Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A coincidence or more?!?

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

The Cheerleaders

By: Kara Thomas

Genre: YA Thriller

Pages: 384

Published: 2018

Read:  July

4 out of 5

CONNECT THE DOTS.  A car accident, a murder, and a suicide. 5 cheerleaders – all dead within a month. Told in the voice of one of the cheerleader’s sister, is the dark twisted story of this small town’s tragedy. Thomas keeps the reader guessing throughout the book, once you think you got it - wait - another twist is upon you. Never having read Thomas before, she is definitely on my radar now. I’m going to have to consider going back and reading Little Monsters (2017) and The Darkest Corners (2016).

Definitely in the minority here...

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

By: Anthony Doerr

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 531

Published: 2014

Audiobook: 16 hours and 2 mins

Read:  July

1 out of 5

I know I am in the minority when I say I didn't like this book, but I just couldn't get into it.  I usually love historical fiction and multiple story lines, but I didn't find this novel intriguing at all. I started the book in print and gave up on it, but decided to try again on audio. The audio was phenomenal, but I found the story blah.

“There is a book for every person and a person for every book” – This one just isn’t mine

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

a Bit Disappointing

Ghost by Jason Reynolds


By: Jason Reynolds

Genre: Juvenile Realistic Fiction

Pages: 192

Published: 2016

Read:  July

3 out of 5

This book definitely had some great qualities and taught some valuable lessons. However, I do feel the story was unrealistic and sugar coated. For instance, the coach never told Ghost’s mother about getting in trouble – some which were very big instances. As a mother, I would be beyond upset and this aspect was never addressed. In real life, I also don’t believe he would have gotten off so easily with stealing an expensive pair of shoes.  I feel the book, Holes by Louis Sacher, taught the life lessons much better. I am very surprised to see this novel as one of the 100 books on The Great American Read.

Friday, May 18, 2018

a mix of mystical realism and realistic fiction

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

Out of the Blue

By: Sophie Cameron

Genre: YA Mystical Realism

Pages: 272

Published: 2018

Read:  May

3 out of 5

This book begins with angels falling from the sky. Most are dying as soon as they hit the ground, but Jaya has one fall right at her feet that is still alive. Even though this novel is very mystical it deals with friendship, guilt and grief as well. Jaya has to deal with the sudden death of her mother, the disappearance of her ex-girlfriend, and her own struggles with her dad. This is a great debut novel by Sophie Cameron whether you like realistic fiction or fantasy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Bollywood and movie references!!!

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

My So-Called Bollywood Life

By: Nisha Sharma

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 304

Published: 2018

Read:  May

2 out of 5

This is a typically teenage love story Рwith a twist of Bollywood! Unfortunately, that is the only twist throughout the book. The overall story was very clich̩ and predictable. On the up side, there are a ton of movie references and even a guide of all movies mentioned in the back of book. I thought that was a great feature. Besides learning a bit about Indian culture and Bollywood movies, I feel you can skip this book.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Too much going on...

Picture Us in the Light

Picture Us in the Light

By: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Genre: YA Realistic Fiction

Pages: 368

Published: 2018

Read:  March

2 out of 5

There are so many storylines in this book, I couldn’t get emotionally attached to any of them. Some were unnecessary to the story (Danny being gay) and some took away from what I felt was the “true” story (Danny’s parents’ secret). I don’t generally have a problem with multiple plots, but in this particular novel, I wanted to feel more from the characters and the issues they were dealing with at the time. The story wasn’t complex or hard to follow; I was wanting more on each storyline to really feel it.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Take this review with a grain of salt

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


By: Neal Shusterman

Genre: YA Dystopian

Pages: 504

Published: 2018

Read:  February

2 out of 5

I love Shusterman and I loved Scythe, but for some reason I personally could not get into Thunderhead. It was well written and continues the story of Citra and Rowen nicely, but for some reason I had a tough time getting into the storyline and found my mind wandered a lot. I think my lack of enjoyment was more my fault than Shusterman’s story telling. If you enjoyed Scythe, I still recommend reading Thunderhead. I have heard that some liked it better than Scythe, I just did not.