In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until theBook description:
In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.
For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.
Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.
But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. .. And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.
Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .
I suggest you read all of the reviews. Many make good points, while others seem to be as brain washed and in denial as the characters in this book about women's current role in society.
It was ugly, vile, and disgusting because it is so very close to what all girls and women go through right now. Yes it could be worse for women. It has been worse & IS worse in many places. The women are treated and trained pretty much like women in the past have been and still are in many places. I mean honestly, right here today ... Who thinks women are not treated this way??? How many girls have eating disorders because society, other girls, the world, school, tells them they are not good enough? You are an out cast of you do not fit into your cheer leader, beauty pageant dress, fake it til you make it life, and as a woman you have your mother, wife, molds to fit into there too (you are taught to be submissive since birth & something is wrong with you if you are not society acceptable).
Very powerful and hits uncomfortably close to home.
such as : "I just didn't enjoy this" aren't the ones I am saying to pay attention to. I have read many books about slaves, Nazi Germany, abuse, etc. & I did not "enjoy" the book ... As in like the things that were happening in the book.
Some books need to be read to make you think. This is not a read for the enjoyment type of book, nor a feel good story. Hopefully it will make women think about what they accept and what they participate in! ...more
I honestly thought this book would be too far out there, Sci Fi / unbevable, but it is so wonderfully written and the sea people are described in a waI honestly thought this book would be too far out there, Sci Fi / unbevable, but it is so wonderfully written and the sea people are described in a way that just makes sense. Of course these creatures moved in from the sea. Of course they sent others to check out the area first. Of course there is a butt load of prejudice against them. ...more
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to aBook description:
"Be careful. Your next step may be your last."
Fifth grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined. In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.
I found this advanced copy of Fuzzy Mud very suitable for middle grade children. The story and characters go through a range of important topics that 5th grade & up children will find easy to relate to in their every day realities. Topics such as bullying, changing attitudes among peers, fitting in / not fitting in, are touched on as well as parenting and home life issues. Care for others, as well as caring for our environment, are topics presented in this suspenseful children's story.
The characters have many decisions to make that can have extraordinary results on their wellbeing and the world around them. I was provided a copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. Excitement and mystery are intertwined with the life lessons in this book to keep the story moving at an appropriate pace for young readers.
This is the first book I have read by Louis Sachar. I will be sharing this read with my 9 year old, who already confronts issues of unfairness, bullying, and changing roles among his friends as they grow older together. A middle aged child can gain a lot of understanding from this book, such as why some children may be acting mean to them, rather than just reacting to the unkindness with more unkindness. Understanding can possibly help as it does in this story. I found the story to be hopeful and encouraging. ...more
"One Night in Mississippi" is the story of a young activist named Graden Williams who is brutally murdered in Mississippi during theBook description:
"One Night in Mississippi" is the story of a young activist named Graden Williams who is brutally murdered in Mississippi during the sixties. After the perpetrators are charged but quickly released, Graden's brother, Warren, drifts aimlessly for decades, estranged from the rest of his family and struggling with the guilt that he feels over his brother's death. But when the U.S. Justice Department begins re-opening similar cases more than forty years later, he dedicates himself to bringing Graden's killers back to justice. A phoned tip after a television appearance leads him to a remote town in northern Ontario, where he meets Earl Olsen, the only murderer who is still at large, and a man who turns out to be very different from what Warren had expected.
I found this book to be very realistic about the times and circumstances in Mississippi. Even in the 1980's where I grew up in Alabama many of these nightmarish treatments still existed if you were not white. This novel struck a very realistically sad, but accurate nerve. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book for review purposes.
One Night in Mississippi is told from the perspective of Warren who is black and lost his strong willed brother via murder by a group of white men in 1965. We also hear from the youngest of the men, Earl who was no more than a scared white teen at the time of the murder who was also prejudiced against because of his being a "Yankee". These 2 main characters have been perfectly depicted by the author as they each faced their own guilt and horror that followed them throughout their lives.
The book mentions that good intending northerners came to the south to get the black people encouraged to fight (peaceably) for their rights, having good intentions, but no true grasp of what the dangers they and the black minority were truly in. At that time, the whites ruled the state, people, government, police ... It was a true night mare. I have heard someone say last year (in Mississippi) that they did not understand why so many white people remained quite. If you did not shit up, you'd find yourself hung with the black minority, careers destroyed (& often literally killed along with any black person who was "making a fuss ~ getting out of line".
I had to listen to black jokes in my public high school in the late 1980's, and knew there was nothing I could do other than look at the teacher disapprovingly. One Night in Mississippi brought back memories for me (as a white female growing up in the still prejudice south). I felt for the teen age white boy too because I could also relate to his situation. I can only imagine being black & knowing you can do nothing but hide. Women in the south were expected to shut up & bow down to men (if you oppose you are a trouble maker & without a man backing you, you can / could get very hurt too.
