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Monday, September 26, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


Small Great Things

Release Date: October 11th, 2016
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 480 Pages
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

Jodi Picoult had me at Hello. I feel in love with her writing style and her flawless ability of crafting diverse characters and a heart-pounding story line. Small Great Things would have been an automatic purchase for me had I not had the opportunity to receive it for review. To say that I didn't squeal and parade around the house(confusing 2 dogs and my fiance) would be a lie. I immediately cracked open the book, and after reading the 'Dear Reader' note, I knew I was going to be told an unforgettable story.

One of Picoult's writing traits that I adore most is her multi-perspective delivery. The story is never one-sided. We get an in-depth look at every characters point of view, changing the way you view each situation dramatically. Another wonderful trait of Picoult's is her ability to tackle hard hitting topics. Small Great Things is being released during a very critical time. We are in the midst of horrible hate crimes against the LGBT community, as well as the all of the crimes that have led to the #blacklivesmatter movement. Small Great Things really opened my eyes as to what is so blatantly in front of us. I would be done reading for the night and then turn on the news and continue to see the fight that Ruth Jefferson is dealing with.

Small Great Things tackles it all: Racism, stereotypes, violence, death and the justice system. You will go into this book thinking one thing, and end it thinking something completely different. In my opinion, Jodi Picoult can deliver courtroom drama better than Law and Order! You heart will pound and you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, impatient with suspense!

I love all of Picoult's books, but Small Great Things has easily become my favourite. Each character, each emotion radiate off of the pages. You will be left with sore eyes from crying and a softer heart. You will release a breath that you didn't even realize you were holding once you turn the last page. Like an onion, picoult delivers this story one layer at a time. Delicately placing you in each characters shoes, each leaving a little piece of them with you after each visit..

Small Great Things is writing at its best! It easily earns its place next to To Kill a Mockingbird and Toni Morrison. I also hope that this book makes it way into the high school curriculum, not only because it discusses the justice system, race and prejudice, but because it is also a beautiful example of strength and redemption.

Small Great Things hits shelves Tuesday, October 11th, 2016!





Friday, September 23, 2016

The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Memory Thief
Release Date: September 20th, 2016
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Middle Grade
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Advanced Readers Copy
Source: From the publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
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Twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside named Louis. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years.
Benji quickly realizes the ability to take memories could help his parents stop fighting with each other, and he asks Louis to teach him how to become a memory thief. But Louis isn't the only person with the ability to show and manipulate memories. There's also the mysterious Genevieve, a Memory Thief with much more nefarious motives.
Benji learns how to manipulate memories himself, but having that power comes at a cost to his family, and possibly to his own mind as well. Genevieve's powers get out of control as she steals more and more memories from people in town including Benji s sister, Kelly. Benji must learn to use this newfound power, as he is the only one able to stop Genevieve.

Don't let the genre of this book fool you! This middle-grade novel packs so much punch that you WILL NOT be able to put it down. In fact, that is a challenge! If you give this book a read, I challenge you to not devour it in one sitting, because I am almost certain you will!

The Memory Thief is a compelling story about a young boy's good intention to help his family, but ends up getting so much more than he bargained for! In this face-paced novel you will be taken down a magical and mildly creepy adventure along with Benji and Kelly. 

I couldn't help but get a Tim Burton-esque feel while reading The Memory Thief. I can definitely see fans of J.K. Rowling and Tim Burton gobbling up this tale.

Bryce Moore did a spectacular job at weaving together the intricate pieces of this story. And kudos to such an original story line; that is one of the main reasons that had me loving this novel so much. It wasn't quite like anything I've ever read before. 


If you're looking for a great book to help get the kids into a spirit of Halloween OR looking for a great story for yourself, The Memory Thief is the perfect book to curl up with!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Books that Tackle the Tough Stuff!

There are so many remarkable books out there that have taken a stand. Books that have broken the mold of fiction and that shattered the silence of so many topics. I've noticed more and more the Young Adult genre taking risks and bringing to light issues that many try to swipe under the rug. These books give voices to victims and comfort to show that they are not alone.

I have read many of these type of books, to list them all would be impossible, but listed below are just a few of the books that have tackled powerful topics and that have left their mark on me!

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septeys: This novel completely changed the things I thought I knew about World War 2. Having only really have known about Hitler's destruction, Between Shades of Gray focuses on Stalin's reign of terror. 

Between Shades of Gray

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt: I don't even know how to sum of this heart-wrenching novel. It's raw and even disturbing at times, but the author crafted a hauntingly beautiful story.

Uses for Boys

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult: I could have easily listed every Jodi Picoult story. She truly knows how to deliver some harsh realities. Nineteen Minutes is one that has always stood out among her book crowd. This book will bury itself deep into your soul!

Nineteen Minutes


Hate List by Jennifer Brown: This novel walks the same line as Nineteen Minutes(above). It tackles school bullying and the powerful effects it has on the victim.

Hate List

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown: Jennifer Brown is broken so much ground in the Young Adult book world. In today's digital age, Thousand Words brings forward the consequences of sexting, and the scary truth of it never disappearing. Once it's out in cyberspace, it's there forever!

Thousand Words

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown: Sensing a theme here! In Bitter End, Brown sheds light on domestic abuse in young adult relationships. It's out there and it's widely disregarded!

Bitter End


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak has been a saviour for lots of readers. It has been a compose and physical prove that You. Are. Not. Alone!

