Monday, June 18, 2012

E-Reading: Book Review of The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

Name of Book: The Good Father

Author: Diane Chamberlain

ISBN:  0778313468

Publisher: Mira

Type of book: single parents, abandonment, death, bad decisions, 2004-2011, wealth, hypocrites

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there's no going back.

Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble...….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.

With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.Even if it means he might lose her.

Characters:

The focus is on four characters; that of Travis, Bella, Robin and Erin, as well as their growth and change in the novel. While the characters have changed, such as Erin attempting to move on in her life from grieving over her daughter Carolyn, the decisions that cause them that change seem very sudden and not really realistic. That is, besides the obvious, what else has caused Robin to do what she has done when it comes to her fiance? It's as if she built up the setting, suspense and characters, but without a warning, The End jumps out, thus I felt a bit cheated and disoriented.

Theme:

What may be seen as disasters can be great gifts in the end

Plot:

I do admit that I enjoyed the built up and daily life of the three main characters of Robin, Travis and Erin, as well as learning about them and seeing them in action, but I felt the novel was predictable (unfortunately) and somehow unrealistic, as well as disorienting. This is written in first person narrative from three characters' points of view. I also felt that Travis sounded a bit, well, feminine. The story also deals with four stories; that of Travis attempting to survive with Bella after their house burns down, of Robin being groomed to be wealthy and letting in the emotions she has closed off when her fiance's sister becomes a single child, and of Erin trying to cope and live after the death of her only child Carolyn, as well as how Robin and Travis met and what has happened between them. The author takes special care in separating the past from the present and there is no confusion but the stories are very clear.

Author Information:
(from goodreads.com)

url
http://www.goodreads.com/DianeChamberlain

born
The United States

gender
female

website
http://www.dianechamberlain.com/

genre
Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers

member since
July 2008

About this author

I'm the author of 21 novels published in more than eleven languages. I like to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of my books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, my stories usually feature a combination of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

I live in North Carolina with my significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and my shelties, Keeper and Jet--the only non-reading members of the household!

Please visit my website and blog. I look forward to seeing you there!

Opinion:

This one had potential of being one of my few five stars novels; the writing is very top notch, the characters are memorable and complex as we walk in their shoes, and the topic is very unique. This is also my very first Diane Chamberlain, and already I desire to read more of her novels. What had reduced this book into a four star category is the middle towards the ending, or at least the part from where she seems to skip the character development of Robin, Travis and Erin, from the time Robin and Travis have met at last. Other than those problems, highly recommendable!

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #16 The River Knows by Amanda Quick

Fulfilling the requirement:

The Q Letter of author's last name, alphabetically

Summary:

The first kiss occurred in a dimly lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings's grand house. Louisa never saw it coming....

Of course, Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was an act of desperation meant to distract the armed guard from catching the pair in a place they did not belong. After all, Louisa Bryce, in her dull maroon gown and gold-rimmed spectacles, was no man's idea of an alluring female. The only thing the two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in the private affairs of Mr. Hastings-a prominent member of Society whom they both suspect of hiding terrible secrets. Now, brought together by their ruse, Anthony and Louisa are united in their efforts to find the truth.

Each has a reason for the quest. Anthony's fianc�e was said to have thrown herself into the Thames-but Anthony has his own suspicions. Louisa-whose own identity is shrouded in layers of mystery-is convinced that Hastings has a connection to a notorious brothel. When Anthony successfully cracks Hastings's hidden safe-and discovers incriminating evidence-it appears that both their instincts were correct.

Yet Hastings is hiding far more than jewels and ledger books. Bringing him to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate-and their partnership will be more heated than either one expects. For it is not only Anthony's curiosity that Louisa arouses, and the two share something else: a thrilling attraction to danger. . . .

From the triple-threat author who also hits bestseller lists under the names Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle, this is a delightful new romp filled with suspense and wit-and the steamy Victorian passion her devoted readers love.