The book was very true to the guilt from both main characters. Of course the story is very sad. The subject is a very sober topic and an ugly time in history that needs remembered, improved still, and not sugar coating events hopefully will inform those who were not there to help prevent such perversions of hamamity from being repeated. ...more
“What we have here is a very high-quality junkie novel that happens to be about a unique case of vampirism.” —Evan Clark, author of MBook description:
“What we have here is a very high-quality junkie novel that happens to be about a unique case of vampirism.” —Evan Clark, author of Movers
WHEN WORN-OUT MUSICIAN DAN FERRY decides to take a shortcut back to the band's hotel, he picks the wrong dark alley to go down. Within days of being attacked by a bat-like creature, he becomes consumed with the need to drink human blood. Terrified of what will happen if he doesn't get his fix--and terrified of what he'll do to get it--he turns to his best friend and bandmate, Ray Ford, for help. But what the two don't know as they try to keep Dan's situation quiet is that the parasite driving Dan's addiction has the potential to wipe out humankind.
Poignant and terrifying, heartfelt and ingenious, Suckers is a story of sacrifice and friendship in the face of an alien contagion that threatens to destroy humanity.
"Mixing recent apocalyptic and zombie stories with classic vampire legends, Rider has come up with a daring and eminently readable new take on both." — Publisher’s Weekly
“Rider brings us convincingly into the life of a band on the road, and Dan and Ray’s bond helps ground this effective horror novel.” — Library Journal
“Touching and occasionally terrifying” — Booklist
In the first chapters I thought "yeah right, who wouldn't just go to the doctor already. Why make it so complicated." It seemed like a lot of work and secrecy over something that could be fixed by modern science, medicine, or a good doctor. Plus, you wouldn't want to spread it to the community right?!
I actually enjoyed the book more, and it seemed more believable when there was an actual reason not to seek help in public, from the hospital etc. Panic and human nature ran amuck and at that point hiding did seem the best option. The loyalty of friendship was a great bonus and likely the only thing that kept me reading at the beginning. Dan seemed completely taken in an unhealthy way with his friend / band mate Ray. At times his relationship with Ray was as addictive as his craving for blood. It is kind of ironic that Dan goes on & on about a fellow band mate's drug addiction, but has a blood addiction of his own.
I was provided this book free of charge for review purposes. I really didn't like the beginning of the book much, but became more interested in the situation after more people became infected with the bite. The descriptions of the parasites is deserving of a pukeish award. Very gory, gross, and down right disgusting. Blaaaa.
Fair read if you like gross, alien, undead, type things. Gets off to a somewhat slow start and gets even grosser once it gets interesting. Not the worse thing I have read this year. ...more
When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's aBook description:
When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team's soccer ball, everyone is upset including Ethan. Why can't he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate movesduring the championship game . . . he's happy that his grandma isn't ordinary."
I love these sweet children's books with the amazing grandparents. Aren't all grandparents amazimg though if they're involve with their grandkids? Ninja . Wow. Kids can get pretty demanding at times and they can't always be satisfied with the outcome of what they think they want,
I was given this book free for review. As in most cases, there is a little lesson that can be learned among the cool images of ninja grandma. Fun, fantastic, and very imaginative. Great book for young boys & a great gift idea from grandparents. ...more
Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings betwBook description:
Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed.
When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream.
Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.
Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.
Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.
First of all, he is your son!!! Not "the boy" & you actually gave him a name!! OK. now that I have that out of my system. I recall my own dad calling me "girl child" & it was actually meant as a term of endearment in a not so huggy, touchy, lovie family, so I can get that.
I was given this book free for an honest review & I honestly did not think the book would ever end. (AT FIRST) Once I began getting close to the end, I dreaded it. At times I strongly disliked the main character Eileen, but understood and admired her at other times. She was a very realistic character.... After all who is actually perfect? Do we not all have faults and sort comings, weaknesses, and strengths?
I think the hardest things to digest about the book is the fact that I could relate to quite a bit of it, good and bad ... How the characters sometimes felt, behaved & later regretted their behavior. I absolutely loved Eileen's husband Ed, but how could I not love his loyalty, humor, and later hopelessness. The struggles faced with an Alzheimer's family member is something I have never personally been through; my family dies of cancer long before their brain deteriorates like the man I this book. In places I would be in tears from what the mother (wife) & son were going through (as well as Ed's struggle with losing control of his life, yet still being aware enough to feel like a burden). There are several situations where Ed is at himself enough to be humorous when they are trying to "calm him" by telling him things that aren't exactly accurate.
