Friday, October 30, 2015

Review: Pretending to Dance: A Novel

Pretending to Dance: A Novel Pretending to Dance: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. It took me a while to really get into the story and I am glad I persevered and finished it. At the beginning of the book, I was not really enjoying the teenager struggles and I was not sure why the author was telling the story of Molly's teenage years. But by the middle of the book, I saw where the author was taking us and how important that part was to the story. In the end, it all came together beautifully and emotionally.

Pretending to Dance is a wonderful read.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: Library of Souls

Library of Souls Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third and final book (I hope!) in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. I really enjoyed the first two books and was looking forward to see how the series would end. The third book delivered a good ending, but I found myself often wanting to skip through pages to get to it. The story seemed to drag and some events had no bearings on the outcome. It was an enjoyable reading nonetheless and I recommend the entire series to teens and avid young readers.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was ok. Not bad... not awesome... just a good book. The story was nice and the characters were well defined. I was left with the feeling that the story was not complete. I smell a sequel!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book came highly recommended by an online book review site. It was well written, but felt to be all over the place. The analogy between this resilient tree growing from nothing and the resiliency of a poor family living in Brooklyn was good, but could have been exploited much more. I just felt that the book did not have a smooth flow. The author briefly addressed some parts of the story which in my opinion would have been nice to expand on and sometime she spent too much time on an event which brought very little to the story. It was still a nice read overall.

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