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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-25 05:03
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit - Jaye Robin Brown

Word of Caution: If you hate the Big Misunderstanding trope, then avoid this book, because the entire thing hinges on it. Not only is it a "big misunderstanding" but it's perpetuated by one character consistently lying to everyone, and not even for a very good reason. Well, she thinks it's a good reason. Me? Not so much.

 

This is the second F/F book in a row with a punk lesbian. I guess this is a common enough thing to already be a recognizable trope? Aren't there country-loving lesbians? Or jazz-loving lesbians? Or hip-hop loving lesbians? WHERE ARE MY HIP-HOP LESBIANS?

 

But seriously, this book is both complicated and simple. It's told in a simple, rather straightforward way that rarely delves into the depths that this book could easy delve into given the subject matter, mainly how do LGBTQ+ individuals who need faith in their lives deal with the hurtful messages that too many churches STILL put out there because they're stuck in medieval times. I was looking forward to that aspect of it, because too often the one sole religious person in M/M books often acts like he or she could be an offshoot of the Westboro Church family tree. I know many people of faith, some who are close-minded in that way, but others who really embrace Jesus's teachings about acceptance and loving each other without judgment. So let's look at both sides of the spectrum and everything else in between here, right?! Except it never really happens. *sigh*

 

Jo's dad, who runs his own evangelical radio show, accepted his daughter without hesitation when she came out to him. And now that he's remarried and his new MIL has a stick up her butt about EVERYTHING, and because they've moved to a more conservative, smaller town, he asks Jo to lay low. That is, go back in the closet. And she agrees. So she can get her own radio show that she unironically calls "Keep It Real." I say unironically because she's completely unaware of the irony of the title while she's lying about herself to everyone around her. 

 

Except one boy she meets and befriends. She tells him immediately. Which pretty much pulls the rug out from under her every other time she tries to explain to herself why she can't tell the truth to her girlfriend she's so super in love with. Oh, no! Can't do that! And it leads to one ridiculous, cliched "twist" after another until I just wanted to smack her Cher-style.

 

 

Oh, Cher. Where are you when we need you most?

 

I do like the various different characters. There's a weird subplot with Dana. It was nice to see how Joanna and Elizabeth eventually work out their issues. When Joanna does finally stand up for herself, that's pretty great too but comes a bit too late in the story, so that everything after that is rushed. Joanna overall is a passive character and except for that one moment of backbone, she never really stops being passive. Barnum was great, as were George and Gemma. The pastor of the other church, the not-friendly-to-gays one, has this weird quasi-transformation, maybe? It doesn't really go anywhere. 

 

So I guess there's a hopeful message in here. And I guess this is eventually about being true to yourself, even when that self isn't who you originally thought it was. But for each thing I found to like, there was another thing that annoyed me in equal measure.

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review 2017-03-25 03:10
Novice
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 
He can summon demons. But can he win a war?Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . ., When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he must travel to the Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueng training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius for help. As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. Summoner is the first in a trilogy featuring Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This wasn't a perfect read, but it was fun.

 

Most people put this in the young adult catagory. I feel most middle graders would handle this well.

 

To me it is obvious that this author was greatly infuenced by a lit of other popular novels of this genre, but that does not by any means make this any less of great read. I think this is great blend of everything previous done right, but with an original flare all its own. I found the way the demons worked to be especially interesting.

 

I love that this started on watt pad and really turned Inot something great that got the recognition it deserved.  

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review 2017-03-24 13:15
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with.
The Perfect Tear - Connie Lansberg
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http://yaboundbooktours.blogspot.com/2017/01/blog-tour-sign-up-perfect-tear-by.html *** The Perfect Tearby Connie LansbergGenre: YA FantasyRelease Date: November 11th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned.Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.
My Review
I really loved the character of Eleanor she was a very interesting character. I loved that we got to know her at a very young age, and into part of her teenage years. I also really liked her best friend Audrey. Other characters I really liked were Edward whom is Eleanor's love interest and is a prince. I liked John who likes Audrey, and his also Edwards best friend. Then there are other people such as Lerion, who is I guess you can say is the bad guy in this book. Another character I should really mention is Tsera who Lerion is trying to take over her roll or job, I guess you can say. She also hid the object that Lerion is trying to find. Of course my favorite character has to be most definitely Bella, she's an animal but I am not going to tell you what type of animal that it is. So you'll have to read it to find out. The story was a lot of fun to read, and I really enjoyed it. I thought the ending tied up things pretty well, but leaves more stuff to explore in other books as well.
 
Teaser
Eleanor, a timid orphan with an extraordinary musical gift has just turned sixteen. She has no clue to her real purpose, but she refuses to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she grew up with. Eleanor knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her best friend Audrey begs her to run away with her but where would they go? The world outside the Abbey is barren and dangerous. Eleanor finally decides to take her chances and in the act of running away, meets her destiny. The girls find themselves in a strange land full of unknown dangers where they are met by an ethereal creature, Tsera, who gives Eleanor a choice. Go home to Edward, the boy she loves, never to sing again and wait until her world dies or, risk everything to find The Perfect Tear, a crystal that contains the Third Vibration and the only thing that will stop the destruction of her world.
 
