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review 2017-09-20 16:16
Gabi, A Girl In Pieces
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces - Isabel Quintero Flores

I have very mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed the character. I liked the diversity. Gabi, being a fat Mexican girl was refreshing. 

 

This deals with a lot of difficult topics in life, teenage pregnancy, rape, overdoses, sex, etc. Many teens will probably relate to them,. 

 

I dunno, I just felt like it was almost too preachy for me to enjoy? I get it, these topics need to be talked about. But that's what it felt like this book was doing. Just preaching tough choices and tough teen issues. I wanted more. 

 

I enjoyed the poetry throughout the book. Its not terrible, just not a favorite of mine. I'd probably recommend it if you love YA contemporary. Chances are you will enjoy this one. 

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review 2017-05-15 00:21
200 Days of Crochet Items?
200 Days Of Crochet A Collection Of 200 Adorable Crochet Patterns - Layla Flores

I did not like this book very much, maybe the way it was set up. I will revisit the book at a later date and see if my view of it changes. 

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review 2017-04-24 04:04
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy
Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy - Chynna Clugston-Flores,Rosemary Valero-O'Connell,Maddi Gonzalez,Whitney Cogar

As a fan of both Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy, this was a crossover I was looking forward to. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a letdown. It was still an enjoyable read, just not quite as much as I'd hoped.

 

The cover of the book is beautiful. I was hoping it would be representative of the art inside, but it definitely is not. The story's art isn't bad, but it's much simpler. That style suits the Lumberjane girls, but not the Gotham Academy kids. A good chunk of the story takes place in a cabin where a group of people are being kept. When all the kids went there to rescue them, I had a hard time telling the Gotham Academy kids apart from the people they were rescuing. Except Olive. She was very easy because no one else had white hair. But there were several times when someone was talking and it took me a bit to figure out if it was a character from Gotham Academy or a new character. Pom and Maps gave me the most problems with this after everyone was forced into new outfits. I didn't have any problems recognizing any of the Lumberjanes though.

 

Since this was a crossover between two series featuring groups, the book had a lot of characters to juggle. While they made sure everyone contributed in some way, there really wasn't enough space for everyone to get some focus, leaving a number of the main cast feeling like secondary characters. It was just too many characters for so short of a book once you throw in all the new characters in the cabin.

 

The story felt more like a Lumberjanes story than a Gotham Academy one with it being set in the woods and featuring mystical creatures, but that's not a bad thing for me since I love their adventures. It was a fun story, and the cast was pretty adorable together. It just wasn't everything I hoped for.

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review 2017-02-12 10:53
1990s adolescents and their problems – continued in this volume
Blue Monday Volume 2: Absolute Beginners - Chynna Clugston Flores

 

 

With cartoon-type illustrations, this comic collection deals with adolescents in the 1990s, their problems with relationships, with rivalries, with crushes and Bleu's crush on one of her teachers as well as an unfortunate incident at a party.

 

It's quite fun and reasonably entertaining although would suit the American reader more than others as there are many references to US culture / high school life. It all gets a bit tiresome unless you are into 1990s pop culture.

 

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text 2016-12-29 22:16
Do any of you remember me?
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History - Dan Flores

It's been fifteen months since I've posted anything.  The most I've done is shelve my reads, and occasionally check on my groups.  

 

When i really checked BL out again, a few weeks ago, I discovered the site was in danger. Oh, No!  Even though I haven't been here, knowing you all were here was a comfort.  My fingers are crossed that improvements continue.

 

the last couple of days,  I've been reading through my feeds, and I recognize you guys.  I'm looking forward to interactions with you all again.  

 

All this past year, when I've run across something special in my reading, I'd think, oh, must share on BookLikes, but then I never did.  Turns out, it's apparently been hard for anyone to share anyway, so maybe I picked the best time to be gone and to return.

 

The reason I've been away?  I think I just needed to withdraw and get some balance back into my life.  It feels all better now.  Anyway, if you're so inclined, say hey.  If not, well . . . Maybe we will talk again in the future.

 

 

re this book I'm reading.  I've been enjoying it; it's a nonfiction "natural and supernatural history" of the coyote.

 

did you know if you like coyotes, you probably pronounce the word as ki - Oh - tee?  If you don't like coyotes, you probably pronounce the word as Ki - oat.  Huh, who knew.  I have a fondness for them, so . . . 

 

up to this point, I've been liking what I'm reading.  But now I've reached the chapter called 'A War on Wild Things.'  From the 1850s through the early 1900s, we mass-exterminated Coyotes (along with wolves, mountain lions and bears) in the hundreds of thousands.  And killing them with guns wasn't an efficient enough way to do it.  Strychnine and the introduction of sarcoptic mange into the population got the job done more thoroughly.  

 

Don't you sometimes hate us as a species?

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