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text 2018-03-18 16:10
Kill Your Darlings (Yellow team)
World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III - Ben H. Winters


It never occurred to me to indicate what team i was on.

Fixed.  : )


After some thought, I'm going to use this one for a Victim card.

Henry rarely, if ever steps on the bad side, sometimes to his own detriment.





Henry is incredibly single minded.

His sister got duped big time.

As long he's sniffing out 'stuff' Cortez is happy a as a clam most of the time. 

Henry was smart enough to leave the dog behind safe with an Amish family.


At least the whining didn't last long.


I can only use one at a time unless I'm collecting, so I'm going to hold this one for a bit.

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text 2018-03-15 19:23
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III - Ben H. Winters


Hey! Hey!

It’s my lucky day!

Another whiner!


Henry started out so nicely.


Book 1 was mostly just doing his job:

It’s the end of the world and we know it, and i feel fine.


Book 2 kinda morphed into

I’ll be your candle on the water

or maybe

You’re the wind beneath my wings

Depending on if you think about him or the lady who asked him to find her missing husband.



He’s trying to find his sister.

He’s whining.

Everything is his fault.

Even though he wasn’t even there.


His flaky sister went all conspiracy and took off , she asked him to come with her even though he’s half bled out from a gunshot wound to the artery in the upper arm. She apparently didn’t care that he’ll die if they don’t get him to a hospital.

His fault - he left her.


The nutty chick in the abandoned clothing store.

His fault because he was there a couple weeks before looking for info and the asshole running the place abandoned her.


Girl in a clearing with her throat sliced.

His fault because he wasn't there earlier to prevent it.


I can blame him for the dog being injured (a feisty little bichon friese) since he should have left it behind, but come on.

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review 2018-03-01 22:48
The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Book of Joan: A Novel - Lidia Yuknavitch

More a novel of ideas than a "yarn," The Book of Joan's characters exist primarily as symbols, vehicles for ideology. This quality brought to mind older modes of storytelling, such as ancient Greek and Roman epics, fairy tales, and didactic poems. Everything is heightened--the language, the stakes, the characters. At first I highlighted many passages, dazzled by the prose, but the lyric language reached a critical mass about a third of the way through, and I became distracted by linguistic tics such as the overuse of "wrong" as an adjective. It could also be hard to read some of the graphically violent passages.


Nevertheless, I applaud this novel's ingenuity, its reworking of Joan of Arc's story and interesting notions regarding gender and sex.

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review 2018-02-26 11:35
#BookoftheMonth - The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1) by Lacey Weatherford
The Trouble With Spells - Lacey Weatherford

The Trouble with Spells is the first book in the Of Witches and Warlocksseries, and we start with a prologue of two years ago, when Vance first set eyes on Portia. He finds out she is the daughter he has been warned to stay away from, and so he does.

Skip forward two years, and Portia is near her 16th birthday. On her birthday, she gets more than she bargained for, and finds out she is from a long line of witches and warlocks. Not only that, but she already has an amazing amount of control over her powers. Throw in a soul mate, a big bad, and you're on the way.

Now, this story has an amazing amount of Insta-Love, which I usually don't like too much. I prefer the slow burners. However, it seems to work in this story. Perhaps because Portia deals amazingly well with what is thrown at her. I was worried she would be a whiny character, but she isn't. Her and Vance do make an exceedingly cute couple.

I thought this story was well written, and a delight to read. If you like insta-love, and young-adult paranormal, then I would definitely recommend this one. Plus you can get book 2 free if you sign up for her newsletter!

Source: mailchi.mp/e031da2f5b33/bookofthemonth-the-trouble-with-spells-of-witches-and-warlocks-1-by-lacey-weatherford
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review 2018-02-24 22:07
Getting Rid of Those Monsters.
Monster Trouble! - Lane Fredrickson,Michael Robertson

This children's bedtime story is about a brave little girl who deals with ridding her room of monsters in a clever way. It has rhyming and great vocabulary. Teachers might want to go over with younger students that monsters do not exist and this book is just for fun. The ending is so sweet and loveable, you can't help but love little Winifred, the main character.

One great activity for this book could be to have students create and color their own monsters out of construction paper, and then write one way that they would make their monsters leave them alone. 

Reading level: Pre-K-2

Lexile measure: AD580L 

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