The Light Between Oceans (A Novel) by M.L. Stedmad

Summary

“After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up carrying a dead man and a living baby. In. M.L. Stedman’s mesmerizing novel we, we are seduced into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God,” and we are swept into their story.”

-From the back cover

Review

I shall start off by saying that this was a book I would have never read but it was the required book for my school so I didn’t really have a choice. And honestly, I really disliked this book.

It was so damn depressing and on such a sad topic.

I mean come on, you can tell in the summary that it’s going to be sad - miscarriages and a stillbirth.

My school couldn’t have chosen a happier book? -.-

Anyway. The story was pretty good but it was really convoluted. Chapters were broken up into sections and some sections would be in different people points of view and it going confusing fast as to who was speaking and when that actually happened because it would jump between times and such. That annoys me when it does that without telling you when it actually is happening clearly because then you get confused and such.

As I said the story line was quite depressing and with a child being taken from someone (can’t say what exactly as it’s in the story later on) you get extremely stressed over what is occurring and I really dislike that in books. If its sci-fi or action its fine, but not in  a book like this that is based in reality.

There really isn’t a lot to say in this book as there was no character development that I was able to see, and overall I just really didn’t like the book.

I know that many people would be interested in something like this, but personally I wouldn’t recommend it.

But if you have read it and have a different view on it, let me know what you think about it.

Until then, happy reading.

Corvette C3 1968-1982: How to Build and Modify (Performance How-To)

Summary

“The vast majority of Corvettes built between 1975 and 1982 are affordable and plentiful, and are ideal for high-performance builds. Learn how to transform a mundane C3 into a standout, high-performance car.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Well this book is definitely something different. I received this book through the mail as I had apparently requested it which I honestly don’t remember doing. I love vehicles and all, but a book like this is something that I really would never read.

And, as I should be truthful, I didn’t really read this book either (the way you don’t read a cookbook, but flip through). I mostly just flipped through it as a lot of it I don’t really understand or have any interest in.

I’m not really a Corvette girl, never have been and I don’t really know why, so I guess I wasn’t terribly motivated to read this book either, but I was asked to do a review and I will as it was, still, an interesting book.

First off, this book is in color and has LOTS of pictures. This is really different from other car manuals I’ve read. Most just have instructions or small drawings, at most black and white pictures. But this is in full color with step-by-step pictures which really is useful if you are looking to build and/or modify your vehicle. There are even brightly colored boxes here and there to warn you about different issues and also little tips.

There is also a lot of writing; how to do different things and explaining what different things are.

Honestly, I didn’t understand most of the book. I may love cars, but I am not a mechanic by any means and so didn’t understand how most of it worked. But if you are into cars and are looking to remodel, this is definitely a possibility.

I recommend that you check it out as it is really quite interesting to flip through, and if someone else knows more about vehicles and reads this book, let me know how you think it would hold up if you REALLY wanted to used it as a manual.

The company did release a few other manuals for other vehicles so check them out as well.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Kill Switch by Chris Lynch

Summary

Daniel wants to spend one final summer with his beloved grandfather, before Daniel leaves for college and his grandfather succumbs to dementia. But when Da, a former systems analyst for the Department of Agriculture, starts to let things slip about people he’s killed and countries he’s overthrown, his old “friends” come back to make sure he stays quiet. Was Daniel’s grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or is all this just the delusion of a crumbling mind? Daniel and Da take to the road, fleeing rom threats seen and unseen. Daneil doesn’t know if he can save his grandfather, or if Da even needs to be saved. Or what the transation might cost Daneil Himself.

Printz Honor author and National Book Award Finalist Christ Lynch explores two remarkable characters in this stunning teen novel.

-From Inside Flap of Book

Review

I do not have much to say on this book. I only got like 15-25 pages into this book. I really disliked it for one reason. The person view kept changing. It was in first person, then third person, then second person. I was just so confused as to what was going on.

