I don't read a lot of middle grade, but I liked this one! I haven't read the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, but from what I know about them, I think kidsI don't read a lot of middle grade, but I liked this one! I haven't read the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books, but from what I know about them, I think kids who like those books will really like Dead Jed.
I like Jed, and how hard he tried to fit in, even though he has a medical condition that basically means he's a zombie. I really like that it's something that he has to deal with during the entire book, and that you see who Jed really is. Being a zombie is only part of who Jed is, and he's just a normal kid trying to get through 7th grade. It made the book a lot more original and different, and it really highlighted how horrible it can be to be different in middle school.
Dead Jed is definitely clever and light-hearted and witty, and I couldn't help but laugh a few times throughout the book. It's definitely a fun book that also has a lot of heart. And Jed is definitely bullied and has to deal with people who aren't tolerant of his condition, but I really liked how he dealt with it.
I liked the pop culture references, especially the zombie pop culture references. You can't go wrong with Michael Jackson's Thriller, especially at a school dance!
Let's Rate It: Dead Jed is a fun book, and it's definitely a great middle grade read- but I think a lot of people would enjoy this story, regardless of age. Dead Jed gets 3 stars....more
I'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgaI'm definitely fascinated with World War 2, especially with Nazi Germany, so when I was intrigued by this biography of Goebbels when I saw it on netgalley. I know the name and that he was charge of propaganda, but other than that, I didn't know anything, so I definitely wanted to learn more about him.
This biography is definitely daunting and very, very detailed- it's an astounding 900+ pages, and it was definitely a marathon of a book. Nothing really jumped out at me as particularly interesting, other than Goebbels studied philosophy and that he was loyal to Hitler, to the point of murdering his children before taking his own life. I feel like, at the end of the book, I knew as much about him as I did before I started the book.
It's definitely dense (and on the dry side) and I had to fight the urge to skim the book (which I maybe did at certain points throughout the book). I don't know that it's the best book for someone who doesn't know much about Goebbels, and since it leans more to the scholarly end of things, it might be better suited for people who are really into World World 2 and Nazi Germany (especially those close to Hitler).
This biography really goes into depth about Goebbels and why he did the things he did, and what made him tick. It's also a really good look at some of what was going on during that time, because of his journals. It's also why it's a slow read, because it's very meticulous.
Let's Rate It: This biography is definitely not a book for everyone, but still worth checking out for historians and students or for anyone studying the Holocaust or the Nazi's (or World War 2). Goebbels: A Biography gets 2 stars....more
I've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought II've been meaning to read The Princes Of The Tower for quite a while, so it's about time I actually read it! I liked it but not as much as I thought I would.
As much as I love Weir, it's a book you need to go into with some knowledge of the time period and the people. I've read several books about the Tudors, but I know very little of the events that led to the Tudors taking the throne, so for a few chapters, I felt really confused by all of the names and events.
It definitely felt like Weir set out to prove that Richard III was the one behind the mysterious murders of the two Princes, and it did feel like Weir didn't go into this as objectively as one would think. She does make some good points, and Richard III does seem like the likeliest suspect, but I don't know that he's as evil as Weir would make him out to be.
Still, it's a really good overview of the time, and the events that led to the reign of Henry VII. There is quite a bit of information, and I like that Weir mentions sources from that time period. I did get the sense that there's not a lot we know, and that some of the sources may be sketchy. Still, with some of the things that have come out over the last few years, with the discovery of Richard III's grave, I'd be curious to see a more updated book.
Let's Rate It: The Princes In The Tower was an interesting read, and it's a good overview of the time. It did seem slightly biased against Richard III and it's not the best for people who aren't super familiar with the time period. It still has some interesting things to think about. The Princes In The Tower get 3 stars....more
When I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like MadeWhen I saw this biography on netgalley, I was intrigued because I know the name, but not the person behind the name. Unfortunately, I didn't like Mademoiselle as much as I thought.
It was very interesting to how she got into fashion, and what her early life was like. It did get very repetitive at times- it was tiring to read that Chanel wanted to re-write her own life over and over and over. Mademoiselle was very detailed and had a lot of information- too much information for me. There were times when I skimmed the book (mostly at the end of the book), just because I couldn't take in any more details. For me, there was so much detail that nothing really stood out to me. Sometimes it felt like names and events were thrown at me. And it felt much more like we got all of the different people and events that had an influence on Chanel personally and professionally, and not a lot about Chanel. I know that they all had a big impact on her life, but I wish I walked away with a better sense of Chanel.
I did like that there were photos and quotes from Chanel herself scattered throughout the book. It made Chanel much more real to see her own words throughout the book. It also seemed like a very objective look at Chanel's life, but as a result, it seemed a little dry, and I would have liked the little something extra that seemed missing. I do think anyone who's curious about Chanel and anyone who's into fashion will like this book.
Let's Rate It: Mademoiselle got a little too detailed and was a little too repetitive at times, which made it okay for me. It's still an interesting look at the person who started this huge and iconic company. Mademoiselle gets 2 stars.
*I received Mademoiselle from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review...more
I really liked Pure! I wasn't sure about it at first, but as I kept reading, I became more and more fascinated by this world. I mean, the DetonationsI really liked Pure! I wasn't sure about it at first, but as I kept reading, I became more and more fascinated by this world. I mean, the Detonations happened, and people are fused to whatever happened to be near them when they happened. Like fans or doll heads...and for some mothers, their children are fused to them. It's an odd, scary world, and it's one I wouldn't want to live in.
This world is so vividly dark and oppressive and horrible, and the fact that some people are okay just because they happen to be in the Dome- at least, okay in the sense that they don't have this damaged bodies. I feel like there's so much more to this world than what we get in this book. I'm definitely intrigued enough to keep reading the series- not right away, as this series can wait, but I'm intrigued enough to keep going.
Pure was hard to get into at first, because I wasn't quite sure what was going on- and it does take some time to get into the book. Once things get going, it was pretty interesting, even though I wasn't completely sure why bombs were dropped, and why it's so important that the earth regenerate itself. I'm not sure if I missed something, or it wasn't explained, or if it's something we're getting in the other books in the series.
I'm also not sure about the multiple narrators- I actually didn't mind that Pressia and Partridge narrated, as the story focuses on them. You really got a sense of what things were like and how different things were, depending on whether you were in the dome or not. Every once in a while, you'd get a chapter from one of the other characters, which made it interesting, because you got all of these different perspectives. At the same time, it meant that there was a lot to keep up with, and that made the story a little less enjoyable.
I think this book leans more towards the adult end of the spectrum, but at the same time, I think it's something older teens would like to. So it's kind of YA, but it's kind of adult too.
Let's Rate It: I really liked Pure, more than I thought I would! I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, because I'm curious about quite a few things. Pure gets 4 stars....more