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review 2019-06-10 03:07
Greetings from Witness Protection - Audiobook
Greetings from Witness Protection! - Jake Burt

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

I'm working on making a world.

- first sentence

 

Nicki has been living in a foster center since her grandmother died. One day, the FBI suddenly shows up to ask for her help. They want her for a new program in witness protection called Project Family. The idea is to add a child to the family in WITSEC to make them harder to find. Nicki is to become Charlotte Trevor, part of a family that includes a father, mother, and younger brother. The mother testified against the members of her family who just so happen to be part of the Italian mob. Charlotte (Nicki) and the rest of the Trevor family need to play their roles perfectly so that the Cercatore family doesn't find them.

 

I listened to the audio version which I borrowed from my public library and the narrator did a fantastic job. She sounded exactly like a snarky teenage girl. Nicki (Charlotte) struggles with kleptomania and when she gets scared, she tends to steal things (her hands are very fast). Nicki is a clever, strong girl who knows how to take care of herself, but during the course of the book, she realizes how much she needs people to confide in. I knew the bad guys would eventually find them, and I had an idea of how Charlotte would stop them, but some of the details were a bit unexpected.

 

I think kids will enjoy this story and relate to the way the characters feel like they don't fit in. The Trevor family faces homework issues, bullying, sibling squabbles, and other typical situations that kids will understand. The story is engaging and Nicki (Charlotte) makes a great kid hero.

 

This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award for grades 6-8. I am trying to read as many as I can again this year.

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review 2019-03-31 02:21
Binary Witness (The Amy Lane Mysteries) - Rosie Claverton

I picked this up when the series was offered free on Amazon. Thanks to whoever posted about it.

Claverton writes a woman who has issues but is strong quite well. She is a shut-in with a mysterious past. Jason is hired to clean her house.

It's really dirty.

But she has a couple friends, so while Jason is a bit different, he also isn't totally unique.

The book was quite a nice gripping read.

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text 2019-03-28 19:30
Thank you
Binary Witness (The Amy Lane Mysteries) - Rosie Claverton

So a few months ago when the books in this series were offered for free, someone here posted about the series.  I've forgotten who, but

 

THANK YOU.

 

Just read the first one and loved it.  And I still have 3 to go.

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text 2019-03-09 02:27
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 317 pages.
Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie

I’m actually really looking forward to this, despite recent reactions and discussions linked to it round these here parts.

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review 2019-02-27 18:38
Dumb Witness
Dumb Witness - Agatha Christie

Dumb Witness is actually a pretty good Christie novel, at least when it comes to the mystery part. I really enjoyed how Poirot explored the concept of the convenient lie and Hastings reaction to it. I didn´t like the ending very much, since

 

I´m not a big fan of the "let the murderer commit suicide" endings in general.

(spoiler show)

 

However, while reading this book, I realized that I have a new pet peeve in regard to books. I hate it, when humans try to give a voice to animals, telling me as a reader what these animals are thinking or feeling (it doesn´t matter if it´s the author himself or a character who does it). Enter Bob, the dog, who doesn´t add anything to the story besides making Hastings an annoying ass, who translates Bob´s barking and cocking of the head for me. Thanks, but no thanks. It´s annoying and incredibly dumb. I don´t get why Christie decided to give the dog a voice, it simply doesn´t work.

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