Monday, May 25, 2015

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
Such a great book! I cannot believe that an 8th grade girl wrote this! In this memoir, Maya goes through her 8th grade year trying out the tips she found in an old book that was written in the 1950s - "Betty Cornell's Teenage Popularity Guide". Maya changed her diet, her wardrobe and even got the courage to go outside of her comfort zone and talk to everyone in all the different social groups in school. She tells her story openly and honestly with a lot of humor and wisdom. I loved this book and I think middle and high school kids will enjoy it as well.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos
Told alternately by 13 year old Margaret in 2014 and her friend Charlie's grandfather Josh in 1938, Margaret travels to the past, time travel being a gift that her family possesses, but has been cautioned not to use, in order to save her father's life in the present. However, history resists, as her family has been told, so, can travelling to the past really make a difference? To save her father, Margaret has to try. The story is compelling and well told. I enjoyed it and I think other people will enjoy it as well.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
This is a sweet, simple story for young children about a boy with two mommies. I like the illustrations, they are cute and colorful. The boy's friends ask him which mommy helps him climb a tree and which one helps when he skins a knee among other things in this rhyming story. I think the book is lovely and children and parents will enjoy it. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Quite disturbing psychological thriller. Told in turns by three women, none of whom are really likable characters, involved in convoluted ways with one another and with three men who are also not likable characters. One is murdered, and the rest are all suspect. The book is compelling and creepy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Better World (Brilliance Saga #2) by Marcus Sakey

A Better World (Brilliance Saga, #2)
When will the third book in this series be written? This book was totally fantastic and it really made me think about what people in general are like. In this book, Nick Cooper is still trying to save the world and the battle between the norms and the abnorms continues. Lots of action, drama, plot twists and more action occur in this book. I loved it and look forward to the next one.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

All The Little Fathers by Margaret Wise Brown

All the Little Fathers
This simple little book about different animal and insect fathers playing and interacting with their children has lovely illustrations. I think it would be a nice Father's Day book for a child to give to their father for them to enjoy together. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.                  

Friday, May 15, 2015

At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen is a fabulous storyteller and that shows in this historical romance. Maddie, her husband Ellis, and his best friend Hank, leave their partying, rich socialite lives in Philadelphia behind and sail off to Scotland to search for the Loch Ness monster in 1942 in the middle of WWII after a disagreement with Ellis's parents. Being in Europe during the war opens Maddie's eyes to the reality of war, but it does nothing for Hank and Ellis, who drunkenly search for the Loch Ness monster. Maddie befriends the people who work at the Inn where they stay and retells her past in a series of memories or flashbacks. As her husband Ellis becomes more withdrawn from her, the handsome innkeeper, Angus, becomes much more interesting to her. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.