Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Greyhound of a Girl (review)

Hi guys!  Here's my latest review.
Have to say that I love Netgalley. I got this book from there.

See you tomorrow with my IMM.

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

A Greyhound of a Girl
Mary O'Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can't let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary's street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny's own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished this book, and have to say that I loved it!
This is a lovely book, a great way to see that deep down we are all equals. A story that removes memories, dreams, fears and hopes. When you are face to face to the end, there are things you'd like to know. So if you got the chance to know from first hand what to expect, would you be ready for that?

Mary is this 12 years old, who's facing the changes that comes with growing up, her best friend has just moved away, and her granny is in the hospital. And then she meet this woman, Tamsey, that helps her, her mother and her grandmother to deal with the situation.

With a story that sometimes takes us to the past,changing the character from which we read the story, we are able to see how the 4 women are so different and equals at the same time. Their lives intersect, showing us that often we inherited from our ancestors more than we think. Describing that no matter in wich stage of life we are, we all need someone to protect us.

It counts with some descriptions of the characters and the countryside, that really transport you into the story.

I just love this one. I think that everyone, not just teenagers, will enjoy this book. Everyone should give it a chance.

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley. Thanks to ABRAMS.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

If you see the Weepers: Run!!! (Review)

Hi guys, here's my latest review!
My classes are killing me: last night I only slept 5 hours and today I have to read like half a dozen books. But I managed to finish this book.

by Susanne Winnacker
The Other Life The Other Life

3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since I’d seen daylight. One-fifth of my life.

Sherry and her family have lived sealed in a bunker in the garden since things went wrong up above. Her grandfather has been in the freezer for the last three months, her parents are at each other’s throats and two minutes ago they ran out of food.
Sherry and her father leave the safety of the bunker and find a devastated and empty LA, smashed to pieces by bombs and haunted by ‘Weepers’ - rabid humans infected with a weaponized rabies virus.
While searching for food in a supermarket, Sherry’s father disappears and Sherry is saved by Joshua, a boy-hunter. He takes her to Safe-haven, a tumble-down vineyard in the hills outside LA, where a handful of other survivors are picking up the pieces of their ‘other lives’. As she falls in love for the first time, Sherry must save her father, stay alive and keep Joshua safe when his desire for vengeance threatens them all.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Rate: 3.5/5
(I received this book from the publisher via NETGALLEY.)

"The other life", actually the title fits perfect to the story.
A story about a world devasted by a virus and a few survivors who will do anything to stay alive.
In this post-apocalyptic world we met Sherry. She and her family had stayed in a bunker for three years (imagine that: three years whitout seeing the sun).
One day she and her father, left the bunker to find food. And then the action begins.

This story shows in a great way the things and the decissions we'd have to deal if we were in a post-apocalyptic world. The way the characters move in this "new world" and the things they have to do if they want to stay alive are really shocking but are very credibles.

At the begining of the story I could hardly keep from crying. The post-virus world is so well argued and everything seem so hopeless, that I really enjoyed it.
Then we have the action, Joshua, and the Weepers (wich are this kind of mutants). And everything moves to fast. And you found a Sherry willing to do anything for survive.
But then we have the last chapters. I don't know why, but everything seems to pass so slow, and we have to wait for the second book to find out how things move on.

I really like some fragments, between chapters that showed life before the virus, and it's nice to see what things seemed important before, and wich things are a priority in this new life.

In general an interesting book, with some drops of emotion and romance.

I don't know about you, but I prefer the cover with the butterfly.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Catching Jordan - Review

So it's Saturday (finally) I barely could sleep this week, but I finished reading this great book!
And here's my review...

Catching Jordan

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though - she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team... and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

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My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Rate: 4.5/5

Catching Jordan is one of those books you can't put down. A book full of friendship, love, and sports.
You may think is one of those books really easy to read, and even though I read it very fast is not a light book, it's a quiet deep one.

Here we met Jordan, a girl quarterback in a team of men. She's the daughter of a famous football star, but that doesn't mean everyone aproves that she plays. She's in her senior year and wants so bad to play college football. But then a gorgeus guy appears at her school, Ty, who joined the team. From that point on, everything gets crazy. She likes this guy, she wants to obtain a place in Alabama university, she really wants her father's support, and then she finds out that her best friend loves her (and not just as a friend).

What I love about this book is that shows a lot of things sometimes we forgot.
Like, how sometimes just because your a girl, your suppose to act certain way, or if you want to do something different people not always going to be by your side. How sometimes for being focused in things we believe is what's right for us, we miss what's right in front of our noses.
The author has a great way to explain how difficult is to let go thing we always wanted just because we can't accept that maybe we were wrong, or that there are things that we can't do nothing about and we have to deal with that fact.

Jordan is a great girl, a very determined one. She is like any other 17 year girl, trying to figure out what to do next with her life. She has to suffer from some prejudices because is a girl playing football. But she also has some misconceptions about the other girls.
Then we have Harry, her best friend, who I love, because it's very funny and really loves her and support her.
Ty: I mean... he is good looking and all, but since the start I can't make him like me.
Her father and her mother are two great characters, and I could understand her father sometimes. I don't think you get to hate him or anything like that.
Her brother, Mike, a great guy too.

