It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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Be Ready for the Lightning Grace O'ConnellBe Ready for the Lightning by Grace O’Connell

Synopsis: From acclaimed New Face of Fiction alumna Grace O’Connell, a suspenseful, poignant and provocative tale about violence, sibling love, friendship, heroism–all told through the lens of a young woman trapped in a hijacked bus.

On the surface, Veda’s life in Vancouver seems to be going just fine–at nearly thirty, she has a good job, lifelong friends, and a close bond with her brother, Conrad. But Conrad’s violent behavior, a problem since he was a teen, is getting more and more serious, and Veda’s ongoing commitment to watch out for him is pushing her to a breaking point.

When Veda is injured as a bystander during one of Conrad’s many fights, she knows it’s time to leave Vancouver for a fresh start. She heads to New York, staying in the Manhattan apartment of old friends Al and Marie. Exploring the city, she swings between feeling hopeful and lost–until one day the bus she’s on is hijacked by a sweet-faced gun-toting man named Peter. He instructs Veda and the other passengers to spray paint the bus windows black, and what ensues is a gripping and unpredictable hostage situation, the outcome of which will make Veda question everything she knows about herself and the nature of fear.

Told with powerful immediacy and warmth, at once unsettling and engrossing, Be Ready for the Lightning is a story of violence, its attractions and repulsions; of love, loyalty and friendship; and of a young woman finding an unexpected kind of bravery.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

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My Italian Bulldozer Alexander McCall SmithMy Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith

Synopsis: When writer Paul Stewart heads to the idyllic Italian town of Montalcino to finish his already late book, it seems like the perfect escape from stressful city life. Upon landing, however, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he discovers his hired car is nowhere to be found. With no record of any reservation and no other cars available it looks like Paul is stuck at the airport. That is, until an enterprising stranger offers him an unexpected alternative. While there may be no cars available there is something else on offer: a bulldozer.

With little choice in the matter, Paul accepts and so begins a series of laugh out loud adventures through the Italian countryside, following in the wake of Paul and his Italian Bulldozer. A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, My Italian Bulldozer is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Review: The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

The Salt Line Holly Goddard JonesThe Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 385 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

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Summary

In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.-

How far will they go for their freedom–once they decide what freedom really means?

In an unspecified future, the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line–a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what’s left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife.

Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks–and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

When I first picked this book up and started reading it, I thought I would fly through it. I just didn’t want to put it down. Unfortunately life got in the way and I had to put it down so it took me awhile to get through it. I feel like if I had read it in a day or two like I thought I was going to, this would have been a five star book for me. Since it took me about a week to read, I didn’t get as into the story as I normally would have. Every time I started to really get into it I had to stop reading and do something else.

When I was into it, I really loved the characters, especially Wes and Marta. Wes just reminded me so much of myself. Not so much the fact that he was smart, but I noticed we had some things in common. I always love when that happens. I’m a bit odd and it’s nice to see characters once in a while that are somewhat like me. Marta I just wanted to hug. Which if you knew me, you would know that’s weird. I don’t really do hugs. I also liked Edie and Violet.

I enjoyed the writing and never once thought it was slow or boring. I loved the different POVs. The plot was great. To be honest, I just wanted to stay in bed and read all day. I didn’t want to stop turning the pages. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and how it would all end.

I think the only complaint I have is that I wish there were more ticks. I knew going into it that it wasn’t just about disease-carrying ticks, but I was hoping for a bit more.. Other than that, this book was fantastic and I will be making everyone I know read it.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young Gabrielle ZevinYoung Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Publication Date: August 22nd 2017
Details: Hardcover, 294 pages
Publisher: Viking
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Gabrielle Zevin:
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Summary

Young Jane Young‘s heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss‑‑who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married‑‑and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late‑night talk show punchline; she is slut‑shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.

How does one go on after this? In Aviva’s case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long‑ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you’ve done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it’s only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane’s daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.

Review

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and was pretty excited when I found out. When I was first getting into reading I picked up Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and I remember enjoying it. Since then I have added all of Gabrielle Zevins books to my wish list, but for some reason I just haven’t got around to picking any of them up. After reading Young Jane Young, I have decided that I need to pick up more of her books and soon.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. I knew what it was about, that I’ve enjoyed one of her books before, and that everyone seems to love her others books. However I was still unsure. I was excited but I tried not to go into it with really high expectations because I didn’t know if I would be let down. I had nothing to worry about because I wasn’t let down at all. I really enjoyed this book.

I was surprised at how much there was to it. It’s not that long but there are so many layers. The writing was great and I loved the different perspectives. With every character you just learned more and it made it hard to put the book down. Ruby was by far my favorite character. She was so smart, funny and independent. I just couldn’t get enough of her. I thought Jane was great and handled everything better than a lot of people would have. It was realistic.

I know this book might not be for everyone. I would love to recommend it to my mom and cousin but I’m not sure they would like it as much as I did. If you have read Zevin before and you like her stuff, I can’t imagine you being disappointed with this novel. If you’ve never read anything by her but this sounds good, give it a go. It’s just one of those books that are good, but it depends on the person. One person might love it, and another might not like it. I don’t know, I say give it a try. You might like it. I know I did.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

All's Faire in Middle School Victoria JamiesonAll’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Details: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads.

Victoria Jamieson:
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Summary

The author of Roller Girl is back with a graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.

Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind–she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don’t) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family’s unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.

Review

I was so happy when I found out I won a copy of this on Goodreads. It sounded like something I would like and I couldn’t wait to read it. Even though I pretty much knew I would enjoy it, I didn’t realize just how much I would. I absolutely loved it.

I loved the fact that Impys parents worked at a Renaissance Faire. I have wanted to go to one since I was kid, but we just don’t have them around where I live. So to be able to read about it was so much fun.

The characters were all so real and believable. The way Impy reacted to being bullied was realistic. Felix was adorable and Cussie was hilarious.

I just couldn’t put this graphic novel down. I couldn’t get enough and I can promise you I will be reading this one again. I will also be picking up Roller Girl as soon as possible.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking The Hollows Kim HarrisonDead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison

Publication Date: July 1st 2004
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: HarperTorch
Source: I bought it.

Kim Harrison:
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Summary

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party… and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead… or undead.

Review

When I first got into reading back in 2008 I randomly came across Dead Witch Walking at the library and thought it sounded good. I flew through it and ended up going back and picking up the next three books in the series. It didn’t take me long to get through them and The Hollows series has been a favorite ever since.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump all year and I was getting sick of it and thought that maybe picking this book up and giving it a read might help. I love this series and it had been a while since I had been in this world. Once again I flew through it. I could not put it down and all I want to do now is read.

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get back into this world. I love the characters and the action. It felt so good to be back with Rachel, Ivy and Jenks. This series means so much to me and I will definitely be picking up the second book soon.

If you haven’t read this series yet, please do. It is so much fun. I love it so much that I don’t even know what to say about. I can’t wait to read more.

4 out of 5 stars