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review 2017-06-28 03:43
Great ending to a series
Seventh Heaven (Heaven Sent Book 7) - Ma... Seventh Heaven (Heaven Sent Book 7) - Mary Abshire

I'll admit I started this one with some trepidation. Through the course of this series, I've come to love Emily and Andrew and considering the premise, I was worried about the conclusion. It was absolutely perfect! The emotions were all over the place - I cried, I got mad, I cried some more, I got mad again and sometimes I cried while I was mad, and of course there were those oh so sweet moment to make me smile. Of course, some of those smiling moments had some happy tears involved. I've loved every book in this series and it's one I'll come back to again to revisit those beloved characters.

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review 2016-01-19 20:57
Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman
Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman

1991, January 1
2016, January 5

In the 25 years since I first read this, I confess I'd gotten a little vague on the details. Long Island suburban witch, I recalled correctly, but the two boys had become two girls in my mind, probably conflated with the movie Mermaids. I thought there was a lot more magic. And oddly, 25 years ago I didn't notice that Hoffman used "witch" as a sort of substitute for "slut": not in the shaming sense of promiscuous, but in the vague way that any young woman with autonomy, and agency, and sexuality (or even just visible boobs) gets called "slut" in middle school.

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review 2015-02-15 08:10
Seventh Heaven
Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman

Seventh Heaven is far from a seventh heaven. In late 1950s' suburban America it's all important that whatever you do, you do not stand out. People living in houses that all look the same, acting the same. When Nora Silk moves in, a recently divorced mother-of-two she's looked upon with the greatest possible suspicion. And slowly the rest of the street learns that her difference is not necessarily a bad thing.

 

The 1950s in this book gave me the creeps, to be honest. Or, perhaps it was the suburbia, I can't really tell. The story moves around a lot to the different persons living in Hemlock street, all with their own problems. Some were more interesting to read than others though. The overall story was quite interesting but a bit weird at times. I understand that Nora is very different from the other people in the street, but would she really influence them all so much? I don't know.

 

I might try some other books by Alice Hoffman in the future.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2015-02-08 09:24
Around The World In Books #3
Under Different Stars - Amy A. Bartol
18 Things - Jamie Ayres
Fest - Mark McCrum
Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story - Pauline Creeden
18 Thoughts - Jamie Ayres
Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter Softcover - SunNeko Lee,Luke Mehall;Gaelen Engler;Drew Thayer;Ashley King;Stacy Bare;Chris Barlow;Erica Lineberry;Brendan Leonard;Teresa Bruffey;D. Scott Borden,Crystal Chan,Nathaniel Hawthorne
Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman
Zhukov's Dogs - Amanda Cyr
Whisper - Stacey R. Campbell
Half Lies - Sally Green

Follow my travels as I visit the world via books (since I have neither the money nor the time to do it in real life). It's not meant as a challenge (for my) but I'm just curious to see how many places I visit whilst reading. So I keep track of them and update the maps every ten books. Prepare and get ready for the next ten stops...

 

After my exams I now had one week to relax before starting again, and I think it's safe to say I used it one reading. I read more than 10 books, which means it's time for another update on my 'travelling'.

 

Only one book this time that didn't really have a setting that was made clear: Chronicles of Steele: Raven.

 

This episode focusses mostly on North America it seems. After starting in Chicago (Illinois, US) for Under Different Stars, I moved on to Michigan (US) for 18 Things to which I returned for 18 Thoughts after a short break in the UK for a literary festival (Fest). I then went to Boston (Massachusetts, US; The Scarlet Letter - Manga Classics), followed by New York (US; Seventh Heaven) and Seattle (Washington, US; Zhukov's Dogs). A short trip to Canada (Whisper) eventually lead to Florida (US; Half Lies), the last stop on this part of the journey.

 

Part 21-30:

Countries Visited: 3 (Canada, UK, US)

New Countries Visited: 1 (Canada)

Continents Visited: 2 (Europe, North America)

New Continents Visited: 0

American States Visited: 6 (Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Washington)

New American States Visited: 5 (Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York)

New Places: 6

Most Visited Country: USA (7)

Most Visited Place: Michigan, US (2)

Not Set: 1

 

 

Total:

Countries Visited: 6 (Canada, France, Germany, Spain, UK, US)

Continents Visited: 2 (Europe, North America)

American States Visited: 10 (California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington)

Most Visited Country: USA (14)

Most Visited Place: London, UK (3)

Not Set: 5

 

Also read my earlier travels:

Part 1 - Part 2

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text 2014-09-11 11:00
TBR Thursday #5
Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science - Daniel P. Todes
Undertow - K.R. Conway
The Secrets of Life and Death - Rebecca Alexander
Seventh Heaven - Alice Hoffman
The Genome: A Novel - Sergei Lukyanenko
The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin,Ken Liu
Children of the Tide: An Inspector Endersby Mystery - Jon Redfern
Space Penguins Galaxy Race - Lucy Courtenay
Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life - J. Craig Venter

Every week I use the TBR Thursday to show everyone my newest books and to confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR.

 

There are, once again, quite some books that made their way to my shelves. Truth be told, I feel like it's not entirely my own fault this week. All new ARCs, but I finally got approved for some books I requested a long time ago, so they hardly really count for this week. I just tell myself this to make me feel better. Next week is the last week of my vacation, so I hope to get some reading done. I'm a bit behind on my ARCs, but it's already better than last week.

 

TBR pile currently stands at 175. (+5)

(Netgalley ARCs at 58 (+6))

 

I thought 'Interesting this biography of Ivan Pavlov, I should get it!' This was all before I found out it's 842 pages long! 842! For a biography!

 

Undertow I luckily got with a different cover, one that looks less like it's going to be a romance. I still hope that it's going to be a good book.

 

The Secrets of life and death, Seventh Heaven and Children of the tide all sounded very interesting. I'm looking forward to read them.

 

I was interesting in The Genome, because I know a lot of people who really enjoyed Night Watch so I was very curious about this author.

 

The Three Body Problem is Chinese SF, that sounded so interesting I now really want to read it.

 

Space Penguins Galaxy Race is definitely a children's book but it had my at the tagline of 'In space no one can hear you flap'

 

Last but not least, Life at the speed of light is written by Craig Ventor, of whom I've heard quite a lot in my lessons on the Human Genome Project wrote this book on genomics and I find that as a biomedical scientist an interesting topic.

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