Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book, this book. When I first opened the pages I got so extremely excited for it. And I knew right away I was going to very enjoy it.

As we continued on I had to pause at many many different moments, pausing to reflect on the words I just read, pausing to soak it all in, pausing to smile.

But then something happened, something wasn't the same. My feelings of "oh I so need to pick up my own copy" (as this is a library book) started to subside. Don't get me wrong I still totally was into it but it kind of I don't know, umm slowed a little.

I still dig it though, (I can't believe I said the words "dig it") so many fantastic band mentions in this book, The Cure, The Smiths, Misfits, etc. Just yeah like I said fantastic.

The ending left me lost, happy, sad, just..I don't know, there was so many thoughts and feelings and to be honest with you a little too real, a little too close to something I've been through/done. Not going there as well it's personal and well this is a book review.

You know as I sit here looking at my library copy, with all the sticky notes in it to mark things I liked I'm gonna probably end up picking my own. Yeah chances are good.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Tour: The Girl In the White Pajamas by Chris Birdy

When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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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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