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review 2018-05-09 04:23
Overboard (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson
Survivor Diaries: Overboard! - Terry Lynn Johnson,Jani Orban


"Tell me how you survived the whale attack," the reporter said.

- opening lines


Could you survive if the whale watching boat you were on capsized and you were left floating in the cold ocean? Travis and Marina are in just such a situation. Luckily, Travis is wearing an immersion suit, and Mariana has survival supplies in her vest (and a lot of knowledge). All they have to do is stay out of the water, find land, and get rescued. Simple, right?


So, this is a good book, but the plot is a little thin. Things resolve a bit too easily for me, but I don't think kids will mind. At the end of the book, there is a section with "U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Cold Water Survival Tips" which kids will probably find very cool and informative.


It's about 100 pages, easy to read and about survival, kids will love it.


Recommended to: Grades 3-5 (and some second graders), fans of the I Survived series, adventure fans, reluctant readers

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text 2018-01-17 13:57
Currently FREE for Kindle: Survivor by Brett Battles
Survivor (Rewinder Series) (Volume 3) - Brett Battles

Survivor by Brett Battles is the third book in a Sci Fi Time Travel series I highly recommend.  I'd call these Thriller/Suspense type Sci Fi, with a light bit of romance.


One of the few gems I've found in the slush pile of self-pubs. If you enjoy Sci Fi and Time Travel, you should consider this series.

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review 2018-01-04 04:38
Maus 1: My Father Bleeds History
Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman


So, I started reading this book in June, ended up getting caught up in other things, including other readings, and I finally just finished it. I actually had to start again from the beginning, but it was worth it.


This graphic novel is written by Art Spiegelman and based on his father's experiences before and during World War II. The book skips back and forth in time between the adult author speaking to his father and the years around World War II. In the illustrations, the Jewish people are represented by mice, the Germans cats, and the Polish people by pigs. This graphic novel is at times touching, at times horrifying, and at times just sad. A definite must-read for anyone interested in this time period.

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review 2017-10-09 06:55
Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb
Survivor In Death - J.D. Robb

An ordinary, happy, nice and "clean" family, is killed in their sleep, their throats slashed. The only survivor is the nine-year-old daughter who escaped by a miracle in the form of the thirst for an orange fizzy, while her best friend, having a sleepover was killed in her stead.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas takes little Nixie into her home, hoping to somehow jog her memory as to what secrets her parents or her brother might have had to earn such a death, but nothing pops. It looks like a random, senseless killing...But why?

The first half was spot-on, as always. The mystery was intriguing, the suspense palpable, the pace fast, and adding to the (again) non-existent personal drama was little nine-year-old Nixie, only survivor and witness of the killing of her family.
Some people argue that it would've been nice for Eve and Roarke to adopt the little girl in the end, when it seemed no one really wanted her, but to me, it's too soon for the two to become parents, adoptive or not. Neither is ready, not even Roarke, who actually wants children with Eve one day, and they know it. Still, it was a nice interlude.

It was the second part of the story that was the problem for me.
The motive turned out to be rather idiotic, slaughtering an entire family (and many others on the side) as revenge for a slight. I found it too simple and too over-the-top to compensate for the mystery/suspense at the beginning. It just didn't make sense to me, and in the end the pacing slowed down too much for me to actually enjoy the ending.

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review 2017-08-22 00:00
Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor's Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer
Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor... Bald Is Better with Earrings: A Survivor's Guide to Getting Through Breast Cancer - Andrea Hutton I don't know about you, but I found this title irresistible. It perfectly conveys the attitude and topic of the book. With so many risk factors for breast cancer and so many women diagnosed every year, I can't see how it's ever too early to learn a bit about it. I knew the basics on what people do after being diagnosed, like get treatment and that it will likely involvement radiation, but I never knew the little things about it. Like what do people go through when they get radiation treatment?

This book does a little bit of the scientific and medical speak to get the reader familiar with what's going on in the body of a patient, but that's not what it's really about. Bald is Better with Earrings is really about getting through it as best you can. I had listened to the audiobook, which is a short 5 hours, and loved the way she broke down getting through it all. Each chapter covers a different part of the process and includes personal tips on how to get through each part.

To be specific, the book is broken down into 10 chapters that covers everything from suspecting that there's a problem to the last day of treatment. My favorite part was the way she talks about talking to other people. Okay, I haven't had cancer, but I have dealt with the insane things people say when they don't know what to say. She has tips for that too. While Hutton does consistently relay her experiences with breast cancer, this isn't a memoir. It's definitely a guide.

I can't speak to how great it is for helping someone newly diagnosed get through their treatment, but Goodreads has plenty of reviews that are #ownvoices and quite favorable. For those of us who have not had cancer, it's a great insight into what it's like and how people deal with it and just might help us help them more. There's even a section on the support caregivers need and what those of us who are not the direct caregivers can do to support the family.
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