Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: The Abduction

The Abduction The Abduction by John Grisham
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Interesting YA story. Theo's friend April seems to have been abducted and the whole town is looking for her. They are afraid that she had been taken by an excaped prisoner who was a distant cousin of her family. April doesn't have good parental guidance and is left on her own most of the time.

There were some very funny aspects to the story that made me laugh right out loud.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: A Spark of Light

A Spark of Light A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was excited to get this book from the library after being on hold for ages. I really wanted to like it as I have liked so many books from this author. Unfortunately I just didn't click with the book. I wondered if my book had been published incorrectly because it seemed to be very repetitive saying the same things over and over in much the same ways. It was very preachy as well. It seemed to use a reverse chronology (or something). The abortion scenes were a bit much IMO as well.

I know that most people will love this book so I am in the minority with this one.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: The Next Person You Meet in Heaven

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another feel good, thought provoking story by Mitch Albom.

Annie, the girl who had the accident in the amusement park years before, finally finds her true love. But on the first morning of their marriage a terrible accident occurs. Annie is transported to the next step of her journey in heaven. This is a continuation of his book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

Mitch Albom books often (to me) feel like warm water being spread over a cold body and giving such a feeling of comfort and peace.

An excellent read.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review: Valentina

Valentina Valentina by S.E. Lynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a terrific story.

Shona is a single girl and rooms with her friend. One night her friend asks her to go to an amateur play with her and there she meets the love of her life, Mikey.
Before long they are involved and move in together. Shona was made aware that he had broken up with an ex girlfriend recently.

This plot becomes thicker and thicker, things happen that you would not predict.
A true psychological weird thriller of a story.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Review: If You Knew Her

If You Knew Her If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very unusual story. Cassie seemingly is doing very well in her life until an accident lands her in the hospital in a coma. Frank, another patient in a coma actually hears everything that is going on in the ward but can't communicate to anyone. He hears visitors as they come to Cassie and he is the only person who could tell someone that she was in danger. To complicate Cassie's problems they discovered that she is expecting and even her husband didn't know about that. They must care for her very carefully in order to keep the baby growing and healthy.

An excellent read and with an unpredictable outcome.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review: Escape

Escape Escape by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a continuation of  Mr. Barclay’s first book in the series “Chase”. It picks up where “Chase” left off. Chipper is a dog that has been altered by “The Institute” – he is still part-dog, but also part-robot. He escapes and finds 12-year old, Jeff, whose parents passed away not long ago. The Institute is now looking for Chipper and Jeff.

It’s fast-paced, but it is meant for younger readers, so it is more simple than his adult books, but he still throws a couple of twists into the story, as well.

Excellent read.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Review: Chase

Chase Chase by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Linwood Barclay may have written this book for a younger audience but I am not young and I loved it. Of course I always love stories that feature a dog, but this has the elements of intrigue and danger, plus some very interesting characters.

Jeff is living in the aunt's fishing camp as his parents had died the previous year in a plan crash. Mr. Barclay always does such an excellent job in creating the atmosphere of a camp and probably, or maybe, that is due to his early childhood and his actually living and growing up at a camp in Ontario. Whatever the reason, this story frames the scene so well and puts you right in the midst.

Chipper, an experimental dog from a lab is scheduled to be "put to sleep" and on his own he decides that escape is his only option. He does have an idea of where he will go and with all the computer equipment at his disposal, off he goes. He is determined to find a boy named Jeff Conroy as he knew his parents and knows what really happened to them.

An excellent read. There is a part two called Escape which I am just about to start now so will soon know how the story ends.

Review: The Abduction

The Abduction by John Grisham My rating: 0 of 5 stars Interesting YA story. Theo's friend April seems to have been abd...