Lesson learned:

Don't ever underestimate women

Link to review: click here

Planned Books

Books I'm Reading:
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen 9/326
Jacob the Liar- Jurek Becker 115/266
The Living Reed- Pearl Buck 143/478
Once a hero...- Jillian Burns 62/217
The Song of the Lark- Willa Cather 16/417
The Foreign Student- Susan Choi 33/325
Tess of the d-Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy 12/390
Hakon of Rogen's Saga- Erik christian Havgaard 15/132
One friend to another- Elizabeth Feuer 15/167
The Starlight Crystal- Christopher Pike 28/195
The Tachyon Web- Christopher Pike 26/211
The Italian- Ann Radcliffe 25/289
Heavy Sand- Anatoli Rybakov 71/381
Ivanhoe- Sir Walter Scott 56/405
The Red and the Black- Stendhal 21/598

Series:
The Story of the Stone- Xueqin Cao
5. The Dreamer Wakes 47/376
People Series- W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
3. People of the Earth 117/587
The Storyteller Trilogy- Sue Harrison
2. Cry of the Wind 28/474
The Angels Trilogy- Lurlene McDaniel
2. Lifted Up by Angels 177/552

E-Book:
The Good Father- Diane Chamberlain 532/751

Future Books:
Northanger Abbey- Jane Austen
Are you there God? Its Me Margaret- Judy Blume
My Antonia- Willa Cather
Call of the Wild- Jack London
White Fang- Jack London
Death in Venice- Thomas Mann (Norton Vol. F)
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves- Kristina Yoshida McMorris
Picture Me Sexy- Rhonda Nelson
Maniac Magee- Jerry Spinelli

Series:
People Series- W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
4. People of the River
The Storyteller Trilogy- Sue Harrison
3. Call Down the Stars
The Vampire Series- Anne Rice
1. Interview with the Vampire
2. The Vampire Lestat
3. Queen of the Damned
Milly Trilly Trilogy- Lisa Yee
1. Millicent Min, Girl Genius
2. Stanford Wong Flunks Sixth Grade
3. So Totally Emily Ebers

E-Books:
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

E-Series:
The Nancy Drew Series-Carolyn Keene
1. The Secret of the Old Clock
2. The Hidden Staircase
3. The Bungalow Mystery
4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
5. The Secret of Shadow Ranch
6. The Secret of the Red Gate Farm
7. The Clue in the Diary
8. Nancy's Mysterious Letter
9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles
10. Password to Larkspur Lane
11. The clue of the broken locket
12. the message in the hollow oak
13. the mystery of the ivory charm
14. the whispering statue
15. the haunted bridge
16. the clue of the tapping heels
17. Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk
18. Mystery of hte Moss covered Mansion
19. the quest of the missing map
20. the clue in the jewel box
21. the secret in the old attic
22. the clue in the crumbling wall
23. mystery of the tolling bell tower
24. the clue in the old album
25. the ghost of blackwood hall
26. the clue if the leaning chimney
27. the secret of the wooden lady
28. the clue of the black keys
29. mystery at the ski jump
30. the clue of the velvet mask
31. the ringmaster's secret
32. the scarlet slipper mystery
33. the witch tree symbol
34. the hidden window mystery
35. the haunted showboat
36. the secret of the golden pavilion
37. the clue in the old stagecoach
38. the mystery of the fire dragon
39. the clue of the dancing puppet
40. the moonstone castle mystery
41. the clue of the whistling bagpipes
42. the phantom of pine hill
43. the mystery of the 99 steps
44. the clue in the crossword cipher
45. the spider sapphire mystery
46. the invisible intruder
47. the mysterious mannequin
48. the crooked banister
49. the secret of mirror bay
50. the double jinx mystery
51. mystery of the glowing eye
52. the secret of the forgotten city
53. the sky pavilion
54. the strange message in the parchment
55. mystery of the crocodile island
56. the thirteenth pearl

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Name of Book: Lord of the flies

Author: William Golding

ISBN: 0-399-50148-7

Publisher: Perigee Literature

Type of book: isolated, civilization vs wild, kids, middle school, British, savages, dystopia, survival

Year it was published: 1954

Summary:

William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.

