Parker’s falling and although she says she doesn’t want assistance, you can’t help but feel there’s a part of her that reaching out for someone. PerhaParker’s falling and although she says she doesn’t want assistance, you can’t help but feel there’s a part of her that reaching out for someone. Perhaps it’s the bottle of Jack Daniels that she keeps in her locker at school, hidden front and center or the way she reminisces back to her previous life, the way she shined for herself and those who mattered. For now though, she is crumbling, she can’t keep her head above water, she failing in school, her friends and her family are concerned for her welfare and she really doesn’t care about anything. What caused this sudden change in the girl who had everything going for her? As Parker muddles through her life now, we are given flashbacks into Parker’s previous life, Parker the perfectionist, the girl who was on top and we witness just how fast someone can tumble. There were times I found myself talking to the characters, committed and attached to them I was now consumed and attached to their lives. Just like in the other novels that I have read by Courtney Summers, the emotions and the drama were front and center, and as a reader I was wrapped up inside these pages and forgot the world outside. ...more
This book exceeded my expectations. I knew little about the females of the Middle East and this book enlightened me about the Afghanistan population,This book exceeded my expectations. I knew little about the females of the Middle East and this book enlightened me about the Afghanistan population, more than I ever imagined. If you could see my copy, you would know that I enjoyed this book immensely. I have pages of notes pertaining to this book that have opened my eyes and I have talked about this book with many others, it has definitely made an impact on my life. Gender equality, gender power and gender identity issues are words that run deep in this region of the world. I was shocked to learn just how important sons were for this region, so important that a female in the household will dress and act as a male to play this role should a boy not be born into the household. How long they hold out in this charade depends on a few factors which the author digs into and shows us, the reader. The author brings to us the lives of a few individuals who are walking in these very shoes. I found their lives very fascinating and interesting. The pros and the cons are examined and I felt that the author provided a very thoroughly job explaining this complicated life which is so different from our very own but also has a few characteristics of issues that we deal with here in our own country. The author addresses many subjects in the book surrounding the female individual including marriage, jobs, divorce and children. The author brings us personal stories and females who have walked the walk in these different situations so we hear firsthand what their lives were like and/or what they are experiencing firsthand. There is nothing like hearing it come from a person who has actually lived in those conditions. I felt so connected and informed about the females in this region and I know bits of my heart were breaking but to them, they knew no different. I could sing praises of this book forever and I know my husband is probably sick of me reading quotes of the book to him so read this book. The author will take you on a journey where you will meet some individuals who are trying to rise above it all.
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I have a fascination with ducks. Something about how they take care of one another and how they fly in formation amazes me. Whenever I see ducks, I thI have a fascination with ducks. Something about how they take care of one another and how they fly in formation amazes me. Whenever I see ducks, I think it’s a sign of good luck and of course, when they fly overhead…. I have to stop and watch. Patricia Polacco’s book titled John Philip Duck was a fun and delightful book about a boy and his duck. Patricia tells her story with wonderful illustrations that capture your heart and can tell the whole story just by looking at the pictures. I really enjoy the individual faces in her book. By just looking at the characters facial expressions, you can feel their emotions and the story coming through. Her stories are quite lengthy as she has a heartfelt story to tell so don’t expect to finish this story in a few minutes but the time spent is well worth it. Patricia takes you back through time as the ducks swim around in the hotel lobby after the bellman has rolled out the red carpet for them, you’re so proud of Edward and his hard work that you feel the music as he taps his stick. Patricia did it again with another outstanding book. ...more
4.5 stars Out with her girlfriend one night, Olivia heads back to the office to pick up a few things. Her boyfriend, tipsy after having a few, attacks4.5 stars Out with her girlfriend one night, Olivia heads back to the office to pick up a few things. Her boyfriend, tipsy after having a few, attacks her and begins to rape her. The building owner comes to her rescue and Simon is hauled off to jail. Alexander, the building owner named one of the country’s most eligible bachelors by Esquire Magazine is now standing in front of Olivia. How she had not met him before since they both have offices in the same building is amazing? They both feel an instant attraction towards each other. They end up running into each other accidently many times after that and Olivia is totally into him. Olivia has a no commitment rule when dating but with Alexander, she might have to bend the rule. Alexander feels he knows Olivia from his past as there are many coincidences that are the same after talking to her, that remind him of a girl named Olivia that he grew up with. His childhood friend Olivia supposedly died but how can what the girl in front him says be exactly the same as his childhood friend? Having father’s that worked in the CIA might have something to do with that and with Alexander owning a security company; Alexander starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Olivia has dreams of a green-eyed boy and as her relationship with Alexander deepens, her dreams becomes more vivid and detailed. Olivia is ready to bend her rule and have a relationship with Alexander but he would rather take it slow. Slow for Alexander does not mean a drawn-out relationship but rather a passionate and sensual one. When their relationship takes off, they cannot get enough of each other. Oh, life is good while lips are closed. Alexander is afraid of revealing what he has discovered and for Olivia, history repeats itself again. I’m ready for book 2!!
