A good read if you are looking for validation of why not to get a c-section. Not a read if you are all for vaccinations, formula, dummies and medicalA good read if you are looking for validation of why not to get a c-section. Not a read if you are all for vaccinations, formula, dummies and medical interventions. ...more
This tale takes place over several years and follows Chata, a sculptor that doesn’t quite fit in. He creates amazing creatures that are only in his imThis tale takes place over several years and follows Chata, a sculptor that doesn’t quite fit in. He creates amazing creatures that are only in his imagination and has a way to step on people’s toes without meaning to. To be fair, some people need their toes stepped on! Most of the book takes place at Mapungubwe – an Iron Age archaeological site dating around AD 1220 to AD 1300, situated at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers (Southern Africa). I was lucky enough to go with my honors Archaeology group to Mapungubwe a couple of years ago, as well as lucky enough to study this fascinating time period!
All of that said, I think this book was extremely accurate and I was impressed by not only the writing, but the clever narrative. The story was inspirational and the pages turned themselves! It was fascinating and delighted the mind.
If you are looking for a historical fiction that takes place in Africa, has accurate archaeological facts and is unlike anything you have every read before – then I suggest you take a look at this novel!
Charlotte was put up for adoption as a baby and then subsequently adopted. Her family has always been open about this fact, but Charlotte still feelsCharlotte was put up for adoption as a baby and then subsequently adopted. Her family has always been open about this fact, but Charlotte still feels alone – still feels out of place in her own family – like a big part of her is missing. Who are her birth parents? Why did they give her up? Who is she supposed to be and how would her life have been different if she wasn’t adopted? These are a lot of questions and feelings for any teenager to deal with. No wonder Charlotte acts out. This novel follows her progress from a rebellious teenager to a young adult who finally finds some answers. What answers and how, is something you will have to read and find out!
Even though I don’t have any experience with adoption, I have always found it a very interesting topic – and now that I’m pregnant I find this topic even more relevant. I have a few friends who I know are adopted and I have always wondered what they must be going through or if it even affects them at all. What I have come to realize is that it must be different for each person. That is why I think a book like this is necessary – so that adoptees know they are not alone, that others feel like them or even different.
I found this story interesting on a lot of levels. Firstly, it is autobiographical and there is something about knowing that this is someone’s life story that makes you connect to it. Secondly, the novel deals with a whole host of themes: adoption, rejection/acceptance, teen angst, suicide and unwanted pregnancy. Thirdly, this novel makes you feel! Fourthly, I love that it is set in South Africa, specifically Durban as my husband is from there and I can relate to a lot of the places mentioned in this novel. Lastly, I was left wanting more, wondering what is next?!
I hope Paula does write a second book. I need to know what happens in the next 20 years of her life! I also need to mention that I really love the cover. It is very unique and really tells the story!
If you are in the mood for something a little different, or are adopted, or know someone who is – this book will help shed some light on the topic....more
Thomas wakes up in a dark lift racing to the surface. He doesn’t know where he is or even who he is. All he knows is that he is in a glade, surroundedThomas wakes up in a dark lift racing to the surface. He doesn’t know where he is or even who he is. All he knows is that he is in a glade, surrounded by high walls with a whole bunch of other boys. Slowly the world becomes a little clearer but at the same time more confusing. They are in the middle of a huge maze that only opens during the day and if you get stuck inside at night you are killed by ‘monsters’. Once a month a new boy arrives along with some supplies, but the day after Thomas gets there things change: a girl gets sent up along with a note that she is the last person that will be sent up… ever. Now it becomes a race against time and only the brave will survive!
Now this sounds exciting doesn’t it? And it was. However, there are some things that really bothered me. The ‘slang’ was horrible. They could remember words and things from the old days, but had to make up words for shit? Like come on just say shit. Also the slammer? Like they are the first people to ever think of this word? I thought this was a YA book? Not middle grade? For example: “You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!” So yea their slang really really got on my nerves!
Then there was the gladers refusing to answer questions. I mean just answer Thomas! What is with all the secrets? Not to mention a lot of other things that didn’t really make sense. Like the telepathy… I’ll just leave that there because that is about as much explanation as the book gives.
