A man wakes up on a couch in a living room and has no idea who he is or even if he is in his own home or not . His head is bloody and wrapped in bandages and he is living with a strange elderly man, a cat named Einstein, and a assortment of marionettes. (Need I say more)
This is the story of ‘The Girl’ and her best friend in the world. They set out to make’The Most Magnificent Thing’. They have some bumps along the way but persevere.
My kids(ages 9,7,& 7) and I loved this cute little book. This book really was wonderful. The pictures are cute and interesting,the story has a good flow to it, and it sends a wonderful message.
I loved that a girl was the main character in a book about building something and not a little boy .It also demonstrates that sometimes things don’t always go well in the beginning but if you can’t give up.
After reading this my kids even wanted to make their own ‘Magnificent Thing’. I will probably get a hardcopy for us to reread over and over. Highly recommend. 5 stars
I was given a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Maddie is a high school student living in a small town in Florida . She is dirt poor and just manages just to keep her head above water.She has a rocky relationship with her mother and twin brother, Marcus and doesn’t know who her father is. When a horrible event leaves her bruised and shattered, she flees the small town for a better life.
I chose this book because I loved that Maddie lived in a trailer park in an orange grove in Florida. The cover brings back memories of the smell of orange blossoms from the orange groves that once covered Florida.I mistakenly thought that this novel was a southern fiction novel. It actually was not what I would call southern fiction at all.Only a small part of the story takes place here. I would say it is more of a women’s fiction book.
It was fairly fast paced and was a quick read for me. I did enjoy some parts of the story line . For me the plot was totally predictable though. I found the characters hollow and not quite believable. Each character’s personality was extreme (either extremely bad or extremely good) .One of the biggest issues I had was the relationship Maddie had with her twin brother, Marcus. Having twins myself, I just have a hard time believing that Maddie and Marcus would have the type of relationship that they had.
Overall, it was an ok read for me. Three solid stars.
I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Challenge update: Since I have already read more books this year then I did in all of 2015, I decided to up my reading goal from 50 to 80 books!
A community with a common garden and two crimes. One years ago and one in the present. ‘The Girls in the Garden’ tells the story of the complex relationships involved in a close knit community.The story begins with Pip finding her sister Grace in the garden after an apparent attack . The story then back tracks to the events leading the crime. Soon it is revealed that years before a similar event occurred in the same area of the garden.
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me somewhat of the ‘Girl on the Train’ in that the reader knows a crime has taken place then a large cast of possible suspects is introduced and the details of the event slowly emerge.
The first half of the novel went quite slowly for me but the second half o picked up speed. Although,I didn’t find this novel as engrossing as the ‘Girl on the Train’,I did find the characters well developed, interesting, and believable. I did find this book fairly predicable for a mystery/thriller and I found the ending pretty somewhat of a let down.
Overall, I did enjoy this novel and would recommend ‘The Girls in the Garden’ for anyone that likes a good modern ‘who done it’. I wish there were more books in this genre set in America as lately I find the novels I am most interested in are set in the UK .
Overall, I give this novel a strong for stars.
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I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
So one of my favorite things in the world is the idea of Free Little Libraries. If you never heard of them, they are usually small boxes (often looking like a birdhouse) that are set up in communities and have books you can ‘borrow’ inside. Even though the motto is, “Take a book. Leave a book.” there is no obligation to return a book once you have read it or even to leave another book in its place. The idea of Little Free Libraries are to promote literacy and to make books accessible to the community. This is especially a great idea for communities that do not have easy access to a standard library.
You might think that this would cause people to empty out the Little Libraries and leave them empty. However, usually just the opposite is true. The reason is, most people hate throwing out books. I mean really hate it. Free Little Libraries not only help give a community access to books but also gives book lovers a place to drop their books where they know they will be used and appreciated.
Each Little Free Library has a steward. The steward makes sure the library is stocked with books and kept neat and clean. Many of the free libraries are in front of their steward’s home but many are also in parks and cafes or in front of businesses.
I am a frequent visitor to the Little Library in our town, which was donated and is stewarded by one of our local Realtors. I never know what interesting books I might find and I also love leaving books for others to enjoy. There is even ‘The Free Little Library’ organization. They have a website where you can find one in your area.