I really loved this book. It's way too good. I ended up feeling quiet happy on how everything turn out.
I wanted to share some more thing, but I don't want to ruin the book four you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Putting boys on the Ledge (review)

Putting Boys on the Ledge
Putting Boys on the Ledge (A Girlfriend's Guide to Boys Book #1)
Meet Blueberry Waller, whose name is the only interesting thing about her life. Until now.

Not only is Blue dealing with the worst name in the world, crazy parents and a clingy younger sister, she just got a part in the school play. And now she's acting with Heath Cavendish, total crush-worthy senior. He would never give a second look to a girl like Blue. Except he has.

Her friends say Blue should play it cool, put Heath on the Ledge so she can keep the upper hand. Trouble is, she doesn't know how to be clever around boys. Thankfully her pal Colin offers his help in teaching her how to get the guy. But he's just being a good friend. Isn't he?

Suddenly the wallflower is getting all the attention. But will being in the spotlight keep Blue from making the right decisions...for her?

The Girlfriends' Guide to Boys : For these four friends, understanding the world of boys is only half the battle.

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My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley).

Putting Boys on the Ledge presents us Blue. A 14 years old, a freshman in highschool, and her three friends. This four are entering the world of dating and dealing with boys.
First she entered the school musical and there she met Heath, who she believes is the most amazing guy in the world. And then we met Colin, a guy who become a friend, a confident and even a teacher for Blue.
Is very easy to feel relate to everything Blue goes through. She has to deal with everything teenager girl have to: friends, family and BOYS.
The dialogues and scenes in the book are really funny, smart and lovely.
Is great how the author captures the roller coaster of emotion that Blue feels along the story.

Blue is one of the funniest characters I ever met. She's like any other teenager, and her head is full with funny comments. Everytime she has to say or do something, we read all this crazy thoughts in her head, wich are more than entertaining.

The scenes between Blue, her friends and the boys made this a perfect book for young teenagers, but for sure any reader will found it amusing.


P.S.: While I was reading this book I could imagine it as a movie. I think it would be a great teen movie . I love that kind of movies.

Friday, March 9, 2012

To Wake The Shadows - Review

To Wake The Shadows

“Mary Margaret was almost fifteen when she first heard the whispers…”
It begins on a grey day in suburban New Jersey, the sky weighed down with the promise of rain. A girl is standing on the edge of her porch, watching the world drift past her as if in a dream. Then she hears her name – a quiet call carried on the breeze. She hurries inside, half laughing at herself, sure she’s imagining the voice and the feeling of danger creeping up her spine.
She stops laughing at her fifteenth birthday party when she is attacked by a man made of shadows. Soon, Mary starts to dream of things that haven’t happened yet. The kinds of things she would do anything to prevent.
Her cousin, Andy, contacts Emmeline, a powerful psychic from the South who has made a living destroying the same shadows that are haunting Mary. Together they try to cast the darkness out of Mary's house, while also defending themselves against the violent people the shadows have infected.
But things get complicated when Mary’s boyfriend stumbles into the mess – and as he enters, the lines of battle shift…


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free from the author to review the book, as part of  "Read to review".

"Are you afraid of the dark?" (I am now)
Since the first page this book immerses us in a world of shadows, terror and people who doesn't know how to deal with it. The tension in the story is always established, and you don't ended up recovering from one scary moment when other appears.
With a couple of main characters that are well described, and with funny dialogues between them, the story moves to fast. We discover more and more thing in ever page.
And unlike other books where the final action occurs in the final 2 or 3 chapters, I think that the final "scene"of the story occupies half a book (a lot of chapters) which is great because the credibility of the story rests in how you explain all that is happening then.

I have to say that Hanna really surprise me with this. It gave me chills while I read it but I really like the book.
The only thing I have to complain is (SPOILERS AHEAD) is that we don't get to know how Emily or Emmeline got free of the shadows. I think that would be a good story to tell.

P.S.:This book counts toward the RCC Challenge

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Bridge of Deaths - review

The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan
The Bridge of Deaths

From Goodreads:
On August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II, an English plane crashed and sunk in Danish waters. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. Here is a conceivable version of the events.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Rating: 3.5/5) I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
Carl Sagan (American astronomer, writer, and scientist.)

Will you spend 18 years of your life searching for the true? I personally don’t know, but this is what Catalina has done.
In search of the true story behind the death of his grandfather, Catherine was involved in a pre-war world in which espionage and "backstage" was commonplace. Resulting in this book.
A novel or a history book?
In the early chapters the presentation of the characters seems to point to a novel, which could well be a fiction, then move on to some chapters that seem more a collection of data and references. However, since half the story we’re back to the novel.
The relationship of the characters leads to gathering data and information, wich is very interesting and very light.
Especially in the later chapters, you get to related intimately with the characters and one wishes to achieve their goals.
It is important that if the reader is not closely related to history in general, not just World War II, may be lost and to lose interest in history.
Personally I see history as a fundamental component of who we are, and being a lover of it, I found the book that manages all data in a great way.
Another advantage is that not only uses common information sources, but uses psychic, past lives, and other spiritual people.

Overall a great book, entertaining and even educational.

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