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review 2019-05-12 04:34
Do Cats Have Family Trees?
Animal Classification: Do Cats Have Family Trees? - Wendy Meshbesher,Eve Hartman

 

This book gives an overview of the classification of living things and explains the different levels of animal classification including classes of vertebrates, the order of carnivores, and what defines each level. The language is perfect for 3-5 graders or older struggling readers or English language learners. 

 

There is a short quiz at the end of the book and a glossary that defines important words. Suggestions for books and websites with further information are also provided.

 

 

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review 2019-04-15 01:43
By a Spider's Thread
By a Spider's Thread (Tess Monaghan #8) - Laura Lippman

Audience: Adult

Format: Kindle/Owned

 

They were in one of the "I" states when Zeke told Isaac he had to ride in the trunk for a little while.

- first sentence

 

I purchased this book in February and I don't remember why. Maybe I saw a review I liked or maybe it was on sale and sounded good to me. Anyway, the Snakes and Ladders square called for a book I acquired in February and I didn't have many options. So, even though this is not the first book in the Tess Monaghan series and I don't think I read any of the others, I decided to go with it.

 

Tess is an interesting, relatable character and even though I don't know her background or what she has been through, I enjoyed this book. Tess is a PI and her client is an orthodox Jewish man (Mark) whose wife (Natalie) and three children have disappeared. But, it looks like Natalie left of her own volition, and took the children. Mark says there were no problems in their marriage and there was no reason for Natalie to leave. But, after looking into things, Tess realizes that there is more to it, and Mark isn't telling her the whole truth.

 

I spent most of the book trying to figure out why Natalie would leave her husband and go off with Zeke. He's an asshole and he is horrible to her children, especially Isaac. Who would put up with that? But I guess she has romanticized their relationship and thinks things will eventually get better. The main question I had was will she eventually put her children first?

 

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review 2019-03-30 03:16
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Mystic River - Dennis Lehane

Audience: Adult

Format: Owned/Kindle

 

 

When Sean Devine and Jimmy Marcus were kids, their fathers worked together at the Coleman Candy plant and carried the stench of warm chocolate back home with them.

-first sentence

 

I've had this book on my tbr since 2016 and I finally got around to reading it thanks to Snakes & Ladders. :) I landed on space #35. Has been adapted as a movie.

 

The book starts with the boys during childhood and sets up the story of Dave's abduction. Then we fast forward 20-something years and see the boys as adults with wives, children, and careers. The suspense builds gradually and the sequence of events that leads to the unfortunate conclusion of the story involves a great deal of coincidence and bad luck.

 

I watched the movie a couple of days after I finished the book and I loved it. They did a great job with the adaptation and only changed insignificant things. I highly recommend this book (and the movie) to fans of suspense dramas.

 

As I said, I read this for Snakes and Ladders and also for the Goodreads HA Mount TBR challenge. 

 

 

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review 2019-03-14 03:50
The Bone Collector
The Bone Collector - Jeffery Deaver

Audience: Adult

Format: Kindle/Owned

 

 

She wanted only to sleep.

- first sentence

 

So, this is the original Lincoln Rhyme novel - the first in a long series. I have read others, but I don't remember reading this one. I chose this book because I needed a book written between 1900-1999 for Snakes & Ladders. Finding one on my tbr was a bit harder than I thought but I managed.

 

Lincoln Rhyme is not particularly likable, even when you take into consideration that he is a paraplegic (and is entitled to be a bit angry). Meeting Amelia Sachs was interesting and I liked seeing how her relationship with Lincoln developed. The story is good, though not particularly original - serial killer taunts the police as he kidnaps and sets up elaborate murders scenes; sometimes the would-be victims are rescued, sometimes not. The killer's identity is a bit of a surprise so that part is good.

 

Overall, good story and I'm glad I read it. I will have to watch the movie again now.

 

I read this for Snakes & Ladders space #28. Written between 1900 and 1999 (it was published in 1998).

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