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review 2018-04-15 18:54
ALL THE STARS...
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~MY SUPER QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If you haven't started this series yet, then you should.  Easily, one of my favorites of all time.  Fantastic ending to a fantastic series!!! I cannot wait for their next collaboration,  The Andromeda Cycle.

 

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~MY RATING~

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~  5/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ All the covers are awesomely done.

Series~ Illuminae Files #3

Setting~ Kerenza IV and the Mao

Source~ Own a Hardcover edition (but also read on a Kindle eBook from the Library)

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review 2018-03-13 02:38
The Divide by Jeremy Robinson
The Divide - Jeremy Robinson

First, I want to say that I love almost all of the books this author has written, but this one didn't do it for me. Unlike a lot of others, I am not a fan of the Kaiju theme, so I didn't dive right into this one like a many of his other books. It took me longer to finish than usual. I did appreciate the reference at the end to characters from his other novels that I love though.

 

If you like Kaiju themed books, I would give it a go. His Kaiju thrillers are very popular.

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review 2018-03-03 20:04
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Once in Africa, I kissed a king...

 

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

 

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

 

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

 

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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"When you lose someone you love, it doesn't end with that event, or their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone.  You lose them again and again, every day, in the small moments that catch you off guard."

 

This quote drew me in right away…because of the realness of it...

 

While Mists of the Serengeti is not without its small hiccups, it could get a little cheesy at points, I still loved the story it imparted.  Such a heartbreaking story, and not just the tragedy that started the story, whereas, they both lost someone they loved in a terrorist attack.  There is so much more to the story than that.  The lush African Setting is fascinating.  The plight of the albino children is poignantly heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting.  The romance is irresistibly sweet, and that epilogue...wow...that was something else.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ A wonderfully beautiful cover.

Setting~ The Serengeti, Africa (near Mt. Kilimanjaro)

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2018-02-27 02:10
Will You Help Someone in Need?
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry

In Lois Lowry's book, Number the Stars, the main character helps protect her best friend by pretending she a part of the family. The setting of the book is during World War II and the Holocaust. I would use the book ,in conjunction with The Diary of Anne Frank, to provide insight into the life of hiding and the fight to live. Teachers could have their students create culture quilts to show the many aspects of their cultures. A piece of paper is folding into sixths and the students will draw or write the aspects of their culture. This activity shows students that everyone has one thing in common. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile 670L

 

Grades: 3-6th 

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review 2018-02-27 00:56
Brothers in Hope
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan - Mary Williams,R. Gregory Christie

This story is about a boy named Garang who must leave Sudan after his village is attacked during a civil war. Garang and thousands of other boys find safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. Garang tells his story to a refugee worker who shares it with people in other countries. Brothers in Hope:The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan teaches students that everyone experiences challenges and they must continue to fight. My students would write a letter to one of the Lost Boys explaining what they admire about him and how his situation made them feel.

 

Reading Level: Lexile 670L

 

Grades: 2-4

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