Monday, August 31, 2015

Teaser Tuesday



Gerard's:

After lunch that day, I had an hour of Free Time and decided I would use it to take a long walk in the woods.  "Todd," Raykene had once told me, "if you feel bad or think the volts are coming on, then you should just walk in the woods and scream and let it out."


From page 23 of Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb.
  
Karen's:
New kids were always Vigil bait.  Archie loved nothing better than putting a new kid through the hoops.
 From page 16 of Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"The Secret Sister" by Brenda Novak

In The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak, after a painful divorce Maisey has no other option but to return home to her mother that she did not want to do.  Also, she must deal with a brother who has his own problems.  She runs into an old boyfriend learning a secret that will change everything she thought she knew. 

I thought this book was pretty good.  The characters were well developed and the action kept moving along.  I thought the ending was a bit dragged out, but then it had a twist I did not see coming!
(Gerard's review, 5 stars)

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Friday, August 28, 2015

"In Between--Katie Parker Production" by Jenny B. Jones - book 1

In Between by Jenny B. Jones is a delightful Christian fiction YA book 1 in the Katie Parker Production series.  This is about Katie, who moves from the group home that she is in because her mother is in prison for dealing drugs, to a foster home with a Pastor and his wife in the little town of In Between, Texas.  She has a very low opinion of herself and doesn't trust anyone at the beginning of the story, but after making some poor choices and experiencing kindness, her attitude slowly changes and she adjusts to her new life. 

I really liked the writing style and the story.  I liked how the church youth group welcomed and accepted Katie and how Frances was such a good friend to her even when Katie resented her a bit.  The grandmother was hilarious and I enjoyed the humor and the close relationship that developed between her and Katie.  The characters were believable and the story moved along quickly.  I was drawn into it right from the start and was never bored.  It was heartwarming to see the growth in Katie throughout the book.  I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about teens and their personal growth.  This is the first in the series and I hope to continue in it.   
(Karen's review, 5 stars)

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls Tugs at Your Heart (UPDATED)

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is a children’s story about a hard-working, determined boy who loves to go coon hunting with his two hound dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. He lives in the Ozarks on a farm with his mother, father, and three sisters and a cat. He also has a close relationship with his grandfather who helps him out and encourages him.

I have mixed feelings about this book because I like all animals so felt a little sorry for the poor raccoons who got hunted down by the boy and his dogs. It was interesting though learning habits of the raccoons. I didn’t like the boy or the parents in the beginning when he set his traps and caught his cat several times! That got me mad. Then he redeemed himself when he loved his dogs and had great adventures with them which included some suspense. At certain parts I cheered but thought the ending was horrible.  This story has its ups and downs.  If you enjoy sad books, you have to read this one! Yes, this is a tear jerker. I think the story should have ended sooner, like after the big coon hunting contest, and I would have liked it much better. The title of the book isn’t explained until the very end which I thought a bit strange. Get your tissues ready if you choose to read the whole book!

It is similar to the Shiloh series which I loved!
(Karen's review, 3 stars)


Gerard's Review 8/30/15 (4 stars):
Billy Coleman is a little boy living with his family in the Ozark mountains.  What he wants most of all is two coon hounds so he can go hunting and to keep him company.  It does not seem he is going to get them, but then he decides to do something about that.  The first 100 pages I did not think this book was all that!  From page 100 to the end though, it got really good.  That is because the dogs became the focus on the story, and what a story it is!

I really loved Billy and how he would do anything for his dogs!  The dogs were fantastic!  I did not like the ending though--too sad.  Anyway, based on Billy and his dogs, I give this 4 stars.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Court of Fives" by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott is a YA novel about a young girl named Jessamy.  She loves to run the Fives.  What that is, you will have to read this book to find out.  What I will tell you is that she should not be doing this.  If it gets out that she is, it will be very dangerous for her family.  Does this get out and if so, what are the consequences?

I thought this book was pretty good.  I really enjoyed the main character and her interaction with her family.  It has pretty good action and the ending is very good!  I will be reading book 2.
(Gerard's review, 5 stars)

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