So by now you are probably wondering why there’s a chicken in the one of the photos of our town’s Little Free Library. Well that leads me to another of my favorite things, the town where I live Oviedo, Florida. (it was named for the town in northern Spain but it’s pronunciation has been ‘southernized’ to Oh-VEE-doh).
Even though this once agricultural town is now a suburb of Orlando and literally backs up to one of the largest universities in the country, Oviedo has managed to keep that small town feel. One of the things Oviedo is famous for is it’s free ranging chickens. In fact they have become so much a apart of Oviedo’s identity that they are an attraction in their selves.
So make sure and check out a Little Library in your area and maybe even consider starting one of your own. And if you ever happen to be in the area of Oviedo, make sure and stop by and check out our great little town, the Oviedo chickens, and of course, our Little Free Library.
I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is what I would call a middle grade, fantasy, time travel novel. I first was drawn to the book because of the great cover and also because the title’s play on words. I also chose to read this novel because boy/girl twins are 2 of the main characters. Having boy/girl twins myself, I love to read novels with twins and love to see the relationship dynamics between them.
This tells the story of Caleb, Abby, and Simon who are teenage siblings. They discover stones in their backyard that let them time travel to what seem to be alternate worlds in the future.They make multiple trips across the stones and each place is different. A cast of interesting characters interact with the siblings including Mark, a neighbor with Aspergers. who is an expert at maps.
I liked this book. I thought it was really interesting and I read it quickly. I loved the characters. I felt they were complex and real and I connected with them. I especially liked the girl twin, Abby, who is a science geek. Her and her brothers also seemed to have a good relationship. There were a lot of scientific terms in the book which made the science behind the story seem more real. I think the story line was a little simple for me as an adult but would highly recommend for pre-teens or younger teens. This is a series and I may read the next book in the installment.
I give this book 4 stars.
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‘The Grownup’ is a short story by Gillian Flynn, the author of ‘Gone Girl’,’Dark Places’, and Sharp Objects. It is only 60 some pages so it’s a very quick read. It’s a creepy story of a psychic who tries to help a family that is having disturbing experiences in their home.
I did like this story. It was somewhat scary but not terrifying. If you just want something quick to read to kill sometime somewhere, this story is a good bet. The ending was somewhat a let down but does keep you guessing.
I am giving this a weak 4 stars.
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This novel tells the story of Eliza Boylston and her wealthy family during the American Revolution. The novel revolves around her and her family’s trails and tragedies during this time.
I was very interested in this novel because I’ve always wondered about the stories behind the history. Such as what the day to day lives were like for the average person. More specifically what it was like for the women who are left behind to carry on while the men are at war.
I liked the fact that this story took place during the American Revolution. I have read many historical fiction novels and there seems to be an abundance of novels that take place during the American Civil War and WWII. Few seem to take place during the American War for Independence .
I enjoyed this book. I found the characters interesting, although I didn’t quite connect with them as I would have liked to. Also, I often was confused with who certain characters were and what side of the ‘Cause’ they were on. I loved the story line in the beginning but about half way though started to fizzle.
I do think it is worth a read if you are interested in US history. I may read the other books in the trilogy.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I give this novel a weak 4 stars.
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The premise of this book is that a group of women form a book club based on their common ‘sisterhood’ of being writers who can not seem to get their work published. They save the rejection letters and read them during the meetings. They soon realize that the group is more important to them then actually being published. The group is a somewhat crazy cast of characters. Most of the book focuses on them and their crazy adventures as they take a road trip.
I received this book through Netgally and I was drawn to it because of the fantastic title and interesting cover. I have not seen this premise covered before, so I was excited to get to read the novel.
I did love the premise and the characters. That being said, the writing seemed a little off to me. There were a lot of jokes, puns, metaphors, similes etc. that just didn’t seem to work for me. They seemed outdated and just distracted me while I was reading. I found a few of the situations not really believable but they did not bother me nearly as much as the very rough writing.
I did like this book overall and consider giving it a 4, but it just seems to me the writing just wasn’t that of a 4 star book. I would recommend this for maybe an older crowd. I will probably take a chance if there is a second book added to the series. Overall, I give it a weak 3 1/2 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating:📖 📖 📖 1/2