Charming drawings and honest anecdotes from a Japanese-American teenage girl's return visit to Japan one summer. Christine Mari Inzer stays with her JCharming drawings and honest anecdotes from a Japanese-American teenage girl's return visit to Japan one summer. Christine Mari Inzer stays with her Japanese grandparents for the summer to stay and shares bits and pieces about her experiences. Like the author, I visited both Tokyo and Kyoto on a summer vacation with my husband and two teenage daughters that very same summer (2013) so I felt familiar with the places and culture that Christine discovers. Reading this book was a fun way for me to reminisce about my trip plus I think it's super special that this book was written and published by the author at seventeen years old! I even enjoyed reading the acknowledgements. :)
I think this travelogue graphic novel is a great way for teens or pre-teens to get a straightforward glimpse into what it would be like to visit Japan....more
I picked up this book knowing nothing about it beyond the book blurb and that it won best romance in the 2016 goodreads reader's choice awards and I'mI picked up this book knowing nothing about it beyond the book blurb and that it won best romance in the 2016 goodreads reader's choice awards and I'm so glad I went into it blindly because I think it had a greater impact on me than if I knew what it was about. I had no preconceived notions on what the main character Lily Bloom should or shouldn't have done regarding the conflict(s) in the story. My impressions and responses grew organically with Lily as the story progressed and this helped me truly understand what she was going through. I'm deeply moved by this story and it has opened my eyes in new ways to a subject matter of which we should all be made better aware. ...more
A beautifully and thoughtfully written story about a young girl who loses her family to a disaster in the local city while she stayed home to tend theA beautifully and thoughtfully written story about a young girl who loses her family to a disaster in the local city while she stayed home to tend the farm. The entire region is in disarray and slowly recovering from this horrific incident. This is a story about anger, grief, the fragility of humanity and the struggle to survive. It's also about hope. An impressive, albeit short book, that is both profound and eloquent. Highly recommend....more
The book blurb explains the gist of the book’s plot quite well, so no need to summarize the storyline for this one. Needless to say, Mercy is separateThe book blurb explains the gist of the book’s plot quite well, so no need to summarize the storyline for this one. Needless to say, Mercy is separated from Adam and the pack physically and pack-communication-wise for most of the book, which is part of what makes this one so interesting, I think. The story is told in somewhat alternating views of Mercy and Adam, allowing the reader to piece together the motivations and consequences of everyone’s actions as the storyline progresses. The story starts out suspenseful from the very first few pages and doesn’t let up until the very end. When the story wasn’t propelled by dialogue and action, it was propelled by Mercy’s inner dialogue as she worked with the information she knew about the history and folklore of the region in which she finds herself, various supernatural beings, as well as her own experiences to figure out what was happening to her and why and what she could do to save herself and everyone else. Never a dull moment with our Mercy, is it? We’ve all come to accept the fact that wherever Mercy goes, trouble seems to follow. Or is it that wherever trouble is, Mercy ends up in there in the middle of it? Either way, this book won’t disappoint fans of the Mercyverse series. There’s a lot of page time with some of the most prominent characters—wolf, vampire and witch, as well as some interesting new characters. I loved every minute of the time spent reading this book and am already looking forward to the next novel set in this world from Patricia Briggs....more
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that was as impossible to put down as this one so it gets five stars from me! A Promise of Fire is the first bIt’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that was as impossible to put down as this one so it gets five stars from me! A Promise of Fire is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy with a Greek mythology influence. Our heroine Cat has kept her identity and her powers quiet by hiding within a traveling circus. Until, that is, she gets discovered by a warlord of another territory who has been searching for the rare, so-called Kingmaker. This warlord, Beta Sinta finds Cat and basically abducts her for her powers. Yes, yes, he sounds horrible. Cat’s situation sounds horrible. But it’s not. Well it is, but it’s not. You should read the book and see what I mean. In the meantime, know the book is full of secrets, world politics, mythological gods, scary powers, horrific families and good families, adventure, humor, tension and lessons in friendship and of course, love....more
Better than I expected considering it was a play and not a novel (it was easier than I thought to get used to the flow of a play format), but it feltBetter than I expected considering it was a play and not a novel (it was easier than I thought to get used to the flow of a play format), but it felt awkward reading about my favorite Hogwarts students as adults with children and not the teenagers they will forever be in my heart, especially Harry. He didn't quite seem like the grownup Harry I imagined him to be, so that held me back from thoroughly enjoying the book. The plot with Albus, though, was at least a good one. The conflict and suspense was good and I was pleasantly surprised with a hefty dose of emotional impact towards the end. Really .. if you are a Harry Potter fan, you still don't want to miss this! ...more
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, I struggled staying interested in the characters or their story for most of the book. WhiA modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, I struggled staying interested in the characters or their story for most of the book. While the setting and plot seemed modern enough, aside from the spoiled teenage younger sister, Bunny, everyone else came across so outdated, as if their words and actions didn’t fit the context of the story. That was jarring to me and while I could see how the story was supposed to be witty and quaint, it just wasn’t. Instead I was a bit bored and uninvested. Things did pick up in the last couple of chapters, so I did finish the book happier than when I was in the middle of it.
