I have read several books by Karen Pokras Toz, and after reading this ARC, it looks like she has a hit on her hands again with this tale of a little gI have read several books by Karen Pokras Toz, and after reading this ARC, it looks like she has a hit on her hands again with this tale of a little girl who wants to dance, and the vivid memories of a former Soviet Union ballerina.
Georgie and her family move to a new city because of an ailing grandmother. Until then she'd been taking dance lessons, which she loves, but now there's no money in the budget because the new classes are too expensive. And so she schemes to figure out ways to earn enough to help pay for them (with the help of her best friend, via phone calls and a visit). Until then, she bakes pies and visits her grandma in the nursing home.
There she meets Eve, and quickly discovers that the woman used to dance with Paulina, a girl Georgie considers to be the most talented ballerina ever. Eve shares stories of growing up in Russia, of being chosen to represent the country as a dancer, and meeting and befriending Paulina.
Ms. Toz transitions nicely from the past to the present, and while the book was written for middle grade girls, I found myself thinking it's a good book for girls of any age - even girls my age. :)
I really enjoyed Georgie's perspectives, but I loved the historical value in Eve's memories even more.
The story will grab you from page one, and keep you mesmerized until the last page. ...more
I was given a copy of this novelette as a gift, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Given that it doesn't take much to give me nightmares, there were a coupleI was given a copy of this novelette as a gift, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Given that it doesn't take much to give me nightmares, there were a couple of places that I skimmed over, but other than that, I was drawn into the story from the first page.
It was easy to see from page one that Azazel was going to be someone I wouldn't like...and this proved to be true through to the last page. I would have liked to have seen more of Keres, but quickly realized that her role in the story wasn't the important one. Haedyn was the focus, and I really liked her, how caring she was about her fellow orphans.
I don't know that I can actually say anymore without giving away some key points of the story, but the ending definitely makes me want to read the next installment in this series. I'll probably have to do some more skimming over the scary/gruesome parts (if there are any, and I expect there will be based on this book), but I would like to see what happens to Haedyn after what happened at the end of The Unnamed. ...more
I was given an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of Millicent Marie is Not My Name to read and review for Karen Pokras Toz. Wow, did it bring back a lot of mI was given an ARC (Advance Reading Copy) of Millicent Marie is Not My Name to read and review for Karen Pokras Toz. Wow, did it bring back a lot of memories…like spelling my name ‘Christie’ for my entire ninth grade year (because back then, I hated the way my parents spelled it), being the least talented student in drama…and having a crush on the most talented guy (although I had a crush on him for all of junior high).
Millicent Marie, aka Amanda, is the poster child for almost all tween and teenage girls in the world. Because most girls are never part of the coveted clique. You know, that group of pretty, talented, and popular girls who either don’t know you exist…or do know…and go out of their way to make your life miserable. Because everyone knows that members of the clique aren’t known for being kind.
Thanks to an annoying, mischievous little brother, Millicent Marie finds herself the owner of a blog, under the name she wishes were hers-Amanda. Yes, her brother set it up and published part of her diary. To her surprise, fellow students loved it so, rather than deleting it as planned, she continues with it as a sort of tell all, dirt-dishing expose of her school, classmates and life in general.
Millie loves her new-found fame, even though people don’t know her true identity. Along the way she struggles to keep her secret, even from her best friend, has fun when the blog also turns into a bit of an advice column, and she gets the chance to help a very troubled student. Millie learns a bit about bullying, too, which is (I think) the main theme of the book. It’s a good, and much needed, theme.
