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review 2017-04-14 03:53
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore

What a sad, somber, horrific and mesmerizing read. Teenage girls, some even younger, were told by their employers that radium could not hurt you. So, yes, dip that brush into the radium paint, put the brush in your mouth, get a tip and paint the dials. Paint carefully now, we don't want to waste the paint.

One company even did medical tests on their employees, but never allowed the girls to see the results. The executives saw the results, they knew what was going on and that their employees were being poisoned.

This was all happening around WWI. Years later when these women started having "problems" the radium companies refused to own up to anything. This book tells some of their stories. The good days when they were happy little girls and the bad days when their bodies were full of poison. Most of the women started having problems with their teeth. The radium would insert itself right into the bones of their mouths losing teeth and jaw bones. It affected others in their legs or backs.

This book is a true story and not for the faint of heart. It is also a great book in that the author lets you see these girls/women before and after. While they were sharing each other's misery and tears, I was right there with them doing the same. Well, the tears part anyway. I couldn't imagine the pain or misery.

Definitely one of the best books I've read this year.

Thanks to Sourcebooks for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-01-18 20:24
Quick, okay read
Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight - Ralph Cosentino
Cute, simple picture book for children about Batman.   The art style grew on me as I kept reading, and this would be perfect for a young child who was unfamiliar with Batman, or his mythos, but I found it was a little too simplistic etc really keep my attention.   

 

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review 2016-09-18 22:41
Book 69/100: Dark Night - A True Batman Story by Paul Dini
Dark Night: A True Batman Story - Paul Dini,Eduardo Risso

Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #46: A Crime Story

 

I am only a casual fan of Batman, but the credit for any of the fandom I have for the series goes back to Batman: The Animated Series from the nineties, which I still consider to be the best incarnation of Batman yet. So I was excited to read this graphic novel (memoir) about one of the original writers for the series, and his relationship with the Batman of his imagination.

 

I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't quite as phenomenal as I hoped it would be. I really liked getting a peek "behind the scenes" on the writing of the animated series, as well as the movie "Mask of the Phantasm," which Dini was working on when the attack depicted in this book takes place. I also liked the reflection on how fictional characters can become real to us, to the extent that they can actually influence our attitude and the outcome of our lives, as well as the look at how the life of the imagination can be disrupted, spoiled, and rebuilt after tragedy.

 

The art is appropriately gritty, dark, and realistic, although I felt that the female characters were more sexualized than was necessary. I also didn't particularly like the "framing" mechanism of having Dini "tell" the story to some unknown audience -- it seemed like a gimmick without there ever being a reveal on who his "listener" was, besides the reader.

 

Still, if you like graphic memoirs or comic books, I think this one brings something truly new to both genres.

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text 2015-08-04 03:46
July Wrap Up
The Selection - Kiera Cass
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall - Mary Downing Hahn
Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story - Mary Downing Hahn
Legend - Marie Lu
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
The Elite - Kiera Cass
The One - Kiera Cass
The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas - Sarah J. Maas

July was a great reading month as far as content goes! I didn't read as much as I usually do, but what I did read was pretty great!

 

 

The Selection by: Kiera Cass- This books was pretty good. It's Disney Princess meets Hunger Games. I enjoyed how quickly the book moved along. A lot of times a book can seem to drag on, not so with this book. Overall, the plot was lacking, no major twists that I didn't already see coming. I give this book 3 out of 5 fancy dresses.

 

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by: Mary Downing Hahn- This is a middle grade ghost story. If you want a good ghost story, this is not it! Even for middle grade the plot is too basic. If I had to compare this to another story I would say it is a haunted version of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Overall 2 out of 5 not so scary ghosts.

 

Deep, and Dark, and Dangerous by: Mary Downing Hahn- This is another middle grade ghost story. This is a re-read for me, I read this back in fifth grade and really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it just as much the second go round! Scary without being over the top, great for middle grade readers. I give is 4 out of 5 scary dolls.

 

Legend by: Marie Lu- Another re-read. I read this book a long time ago when it first came out and really enjoyed it. This is another book that is really good the second time! I have nothing bad to say about it. 4 out of 5 pocket knives.

 

The Grisha Trilogy by: Leigh Bardugo- This was a phenomenal trilogy! Complex without being confusing. The Characters were all really relatable and charming! I have a love/hate relationship with the Darkling. I think what he is trying to do is terrible, but at the same time I have added him to my list of book boyfriends...this is not good. For the whole series I give it a whopping 5 out of 5 amplifiers.

 

The Elite by: Kiera Cass- My feelings for this book are the same as the first book. Basic Plot. Maxon is a serious hottie though! I wish Aspen would just disappear.

3 out of 5 flashy necklaces.

 

The One by: Kiera Cass- By far the best book in the series. Nothing different in the plot, but the I enjoy the characters. 3.5 out of 5 dazzling tiaras.

 

The Assassins Blade by: Sarah J Maas- This is the book of novella's for the Throne of Glass Series. I loved each and every one of them. I love how you gain a deeper understanding of Celaena's decisions in the actual Novels. I need Queen of Shadows to be out...like now!  4 daggers out of 5.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I read this month. If you have read any of these books let me know what you thought of them down below!

 

Yours Truly, signing off!

 

Kenzie

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review 2015-06-08 14:40
A Dark Love Story
A Dark Love Story - Jonathan Treadway

TW: Domestic dispute including physical abuse, gay bashing

 

This one just didn't work for me. The series of events didn't make me care about either character or their relationship woes. It felt like the things they were arguing about were things they should have figured out in their first few years together, not 11 years down the road. We're told a lot of things but not shown why or how. It just kind of fell flat, then ends abruptly with things still not resolved, but hey, at least they love each other. 

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