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review 2019-01-02 04:00
The Prophet Calls
The Prophet Calls - Melanie Sumrow
Gentry lives in Watchful, a community in New Mexico, with her 3 moms, 21 brothers/sisters and 80 cousins while the Prophet is in Texas, in prison. There are other families living in this compound, all of them are one of God’s Chosen according to the Prophet. They have been warned about the individuals living outside their walls. At the age of 13, children are not allowed to play anymore and for Gentry, that also means she couldn’t play her most prized possession, her violin.
 
Gentry has just turned 13 and she knows that she shouldn’t be playing her most prized possession anymore. Gathering now for services, the congregation waits for the Prophet’s phone call. Asking to stall the crowd, Gentry and her brother are asked to play their instruments. It is a honor to play yet she is shocked since her violin is supposed to be off limits now that she turned 13. As she plays her cherished instrument, her brother thinks about the upcoming festival.
 
The Prophet’s son Dirk makes some harassing remarks to Gentry’s sister, a girl with special needs, who has shown her enjoyment of her siblings’ music. Gentry can’t hold back her tongue as she unleashes her own remarks back to the young man. Talking back to any male and then, talking back to the Prophet’s son are the Prophet’s rules that Gentry has just broken. This is just the beginning of trouble that Gentry finds herself in with her family and the congregation for her behavior and her views.
 
The love of music finds Gentry and her sibling in trouble as they go again the teaching of the Prophet in this novel. I felt that after a while, anything that Gentry did or touched was wrong in the eyes of the Prophet and ended in disaster for her. It wasn’t like I wanted her to stop what she was doing, as I understood her position, I just cringed as she continued on her journey. She was a strong, determined character, a character who wanted more out of life.
 
I recommend this novel as I really enjoyed it.

 

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text 2018-12-02 18:23
November Reading Round Up
Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs
After: First Light - Scott Nicholson
The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame
The Rose Master - Valentina Cano

 

 

I've missed a lot of round ups this year so thought I should post at least a couple before the end of the year.

 

Just the 10 reads for me this month, but only 1 comic was included so that's a plus.

 

Yearly Reading Challenge update - 122/140

 

Read in November - 10

 

Audio - 0

Novels/novella/short stories - 9

Comics/Graphic novels - 1

 

5*

 

Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia  A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs  

 

4.5*

 

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland  The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman  

 

4*

 

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore  After: First Light - Scott Nicholson  

 

 

3.5*

 

The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame  

 

3*

 

Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux  The Rose Master - Valentina Cano  

 

 

Just gearing up for the end of the year now, I'm pretty much done with my Christmas shopping and only have to post a couple of presents off to Oz for friends. 

 

I'm working this Christmas which is shit and I've noted in my recent pay that it has STILL not been sorted which now makes it 6 months of management pissing around. 

In all honesty I don't think I can stay there full time anymore, I've really hit my limit and the frustration of several elements is driving me insane. 

Next year will bring a few changes work wise but I'm not quite sure what that will be at the moment. 

 

I'm off on leave at the moment and tomorrow I'm taking Boo to the vet to have her neutered so I'm feeling a little anxious about her having an anaesthetic. I'm sure Suzy will love this as it will give her several hours of peace and quiet.

 

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text 2018-11-02 12:49
Bingo Calls!

 

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Bingo Calls:

 