I loved Eileen's determination to work herself into a better situation in life, and despite getting a lot of hard hits, I still respected her at the end (even mores since she did not just send Ed away when things got hard). She did not take the easy way out, and that still gains respect from some people. At first their teen son is a snot (not dealing well with losing his father eventhough his father is physically still there), but he grows too as the story (years) go on.
I have actually gotten a little teary recalling this LONG story. There is a lot of detail about Eileen's childhood - her adulthood - even her son's maturity into adulthood. Generations span, ideas change and evolve as life goes on. The story just would not have been the same nor had the same effect without what at times seems like a lot of pointless detil. As I was reading, I wished it would move on, but if it had passed more quickly with less detail the experience would not have been as meaningful in the end.
Not a quick read, but I will never forget it. So many feelings and understandings brought to life. I hope this book is around for many generations to enjoy....more
In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thrilleBook description:
In the tradition of Alan Furst, the #1 international bestselling author delivers his first stand-alone novel, a psychological thriller set in World War II Nazi Germany and 1970s England
British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.
In a moment of desperation, they throw two patients off the train and take their places, hoping they can escape later. But their act is too convincing and they end up in the Alphabet House, a mental hospital located far behind enemy lines, where German doctors subject their patients to daily rounds of shock treatments and experimental drugs. The pilots’ only hope of survival is to fake insanity until the war ends, but their friendship and courage are put to the ultimate test when James and Bryan realize they aren’t the only ones in the Alphabet House feigning madness.
Millions of fans around the world—and in this country—know Adler-Olsen for his award-winning Department Q series. His first stand-alone, The Alphabet House, is the perfect introduction for those who have yet to discover his riveting work.
A long and excruciating journey among enemies with the threat of death at every turn. This is a must read for those who love to explore the limitations of the human mind, and consider the limitless possibilities of perserverence.
I loved this book from the beginning. The amazing writing kept me in knots imagining having to fake insanity to survive among the highest ranking injured enemy Nazi German soldiers in a Nazi hospital deep behind enemy lines. James and his best friend are British soldiers hiding among the sick top level German soldiers, not only in danger of being discovered by the Nazi officials, but also in danger of being killed by fellow patients. Of course, any of the sick who were suspected of faking mental illness to get out of serving are executed in front of the others near immediately! Talk about pressure to perform. Most people would have truly lost their mind in that situation. I was amazed at the 2 soldier's ability to avoid flinching or showing reaction, fear, or any emotion while watching others being executed or tortured. James feared even showing recognition for each other among the insane patients and the watchful eyes of the patients faking insanity.
I was immediately drawn into the situation by James and Bryan's devotion to each other as friends, and fellow British soldiers. It quickly enough becomes apparent that they are life long friends which added to the urgency and need for them to stick together (in my mind). The story had changing points of view, helping me to understand why James was acting distant and did not want Bryan anywhere near him. James could understand what the German soldiers around them were saying privately at night, but Bryan could only understand English which lead to a lot of true confusion on Bryan's part. At times Bryan's genuine cluelessness helped him seem more insane ... If he had known how much danger he was in he might have broke down.
In this particular story, with so much going on, it really helped to see the situation through the different character's eyes. As the story went on, I had hoped that I knew what was going to happen and felt impatient towards the end. I went through a few chapters of information I felt like I really did not need, BUT the ending was well worth it.
Despite the abundance of information and wordiness in the last part of the book, I absolutely loved the book and it Has found a spot among the best books I have ever read. I feel it is important to point out, as the author did, that the book is about friendship / relationship, faithfulness, love, hope, devotion, perserverence, ... Not a "war" story. The setting (WWII) did lend the perfect amount of horror to their situation and a hopelessness to overcome. I was also impressed that despite the serious and dire situation James and Bryan were in, the author still managed to work in quite a bit of humor.
I was provided this book for an honest review. Any and all opinions are my own and not endorsed by others. ...more
Lou is an offbeat, sexy young woman who just happens to be a Daierwolf, able to transform into any animal she likes though she preferBook description:
Lou is an offbeat, sexy young woman who just happens to be a Daierwolf, able to transform into any animal she likes though she prefers to be a panther. Steeped in Daierwolf tradition and adept at living undetected among humans, Lou infiltrates the French secret service in order to track down a rogue Daierwolf who threatens to end the peaceful balance all other Daierwolves strive to maintain. As she tries to restore order in her community, as well as in the whole of Paris, she meets the man she didn't think existed: her perfect mate.
With an inimitable perspective on life, the constant threat of danger looming, and love in the air, Lou demonstrates time and again why humans should be thankful for animal instincts.
I read this book a few months ago and have thought over my opinion a bit. I liked the idea of the book, I am often drawn to characters who transform into something else ... Animals, monsters, physically and even metaphorically. I was excited to dig in after I received the book for review.
