Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: How To Survive A Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters By: Andrew Shaffer -- Just in Time For Sharknado 2 and Shark Week

Just In Time For Sharknado 2 and Shark Week - This is a Fun Read    4/5

April Wexler and Fin Shepard have come together, with Andrew Shaffer, to put together a great survival guide. You will be able to take the information they have gathered, for each entry there is a Study, what to Avoid, and a how to Survive, there is also a wonderful rating system for the understanding - via : The Threat to Humanity, Risk of Encounter, and my personal favorite Fin's WTF (Wow That's Freaky) Factor.

Taking cues from legends and other SyFy films and books from the zombie survival movement, this one will not disappoint. I think this is great in the library of the prepper, Semper paratus (always ready).

I received this from Blogging for Books for an honest review

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Mother, Mother By: Koren Zailckas

Mother, Mother: A NovelMother, Mother: A Novel by Koren Zailckas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, my! This is quite a thriller! One that I could not put down, one that I had to devour in one day, that I also found that I had to put down occasionally and pace around the book with the energy that was surging through the pages. And yet I returned over and over unable to any solace until the last page was turned and a night of rest was behind me. This is one to discuss, to have in a book reading group, **not necessarily to be read with family members in mind ** especially if you have some dysfunction.
Joan Crawford maybe took lessons from Josephine Hurst, but couldn't touch the crazy with a capital C. The story is told through two points of view, that of prepubescent youngest son Will and the middle child Violet. The family dynamics are revealed through their eyes - their father- distant, recovering alcoholic; their eldest sister Rose - a runaway, perfect until she went against mom, an actress, the favorite; their mother, Josephine - through Will's eyes she is perfect, she is the moon and stars, although she has certain moments he will always live up to whatever she wants - through Violet's she sees the evil, the vindictiveness, the sneers, the controlling nature and that since she sees she will be labeled and put away.
That is where Violet finds herself, in a mental ward accused of attacking her little brother. She knows this is not true. She also finds that her sister that ran away over a year ago has reached out to her. Will is at home being visited by CPS and trying to explain his seizures and Asperger's and lack of memory of the attack and Josephine is busy making everything perfect and as it should.
This book is a must read. I really loved it.

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Review: Don't Try To Find Me By: Holly Brown

Don't Try to Find MeDon't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is told in two points of view chronological in nature. From mother, Rachel Willits point of view, her daughter has run away or something worse has happened. What was it that she missed, how was she consumed in herself, what made her run? Now her marriage is not perfect and neither is she, but now that everything is being made public just how much can she keep secret and how much can she let out in order to get her daughter back.
Marley was unhappy and found that moving made her even more isolated. She found someone online, made a plan, and stuck to it. Once there nothing was as it seemed, cracks began to show, lies began to unravel and she found herself in a situation quite possibly worse than she could ever run from. She didn't want to be found, but now maybe no one will find her, including herself.
Ms. Brown has written an intense book about runaways and the family dynamic, the predator online and the predator we sometimes trust in the form of a friend or doctor. She develops the characters in ways where you see others through only certain points of view, which at times are very skewed, and as the filter or cloud is removed and the characters develop into their own - a new insight and new take is given - very nice, shows talent. Worth the read.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Landline By: Rainbow Rowell

LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think that this book can be more 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

Georgie McCool has made the decision to work through the holiday rather than go with her husband and children to Omaha. That decision begins to unravel what she once thought was a strong marriage and has her reevaluating everything that she has done that has gotten them to this place. Rather than return to her empty home she goes to her mothers, after repeated attempts of calling her husband's cell with no answer she finds an old telephone and calls his mothers landline -- wherein she connects with him, in the past.

What if we could connect with someone in the past, would it have changed anything, what would we tell them, what we want to let them hold on to over the years to come as the truth in their knowledge? With the ups and downs of marriage and how two different personalities came together, will the love they once had be enough to hold them through today and will the lessons of the past teach them a big one about who they are and what they truly want? Suspend your belief for a moment, sometimes the way forward is the way back. Although Georgie is a flawed character, as a reader I appreciated it in some ways because it made her much more realistic.

An easy read, but one that will grab at your heart and have you thinking and wanting to discuss -- so think book club or grab your sister for this one. It also has a nice message to it that keeps long after the last page.

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Review: The Oversight By: Charlie Fletcher

The Oversight (Oversight Trilogy, #1)The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Oversight watches over the Law of the supranaturals, they are the protectors of the balance for mankind and the order. Their numbers have dwindled and their enemies have multiplied.
A mysterious girl lands on the doorstep of their safe house and the beginning of good versus evil with strategic enemies that will only stop with death and destruction begins.

A wonderful fantasy and thriller wrapped into one. This is a beginning of a series - so be warned, you will be sucked into the amazing world and characters, and you will have to hold your breath for the next book - and, yes, you will want to devour that one as quickly as it is published!

Mr. Fletcher has an amazing writing pen and has opened up a new world in London that few can see. The battle has just begun and the dangerous players are only beginning to show themselves. Within the first few pages I fell into this world and did not find it easy to crawl back out, I think you will experience the same feeling. Enjoy!

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Review: Red Rising By: Pierce Brown

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*****This is a First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

Darrow is a Helldiver on Mars. He takes risks, questions as he goes, goes against the color system society has labeled (he is a lowly Red). When his wife is killed, he commits a crime and is - but, he doesn't die. Instead, he is taken by rebels, that have shown him the truth of the colony - that the Golds have been living like kings on the backs of Reds that they treat and care for as slaves. Darrow works with the rebels by undergoing painful surgery, having lessons on how to behave, so that he can enter and train at the Academy, where future Gold leaders of the galaxy come from. He passes. The Academy encourages brutality, even as far as the first test for him to kill his friend. Is he losing his true self as he trains or just gathering skills to turn upon his enemy? Is this what he wanted to become?

This is a complicated book and I must say that I had complicated feelings throughout about whether I liked it or not, whether I would recommend it or not...I am still feeling torn.
The sellers likened it to The Hunger Games -- maybe for a more adult audience. They likened it to Ender -- a little, but again, I would think that you would want an reader that was 17 or older. Even at my age (cough, cough) some of the brutality and the themes were very hard. I love a good rebellion, a great revenge novel and this is here -- this is the beginning. Do I want more, yes! Would it have been better without a preconceived idea or comparison of other novels - hell, yeah! I would be aware of themes and open for discussion if you are going to read this with or before your child.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: The Accident By: Chris Pavone *This is A Can't Miss Read For Summer*

I could not put this book down!                                                               5/5

A manuscript has made it's way into the hands of literary agent Isabel Reed, the title The Accident by anonymous and the story has her now looking over her shoulder. It tells the tale of Charles Wolfe, of Wolfe Worldwide Media, his father, the CIA; the story of murder, of cover up, of working to topple governments. There is a clue to who the author could be, but he died, and she finds she is in a race not to join him.

 A perfect spy thriller that takes you from Europe into the publishing world where in one day some learn the truth of a cut throat business and the price to hide the truth comes. 

 There are amazing characters throughout, the build up in the storyline leaves you on edge - you will finish this book in one sitting, great twists, simply wonderfully written, and will leave you craving more from a talented writer. You will thank me for this turning you on this one.

 I did receive this book for a fair and honest review from Blogging for Books