Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Ask the Dark" by Henry Turner is Very Good!

Ask the Dark by Henry Turner is told by Billy, a young boy who lives by his own rules.  When his dad needs a lot of money, Billy buckles down and comes up with a plan to get it that puts him in real danger.  Does he pull it off?

This book is short and goes quick but is good.   I enjoyed it right off the bat and was into it.  Billy is a great character and a debut book by this author!  It's very well done, worth reading and loved the ending.
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Four Today



Gerard's:

That was just mine, and no one had ever looked at it before, not even Miss Eveline at school.  Stupid, I told myself, with every push of the pedals.
From page 16 of Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff.

This the same day the letter came, but I weren't home then.  I was feeling too riled to go home 'cause I seen Tommy Evans, found him, I mean, though I never told it till now, 'cause wouldn't you'f wondered why I was in them woods so early in the first place?
From page 16 of Ask the Dark by Henry Turner.
Karen's
I want so badly to tell her the truth, but I also know that the truth won't make things any better between us than they are now.  The truth makes less sense than the lie, and I don't even know which on I should go with anymore.

 From page 104 of Confess by Colleen Hoover.

Rand touched a finger to his forehead and headed out the door, settling his hat on his head as he went.  Change was coming to the Little Muddy, and a certain young blond woman was at the heart of it, whether she wanted to be or not.
From page 123 (Loc. 1908 on Kindle) of Ruby (Dakotah Treasures Book 1) by Lauraine Snelling.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.
Happy Reading!

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Lost in the Sun" by Lisa Graff

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff is about a young teen boy named Trent and a girl named Fallon.  They share one thing in common that binds them together.  What that is, I'm not saying.  You'll have to read the book to find out.  I liked this book well enough enjoying both the main characters.  The story line is good, but not great.  The book has a good flow to it and I was never bored with it.  I think it is worth reading.
(Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Children's Picture Book Standings (Vacation Reading)

Knowing I would be busy working in Sports Focus Camp at Parma Heights Baptist church this week, I knew I wouldn't get much reading done so stocked up on some short children's books I could easily read in just a few minutes.  Here is my report on the ones I read going from best to last (in my opinion):

1st place:  Don't throw It To Moe by David A. Adler (Penguin Young Readers level 2)
I really liked this book a lot!  It is about a little kid who loves football even though he is small, gets teased and doesn't get much playing time. 

2nd place:  Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Birgitta Sif
This is another very good picture book with an interesting story line as well about cats.  The most timid cat of all finds inner courage when it counts.  The illustrations are very good!  My cats voted this their favorite because of the plot with the timid cat becoming courageous.

3rd place:  How Many Cats by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Robin Eley
This is a fun book that encourages counting and subtracting with very good pictures of cats to count doing all sorts of things.  I liked the pictures, trying to find all the cats, and the rhyming of the words.  My cats liked this book too because of the good cat pictures and the writing.

4th place:  Castle Life by Laura Durman 
I liked this one next because I enjoy the medieval period with castles and knights.  This is a non-fiction book geared to children with colorful pages and short fact boxes throughout.  It gives lots of information and I found it interesting.

5th place:  Look by by Jeff Mack
This is amazing writing because he tells the story with just two words!  It's a funny book about a boy glued to the TV and his gorilla who tries to get his attention.  I don't want to give away the ending so won't say any more, but it's cute with great pictures on every page!

6th place: Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
This is about the relationship between a cat and a mouse.  The mouse gives tips on how to get along with a cat in a fun way.

7th place:  Bandit's Surprise by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
I didn't care too much for this one because it is sad.  The first cat resents the new kitten which is normal but then the cat ran away and I didn't like that part at all. 


8th place: How to Catch a MOUSE by Philippa Leathers
Neither my cats nor I cared much for this one because it made the cat be stupid and it was way too silly and demeaning to cats.

9th place:  War Dogs:  Churchill & Rufus by Kathryn Selbert
This is a non-fiction children's picture book about Winston Churchill and his dog before, during and after World War II.  I thought it was boring.

10th place:  If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
I guess I was so disappointed in this book that I ranked it last.  It made absolutely no sense whatsoever and puts down zoos.  Didn't care for the drawings or the writing in this.

These were fun, quick reads that I got from the children's section at the library.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Confess" by Colleen Hoover (Updated)

Confess by Colleen Hoover is told from two points of view--Auburn and Owen.  Auburn is a young teen girl and Owen is a 21-yr-old man.  They both have secrets and if they confess them, it could break apart their relationship.

I loved this book!  The characters are really good.  The story was good too, a real page turner with an excellent twist at the very end which is fantastic!  This was the first book I read by Colleen Hoover, but it sure will not be the last!
(Gerard's review 6/25/15, 5++ stars)

Karen read this too:
Confess by Colleen Hoover is a contemporary romance about Owen, an artist who does paintings inspired by anonymous confessions that people leave on notes for him at his studio. One day Auburn shows up the day of a showing who he hires to collect the money and is impressed with her interest in his paintings and her salesmanship skills. She looks familiar to him and they hit it off. Both Owen and Auburn have secrets that test their relationship when they are revealed.

I enjoyed this love story because I really liked Adam and Owen and found myself pulling for Owen throughout the book. I didn’t care at all for Trey, the cop, right from the start and was very pleased with the ending. The only thing I didn’t really care for was the quickness of the physical relationship between Owen and Auburn. This book deals with drug issues, domestic violence, jealousy, love and sacrifice, and a mother’s fight for custody of her child. It also has some humor related to a cat that made me like Owen right off.
(Karen's review, 4 stars)

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