Friday, May 22, 2015

Hopeless

Out of all the new adult I've read so far, this one has dealt with the most"grown up" issues, which is impressive when you realize that this book features two high school students. Socially awkward and technology impaired, Sky, convinces her mom to let her attend her senior yea of high school in an actual school. Homeschooled for her entire life, she wants to see what it's like to be surrounded by her peers.  While there she encounters Holder, this sultry hott bad boy and the two have an instant connection. While getting to know him, Sky realizes that he's holding something back. When she finally finds out what it is her life will be shattered. The simple carefree life she had known is blown to bits and she has to discover if she has what it takes to find out the whole truth and pick up the pieces. Dark at times, but still rewarding. The young couples too good to be true romance though will have you hating every male you've ever known though, because none can possibly compete with the romantic and sexual prowess of Holder. Soo far probably my favorite novel in this genre.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Is How You Lose Her

I know this book was released to much critical acclaim and the author is wildly popular so it was a no brainer that I would eventually have to read this book. I read a review somewhere that the audiobook was amazing and narrated by the author so I decided to give it a go. I am soo glad that I did. I didn't bother reading the description, I just figured I'd plunge in and figure out the contents as I listened. The book follows Yunior and the romances, break ups, aand heartbreak  that surround him, his fmily, and his friends Filled with cheating, lies, true love, and family drama the stories all weave together, told in slang, Spanish, and brute honesty. Author, Junot Diaz's narration of his wonderfully crafted story is perfect. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book soo much is because he brought it to life with the lyrical quality of his voice and prose. I also would have butchered the Spanish and the names had I read it to myself. Although not "uplifting" it is an explorative look into factors that can end a relationship and is a must read.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Dreaming in Indian

I LOVED this anthology of Native American poetry, short stories, interviews, art, and photographs. It captured the very real struggles, beliefs, and hopes of a young generation of aboriginal youth in Canada and America. Beautifully crafted and haunting, this collection is a must read. It's inspiring, heartbreaking, and hopeful. Surviving against the odds and holding onto the past is no easy feat and these works capture the struggle. It is a fantastic collection and a must read for all in order to understand the complexities of their beliefs and culture. Although aimed at teens, it surpasses that demographic and has something to offer for everyone.

Spinster

This isn't what I initially expected it to be. I thought it would be more of a memoir/ how to guide. Instead it is a memoir/ these are my literary role models. It reads as a history with a bit of memoir in between heroines. It is a very eloquent, literary read that made me feel like an unenlightened yak. Author, Kate Bolick, comes off as a bit pretentious (although I don't think that is her intention) but well meaning. She talks about her own awakening and how it was inspired by five American female literary geniuses who were ahead of their time. I knew about three of the women she talked about, two of them were completely new to me. While an interesting historical read about the American single woman in the past two centuries, I'm still not convinced that that is the choice for me. Someday I'd like to get married and have kids, but after reading this memoir, I better understand why that is not the choice of thousands of women. An interesting, albeit dense read.

I received this book for free from Library Thing in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sisters of Heart and Snow

Dilloway, Margaret. Sisters of Heart and Snow. 12 CDs. unabridged. 13.75 hrs. Recorded Books. 2015. ISBN 9781490650784. 

Dilloway (How to Be an American Housewife) creates a beautifully crafted tale of two estranged sisters learning to make peace with their relationship and their dysfunctional family. When the Rachel and Drew discover a Japanese picture book hidden in their mother's sewing room, they have no idea what they have uncovered. In its pages they learn of the real life female samurai, Tomoe Gozen, her battle exploits, her love, and the bitterness of the losses she suffers. The book resonates with the sisters and its truth rings true across the centuries and is crucial in allowing them to accept, love, and heal their broken family. The story alternates between present day California where the sisters live and flashbacks to Tomoe's feudal Japan. All three characters are narrated beautifully by different voice actors, which helps bring out their distinct and vibrant personalities. Verdict Fans of Amy Tan will eat up this novel, as will readers of historical fiction and family sagas. While it does lag in some places, it builds up to a beautiful redemption and the interlaced female samurai story is not to be missed. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Above the Dreamless Dead

Visually and emotionally haunting. This is a fantastic collection of WWI poetry that has been brought back to life by talented artists and cartoonists. The poems are touching enough, but when they're put in comic format like this, it's in a class of it's own. This collection is great for those who wish to better understand WWI and the brutality of war. It's not pretty, it's graphic, scary, and gritty. A great resource for teachers and others who are looking to get a better grip on the atrocities of war. It would be great if other poetry collections were given this same illustrated/comic treatment. It adds a whole new dimension.

Afterlife with Archie

This book has been on my radar for a while now, so I'm glad I just happened to find it at my local library. The art and story line is off the charts and it's a great way to reconnect with the Archie comics from childhood. I love that they turned a classic cheesy comic into a dark campy reboot, just my cup of tea!

When Jughead's beloved pup, Hot Dog, is hit by a car and killed, Jughead is heartbroken. He goes to Sabrina the Teenage Witch in hopes that she can bring him back to life. Salem (Sabrina's cat) is vehemently against that kind of dark magic, but Sabrina defies her beloved pet and her aunts and performs the spell. This is where all hell breaks loose. Hot Dog comes back to life as a zombie and infects Jughead, who in turn goes to the Halloween dance and starts killing people and infecting them. soon Riverdale is up in flames and the few survivors (Archie, Betty, and Veronica, among others) are holed up in Veronica's mansion. What will they do? How will they survive the zombie apocalypse? It's dark, morbid, and awesome. Definitely, good to read good ol' Archie again, he's more kick ass than ever!