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review 2017-07-24 02:00
An okay read
Diary of Anna the Girl Witch 1 - Vic Con... Diary of Anna the Girl Witch 1 - Vic Connor,Raquel Barros

I read this with my mid grade level kiddo and found that her attention waned through much of the story, as did my own. I did finish the book but had to push myself to do so. It's an okay story, not bad but not great either, just too easy to set aside.

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review 2017-07-22 22:58
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

Creepy, clever and oh so good!

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review 2017-07-21 22:09
Figuring out who you are
Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

The only exposure I've had to roller derby is through the film Whip It which admittedly is more than some people. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to read more about it especially when I saw the cover of today's book. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson follows a middle schooler named Astrid who (after going to a roller derby bout) decides that she will be an all-star roller derby girl. However, there are a few hiccups in this plan. (I was going to tell you what they are but I decided it would be better for you to discover them yourself especially since they make up the backbone of the book.) This is a story all about discovering what you're made of, adolescent friendship, and perseverance. It's pretty much middle school wrapped up in one volume + crazy rollerskating antics. I should also mention that it's a graphic novel with truly epic illustrations which were done by the author (I love when that's the case). Overall, I thought this was a fast paced, angsy book that captures what it's like to be a preteen girl who is obsessed with . It's a fun book, guys. If you have any middle grade readers in your life that love sports I think they'd really like this one. 8/10

 

And since I've done this with a few other author/illustrators I thought I'd include a blog post that Victoria Jamieson did with some sketches from the book. Here's a sample:

Source: Victoria Jamieson Illustration

 

And here's what you can expect from the finished product:

Source: books4yourkids

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-07-21 15:04
A fairy tale with mackaws
The Rocker and the Bird Girl - Rod Raglin

Ever read a self-published book and thought: "Wow, I want to read more by this author"? Get this book and you will.

http://nouw.com/cwidmann/dear-mr-raglin-30772959

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review 2017-07-19 18:27
Girl in Snow
Girl in Snow: A Novel - Danya Kukafka Girl in Snow: A Novel - Danya Kukafka

This is a debut novel from a talented author. Teenager, Lucinda Hayes has been murdered in a small town in Colorado. We alternate between several characters, learning about their lives and their connection to the victim. The characters were depicted in their most raw and imperfect forms and I feel that this is where Kukafka shines as a writer.

 

Each character has their own secrets, and they are battling their own personal demons. I had very similar feelings toward this book as I did with the Girl on the Train. The characters themselves were not particularly likable, they were all a bit twisted in some form, and as far as the mystery itself, I can't say I had it all figured out.

 

We learn about Lucinda through the eyes of the ones who knew her.

Cameron is a boy who has loved and "watched" Lucinda from a distance. Slipping out at night and watching her through her bedroom window. He is a complex, tangled boy, dealing with his own mess of emotions and feelings.

 

Russ is a cop who, having known Cameron's father before he disappeared, wants to protect Cameron and his mother. Russ has a complicated marriage with a woman whose brother he doesn't fully trust.

 

Jade is a girl with an alcoholic, abusive mother who treats Jade's sister as a doll she can dress up and live vicariously through. She treats Jade as a lost cause. Jade is in love with her childhood friend, but he only has eyes for Lucinda.

 

This book was not an edge of your seat thriller, it was a good deal slower than I expected, but it did keep me guessing until the end.
 

Many thanks to Simon and Schuster as well as the author, Danya Kukafka, for the opportunity to read an advanced copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

-SW

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