Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Scythe

Scythe Scythe by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This. Was. Great.

Mortality is dead. In a world where diseases are vanquished and people can "turn the corner" and have a newer, younger body, Scythes serve as population control. Gleaning people at random, or by statistics, or however they choose. Citra and Rowen are chosen as apprentices, something neither of them wants, which actually makes them perfect for the job.

I love the world building, I love how Neal shows that even in a utopia, there are still people who are human, who will find a way to push boundaries, and be evil. I found the idea of the "cloud" becoming an almost all powerful "Thunderhead." I am so curious to see where this goes. This series starter does wrap up the prominent plot line, but leaves things open for more in the larger "world." I'll come back to this one to finish.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever

Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever by Rachel Toor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, maybe I can change my mind about rats. I still don't want one, I'll keep my cats, but if you do...I won't say eeewww.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party

To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The map in the front piece is wrong. St. Joseph is in the wrong place. There. Had to get that out of the way. It's on the wrong side of the state of Missouri.

I have a morbid curiosity about the Donner Party, like many people. This book in verse takes the point of view from Mary Ann Graves, the second oldest daughter of one family who joined with the Donner party on the way to California. We never know the things we will do to stay alive.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

I made the paper!


One of my colleges at school mentioned my being on the Gateway Committee to our local paper, Palmyra Spectator.  Who knew it would lead to another article for the Quincy Herald Whig? Yes, I love to read. :)  I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book...crushed me. I read it in three sittings, but with a couple of weeks between each one. I had to stop and text a friend to make sure I could go on. I think this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's dark. It's deep. It's heartbreaking. It's worth every tear. It's something I am going to give to as many kids as I can. There are multi points of view, one boy and two girls. I feel like everyone should read this book.

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