I have read a few other reviews for Vinegar Girl and get the sense that a lot of readers feel this novel is not representative of the author’s best work. That's good news since Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and this one wasn't as impressive as I expected. I’m interested in reading another of Tyler's books, so if anyone has a recommendation, please let me know!...more
4.5 stars Really enjoying this series. Refreshing to read a romance in which the characters fall in love with each other for their true "character" an4.5 stars Really enjoying this series. Refreshing to read a romance in which the characters fall in love with each other for their true "character" and the physical attraction that grows out of loving someone.. not just some lust at first sight. Plus the fantasy world, its politics and conflicts are interesting and engaging! ...more
If you're a fan of Singh's Psy-Changeling series, of course you're not going to want to miss this anthology. Four novellas, all new stories.
"Echo ofIf you're a fan of Singh's Psy-Changeling series, of course you're not going to want to miss this anthology. Four novellas, all new stories.
"Echo of Silence" features the love story of human female Tazia and Psy male Stefan who both work on an underwater sea station. Touching to read as Tazia struggles with loneliness since her family hasn't spoken to her since she left home years ago. Also touching to see a cold, silenced Psy be the one to help her heal.
"Dorian" reveals a more in depth look into what Dorian went through as a latent changeling and how he finally became the changeling leopard he always wanted to be. A fun look into his life, but didn't feel like a complete story.. more like a collection of snippets from his life.
"Partners in Persuasion" features a changeling couple in which the female, Dezi, is a a dominant leopard and the male, Felix, is a submissive wolf. Talk about having the odds stacked against you.. but with a little advice from packmates and a lot of mutual attraction that they just can't deny, this couple learns how to take their relationship step by step to make it work. Very sweet story.
"Flirtation of Fate" is the love story of changeling wolves Kenji and Garnet. Garnet thought for sure that Kenji was going to be her mate someday, but he broke her heart big time on her twenty first birthday and they've never been close again since. Now they are investigating a murder together their mutual attraction is tough to deny. Not just attraction, but love, too. I liked this story line a lot but would have liked if Kenji showed more regret and emotional pain for what he did to Garnet. And Garnet was way to soft and easy on Kenji. Yes, she tried to tell him "too little too late" but I wanted her to make him see just how much he crushed her in the past and then work a lot harder to prove how much he's always loved her. ...more
As a fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, this book was a joy to read. It takes place after the events of Shards of Hope, in which the world iAs a fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, this book was a joy to read. It takes place after the events of Shards of Hope, in which the world is somewhat of a new place, after the war with the Psy and the fall of the PsyNet. The author has made it clear that this book is similar to the concept of a reunion book, where we get to see characters from throughout the series interact with each other and use their knowledge and skills to bring unity and safety to the changelings, humans and Psy who have become friends, family and pack members. For me, the story threads were fun to read, but perhaps not as interesting or complex as they are in Ms. Singh's typical novels. The story thread involving the missing BlackSea changeling was the most captivating. I'm looking forward to see where the series story arc goes from here. I'm sure readers won't be disappointed! ...more
While some things about this series continue to grate on my nerves, this book felt more in the style of the author's first Black Dagger Brotherhood boWhile some things about this series continue to grate on my nerves, this book felt more in the style of the author's first Black Dagger Brotherhood books, which is a good thing. More thoughts on this one to come.. ...more