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review 2018-10-15 00:51
Figured the big reveal from almost the beginning.
Damsel - Elana K. Arnold

The book was just okay, not the best book ever but I have read a lot worst, that's for sure. I figured out the big reveal if you can consider it, a big reveal. I really liked Ama a lot, but Emory and all the other guys in the book were all major assholes. They treated women like there only around to serve them in the bedroom. And Emory was very cruel, I just couldn't stand him at all. I liked the ending for one reason but don't want to mention why because of spoilers. I did like that the author didn't try to make Emory change, because it definitely wouldn't have even gotten one star, let what I gave it which like I mentioned was 3 stars.


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review 2017-03-20 11:35
A Boy Called Bat
A Boy Called Bat - Elana K. Arnold,Charles Santoso

Bixby Alexander Tam is a young boy who likes to go by the nickname Bat.  Bat loves animals and knows all kinds of facts about animals.  Bat's mom is a veterinarian and Bat would like to be a veterinarian just like her some day.  However, Bat is still in grade school and must focus on that.  It is hard for Bat to make friends since he doesn't like to look people in the eye and likes to flap his arms. One day, Bat's mom brings home an orphaned baby skunk that she plans on taking care of before giving it to a rescue.  Bat is amazed by the baby skunk and helps him mom with it's care.  Bat doesn't want to give up the skunk so soon and tries to find a way to convince his mom to keep his new friend; and as Bat learns to love a skunk, he may learn to open up to new human friends as well. 

A Boy Called Bat is a fun, engaging and heartwarming middle grade read.  Most of all, this book encourages diversity and empathy without the story line being directly about the fact the Bat is on the autism spectrum.  In fact, that is not even mentioned within the book, what is mentioned is how Bat perceives the world, how he handles emotions,  interacts with other people and his intense love for animals. This is all done in a way that is easy for kids to understand and makes Bat very easy to relate to.  I loved that Bat was coupled with a skunk, an animal that most people do not like very much; together, as Bat learns to take care of the infant skunk and convince his mother to keep the skunk for longer, Bat learns skills in how to relate with people.  All of the characters in the book were equally as well thought out, though we see most of the people as Bat sees them, everyone surrounding Bat cares for him and wants the best for him.  Overall, a great middle grade read, especially for animal lovers.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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review 2016-04-11 16:01
Far From Fair
Far from Fair - Elana K. Arnold

By the end of the novel, I was tired of Odette’s moaning, seriously it was exhausting. As a substitute teacher, I am around sixth graders almost every week and rarely do I see a person of her nature. I understand her frustration as her whole world was turned upside down but Odette needed to get over it, as nothing she said or did would change her parent’s decision. Her father chose to one of the individuals laid off from work, it was a choice that the family would have to adjust to. This loss of income would affect the entire family and their livelihood, having a positive and/or negative impact depending on how you look at it. Her parents had decided to move their entire household and establish themselves inside an RV. Odette’s life was shattered.   Some items were put into storage, some items fit into their new home on wheels and other items were set out on the front lawn so others could take a piece of the Zyskowski’s lives home with them for a small price. The sale was devastating for her and just another part of the pain for Odette.   Odette never lets go of her negativity, she found it almost everything around her as the family left their house behind and began a new chapter of their lives. Just when you see hope, bang, despair and hopelessness fill the air. She saw the change that occurred in her parents, the way they looked and behaved around each other and that should have meant something positive to her but it wasn’t. I found humor in the novel, places where Odette should have laughed, places where Odette should have sat back and enjoyed the moment but instead her mind was thinking about what she had lost. It was sad that she just couldn’t let go.  Grandma tries to shine light on Odette’s darkness and for Grandma; I thank you for tipping the scale. Thank you to dad, for trying to make a difference in Odette’s life. I appreciate your effort in bringing the thrift store dog to Odette, even though he wasn’t originally the perfect dog, he ended up being worth millions.  

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review 2015-06-10 23:58
Infandous (Fiction - Young Adult) - Elana K. Arnold

Sephora feels that she has always lived in the shadows of her mother’s beauty. Everyone stares at her mother as she electrifies the room, a real showstopper wherever they go, gracing everyone with her appearance and Sephora considers herself a piece of her. She feels her mother is just too beautiful for the life that she leads.   Sephora has her art and she tries to express herself through it, never attaching her name to the pieces she displays around Venice Beach, in the various shops. When Jordan invites her mother to a reggae concert, Sephora waits for her mother to deny his request after all their age difference is just too great but she gladly accepts the invitation. This relationship blossoms and although Sephora knows her mother has desires like everyone else; she has a hard time accepting this relationship. Sephora feels alone while her mother is infatuated with her new relationship and while her life continues to revolve, there is something in her past that needs to be addressed.

The authors way of just skimming on the surface and the length of this novel, made it difficult for me to indulge into the story. The author tucked inside this novel fairytales before the chapters which I enjoyed very much and looked forward to reading.

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review 2015-06-01 16:19
Infandous - Elana K. Arnold

Dark and layered. I loved the way myths & fairy tales were woven in, and I appreciated a lot about it. However, when I read it, I was burnt out on Important books, however well written and necessary. So I’m not sure how much that flavors my feelings of slight frustration with this one; I wanted it to be a little less slight, maybe?

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/may-2015-round-up
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