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review 2019-01-18 06:52
Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

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review 2019-01-18 06:51
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Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay Book 2) - Rhys Ford

3 ⭐️ 

 

I’m not really sure how to rate this one. While there were parts that I enjoyed, it didn’t fit into my really like category either which is a disappointment because I Rhys Ford’s work usually.

 

There is a lot going on and when it held my attention it was good and enjoyable, but I did struggle with it holding my attention. I found myself actually watching the TV and chatting online rather than reading at times, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. 

 

I loved Angel and Rome, the brothers had such a great relationship. Rome was well portrayed with his struggle to believe that Angel wouldn’t leave him. I thought Angel was hard but fair. Their joking at times reminded me of my own family. 

 

But I struggled with West, I thought he was a jerk early and it hard to alter this even when his attitude improved. I loved his relationship with his bodyguard and Aggie. Neither took his rubbish. I just never really understood why he was the way he was. It probably was explained I just didn’t get it.

 

I’ll read more from this world

 

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review 2019-01-18 04:44
Unopened - Doug Hoekstra

I received this book for free from JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review. 

 

This was interesting poetry collection. It’s different than the type of poetry I usually read (I usually read more of the Instagram poet type), but I still enjoyed it. I liked that, unlike a lot of Instagram poems, some the poems were longer (more than a page long). I like it when poems are a bit longer because it allows you to go more in-depth. There was a good mix of both short and longer poems.

 

 

 

I liked how the book was divided into three sections. All the poems fit well into the section they were in and I could tell the themes (family, nature, music, etc.) of each section without it being overly obvious. It was subtle which is sometimes very hard to do.

 

Additionally, I loved the story behind the cover. It added a really nice personal touch. 

 

My one critique is that the book should have been longer. I would have loved to seen at least 20 more poems to really make it more impactful and feel more complete. I felt like I got a small taste of his poetry, but I wanted more. 

 

Overall, this was an enjoyable and unique poetry collection. 

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review 2019-01-18 02:33
Amal - audiobook
Amal Unbound - Aisha Saeed,Priya Ayyar

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

I watched from the window as the boys tumbled out of the brick schoolhouse across the field from us.

-first sentence

 

Amal loves school and her dream is to one day go to college and become a teacher. But one day, a chance encounter disrupts her life. She becomes an indentured servant to the family of her village’s corrupt landlord. Amal plans to work until she pays off her family’s debt, but when she finds out the truth, what will she do?

 

This story takes place in Pakistan and is meant for a middle-grade audience. Amal is a fantastic strong female character; she knows what she wants, she knows what is right, and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

 

I listened to the audio and the narrator, Priya Ayyar did a wonderful job. I’m counting this for “A” for the HA a-z challenge on Goodreads.

 

Recommended to grades 4-6.

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review 2019-01-18 01:46
Cujo - audiobook
Cujo - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Lorna Raver

Audience: Adult

Format: Audio

Library Copy

 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the town of Castle Rock, Maine.

- first sentence

 

This is a reread for me and I didn’t remember many details. I think I avoided it because of my love of dogs. I listened to the audio; Lorna Raver gives an excellent performance and helped me get lost in the story.

 

I was surprised by the beginning stuff about the monster (serial killer) Frank Dodd. I found myself wondering what that had to do with the rabid dog. But this story isn’t about a rabid dog. It’s about evil… evil and coincidences. It’s also a look back in time at what was once thought acceptable in a marriage.

 

As the story progresses, the parts with Cujo are separated by the stories of the Trenton family and the Camber family. Each family is dealing with their own issues, and these ultimately lead to the events which conclude with the showdown of mother and child trapped in a Pinto by Cujo.

 

It broke my heart to listen to Cujo’s thoughts as the disease progressed and he gradually went mad. But it was easier to read/listen to than it was to watch the movie. All I really remember from the movie is the part with Cujo and the car. I might have to watch it again just for comparison.

 

So, is an Evil force controlling the events that lead to the heartbreaking conclusion, or is it just coincidence? Does it even matter?

 

I'm using this for "C" in the Goodreads HA A-Z challenge.

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