Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
This is a very raw and emotional look at the effect of bullying on a teenage girl put into an interesting paranormalish type of perspective. The story is told by Ashley, who is in a mental institution, hoping to be released if she cooperates with her psychologist and tells him what happened to her. She tells about being bullied in high school, and how she expressed herself through her artwork. She tells about Matt, another art student, her best friend who she has a secret crush on, and about how she speaks with her "older self" in the mirror. Her older self gives her advice, but she does not always follow it and she does not trust her older self because she knows that she is not telling her everything. The book is captivating and the story is compelling. I read it all in one day. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales Paula Guran (editor)

Once Upon a Time by Paula Guran
This is a collection of short stories that are fairy tales, mostly based upon older stories. While I did like some of the stories - very much - there were more that I did not enjoy than there were that I enjoyed. My favorites were the stories "Castle of Masks", "The Giant in Repose", and Blanchefleur". They are original and unique and interesting fairy tale like stories. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
Such a fabulous book! I totally love the author's writing style in this series - it is just beautifully descriptive. The story has mystery, romance, magic and lots of humor. Now that Blue's mother, Maura, has disappeared, Lily and her Raven boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah, along with Mr. Gray, the hit man who is her mother's boyfriend, are searching caves for her and for the three sleepers, one of whom, should not be woken and one of whom is Glendower, the king. They find a cave on a farm in an old tower that the farmer says is cursed and within it they find a grave containing Gwelliian, one of Glendower's daughters who was buried there 600 years ago but did not sleep. She is a witch and is rather insane from lack of sleep among other things. The friendship among Lily and the boys is a big part of the story as is the forbidden love between Blue and Gansey. Many of the adult characters are also fleshed out more in this book and I enjoyed that the author managed to make the hit man a likeable person. This book is just so fantastic and wonderful! I am looking forward to the next book. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Orchard of Hope (The Orphanage of Miracles, #2) by Amy Neftzger

The Orchard of Hope by Amy Neftzger

In this second book in the series, Kelsey is off on an adventure to save hope. The king has sent her with two travelling companions; Roland, who is death and appears as a fox to Kelsey, and Maggie, a girl with no apparent talent who is unable to see or hear Roland. As they travel to the orchard of hope to try to save it from being eaten by the wolves, Nicholas is being trained in sorcery by a scatterbrained magician named Moss and Newton, a gargoyle who Moss has brought to life. Both parties are occasionally assisted by Megan, the wise healer who is also a leopard. Rather a mix of parable and fantasy, this is an excellent story although it does end with a rather steep cliffhanger. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Einstein Didn't Know: Scientific Answers to Everyday Questions by Robert L. Wolke

What Einstein Didn't Know by Robert L. Wolke
This is a well-written book with simple easy to understand explanations of the science behind every day things. It is a cornucopia of scientific trivia written in a way that most people can understand including facts about things like why and how iron is added to food, the science behind espresso, what blurping is and what causes it, why flames are different colors and more. There are many explanation about how chemistry works in our everyday lives in things like soda, rubber, styrofoam, auto glass, prestressed concrete, rust, and antifreeze. Thre is information about natural events as well like ocean breezes and waves, and the greenhouse effect and more. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Lagasse Girls' Big Flavor, Bold Taste--and No Gluten!: 100 Gluten-Free Recipes from EJ's Fried Chicken to Momma's Strawberry Shortcake by Jilly Lagasse, Jessie Lagasse Swanson

The Lagasse Girls' Big Flavor, Bold Taste--and No Gluten! by Jilly Lagasse
I like that this cookbook, as they state, uses ingredients that you can actually find in the grocery store like Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix. The recipes are well written and look yummy, but many of them seem very labor intensive. This is gluten free gourmet cooking. And if that is what you are looking for, you will enjoy the recipes in this cookbook. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
Intriguing, sad and touching, this is a story about how domestic abuse can affect young people. For years, Edie and her mother have been on the run, leaving as soon as her father catches up with them. When they go from Canada to London, they think they have outrun him, but then, Edie's mother disappears. Assisted by Jermaine, a classmate who Edie has inadvertently gotten into trouble, Edie searches for her mother and tries to avoid being caught. The book is a fast paced quick read. I received it free to review from Netgalley.