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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-09-14 07:47
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Migrations - Charlotte McConaghy

TITLE: Migrations

 

AUTHOR: Charlotte McConaghy

 

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DESCRIPTION:

"Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. But when the wild she so loves begins to disappear, Franny can no longer wander without a destination. She arrives in remote Greenland with one purpose: to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and follow them on their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her onboard, winning over his salty, eccentric crew with promises that the birds she is tracking will lead them to fish. As the Saghani fights its way south, Franny’s new shipmates begin to realize that the beguiling scientist in their midst is not who she seems. Battered by night terrors, accumulating a pile of letters to her husband, and dead set on following the terns at any cost, Franny is full of dark secrets. When the story of her past begins to unspool, Ennis and his crew must ask themselves what Franny is really running toward—and running from.".

 

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REVIEW:

 

Beautiful, lyrical writing for a poignant and melancholy story. I did, however, find the world building a bit flat or incomplete and not particularly realistic in terms of specific details, and a bit too preachy. No way are ravens and gulls going extinct due to climate change if humans are still around (unless the whole planet turns into an inferno or ice-house) - the birds thrive on human garbage and habitats.

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photo 2020-09-06 17:54
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Interview Malta Today Nataša Pantović about Ama and Tree of Life

Totally excited! ❤ Massive THANK YOU to MaltaToday & Laura Calleja for giving us this wonderful double spread Q&A interview. A journalist Laura Calleja from MaltaToday has contacted me and they wished to feature my book #Ama or Playing the Glass Bead Game with Pythagoras within their weekly Q&A. The #interview just came out this Sunday 6th September (print and paid digital) Thx to my kids Ema Pantovic and Andrej Pantovic for buying the newspapers, like in old pre-Covid days

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review 2020-08-21 17:04
MALORIE by Josh Malerman, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Malorie - Josh Malerman

Beginning at the same place we left off in BIRD BOX only a few years later at the school for the blind, MALORIE takes us on another wild ride!

 

As with everything in the BIRD BOX world, the school does not remain safe for long. Once again, Malorie goes on the road and discovers a safe place to raise her family, all still living by the fold. They are comfortable for many years, (Olympia and Tom are now 16), until a man arrives are their camp. He says he's from the census, and has printed papers with news of the world. Of course Malorie will not look at them and doesn't trust him, (she lives by the fold), but Tom does- and finds the names of Malorie's parents on a list of survivors. Are they really still alive? Is this census thing for real? You'll have to read it to find out!

 

I don't want to say anything more about the plot, because there's a lot going on here that you deserve to find out on your own. I will say, however, that I thought there was a lot of repetition along the way, when we're inside Malorie's or the teens' heads. Sometimes I got a little bogged down while listening to that. Also? I felt like the ending came abruptly and I wanted to know about more about the circumstances in which Malorie and her family found themselves.

 

Those are the only, (slightly), negative things I have to say, because otherwise, I loved this book. I was glad to see Malorie again, tough as nails and handling things like a boss.

 

Cassandra Campbell is one hell of a narrator and I enjoyed her performance.

 

MALORIE is an engaging tale and an even more engaging character. I recommend that all fans of BIRD BOX get to it and get to it quickly!

 

Get your copy here: MALORIE

 

*I bought this audiobook with my hard earned cash.*

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review 2020-08-17 09:20
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin

TITLE:  The Thing About Jellyfish

 

AUTHOR:  Ali Benjamin

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DESCRIPTION:

"After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door."

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REVIEW:

 

A well-written but sad book about loss and growing up, with a plethora of interesting facts about jellyfish.

 

 

 

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review 2020-08-17 09:13
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Song For A Whale - Lynne Kelly

TITLE:  Song for a Whale

 

AUTHOR:  Lynne Kelly

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DESCRIPTION:

"The story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.

From fixing the class computer to repairing old radios, twelve-year-old Iris is a tech genius. But she's the only deaf person in her school, so people often treat her like she's not very smart. If you've ever felt like no one was listening to you, then you know how hard that can be.

When she learns about Blue 55, a real whale who is unable to speak to other whales, Iris understands how he must feel. Then she has an idea: she should invent a way to "sing" to him! But he's three thousand miles away. How will she play her song for him?
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REVIEW:

 

A beautifully written book about a determined, deaf, 12-year old, her relationship with deaf and hearing friends/relatives/teachers etc and her "relationship" with a whale that doesn't sing right. I love the grandma in this story!
 
 
 
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