Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: The Nerdy and the Dirty

The Nerdy and the Dirty The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every time I get annoyed and ready to stop reading because I don't really like Pen, Benedict takes over the next chapter and keeps me going. Pen is a drama girl, for all that she claims to be keeping silent. Benedict is so logical and truthful, it's painfully funny. Inside his head is Evil Benny, and Good Benny and then later Penis Benny, seriously, he's named all the voices in his head, and tells us just what they say. Snicker. Anyway--lots of ugly drama at the 3/4ths part that gets resolved, of course, happily, yeah! But the dedication is great, also. Make sure you read it!

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Review: Gap Life

Gap Life Gap Life by John Coy
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cray doesn't want to follow the path his father has chosen for him. Dad wants Cray to be a doctor, like him, and has all the pieces in place to make that happen. The announcement of a gap year, by Cray, does not go over well. Cray has even ignored a deadline to get into the college of his father's choice. So dad decides Cray must find a job, not an easy feat in early summer, pay rent at home, oh and...goodbye graduation car. He manages to get a job in a group home as a substitute overnight assistant. He comes to care for the people there, learning things about them and himself.

Cray has been coasting, doing everything that's expected of him, but in reality he has no plans for after high school graduation. He's adrift and if feels like he's rebelling against his dad, but has no real plan, and no intention of getting one. He hides from family, avoiding confrontation, by staying out all night, spending the nights at his friend's house before he gets the job. HIs job comes from a recommendation from Rayne, a girl he knew from school. He falls for Rayne, but she has a boyfriend and real plans of her own to travel in the fall. Cray attaches himself to her but still doesn't have any new ideas, he just modifies hers. So--all in all--Cray does grow, a tiny bit, thanks to his job, but he still has a long way to go. I guess that is real life, but I wanted more making this book just "meh" for me.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Andie's summer plans come to an abrupt end after her Congressman father's office is investigated for misappropriation of funds. Her medical internship position gets cancelled, so she gets the only job left available this late in the season: walking dogs, about which she know nothing. Even though it seems that everything is going wrong, she realizes that it might turn out okay--all her friends are home this summer, she and her dad are reconnecting, and she meets a guy who just might make it past the three week mark.

I read this book in a hurry.., because I like Morgan Matson's books. They often have witty dialogue and characters I can care about. As I was looking on Goodreads I read the blurb for her next book and caught a reference to it in the one, fun.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: The Orphan Queen

The Orphan Queen The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun fast fantasy, I was able to predict by page 86 many of the secret identities. It would be a good candidate for middle school libraries, because there isn't sex, just some kissing, later in the book. I'll read the next one later; just to find out how the cliffhanger is resolved.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FEELINGS! So many feelings!

Picking up right where Six of Crows left off, (argh--cliff hanger ending!) we are once again thrust into the Grisha world. Rescuing Inej from capture is the focus of the beginning of the book. Getting their promised money, the rest. A long game is being played by Kaz, and as it was being unveiled there were times I had to turn the audiobook off to take a breather.

I listened to the audiobook, which had a change in one narrator from the previous one. Wylan’s voice was strange at first and his version of Kaz’s voice was jarring. I’d recommend both audios for this series. I almost didn’t want to finish having become enamoured of this world.

I have so many FEELINGS about this book but if I talk about them...spoilers. Suffice it to say--I loved this series, and I didn’t think I would. You don’t need to have read the Grisha series to understand this one.


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Review: Six of Crows

Six of Crows Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Six low level, talented criminals, all with revenge of different sorts on their minds, are given an extraordinary but impossible opportunity to make more money than they ever dreamed. Enough to make all their dreams come true. Each has a special talent that plays into the plan that must go like clockwork in order to be successful. Not everyone gets along, but they are willing to work together for now to accomplish the goal. Will they? If they don't their lives are forfeit.

I started this one in the summer, but wasn't in the mood to finish it. This fall I bought the audiobook and was swept up in the story completely. Six narrators, one for each character, kept me interested in a way the print was not able to do. I've got the second one already downloaded to my phone, and just need somewhere to go, I'm ready for the rest!

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