The mystery around the Olivia’s had me going. Kiera was a strange friend, she listens to Olivia and provides her advice but she leaves her when they go out together. I just would not do that if I went out with my friend. It’s not like they go out all the time so when she does go out, she just leaves her when Kiera finds someone, just weird for me. Olivia was able to be pampered a bit by Alexander and I think she enjoyed it to a point and then she got nervous. They spent a lot of time enjoying each other physically which surprised me since they both are not used to relationships. The Mr. and Mrs. titles that they called each other were different and considering the characters, it was a great addition. I can’t wait to read the second book. For Adults only as there is sexual situations and language.
I won this book from Back Off My Book January Release of the Month Giveaway - thanks Jenn and T.K. Leigh. ...more
In Tumble & Fall we fall three characters as Persephone is circling back to earth’s orbit with its intention of wiping out the planet. NASA is senIn Tumble & Fall we fall three characters as Persephone is circling back to earth’s orbit with its intention of wiping out the planet. NASA is sending up a nuclear rocket to blow up this asteroid in an attempt to deflect it from hitting Earth and with it being the only option left, it is risky but it’s the only way. Caden has been tracking this asteroid for years as he has been following the news. Living with his mother, Caden is accustomed to his meager lifestyle since his father walked out on their family for a younger woman. When suddenly Caden is kidnapped, he is face-to-face with his father which he has not seen in years. Fantastic accommodations and a lavish lifestyle are his now for the taking. Caden is overcome with emotions. Sienna is hanging out with Owen, who has teamed with a group of individuals working on a boat which they hope will save them from the impending disaster when it strikes. Going against her father wishes, she finally feels like she belongs to something as she sneaks out to be with Owen and do something rather than just wait for the impending disaster to strike. Zan is helping Nick research a receipt she found in a book in the remains of a car accident that took the life of Leo, her boyfriend. Nick is hoping that the mystery girl Vanessa and her connection to Leo will answer some questions she has about the last days Leo was alive. With only three days before the missile is released, a few individuals are on edge, while others party and others live like it is just another day. It really makes you think, what would you do?
I think the author did a great job with character development. I liked all the characters and sometimes, I had to remember who was connected to whom but I knew them and I could relate to them. What I didn’t care for was the impending disaster. I didn’t think it really needed to be in there. I waited for something big or tragic to happen to bring a couple of the individuals together in the book and it didn’t happen till the end and I just did not get it. I think it would have been a better book if it would have been a fiction book without the asteroid feature. I’d read another one of Alexandra’s book but please no asteroids, give me a fiction book with just great characters and some catching drama. The cover of this book caught me this time. Thanks Fierce Reads for the copy of this book. I appreciate it! ...more
Deep in the Ozark Mountains is the town of Henbane and if you are stranger to these parts, don’t plan on staying. People in this area, don’t tend to aDeep in the Ozark Mountains is the town of Henbane and if you are stranger to these parts, don’t plan on staying. People in this area, don’t tend to appreciate or welcome strangers. Lila has been part of the foster system since her parents died and she just needed a job for a couple years to make some money. A month later, Lila found herself sitting on a Greyhound bus holding a signed 2 year contract for a live-in position in Henbane. Her new home would be a garage supplied with the bare necessaries, and I mean bare. Thinking her new life would consist of cleaning and cooking, Lila did not expect to meet up with the likings of Crete. Crete seemed like the perfect gentlemen but the noise around town is different and no one messed with Crete. Lucy lives with her father who travels a lot for work. Birdie checks in on Lucy just in case she needs anything. Lucy’s mother disappeared when she was a child leaving individuals speculating exactly what happened to her. When the pieces of Cheri Stoddard’s body appears, stuffed inside a tree, Lucy becomes fixated on solving the mystery of Cheri’s disappearance and murder. Lucy never considered herself a childhood friend of Cheri’s but in Cheri’s eyes, Lucy was her only friend. As Lucy tries to uncover the mystery, she begins to wonder if the two disappearances aren’t related. Trying to conceal her investigation, without upsetting the balance in this small chattering town, is quite difficult work for Lucy. As the plot thickens and you get to know more about the community of Henbane, you get drawn in and you see the layers of the town building.
