Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutismThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida Translated by David Mitchell 
My rating: 3.8 of 5 stars

  I used to be afraid that as long as I had autism, I'd never be able to live properly as a human being

So The Reason I Jump is look inside the mind/thoughts/life of a person living with autism. In this particular book, it is of a 13 year old Japaneses boy, who for the ages seems to be very insightful and mature.

I see from some other reviews there is some doubt as to the legitimacy of this book, and to be honest it is really understandable.  There have been incidents in the past that have given reason to doubt. I for one am choosing to believe in this particular book.

Why you ask?
Well why not?

The book is basically one long interview with little short stores/tales thrown into the mix, in which Naoki Higashida answers a series of questions and explains why people who are autistic do the things they do, and how it feels to be not like everyone else, I chose not to use the word "normal" as really no one is truly normal.

I for one do not know a whole lot about autism and I found it to be a rather interesting read.

Is is an hard book to rate to be honest with you all. I've been wavering between a few numbers, but I think I will finalize it with a 3.8 not completely a 4 star rating but more then a 3.5.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator)

Mama, Do You Love Me?Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mamma, Do You Love Me? is a wonderful story about a little girl testing her mother to find out how far show could go and how much she can push her limits to see if her mamma will still lover her. Her mother through this also discovers that even when she would be angry, sad or scared no matter what she will always love her little girl.

On top of this we the reader are introduce to another cultures history we might not necessarily know much about, through both the words in the story and illustrations.

One thing I really liked about this story, besides it being a mother/daughter book about their love of the other is the little index at the back telling us about the individual things mentioned. Be it something as simple as the word dog, but they give us how it relates to the Inuit.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in Death (In Death, #1)Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been meaning to start this series for a while now. I have read a few of Nora Roberts books in the past and had liked them, so chances were good that I was going to enjoy her writing under the name J.D Robb. And I was correct.

I mean whats not to like, we have a psychological thriller set in the future, yes there is "romantic" moments, well to be honest there was sex and the build up to potential romantic relationship. It's the year 2023, guns have been banned and are illegal, prostitution is a legal and one must register to become a companion. Eve is the primary investigator on what seems to be a "Jack the Ripper" type killer. But there is more then just murder going on, it's not as simple as that.

I really like both Eve and Roarkes character both together and on their own. I'm happy with the way each have been presented to the reader. Not giving away to many of their secrets all at once but letting us gradually learn about them as they get comfortable enough with the other to share them.

I was a little disappointed, I'm not going to lie. I was kind of hoping the story would have taken a different route then it had. Not saying it was bad, just when they started talking about the history and saying why they thought girls were murdered the way they were, I had hoped she would have went in that direction. (Yes I am well aware that this paragraph doesn't seem to make sense, but to any who have read the book I'm thinking they will get what I'm trying to say)

Favorite scene(s): (something I don't tend to point out all the time)
Roarke showing Eve his gun collection and when he showed her the button.

Think I'll grow quite fond of Roarke and this series as I continue on with it. Must request the next book from the library the next time I go, which will be soon.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5/4

I love the cover of this book, I am after all a sucker for red shoes. It is a very look at me, pick me up and read me cover. Well atleast that's what it says to me.

So I picked it up and read it, well first I had to request it to be sent from another library as mine had "lost" it's copy. Meaning someone enjoyed the book and didn't want to share it.

On to the book itself.

I don't know if others agree with me or if I'm in the minority as I have yet to pay much attention to the other reviews. But I found the start of this book on the slow side, I was thinking okay glad I borrowed this book rather then spend cash on it. It also could have been me to be honest with you as I was a little distracted when I first started to read it. Hench the unsure rating mentioned at the start of this "review". As the story continued I did find myself getting more and more into the story.

So Cinder has you might have guessed is well a Cinderella story, not in the sense that one would call a retelling of Cinderella but more so loosely based around somewhat.

Cinder is a young "girl", a cyborg if you will, she is also the best mechanic in New Beijing who lives with her step-mom or rather legal guardian and 2 sisters. She isn't forced to do the cooking and the cleaning but rather it is her job to make money for the family at the market.