I’ll admit that I am a little nervous about reading and reviewing middle-grade books, but I really enjoyed Millicent Marie is Not My Name. In fact, I was very surprised at how much I liked it. I would highly recommend it for daughters, granddaughters, nieces…and girls in your life. There might even be some boys who would get a kick out of it....more
Thorns of Decision picks up where Roots of Insight left off. The problem is, Ms Puttroff is one of the most patient authors I've ever read. In other wThorns of Decision picks up where Roots of Insight left off. The problem is, Ms Puttroff is one of the most patient authors I've ever read. In other words, if you want an immediate answer to the cliffhanger from book two...you'd better develop some patience, too! And I mean that in the best way. Good things come to those who wait, so even though you're not going to get your answers immediately, it's more than worth it.
Fortunately my impatience was rewarded with more excellent storytelling as we get to know most of the cast of the Duskgate Chronicles better. And we get to see the relationship between Quinn and William grow into something a little bit more than friendship.
As Thomas recovers from injuries received during his imprisonment, the troubles with Tolliver continue to escalate, and it's not without casualties. As the title indicates, decisions must be made by numerous characters, and I found myself wishing I could read faster to find out what those decisions might be. Now I wish that Ms Puttroff would write faster because I want to know what happens next.
If you've enjoyed the first two books, you'll really love this one. As another reviewer stated, this is definitely the best of the three. The only thing is, I've thought all of them were the best. ...more
I started reading The Winner based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, of all people. Frankly I'd never heard of the author before, but decided toI started reading The Winner based on a recommendation from my eye doctor, of all people. Frankly I'd never heard of the author before, but decided to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. I'm even more glad I gave up on the hardcover library book and, instead, got the Kindle version (it's much lighter!).
The Winner is a surprisingly interesting and good book. The characters seem very real and you choose your sides very early on. The plot is something else. Even though I'm a writer, I can't imagine coming up with something that intricately planned. It just baffles the mind the twists and turns in this book. Just when you think you've got something figured out, it takes another direction and you're left scratching your head.
My only real problem with the book is that Mr. Baldacci writes some of the longest paragraphs I've ever seen...some nearly a page long. If you're distracted by something, it's a little harder to find your place than it would be if they were broken up a little better.
However it isn't enough of a detriment to keep me from reading more of his work. David Baldacci is a gifted author and I intend to enjoy at least some of his other books....more
I fell in love with Seeds of Discovery right here on GoodReads, when Ms Puttroff only had three or four chapters posted. When she finished, so I couldI fell in love with Seeds of Discovery right here on GoodReads, when Ms Puttroff only had three or four chapters posted. When she finished, so I could finish it, I could hardly wait until Roots of Insight was published. And I wasn't disappointed.
This installment in the Dusk Gate Chronicles is every bit as good as the first, with a good bit more mystery and tension. If you hated Tolliver in Seeds of Discovery, you'll hate him more in Roots of Insight.
You'll also find yourself in a quandary over who you like better, William, Zander or Thomas (and maybe like me, wish Quinn would be cloned!). You'll wish you could read faster when someone turns up missing, and the search winds up taking some time, because you just want them found. And you'll be biting your nails to the quick as you wait to see how one particularly stressful scene plays out.
Finally, when you reach the final, surprise ending, you won't be able to wait for the third book in the series to be released. There are more mysteries to solve, more questions that need answered...and that last cliffhanger sentence will leave you wishing book three was available NOW....more
Breeana Puttroff first came to my attention right here on GoodReads. I had read the first three chapters of her Seeds of Discovery, Dusk Gate ChroniclBreeana Puttroff first came to my attention right here on GoodReads. I had read the first three chapters of her Seeds of Discovery, Dusk Gate Chronicles,just loved it, and felt very privileged that she allowed me to continue reading it, as she finished each chapter. I was also quite relieved as I didn't want to have to wait until the book was released to find out what happened.
Let me just say that as a grown woman, I just love Seeds of Discovery. It's a magical journey through a veritable Eden, with characters that just melt your heart. Except one, and she wrote him so well I truly hate him. And I did from almost the first moment he entered the story.
As I've said before, my only problem with the book is that the second one isn't finished yet. I would be very surprised if this series doesn't leave the Twilight and Morganville Vampires in the dust....more