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review 2017-07-03 05:07
Beware of wasps...
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel


The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels.

- first sentence


Well, this was a bit quirky. I liked it, but I didn't love it.


Steve is a worrier, and what he worries about most nowadays is his baby brother. His parents are worried too. The baby has things wrong with him, and he isn't strong enough for the operation yet. The wasp queen visits Steve in his dreams and says she can make things better. All Steve has to say is "yes." But, things aren't always what they seem, and the queen may not have the baby's best interests at heart after all.


This book asks us to question what is normal and decide if an imperfect life is still worth living.


This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award, grades 6-8 (2017-18). It might be a bit creepy for kids though. The wasps are scary and there are some life or death situations. Steve doesn't know who to trust or how to protect his brother. He wants to do the right thing and readers will certainly root for him. Steve is scared at times, but he shows true bravery to protect his baby brother.


Just keep in mind, this is a horror story, a fairy tale horror story, but still...


This is my second Free Read Friday book. It has 272 and is worth $6.00

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quote 2017-07-01 04:49
There were a lot of things I was supposed to get a grip on. I just wasn't much good at it.
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text 2017-07-01 04:09
My 2nd Free Read Friday - BLopoly
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel


I chose this book for my second free read Friday. It's a Sunshine State 17-18 nominated book and I plan to read as many as I can. It is a weird premise though, a wasp queen invades a boy's dreams to offer to fix his baby brother.


Not sure how I feel about this one...

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review 2017-02-16 00:19
Nest - Terry Goodkind
This is the first book I have read by Terry Goodkind, I really don't care for fantasy type stories, but when I was offered this one and read the blurb I thought, this is just my kind of story, scary, speculative type story. 
"For the past three weeks, John Allen Bishop had been keeping the devil chained in the basement" John Bishop is a young man with developmental issues, who can "see the evil" in people's eyes. A series of events end up taking this young man's life.
Kate Bishop is John's sister who is just a normal woman, living a normal life and becomes involved in the investigation into her brother's murder. She finds that she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes. Now that is pretty scary in and of itself, but there are other people out there with the same ability and they can tell when a person has the ability like Kate does. That puts Kate in great danger. She meets Jack Raines, an author, who actually works for Mossad, the intelligence agency for Israel. What Jack does is find people with Kate's abilities and try to protect them from predators out to kill them.
These predators go to the Dark Net, a part of the internet used for computer hacking, pornography, and other nefarious acts. Jack and Kate must find these people and kill them before they kill her. This proves to be a terrifying task and they both may end up dead.
I have to say that this book was a real page-turner. Just the very idea that you could have the ability to see evil in a person's eyes and see how they are going to commit a horrible crime would be overwhelming. The author has indeed a vivid imagination and an enormous ability with the written word. If you love a good thriller, this one is for you. 


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review 2017-01-31 17:32
The Nest - DNF
The Nest - Cynthia D`Aprix Sweeney

I listened to 3 CD's out of the 9 and I had to stop. I just got bored.  Leo had his drama at the beginning and he seemed to have his family tied around his finger. Bea, did she have control of the family or did she just like to think she did? Anyways, I heard enough that it just wasn't keeping my interest for a third of the book being completed. Moving on....." 

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