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text 2019-02-17 13:37
AVR Weekly News ~ 281st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 281st Edition

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/avr-weekly-news-281st-edition.html
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review 2019-02-17 03:33
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani

Audience: Grades 4-8

Format: Graphic Novel - Library Copy

 

 

Priyanka! Watch out for that tree!

- first sentence

 

Priyanka (Pri) has a lot of questions. Why did her mother leave India for the U.S.? What was it like there? Who is her father and what happened to him? But her mother doesn't want to answer any of these questions. Pri is dealing with typical teen issues, learning to drive, dealing with bullies, and trying to figure out who she is. She finds a pashmina in a suitcase in the closet and it transports her to India in her imagination. This only fuels her desire to travel to India, but will her mom let her go?

 

I enjoyed this book. Pri is a multi-dimensional character - she has flaws but is still relatable. She is trying to figure out her identity while trying to fit into two different worlds. Her journey of self-discovery is heartwarming and her determination is inspiring.

 

The magical element to the story adds another dimension. The panels are black and white until Pri puts on the pashmina when they become full of color. Indian culture is woven through the story beautifully. 

 

I highly recommend this book and it would be a great addition to any library serving elementary or middle school children. 

 

 

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text 2019-02-16 20:55
The Haul!

 

Total price: $29.00

Total cost: $0 since my credit covered it all!

 

As you can see, I had a lot of luck with Agatha Christie, but not much luck with anything else. I did grab a couple of Ngaio Marsh Inspector Alleyn paperbacks, and one that just looked interesting in a gothic sort of a way! Holiday for Murder has been republished as Hercule Poirot's Christmas, so that's probably the title most people know it as at this point.

 

So, what am I still missing:

 

The Man in the Brown Suit

Peril at End House

Appointment With Death

Murder is Easy

Ordeal by Innocence

Endless Night

Curtain

 

If I can get them for around $4.00 a book, I can round out my collection for under $30.00.

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review 2019-02-16 17:19
Review: Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard
Bloodwitch - Susan Dennard

Fans of Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Bookish First and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

 

This books starts of a bit after where the last book ended. The ending from last book gave am a bit of hope for the characters. But it is soon apparent that things are not turning for the better that was first believed. Much like last book this book was very story and characters, but we also get a great amount of action here. We also learn so much more background of both story and characters.

As with last book we get a couple more POV in this one and you would think it be confusing but it really is not and adds so much more to the story.  The crew is still separated for the most part and everyone is trying to find and save someone.

Of course a parts is centered on Aeduan and Iseult but also, I think, equal parts all the other people. The truce was broken as we know and with that the war is raging. Everyone is fighting and trying to escape somewhere.

There are plenty of twist in this book, I got to the point that I didn’t know who to trust, and mostly did not see things coming. The last 150-200 pages were insane and nonstop action, surprises and emotional.

There were also some really interesting characters developments, that I didn’t see coming but ended up really likening.

The end was brutal. What a hell of a cliffhanger.  If you are not good with cliff hanger maybe wait for the next book to release.

Several characters we know and love may or may not make it …. That is pretty much where she left us with. That is all I can say, without spoiling things.

Overall I really loved this book and highly recommend this series to any and all fantasy lovers. Even with the major cliffhangers.

I give this book full 5 ★and now will ever so penitently wait for the next book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/02/16/review-bloodwitch-the-witchlands-3-by-susan-dennard
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review 2019-02-16 02:30
Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows
Dragons and Marshmallows - Asia Citro,Marion Lindsay

Audience: Grades 1-5

Format: Hardcover - Library Copy

 

 

"What is it, Sassafras?" I crouched down and ruffled my cat's fluffy fur.

- first sentence

 

 

This book is a fabulous early chapter book. Zoey and her cat Sassafras both love bugs and science and when Zoey discovers that her mom secretly takes care of magical creatures, she is eager to help. Zoey, a budding scientist, wears her thinking goggles on her head when she needs to concentrate. And when she finds a baby dragon, she uses the scientific method to determine how to help him.

 

So, not only is this book fun, but it also explains the scientific method (including a glossary at the end). It is much more meaningful than I thought it would be. With a strong female lead who happens to be African American, and all the science thrown in, it goes above and beyond what you expect from an early chapter book. The entire series is a must-have for any elementary library collection.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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