Characters:

The characters are drawn one dimensionally and I couldn't connect to them; that is, you already know that Ralph and Piggy will be the voices of reason, that Jack will be an antagonist, and so forth. I had hoped for something in-depth when it comes to characters or writing, instead of something that will be better off as a movie or TV show. There aren't any girl characters, which is interesting in a way because it is thought that women serve as a civilizing influence on the men.

Theme:

Without the influence of civilization, people become savages.

Plot:

This is in third person narrative, primarily from Ralph's point of view, although once in a while we get a sneak peek into Simon's or Jack's points of view. I couldn't connect to the characters and a lot of what was talked about went over my head. I felt that the language was very simplistic. A lot of things happened but the author never allowed for the reader to connect or to feel for the characters, at least from my point of view.

Author Information:
(from goodreads)

born
September 19, 1911 in St. Columb Minor, England, The United Kingdom

died
June 19, 1993

gender
male

website
http://www.william-golding.co.uk/

genre
Literature & Fiction


About this author

Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, best known for his novel Lord of the Flies. He was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book of the trilogy To the Ends of the Earth.

In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Opinion:

I have to admit that this is not my cup of tea. The premise is interesting, and like many people, I was forced to read this book in middle school. Reading it today, however, the book didn't age well with time. I couldn't appreciate the adventure aspect nor the destruction of civilization or anything else. I only remembered what it was about from my school-days. The language is too simplistic and I didn't really feel that I was with characters throughout their journey. Everything felt too rushed. (I am happy that I am done with the book...) Also, half the time I was reading the novel, I felt like going to sleep.

1 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

E-Reading: Book Review of #3 Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Name of Book: Chain Reaction

Author: Simone Elkeles

ISBN: 978-0-8027-2087-0

Publisher: Walker Publishing Company

Part of a Series: Perfect Chemistry

Type of book: heritage, Mexican male/Mexican female, chemistry, Peterson, gangs, young adult

Year it was published: 2011

Summary:

Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Characters:

The author tries to make the characters three dimensional but I feel that she fails at the task. Luis, who should have been a fascinating character due to the double life he wanted to lead, was only following the script instead of giving emotion and feeling to them. Nikki was barely even given a script to work with. Besides the few times, I never saw her hanging out with Brittany's older sister nor taking care of the dogs. Also as well, the secret that Luis uncovers should have been mentioned in first book that something isn't right instead of slamming into me like a wall. Very unpleasant and cheap effect.

Theme:

It's possible to recover from the trauma and drama.

Plot:

This is written in first person narrative from both Nikki's and Luis's points of views. In all honesty I feel disgusted with this novel. I came into the novel with expectation that it might be as good as Perfect Chemistry, but in the end it disappointed me. Luis's reasons to join the gang were weak and were made in heat of the moment. There were some cute moments in the story, such as Granny, and Panty Discus, but they didn't compensate for the endless and unnecessary details of Luis and Nikki. The book struck me as an action movie that you watch and forget. The love was too fast and didn't develop the facets that Brittany's and Alex's had, as well as even Kiara and Carlos. On my Sony e-reader, within 200 pages, we have the characters saying 'I love you' and even hoping to sleep with one another. They barely even got to know one another. I also would have been interested in getting to know the partner that Nikki was partnered up with.

Author Information:

(from simoneelkeles.net site)
Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an effect on the people she hangs out with. If you hear people laughing, you’ll probably find Simone not far away.

