Monday, October 17, 2016

Review: Like a River Glorious

Like a River Glorious Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful YA book with lots of history and action. I enjoyed the second book even more than the first one. I like how Rae Carson introduces strong female protagonists in her books who are brave and mindful of others. This series is a page turner and opens a realistic window on how life was in California during the Gold Rush. Looking forward to read the third book.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: The Man Without a Shadow

The Man Without a Shadow The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to give 3.5 stars to this book. I love the science behind the book and the subject of amnesia is fascinating. The author was able to portray the thoughts of the amnesiac in a way that sheds a light on what would happen when someone has a 70 seconds recollection. The writing is superb and the story flows gracefully. The characters are well developed and have interesting lives. Joyce Carol Oates unfortunately lost me when the love story between the scientist and the subject became somewhat unrelenting, obsessive and irrational. I can somewhat understand that a researcher could fall in love with his or her subject, but it almost felt like the story would end up with someone walking up from a bad dream. It did not, and it is overall a good story and a good book to read.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: The Nest

The Nest The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about four siblings who have been waiting to receive their inheritance left to them by their late father. The money was to be granted to them when the youngest turns 40. But as the day approaches, the oldest gets himself in a pickle and most of the inheritance is used to give him a free pass out of disaster; leaving the others with nearly nothing. Two of the siblings had been waiting to receive their parts of the inheritance to repay debts, put children in good colleges and now the money is not enough to cover it all. The oldest makes promises to repay his siblings, but what happens next is the inception of what will change all their lives.

The writing is beautiful and flows smoothly from beginning to end. The story also has interesting cameos which add dimensions to the drama. This book portraits the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family which, if we are honest with ourselves, most of us can relate to. Good read!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has given me a new appreciation for birds. I have never learned that much information about birds and how intelligent and unique they are. I have a bird feeder in the backyard and I will pay much more attention to which birds come to feed from it. I have a lot of house sparrows in my neighbourhood and never thought much of them because they are not as colourful as other birds. After reading how bright they are... I am impressed!

This is a short book and worth reading!

House Sparrow

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: The Beauty of Darkness

The Beauty of Darkness The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Beauty of Darkness is the last book in The Remnant Chronicles series. Each book in the series got better and better. This story is solid and not foreseeable. Mary E. Pearson keeps her readers engaged and has developed strong characters which are full of surprises. It is important to read the series in the order it was written. There are references in the last book which can only be understood if you read the first two.

I related strongly with Lia. She is resilient and master of her own destiny. Like her, I was raised with only brothers which made me a more exploratory person. But also like her, I had a desire for making my own way and experience life as an exciting adventure.

The story has a spectacular ending. I was captivated to the end. I loved this series and hope to find another one like this one soon.

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