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review 2016-05-29 00:30
#PBwkendread Review: Surrounded by Sharks
Surrounded by Sharks - Michael Northrop

So this was my weekend read and I was surprised I finished it within 2 hours of actually sitting down and reading it. Now it is being categorized as middle grade young adult but I would read this to my nine year old. I think he would enjoy the adventure of a young boy named Davey who finds himself in a situation of hopefully being rescued before the sharks make a meal out of him. 

The plot is super easy to follow, clean and the characters are very simple. 

I really don't want to write too long of a review as I feel I would give too much away. 

I really liked how Davey's brother Brandon sought out someone to listen to him as he knew what is brother would do and not do. We get a bit of insight from Davey on the types of sharks he sees while being in the ocean thank goodness for having some knowledge on that. 

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review 2016-05-15 17:14
Surrounded by Madness
Surrounded by Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets - Rachel Pruchno Ph. D.

So as most people know, I’ve basically stopped reading for a long time due to a bad relapse of my depression. I tried once to get back to it but the books didn’t do it for me so I stopped. Maybe I just wasn’t ready yet. Now I’m trying to get back to it again, this time trying for a book that I can relate to right now which is mental illness (written before i really got deep into the book).

I like how there is no long drawn out wait for the big horrific moment the book is about. I like how the chapters are short which is good for trying to get back into reading. What amazes me about this author is how long it takes her to get her child into therapy. I'm not trying to be judgmental but seriously, the child needed help. I understand the money issues all too well because of my own mental health issues but I don't think that is what that kept the mother from seeking help earlier.

overall this is a good book. There's a bit too much psychobabble and history of the mother. The ending is a bit of a let down because there is no ending. I'm dying to know what happens to Sophie but I guess there is no ending yet. A good book on mental illness. Makes me want to go back and reread Prozac Nation and others and review them.

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review 2015-07-18 04:26
Surrounded by Sharks - 4 Stars
Surrounded by Sharks - Michael Northrop

Report Card:
Characters- A
Plot- A-
Setting- A
Overall Grade- A

 

Charcters
The first character I'm going to tell you about is Drew mostly because when the book started, I didn't really know what her role in it would be. Is she filler? Is she just another perspective in the island? Who is she? As it turns out Drew plays I pretty big role in saving Davey. Actually, she plays the biggest role in saving Davey. So, if you're wondering what's going on with her, just hold on. It'll get there.
Next is Brando , who happens to be my favorite character here. At first I thought he was just going to be the annoying younger brother who really doesn't care about his older brother at all. As the story progressed, though, it was clear how much he cares about Davey and desperately wants to help rescue him, even if he doesn't know how to go about doing it.
The last character I'm going to mention is Davey himself. One of the things I like most about this story is how ordinary the characters are. There's nothing particularly special about Davey. He's a typical teenage boy, on vacation with his family. He wants to spend some time of his own. That's pretty usual, right? Right. However, he makes a dumb decision. It's one that a lot of boys in his position would probably make. He does, of course, realize this after, but there's little he can do about it.

Plot
I really like this plot, mostly because it doesn't have any of the elements that I usually love in my books. There's no fantasy or mystery or supernatural or any of the things that I NEED to keep my attention. Despite that, I really did find this story engaging. I think that had a lot to do with the characters themselves and wanting to know what happened to them.
Also, the sharks don't appear right away. There's some build up of tension there, which is much needed.

Setting
The thing about the setting is that, well, it's the middle of the ocean. There was also the parts at the island itself, but I much preferred Davey's chapters just floating around in the middle of nowhere. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in world-building that I let myself get distracted from the story itself. There's none of that here, and that's a good thing.

 

Overall, I liked the book. I think the pacing was well done and it was just the right length.

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review 2015-02-21 05:57
Review - Surrounded by Pleasure by Mandy Harbin (Woods Family #2)
Surrounded by Pleasure - Mandy Harbin

My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!

 

The cover is another one I definitely like, but I have a thing for big cats especially the shifter kind ;)

 

This is another novella length about 90 or so pages, and it is the 2nd book in this series.  This is for adults only due to the sexual content, and it is very steamy :)  I got this book in a bundled shifter set I bought.

 

Reviews for me are always difficult because I think your mood and feelings always have an effect on what you think of a book when you read it.  This is also why I try to get my reviews done as soon as I finish a book or at least for me I start losing my thoughts.  I don’t always mention this, but my reviews are always on my enjoyment of the story and I try to add things that someone might find useful when deciding whether or not the book is for them.  So always go with your own gut on whether a book is one you will enjoy because you know you best :)

 

I was again pulled into this fabulous world that Mandy created and loved every minute of it.  This is unusual for me because I tend to want non-stop action when I read my books, but this is more sexual and dating drama associated with shifters.  Mandy just does an amazing job with details and her storyline that everything fits beautifully together making a fantabulous story that works all around.

 

This is Krista and Toby’s story, but the whole Woods family is part of the story which I love because I’d have missed Mikaela and Josh if they were not part of the story too!!  The shifter mysteries are unwrapping and things are starting to fit together nicely, but I about died when the book ended because she totally hooked me at the end for the next story.  So now I’m probably going to have to get the next two books like NOW so I can read them after I finish a couple other reviews.

 

I highly recommend this book to all who enjoyed book 1 especially to my shifter lovin’ friends because it is purrrfectly delightful :)

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