Simone has seven teen books in bookstores:

Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction *** New York Times and USA Today Bestseller***
Chain Reaction coming Spring 2011

Leaving Paradise
Return to Paradise *** New York Times Bestseller****

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
How to Ruin my Teenage Life
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation

Simone has also been voted the Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (she also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books).

Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.
Simone does inspirational talks at schools, libraries, and conferences. If you are interested in booking Simone for a speaking engagement, please contact her assistant Melissa at melissa@simoneelkeles.net.

Opinion:

A poorly written novel that wasn't developed enough. Just like Luis claimed to be, the entire novel was senseless and struck me as an adrenaline junkie. Too much action and too little in-depth character explorations of the characters. Nikki's character is weak and a lot, I do mean  A LOT isn't answered. For example, what exactly happened with the mother and Martinez? Did Brittany have a girl or a boy as a second child? The love happened way too fast, and third time is not the charm in this case but is a curse in fact. (Before this book, Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction made it onto the scene.) For me, Nikki seemed to be a boring character who over-analyzed things, and the reason I finished this book quickly is because I didn't want to spend one more day of reading it. As someone mentioned it on goodreads, please read the epilogue but not the main story that was highly undeveloped and never tied up properly.

2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #15 Coyote Dream by Jessica Davis Stein

Fulfilling the requirement:

The C Letter for the title, alphabetically

Summary:

For Sarah Friedman, the chance to journey to the Southwest to buy Native Indian art for her family’s successful New York store comes at a time of personal transition. Determined to put aside romantic disappointments, she seeks new perspectives in the serenity of the vast desert landscape. Then her car breaks down near the home of a solitary artist on the Navajo reservation…
After years of turmoil, Ben Lonefeather has finally gained control of his life. He devotes his days to his work and caring for the coyotes he rescued as pups. When Sarah Friedman shows up stranded, he grudgingly offers her a room. Their practical arrangement deepens into a connection that leaves them both passionately alive, profoundly changed…and shattered by circumstances that will separate them. As Sarah and Ben seek to build meaningful lives, they will be forced to choose between love and duty, commitment and freedom-and learn to fight for what matters most…

Lesson learned:

One can find love in unexpected places, its important to live for self

Link to review: click here

E-Reading: Book Review of #2 Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

Name of Book: Rules of Attraction

Author: Simone Elkeles

ISBN: 978-0-8027-2230-0

Publisher: Walker Publishing Company

Part of a Series: Perfect Chemistry Trilogy

Type of book: rebel, perfect family, Mexican male/white female, gangs, interracial romance, sacrifices

Year it was published: 2010

Summary:

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for the past year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him in Colorado. When he meets Kiara Westford, a good girl totally unlike any of the girls he's usually drawn to, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she's too good for him. But will he put his pride aside when he realizes that being with Kiara might finally allow him to be his true self?

Characters:

In theory Kiara and Carlos should have been perfect for each other, but unfortunately I felt that Carlos's character was very undeveloped. Yes, he was extremely similar to Alex as in being a rebel, part of a gang, as well as loyalty, but I wanted to see more of the Mexican culture in the book; that is something beyond stereotypical as well as gang related. (Carlos mentioned few times that he will refuse to be Americanized and hated how Alex became that way.) Perhaps more about the food or parties that Carlos celebrates with his family? It would have been interesting bonding over that, especially when Carlos would correct Kiara's misconceptions about it. The culture feels very superficial. I also would be interested in more of development of Tuck's character. (Kiara's gay best friend,) or the group that Carlos was forced to participate in.

Theme:

I honestly have no idea what the theme should have been. There are options in life perhaps?

Plot:

This is written in first person narrative from both Carlos' and Kiara's chapters. I felt that Carlos' change didn't ring truly and somehow the message felt disturbing: somehow I felt the whole "white savior" complex within the plot and story. Basically Kiara's family saves Carlos from trouble, which caused him to change ways. I think Carlos had a potential to be a far more interesting and fascinating character than his brother, but I felt that the author didn't give him a chance to develop that complexity. This novel will have sexual situations and foreplay descriptions, but no actual description of intercourse. The change also felt unnatural for me, and I would have wanted to see more of the Mexican culture that Carlos is proud of.

