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review 2018-10-30 15:50
American Road Trip
American Road Trip - Patrick Flores-Scott
I absolutely loved this book. I woke up this morning at 3:30 so I could finish it. This novel is about sacrifices, family, war, about giving of yourself and yes, there is some romance. I loved the cover of this novel but I don’t think the synopsis gives the book the justice, that it deserves.
 
T’s brother is returning home from the war but in reality, the war is coming home with Manny. Manny has PTSD. T’s family is trying to reverse time and make things like they were before Manny went off to war. It sounds easy as they paint and refurnish their home with items from years past but the calendar has been flipping and times have changed and individuals have changed, all the while he was gone.
 
T is trying to turn his grades around so he can attend college, not an easy task when he was one of the low ones on the totem pole. His determined to change is Wendy. Wendy, the girl he grew up, the girl who thinks she knows T. Xochitl is determined to bring her family together. She wants her family to be the people they were before Maddy left and she will give up everything she has to achieve this.
 
Xochitl realizes the world that she wants is not coming into focus, so she plans a trip with just her two brothers. I’m not saying anymore about this novel except that I really loved it. It’s an emotional book, a book that gets to the heart of the matter. As I finished reading this book, tears where falling down my face. This story feels real. It’s definitely one that I highly recommend- it’s a keeper!

 

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url 2018-10-08 10:25
Car rental Agencies in Orlando: Peculiarities & Special Offers
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord
Two-Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt
On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Once Upon an Ever After (Once Upon a Road Trip Book 2) - Angela N. Blount
A Road Trip to Remember: An Activity Book to Remember Long or Short Road Trips - Kenneth Comer, Sr.,Kenneth Comer, Sr.
Road Trip: A Travel Activity Book - Holl... Road Trip: A Travel Activity Book - Holly Kowitt

A trip to Florida by car is a dream journey! Thanks to the developed network of highways, the state is ideally suited for traveling by car. Anyway, if you decided to travel on a rented car, there are some important moments of car rental you should know for sure.

 

Car rental Companies

There are several car rental agencies in Orlando Airport. And unlike European countries, it is often more advantageous to take the car out of the office in the city, namely at the airport. In any case, it is better to book a car in advance via the Internet. The choice of rental companies in Orlando is quite large: international (Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, National, Sixt and NU Car rental), as well as many regional ones. Among the local distributors in Orlando, there are Green Motion, Routes, Payless and Fox rent-a-car.

 

International or local company?

In both cases, there are advantages and disadvantages. Local companies tend to have slightly lower prices, but on such cars, you can travel only inside the region and return it to where you took it. The international company prices are slightly higher, but you can easily take the car in one place and return in another. Well, and if something happened to the car, then you will be given a help much faster, as there is found a more developed network of hire.

 

Price

The cost of car rental in Florida varies in different companies. For example, in Florida, take Kia Ria with automatic transmission and air conditioning for rent for a week will cost you from $25 per day. Please note that it is included in the chosen rate: taxes, insurance, franchise size, mileage, and navigator. Often the cost of 5 days of rent is equal to the cost of 7 days. In addition, companies periodically hold promotions and offer discounts on rentals. So look for promotional codes.

 

What documents are needed?

Documents for renting a car in the US are as follows:

  • passport (foreign);
  • driver's license;
  • bankcard;
  • insurance.

 

Basic insurance, as a rule, includes a franchise, the amount of which can vary from 200 to 2000 dollars. Nevertheless, at any point of rental you will be offered to take full coverage of the franchise. In the event that you have booked a car without full coverage – we advise you to arrange it. This will save you from unnecessary worries in unforeseen situations.

 

Who can take a car?

Requirements for age and driving experience of the client in the US are standard. In some companies of car rental in Orlando, the hire is possible from the age of 18, others – only from 21 years, in the third – for drivers under 25 years there is a special young driver fee.

 

Offers for young drivers

Hertz offers for young drivers aged 21-24 an additional car fee of $15 for a car of economy class. For other cars (crossovers, intermediate, standard, except exclusive) – $25. Drivers from 18-21 years old must pay $41 extra per day of rent.

 

In Alamo, Dollar and National car rental companies there are so-called "golden packages for young drivers" – but on the websites of the rental offices about this there is not a word – they are available only through the dispatchers.

 

Advice! Before taking a car at any car rental, it is necessary to inspect the chosen car carefully, ask for additional equipment or other important questions, read every line in the lease contract. It is better to download GPS navigator into your phone or simple Google Maps and think of the rout beforehand!