In my opinion the movie was much much better. The action was great and it was very visually appealing. The screenwriters also fixed a lot of the issues I had with it. Overall I wouldn’t say it was a bad book, I just see a lot of room for growth. Therefore, I will read the second one to see where it goes. I just hope the slang is fixed.
A story about kids that don’t fit in (for a very good and magical reason), a story about a wayward school, a murder-mystery and a coming of age story.A story about kids that don’t fit in (for a very good and magical reason), a story about a wayward school, a murder-mystery and a coming of age story. This about sums up this enchanting book. It starts with Nancy arriving at this ‘school’ and you quickly come to realize she isn’t quite normal, nor is anyone else at the school. They have all had their lives changed forever by accidentally entering magical worlds – all unique and all very real.
The characters are so amazing! Nancy is dark and still, Sumi is crazy and fast, Jack and Jill are freaky, Kade is fabulous and Christopher is the friend you always wanted. They are all thrown together in a school where being different is normal and talking about ‘other worlds’ during therapy is the order of the day. They take classes like normal kids, but have fears and longings that ‘normal’ doesn’t start to cover.
I couldn’t really find anything wrong with this book, except that it could have gone on for much longer. It felt too short, but still made me want to pick the next one up right away! So the pacing was fast, but perhaps a little too fast at times for me. However, the story was as enchanting as Alice in Wonderland and it even makes you look at this classic in a different way. You also start to wonder what your ‘other’ world would be like and how you would adapt.
I think the cover is very apt and gives a deeper meaning to this book, as well as the title. Very well chosen! A story that is beautiful on the inside and out. I can’t wait to see what happens next. The possibilities are endless!
“She was a story, not an epilogue.” “You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you.”
This book starts off with Sloane starting life at a new school. You can tell something bad happened to her, but the details are only revealed a bit laThis book starts off with Sloane starting life at a new school. You can tell something bad happened to her, but the details are only revealed a bit later on in the book. You do know she has a scar on her face and that everyone is staring at her, some even pity her. Everyone except Luke. Luke looks at her with hate in his eyes and it is really unsettling. But life is life and soon they are forced to work together on a school project and neither of them are particularly happy about this. This is where things start getting interesting. I won't tell you more, the rest you need to read for yourself!
I can tell you though, that Scarred is a book that not only tugs at your heartstrings but also discusses quite a few interesting themes: loss, bullying, young-love, depression and guilt. The themes are woven into the story seamlessly and definitely kept the pages turning. There are also some great characters: the ones you love to hate, the one you wish was your best friend, the one you feel sorry for, and even the one you wish you could slap!
If you enjoy YA/Contemporary, I suggest you read this book. It hit all the right notes! It has a great pace with enough happening to keep you interested, but not so much that you feel overwhelmed.
I didn't think I would love this book as much as I did, nor did I think I would read it so quickly. It was truly a great book with great writing, that made me feels things. And that is all I ask of a good book: make me feel!...more
DNF: I thought this book was going to be wholly about vegetables. I was wrong. In the beginning there is a GMO warning - which I find out of place. TheDNF: I thought this book was going to be wholly about vegetables. I was wrong. In the beginning there is a GMO warning - which I find out of place. The second problem I have is the utilisation of lots of animal products in the recipes. I want to learn more about cooking vegetables and not smothering anything with cheese/butter/cream etc.
The chopping techniques look useful. Unfortunately, this book was just not for me. I think an omnivore would get a lot of use out of it....more
What a book! Gorgeous photographs and recipes for every holiday and gathering there is. From Halloween to Mardi Gras! The recipes are interesting, andWhat a book! Gorgeous photographs and recipes for every holiday and gathering there is. From Halloween to Mardi Gras! The recipes are interesting, and delicious. And the best part, the recipes are nice and short and easy.
There are tons of recipes I still want to try and I’ll keep this book close! Here is a taste of the recipes in this book:
I always need new Smoothie ideas, especially green smoothie ideas! And this was green and chocolaty. Changed the way I view smoothie making. Will be making this one again! There are also other smoothies in this book that look like real winners. Will have to make them asap!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
I have never made cookies in my life and when I saw this recipe I though it looked do-able. I was right. It was easy and super quick to make! I was not disappointed and my husband loved them as well. I will definitely be making these again, especially for a late night snack as they are so easy to make!
