I ended up reading The Last Straw because my oldest daughter never finished it when she borrowed it from the library. I said, what the heck, I listene...moreI ended up reading The Last Straw because my oldest daughter never finished it when she borrowed it from the library. I said, what the heck, I listened to the second book and really enjoyed it. I'll continue reading or listening to this series whenever I can in between other books I need to review. It didn't take me long to read it anyways. My oldest is amazed on how fast I can read a book, and she's hoping to one day read like I do, but she's been to focused into playing MineCraft instead of reading. (She'll get back into reading since school started again) =) The Last Straw had it's funny moments, but it didn't have the funny moments like the second book did. Greg got on my nerves with his tactics in this book, especially with how he treated some of his friends and classmates. He's in middle school, so he's at the stage where he wants to fit in, but is going the wrong way of doing it. I like Rowley because of his character enjoying everything and not being bothered with anything. When he gets called something, he takes it as a positive thing and not negative. I love Greg's mom and dad and how they handle certain situations. Greg's dad handles situations differently from Greg's mom, but he's the dad that wants his son to do something other than play video games. Overall, this book was enjoyable to read and there were some funny parts. One in particular with Greg using his mom's robe. His dad did not take it lightly. I give this 3.5 moons and recommend it kids ages 8 and up. Some parents may think Greg is a bad influence, but I see him as a middle school grade kid who can teach other kids what not to do at his age. **This book made me adore Manny because he handled his brother Greg very well. He knew what he needed to do to get his way.
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Mean Streak is the first book I’ve read from Sandra Brown, and now I need to look into reading more of her books. Mean...moreReview posted Book Lovin' Mamas
Mean Streak is the first book I’ve read from Sandra Brown, and now I need to look into reading more of her books. Mean Streak is full of suspense and mystery that will have you constantly turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. At least that is what Mean Streak did to me while I was reading it.
In Mean Streak, Dr. Emory Charbonneau is a runner who enjoys getting away for a while to train for her next marathon. Her husband though feels she spends too much time running and not enough time with him. They end up having a fight over her going for a run somewhere secluded in North Carolina. Emory enjoys training at higher elevations because it will help her during the actual marathon. This marathon that she is training for is important since she helped put it together for the charity. Her husband is furious with how life has been with them and feels compelled to do other things in the meant time. Emory goes off running, but she ends up waking up in a stranger’s cabin who is very mysterious and won’t even tell her his name. She should be fearing for her life, but the stranger reassures her he won’t hurt her. In fact, he is trying to figure out what happened to her. Emory’s husband is worried after a day of not hearing from her and her fellow partners at the clinic are wanting to know what happened. The mystery stranger that helped Emory is supposed to be taking care of something else, but he ends up being weary of the people that are looking for Emory.
Sandra Brown threw in a lot of twists and turns in Mean Streak. I had a hard time keeping up at first because there were so many characters telling their part in the story, but after a while I was able to keep up with it all. Towards the middle of the story is when it starts getting interesting. There is a little bit of romance in the story and it may bother some readers on what happened, especially with what occurs in the beginning. Once the story starts unraveling believe me you will not be able to put down this book. Sandra Brown doesn’t make it easy to put a book down with cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I would try to find a spot to bookmark to do something else, and Sandra would throw in a twist that would make me continue reading. Let’s just say I’m sleep deprived right now and that is okay. Naps are great during the day.
Things are not as expected in the mountains of North Carolina with what happened to Emory, and the stranger who seems to be the bad guy…may end up being a totally different kind of character. =)
I give this book 4.5 moons and recommend it to romantic suspense readers out there.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I read this to my 2.5 year old and she really got into the story. She was getting a kick out of the wiggle, wiggle, shake, shake, etc. Although, she w...moreI read this to my 2.5 year old and she really got into the story. She was getting a kick out of the wiggle, wiggle, shake, shake, etc. Although, she was scared at the end with the illustration with what happened to the pants, shirt, etc. My 2.5 year old loves to be read to, so when a book can make her get into it…you know it's a good book.
We're starting to think Devine will be the big reader in the family because the girl will have us read ten books all at once. She'll then attempt to read it through the illustrations in her own little world. =) (less)