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#FuturisticFriday Review: Be Frank With Me

February 4, 2016 Uncategorized 5

#FuturisticFriday Review: Be Frank With MeTitle: Be Frank With Me
Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: I loved the characters, but I felt as though we just paid a random visit to their lives, with a very abrupt beginning and ending.

When Alice is asked to help one-hit wonder author M.M. Banning while she attempts to write a new novel, she is surprised by how challenging the job is. M.M. Banning herself is generally mean and disapproving and certainly not willing to share her progress with Alice. Her son Frank is a delightfully quirky character, with a love of old movies and snazzy dress clothes. Alice finds him endearing and immediately wants to help make his life better, as his quirkiness and behavioral problems make him an outcast with children his own age. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: In the Land of Armadillos

February 3, 2016 Uncategorized 14

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: In the Land of ArmadillosTitle: In the Land of Armadillos: Stories
Author: Helen Maryles Shankman
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved how these connected short stories revealed more layers of each character as they went and also how the magical realism and surprising acts of kindness brought hope to otherwise bleak stories.

This collection of connected short stories is set during the Nazi occupation of Wlodawa, Poland. The people we meet there include “a cold-blooded SS officer dedicated to rescuing the creator of his son’s favorite picture book, even as he helps exterminate the artist’s friends and family; a Messiah who appears in a little boy’s bedroom to announce that he is quitting; a young Jewish girl who is hidden by the town’s most outspoken anti-Semite—and his talking dog. And walking among these tales are two unforgettable figures: the enigmatic and silver-tongued Willy Reinhart, Commandant of the forced labor camp who has grand schemes to protect “his” Jews, and Soroka, the Jewish saddlemaker and his family, struggling to survive.” (source) Read more »

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A Reluctant Romantic Review: Fantasy Lover

February 3, 2016 Uncategorized 12

A Reluctant Romantic Review: Fantasy LoverTitle: Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Source: Gift
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: With engaging character development and dialogue, as well as sex scenes that weren’t too over the top, this made for a fun read and a great start to my month of reading romance.

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.”(Source)

When Grace Alexander jokingly completes the ritual to summon Julian of Macedon, she’s shocked and not entirely pleased when a naked man appears in her living room. She is not, however, as shocked as Julian is when Grace doesn’t immediately jump his bones drag him into the bedroom. Instead, her past experiences give her the compassion to recognize the down-sides to Julian’s curse and he is likewise able to understand the hurt that caused her to swear off relationships. Unfortunately, whether or not Julian and Grace want to be together, Julian is doomed to return to the book after thirty days unless they can break the curse. Read more »

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Reluctant Romantic Kick-Off

February 1, 2016 Uncategorized 11

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It’s February, a month for celebrating love, not just of relationships but of all things bookish. This month, I’m challenging my literary snobbery and trying to develop a better relationship with the romance genre. I know a lot of you also have genres you’d like to read more of, from nonfiction to graphic novels or poetry, and I’d love to have you join me. Read more »

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#NFBookClub Headstrong Read-Along Begins!

January 31, 2016 Uncategorized 18

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I know I tell you how excited I am for our nonfiction read every single month, but that’s because getting to read interesting nonfiction with all of you is always something I look forward to. I’m looking forward to this particular book even more because of a comment from Laura at Buttontapper about female geniuses throughout history. She made me think of how I occasionally learn about the impressive contributions of an obscure female scientist and that made me think about the bias against women receiving credit for the scientific work in the 1900s. I’m hoping this book will help me become a little more knowledgeable about the amazing work female scientists have done. The google doc for discussion is now available here.

Google Doc Opens for Free Form Discussion – January 31

Intro – Genetics and Development Discussion Questions Posted – February 11

Physics – Invention Discussion Questions Posted – February 22

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9 Reasons Uprooted Lived Up to the Hype

January 28, 2016 Uncategorized 18

9 Reasons Uprooted Lived Up to the HypeTitle: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This story lived up to the hype with a unique protagonist and magic system, plus a fairy tale feel based on fascinating Slavic folklore.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” (Source) Read more »

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Futuristic Friday Review and Giveaway: Moonlight Over Paris

January 26, 2016 Historical Fiction 12

Futuristic Friday Review and Giveaway: Moonlight Over ParisTitle: Moonlight over Paris
Author: Jennifer Robson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Fantastic historical details and relationship building made this an outstanding read.

After a near fatal illness, Lady Helena Montagu-Douglas-Parr is determined to get over the public snubs that followed her abandonment by her fiance and to truly live. She decides to move to Paris to live with her unconventional aunt, where she can be more independent and pursue her passion for art. Once there, her harsh art teacher and her attraction to an entirely unsuitable American newspaperman, Sam, will force her to decide whether she wants the conventional life her family sees for her and whether she’s brave enough to pursue a life she loves. Read more »

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