Chickpeas have always been a thing of mystery to me. I have never cooked with it and the only way I have ever consumed it was in hummus form – in copiChickpeas have always been a thing of mystery to me. I have never cooked with it and the only way I have ever consumed it was in hummus form – in copious amounts I might add. So when I saw this cookbook up for review, I just had to request a copy! Chickpeas are a super legume that is rich in iron, folate and other vitamins and nutrients! They also have a low glycemic index. All of which made me super excited to see the recipes!
My only complaint would be quite a few recipes that rely on meat, but other than that the recipe book did not disappoint!
I have always wanted to oven roast some chickpeas, but never had the motivation to do it. And when I saw the strange mixture of flavors in this recipe (cinnamon and cumin), I had to try it! It was so easy and super tasty! I will make them again and try a few of my own flavor mixtures.
This story starts off with Suzy tragically losing her best friend in a drowning accident and struggling to cope with it. It follows what happens afterThis story starts off with Suzy tragically losing her best friend in a drowning accident and struggling to cope with it. It follows what happens after the event, as well as a few years or so leading up to it. The story captures Suzy’s emotional state perfectly and you can’t help but feel for her. You even root her on when she decides that Franny couldn’t just have drowned and that there must be another explanation.
Suzy embodies quite a few qualities that I admire in people. Tenacity, curiousness, research-orientated and the ability to believe that not everything is as straight-forward as it may appear. Her whole story is written as a research paper, starting with a hypothesis and ending with results and a conclusion. I really loved this way of telling a story, as I am working on my dissertation. It was masterfully incorporated into the story line!
The book gives a lot of facts about things Suzy encounters or even things she doesn’t. She loves facts, loves learning and loves to tell people about it. But mostly she talks about jellyfish. Jellyfish have always fascinated me and the book details so much about Jellyfish that you will also probably be fascinated by the end of the book.
Another aspect I think the book embodies very well was young girls being desperate to fit into the construction society often encourages. How they can be mean and not consider their actions. This is why Suzy was a breath of fresh air. Even though she was mean herself, you could see all these confusing situations happen to her. She felt out-of-place in a world that was changing around her. I think many of us can relate.
What a beautiful and heartfelt story! A must buy for any Middle Grade kids you know....more
This book starts out with Bianca, a cynical but smart teenager who doesn’t have the easiest life, being told that she is a DUFF – Designated Ugly FatThis book starts out with Bianca, a cynical but smart teenager who doesn’t have the easiest life, being told that she is a DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend. This combined with her absentee mother and on-the-verge-of-a-breakdown father makes her spiral out of control and do things she never thought she would, with someone she never thought she would even touch with a ten foot pole!
Bianca was a fun character to read about. Sure she is a bit crazy, but her life sort of demands it. I only wish she treated her best friends better – especially Jessica. I felt sorry for Jessica, even though Bianca make friends with her, she still kept her at arms length. Casey, her other friend, was also great and they had a much stronger connection. I feel like Casey and Jessica should have featured more in the book, but I guess Bianca isolating herself during her spiral makes sense.
This book talks a bit about Wuthering Heights, which I just want to say was probably the worst book I have ever read – so it didn’t foster any good memories. However, Toby, the character which introduced the Wuthering Heights talks was a very endearing and likable character. I really liked Toby and the way the book made his story end really worked for me. Oh and let’s talk about Wesley, the man-whore. I really liked Wesley. I think he was a very well rounded character and added a lot of fun to this book! Obviously he has his own issues that need to be sorted out, but it made him complex.
Overall this was a very fun and quirky book, that touches on some very heavy issues. I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more books by Kody Keplinger!
This movie review is going to be a bit more of a comparison list than anything else. First, I think I enjoyed the movie more than the book! The movie had me laughing really hard!
What I liked more about the movie:
Bianca and Wesley’s relationship develops out of friendship. The book’s relationship is very instantaneous and the love comes last. Does anyone else think that a relationship born out of hatred, confusion and distraction doesn’t seem like the most healthiest of relationships? Sure I like them together, its just a bit unhealthy. Also someone needs to tell book Bianca she doesn’t have to have sex with a boy right away – or is that too prudish? The way the movie handled it seemed more natural. *shrug*
I like that there was a dad in the book, but the committed loving mom in the movie was much better. I wonder why they swapped it around? Maybe to make the move more lighthearted? Oh and of course book Toby was muchhhhh better than movie Toby.