Author Information:

(from simoneelkeles.net site)
Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an effect on the people she hangs out with. If you hear people laughing, you’ll probably find Simone not far away.

Simone has seven teen books in bookstores:

Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction *** New York Times and USA Today Bestseller***
Chain Reaction coming Spring 2011

Leaving Paradise
Return to Paradise *** New York Times Bestseller****

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
How to Ruin my Teenage Life
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation

Simone has also been voted the Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (she also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books).

Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.
Simone does inspirational talks at schools, libraries, and conferences. If you are interested in booking Simone for a speaking engagement, please contact her assistant Melissa at melissa@simoneelkeles.net.

Opinion:

Is it possible for an author to make the theme of bad boy falling in love with a good girl work again in a new novel with brand new characters? Unfortunately in this novel, not the case. I felt that the personality of Carlos, while intriguing, wasn't explained or explored properly. With Alex it was explained why he joined the gang or why he was the way he was. (Not mention I found it cute when he began to fall for Brittany.) But with Carlos no explanation existed. The novel also struck me as peculiar, and there barely seemed any fights or arguments between Kiara and Carlos. At least Brittany and Alex guaranteed arguments and delightful scenarios. While the book is well-written, it didn't grab or hold me as Perfect Chemistry had. For me personally the novel was predictable and hard to believe.

3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

E-reading: Book Review of #1 Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Name of Book: Perfect Chemistry

Author: Simone Elkeles

ISBN: 0802798225

Publisher: Walker Books for young readers

Part of a Series: Perfect chemistry trilogy

Type of book:  young adult, Mexican male/white female, perfection, wrong side of tracks, interracial relationship

Year it was published: 2008

Summary:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Characters:

The characters, both minor and major are well fleshed out and given distinct personalities. I pretty much liked them all; the "bad" boy Alex who isn't a bad boy after all, Brittany the teenager who's afraid of human frailties and people's judgment, Alex's friend Paco, a gentle and funny soul, as well as the jerk Colin, Brittany's boyfriend who strikes me as incredibly shallow and undesirable. Yes, I also liked Brittany's sister Shelley and wished for a happy for her. I would have wanted more for the families to be fleshed out, that is to get to know Alex's brothers and mother more, as well as Brittany's parents. From Brittany's point of view, her family is flat and seems to be incredibly selfish. While Alex's family is opposite, I would have wanted to see more of the bonding moments between him and his brothers as well as his mother, or perhaps more memories of his dead father. Surely Alex could remember other memories besides the ones where his father was killed?

Theme:

Chemistry and love helps overcome everything

Plot:

First person narrative from both Alex and Brittany with alternating chapters, one from Brittany and another one from Alex. Sometimes the book struck me as a little too fairy talish, that is there literally is happily ever after, and it might have been nice if in the epilogue we could see updates about Isabel and other minor characters. I suppose I'm a strong realist, and a happy ending has to be earned and proved to me, instead of just slapped on. I understand that everyone wants and desires happy endings, but they have to fit in with the story. In epilogue I also would have liked to witness more of the life that Brittany and Alex have led.

Author Information:

(from simoneelkeles.net site)
Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Her funny way of looking at life and the world around her has an effect on the people she hangs out with. If you hear people laughing, you’ll probably find Simone not far away.

Simone has seven teen books in bookstores:

Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction *** New York Times and USA Today Bestseller***
Chain Reaction coming Spring 2011

Leaving Paradise
Return to Paradise *** New York Times Bestseller****

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation
How to Ruin my Teenage Life
How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation

Simone has also been voted the Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (she also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books).

Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.
Simone does inspirational talks at schools, libraries, and conferences. If you are interested in booking Simone for a speaking engagement, please contact her assistant Melissa at melissa@simoneelkeles.net.

