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review 2017-09-22 20:04
The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Random House for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

On Chris Bohjalian's Instagram there is a post where a reader asked him why he always wears a suit and tie to an author event and his response was that it was a way of showing respect and thanks to his readers.  I was touched by his post and thought it showed a tremendous amount of class.  In return, I would like to thank Chris Bohjalian for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of The Flight Attendant.

 

Bohjalian, known for several of his books including an Oprah pick (Midwives), is a gifted writer.  Every novel he crafts is vastly different from the last, yet equally as rich in character development and plot. 

 

In The Flight Attendant, we have a flawed, self-sabotaging unreliable narrator—Cassandra Bowden is a flight attendant with a taste for adventure and alcohol.  Being a binge drinker, Cassie suffers from self-loathing and the odd blackout.  Waking up in a hotel room in Dubai after a one night stand with a dead body is beyond blacking out.  Could she have actually killed him?  Afraid to involve the authorities, Cassie starts lying to cover up any speculation that she could be involved.  With each lie she tells, she increasingly looks more guilty.  How far will she go before the truth comes out that she was with the passenger who was found dead in his hotel room?      

 

I recommend picking up this character-driven thriller/mystery.  Bohjalian weaves an engaging tale of regret, murder, and mystery through strong female characters. 

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text 2017-09-21 18:05
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
Devils Unto Dust - Emma Berquist

Reads a bit like Dread Nation so I am not sure yet how I feel about it. It's kind of weird that there would be two books so close in content but also different. 

 

It's set after the war against the states, has some sickness creating people they called Shakes. So I think I might use this for Zombies if the shakes seem to be like I think they are if not it will be my free space.

 

Not far enough in to know if I am liking it or not, I think it might start picking up after Will has to go find her father. I have a friend who read it and really liked it so I hope I do. :)

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review 2017-09-16 03:05
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay) by Jill Shalvis
Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

 

Jill Shalvis is well versed at turning a frown into a much needed smile.  Chasing Christmas Eve delivers some early holiday cheer and bit of soul deep nostalgia.  What does a wannabe writer and a seriously single minded, but no less adorable inventor have in common?  The ability to make a reader laugh and cry in this temptingly sweet and inspiring Christmas carol. Pleasure is a certainty with this fun tale.

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review 2017-09-12 01:33
Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day by Dave Croatto
Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day - Dave Croatto,Tom Richmond

Genre:  Parody / Children's / Superheroes / Humor


Year Published: 2017


Year Read:  2017

Publisher:  Mad Books

Source: eARC (Edelweiss)

 

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I would like to thank Edelweiss and Mad Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I remembered I used to watch Mad TV when I was little and I was a bit curious about this new parody book involving Superman that Mad Books had created and I managed to request it from Edelweiss. Since I was familiar with Mad TV, I was wondering if this was going to be a vulgar parody of Superman. BUT, I WAS WRONG! “Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day” which is written by Dave Croatto along with artwork by Tom Richmond is a clever and hilarious parody on the popular children’s classic “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and it is definitely one parody that will have you rolling on the floor laughing!

The story starts off with Superman having trouble getting up in the morning as he accidentally stepped on his glasses and also realized at that moment that he may have sleep walked during the night. It was then that Superman found out that he was going to have a very bad day and man was he right! When Superman was on his way to work, he had to fight Doomsday, but in doing so, he ended up coming to work late and his boss Perry ended up yelling at him in front of everyone. Then, when Superman went to the Justice League, he was forced to do monitor duty, which was a job he really hated doing. Superman then thinks about moving to the Fortress of Solitude.

Will Superman’s day get even worse from here? 

Read this book to find out!
 


Wow! This…was…so…amazing!!! I have always loved parodies of my favorite franchises (provided that they are done right) and this was one parody that I felt was done right! Dave Croatto has done a fantastic job at writing this book as it not only greatly parodies “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” but it also sticks closely to the Superman mythos such as mentioning characters like Lois Lane, Jimmy and Perry White, the Fortress of Solitude and Superman’s time in the Justice League. I also loved the way that Dave Croatto weaved these two worlds together and manages to create a unique and hilarious take on the everyday life of Superman. Probably, some of my favorite parts in this book was the part where Superman busted up his shampoo bottle when he let loose his heat vision by accident and the part where Superman did not get the chance to ride in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet! Tom Richmond’s artwork was truly creative and greatly captures the feel of the artwork in “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” I especially loved the fact that Superman is the only character in color while all the other characters are in black and white as it shows that Superman is the main focus of this story and it shows how he views each bad situation he gets into.

Superman

Overall, “Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day” is a truly fantastic read for children who enjoyed reading “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and who enjoyed reading “Superman” comics! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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text 2017-09-10 21:30
Good but not great
Dread Nation - Justina Ireland

Not really writing a review on this one since it doesn't come out till 2018, but I picked it up for review and it was a horror book (though not a bit scary) and when I get an early read if I don't read it now it gets lost in the shuffle and I am trying to make next years reviews not fall in the crack so to speak..lol. 

 

I will tell you that though it was a zombie book it didn't really feel like much of one because it was more about the politics of the day and white men, putting the black and indians in their place by making them hunt down the zombies, so instead of slaves they were school to hunt the shamblers. 

 

Jane is a fierce MC and I really liked her. :) More about this book next year....talk about a cliffhanger for you'll. :)

 

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