Like the original Cinderella there is a handsome prince and yes there is even a ball. Cinder doesn't care about the ball all she wants is her freedom.But what the classic fairy-tale doesn't have is a plague, androids and cyborgs, a race of beings who are from the moon called "Lunars" whose Queen is more dangerous then anything on Earth and also there are the twists, that well I kind of guessed at.

So you know after all this is said and done I think I'll go with a 4 star rating.

Happy reading.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Jack Who?: Perfect Storms by Lisa Gillis

Jack Who?: Perfect Storms (Silver Strings G, #1)Jack Who?: Perfect Storms by Lisa Gillis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

For me this book was kind of meh, I think that's why it took me forever to get through it.

Marissa has been cheated on by her boyfriend, so she dumps him and goes out to a music festival with her best friend Olivia to get over it. Resulting in a one night stand with Jack Storm lead singer of the band Jackel. Through out the years they have sent a handful of texts mostly saying "hi" but never seeing each other in person. Marissa never wanting to see him until a few years later when her son, his son needs medical care.

Blah blah they hook up again blah blah there is trust issues, blah blah he's loved her for years, blah blah the end.

So my over all opinion is meh with a side of blah. That being said it wasn't bad bad just not what I wanted for me at the time.

Still rusty in getting back into the swing of reading and well reviewing. I'm not trying to be mean or hateful with this review, wasn't what I needed at the time of reading I think. Because I see many high ratings and wonderful reviews for this book, so read those before making any opinion on this book.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Who Got Liz Gardner by Elizabeth Allen

Who Got Liz GardnerWho Got Liz Gardner by Elizabeth Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book came into my life at just the right time. Call it serendipity if you will. Whatever it was, it was exactly what I needed.

I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading it but boy did I ever feel connected to her. Not saying Liz and I are 100% the same but there are points, and many points when I would pause and go wow, too freaky, too close to home. Word for word thoughts that she has had I have experienced. There was a higher power, some other entity that led me to this particular book at this particular time.

The story of Who Got Liz Gardner is a coming of age story like no other, because it goes past the typical age frame of most and moves into a story of a young woman finding who she really is. The assorted lovers and potential lovers, relationships with her parents, soul searching, self discovery, defeat and finally victory.

I know this "review" is not really discussing the book which was well thought out and wonderfully written by the way, just to toss some normal reviewing into the mix. But for me I got so much more from just a story about a girl/woman. It has been sort of a healing process for me and I am so happy to have read this book, I feel a better person for doing so. Enlightened even. It really has helped me in what is a difficult time in my life.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Just poking my head in to say hello

So life is a little funny isn't it. Sometimes you think that you got it all figured out but in all reality does anybody?

I haven't been doing a whole lot of reading this year, for personal reasons. So of course reviews and postings on this blog have been on pause.  But I haven't given up!

Just wanted to give a little update.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Time for Cherries by Camille Thomaz Labanca

Time for CherriesTime for Cherries by Camille Thomaz Labanca
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I was given a copy of this novella for an honest review**

Warning this review contains spoilers proceed with caution.

Melissa is a university student, working a part time job and living with her cousin. She's never had a boyfriend, guys were the furthest thing from her mind but on the other hand they were front and center in her mind as well. Every sound, every creek keeps her on alert. She has a story, a secret that no one can know.

She was raped and like most victims, she only blames herself. And is living in fear and disgust.

Would all men be the same?
Would she ever feel safe and comfortable in the arms of one?

Then she meets Lucas. Could he be just the guy to help her over come her fears? To make her realize that she isn't to blame, and to help her heal and live again.

Time for Cherries was a quick read about rape, facing your fears and over coming them, and finally being able to move on.

Story wise I would have to give it 3.5 stars. Not overly original as many New Adult books deal with this subject matter but nonetheless still held my interest.

I do have some beef, but understandable beef. Not to be harsh, at times I felt the writing fell flat. There is definitely room for some improvement. Another issue, this story has been translated into English and some things in the writing are a little off due to said translation. Which is fine, it didn't take away from the story but I do hope for the authors sake it gets a few more sweeps through an editor/translator.

Over all it was and okay read for what it was.

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