Speak


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Growing up, abuse, mental stability, etc. This book tackles it all. And how I so wish I had this novel when I was growing up!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stay by Deb Caletti: Another compelling story that tackles teen relationship abuse and the struggle of moving forward.

Stay

Shine by Lauren Myracle: I read this book abut 4 years ago and it is still with me. Shine brings forward the ugly head that is prejudice. When a small, ignorant town won't bring forward justice, Cat sets forward to find it herself!

Shine

Dime by E.R. Frank: One of the most disturbing "fictional" novels I have ever read. I use quotations around fictional because the only thing fictional about this novel is it's character. Sex Trafficking is all to real, and it is muffled in a underworld that grazes right by us. Dime brings forward how horrible and in plain sight Sex Trafficking really is.


Dime



What books have left their impact on you? Please comment below and let's chat!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

After You by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: Me Before You #2
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.
“Around me a million people are living, breathing, eating, arguing. A million lives completely divorced from mine. It is a strange sort of peace.”  

Me Before You was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2016. I still catch myself thinking about it, and I absolutely adored the movie. Having said all that, I was absolutely terrified to read After You. I felt like Me Before You should have been left just as it was. I didn't think a sequel was necessary. But, my curiosity got the best of me, and while shopping at Costco, I succumbed and bought the book. As bookworms, we all know what 'Book Regret' is. We've all suffered it. Whether it's not buying that one limited edition, or not enjoying a super-hyped book, etc. My book regret: Not reading After You sooner!

After You was the book that I didn't know I needed. I thought I was okay leaving Lou's story exactly where it left off in Me Before You, but I was so wrong. There was so much more to Lou that is revealed in this novel. We all fell in love with that witty personality and her corky style, but in After You there is a whole other side to Lou that is uncovered. We not only get to know Lou on a deeper level, but all of those we fell in love with in Me Before You, her mom, dad, Treena and Thom, and a whole new cast of spectacular characters!

I have come to love Lou so much, and I know it's unlikely, but I would absolutely LOVE to read more of her! Jojo Moyes sure knows how to craft lovely characters. Heart, soul and so much life!

If you haven't read After You yet, please do not make the same mistake I did. Go out, and get your copy now!

Monday, August 29, 2016

GIVEAWAY: The Jungle Book(2016) on Blu-Ray!


Available on Digital HD NOW and on Blu-ray/DVD August 30th, 2016

"In an epic adventure, Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, is forced to abandon his home when fearsome tiger Shere Khan promises to eliminate him. Guided by stern Bagheera and free-spirited Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery."

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The all-star cast includes Bill Murray (“Lost in Translation”) as the voice of Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley (“Learning to Drive,” “The Walk”) as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) gives life to Kaa, Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”) provides the voice of alpha-male wolf Akela, Idris Elba (“Beast of No Nation”) roars as the voice of Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) lends his iconic voice to King Louie.

Bonus features include ⦁ “The Jungle Book” Reimagined ⦁ I Am Mowgli ⦁ King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer ⦁ Audio Commentary. Feature Run Time: Approximately 106 minutes Rating: PG in U.S. and Canada.

Courtesy of Disney Entertainment, I have 1 Blu-Ray Copy of The Jungle Book to giveaway to one lucky winner!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ramblings of A Crazy Bookworm-Unfinished Books

Unfinished Books!

And I'm not talking about ones we couldn't stand so much we stopped reading. I'm talking about the books we were in the middle of reading, but then left them, forgotten, piling up on the nightstand, end tables,bathroom cabinet and more! The books we were enjoying but then life had to come along and interrupt! And then, once bitten by the reading bug again we felt like something different than the mood of the previous book. 

I have a variety of books piling up that all have bookmarks sticking out of them in random places, just calling, waiting to be finished. So, I have made a challenge for myself: TO FINISH ALL THE UNFINISHED BOOKS! In between my current reads, I am going to pick up an unfinished book and finish it. 

Do you have a pile of unfinished books? Why don't you join me with this challenge and let's end this Summer with a bang!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 449 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um... 
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what? 
“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.” 

This book has been sitting on my shelf since it was released in 2014. Why, oh why did I wait so long to finally read it?! I made a vow this year that I would read more books that I was personally interested in. Still reviewing books, but also taking time to read books that I've purchased over the years that have been left unread...Someone needs to reach out to Natasha Beddingfield to take Unwritten and do an Unread version!

Since You've Been Gone was an absolute treasure to read. I immediately connected with Emily because I saw much of her in myself when I was a teenager. I had a wonderful friend that was very much like a Sloane. She just stole the spotlight wherever she went, and that was exactly like Sloane. She was a vibrant character. A flower child. A girl beyond her years. She was a girl that should have been floating around with flowers in her hair right out of Woodstock 1969. She was a wild card and you weren't quite sure where she was going to take you next.

Frank, Collins and Dawn were the perfect character trio. Collin's was hilarious. I had many laugh out loud moments when he was firing back with a wise crack, or just being he ol' awesome self! Frank is not your typical brooding character, although he scores many swoon-worthy moments! He is an over-achiever and do-gooder, but once you really get to know him, you'll fall head over heels!

This is my first Morgan Matson novel but I have heard countless amazing things about her previous books. After reading Since You've Been Gone I can definitely see what all of the hype was about! Her writing style was easy to read and not overdone. She got into the heads of these teenage character and made them come to life off of the pages. I will definitely be reading her previous and future work!

Since You've Been Gone has the perfect balance of all the qualities that I adore in the YA genre. Self growth and discovery, friendship and heart. This book is a great gem that earns a spot on all the YA lovers' bookshelves!

 

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