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message 1: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
Would you like to share a book review you've recently written? Please post them here!


message 2: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Allison, you've done lots of review, we want to see one of yours also :)


message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) I ditto StarMan! And you too StarMan! I have read some of yours and they are great to read also!


message 4: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
Thanks for the confidence, guys! We'll see...maybe when I get back from vacay I'll have time to post a few reviews... ;-)


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) Allison wrote: "Thanks for the confidence, guys! We'll see...maybe when I get back from vacay I'll have time to post a few reviews... ;-)"

Awesome! Don't forget about us!!!! We will miss you! But have tons of fun!


message 6: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
Julie wrote: "Allison wrote: "Thanks for the confidence, guys! We'll see...maybe when I get back from vacay I'll have time to post a few reviews... ;-)"

Awesome! Don't forget about us!!!! We will miss you! But ..."


I could never forget about my book family!


message 7: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Allison's on holiday? Hmmm, my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail :(
Kidding, hope it's a good one! I await the glorious postcards.

Well since no one has jumped in with a review, I'll try...

GIRL PARTS , a YA sci-fi book by John Cusick

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Official Synopsis (not my words):
What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of her own? When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world.

My Review : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

(I don't usually do longer reviews or add photos, but since this book had 2 things I don't dislike -- robots & redheads -- I got carried away)


message 8: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "Allison's on holiday? Hmmm, my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail :(
Kidding, hope it's a good one! I await the glorious postcards.

Well since no one has jumped in with a review, I'll t..."


This made me wonder who Charlie is to David, if anything. And also I am wondering how old David is and how old "Rose" is suppose to represent. I might have to take a look at this book. I don't have a thing for redheads or robots, so you have two up on me! LOL - Great review


message 9: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments (Re: Girl Parts by John Cusick)
Julie wrote: "This made me wonder who Charlie is to David, if anything. And also I am wondering how old David is and how old "Rose" is suppose to represent...

Julie, I think the characters were 16 to 17 years old. One boy is kind of a jerk, the other more of a loner. But I won't give anything else away, other than to say the book wasn't doubleplusgood, but it was an interesting sort of satire on relationships and connectivity. And there were some humorous parts, and a bit o' naughtiness.


message 10: by Julie (last edited Aug 06, 2016 03:46PM) (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) The Island by Olivia Levez The Island
So as you will be able to read, I was really upset by this young lady's review of a book I really loved. Here are my words to her:
"WOW, I think it might have been worse for us to have to read your review than you having to read the book. Your writing is horrible and hard to get through. As for the book itself: It seemed like you already wrote it off after the first few pages and made your mind up about not liking the whole thing. It doesn't matter her age and no he wasn't in his 20's. He was 19. Instead of worrying about facts that aren't there, try to focus on the facts that are there. I feel really bad for the author because what you are saying in this "review" is so beyond wrong, it's not fair to her. The book was incredible and sorry that you didn't get it put all together nicely wrapped with a little bow at the end for you. Is it an ending where we need to use our brains to figure it out? Yes, and it works here. The relationship that they had was not romantic, it was so much more than that. It was him being her angel on Earth and making her realize the beautiful person she can become if she just believes. And bad language? Where did you read that? I don't remember anything like that. If there were a few swear words, it never stuck out to me. I think you didn't give this book a chance and didn't pay attention to the details it had to offer."

Here is the website with the blogger's review: http://carinabooks.blogspot.com/2016/...


message 11: by Just Elise (new)

Just Elise (justelise) | 176 comments It's frightening to me that anyone can start a blog. And post. Jibberish. I mean yeah. It is. Pigeon English. (snicker)

Great reply, Julie! I haven't read the book, but I DNF'ed her review. Just awful. I mean bad. Haha sorry, I can't stop now. ;)

By the way, StarMan, I thought your review was clever and well-written. And I found the 600 photos of redheads amusing. ;)


message 12: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments It's been 3 weeks since anyone posted a review here (Julie? Allison?)... so without further ado:

In spite of my ♥ of sci-fi, I don't read Star Trek books often. Here's a review of a STV (Star Trek: Voyager) one, starring our favorite adopted Borg, Seven of Nine:

Shadow
Shadow (Star Trek Voyager Section 31, #4) by Dean Wesley Smith

Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 13: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) I feel bad putting this review on here, but oh well. Here it is:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) This one is a good review though:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...


message 15: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "It's been 3 weeks since anyone posted a review here (Julie? Allison?)... so without further ado:

In spite of my ♥ of sci-fi, I don't read Star Trek books often. Here's a review of a STV (Star Trek..."


