Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review: Tell the Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an advance reading copy of “Tell the Wind and Fire” by Sarah Rees Brennan from Clarion Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Tell the Wind and Fire" is the story of a teenager named Lucie who is gifted with light magic. The story starts with her describing how she bravely saved her father from a certain death. Her act of bravery changes her life and she becomes a symbol of courage in two very different cities. The Light City uses her to promote purity and peace and the Dark City uses her to rally its people to start a revolution and conquer the Light City. Lucie is a citizen of both cities and she is challenged to make decisions which will impact her life and the lives of many around her.

The story is well written and has a good pace. Sarah Rees Brennan has created strong characters who bring substance to the story in each their own ways. This book has all the elements for a great series.

"Tell the Wind and Fire" by Sarah Rees Brennan will be available at your favourite book store on April 5, 2016.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: The Butterfly Sister

The Butterfly Sister The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Butterfly Sister is a well thought and unpredictable book. This is the story of a young woman’s struggle with depression and being forced to face her past to make a wrong, right. Ruby has a secret which is eating her alive. When her old school friend Beth is reported missing; she is forced to go back to where all her troubles started and face the man who hurt her deeply. Ruby puts all the pieces together to discover what happened to Beth, who is involved and why. This book is beautifully written and keeps you guessing to the end. Who did it, really?

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Review: Saving Saffron Sweeting

Saving Saffron Sweeting Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun book to read while on vacation. It is a feel good story!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

Inside the O'Briens: A Novel Inside the O'Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Huntington’s disease... I have to pause here because I have to admit that I knew nothing about this disease. I like to read books that challenge me to know more about something. Good old Google came to the rescue and now understand better what this disease is and how those affected by it, live with it.

Lisa Genova wrote a beautiful story of courage and perseverance in face of having Huntington’s disease. The book starts with Joe, a Boston Policy Officer, who is diagnosed with Huntington’s disease and evolves to include the stories of his four children and how they face this deadly neurodegenerative genetic disorder they might have inherited from their dad or not. Children of Huntington's disease patients have 50% chance chance of inheriting the disease. The book deals with raw emotions and the fear that accompany such diagnosis. It also deals with the determination of a family to live and to fight. The book is beautifully written and very touching. The end leaves you hanging, but it does not matter really… it allows you to choose how you want it to end.

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth

Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth Shelter Dogs in a Photo Booth by Guinnevere Shuster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free digital copy of this wonderful book by Guinnevere Shuster from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley. First of all, let me tell you that Guinnevere is a very talented animal photographer and she has captured the most amazing pictures of these gorgeous shelter dogs. Her goal is to present beautiful pictures to people who are considering adopting a dog from a shelter. Too many times, we see very sad pictures of these animals and although they stir up our emotions, they do not really portray the true personality of these fantastic fur babies. This book made me laugh and brightened my day. Each page presents a dog in four pictures and a small paragraph about who they are and when they were adopted. It is a very quick and brilliant read. I will leave you on the wisdom of the great Anonymous, who said:

A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours. ;)

This book will be available in your favorite book store on May 3, 2016.
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