Heather's books

Sarah's Key
The Help
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Lightning Thief
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Notebook
Eat, Pray, Love
The Time Traveler's Wife
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A horrifying graphic novel

The Walking Dead, Book One
The Walking Dead, Book One

By: Robert Kirkman

Genre:  Graphic Novel

Pages: 304

Published: 2010

Read: July

4 out of 5

As far as graphic novels go, this was a great intriguing horrific roller coaster of a ride. The book was jammed packed with action, but also included friendships, families and even a sideline love affair. The artistry was extreme and a very graphic zombie story. You could even envision the zombies moving across the page as stiff as a board.  I loved it!  I remained fascinated throughout the story. I have never read a graphic novel where I felt the characters were so well developed. My rating for this book is relative to other graphic novels and while I enjoyed it, I still prefer nonfiction/biographical graphic novels.  As this is a series, I am still unsure if I will continue reading them.  I got a taste (no pun intended) and there are so many books to read.

A possible sequal to Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

By: Cammie McGovern

Genre:  YA fiction

Pages: 343

Published: 2014

Read: July

4.5 out of 5

This book is referenced to being a cross between The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.  I completely agree with the similarities of Eleanor & Park, but I didn’t see much of TFiOS. Rather I felt it was a sequel to Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. In that novel, Melody is an 11 year old confined to a wheelchair, doesn’t have the ability to speak, but was extremely intelligent. Amy shares all these characteristics, but is a high school senior and is desperately seeking peer friendships and shows interest in boys and sex. I really enjoyed the story and appreciated the idea McGovern introduced – that severely disabled individuals desire intimate relationships and even sex. However, the reason I only gave the book 4.5 stars versus 5 is because she takes the idea too far and I started to feel that Amy was slimy and a slut. If you can get over that, I recommend this book, especially to those that enjoyed Out of My Mind

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Puzzle-Solving Mystery

Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish
Key to the Treasure

By: Peggy Parish

Genre:  Juvenile mystery

Pages: 154

Published: 1966

Read: July

5 out of 5

I first read this book as a kid and remember loving it. The book is very unique in the fact that the puzzles that Jed, Bill, and Liza find can be solved by the reader before reading how the kids solve it. So it's a true puzzle-solving mystery.  I still worked the puzzles myself this time as well. However, I appreciated more of the story as an adult.  It shows the importance of one's family history being past down through the generations.  I feel this is an excellent example of a children's classic and is definitely timeless.  It's about kids growing up in any decade trying to find a lost treasure hidden on their grandparents property over 100 years ago. This book should be treasured by kids of all ages . Join the journey as the siblings find the key to a treasure! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Classic...

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

By: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Genre:  Classics

Pages: 348

Published: 1988

Read: July

2.5 out of 5

I have been dreading reading this book for years, but knew I would one day. Without the help of Spark Notes and watching the movie, I would have missed a lot more information, plot and circumstances then I did. Marquez writes beautifully, but uses a lot of symbolism and often goes off on, what I read as, side stories or tangents. Making it a very dense and difficult book to follow. With that being said, I loved the premise of the story, found it interesting and could easily follow the main plot. I greatly appreciated Marquez’s humor, especially with it being a difficult read. I was surprised at the volume of humor in the love story between Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. I enjoyed both characters, just wish Florentino Ariza didn’t lie at the end. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

a first for me...a YA thriller

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

By: April Henry

Genre:  YA thriller

Pages: 213

Published: 2013

Audiobook: 5 discs (5 hours and 28 mins)

Read: July

4 out of 5

WOW! Honestly, I don’t remember reading a YA thriller before so I have no close comparison to this thrilling read.  In my younger years, I loved Christopher Pike books so I hoped I would enjoy this YA thriller. I was NOT disappointed.  I loved how the story was a roller coaster of an adventure. The entire story took place over only three days and was so action-packed I didn’t want to stop listening.  Henry developed a great protagonist, Cady, who was a tough strong teenager and never stopped giving up. My only disappointment was that I felt the ending was a little rushed, but it does still provides some great intensity. This is a must read for teens and adult fans of a good YA novel. I really hope teens vote for this novel to be a Teens’ Top Ten award winner. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Teens may like this one...

This is What Happy Looks Like
This is What Happy Looks Like

By: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre:  YA Romance fiction

Pages: 416

Published: 2013

Read: July

2 out of 5

CHEESY! As an adult reading this book, it reminded me of a fluffy romance novel for teens. Complete with a very unrealistic predictable plot, the dreamy protagonist, and conflicts that are resolved too quickly and smoothly. Worst of all, knowing it will end happily ever after.  I realize that many adult women enjoy this type of novel, therefore female teens may also enjoy this book and even fall in love with Graham.  I read and love a lot of YA novels, but believe some can only be appreciated if you are still a teen. This is definitely one of those.  For that reason, I understand why it is a Teens’ Top Ten nominee. With that being said, I feel there are many more quality love stories for teens published including The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A highly recommended novel

Bellweather Rhapsody
Bellweather Rhapsody

By: Kate Racculia

Genre:  Adult fiction

Pages: 340

Published: 2014

Read: July

4 out of 5

It's not very often you find a book with many of the main characters being teenagers and yet it's not a young adult book.  However, older teens and young adults that are avid readers would probably enjoy this story. It's a book involving murders and suspense without being a murder mystery thriller. There is a lot of separate plots that weave together, so it is not necessarily an easy read, but definitely worth the effort. As an added bonus, it includes numerous 80's references - music, movies, and more.  The characters are well developed and the action continues throughout the entire novel; you can't help but to get sucked in. I highly recommend this novel to fans of Carol Goodman and readers looking for a thrilling literature suspense.