicide and woven a stark, realistic, and moving story about overcoming and living day to day with mental illness - highly recommended.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Audiobook!

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this AMAZING audiobook as part of a twitter chat with #2jennsbook club taking place 4/28 at 8pm. This is one of my favorite books EVER and now I am in love with author, Leigh Bardugo, so someone suggested I read her Grisha books and OMG what a treat. What I loved about this narration is that Audible used many narrators for the cast of characters and they got each of the characters' voices PERFECT, especially Kaz. I will certainly be reading & listening to The Crooked Kingdom, only problem is I have to wait TOO LONG!!!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura T. Coffey

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second ActsMy Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts by Laura T. Coffey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, did I love this book with the heart warming stories of senior dogs who have been rescued and given a new lease on life! I will be passing this around to all my friends who love dogs! The photographs are all gorgeous! It is a must read!

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Booked by Kwame Alexander

BookedBooked by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so glad I read Booked for a twitter chat; we had quite a lively discussion on this book and I highly recommend it to boys, girls, middle grade and high school. Kwame Alexander is just the most awesome author when it comes to novels in verse. His perfect use of words to get his meaning across, allowing readers to infer, and tell a realistic story about a boy, his friends and parents, and his love of soccer, was perfect. Nick Hart is an 8th grader who loves soccer, likes a girl in his dance class, has a great friend in Coby, and is just trying to figure out who he is. Kwame Alexander has penned another book kids will relate to, love and keep passing around to their friends to read. I liked his treatment of the adults in Booked, especially Mr. Mac, the librarian who was front and center, excited about books and his students and went the extra mile. Nick's mom was awesome too- she knew her son, kidded around with him, played games and practiced hard with Nick. Things were not easy for Nick but with all his family and friends, he is able to work his way through life, school, and bullies. Highly recommended!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh boy did I LOVE this 3rd book in Throne of Glass & Sarah J. Maas's writing, her worlds, her characters are addicting; I could not put this book down!!! Celaena vows to avenge Nemiah's death and goes to Wendlyn to find Maeve & information on the Wyrdkeys. She is trained by Rowan who has sworn a blood oath to Maeve (Celaena's mother kept her away from Maeve, hated Maeve). As she becomes stronger, Chaol, Dorian and her cousin, Aedion plot against the king. Oh there is so much horror, sorrow, angst, secrets, lies, romance...Can't wait to read the 4th book!

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Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1)Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series debut novel, Once Upon a Crime Family, Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt! Penelope Landlow is part of this crime family which includes the Landlows and the Wards with her father as the head and two other families in various parts of the country who deal in organ parts on the black market. Penelope also has a life threatening condition leaving bruises all over her body, making her a constant pincushion and transfusion queen. So imagine how seriously anyone takes her with her health problems, the bubble world she lives in, and the home schooling she has been receiving for years with her dreaded tutor. When her world is turned upside down & inside out, how will she cope, figure out who is responsible, and stay healthy? I really liked Penelope; she was a fighter, took her family's advice, remembered it, and when her world shatters - used it to make her stronger as she entered a whole new world - "Keep your back to the wall. Face the entrances. See everyone before they see you." I am looking forward to Part 2 of this series! There was drama, suspense, and lots of suspense, looking forward to more of this series.

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