Friday, February 12, 2016

The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

I found this book to be a compelling read.  It is a young adult dystopian novel set in the present day.  Seventeen year old Prenna along with a group of people have escaped the future in which  global warming has lead to an increase in the mosquito population which has spread a mutated virus causing a blood plague.  Her group tries to minimize contact with people who are part of the regular time period for fear of creating more problems.  When she becomes friends with a boy named Ethan, and an odd homeless man, she finds out how difficult that can be.  There is romance and adventure in this book.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

This is totally fabulous for a debut novel!  I really enjoyed it.  The characters were well developed and the story was compelling and I had a hard time putting it down.  I read it in two days.  I think this book will be a big hit with teens.  This is one book that I read on my kindle and I really want to get a paper copy of it too because I want to read it again and I want to be able to flip through it.  Each of the seven characters was realistic if not always likable. I am just so impressed with this book!  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly, totally recommend it.  I look forward to reading future books from this author!

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

In this intriguing young adult dystopian novel, everyone has a fraternal twin.  One twin is normal and the other has some sort of a deformity.  Cass hides her deformity for many years causing her Alpha twin to also be outcast until he outs her and she is branded an Omega and cast out of the Alpha society.  The Omegas are the underdogs, poorly treated and infertile, yet when one twin dies, the other does too, causing the Alphas to care at least somewhat for the Omegas. Eventually, Cass becomes part of the political disorder as she dreams of a better world that she perhaps, has the power to create.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.  I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Nordic Cook Book by Magnus Nilsson

Who knew there were so many ways to cook eel?  And who really wanted to know?  In case you do wish to cook eel, this ginormous, 768 page tome includes 6 eel recipes including "Fresh Eel Cooked on Straw" and "Eel Baked over Smouldering Beech or Juniper Twigs". If you are looking for a recipe for Icelandic Rotten Shark or Danish Blood Sausage or Boiled Seal Intestines with Blubber and Crowberries then this is totally the cookbook for you!  If you happen to live in a Nordic country and have access to Icelandic Moss, you may wish to make Icelandic Moss Soup from the recipe in this handy guide or perhaps you want to cook and eat some puffins.  Sadly, there is a lovely photograph of some poor dead puffins who are "ready to be plucked." The book includes many photographs which range from interesting and odd to the quaint, and some are rather disturbing.  There is quite a bit of cultural information included with the recipes which is quite interesting and the recipes seem to be well-written and should be easy to follow.  More than merely a cookbook, this is a cultural lesson about Nordic cultures.

The Whole Coconut Cookbook by Nathalie Fraise

This cookbook uses many coconut products including coconut vinegar.  Many recipes have vegan and non-vegan options.  There are instructions on how to make your own coconut butter.  The photos are nice, but not all of the recipes have a photo.  I would like to have seen a photo for each of these interesting and unusual recipes.  The lemony mushroom risotto is great!  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto
I love the colorful illustrations in this book! They are lovely and work well for the story. Nickerbacher is a young dragon who wants to be a comedian but his father wants him to guard a princess. When a prince comes to fight him, he learns that he should follow his dreams rather than just doing what his parents think he should do. The story is cute and I think children will enjoy it. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum (Odditorium, #2) by Gregory Funaro

In this steampunk adventure fueled by magic and fairy dust, Grubb and his father fly the Odditorium, steered by playing an organ, underwater into Avalon to try to get Excalibur so they can vanquish the evil prince Nightshade. Action, adventure and magic abound in a tale that is sure to thrill readers. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.