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review 2017-06-17 20:56
The Breakfast Club meets…a twisty murder plot???
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus



Book Title:  One of Us is Lying

Author:  Karen M McManus

Narration:  Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, & Robbie Daymond

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, YA

Setting:  Bayview High- Bayview, CA

Source:  Audiobook (Library)



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(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Don't You (Forget About Me) by Glee  --A new take on an old hit…I thought there's only one song for this story, but I wanted something with a new spin, new feel and so this feels…just right.♫









My Thoughts


An ingenious take on one of my all-time favorite movies, The Breakfast Club.  Reconstructed and varied with a twisty murder plot.  Each of the original players are represented from the princess all the way to basketcase…but they're changed up a quite a bit. 


While listening to One of Us is Lying, I thought I had a fairly good idea of who actually killed Simon.  In part, my theories were right, but ultimately, I significantly missed the mark with this one, so props to the Author.


This is a bonus as an audiobook because each of the four main characters has a separate person narrating.  So, I wholeheartedly recommend Audio for this book.



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  5+/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!


Will I read more from this Author?  I definitely would.


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review 2016-07-27 00:00
The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club (A Luna Bay novel)
The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club (A Luna Bay novel) - Lynsey James description

This was an enjoyable little read for the most part (super cute cover also).

After having the day from Hell, Emily Reed heads to Luna Bay to learn more about her biological father and land Sunflower Cottage B&B as a client. Upon arriving she literally runs into Noah Hartley and the sparks start to fly...

"Emily, have you ever heard of a thing called “relaxing”? It’s something people do sometimes instead of working or ruining breakfasts. Come on, I’ve got some making up to do for being a complete dick to you."

I wasn't completely sold on the the hero and heroine to begin with. Emily came across as an uptight workaholic, that at the ripe old age of 25 was wearing her hair in a severe bun and sporting pant suits with shoulder pads. SHOULDER PADS people! I wasn't aware that they even STILL made jackets with shoulder pads...Noah, he just came across as a complete arse. He was ridiculously rude to Emily to start and unfortunately I found his character to be rather bland for the entirety of the book. Luckly, both of them started to grow on me and as they worked together and grew closer, their characters became much more palatable (mostly Emily).


Where this lost a couple stars for me was the constant badgering of Emily to move to Luna Bay. Noah straight up said he wasn't going to leave, and no one NOT EVEN ONCE suggested MAYBE he should move to Glasgow to be with Emily. OH NO, everyone and their brother expected Emily to leave her family, friends and really good job, to just hang around and run Sunflower Cottage. This annoyed the EVER-LOVING-HELL out of me. If Noah, or ANYONE had at least mentioned his moving as a possibility it wouldn't have been an issue. It's never brought up though. Everyone just expects Emily to drop everything...sigh.

The other thing that I found odd was Noah's mother. She painted out to be "sinister" or like "Maleficent" yet other than fall off the wagon once (she is an alcoholic) she does NOTHING to earn that label. I'm honestly not even sure what her point in the story was? Lastly, this ended WAY too abruptly and I needed more closure, an epilogue or SOMETHING.

Overall this had a few problems, but It still kept me engaged and reading. 3 Stars from yours truly...

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review 2011-09-06 00:00
The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World
The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World - Laura J. Snyder Like several other reviewers, I picked up this book as a semi-sequel to [b:The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science|4371507|The Age of Wonder How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science|Richard Holmes|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41NbDjxz1vL._SL75_.jpg|4419518], another survey of a period and a zeitgeist in science captured through the linked lives of key thinkers, discoverers and writers. This book follows the next generation, literally in the case of William and Caroline Herschel's son and nephew John (although Caroline gets short shrift from Snyder, something that wrong-footed me from the beginning) who, together with his Cambridge drinking buddies (the titular 'breakfast club' was of the kind that involved vast quantities of wine) set out to change the way science was done with Bacon as their model and muse and stayed relatively close to their goal and each other throughout their lives and careers.

The personal as well as philosophical connection among Herschel, Whewell, Babbage and Jones keeps the narrative coherent while the diversity of their temperaments, chosen subjects and career paths allows it to get broad. Their letters to each other are very quotable and often very funny. Although I never found it uninteresting, I did find the writing a bit pedestrian–nothing terrible, just clear and pleasant rather than lucid and brilliant. One stylistic tic that disproportionately irked me was when Snyder would paranthetically gloss British cabinet ministers with tags like "the equivalent of our secretary of the treasury" (emphasis mine). The first-person pronoun seems needlessly familiar and parochial.

On the whole, I would recommend it as a decent survey of a compelling period and some very interesting men.
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