Told in alternating chapters at first, you get the story from Lucy’s and Lila’s viewpoint and then later in the book other chapters are titled with other characters from the story. The thickening of the story and the layers of the story made the story fascinating to me, pulling me forward making me want to put the pieces together. As Lucy does her investigative work, you can feel the tension in the air and the anxiety building for all the parties involved and I wanted to read faster yet I didn’t want to skip any important details. Poor Lila too. She had such high dreams and yet her circumstances when she arrived just keep getting cloudier and cloudier. Then when she met Carl, a light was lit. I found myself yelling at the book and covering my mouth with my hand, daring myself to read on. I wanted to know more yet I knew the other characters motives and personalities and what lied ahead, might not be the best results. The bond in the community and within the family was portrayed and written so well. There was something about the dialogue in this book that also impressed me. I don’t usually comment on this but I thought it was done extremely well. Great flow and exemplified more of the characters individualism. Great debut by Laura and can’t wait to see more of her writings.
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3.5 stars. Austin a.k.a Porcupine and Robby are 10th graders at Curtis Cane Lutheran Academy. These two are so different from one another which make th3.5 stars. Austin a.k.a Porcupine and Robby are 10th graders at Curtis Cane Lutheran Academy. These two are so different from one another which make their friendship so great and unique. Robby has a car, his mother buys him cigarettes and he is also a homosexual. Austin feels disconnected from his parents, he has a girlfriend and yet he is uncertain about his sexuality. The boys at the high school like to pick on them and after an altercation, Austin and Robby’s skateboards and shoes are now on top of the Pancake House at the dwindling Ealing Mall. After closing, the boys decide to get their things and while they are up on the roof, they locate a trapdoor to the Attic to Stellar Consignment Shop. Temptation strikes! The boys make their way into the closed shop. Being familiar with this store, Austin shows Robby the highlights but the real showcase is the owner’s private office. Being new territory for both the boys, the office is like a freak show. Strange and intriguing items line the office shelves and just as the boys are getting familiar with these items, they hear voices. The same high school boys who had the perfect aim with their boards and shoes are now inside the shop. Austin and Robby hide while the older boys check out the office and they stop at the same glass-sealed globe that had Austin and Robby’s attention just a few minutes ago. The world would have been a better and quieter place had the boys learned and followed the manners someone should have taught them about leaving things alone that do not belong to them but in this case, the town of Ealing will never be the same. As the amount of victims count starts to rise, no one seems to know what is happening; the world is oblivious to what is occurring in Iowa. Austin, a history recorder, has another event for the books as these six-legged, sex-crazed bugs hatch out of the citizens of his small town.
It was definitely a fun, crazy read. I really enjoyed the plot as the three friends tried to handle the crisis together while their town was falling apart. Austin and Robby had a great friendship and I liked that they were totally different in a lot of distinct ways, they complimented each other. The story moves in a fast pace and I didn’t want to put the book down until I had finished the last page. Austin was so confused about his sexuality and both Robby and his girlfriend Shann knew this. Sex was talked about a lot in this book as they both pondered issues dealing with their sexuality, both in a serious and a light tone. Austin was so serious about recording history and he wanted to get things down so people in the future would not forget. There were times when I was reading that I was getting frustrated as the words kept repeating themselves. I don’t mind reading someone twice but after reading something three times and I was ready to scream, “I know this already, move on!” The author liked to poke fun of the people of Iowa and being from Iowa, some of them were funny. Don’t get me wrong, just because I am from the state does not make me upset about these but I think there were too many of them. Just like the repeated information, I felt this line was repeated and it lost its effect. “Food descriptions work well in Iowa, women in Iowa wear them (hairnets), in Iowa, there are cameras trained on corn, people in Iowa like to bowl.” These are just a few of the many punches Andrew had and I had to laugh at some of them but others, they just lost their effect. Lots of imagination going on in this book, it’s quirky, great sci-fi and it will definitely make you smile. For mature readers only as the language and subject matter is strong.
Thank you Goodreads and the publisher for this copy. I was a First-Reads winner of this book....more