Review: Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe is completely unbelievable, but super cute. Harper Scott, descendent of the famous Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, is having a rough time, so she runs away to Antarctica. Her mother’s graduate student gets her into an exclusive high school study program for “Winter Over”, the dark winter time in Antarctica when no planes come in or out. The story is told in alternating chapters in past and present. In the past we learn about Harper’s plan to be a professional ballerina and everything that happened with her best friend, Kate. In the present Harper helps Charlotte with her penguin studies and […]

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Review: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night was a good read, but it wasn’t as good as I was hoping given the hype. Four friends, Pia, Rachel, Sandra, and Winifred, head to the remotest region of Maine for a river rafting trip, their annual girls weekend. The story is narrated by Wini, who’s recently gone through a divorce and is still devastated by the death of her brother. She has reservations about the trip, but Pia, the wild, outgoing one, convinces her everything will be fine. The women are accessing a never before rafted river because their young tour guide’s family owns the land that has the only […]

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Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway was a little confusing at the start, but once I got into the story, I was pleasantly surprised. Nancy ends up at a very unique boarding school after returning from a world that isn’t the one we know. All of the children at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children have stumbling into other worlds – some ruled by logic, some fueled by nonsense. It’s rather like Alice in Wonderland only imagine there are hundreds of Wonderlands, each unique as the child who visited it. Nancy makes a handful of friends, but most of the students are weary of her since bad things […]

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Review: Water on the Moon by Jean P. Moore

Water on the Moon by Jean P. Moore

Water on the Moon was not quite what I was expecting. It’s a character-driven story about a middle aged woman already hurt by divorce who’s world is shaken when a small plane crashes into her house. Luckily, she and her teenage, twin daughters are unharmed and taken in by a caring neighbor. Lidia quickly gets wrapped up in the investigation into the pilot and her seeming connection to Lidia. I was hoping for more from the plot of this book. It’s rather slow, and since it’s a short book, there just wasn’t enough substance to satisfy me. I did really enjoy the relationships between Lidia and her […]

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Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel spin-off of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. You all know how much I love that series, so of course I had to read this book. It was my first graphic novel (well except the ones I read with my son). The main character is Iko, Cinder’s side-kick android friend. The story takes place between the battle on Luna at the end of Winter and the wedding story from Stars Above. Basically, it covers the clean up of all of the wolf soldiers on Earth. Iko is a bounty hunter of sorts. It’s pretty fun. I enjoyed this book because I’m a […]

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Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I read Hillbilly Elegy in an attempt to understand Trump supporters. I was hoping for a politically charged explanation of the angry white man who’s feeling left behind by Washington politics. It was exactly fair for me to put so much hope in a memoir. This book is an account of one man who was able to escape the self-sabotaging culture of the Hillbilly people in southern Ohio, Kentucky, and the rest of the Appalachian rust-belt. J.D. Vance recounts his experiences growing up with a single mother with a string of boyfriends and an occasional tendency to do drugs. His success was due largely to his […]

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Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls was kind of like a train wreck. I couldn’t tear myself away from this incredibly twisted story. But I loved it. The writing was so compelling, and the suspense was subtle, but it kept me reading. I just had to know what happened – in both the past and the present. In the past, 15 year-old Lane moves back to the family homestead in Kansas after her mother commits suicide. There she meets her grandparents, and her cousin Allegra, also 15. She spends only one summer there, but it’s a summer that changes her life forever. The family secrets are revealed to […]

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Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics by Leah Konen

Underneath a unique writing style, The Romantics is really just a fairly predictable slow-burn contemporary romance. The story is narrated by Love, in rather the same way that The Book Thief is narrated by Death. The main character is Gael who’s been rather unlucky in love. In the opening scene he catches his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. From there Love discusses his mistakes, ranging from Gael’s parents’ divorce to an accidental rebound girl for Gael, and his plan to unite Gael with his true love. I enjoyed the definitions of the different types of people: romantics, serial monogamist, etc. and the relationship advice […]

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Harry Potter Fandom (Top Ten Tuesday #21)

Harry Potter

When it comes to fandom, which is this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, there is really only one series that gets me fired up. I’m talking of course about Harry Potter. It’s no secret that I’m a Potterhead. As is my husband and our young son. There is no shortage of amazing Harry Potter items on Etsy, so that’s where I’ll focus my post today. Harry Potter items from Etsy I wouldn’t mind owning Hogwarts Watercolor Picture by ArtQuality Tea Mug by MoonChildCraftsShop Harry Potter and Hedwig Keychain by SogniDiFimoShop Gryffindor Quidditch Hoodie by ahhTEES Hogwarts Bookends by KnobCreekMetalArts Harry Potter Bookmark by BigNerdWolf Stemless Wineglass Set by […]

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TBR List: April 2017

TBR List: April 2017

I picked up a HUGE stack of books from the library last week, so I’m once again feeling a little overwhelmed by my TBR list. However, I did get through almost all of my books from March, so I’m at least caught up on what I’d planned to read. Books I’ll be reading in April 2017 A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro How I got it: I borrowed the Playaway Audio version from the library. (This is my first experience with these pre-loaded devices.) Why I got it: I’ve heard so many great things, and now that the second book is out too, I […]

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