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review 2018-04-09 20:50
An Island Newly Born
Houghton Mifflin the Nation's Choice: Theme Paperbacks Easy Level Theme 2 Grade 6 Surtsey, Newest Place on Earth - Houghton Mifflin Company
After a volcanic eruption of the coast of Iceland, Surtsey, a new island was born. Scientists loved this spectacular event as it gave them a rare opportunity to watch the island slowly transform from a mass of volcanic rock into an island with flora and fauna. To protect it and watch the transformation, only scientists have been allowed access to it, and those only in selected places so as to leave as small as possible human impact. The book includes many photos showing how the evolution happened, but being published in 1992, it would be nice to have an updated sequel. I hadn't heard of this island until I read the book, but it was enlightening and interesting as the scientists themselves were surprised at how quickly some life took root. 

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review 2016-08-31 00:00
The Right Pet
The Right Pet - Rob Arego,Amanda Haley,H... The Right Pet - Rob Arego,Amanda Haley,Houghton Mifflin Cute... great for beginning readers.
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review 2016-04-02 19:13
Lincoln: A Photbiography Book Review
Lincoln: A Photobiography (Houghton Mifflin social studies) - Russell Freedman

For starters, I do not like history. So that fact that I enjoyed this book is pretty impressive for the author. It's definitely not one I loved. But, as a non-fiction book I feel that I have to give this four stars for being readable, having interesting real photographs throughout and being simple enough for children to enjoy.


Lincoln: A Photobiography details Lincoln's life from childhood, to becoming a lawyer to presidency as well as being a major impact on the Civil War. And ending with his assassination at the famous play.


Like I said, I am not a history person so I do feel like I learned quite a bit in this short book. I really liked the photographs throughout and found them useful to the "story." The author did a good job sticking to the facts throughout Lincolns life even though he glazed over the death of Lincoln's son and the depression his wife had after. Well deserving of the Newbery Medal.


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review 2014-02-10 02:03
The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
The Vespertine - Saundra Mitchell

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I picked this book up at NetGalley, not thinking too much of it. When I began reading, I fell in love. First of all, I love historical settings. I love the refinement of the period. The way people spoke then just makes for better writing, as far as I’m concerned. Mitchell also leans toward the lyrical side in her writing style, which is fitting for this novel.


I was enamored with Amelia and Nathaniel. Their relationship is an interesting one from the start, and I loved watching it develop from playful games into something real. They’re both great characters, with plenty of depth. Zora, Amelia’s friend, was also one of my favorite characters. She had a lot of life and I hated to see so many sad things happen in her life. Every character, even those the reader doesn’t know as well, was written perfectly into the story.


I was taken away by this story. I really got into it and saw all the scenes, as if I were watching a movie. It also made me soar through different emotions: happiness, excitement, intrigue, horror. I thought she crafted the plot twists well. I never saw them coming. It is obvious from the beginning of the book that things will take a horrible turn, but it’s how they come about that is so genius to me. And I wasn’t quite prepared for the ending, but I loved it. I recommend picking this one up in March. Don’t worry. I’ll remind you. I know I’ll be going to buy my own finished copy.

Source: www.owltellyouaboutit.com/posts/the-vespertine
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-10 00:43
Entangled - Amy Rose Capetta

A copy was provided  by the publisher in exchange for a honest review


The Story:

Entangled is fast paced, entertaining and an overall fun science fiction book. After rereading the summary I shouldn’t have been surprised like I was with the strong undertone of music–the cherry-red guitar should have tipped me off. I enjoyed this little bit thrown in and felt it was unique to Cade and her outlook.


As I read any science fiction novel I try to suspend disbelief and buy into the author’s explanations and world. Often, there are aspects that cause me to briefly pause and question, and there were a few in Entangled. I don’t have a science background so couldn’t say how plausible any of this book was but I was able to overlook any questionable parts (mostly her treatment of black holes) and let Capetta take me on her story.


The one aspect I had trouble getting over was the use of the character’s slang/curse word. I know that slang is a great way to build on a world and show the differences between theirs and ours. I wish I was the type of person that could overlook its use knowing that in the future our language will be much different. Sadly, I just couldn’t get over phrases like “don’t slug this up” or “what the slug are you talking about?” I think if it had been anything but ‘slug’ I could have gotten over it far easier. Every time that word popped up I was wrenched from the dialog. Since I read the arc I can only pray it changes in the final version.


You might have heard/seem comparisons to Firefly. This very thing drew me to this book and put it on my TBR list. I didn’t really see the similarities but it wasn’t so off I felt betrayed. There are a gang of ‘friends’ that rely on each other (to their dismay and annoyance at times) and they travel in space on a ship in the future. These things coincide with Firefly. Where if felt off was on the epic-ness and humor, don’t get me wrong, Entangled was fun and entertaining, but never funny or clever to the level of Whedon-ness.


The Characters:

I liked the characters Capetta created. Cade had the tough façade and delicate innards common to young adult heroines. She  was spunky and I love that she lost herself in her guitar and music. It was exciting to follow her journey into discovering her past and to decipher ‘the noise’ that haunted her.

The secondary characters were well thought out and detailed in their personalities and descriptions. I felt they each had unique traits and had an interesting dynamic with one another. I think my favorite character out of the entire book was Rennik, the mysterious, seemingly unfeeling alien who pilots their ship. I hope to see a lot more of him in the next book.

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Another great feature was that the ship was a living, breathing entity which had opinions and a real presence throughout the book.


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Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Entangled and I will be reading the next in the series to see where Capetta takes her characters next.

Source: www.myfriendsarefiction.com/review-of-entangled-by-amy-rose-capetta
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