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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Maya and Filippo: Look For Whales by Alinka Rutkowska

     Maya and Filippo are brother and sister. They travel the world with their parents in the Fun Princess.  When they dock in Alaska's first city, the only thing they want to do is look for whales. Their parents find many educational and fun things for them to do, but none include looking for whales.  Just as they feel they are to be disappointed, something wonderful happens.

     This book will remind you of the littles in your life. It's cute, educational and a fun read for the kids.  I like these kinds of books. Using fun characters to teach lessons to our own children. It makes it easier to get the point across. You'll want to check out all of their books.

     I found no issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's a wonderful tool to teach littles with.

New Sight by JO Schneider

     Lysandra Blake is sixteen and has a desire to pluck people's eyes out of their head.  No one knows why she has this compulsion.  Doctors have no answers.  The best guess is she'd been exposed to a drug called Pop.  Lysandra just wants the desire to stop.  She injured her own mother and can't look at anyone without the overwhelming desire taking over.  Then a doctor approaches her father and tells him he can help her.  He does some brief tests and decides to take Lysandra to his facility.  Once there she meets others who have different desires that can be as destructive as hers.  The difference is, one of them understands why they have these desires.  It's going to take a very long time to get this all under control.

     WOW is all I can say.  Ms Schneider writes a solid plot and introduces characters who appeal to everyone.  I was a little creeped out by  the plucking eyes thing, but once you get past it, you will settle into a book that sweeps you away.  I felt the fear and the anxiety these teens felt. I could imagine what it would be like to constantly be in fear.  I can't wait to read more about these industrious teens.

     I found no issues here.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5.

Pawned Queen by S.K. Thomas

     After graduation, nineteen year old Melissa decides to leave Tupolo.  She moves to Barrington, California.  Her first few days were not quite what she expected.  She knew she needed a job and a place to live.  One afternoon, she decides to go to the local  park. There she runs into a really creepy and scary guy. She had no idea her life would be tied to this man. 
     Melissa does find a job and a new friend. Alice helps her meet her future husband John.  Before long, Melissa and John marry and so does Alice and the creepy guy, Max.  Nothing seems to go right after that.  Melissa will learn a lot about her husband and herself.

     This book tells a rather twisted and confused tale.  It's take on domestic violence is spot on. The book is a fast read and will keep you involved. 

     I did find issues. The prologue was unnecessary.   It's copied word for word later in the body of the book.  Second, I felt the story was so confused it was difficult to follow.  It's mixed up in so many spots you can't  keep track of who did what. 

     I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because the confusion takes away from a wonderful base story. 

The Abduction of Joshua Bloom by Michael Thal

    Sixteen year old Joshua Bloom was getting ready for his usual run through Central Park. He looked up and saw his twin brother Moshe working on yet another speech.  In many ways they were so very different.  He shrugged then Joshua began to jog down the stairs and headed toward Central Park. He had no idea this would be an extremely different day.  Nothing would be normal again.  
     Since that fateful day, Joshua was learning and growing in many ways.  The people around him were friendly and nice but it wasn't home.  It would take years before Joshua understood the full magnitude of his last day in Central Park.

     Mr. Thal takes us on a voyage that will open your heart and mind. A wonderfully tight plot and characters you'll feel close to.  I felt as though I was right there every step of the way. I could visualize the details very easily.  This trip is one that will make you consider the earth and it's environment in a new way. I enjoyed this book very much and would love to read more.

      I found no issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because I felt it had viable points.

Lost In Starlight by Sherry Soule

     Sloane Masterson is a senior at Haven High. She's looking for a terrific year before graduation. Sloane writes for the Have Gazette, the high school paper.  She knows she needs that one really big story to puff up her college applications.  Her editor wants her to find out about the person who hacked the schools computers.  
     Hayden Lancaster is new to Haven High.  He and his family just moved to town.  Hayden just wants to get through this year without any incidents that might cause them to move again.  He and his brother Zach must also keep the family secret.
     When Sloane and Hayden meet, the chemistry is off the charts.  

     You will dive into this book and not come up for air until you are finished!  In this book you'll find loving and romantic characters you'll take into your heart.  A story you won't expect and more.  This is one you need to read. I wanted to email, phone or fly to Ms Soule's house and beg for Volume 2.  The twist at the end broke my heart and made me crave more.  I need Volume two  immediately!! *smile*

     I didn't find issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5+ cheers out of 5 because it's been awhile since I found a book this good.

10 Busy Brownies by Talia Haven

     Ten busy brownies are cleaning up the little boys and girls messes.  They count and work hard. A wonderful group of little people who can make things a lot easier for all.

     An adorable book with easy counting and beautiful illustrations.  This book is one the littles in your life will love.  I enjoyed the story which is simple and easy to follow.  I also loved the beautiful illustrations. They make this entire book more fun. 

     I didn't find any issues with this one.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it's another tool to help littles learn.

MH370 - By Accident or Design written by Peter Lee

    A Malaysian jet takes off and heads for Beijing  Capital International Airport.  People on vacation or business settle in for the routine flight. Suddenly, the flight is anything but routine. One moment the plane is on radar and the next it's gone.  Lets examine the facts as we have them. Look over all the information we've been given and see exactly where it takes us.  Our guide is an experienced pilot who knows what is and is not possible.

      Peter Lee does a fantastic job of sorting through all the information available.  He helps us understand how the plane works and what is possible.  This book is analytical and comprehensive.  Mr. Lee helps us make sense of what we do know.  I found the book fascinating.  So many statements made and then changed, it was hard to keep track of it all. Now in this book, we can logically work through it all.  You'll really dig into this book.

     I found no issues with this book.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it really helps sort out the true from the untrue.