1. Murder by Death (1) (29) (37) (49) (131) (132) (133) (134) BLACKOUT

2. Themis-Athena's Garden of Books (2) (3) (16) (21) (82) (83) (84) (85) BLACKOUT

3. Spooky's Maze of Books (4) (26) (51) (52) (125) (126) (127) (128) BLACKOUT

4. XOX (5) (20) (44) (64)

5. BrokenTune (6) (7) (32) (40) (97) (98) (99) (100) BLACKOUT

6. Chris’ Fish Place (8) (30) (58) (65) (144) (145) (146) (147) BLACKOUT

7. The better to see you, my dear (9) (66) (67) (78) (148) (149) (150) (151) BLACKOUT

8. Moonlight Madness **** BLACKOUT

9. Darth Pony (10) (13) (38) (59) (73) (74) (75) (76) BLACKOUT

10. Tannat (11) (96) (109) (125)

11. Jennifer’s BOOooOOOks (12) (17) (33) (72) (139) (140) (141) (142) BLACKOUT

12. Portable Monsters (14) (28) (39) (45) (135) (136) (137) (138) BLACKOUT

13. Leah’s Bookish Obsession (15) (34) (42) (48) (102) (103) (104) (105) BLACKOUT

14. Obsidian Black Plague **** BLACKOUT

15. Rachel's books (18) (43) (94) (95)

16. Emerjas (19) (55) (56) (57) (112) (113) (114) (115) BLACKOUT

17. Char's Horror Corner (22) (70) (77) (89)

18. Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality! (23) (88) (143)

19. Kaethe (24)

20. Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie (25) (46) (47) (54) (116) (117) (118) (119) BLACKOUT

21. Lilelara (27) (35) (53) (81) (120) (121) (122) (123) BLACKOUT

22. Wyvernfriend Reads (31) (69)

23. Familiar Diversions (36) (92) (93) 

24. Lora's Rants and Reviews (41) (68) (79) (111)

25. Bookish Blerd (50) (124) 

26. isanythingopen (60) (61) (62) (63)

27. Kell's Reading Realm (71) (106)

28. Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark (80)

29. Witches' Tea Shop (86) (87) (129) (130)

30. Ani's Book Abyss (90) (91)

31. 100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews (101)

32. Jessica (HDB) (107) (108)

33. WhiskeyintheJar Romance (110)

 

ETA:  Isanythingopen and Lora's Rants and Reviews have asked to not win in a draw. We will keep that in mind when Moonlight draws for prizes. 

 

To win:

 

Each bingo gets the individual player one entry into the drawing, up to four. If you black out your card, you get another four entries, up to a total of eight!

 

Moonlight will draw winners using random.org on 11/10/18. Everyone can enter, including overseas players, although you might have to wait a bit longer for the prize, since she will send it by the cheapest means possible, possibly overland by camel . . .

 

 

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review 2018-09-01 23:27
When Grief Comes Calling
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

Wow. I never watched the movie, so had no idea what "A Monster Calls" was about. All in all this was a very moving book that hits you in all the right places. I do wish the ending had tied things up a bit. However, I get that the author, Patrick Ness, realized he didn't need to spell things out for the readers. We know what comes next for Conor. 

 

"A Monster Calls" has 13 year old Conor waking up at 12:07 AM and talking to a monster. A monster that has emerged from a yew tree that sits in a church yard. The monster wants something from Conor. The monster promises to tell Conor three tales, and the fourth tale must be told from Conor to the monster.

 

You are going to feel for Conor. He is dealing with something that many children don't want to think about. His mother is sick and undergoing cancer treatments. It's been him and his mother since his father up and left them both to go to America and marry and have another family. Though Conor is being in the words of his mother and grandmother too perfect, he wants to do what he can in order to make things easier for his mother. However, it feels as if everyone around him knows something that he doesn't. When the monster comes to Conor to tell him his tales, you can picture the people in them. The prince and the farm maiden, the parson and the apothecary, and the man who was invisible. All of these tales will pale in consideration when Conor tells the fourth tale.


Conor's father is a weak man. I was hoping something terrible would happen to him while I was reading. His grandmother is so strong. I admired her and was glad that Conor finally saw what was going on with her. Conor's ex friend Lily gutted me a bit too. I can see why Conor was angry, but I wish that the two characters had more time with each other. 

 

The writing and illustrations that make up this book were very well done. The darkness that Conor feels and the anger end up feeling like very alive things. Him wanting to be normal and not have everyone treat him differently because of his mother made sense to me. Even though he takes things a bit far by allowing himself to be bullied. 

 

The flow was really good and I have to say the world building was top notch. 

 

The ending goes where you hope it doesn't. Have plenty of tissues nearby.

 

I read this for Halloween Bingo 2018, the cryptozoologist square.  

 

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text 2018-09-01 22:25
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

What a moving story. Poor Conor. I wish the book had ended differently. Or maybe if we got to see Conor a year later. However, I get why the author ended the book like he did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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