I really just did not like the book. The summary made the book to be really interesting, but from the first sentence, I just could not stand it.

I am someone who really likes the entire book to just stay in one point of view. It is a creative idea, I will give the author credit for that, but my grammar/english teacher always corrected me on the person view changing so I find this to always bug me now.

I personally did not enjoy it but if you would like to give it a try, tell me how you liked it.

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil

Summary

“Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone. What’s keeping his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of his mother, who refuses to surrender her son to fate, and the tenacity of his brother, a blogger, who fuses tradition and technology to explore and explode the void in which Mehdi has vanished.
Zahra’s Paradise weaves together fiction and real people and events. As the world witnessed the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections, through YouTube videos, on Twitter, and in blogs, this story came into being. The global response to this gripping tale has been passionate—an echo of the global outcry during the political upheaval of the summer of 2009.
Zahra’s Paradise is a first on the internet, a first for graphic novels, and a first in the history of political dissidence. Zahra’s Paradise is being serialized online at zahrasparadise.com.”
-Amazon.com
Review
I really disliked this book. I could not get past the first 5 pages of the book. Yes I know that I should have given the book a chance but I just couldn’t. Puppies were killed in the beginning of the book and I really did not like it and since it was a graphic novel, it was graphic.
Maybe I will pick this book up again another day but I just could not deal with these puppies being killed. I am fine with violence and people dying in books, but I just could not deal with these puppies.
I cannot say anything about this book but I just wanted to let you know what I thought about the beginning of it.
The drawings in the book though were quite good.
You may be interested but I was not. But if you do read this book, please let me know what it was like.

Beach Party by R.L. Stine

Summary

Karen invites her friend Ann-Marie to stay at her dad’s apartment over-looking the beach. They plan to party all summer, enjoying the sun, sea, and sand. The fun starts for Karen when she meets two new guys. But which one should she choose, Jerry who is so handsome, or Vince, so deliciously dangerous?

-Amazon.com

Review

I personally don’t like R.L. Stine. A lot of younger readers enjoy it because it gives them a scare and a thrill. But for me, a teen, I find that these books border on horrible. They have no story line, no point to them, and don’t scare the reader. The Goosebump series is in the juvenile section of my library, but the other books by R.L. Stine (The Babysitter series, Point Horror series) are in the YA section. But these books are definitely for the younger end of YA, like the 12 year olds. If you pick this book up hoping for a scare, you should just put it down. This book is not worth your while. If teens want a really good thrill, try reading Stephen King. I read Misery and if you want scary, Stephen King is the thing for you. They are what I would call horror. These books are not. They don’t have anything scary happening. The book is also really easy as I read it in about 5 hours (not even).

Younger readers might find this book “scary” as they have not read a lot of things like this. But once you get to YA and you have read all of the other books out there, and have watched those scary movies, you don’t get scared at all and it is just a read. Yes it may be a good beach read because you don’t have to concentrate and it is quick.

There are people who like it but I am just not one of them. This is a good book for reluctant readers because it is easy and it would keep them interested.

But this is my opinion. Pick it up and give it a try if you want, but this is not a book for scares.

Tell me what you think.

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

This was the other book Parenthetical and I  read for the Nerds Heart YA.


Summary

“Working through the many meanings of “tall story,” first-time author Gourlay slam-dunks this tale of a towering boy from the Philippines and the pint-size, basketball-crazy half sister with whom he has recently been reunited. Told in the alternating voices of Bernardo, who suffers from gigantism, and Andi, who longs to play point guard on her school’s b-ball team, the novel effortlessly encompasses real-world dreams as well as magic realism. Bernardo was left behind when his mother, a nurse, immigrated to the UK and forged a new family. In San Andres, Bernardo is seen as a reincarnated folk-hero giant who protects the area from earthquakes, though he believes the blame for his freakish height falls on the local witches who cursed him. In contrast to Bernardo’s anxieties over coming to the UK, Andi’s struggles of readjustment to her changed family appear minor. Wonderfully, though, Gourlay uses the dual viewpoints to show that Andi’s concerns are no less important. And, it turns out, she finds that there is more than one thing worth wishing for. This will capture the hearts and minds of sports lovers—and just about everyone else as well.”

