Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: Seven Days to Goodbye

Seven Days to GoodbyeSeven Days to Goodbye by Sheri S. Levy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked reading Seven Days To Goodbye. It was interesting though I found myself wondering what year it was based in. Trina wavered between being a child and maturing. She was very good at training the dog and in making responsible decisions. However there was a lot of child left in her. Her behavior matched that of a young teen years ago. In today’s world, though, I would have placed her around nine or ten. Sarah too, felt wrong for this year. Since no year was given I’m not going take a star. The story is actually a good one. I like the message that friends can change and grow yet remain friends. I also greatly enjoyed learning all about service dogs.
Overall I think this is a very good book for preteens. I think some teens and dog lovers may also enjoy it. There is no fast language or extreme violence for those who are interested in that.
I was given a review copy, through BookTasters, for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my honest thoughts. Thank you to the author for providing ecopies for review consideration.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: The Secret

The Secret The Secret by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a really good cozy mystery for reading with teens. I really enjoyed it. I found it to be just as much about friendships and choosing to do the right thing as about a mystery. There is an ongoing mystery, (in my opinion), in the background but the main mystery does get solved with no cliffhanger. I am looking forward to continuing my reading of this series.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Romeow and Juliet

Romeow and Juliet Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the humor and all the animals. The mystery was good; lots of suspects and a few things going on.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Review: The One

The One The One by John Marrs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to all who made that possible.

I am still reeling from this book! I said in a Facebook post that I can’t remember the last time I said WTF so many times while reading. This book was so much more than what I was expecting. I have not read this author’s work before. Apparently I need to. I entered to win this book based on my interest from reading the description. I find dating sites and their methods of matching people fascinating. I figured the book would be an interesting look at that. When I received the book and flipped through it, I noted the book was broken up by chapters of characters. I thought I would be annoyed by that but the author orchestrates that very well. Following each character was easy as the chapters are identified. If you want to skip someone it is easy to do. I wouldn’t recommend it as every story was interesting and has surprises. It started out pretty much as I thought. Then it stepped up. I would fall asleep with the book open. An hour or so later I would wake up and dive back in. I hated the times I was forced to stop and participate in real life, (I love you family but some books...what can I say?). I came to the end and, even though it wrapped up, I wanted more.

There is so much more I want to talk about with this book but I truly hate reviews that tell everything. What’s the sense in reading the book if the reviewer told you everything? You know why I chose it. You know a bit of my thoughts and that I recommend it. I’ll let you go read it now.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Finding Justice

Finding Justice Finding Justice by Kathi Daley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Kathi Daley’s Finding Justice. It is the first book in the Rescue Alaska Mystery series.

I live in Alaska and I thought the author did a good job depicting life here. I live in Southeast and Rescue is set farther north so a bit of a difference weather wise. The dangers of cold, snow and wildlife, though, are well known throughout the state. They are a part of everyday life no matter where you live. Pretty much, unless you live close to Anchorage or in Anchorage, your choices of entertainment, restaurants and shopping are limited. All of that was presented well. As was the opposite end. No matter how small the town, drugs can be located. Dogs, (as well as cats), aren’t always taken care of the way they should be. Matter of fact the local dog shelter might be housing any number of other household pets. I once came across ferrets..for weeks. And occasionally murder happens.

I love the way the author incorporates the paranormal into the story. It is, for me, believable. It isn’t all just put out either. It is unfolding. As Harmony learns more about her power so do we. I like that a lot. It gives us a chance to grow with Harmony. I absolutely loved the fact that an animal shelter is part of the series. Reading about its development is going to be wonderfully refreshing. The mystery was well done in my opinion. Their were suspects, investigations and surprises. There was even the possibility of romance..though exactly with whom may be as intriguing as the mysteries as this series develops.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series and more from this author. Kathi Daley has numerous books and several series going on. I found no objectionable language or sex scenes. The drug use, while accepted by the people, was not graphically or gloriously depicted. I personally would have no problem with an older teen reading it. This is, of course, my opinion.

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Review: Americanah

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My rating: 5 of 5 stars My librarian chose this book for me to re...