Oh master of everything goodreads.com!!! aka StarMan:

How can I just post a link to my review? I can't find that area that you post.

Thanks!


message 16: by StarMan (last edited Sep 06, 2016 12:05PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments I'm no expert. I just click way too much till I halfway figure things out!

The simplest sure-fire way to get the direct URL of your own book review is to use the link at the END of your book review:

1. Find the book on Goodreads (any version of the book will do).

2. Scroll down to the END of your own review. Click the "see review" link at the end.

3. You are now on the unique web page for your book review.
Look up at your browser's address bar. Copy & paste the URL from there into a forum discussion..

The URL should look something like:
http:// www . goodreads.com / review / show / 1592293583

Done!

* or, during Step 2, you can RIGHT mouse click on the "see review" link and copy the link URL directly to your Windows clipboard
(RIGHT Click-->Copy Link Location.... then you can RIGHT click-->Paste into a discussion or anywhere.

Helps to have 2 different tabs open (one with your review, one with the discussion you are posting to)

~~~~~~

You can also use your Reviews list or your My Books page to see list of your reviewed books:

1. Make sure it is in LIST form (3 horizontal lines icon), not Cover-Only form (4 blocks icon).
2. To the far right of each book that you have reviewed is a tiny word 'view' .
3. You should be able to RIGHT click-->Copy Link Location directly on that tiny word.
4. Then you can RIGHT click-->Paste directly into a discussion.

Another tip: If you are already logged into Goodreads, you can simply type the following address in the browser address bar, then press [Enter] to see all your reviews:

goodreads.com/review


message 17: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "I'm no expert. I just click way too much till I halfway figure things out!

The simplest sure-fire way to get the direct URL of your own book review is to use the link at the END of your book revie..."


Thank you!!!


message 18: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Julie wrote: "This one is a good review though:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3..."


Those are great reviews, Julie. Concise yet informative.


message 19: by April (new)

April Munday | 13 comments This is my review of a book I finished today. It's very short and doesn't do enough justice to an excellent book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 20: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) April wrote: "This is my review of a book I finished today. It's very short and doesn't do enough justice to an excellent book.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."


Looks great April! I'll have to take a look at this. Sounds like something I would like to read as well. :-)


message 21: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "Julie wrote: "This one is a good review though:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3..."

Those are great reviews, Julie. Concise yet informative."


Why, thank you sir! :-)


message 22: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments If anyone here likes juvenile/younger-YA books, here's one I thought was entertaining and funny, even though I'm way above the targeted age bracket:

Braced to Bite
Braced to Bite (Half-Blood Vampires, #1) by Serena Robar

My review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 23: by StarMan (last edited Sep 20, 2016 05:56PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Finished this one recently:


Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Transparent (Transparent, #1) by Natalie Whipple
(YA/juvenile, super powers/mutants)

TAGLINE: "Even an invisible girl can't hide forever."

My Review


message 24: by Julie (last edited Oct 09, 2016 11:21AM) (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Diary of a Wimpy Zombie #1 by M.C. Steve

Zombulon, better known to his zombie school friends as "Z", is a 7th grader looking to fit in. He is not a nerd like the 8th graders think he is. His two best friends think he's cool, so what's wrong with all the haters. His brother, Arrgh "R", is in 8th grade and he is no help. He picks on him the most. One day, Z's teacher confiscates a notebook that he is writing in during class. She keeps him after class to tell him, he is a very good writer and he should write a weekly column in the school newspaper. So does Z decide to write for the school newspaper? Does Steve AND Herobrine help Z get back at school bullies with an awesome prank? YOU'LL HAVE TO READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT! It's such a great little book that it will keep your child entertained and want to keep reading till the end. It has a great anti-bullying feel to it and encourages a child to be themselves.


message 25: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Diary of a Wimpy Zombie #2 (Diary of a Wimpy Zombie #2) by M.C. Steve

