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review 2017-07-01 17:39
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! - Ammi-Joan Paquette,Laurie Ann Thompson,Lisa K. Weber

Two Truths and A Lie: It's Alive! presents nine chapters of three stories each about plants, animals and humans where each story seems a little crazy but only one is a lie! Each story is backed up with sources and pictures and might even be sprinkled with some truths making some stories very difficult to see through. 

This was a very fun book to read with middle school aged children. After learning about certain topics, we would read the three stories in a corresponding chapter and have a great discussion in trying to decipher which story was the lie. Our favorite group of stories was the very first one which contained stories of a human-shaped root, an entire forest made up of only one tree and plant communication. The only thing that I would have prefered is if the answers were directly after each section instead of all together at the end of the book, since this made it easy to see the false story for the next section. These stories were a fun way to engage kids and have them do some critical thinking, can't wait for the next one!

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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text 2017-06-01 14:40
My May 2017
Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Cornelia Krutz-Arnold
The Castaways - Jessika Fleck
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin
Blutdämmerung - Rainer Löffler
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Joyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone: Maze Runner 3 (Die Auserwählten – Maze Runner) - Katharina Hinderer,James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten (Die Auserwählten - Maze Runner 0) - James Dashner,Anke Caroline Burger
Immortal Writers - 4 stars
Coraline - 5 stars
The Castaways - 5 stars
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - 2 stars
Blutdämmerung - 5 stars
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - 4 stars
Joyride Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone - 2.5 stars
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Coraline, The Castaways, Blutdämmerung

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: The Sleeping Prince

 

I mean there are two comics and one really short book in there but I'm surprised that I finished 9 books. Two of the books were a major let down BUT most of the books were just pretty amazing. So success.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-24 13:40
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive!!!
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

It took me forever to finish it, because I really wanted to take my time. With graphic novels/comics, I find myself just flying through them too fast, I really want to make them last longer from now on.

 

Summary: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...

 

I loved this one. I really REALLY loved this one.

I love the whole story, the idea that they lived so many lives, that they keep coming back, just so they can kill each other again and again. THIS IS CRAZY. And kinda cool.

 

I loved the two main girls Mali and Tessa. I loved Mali's father coming back as a little girl. Those moments where just way too hilarious. I LOVED IT.

 

I seriously can't wait to read more of this story. I NEED MORE. Soon. FAST. NOW.

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text 2017-05-14 13:14
Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 112 pages.
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - Christopher Sebela,Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Taking my sweet time with this and loving it.

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review 2017-01-29 00:07
The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick
The Reason You're Alive - Matthew Quick The Reason You're Alive - Matthew Quick

A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

You may be familiar with Quick because of the success of The Silver Linings Playbook—isn't that such a great title?  I had not read anything of his and happily requested this book because The Silver Linings Playbook was such a fantastic movie, not just because of Bradley Cooper, but because of the story.

 

David Granger is a sixty-eight-year-old Vietnam vet that has crashed his BMW.  Upon further testing, it is revealed that he has a brain tumour that he attributes to his exposure to Agent Orange.  In the twilight from surgery, David repeats the name "Clayton Fire Bear" over and over.  Fire Bear a Native American soldier that Granger had the task of disciplining during the war, and his nemeses.  Granger stole something from him and decides that in order to make peace with his life, he must return it.  In search of closure, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery; this may save his sanity and help him deal with the loss of his beloved wife.

 

He is an incredibly multi-faceted character that is hanging on to his not so politically correct ideals in a changing world.  There is so much he doesn't understand, yet he ploughs forward, and stumbles his way through awkward social situations and modern American life with the help of his loved ones.  At times his behaviour is cringe-worthy, but under the surface is a kind, patriotic, honourable, and compassionate man.   

 

I loved the book and by the end I absolutely adored David, even with his many flaws.  His outspokenness was so comedic yet strangely endearing.  Pick this up, you'll be so glad you did!

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