Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Astronaut’s Son by Tom Seigel (AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!)

Summary from GoodReads:
Jonathan Stein thinks only a bad heart can stop him from reaching the moon. But when he discovers his father may have been murdered to protect an appalling NASA secret, he must decide whether his moral compass still points towards the stars. 

Days before the Apollo 18 launch in 1974, Jonathan’s father, an Israeli astronaut at NASA, died of an apparent heart attack. A year before his own launch, in 2005, Jonathan, a typically devout skeptic, becomes captivated by the tale of a mysterious online conspiracy theorist who claims that his father had been killed. Unable to keep long-buried suspicions from resurfacing, he reopens the case, digging into a past that becomes stranger and more compelling the deeper he goes.

To get to the truth he must confront Dale Lunden, his father’s best friend and the last man on the moon, and his elusive childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. When his relentless pursuit leads to disturbing revelations about the Nazis who worked for NASA, the hardest questions to answer are the ones he must ask himself.

The Astronaut’s Son was inspired by the true story of Nazi scientists and engineers at NASA.

Okay.... where to start?

I received this one for review as part of the blog tour and, being me, put off actually reading it until October. (Like you do.  Because the TBR list is so so so long.)

But it's not terribly long, so no big deal.

I managed like 2 chapters.  The level of language was just kind of more than I could handle... especially when paired with my decision to take a couple of weeks' break from things like books with a lot of bad language.

(Before anyone starts in on the "realistic" aspect of profanity, yes, I know.  But it's not a big part of MY reality and I prefer, for personal and religious reasons, to keep it that way.)

So.... I didn't finish the book.

BUT it's a fascinating premise and if language doesn't bother you, you really should go read it.  

And then maybe come back and give me alllllllll the spoiler-y details.  (Or borrow my copy and black out all the profanity for me.  That would work for me.)

For better informed reviews, check out the blog tour so that you can read all the posts.

Now, for the awesome amazing so-freaking-cool giveaway!!

Comment on this post to win:
A copy of the book
A package of freeze-dried astronaut ice cream
A gift card for 2 movie tickets (which you could use to see the new First Man which is about Neil Armstrong and comes out this week!)

Here are the rules-- USA only, comment through Saturday.  Since it's Mister's birthday this week, I'll have him pick on comment over the weekend.  Please make sure you'll get an email with responses to your comment!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tomorrow Needs You

To Write Love On Her Arms has a new campaign for #suicideprevention this year-- and I LOVE it.


Don't give up.  Don't give in.

We need you.

Tomorrow needs you.

Hope is real.  Help is real.

Your story is important.

"Perhaps the greatest tragedy of suicide is that it steals tomorrow and every additional tomorrow. Suicide takes away the possibility of tomorrows filled with healing, change, love, joy, connection, and community. Those possibilities are worth fighting for, they're worth every ounce of our attention and energy. And you are worth fighting for." - Jamie Tworkowski

Learn more at To Write Love on Her Arms.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Cozies by T L Fischer

The Legend of Operation Moonlight

5 stars

This was a charming and delightful illustrated tale of imagination.

I'm not totally sure about the intended audience.... everything about it screams young-to-mid-elementary school.... until you start reading. 

And then there's a lot that's going to go over a kid's head.

But it's engaging and hilarious.

Honestly, I think it may be best as a read-aloud.


(Received for review)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom


Book 1: The Pages Between Us
4.5 stars (received for review)

Book 2: In the Spotlight
5 stars (I might have received this one for review too but I honestly can't remember....)

Book 1: Okay so normally this maybe isn't my thing, but I'm a SUCKER for "letter game" style novels (I blame Patricia Wrede) and so I had to read it.

And I loved it.  Because wow.

A great tale of friendship and growing up and changing and all the messiness of all of it.

Book 2: Oh my word, it spoke to me even more than the first one.

There was more I could relate to in this second installment.

Overall, these are great middle grade friendship books.  Recommended!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rebels Rising by Shanna Swendson

5 stars

(Can I give it more than 5?  Like 10? 'Cause really.)

Oh how I love these books.

In fact, I bought them with the money my inlaws gave me for my birthday.... and I reread one and two and read this one twice.

Because seriously they're that fun.

I'm obsessed.

These are great for teens, too.  Boo is also obsessed.

If you haven't read them yet, well for one, what's wrong with you, and for two go do it now.  Stat.

Start with Rebel Mechanics.

Can we get the 4th book like now please??