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Silhouette of a Sparrow: Review

A coming of age story set in the 20′s, Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin is a little bit Member of the Wedding (evocative of a time and place) and a little bit Fried Green Tomatoes (a budding … Continue reading

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Witches: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

What I’m Reading Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey (YA, paranormal, witches, contemporary fantasy, lgbt, weird magic, Romeo & Juliet) ★★★★☆ After being raised by his uncle, Braden returns to his hometown where he finds himself drawn into a feud between … Continue reading

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Seaweed: Review

Seaweed by Elle Strauss My rating: 3 of 5 stars A cute and fun YA read. If you are looking for a book that you can read while sitting by the pool, this is probably a good pick. The story … Continue reading

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Princess Academy: Review

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale My rating: 4 of 5 stars Despite the accolades, I kept putting off reading Princess Academy because it looked like a ‘princess’ book. I finally gave it a chance and I am so glad I … Continue reading

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The Death Cure: Review

The Death Cure by James Dashner My rating: 2 of 5 stars Although I did not love The Scorch Trials (book 2), I waited impatiently for The Death Cure because I was eager to have questions answered. Let’s recap some … Continue reading

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Smile: Review

Smile by Raina Telgemeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars My tween knocked out his two front teeth at camp this summer and our friend loaned him this book. I wish I could gift this book to every child that … Continue reading

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The Robot Alphabet

While browsing around Amazon, I stumbled upon The Robot Alphabet by Amanda Baehr Fuller. The cover was so whimsical, that I immediately downloaded the book. Amanda is a professional designer and illustrator (she has worked on comics for Scholastic and … Continue reading

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Moominland Midwinter

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lyrical, philosophical, beautiful. I have re-read this book aloud to my boys almost every winter since the oldest was 4. This book never fails to capture the mood of … Continue reading

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More dark and gruesome than Maze Runner, I almost put down Scorch Trials several times. The book starts off faster but then the pacing slows down and the middle of this books feels unnecessarily long. Luckily, Dashner tells a gripping story, I speed read, and I really wanted to find out the secrets. Why would Tom and Theresa subject themselves and other children to these horrible trials? How much of what we are learning is real vs lies vs fabricated memories? Is WICKED really good? What is really happening in the outside world? Unfortunately for me, this book provided very few answers

Like Maze Runner, Scorch Trials is plot-driven at the expense of character development. While we learn more of Tom and Theresa’s backstory, Tom still hasn’t changed or grown much and neither have the rest of the crew. It is hard to to connect to the characters and, therefor, root for them. When minor characters died, I didn’t feel sad, only horrified by their grizzly deaths. And the book still has a lot of telling, more showing would help the reader connect emotionally to Tom.

In writing this review, I realized that the difference (for me) between a 4 and 5 star book is whether I will reread it. I’m glad I read this book but I don’t think it is a book I will reread.

If you loved the first book, you will probably love this book. I though it wasn’t as strong as the first book, but I will read book three because there are still so many questions I want answered. (Please don’t let me down, Mr. Dashner)



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May Reading Roundup

I read 21 book in May: Scriber by Ben Dobson ★★★★★ (indie, fantasy) Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Walker ★★★☆☆ (nonfiction, memoir, hiking) Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail by Bill Walker ★★★☆☆ (nonfiction, memoir, … Continue reading

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