Once I began reading, there were things I could not quite put my finger on about the actual writing that bothered me as I read. The writing seemed unnecessarily repetitive and lacking in flow. I just learned today that the book I read is an English translation that was originally written in French. Perhaps some of the sentence flow or lack of smooth flow could be because of the translation.
I pressed forward eventhough I did not enjoy reading the story because I hoped it would get better after the first few chapters. I was disappointed because it felt like I was just reading some things over and over and the story itself did not seem to flow in a sensible manner.
I believe it could make a great story, and perhaps the French version might come together better. ...more
When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "description:
When love leads to death, be careful who you trust…
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods.
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body.
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER TEENAGE READERS. IT DEPICTS ADULT SITUATIONS, MURDER SCENES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX AND PROFANITY.
This book started out with a bang in a horrific and graphic scene with 18 year old girls bullying a 10 year old boy. A few pages into the story, I wondered if I would be able to stand such cruelty and explicit evil. I am glad I pressed beyond the 1st chapter. I read the entire book in 1 night because I had to know .... Everything. I received an advance copy of this book to provide an honest review / opinion of.
Once the initial shock of the events at the beginning of the book were over (the bullying scene), I was able to enjoy getting to know Emily and Jake. Jake was a mysterious character and I wondered about him the entire book. I was really pulling for him not to be the killer by the end, but couldn't see much of a way around it. There is a mild supernatural element in the story... Jake can physically feel other's energy, vibes, or whatever you might call it. Jake gets physically sick in high stress, dangerous situations. The bully group of 4 girls are absolutely horrible, with the open descriptions of their deeds unsteadying me immediately.
Once some of Jake's own secrets begin to surface, I doubted his innocence (as I am apparently meant to). Emily tried remained faithful, but had some doubts when she found out Jake was actually a boy named Matthew. Jake's explanations (or lack of explanations) made him look guilty of murder & being crazy to me as well as to the police in the story. I enjoyed the fast pace, and the back & forth about what might be up with Jake.
I was in knots in the last chapters thinking that Emily was falling into the same trap the other girls must have in their last hours alive. There is a great ending and lots of twists & turns on the way. I could relate to Emily's need to get out of a small town. Very fast paced & full of surprises. ...more
View the story of the doomed ship Titanic through the eyes of those who knew it best. Builders, crew members, passengers, and explorers whDescription:
View the story of the doomed ship Titanic through the eyes of those who knew it best. Builders, crew members, passengers, and explorers who discovered the wreck each have their own perspectives. Feel the pride of builders as they put the final touches on the grand staircase and the deep sadness of survivors who left loved ones behind. It’s the story of the Titanic like you have never heard it before.
For ages 10-13.
*Includes primary sources, including quotes from those who survived Titanic's sinking and primary-source images (Common Core link)
*Packed with infographics, including tables, charts, bulleted list, and graphs
*Explores the Titanic from the different perspectives and insights of those involved with the ship - the builders, crew members, passengers, and those who searched for the ship all had different experiences (less)
The photos and information in Eye Witness to Titanic were a great resource for factual information about the Titanic. My 4th grade son spent a few months learning about, and reading various books about the Titanic and it's disasteriois end in his class at school. The children were required to read a few different books, and hopefully, in the future this book can be used as a good source of information.
The information was presented in an easy to follow manner that leant greater understanding to the Titanic. I recommend this book for children and adults who wish to become more knowledgeable about what made the building and sinking of this ship and it's passengers so memorable. I was given this book free of charge to provide an honest review of.
I loved the cute and fun illustrations. Snowman stories are such great winter reads. This children's book is sweet and funny.cute & entertaining
I loved the cute and fun illustrations. Snowman stories are such great winter reads. This children's book is sweet and funny. Poor Sneezy the Snowman has to keep being remade after trying to warm up. Children (& adults) love snowmen and the memories made while bringing the snow to life.
Great children's read. Perfect for a read aloud by adults for a cuddle with a child....more
My son loves this series. I enjoy reading it with him. My fav. thing is the quirky drawings that accompany the story. I love that it is from the pointMy son loves this series. I enjoy reading it with him. My fav. thing is the quirky drawings that accompany the story. I love that it is from the point of view / being told by a young boy trying to figure out life day by day. The book is easy for young boys to relate to because the situations are so realistic. The illustrations & child like feel of the book make it fun and believable as a "journal" of a kid. AWESOME! Through reading with my son, I have noticed that many other mid grade books are following this "sketch" type of style to relate to young kids (such as Timmy Failure which is also hilarious). ...more
LOVE THE SHOW & even loved the book. I usually am very disappointed in shows after I have read the books they were based on. There are some differLOVE THE SHOW & even loved the book. I usually am very disappointed in shows after I have read the books they were based on. There are some differences, but I still throughly enjoyed the book. The story gave great insight into "The Governor's" madness. I loved the detail & explination of how things progressed after the dead began to walk.