From Amazon.com

Review

This book did not make it to the next round of Nerds Heart YA, and here is my review with my reasons.

I personally did not enjoy this book. I felt that it did not go anywhere. It had a flow to it but to me it felt like someone was giving an account of a family visit. Parenthetical said that it was like an adult book as it had a slower pace. As so many YA books (which are new) are fast paced, I just could not seem to stay interested in the book. The characters seemed a little far-fetched. Bernardo was extremely tall, unrealistically tall for his age (16 years old). This book had a sense of magic because Bernardo is believed to save San Andres from earthquakes and the towns people do not want him to go to London because they are scared. His mom thinks Bernardo has a medical condition because he is so tall, but is it something else?

I thought that the story line was interesting with the children visiting (and moving) and how they had not seen each other for a long time and  how the mother was paranoid because she was so short and  did not want her son to be tall. That was quite humorous to me. It reminded me of my mother in many ways as I am taller than her (which is not hard) and she wants me to stop growing :). He was an 8 foot tall child – freakishly tall for his age. Well, freakishly tall in general.

I was also confused in the beginning of the book. I wasn’t clear who the characters were and thought both of the children were boys. Reading further I found out that Bernardo was a boy and Andi was a girl. Confusing.

This book was nominated for the CARNEGIE MEDAL. The Sunday Times voted it one of the 100 Best Summer Titles. The Times voted it the Most Recommended Children’s Book for Christmas. It is a YA book but the reviews are by adults. They read differently. I think that might be why they enjoyed it. Since I am YA, I like books that have something happening, like many teen readers. It was a little too slow for my taste and not enough happened to keep my interest.  I have never read a book like it. I like reading faster paced books and if there is nothing interesting in a book I am instantly turned off. I guess this is something I have to work on.

But even if I did not like it, it does not mean that you should not try it out. Please have a look at it as everyone has a different reading style. I am just picky. :)

Check out Parenthetical’s review of the book.

Also check out Candy Gourlay’s website.

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

20 pages. That was all that I read. This was because of what was in the book. You can read the review here. But since I did not read the book I do not know much about the story but I am going to tell you this from what I read. There is a lot of cursing in this book. You pretty much have every word in the cursing dictionary. Everything from hell to the -eff word. CommonSenseMedia.org rates if ok for 15 year olds but I would have to disagree. On their website I would advise younger readers not to look at the description of this book because all of the words are spelled out and no young readers should know about 3/4 of the words on the page. There is also a lot of sex talk.

I put this book down because it was vulgar. I did not want to read anymore so I just gave it up. If you would like to read it be my guest and tell me how you found it. But personally, I do not want my head filled with all of these disgusting images so if you are that type of person who likes keeping their head clean, stay away from the book.

Interesting-Book-Related-Thing Saturday

Ok, I know I do not say a lot about bookcases but my personal opinion on this one is that it is hideous.
Just look at it. A modern design with a cut out of a Victorian style bookcase. The thing that really annoys me is that the legs are not touching the floor.
The bookcase is floating.  Who the heck would want something like this.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Summary

Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris – the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister, Rosie, from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and a blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt that her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Scarlett’s only friends, Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax. But does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?

*From inside flap of the book.

Review

I never finished this book. I got to page 211 out of 321 pages. The book was ok until there. Throughout the book there were a lot of bloody fights between the girls and the boy and the werewolves. They were really violent and bloody. But when it got to about page 200, the book too a different turn. It had talked about girls being killed, but then it went into detail about one of the girls being eaten and what was left of her. This just completely turned me off this book. I was just managing before with all of the blood and everything, but when it got to the part with the mangled girls body, and what was left, I just could not read any more. This book is for Older Young Adults. Maybe 15 or something. This is not a read again for me at all. If you have a queasy stomach, then do not read this book. It is utterly disturbing. But if you want to give it a try, be my guest. This is just what I thought of it.

