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review 2019-01-18 06:52
Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

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review 2019-01-18 06:51
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Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

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review 2019-01-17 08:27
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Over the Falls (Ryder Bay #1) by Jordan Ford
Over the Falls (Ryder Bay #1) - Jordan Ford

Over the Falls is the first book in the Ryder Bay series, and it's one I can't wait to continue. It is full of those extreme feelings you can only get when you are young, plus hardships, and a dash of mystery. I have read 'Dear Diary' and loved the insight into Harley. I'm glad I don't have to wait until book three to find out what happened in her past, and yet I am totally thrilled to find out how she moves forward. I've already found some of it out in this book, but I just know there is so much more to come.

The characters are all extremely well written, whether you like them or not! There is one in particular who I think I know what happened, but don't want to say anything yet, because no doubt Jordan Ford will put a twist on it, and I shall be wrong!

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review 2019-01-15 20:30
Daba's Travels from Ouadda to Bangui by Makombo Bamboté
Daba's Travels from Ouadda to Bangui - Makombo Bamboté,George Ford

Like apparently most of the people who read this book, I read it for my world books challenge and wasn’t particularly impressed. It seems to be aimed at middle-grade readers (ages 9-12), and recounts the childhood experiences of a boy named Daba as he leaves his village in the Central African Republic to attend school in a larger town and spends his vacations traveling around the country with friends and relatives.

As you would expect, this is a quick and easy read that even includes some illustrations. It’s a pretty gentle story, including adventures such as attending a boarding school and tagging along for a crocodile hunt. However, it is disjointed, prematurely ending events that could have been exciting if fully-developed – like the crocodile hunt, which gets less page time than a neighbor telling the boys a story – and including more episodes than fit comfortably within its brief page count. It does little to immerse the reader in Daba’s feelings or experiences; in the second half of the book, he seems to fade into his group of friends, who are indistinguishable in personality and experiences (except for the French pen pal who somehow is able to fly to a Central African Republic town alone and spend the summer wandering from village to isolated village with the local boys).

Daba grows older – the book appears to cover a couple of years – but he doesn’t really have struggles to overcome or seem to change or learn more about life. At times, knowing the story to be based in some way on the author’s childhood, Daba’s portrayal even comes across as self-aggrandizing: a star pupil, always cool and confident, beats adults at games, liked by everyone except for one classmate who’s condemned by other children and adults alike. Meanwhile, for adult readers, the language is perhaps too simple, and some of the events are eyebrow-raising or could use more explanation (the pen pal trip, Daba’s being awarded a scholarship to study abroad without any apparent effort from him or consent from his parents, etc.).

At any rate, this isn’t too bad if you’re doing a world books challenge – Daba travels around his country, giving the reader a sense of the landscape and the culture in the places he visits, and quick reads are always valued for big challenges – but those searching for diverse books to give to the children in their lives would be better served looking elsewhere.

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review 2019-01-13 10:19
Fish Stick Fridays - Rhys Ford

3.75 ⭐️

 

Re read

 

The parts I loved the most about this one was the main 

characters. I loved Zig. Her and Deke’s interactions were well done. He had a great way of dealing with her, as she was not an easy kid due to her history. I also loved the way she took over Lang’s cats. So typical of cats. 

I liked Lang and how he and Deke were together and how good he was with Zig. He showed strength to move on after his past.

While I liked the guys together it kind of felt like it came out of the blue, maybe because there was a lot of other things going on at the same time, but it felt like they met and then the next interaction they were each other’s corner stone. 

I liked the flow of the story and how it progressed. The secondary characters were all well fleshed out and made me want to continue with the series 

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