I only had a very basic understanding of "the troubles" so found the book interesting from that perspective as there were things I...moreBook club May/June.
I only had a very basic understanding of "the troubles" so found the book interesting from that perspective as there were things I looked up after seeing them mentioned. This is YA but really could be middlegrade as there is little adult content and a lot of the conflict and historical background is skimmed over. It was an Ok read but lacked depth and most of the action took place off screen which meant that a lot of the time it feels like nothing is happening. (less)
More thriller than mystery this is a fastpaced well rounded read from kiwi author Greg Scowen.
Thomas Holder is a broken man after the kidnapping of h...moreMore thriller than mystery this is a fastpaced well rounded read from kiwi author Greg Scowen.
Thomas Holder is a broken man after the kidnapping of his young daughter. Obsessed with finding her, he stumbles upon a remote cult high in the Swiss mountains. The cult is not what it seems with lots of dark and dangerous secrets. Secrets that a young boy has discovered and is now running for his life.
Fast paced with likeable characters and good dialogue. (less)
I am following this eating plan which is basically no sugar or refined carbs. There is much more to it than that but thats the basic guts of it. The b...moreI am following this eating plan which is basically no sugar or refined carbs. There is much more to it than that but thats the basic guts of it. The book includes some research, some background about the authors and explanation of how the diet works. I liked it wasnt just "eat this" but covered more about the whys/hows as well. Though in saying that I would have liked a little more scientific input - sometimes I felt like the research side of things was more anecdotal than actual science.
As far as recipes go there is a good mix of things and I have tried a few with good success. I am only a few weeks into but have already lost weight (enough that I can feel it in the fit of my clothes).
As a lapsed christian/leaning agnostic I did find some of the Christian messages a little irrelevant to me. Particularly some of the messages in the relationships chapter (which the book would have been complete without). It's not "preachy" but there is definitely a flavour. I knew that when I bought the book and am happy to skip the bits that don't fit with my own beliefs. I know they have a huge following amongst Christian circles and those looking for a lifestyle plan that fits with their faith will enjoy it I am sure.
I think the recipe section could have a better layout/organisation (like do them by E or S rather than meal type) or a better index. Its a huge book and sometimes hard to just find the recipe you want.
I also think the book could have been half the chat, half the size and still covered off all the important bits.
A different take on zombie fiction - from the point of view of those infected, trapped inside bodies that are out of the minds control. Pretty gross i...moreA different take on zombie fiction - from the point of view of those infected, trapped inside bodies that are out of the minds control. Pretty gross in parts but well told. I liked the different viewpoints/scenarios. Not as good or as fleshed out (haha) as Wool though, but good enough I have bought another of Howey's books.(less)
An Ok listen but nothing spectacular. Post war coming of age meets mystery. Evie is a naive and grasping teenager who is on holiday with her self abso...moreAn Ok listen but nothing spectacular. Post war coming of age meets mystery. Evie is a naive and grasping teenager who is on holiday with her self absorbed (and sometimes mean) mother, and dodgy stepfather Joe. Both Evie's parents have their secrets and the arrival of someone from Joe's past makes all the secrets unravel. Plotwise this is an interesting story but all the characters are pretty unlikeable and though the narration was quite good, the story didn't grab me and it has taken a long time to finish. (less)
This book is written in the form of short vignettes. The poetry format works well as an audio, the narrator had a nice pace and pronunciation.
Told fro...moreThis book is written in the form of short vignettes. The poetry format works well as an audio, the narrator had a nice pace and pronunciation.
Told from the POV of a young teenage evacuee, the book tells the story of the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands during WW2. The US citizens of the islands were forcibly evacuated to temporary accommodations in Alaska "for their own safety" but the conditions were so bad that many died. On return to their homes after many years they found homes and villages destroyed or ransacked - not by the Japanese but by US soldiers.
It's another piece of war history I knew nothing about and I found it really interesting and absorbing. The story is really heartbreaking and I think the poetry format probably doesn't give as much emotional impact perhaps as a full novel might have done. I actually really enjoyed teh afterword at the end where one of the evacuees was interviewed and talked about her experiences during this time.
I think this would be an interesting book for the classroom. It reads like MG rather than YA I think. Very short - only 2hr of audio including the interview at the end.(less)
Interesting premise but I could just not get past the lack of editing I'm afraid. I do try hard to support self published authors but it is frustratin...moreInteresting premise but I could just not get past the lack of editing I'm afraid. I do try hard to support self published authors but it is frustrating when the quality of proofing and editing is this poor. (less)
I picked this from the library because I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation and it looked quite good. Probably not a book I might have chosen ot...moreI picked this from the library because I saw the trailer for the movie adaptation and it looked quite good. Probably not a book I might have chosen otherwise.
Henry is a 13yo who lives with his agoraphobic mother, Adele. One day they meet Frank in a store and take him home. Frank is an escaped convict.
Yep. A fairly hefty dose of suspension of disbelief is required for this plot set up.
If you can get past the absurdity of welcoming a wounded man into your home without asking any questions then the next part of the book is actually rather sweet. Adele and Frank fall in love and there are some lovely scenes that explore trust, love, family and belonging. Over the long labor day weekend it seems that Frank and Adele and Henry have finally found happiness and a place to belong.
I have read reviews complaining about the writing conventions and lack of speech marks etc. In the audio version this is not an issue and I never had any confusion over thoughts vs speech. I also liked the narrators style and his change of voice for Frank's dialogue.
My major gripe with this book is that is really a sort of coming of age type story. Henry is going through puberty and there is SO MUCH focus on sex - thinking about sex, fantasizing about sex, listening to his mother have sex, talking about sex, dreaming about sex. I am no prude by any means, it just felt completely overdone and got a bit boring after awhile. Perhaps it is true that teenage boys think about nothing else but frankly it doesnt make for particularly interesting reading.
There is nothing truly terrible about this book, but there is nothing really great either. It's good but it's no 5 star read.(less)
Probably more like a 3.5 stars. I feel a bit conflicted because Code Name Verity was one of my favourite books from last year and remains one of the mo...moreProbably more like a 3.5 stars. I feel a bit conflicted because Code Name Verity was one of my favourite books from last year and remains one of the most memorable books I've ever read. Rose doesn't have the same clever crafting or sucker punch plot twist that Verity had - instead it has mediocre poetry that is trying to be more profound and meaningful that it really is.
Rose Under Fire is the story of another young female pilot. Rose is a transport pilot who ends up being captured by german fighters and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. The majority of the book occurs at the camp with intermittent flashforwards to the present day, (immediately removing some of the suspense because you already know she survives). Conditions at the camp are abhorrent as you would expect and Wein does a half decent job of describing the atrocities that happened there to young Polish women who were subjected to extreme medical experimentation (nicknamed the "rabbits"). The camp chapters are gripping reading but moreso for the content rather than the writing. The recurring theme is that the rabbits story must be told, that someone must "tell the world" and I applaud Wein for choosing to tell this particular story. It is a good reminder of how far reaching the Nazi evil was and how war time horrors happened to so many people, from all walks of life and religions.
Overall though I didn't feel as emotionally invested as I did in Verity. I don't know why. I cried near the end when Rose meets Roza again, but at the 90% mark it felt a bit like too little, too late.
Despite my misgivings about the writing/poetry device/lack of emotional connect, it is an important story. Important that people are still "telling the world", that we don't forget, that we remember and bear witness, and for that I have been generous and gave it 4 stars. (less)