All in all I liked the book. It wasn’t a game changer, but it was still a good book. And I will definitely watch the movie over and over as the years go by!
“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”
After recently watching Insurgent I felt a renewed vigor to finish this series. So I picked up Allegiant. I expected excitement and revelaMy Thoughts:
After recently watching Insurgent I felt a renewed vigor to finish this series. So I picked up Allegiant. I expected excitement and revelations, and at first I was hopeful, but it felt like the story took too long to get to a point, and soon I was bored. The booked picked up in the middle and I felt like I was reading what I came for. However, even though things picked up at the end, it still left me puzzled about why the book had to go this direction. I feel like Allegiant is completely different from Divergent and Insurgent, and not in a good way. It wasn’t bad, I liked it, but I wanted to love it, just like I did the first two books in the series!
Don’t get me wrong, Tris and Four were still awesome, and so where all the other characters. I just felt they were played out and I expected more of them. Caleb never evolved the way I thought he would, and there was a general stagnant feeling.
This book could have been 200 pages shorter to be honest. Maybe it would have been less boring.
I just can’t with the ending. It just didn’t suit this series. I don’t even know what to say.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
First let me say, what a creepy book! I found that I enjoyed it much more than book 1, and I also think it gave some answers that I felt lacking in BoFirst let me say, what a creepy book! I found that I enjoyed it much more than book 1, and I also think it gave some answers that I felt lacking in Book 1. Or maybe it was the two together that helped! Either way, the setting in this book is very restricted, taking place on a cruise-liner, which I find quite refreshing to be honest! The cruise-liner gets into a bit of a predicament when a small fire cuts communication and movement. So everyone on the boat is stuck – and having a whole bunch of people in a cramped space is never a good idea! Soon things start to unravel as strange things start to happen.
The creep factor lay in the fact that you don’t know what is happening + a creepy cruise ship and the way it is described. And lets just say a few other things… There were also various story-lines that kept the pages turning. I didn’t particularity have a favorite character, I sort of just went with it, and didn’t really root for anyone in particular. Strangely this book left me with empathy for each and every cruise-liner worker out there! I can just image the hell they are put through, and I think this book highlights a lot of it nicely.
This is a very unique series that has not disappointed me and I doubt it ever will. And can I just say: that ending! I really liked it. It was very mind-fuckery! Thank the heavens I get sea-sick, cause I don’t think I would want to go on a cruise-liner any time soon! All in all I CAN’T WAIT for the next in the series!
After 9/11 Honoria moves with her brother, aunt and uncle to Arnn. At first Honoria feels very out of place in this small town, until she meets Leon,After 9/11 Honoria moves with her brother, aunt and uncle to Arnn. At first Honoria feels very out of place in this small town, until she meets Leon, a kindred spirit who loves history. She quickly learns there is more to Arnn than meets the eye. Arnn has a mystery: Witchwood Hollow – where people enter and never come out again. Woven together with this is flashbacks to other timelines and happenings in Arnn. Which I absolutely loved! I enjoyed getting bits of information as the story went on, especially from other points of views and other timelines!
I found this story intriguing, mysterious and fun. I loved Honoria’s character growth and how she deals with her past and her future at the same time. I also love a creepy story that doesn’t scare me too much! I also enjoyed the uniqueness of this story and how I wasn’t always sure where it was headed. Also let’s not forget my appreciation for characters who are into history.
Great pace, easily distinguishable between timelines but also woven together masterfully! What a great book that takes Young Adult Fantasy to a new level. Read it when you are bored of the normal and need something a little different! Definitely are few twists and turns to look forward to! Favorite Quote:
I am big anything-superman/girl universe fan! I love everyone involved in this universe, so when I saw this teaser I though I’d give it a shot to seeI am big anything-superman/girl universe fan! I love everyone involved in this universe, so when I saw this teaser I though I’d give it a shot to see if I should get the series. This short story/teaser takes place in high school, mostly the science class, with Lois Lane as the main character. Lois Lane is a feisty character, and I got a taste of that in this short story, but unfortunately the rest didn’t grip me as much as I hoped it would. The spark was missing. And even though I do want to pick up this series still, it isn’t a priority.
I think this is one of those cases where the story was just too short. At the end I was left a bit disappointed and thought: “was that it?!”