"Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has li"Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder."
This is the second installment of the Lunar Chronicles. We get a blend of Scarlet's POV and Cinder's. I really enjoyed continued development of this story. The growth of the characters and world building. We were introduced to a few new people, like Wolf and Thorne, and I have to say, they really did add to the story. I really enjoyed Thornes sense of humor. It wasn't over done, like I feared it would end up being. He brought a lightness to the chapters he was in, and I found that refreshing considering the dark events in this book....more
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. "Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter conThe Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. "Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy the lives of others. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive..."// I really enjoyed the first part of this book. The characters seemed diverse in personality and had interesting stories. But soon I found myself skimming through Tess' chapters because I couldn't see the relevance or connection to the other two women. Aside from the fact they were from there same town. And maybe to give Conner some thing to do in the mean time. Also it is Easter, and Autumn... At the same time. The ending fell short for me. I don't feel anything was actually resolved. And the epilogue... Totally just invalidated EVERYTHING the book was built on. I actually felt cheated. Cheated of the time I spent reading about the shallow, selfish actions and thoughts of characters who were in turn cheated of truths that would have at least gave all of us closure. I give this book 2.5...more
I absolutely loved Sandy Hall's A Little Something Different. So, I was really excited to read Signs Point to Yes. Sadly it didn't have the same...pasI absolutely loved Sandy Hall's A Little Something Different. So, I was really excited to read Signs Point to Yes. Sadly it didn't have the same...passion as ALSD.
Don't get me wrong, Signs is not a bad book. It has a somewhat sweet, and innocent feel to it. At first I thought maybe I was to old for it because of that. Because it did feel like this would be better suited for preteen-young teen aged reader.
But upon further reflection, I didn't buy that reason. I have read my fair share of YA and middle grade books, and didn't feel that it was 'too young' for me.
It was more because the characters themselves were not as fleshed out. That they were a little '2-D'. I didn't get a real sense of who they were. We got told who they were. Teo is latino without his biological dad and because of that he feels he is lacking, Jane uses a Magic 8 ball and writes fanfic because she is a bit geeky.
But despite that, I still found enjoyment from this book. The overall story was cute and sweet. Teo's journey was interesting and I wanted to go through it with him, and discover the answers he was looking for. I really did like that whole story line.
I do look forward to reading more Sandy Hall books. ...more
This is the story of a family who have suffered a horrible loss. In an attempt for a fresh start, they go to live in an old family home, only to findThis is the story of a family who have suffered a horrible loss. In an attempt for a fresh start, they go to live in an old family home, only to find their troubles are just beginning.
But that is only a small part of the story. Amulet is a somewhat dark tale, but in that darkness we have characters who find strength and courage they didn't even know they had. But with love, family and help from unexpected friends they brave this new world they have been thrust into.
This is a mysterious and compelling graphic novel that I think can reach across any age. The art style and world is beautiful. And I can't wait to continue on this journey.
I absolutely found so much enjoyment from this book. Even though it is a middle grade book, I still felt the air of mystery and whimsy within the pageI absolutely found so much enjoyment from this book. Even though it is a middle grade book, I still felt the air of mystery and whimsy within the pages. That is how wonderfully written this book is.
Kathleen O'Dell wrote a world that is well built and described so vividly that you can't help but see it. And characters that really come to life on the pages, and are so easy to care for. From Clara to Mrs. Glendoveer to all the little birds out in the aviary...
If you like mystery with a touch of magic and plenty of emotion, then I highly recommend this book. ...more