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review 2018-02-20 16:46
Truthers Book Review
Truthers (Fiction - Young Adult) - Geoff... Truthers (Fiction - Young Adult) - Geoffrey Girard

Two stars is being kind. Truthers has a good premise and I like the idea of the plot, a girl born after 9/11 is thrown into conspiracy theories and trying to figure out what happened. But I honestly can't see any high schooler or young adult actually enjoying this. The plot is weak, its a lot of facts about 9/11 thrown at you. I barely finished and got really bored.

 

I honestly skimmed a lot of it but feel like I didn't miss much. I'm not really into the whole conspiracy thing with 9/11 but even so this could have been done a lot better than it was. 

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review 2018-01-26 00:04
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Girl Mans Up - M-E Girard

Ohhhhh, this book. I have so many complicated feelings when it comes to this book. I love it for some aspects and utterly detest it for others. My partner wanted me to read it because it's very similar to my own experiences when it comes to the family aspects of the book and, boy, was she right. Every time I read the bits having to do with the main character's family, I had to suppress a scream for how eerily similar it was to my own family. *Shudders* But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you a little about this book.

 

The story follows Pen, a girl trying to figure out who she is and dealing with everyone else's bigoted way of thinking. The story itself sounds simple enough but the experiences she and her friends go through are a lot more complex and harrowing than that. She is in the middle of questioning her identity whilst also having to deal with family issues and a "friend" with a habit of manipulating those around him. We see Pen grow from someone who allowed everyone push her around to actually defending who she is. I enjoyed seeing her transformation throughout the book.

 

I really like that M-E Girard did an excellent job writing about queer teenagers and the many problems they must face especially with society being the way it is. I really like how she described what it's like having gender dysphoria though the term is never used within the narrative. It's something very personal to the individual experiencing it and it's something difficult to describe to those who "don't get it." I adore these parts and a part of me wish that the topic of gender was the only thing that was discussed within the book. Because when it ventures into talking about sexuality, it does a horrendous job.

 

I really hate the way sexuality is described in this book. The f-word is used multiple times throughout the narrative as if it's totally normal to look down on someone who is attracted to the same gender. Pen herself says it multiple times with disgust. I know she has a different view when it comes to her own gender but thinking it's "disgusting" being attracted to the same gender bothers me more so since it's never questioned within the book. This is why I can't really recommend this book 100% because it's great representation when it comes to gender, but it's horrible when it comes to sexuality. There's some self-homophobic hatred when it comes to Pen and it's never resolved in the book. It's a shame.

 

Another thing I feel the book got right was how Girard described what it's like being from a Portuguese family. I, myself, come from a Hispanic family and the two are similar when it comes to culture and beliefs. Both believe that "respect" matters more than "self-preservation" and it's not a healthy way to live which is why I kept having flashbacks to conversations I had with my own family whenever I read passages containing Pen's family. My parents are all about the "repeito" also. The amount of times I wanted to slam my head against the wall listening to them contradict themselves because respect only applies to them and no one else. Ugh! I can't! These parts were infuriating but they were also good for Pen to grow as a person. Because before this, she was a weak pushover.

 

Which brings me to her friendship with Colby. He is a douchebag. He uses people as he sees fit then throws them away when they are no longer "useful" to him. And Pen knows how much of a jerk he is... but she does absolutely nothing to confront him. She allows him to treat her, her girlfriend, her friends, like shit because "that's what it means to have loyalty." I feel it took Pen a really long time to finally stand up for herself, but I also think it was necessary for her to take as long as she did. There are a lot of people out there who are trapped in toxic relationships and, to them, they can't see a way out until it's too late. Pen's progression with Colby is realistic if a bit infuriating. However, I'll be honest, it was difficult to get through this book because of a lot of the decisions Pen took just because Colby told her to do so.

 

In short, this book was definitely a challenge to get through. I really liked some aspects but the majority of this book really made me upset. So all I can say is if you want to read good representation about gender identity, then this is a pretty good read. However, if you're looking for good book talking about sexual orientation, this is a poor example of one. If you do decide to pick it up, remember this book contains slur words, homophobia, drug use, and abusive relationships. If you can read about those topics, then I really hope you end up enjoying this book far more than I did. 

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text 2017-03-26 19:08
I'm left hanging in the breeze!
The Gold Eater (The Gold Chronicles) - D. Girard Watson

 

There is no third book damnit.

I'm never going to know what happened.  :  (

 

Did David survive the weird mind splitting thing he did or not?

 

Does the Calliope make it back in time to warn the American govt?

Do the Spanish get the upper hand in the war against the Americans?

Does the Empress smack them both?

 

Do David and Lara get together?

Or is he stuck fending off the nutty rich girl and her daddy on his own.

 

THIS is why I rarely start a series unless I know it's finished.

Argh!  sigh

Stupid TBR challenge.

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review 2016-10-28 03:28
Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Series Book 1) by Danielle Girard
Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Series Book 1) - Danielle Girard

Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Series Book 1) by Danielle Girard is an incredibly fast-paced book to read. It's action-packed and filled with suspense.

 

Annabelle Schwartzman has been stalked and tormented by her husband Spencer MacDonald, from whom she escaped over seven years ago. He's deviously clever in his methods and doesn't leave traceable evidence.

 

Dr. Schwartzman and her colleagues are all credible characters. I gave it five stars and look forward to the release of Book 2, Excise.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DYC10PE

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text 2016-10-13 06:24
Good Story and Characters
Exhume (Dr. Schwartzman Series Book 1) - Danielle Girard

Dr Annabelle /Anna Schwartzman was a medical examiner - she was the one who decided if a death had been from natural causes or at the hand of another person. Anna had went to a girls night with her coworkers on the police force and this had given Anna a chance to talk to Homicide investigator Hailey Wyatt, to get to know her away from the job. Anna surprised herself and talked about Spencer - her abusive ex - who had left her isolated The lasttime she had gotten close to anyone was six and a half years ago in Medical School. Anna thought her and Hailey could become friends. Spencer had kept her isolated while they were married before she left him and even after as he had planted the idea in her head that he would always be close by. Anna hadn’t seen Spencer in seven years but he was stalking her. Anna had only been in San Francisco six months and Spencer had already found her. But Anna liked her life now and didn’t want to move yet again. But the phone calls had started and the creepy yellow flowers she hated showed up at her apartment door in a secured apartment building.

This was a very good story. The plot and writing were also very good. It seemed to drag a little at different times for me but it still held my interest to continue with the story. I would have liked it if we didn’t know who the killer or behind the killings was. But that was okay it was still very hard to proove and had alot of action. I liked most of the characters alot and loved the ins and outs of this story and I do recommend.

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