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review 2018-04-21 02:34
Invisible City
Invisible City - Julia Dahl

First in a series is tough. Making the jump from journalist to novelist is tricky. 


Invisible City is a solidly plotted murder mystery that reads more like a police procedural than a cozy (though our main girl is a journalist not an officer of the peace).   While better than many first novels, there's plenty of room for growth.  In particular, I felt like the book was a hodge-podge of thinly veiled elements from a number of recent sensational news stories rather than being fully original. 


Like the main character, author Julia Dahl has a Jewish mother and a Christian father.  While it's always difficult to write about insular communities without a true in, I felt like a lot of Ms. Dahl's personification of the Ultra-Orthodox characters was built on stereotypes.


I'm counting this as an IRL bookclub read because Julia Dahl will be speaking in my community about book #3 in the series (released about a year ago) on Sunday.  I read Invisible City because Conviction was checked out of the Library and I wanted to have read something by the author before I went to brunch.

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review 2018-04-18 19:27
Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby (Shopping for a Billionaire, #13) by Julia Kent
Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby - Julia Kent


Breaking up may be hard to do, but in the case of Declan and Shannon growing up seems to be even harder. When will the couple who is forever getting it wrong finally manage to get it right? The adorably clueless duo made a list, set a date and made a mess before they tied the knot tight. Now the real adventure begins. The wonderful road to parenthood. The timing couldn't be more right, so why does everything seem to be going so wrong? Let the chaos continue. Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby reiterates what makes life special. The people we love, the moments we share and the hiccups along the way. Through the imagination of a comedic genius and her hard to resist creations, we learn a valuable lesson. Life is not meant to be perfect, it's meant to be lived. Loved It!


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review 2018-04-14 21:53
Review: Whipping Girl
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity - Julia Serano

I don't generally rate nonfiction, so the lack of stars is not an indication of quality.


This is a very interesting compilation and analysis of research into transgender women's experiences, written by a trans woman. The earlier section deconstructing media portrayals of trans women has fundamentally altered my viewing of that content. Some of the other sections, though, I don't know that I have the background to grok. And some of her depictions of concepts, like gender as a construct, do not match my own in ways that make reading some sections quite challenging. I would put both of those in the positive category, though. No point reading to rehash what I already know.


This book took me ages to read. I wouldn't read it when I was too tired to pay attention, which is apparently a lot of my reading time since changing jobs. I think I learned a bit. I hope I did, anyway. 

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review 2018-04-13 17:48
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book - Julia Donaldson,Axel Scheffler
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Oh my gosh, this is such a creative idea of a book. While the book doesn't tell a fluid story, it is still very entertaining nevertheless. It is basically if Inception was a children's picture book. 

I love Julia Donaldson's books. They are always sure to delight.

Axel Scheffler did the illustrations for this book and I loved all of the possible references to the other books, such as the owl and squirrel from The Gruffalo and the frog from Room on the Broom. Some of these may be coincidences or just the way Scheffler draws various creatures, but it is still fun for children to point out the similarities. As always, the illustrations are very fun and detailed.

A great book that is very unique and entertaining. 
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review 2018-04-09 17:16
Born Evil by Julia Derek
Born Evil - Julia Derek

You can probably guess what the twist and even the outcome of this book from other reviews, but I'm not giving anything away in mine.


I guessed the massive twist, but it was still entertaining and the very end was still a bit shocking. Wouldn't mind seeing a sequel just to see the accused get some revenge. It had some minor plot holes and some little inconsistencies, but it still kept me engaged enough to read it all to see how it ended.


The book was a freebie and I thought it worth the read. 3 stars

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