Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just peek at my reading history and you'll know I'm a sucker for Holocaust literature. The Tattooist of Auschwitz didn't disappoint! When Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, arrives in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, little does he know what is in store. The brutality and near-death experiences he survives are tragic, but he manages to remain hopeful. When he is "luckily" tasked with the job of T├Ątowierer who marks his fellow prisoners, he learns that he is in a position to help those who are not so fortunate.

Lale uses his privileged position to provide food to help others survive. As he marks a young woman with number 34902 Lale instantly decides that he will survive to marry this woman - Gita. What unfolds is a tale that is tragic, romantic, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

Based on Lale Sokolov's experiences, The Tattooist of Auschwitz provides the world with yet another unbelievable account of humanity at its best and worst.

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Review: Odd One Out

Odd One Out Odd One Out by Nic Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to love this book as much as Stone's debut - Dear Martin, but I just couldn't do it. Odd One Out is a story about finding oneself, being a good friend, first love (and lust), and so much more. It's messy, raw, and life for many teens (and even adults). But there were just too many things about Jupiter [Jupe], Courtney [Coop], and Rae that just didn't ring true for me. Teens will likely love this book, but aside from these characters internal struggles, life just seemed too easy for them as a whole.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez is an out and proud lesbian, a feminist to the core, and is crushing on her two best friends (Rae-girl & Coop-boy?????).

Courtney Aloysius Cooper IV has it all - mad sports skills, girls falling at his feet, and a best friend who he's head-over-heels in love with. One big problem - she's a lesbian.

Rae Chin is the "new girl" at school, but as luck would have it, she's been befriended by the dynamic duo of Jupiter and Cooper, so she's got it made. Instant friends, widespread acceptance, and a confusing attraction to both of them (whaaat?).

Through each of their unique voices, Stone spins a tale of a friendship/love triangle that goes beyond your basic teen romance. Through Jupiter, Cooper, and Rae, readers dive into some very confused teen minds as they try to sort out sexuality, emotions, physical attraction, friendship, and all of the other chaos that is reality for many teens.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Review: Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When 12-year old Jerome, a black boy, is shot and killed by a white police officer who mistakes a toy gun for the real thing, his Chicago neighborhood is outraged. How can this keep happening?

Jerome goes on to tell his story, as a ghost, who sees the aftermath the tragedy and how it impacts his family and the officer's family. In his ghostly world, Jerome also meets another young black boy who was murdered in 1955, Emmett Till. Through Emmett's story, Jerome learns of the hundreds of other Ghost Boys who, like him, now bear the burden of trying to stop the cycle of violence that stems from racism and fear.

Jerome's mission becomes one of healing instead of hatred. Ultimately, this is a story of hope and compassion that is sadly built upon anger and grief.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: King's Cage

King's Cage King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This third installment in the epic Red Queen series continues the struggle of power between the corrupt monarchy led by Maven Calore and the rebellion fueled by Newbloods and Reds. As Mare is held captive by Maven, she uses her time to gather details of the cunning King's plans for Norte. For about 2/3 of the book, the story primarily drags through Mare's day to day turmoils in captivity, but once the plan to rescue her launches, the action picks up and races to the cliffhanger ending.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Joey, a regular bookstore patron, commits suicide within the shelves of the Bright Ideas Bookstore, his favorite bookseller, Lydia is left with a mystery on her hands.

Told through alternating chapters between Lydia's childhood and her present, readers are slowly exposed to Lydia's tumultuous and well-guarded past as it meticulously weaves its way back into her well-crafted and orderly existence.

This story of family, friendship, and secrets is a mystery that readers will want to unravel!

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

TECH Note of This 10/27/2018

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