Friday, July 31, 2015

Clammed Up by Barbara Ross

3 stars
R- 1?
Maine Clambake Mystery #1
Reader's Choice (Feb-May 2015)

Meh.

I don't know if I'm getting jaded or what, but it seems like there have been a lot of cozy mysteries lately that I SHOULD love.... but don't.

This one was fine.  It wasn't terrible... it wasn't amazing.  I might read more.... I might not.

Glowing review, I know.  Maybe it's just me... maybe I just wasn't in the mood.

Maybe I'd better try the 2nd book just to make sure. ;)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NERDS by Michael Buckley

National Espionage,  Rescue, and Defense Society
3 stars
read for Guys Read
Copy received for review... I think... forever ago.

1) I love Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series
2) This looked hilarious
3) Nerds save the world? What more could you want??

4).... meh.

Sigh, I wanted to like this SO MUCH MORE than I did.  Not really sure why it fell flat, but it did.

But, I'm not the target audience, so what do I know? lol

Mister really enjoyed it and had a blast at the Guys Read program for the book.  (I think they made robots if I remember right....)

Probably a really good fit for mid to late elementary or middle school boys, especially ones that are a little nerdy. :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blood, Ash, & Bone by Tina Whittle

5 stars
R- 2?
Tai Randolph book 3

This series is definitely becoming a favorite for me.

I actually enjoyed this one even more than the first two.  I love the relationship between Tai and Trey and the history/mystery/family craziness in this one was great.

Definitely read the first two first-- as much as each mystery basically stands alone, you really need to follow the development of the characters from book to book.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Darker Than Any Shadow by Tina Whittle

4 stars
R- 2?
Tai Randolph book 2

A satisfying mystery with a romance that is by turns maddening and terribly sweet.

Wow, that sounded... I don't know... cheesy?

True, nonetheless.

I enjoyed this sequel and feel like the series is off to a great start.

The poetry slam aspects are fun and set up an interesting mystery.

All in all, highly recommended but I really do recommend you read the first one first.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Max the Brave-- Book Trailer

Have you seen the book trailer for Max the Brave yet?  Because I'm totally amused.

“Are You My Mother?” meets “I Want My Hat Back” in the hilarious new picture book, Max the Brave (Sept. 8), by author and illustrator Ed Vere. Follow fearless Max as he encounters every other creature except the one he’s searching for…mouse.




This one is going to be such a hit at my house.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord

4 stars
JF
book group pick

I enjoyed this so much more than I expected.  (That sounds bad, doesn't it? lol)

Just a really sweet story told in little episodes, month by month.

Recommended for the 6-10-ish crowd.  I also think it would be a really fabulous one to use in a classroom.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Montana by Gwen Florio

3 stars
r- 2? (can't remember)
Reader's Choice (Feb-May 2015)

Meh.

This mystery just didn't work for me.  I found the main character off-putting and I just kind of couldn't care.

Has some definite "first novel" issues too.

Overall.... yeah, I probably don't care enough to read the next one.