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review 2017-05-19 17:06
Family Jewels
Family Jewels - M.J. O'Shea

So this was my second by this author and what a different journey this one was. Corkscrewed was such a surprisingly fantastic read (see review here) that I just expected more here.

 

I really enjoyed how this booked opened and my only initial complaint was the continuous time jumps and therefore lack of relationship development that I felt could have really enhanced what was taking place between them.  I mean we get an initial hookup and then miss the next SEVEN dates.  SEVEN!  Really?

 

But they came together for me and while I knew the shit would hit the fan at some point, I enjoyed not knowing how the hell this would ever work out.

 

Well...

 

Well...

 

After about 70% this book took a tailspin into another storyline that just left me wondering in the end what the point even was.  And the mysterious murderer...smack me upside the head...that came out of nowhere and made zero sense.

 

I probably would have landed around a 4 had things not gone this route so like I said, I enjoyed myself...but good grief. This last bit drops this to a easy 3 star book.  

 

So unfortunate, as I feel that had there been some structure at all or editing in this it could have been so much better.  But maybe it's just me.

 

 

After sitting here for a few more hours thinking on this and getting further commentary from Marco, I just can't with the stupidity of some of this.  And that ending...

 

*drops rating from 3 to 2*

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review 2017-05-15 14:32
FU: Fixer Uppers
Fu: Fixer Uppers - Devon McCormack

So…I read something of Devon’s that just didn’t really work for me and I am completely bummed about it.

 

Devon has an amazing talent…there is no doubt.  Typically I find that he has the perfect balance of sexiness, smutty banter and heart-melting moments that just makes for the perfect story and characters.


And while I loved these guys, the balance here, for me, was just off.  Way off. 

 

 

Lord.  These guys had so much sex that I am honestly surprised Scott could walk AT ALL, let alone Mikey feel anything from all the use he gave that "hole".  The phrases, worshipping of the hole, unloading into asses, and love for the pre-com…I get it…they love sex.  But good grief.  We will have such a sweet moment and then a statement gets thrown in that just completely breaks the beauty that was the relationship being formed.

 

And granted these guys were technically “fuck buddies” for 95% of the book…but still.  We knew where this was going so come on.  At a certain point I don’t need lines like “Spew in me.”  (oh and that statement was in the Epilogue.)  Just no.

 

 

Again, this author can write some amazing characters and relationships.  And this one had its moments, which is why I am just so torn.  Unbelievably written and touching scenes with the siblings and parents and honestly each other that just countered all the other pornish qualities.  I really loved this couple a lot.

 

Inside his body of muscles, there is strength. It makes me think of his tattoo: Strength is Within. But there’s weakness, too. Maybe that’s why he works so hard on his tough exterior; it’s a shell to protect him from the rest.

 

Whatever the reason, all I know is that the more I get to know him, the more I realize that what he has going on inside is at least just as beautiful as his incredible body, and I’m starting to suspect that the more I get to know him, the more beauty I’ll discover within him.

 

It’s just too bad they were so few and far between.

 

Just bummed.

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text 2017-03-25 17:11
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis,Laura Cornell

Reading Level: K-2 and Lexile Level: 250L

 

This book book is about a little girl who encounter different emotions. I think this is a great book for children because it teaches them about the different emotions people deal with daily and it also shows them the proper way to handle each emotion. In my future classroom I would probably do a read aloud to my students. I would have them draw themselves showing an emotion and then ask them to explain to me in a few sentences how they felt when they had that emotion. 

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review 2017-03-20 19:45
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

This book is a story about a girl named Harriet and her trouble with empathy. The girl genuinely cannot feel this emotion. She gets into some trouble when misplaces her notebook. Within this notebook is her feelings and thoughts about everyone she comes into contact with. Which some of what is written would be considered unkind. The reason why she gets into some trouble is because her friends find her notebook and they read what she has written about them. Although she is forced to apologize and tell everyone that she did not mean what she wrote about them, her apology was completely insincere. She did not think she had done anything wrong because her thoughts and feelings are her own. She later learns that it is okay to feel and thing they way you do. However, sometimes it is best to keep it to yourself because it may cause conflicts. This book is a little controversial for me. Children learn that they have to be nice to their peers. However, they are not taught what to do if they genuinely think negative things about a particular person. They are taught to tell the truth. The controversy arises when the truth is negative towards a person. I think this book would be great to have as recreational reading for the classroom. However, it would be a great sample to read for emotions and what are appropriate ways to handle them. The lexile reading level for this book is 760L so it should be used around the 6th grade.

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review 2017-02-25 21:04
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis,Laura Cornell

Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis is a cute book about a little girl and all of the different moods that she has. It is bright and colorful and at the end of the story it has a picture of the girls face and then little dials that allow the reader to change her facial expressions/moods. This was one of my all time favorite stories when I was little because of how fun the story was! I think this is a great book for children because it teaches them about the different emotions people deal with daily and it also shows them the proper way to handle each emotion. If I were to use this book in my future classroom I would probably do a read aloud to my students and have them show me which emotion the little girl is feeling with different emojis I have given them. After that I would have them draw themselves showing a particular emotion and then ask them to explain to me in a few sentences how they felt when they had that emotion. 

 

Reading Level: K-2

Lexile Level: 250L

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