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review 2017-07-25 20:05
Paradise Valley: A Novel (Highway Quartet) - C. J. Box

I love C. J. Box's stand alone novels and this one did not disappoint. An action thriller that had my heart pounding as I ripped through the pages. 

Investigator Cassie Dewell is on a mission. She failed to capture the "Lizard King" years ago and it has been bugging her ever since. Now, they have found him again and he's still abducting "lot lizards" who no one ever hears from again once they are inside his truck.

Cassie just knows that this time they have him and the latest "lot lizard". He's going to be arrested and hopefully rot in jail. Unfortunately, the elusive and always thinking of ways to keep himself out of prison is one step ahead of them. His latest plan has Cassie losing her job and even more determined to get this guy.

Filled with action, suspense, unusual predicaments and one that will have you staying up WAY past your bedtime this is one I highly recommend. I read it in one sitting while the pages just flew by. A sicko with an unusual technique that I couldn't wait to see him caught and put away!

Thanks to St. Martins Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-22 22:36
Interesting story but the writing's not so great
Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America - Linda Furiya

The title and premise had me intrigued. The author, a first generation Japanese American, writes a memoir looking what it was like to grow up in Indiana where there were no other Japanese families in the near vicinity. A story of food, of growing up in a place where no one else looks like you except your family and navigating growing up as an "American" child and teenager.

 

Her story is an interesting one, from how her parents met (they had an arranged marriage) to what it was like growing up in Indiana. However, the writing is terrible. Although I could feel for her at certain points, understood some of experiences, recognized much of what happened to her is an experience many immigrants/children of immigrants share, etc. I found it to be tough to get through. The writing can be disjointed and really needed a better editor. 

 

It's a pity because a lot of what she says will likely resonate with the children of immigrants. From having to translate/speak for the parents (because of the language barrier) to wanting to be more like the other kids when it comes to something like what you have in your lunch bag/box, etc. I'd bet a lot of first generation children would recognize a lot of Furiya's experiences, even if they don't share the same background.

 

I also liked the stories surrounding the food. Once again food is very much an interesting and important vehicle for immigrants/children of immigrants and it's interesting to see how this affects Furiya growing up. From what's in her lunchbox to trying out wasabi to how some foods eventually leave a bad memory due to a really creepy man (luckily it appears nothing happened) we see the role food plays for her and her family.

 

I think a lot of people who are looking to read about her story or would like to understand what it's like to be a part of the only Japanese family for miles around might enjoy this. She does include recipes, but no pictures. I recommend the library for this, although I didn't mind paying for a used copy. Wouldn't make a huge effort to hunt this one down though.

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review 2017-07-14 15:04
My Review of Gwendy's Button Box
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King,Richard Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a tale about Gwendy and her button box. Of course the button box is enchanted, or cursed. That is up to the reader to decide.

 

What else can I say about this book? It's Stephen King! I'm a bit bias when it comes to his books. I usually don't review his books because of this, but it was included in my reading challenge, so I thought I would give a bit of a review. Of course this book is well written, and I love a story that flows.

 

I have never read anything by Richard Chizmar, but the collaboration with King has made me want to indulge in a book or two by him.

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text 2017-07-09 03:30
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 234 pages.
Inspector French and the Box Office Murders - Freeman Wills Crofts

very enjoyable--and perplexing in the most delightful way; why are these ladies who work cinema box-offices winding up dead?? whatever's going on, I'm not sure it's "scam gone wrong". I think maybe the murders are deliberate, and part of whatever the villains are up to. it's a fascinating Mystery, and yet nothing like a traditional whodunit. I love it! and Inspector French sure is a smart cookie; he'll get it sorted.

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text 2017-07-08 23:48
Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 234 pages.
Inspector French and the Box Office Murders - Freeman Wills Crofts

I only did one chapter of this so far--after tackling a long graphic novel earlier today--and I may sample some more before sleepytime...but based on the wisp I've already read, Inspector French really needs to step in and save these poor young ladies from the schemes of the man with the sickle-shaped, purple scar (and any cohorts) before anyone else winds up deceased.

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