 
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Book Trailer: About the Author Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same." Author Links: Website│Goodreads│Twitter│Facebook│Youtube│Instagram GIVEAWAY: a Rafflecopter giveaway Blog Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

 

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review 2017-03-24 02:23
Excellent Audiobook Experiance
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I love a great audiobook, one you can visualize so clearly you feel like you are part of the story. The sound effects, the voices, the pacing all fabulous.

The story was science fiction space travel adventure with deceit, misjudgments, death, nasty creatures, nastier humans, worm holes alternative universes and romance light. I cheered and jeered for the characters. I really got to know them and care what happened. There is a cliffhanger ending. I normally am unhappy about that but this one left me with a big smile. Fantastic twist ! 

A great second edition to the series. I am excited to continue to book 3, as soon as it is released.

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review 2017-03-22 20:29
[BOOK TOUR] "Ponad wszystko" Nicoli Yoon

Autor: Nicola Yoon
Tytuł: Ponad wszystko
Liczba stron: 328
Wydawnictwo:Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie


Organizatorka akcji:
Ola z bloga Zaczytana Iadala

Regulamin

Jak to jest być zamkniętym w czterech ścianach przez całe swoje życie? Nigdy nie wychodzić na zewnątrz, nie czuć podmuchów wiatru ani ciepła promieni słońca, nie wdychać zapachu kwiatów... Samotność osoby, której świat ogranicza się do kilku pomieszczeń i dwóch osób, musi być przeogromna. Człowiek to jednak istota zadziwiająca - podobno może przyzwyczaić się do wszystkiego.
 
Madeline Whittier poznajemy, gdy kończy 18 lat. Cierpi na SCID - niezwykle rzadko spotykany niedobór odporności. Jej choroba jest na tyle poważna, że dziewczyna nigdy nie opuszcza własnego domu. Przy drzwiach znajduje się śluza broniąca dostępu do wnętrza wszelkim zarazkom, budynek zaopatrzony jest także w specjalne filtry oczyszczające powietrze. Nawet spróbowanie nowego dania mogłoby okazać się śmiertelne. Choć bohaterka wkracza właśnie w dorosłość, w praktyce w jej życiu nic się nie zmienia, każdy dzień jest aż do bólu przewidywalny. Wypełnia go nauka (lekcje przez Skype'a) i czytanie książek, a wieczory Madeline spędza z mamą. Grają razem w Scrabble, kalambury i oglądają filmy. Z wyjątkiem pielęgniarki Carli i, od czasu do czasu, nauczyciela architektury, nikt ich nie odwiedza. Taka wizyta to bowiem spore przedsięwzięcie - należy poddać się wcześniej badaniom i przejść dekontaminację. Nastolatka, pomimo izolacji i tak wielu ograniczeń, wydaje się pogodzona ze swoim losem. Wie, że te wszystkie środki ostrożności są konieczne, by mogła żyć. Jej własny mały świat to wszystko, co zna. Niespodziewanie do domu obok wprowadzają się nowi sąsiedzi. Ich syn od razu przykuwa uwagę Madeline...
Główna bohaterka powieści już na początku zdobyła moją sympatię. Podziwiałam jej siłę ducha i umiejętność czerpania radości ze zwykłych, codziennych czynności. Praktycznie pozbawiona kontaktu ze światem zewnętrznym, nie zamknęła się w sobie i nie pogrążyła w depresji. Los okrutnie ją doświadczył, pozbawiając tak wielu doświadczeń i możliwości, a jednak wyrosła na mądrą, zabawną, interesującą osobę. Nauczyła się doceniać to, co ma, odsuwając od siebie żal za wszystkim, czego nie będzie jej dane poznać. Kibicowałam jej z całego serca, licząc na jakiś cud. Gdy ktoś ryzykuje tak wiele, by odmienić swoje życie, ma tylko dwie możliwości - może stracić wszystko albo zyskać cały świat.
"Ponad wszystko" to książka, którą zapamiętam na długo. Choć dość przewidywalna, nie przyćmiewa to wcale jej uroku. Ciepła, klimatyczna, chwytająca za serce opowieść o tym, ile człowiek jest w stanie zaryzykować dla miłości, dla nadziei na inne, pełniejsze życie. Poruszająca, ale i zabawna, zapewniła mi wiele wrażeń. Z przyjemnością pochłaniałam kolejne strony debiutu Nicoli Yoon, nieubłaganie zmierzając do końca. Z żalem rozstałam się z bohaterami, choć mam nadzieję spotkać ich ponownie. Pozostaje mi już tylko czekać niecierpliwie na ekranizację (premiera w Polsce już 9 czerwca), a jeśli autorka zdecyduje się na kolejne książki, na pewno po nie sięgnę.
Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2017/03/book-tour-ponad-wszystko-nicoli-yoon.html
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