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review 2017-09-22 00:23
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Butterfly Project
The Butterfly Project - Emma Look Scott
The Butterfly ProjectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget. The occasional drawings are a bonus that really adds to the storyline.


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Source: fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-butterfly-project-by-emma-scott.html
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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 2017-09-12 11:37
Literature as a Strengthener of Character: "The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare" by Emma Smith
The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) by Dr Emma Smith (2007-04-09) - Dr Emma Smith

Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus!

 

The thing about drama is that everybody has to put effort in to learn their part, then they have to work together to make the play happen. Putting on a successful performance is very hard work but the buzz children get from the performance is huge and they learn that hard work is worthwhile. The play won't work without Titania, Bottom or Puck or all the more minor parts or the person who does the lighting, the scenery, the costumes. They compete for parts but work collaboratively to achieve a result and are proud of what they achieve. What better life lessons could children learn? There is bound to be a positive knock-on effect on other subjects.  Any good play, or musical, will do this but Shakespeare has huge scope and, generally, a large cast. This is a wonderful initiative. We owe it to our pupils to open up to their imaginations a world beyond our own shores and time. The 'Metamorphoses' speak to us about the fluidity of identity and have so much to offer to teenagers confronting this issue in their own lives. They can be read with Jeffrey Eugenides' 'Middlesex' as effectively as with Shakespeare. Emma Smith is right to point to the importance of the Philomela story for 'Titus Andronicus', but the many rape narratives in the 'Metamorphoses' present serious ethical challenges in the classroom. In teaching teenagers (and not only) respect for others, you are teaching them respect for themselves. That's the main point of school and home; in their rapidly-changing world (i.e. their intellect, their bodies) these are mainstays. These are what enable them to contextualise the attacks of commerce on their minds. And anybody who thinks that good literature and art aren't great strengtheners of character is missing the point; of course, they are, because they improve human intelligence.

 

 

If you're into Shakespeare, read on.

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text 2017-09-12 09:39
Starting: Every Secret Thing
Every Secret Thing - Susanna Kearsley,Emma Cole,Katherine Kellgren

Every Secret Thing
by Susanna Kearsley
Book 1 of Kate Murray
audio book narrated by Katherine Kellgren


Susanna Kearsley and Katherine Kellgren!

This HAS to be a most excellent combination, right?  Right?

Also, I didn't realize that Katherine Kellgren was American.  I thought she was British since I've only heard her narrations in a British accent.  So far, it's quite fascinating listening to her switching back and forth from American English to British English.

As for the book, so far there is only a mention of an old murder mystery from a long time ago by an old man who dies soon after, getting hit by a car.  He mentions it to Kate because he believes this murder mystery may be old, but still deserves justice.

I'm hoping that this is enough to count towards the 'Murder Most Foul' square, but if not, then I'm almost hoping that the old man's death was actually a murder, which will be what leads Kate onto this mission to investigate some past truth of that old murder mystery the old man had mentioned to her.  Y'know, not that I'm deranged or anything, hoping for a murder in the first five minutes of a book... but I've got squares to complete, right?


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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/09/starting-every-secret-thing.html
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review 2017-09-09 21:42
Great Holiday Read
A Season of You: A Cloud Bay Christmas Novel - Emma Douglas

A Season Of You by Emma Douglas is a great book to get you in the Christmas spirit.  Ms Douglas has given us a well-written book that will warm your heart.  This is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  The characters in this book are amazing, and perfect for this story.  Mina has suffered the loss of her father and husband.  Will is struggling to start a new business that Mina is against.  Mina and Will's story is loaded with drama, humor, spice and holiday hope.  I enjoyed reading A Season Of You and look forward to reading more from Emma Douglas in the future.  A Season Of You is book 2 of the Cloud Bay Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a standalone.

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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