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Miracle Creek By Angie Kim

July 19, 2019
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A wonderful multi POV story!

I started this book and before the weekend was over, so was the book!

The premise is an oxygen tank of sorts explodes and the story bounces around POV while the court session is going on.

As a psychological thriller, you can imagine how the story unfolds.

Before the explosion, the owner/operated of the “miracle submarine” (named after its appearance) and his family had immigrated to the United States for their daughter’s educational future, although this caused a divide in the family, one felt heavily on Young, the mother/wife as she helps treat families with autistic children or a  myriad of other health issues…. Until one fateful day that everything went wrong.

Also, Young’s daughter, Mary’s seventeenth birthday.

As the story progresses and more people take the stand, lies are revealed and more lies told to cover those lies up….

A fascinating tale that will keep you reading until the last page!

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Heroine

July 19, 2019
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Heroine by Mindy McGinnisheroine

 

A rather dark young adult book, but also a great read for any adult!

The main character, Micki, is a star softball player in high school, excited to start the season and praying to get a scholarship for college. Her best friend, also on the softball team, is as driven as Micki and it works well as a softball pitcher/catcher team.

This all changes with a car accident.

And then it gets worse.

The opening line is so dramatic, immediately pulling you into her world.

“I woke up an all of my friends are dead.”

 

Woah, right?

After the accident, she is given pain killers. But they run out and she found that she likes the high better than anything else.

 

Honestly, the story itself is good and the message is great… but I was disappointed overall. I suppose the general theme was a question of why one person can use pills fine and why others become addicted. (as the story compares Micki to her pitcher/sober friend) And why the pills lead to harder drugs, like heroin.

Micki has pins in her hip bone and while one the pills, over exerts herself….. and somehow manages to heal ahead of time and better than the doctors have thought possible….

This is where my interest waned.

As someone who has gone through physical therapy and deals with chronic pain, I can tell you it does not work that way.

So the story continues and Micki falls deeper and deeper into her addiction and lies. She steals from her parents and step mother, a recovering addict and new mother, lies to everyone she knows.

I was hoping the book would have been more about the tug between pain, the fear of pain and the fact relief comes in a pill. But that was my hope for it. The recovery and thoughts seemed too… contrived for me to feel immersed in the book.

The way it is written, it is a good what if? To open a dialog hopefully for both sides of the coin and give each a window to the other’s thoughts…. although I wish the author would have done some more research or talked to people to give it a more realistic sheer. Still a great read, although maybe have a happy book to read afterwards!

 

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

May 15, 2019
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This is a crazy good book!

A fictionalized account of what (could have) happened in the true events of 1948, New Jersey that helped to inspire the characters of the scandalous Lolita book by Vladimir Nabokov.

It follows the separate strings of the kidnap victim, her mother with a pain condition that forces her to rely heavily on her naive but book smart daughter. The POV switches between many others deeply wounded by her kidnapping, Sally’s sister as well as her brother in law to give up a kaleidoscope style vision of what was happening at home with her gone at the same time as her terrifying venture across several states.

The author suggests brutal things, but leaves the thought hanging without the abrasive conclusion other author’s may have tried bringing it to a much darker level. The abuse is left unsaid it equally as chilling, guiding the narrative with a gentle hand to the gritty level but avoiding becoming obscene.

 

In a day and age of today, it is heartbreaking to think such terrible things had to happen in order for our society to learn from the mistakes we didn’t know where possible.

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

May 15, 2019
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5 Stars right away!

 

I absolutely adored this book! Featured around a seemingly perfect family unit, only the mother fears there is something wrong with her daughter, separate from the fact she refuses to speak or even tolerate her mother.

When her father comes home, the child is perfect and he chastises his wife for seeing her charm as annoying. doubt breeds between them until…. Well I’ll let you figure out what comes next!

A true page turner as the narrative flips between the daughter and mother…. contempt grows easier than love in small misunderstandings.

Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

May 10, 2019
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Okay, I admit this is an older book, I recall listening to a cassette version of this one summer doing some sort of yard chore as a kid…. (so 15 or so years ago and it was well worn then)

And it has always stuck in my head. It was right around the time I first watched Jurassic Park and I loved it. I loved everything about it, the movie and later the book which made the dinosaurs so much more real to me, imaginable really. A point of view to imagine from their perspective.

The author actually worked on Jurassic Park!

So if you love books from the point of view of animals, you might love Raptor Red! She’s a loving and lovable raptor! A mighty female pinnacle of empowerment! The book follows Red as she goes through normal dinosaur things, hunting and such before tragedy strikes! She loses a mate and hunting partner and must find a new path of survival… One of the few books I have read multiple times!

5 Stars!

 

Alli

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

February 1, 2019

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A great, quick read! A comic artist of a few books and a blog, Sarah, is enjoyable to read even as she exposes her own anxieties and her struggle to accept it herself and relating to other people…. but mainly they are about her cat or poor time management skills.

 

It is truly a light-hearted comic I enjoyed over a cup of coffee! A quick read, but worth it’s time in laughs!

Her other book, Adulting is a Myth is equally as hilarious!

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I’ve read all three of her books and all were entertaining!

5 Stars!

Alli

History As They Saw It

February 1, 2019

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Is exactly what it seems, a non fiction book of colored pictures, which adds a lot from the black and white originals.

Many iconic moments in history and various historical figures stand out. A series of pages and pictures of noble and even royal immigrants were photographed in their finery from their homelands was my personal favorite section of the book.

Each picture had a small description to give you a feel for the moment forever caught in that picture.

5 Stars!

 

Alli

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