Book 2 takes us through the fun month of October for the friends. Zombulon, "Z", our main character errrrr, I mean zombie, is in a writing competition against his older brother. Will it bring them closer together, or tear them even further apart?? As for the humans and the monsters, everyone loves celebrating Halloween, even if they do it differently. But does doing things differently mean it must be bad? I love this book as much as the first. The writing is enjoyable and easy enough for the kids to read, but the adults won't find it "cheesy". The story is entertaining and will keep their/your attention and want to keep reading till the end. And that is always a great thing!


message 26: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

This is my first, and last, sexually explicit book. Thankfully it was only an hour long read. I just found it funny the sexual verbiage these characters said to each other and it is just not for me. I am giving it a 4* because its not the author's fault I didn't enjoy this genre. She probably wrote a great book by others' reviews. I enjoyed it when the two characters were in each others company and playfully teased each other without the smut. This could have been a great romance story but unfortunately that's not what this is. If you like explicit, short sexual stories, then this fits that bill.


message 28: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Julie wrote: "https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

This is my first, and last, sexually explicit book. Thankfully it was only an hour long read. I just foun..."


Are you sure, Julie? Never say "never"!

Maybe you should write your own! I'll help you get started:

So You Want To Write Erotica? by Brianna Summers
So You Want To Write Erotica?


message 29: by Julie (last edited Oct 09, 2016 02:20PM) (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "Julie wrote: "https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

This is my first, and last, sexually explicit book. Thankfully it was only an hour long rea..."


I'm sure. I think since I was able to stay away from the 50 shades craze and this was just stupid for me to read, its safe to say this is not my genre. I am very romantic, but thats for my hubby to enjoy. :-) It loses something in writing for me I guess.


message 30: by StarMan (last edited Oct 09, 2016 03:20PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Julie wrote: "I'm sure... safe to say this [erotica] is not my genre..."

Julie, I was totally kidding on you writing a bodice ripper (or worse), but I hope you got a laugh!

I'll pass on the "erotica" genre as well. To each his/her own, I suppose.


message 31: by Julie (new)

Julie (julie_prewett) StarMan wrote: "Julie wrote: "I'm sure... safe to say this [erotica] is not my genre..."

Julie, I was totally kidding on you writing a bodice ripper (or worse), but I hope you got a laugh!

I'll pass on the "erot..."


of course I knew you were joking!! :-)


message 32: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Maybe when Just Elise finishes
The Wise Man's Fear (Book #2, after The Name of the Wind), she'll grace us with a short review of both books?

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss   The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss

Hint, hint! No pressure, Elise :)

I realize everyone doesn't have the time or desire to type reviews. After all, it takes away from actual reading time. But I've enjoyed the ones that you Book Snails have posted here.


message 33: by Just Elise (last edited Oct 09, 2016 07:54PM) (new)

Just Elise (justelise) | 176 comments Haha I just might do that, StarMan. They both have the same feel, like sitting in a forest on an autumn evening...

I'm stingy with writing reviews, but this series has captivated me enough that I'll probably have something to say about them. And Patrick Rothfuss is now on my favorite authors list.

I enjoy the reviews in here, too. :)


message 34: by StarMan (last edited Oct 18, 2016 05:10PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Finished this one:

When We Wake (When We Wake, #1) by Karen Healey
When We Wake

(YA sci-fi, with less sighing & romance than usual)

Summary: Teen Tegan pulls a Buck Rogers/Lazarus combo... and the world she wakes in has a thing or two amiss. Who can she trust, when everyone she's ever known is long gone?

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 35: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey I don't know if anyone finished The Book Thief yet, but here's my review on it if anyone is interested! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 36: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Kelsey wrote: "I don't know if anyone finished The Book Thief yet, but here's my review on it if anyone is interested! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."

Great review, Kelsey. Thanks for sharing.


message 37: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey StarMan wrote: "Kelsey wrote: "I don't know if anyone finished The Book Thief yet, but here's my review on it if anyone is interested! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."

