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review 2017-10-19 21:04
Eagerly Awaited Union
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True - Amy Krouse Rosenthal,Brigette Barrager

Adorable sequel to Uni The Unicorn. Finally fans get the see Uni and the little girl from the first book get together all because they believe in each other. I was happy to see this continuation of Uni The Unicorn as the first book ended abruptly and without conclusiveness. Getting to see the little blonde hair-girl and Uni together was bittersweet as they saved the dreary skies and magicless unicorn world. Although the story is sweet it is a little too simple and yearns for more substance by the end. The story has so much potential but not unlike the first book it runs out of steam. While I still think this is a good book there are just things as an adult that rub me the wrong way but for child I do not think they would be noticed.

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review 2017-03-09 05:05
Dream Things True
Dream Things True - Marie F. Marquardt

 

Alma thought back to the day she learned that she wasn’t in status – that she was a person who was here but not welcome, embedded in this place, but also somehow apart from it.

 

None of it mattered. None of it mattered because she was, as she had always known, one of the kids stuck in between.

 

 

Alma is a junior in high school, brilliant, with a bright future, but her family is undocumented and the threat of ICE is always looming. Alma wants to tell her new boyfriend, Evan, but she is ashamed, and his uncle is pushing for a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

 

I read this book for my multicultural lit class. Alma is a feisty girl and I like her. Her life is difficult, but she has a large community supporting her. Alma’s parents just wanted to give her and her brother a better life, and they took a big chance by coming to the United States. This a good example of perseverance in a difficult situation. And the ending wasn't oversimplified.

 

This is a good book for teens to read. It may help them sympathize with the plight of illegal immigrants. Also, teens will see that the characters are just like them and experience similar feelings. I read three books on this issue for an essay I did for class. In all three books, the main characters dealt with shame and feelings of not belonging anywhere. 

 

A good multicultural book for anyone to read, especially now.

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text 2015-09-18 19:11
YA Books with at least one Latino main character (Part Two)
Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles
When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez
More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera
Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez
Dream Things True - Marie F. Marquardt
Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles
He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
On the Edge - Allison van Diepen
Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez
dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman

Biggest Flirts - JenniferEchols  From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer,Valerie Thomas  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina  Joyride - Anna Banks  Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez  The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore  Forever for a Year - B.T. Gottfred  Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkel Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles  When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez  More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera  Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez  Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles  He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  On the Edge - Allison van Diepen  Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez  dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman  

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text 2015-09-18 19:04
YA Books with at least one Latino main character
Biggest Flirts[BIGGEST FLIRTS][Paperback] - JenniferEchols
From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer,Valerie Thomas
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina
Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez
The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore
More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera
When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez
Dream Things True - Marie F. Marquardt
Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Biggest Flirts - JenniferEchols 

From What I Remember... - Stacy Kramer,Valerie Thomas  

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina  

Joyride - Anna Banks  

Out of Darkness (Fiction - Young Adult) - Ashley Hope Pérez  

The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore  

Forever for a Year - B.T. Gottfred  

Dream Things True - Marie Marquardt  

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles 

When Reason Breaks - Cindy L. Rodriguez  

More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera  

Kiss Kill Vanish - Jessica Martinez

Rules of Attraction - Simone Elkeles  

He Forgot to Say Goodbye - Benjamin Alire Sáenz  

On the Edge - Allison van Diepen  

Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez  

dancergirl - Carol M. Tanzman   

When the Stars Go Blue - Caridad Ferrer 

Snitch - Allison van Diepen   

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review 2014-06-10 17:43
LAY ME DOWN BY: ERIN KELLISON
Lay Me Down: Reveler Series 2 - Erin Kellison

 

 

   Another great book in the Reveler series! I do wish these books were a little longer, at only a little over 100 pages it the story does go by rather quickly, but there aren't any dull moments either. Lay me Down focused on two characters that we met in the first book, Maisie (Jordan's wild sister),  and the ultimate Chimera recruiter, Coll (aka Steeeeeeve). Maze is definitely an interesting character, she's her own person, and believes that most rules were made for breaking. She pretty much stirs up trouble wherever she goes, but at the same time is a genuinely decent person. She gets herself in a heap of trouble in the first book, while being a currier for some not so nice people in the Reve.  Like her sister, Maze has some unique talents with the Reve. I really like with each new addition we get a larger picture of not only this incredible dream world, but also the people that inhabit it. We are seeing more amazing abilities from the people that live in this world too.

 

    "The dark city that struck up into a midnight sky was drawn with razor sharp edges, each formation a meticulous rendering of angles and detail, yet the dark patches weren't just shaded black, but were empty vacuums of density. From the buildings' windows gleamed an occasional white light. Her dream wasn't a localized conception, either; it had a sense of vastness, of completion, the likes of which he'd never witnessed before."

 

 

 

  I was really impressed that with this being a shorter book, the romance did not feel rushed. It was more slow starting than the previous book. There was more conflict and animosity between Coll and Maze at the beginning. There relationship slowly evolved with the story. I really liked that. Coll was a very mysterious character. You start out not really knowing much about him or what he is truly capable of, and slowly get glimpses at the power he wields. He was very different from the characters we have met thus far, and his was a welcome addition to this growing world.

 

   While the drama between Maze and her unwelcomed pursuers was happening, there was also more bits and pieces of the darker side to this dreamscape being uncovered. We got to learn a little more about the nightmarish creatures that live on the outskirts of the Reve, in the shadows of the Scrape. Kellison yet again only gives you these tid bits in small doses though. The more you find out, the more intrigued you are. It has a inception like feel to it. Each book just adding another layer to such a vast idea. There were so many twists and turns throughout the book that you were constantly on the edge of your seat just waiting to find out what happens next. I will say I was a little confused about the whole idea of the waking dreams aspect and also the transferring of memories element.

But like so much else, we only got a taste of that, and I'm curious to see if that will all be looked at more in depth in the following books. I hope so.

 

   The end of Lay Me Down definitely leaves you wanting more. Things seem very far from finished. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here. The possibilities, like the dream world itself, are really limitless with this series. Thus far my interest only continues to grow with each addition. Lucky for me the third book seems to have been released yesterday! I already purchased it and look forward to starting very soon. I highly recommend this series to fans of PNR that are looking for something new and unique.

 

 

      I received this book from Fire Flower Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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