18 09, 2015

Review: THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin

By | Friday, September 18, 2015|6 Comments

The Thing About Jellyfish took me completely by surprise and right out of my reading rut. I learned a few things and cried without even realizing it. Suzy’s actions were a surprisingly intelligent reaction to a really sad situation. This was such an easy read, I pretty much read it in one day. […]

9 09, 2015

Review: TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS by Salman Rushdie

By | Wednesday, September 9, 2015|2 Comments

This is a complex story to review. First of all Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight-Nights is another way to say 1001 Nights. Now that I have cleared that up, it should be no surprise that this book includes the Arabic mythological Jinn. I am conflicted on how to rate this, but […]

26 08, 2015

THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol Riggs

By | Wednesday, August 26, 2015|5 Comments

THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol RiggsThe Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Published by Entangeled Teen, Macmillan on September 1st 2015
Pages: 368
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Love & Romance
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Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl's body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body-leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches...
For one, Morgan won't remember what happens in her "Loaner" body. Once she's done, she won't recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she's been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it's all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start...
Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan's mind. She's feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti-Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she'll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul...

The Body Institute has a really interesting book about a society so focused on weight it goes to extreme measures. This is a fun YA science fiction read. Morgan is a reducer. We meet up with her at the end of her first assignment. She puts her life on hold, and her mind […]

22 08, 2015

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan

By | Saturday, August 22, 2015|5 Comments

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan

A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth EganA Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Published by Simon & Schuster on August 25th 2015
Pages: 384
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women, Family Life
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From the beloved books editor at Glamour magazine comes a heartfelt and painfully funny debut about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny—only to learn every opportunity comes at a price.

In A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor, and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker, or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers—an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life—seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn. Fans of I Don’t Know How She Does It, Where’d You Go Bernadette, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she—Alice Pearse—really want?

This story brought me to tears. There is nothing in the synopsis that lead me to believe it would bring on the feels, but this story really spoke to me and made me cry big fat ugly tears. A Window Opens was such a nice surprise about career, child rearing, friendships, family ties, […]

10 08, 2015

THE CASUALTIES by Nick Holdstock

By | Monday, August 10, 2015|4 Comments

THE CASUALTIES by Nick HoldstockThe Casualties by Nick Holdstock
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 4th 2015
Pages: 288
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
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In Nick Holdstock's The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.

Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going to scream into his and everyone's lives. It will be a great transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost.

Written by a rising literary star whose work has been published in notoriously selective publications such as n+1 and The Southern Review, The Casualties is an ambitious debut novel that explores how we see ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest question: How can we be saved?

The Casualties starts off so good. Right away, I thought the premise was interesting. The cast of characters is really unique. Somewhere along the way this book lost my interest, though. I can’t quite put my finger on what the big turn off was but I found myself caring less and less about […]

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