Great review, Kelsey. Thank..."


Thanks StarMan!


message 38: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey I don't know how many people are reading The Girls this month, and I know we have all month to do it, but I had extra time this week and finished it in four days..whoops! Here's my review if anyone is interested: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 39: by StarMan (last edited Nov 17, 2016 05:45PM) (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Nice review of The Girls, Kelsey. Thank you :)

I recently picked up the YA best-seller Cinder for $1.99 at Goodwill, as a gift for a younger friend. Of course, since it was science-fiction-fantasy AND features a cyborg gal, I had to peruse it myself first.

Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 40: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments This isn't exactly a book review, but....

Interesting article to read:

"The Gruesome Origins of Classic Fairy Tales"

https://www.abebooks.com/books/the-gr...


message 41: by Julia (new)

Julia (juliace) I just finished A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold - I was initially going to pass up this book due to the author being the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, but I'm glad I didn't .... 5/5 stars

My Review of A Mothers Reckoning

A Mother's Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold


message 42: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
JuliaOrlando wrote: "I just finished A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold - I was initially going to pass up this book due to the author being the mo..."

I'm glad you read this one, I want to read it!


message 43: by Julia (new)

Julia (juliace) @Allison - considering the subject matter, I can't say that I enjoyed it, but it was very eye opening.


message 44: by Julia (new)

Julia (juliace) Just finished reading Columbine by Dave Cullen 2/5 - my review

Columbine by Dave Cullen


message 45: by Erin (new)

Erin | 797 comments Mod
I'm not one for posting lengthy reviews for all of Goodreads to see, but I'm going to make an effort to post some shorter ones here just for my fellow Snails.

I finished two books today:

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
I know some of you have already read this but... it was a very captivating and entertaining story. The "magic" involved was a little difficult for me to wrap my head around, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story overall. If I could, I would give it 9/10 stars. That being said, I don't want to dive in any deeper with no publication date in sight for the final book. I will only read The Wise Man's Fear if/when the final book gets published.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho The Spy
I read this for one of my local book clubs (we meet a week from today). I really liked the premise of the story: Facing her execution, Mata Hari decides to write a letter to the daughter she lost custody of to explain her life. However, I really struggled trying to follow the story. Perhaps I didn't have enough background knowledge of Mata Hari or WWI in general before going into this. Perhaps something was lost in translation (the language often seemed off to me). There were so many names and she constantly travels from place to place, I just couldn't keep things straight. I had to give it 2/5 stars.


message 46: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee | 430 comments Wow, so many interesting, well-written reviews! Thanks for taking the time to write and share them!

I'm kind of moody when it comes to writing so no guarantees that I'll write a review for every book I read. With that said, I did feel compelled to write one for the book I read last week (relatively short review compared to what I would normally write):

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 47: by StarMan (new)

StarMan (thestarman) | 1879 comments Thanks for the good reviews, Erin and Bkwmlee :)


message 48: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
JuliaOrlando wrote: "@Allison - considering the subject matter, I can't say that I enjoyed it, but it was very eye opening."

Understood.


message 49: by biblio • bliss, Mod Nerd (new)

biblio • bliss (bookgirl1987) | 1150 comments Mod
JuliaOrlando wrote: "Just finished reading Columbine by Dave Cullen 2/5 - my review

Columbine by Dave Cullen"


Also on my TBR


message 50: by Erin (last edited Jan 17, 2017 04:51PM) (new)

Erin | 797 comments Mod
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman Scythe
I'm really not sure where to begin with this one... There was definitely a handful of elements that I took issue with, one big one in particular regarding fire, but overall I enjoyed the story. It was a pretty quick read for me and, for the most part, I liked how things tied together. If I were to dwell on the flaws, I would have to rate it 3/5 stars at most. But the book was also quite insightful, so I ultimately gave it 4/5 stars.


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