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review 2018-08-26 16:57
SKULLFACE BOY by Chad Lutzke
Skullface Boy - Chad Lutzke

"My name is Levi. I’m 16. I’ve got a skull for a face. And here's how shit went down." The first lines from SKULLFACE BOY capture your attention and the narrative never lets you go.

 

Levi sets off on foot from the orphanage, (the only home he's ever known), in search of ...his father. He's not sure the man even exists, but he's heard tell along the way of a man with a skull for a face. Knowing nothing of the world, he sets off on foot for his favorite nun's former residence of Hermosa Beach, California. This book follows Levi on his trip west from Denver. Will he make it to the beach? Will he find his father? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

Levi burrowed his way into my heart and now he has a permanent residence there. His love of reading and his humble goals of having his own library of books and maybe someday a library of VCR tapes just slayed me. He loved to write too, so much so that he gathered napkins from fast food restaurants along the way to jot down his thoughts.

 

Even though he was raised in an orphanage and so often treated like a freak, (or maybe it was because of those things), Levi has a finely honed sense of right and wrong. He finds opportunities on his road trip to apply that sense and to do what's right...and so Levi comes of age. The characters he meets along the way were also memorable, but my favorite was Rainbow Rick. I'm not ashamed to say that Levi's encounter with him made me cry. Rick now has a space reserved in my heart as well.

 

I guess I need to wrap this up as I don't want my review to be longer than the book. I'll summarize with this: Chad Lutzke is an author to watch. With SKULLFACE BOY, he's moved up on my favorite author's list and getting closer to the top than you might think. His writing is fresh, creative, poignant, and dark. He is able to convey a sense of hope: in people and maybe even in the world. (A feeling I thought I had lost a long time ago.) Don't get me wrong it's not all butterflies and roses, but there's a sense that there could be a rainbow on the other side of the darkness. In this day and age that hope might be just enough to help people pull through.

 

So there you have it, the world needs Chad Lutzke, and so do you.

 

My HIGHEST recommendation!

 

*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2018-07-20 23:07
Back to the Forster Project
Morgan: A Biography of E. M. Forster - Nicola Beauman
E.M. Forster: A New Life - Wendy Moffat
A Passage To India - E.M. Forster

It's been a while since I finished The Longest Journey (still need to write a review) and now that tennis plans are on ice for a bit (because of a pulled muscle) and that work has, not slowed down, but has at least moved past the frantic phase, I feel might get the right time and head-space again to enjoy the next read in my Forster project. 

 

I only have two novels left, the short stories, and Aspects of the Novel.

 

But, I have also found two biographies at the library that looked really good:

 

Morgan is the one which I am really excited about because it was written by Nicola Beauman. She's now head of Persephone Books who publish the most marvellous forgotten women writers of the early 20th century. I'm subscribed to their newsletter and it is the only newsletter I actually look forward to receiving. 
So, I can't wait to read what she has to say about Forster. 
 
The other one, by Wendy Moffat, seems to focus more on just one aspect of his life and how it affected his writing. At least, this is what I got from several reviews about the book and which seemed to shelf it under "gender studies" a lot. 

 

So, without further delay, I am off on A Passage to India

 

(Taken on a trip to Simla a few years ago. The book is not set there, but this is what I picture when reading the book.)

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text 2018-07-16 00:51
Sunday Adventures... prepare for some disappointment

Happy Sunday!

 

Following my resolve to make the most of this summer and the current heat wave, I thought today was a good day for another adventure. So, I set out and headed North again to try and visit the Dolphin Centre, a charity devoted to the conservation of and education about marine mammals. 

 

 

The centre is located on the mouth of the river Spey, which is mostly famous for providing one of the necessities to make whisky. If there is anything that exists in greater number than castles up here, it's distilleries...but that's a topic for another weekend.

 

The Dolphin Centre is a charity run by volunteers who, aside from staffing the cafe, organise tours of the centre and keep an eye on the local dolphin population. Apparently, there are around 190 of them in the Moray Firth, the area close to the centre. 

 

Unfortunately, none of them felt like making an appearance today. Not one. 

 

 

There were lots of gulls, ... but let's just say it would be more unusual not to see a gull. They are everywhere around these parts. 

 

Still, it was a nice day out and there were some gorgeous paths around the Spey estuary.

 

 

At some point during my walk, the rain set on. It was sunny and sweltering hot when I left home this lunch time. Too hot. The change of weather was magnificent. Even tho it was raining, it was the sort of warm summer rain that smells and feels like poetry.  Loved it.

 

I hope your Sundays have been fun, too.

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