SilverFin

A James Bond Adventure
YOUNG BOND Book 1
by Charlie Higson

Summary

SilverFin is an idea.
SliverFin is dangerous.
SilverFin is soon.

Lord Hellbore is hungry for power and he will stop at nothing to get it. He will kill, he will lie, and he will cheat. He does not care for his wife, son or brother. So much so that Lord Hellbore…

Does some gruesome tests on his own brother.
Divorces his wife and will not let his son see her.
And tries to kill his own son.

If this man is not stopped, the world will be under his command. But is there anything anyone can do?????

But unfortunately for him there is one boy who is getting in his way. Bond, James Bond.

Review

OK. This book was pretty good. There are a couple of complaints that I have about it though. It was really gruesome. Somethings that were talked about were done so in great detail. The book was good in a sense of the story line but it was inappropriate.  The reading was easy enough but I would say the content was for either a mature teenager or an adult. This book was definitely not suitable for younger readers – or the squeamish. I would recommend this book for people over the age of 15.  I will not say some of the things described but all I will tell you is that this book was gory, violent, disturbing, and inappropriate. Also if you know the regular James Bond, this is not like it at all. There is nothing about 007, and he does not drive fast cars. He is just a school boy who is trying to stop some mean man and nearly gets killed along the way. The only resemblance that I see with this book to Ian Flemming books was that he was trying to save the world, and he nearly got killed. Otherwise it was just a story with a boy named Bond, James Bond.

WOULD I READ IT AGAIN?    No.

The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry

Summary

Katy always knew she wanted to be a doctor just like her father. She likes the feeling of helping others. But she is interested in Jacob, the boy who does not talk, the silent boy. While Jacob does not really do anything but sit there and imitate sounds, Katy and Jacob seem to have a odd relationship, one that is there but not there.

When Jacob does something he shouldn’t have done, Katy has to try and help him. But will it work?

Review

I hate saying this about books but, I really did not like this book. Lois Lowry is a great author but this was one of her ‘not so good books.’ The writing is really good but the story base line is very depressing. You (readers) might like it if you are a person who likes depressing books but I am not one of those people. I like books that make you cry but when they make you feel really down and upset and depressed, I just cannot handle those books. They seem like nothing can go right in the world, and that is not me. Lois Lowry wrote the story very well but I did not like the story base line. These types of books I can just put my opinion out, you kind of just have to decide for yourself. But personally this is not my type of book. What do you think?

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

pandora-jealousSummary

All the evils of the world were in the box. The box that Zeus trusted with Pandoras father Prometheus who was immortal. But since her father had told her about it and showed her where it was kept, Pandora decided to take it to school for a presentation. And when she said “All of the evils are in this box.” Nobody believed her. The things that were in the box were Jealousy, Vanity and five other horrible plagues including Fear. But there is one that is good. Hope. That was placed in the box by Athena. But when Pandora lets two popular girls open the box, everything is let out. Everything but Hope. The world is in disarray and there is no hope. And when Zeus trusts Pandora can get all the plagues back, her journey begins. If she does not succeed. All of the plagues will be with the earth for eternity. And she only has 6 moons. What will she do?

Review

This book was good in the beginning and the middle, but the end was a disaster. It just suddenly stopped. It was like the author rushed the end.  She had only gotten one or two of the plagues. I do not think that I would read it again. What do                                                                                                         you think?????                                             Happy Reading!!!!!!

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

Review

I did not read this book. I was supposed to read it but when we discovered the subject matter I did not read it.. THIS LINK IS FOR YOUR PARENTS ONLY. The link only takes you to Amazon, but the summary is disturbing. Pay attention to the editorial reviews. To see the link click here. This book is going on my not to read list. The subject material is for much older readers.