Opinion:

The story of a guy meeting a girl from the wrong side has been told immemorial times, starting with Pyramis and Thisbe and even Paris and Helen all the way to Romeo and Juliet and then onto Westside Story. I doubted that this book would be boring, and reading it somehow reminded me of TV version of A West-side Story (In all honesty I hadn't read the play...) but the concept is as old as time itself. There is something that she breathes into the novel that kept me gripped and had me continue reading it. I enjoyed it a great deal, because the characters were very fleshed out, and the gang-life (if portrayed accurately) tended to be fascinating. I do wish that there would be continuation of Alex and Brittany and of how they will work out their relationship. I know that it won't be easy for either of them; for Brittany to sacrifice everything for Alex, and for Alex to provide for Brittany. I am curious if Brittany has made any other sacrifices for Alex. This is a dark novel with cussing and violence. There are hints of sex and of desires, but the author never wrote the physical descriptions into the story. Also a lot of it struck me as fairy-tale, and didn't really cause me to relate to the characters.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #14 Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel

Fulfilling the requirement:

The M requirement for the author's last name

Summary:

Happy Holidays! Bah humbug. "Happy" is not the way Leah Lewis-Hall would describe herself at the moment. She's spending her twelve days of Christmas in an Indianapolis hospital, while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Leah went to the doctor with nothing more than a broken finger, but he ordered her to undergo some tests. Now she's stuck in the hospital, alone.

Then Leah meets her hospital roommate, a young Amish girl named Rebekah, and her big family. Cynical sixteen-year-old Leah has never known people like this before. From Rebekah's handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways. When Leah receives frightening information about her condition, her new friends show her that miracles can happen. And that sometimes angels appear in the most unexpected places.

Lesson learned:

There are unexpected miracles

Link to review: click here

E-Reading: Book Review of The River Knows by Amada Quick

Name of Book: The River Knows

Author: Amanda Quick

ISBN: 0399154175

Publisher: Putnam

Type of book: Victoria Era, 1800s?-1900s?, mystery, murder, suicide, nothing as it seems, romance, adult

Year it was published: 2007

Summary:

The first kiss occurred in a dimly lit hallway on the upper floor of Elwin Hastings's grand house. Louisa never saw it coming....

Of course, Anthony Stalbridge couldn't possibly have had romantic intentions. The kiss was an act of desperation meant to distract the armed guard from catching the pair in a place they did not belong. After all, Louisa Bryce, in her dull maroon gown and gold-rimmed spectacles, was no man's idea of an alluring female. The only thing the two interlopers have in common is a passionate interest in the private affairs of Mr. Hastings-a prominent member of Society whom they both suspect of hiding terrible secrets. Now, brought together by their ruse, Anthony and Louisa are united in their efforts to find the truth.

Each has a reason for the quest. Anthony's fianc�e was said to have thrown herself into the Thames-but Anthony has his own suspicions. Louisa-whose own identity is shrouded in layers of mystery-is convinced that Hastings has a connection to a notorious brothel. When Anthony successfully cracks Hastings's hidden safe-and discovers incriminating evidence-it appears that both their instincts were correct.

Yet Hastings is hiding far more than jewels and ledger books. Bringing him to justice will be more perilous than they anticipate-and their partnership will be more heated than either one expects. For it is not only Anthony's curiosity that Louisa arouses, and the two share something else: a thrilling attraction to danger. . . .

 From the triple-threat author who also hits bestseller lists under the names Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle, this is a delightful new romp filled with suspense and wit-and the steamy Victorian passion her devoted readers love.

Characters:

Despite the lack of chemistry or interest in plot, the characters all strike me as fascinating people that deserved to live up more to what the author served. I especially enjoyed Anthony's family and wish that more could have been told about them or that they'd make more appearances. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the heroine for one reason or another and somehow, despite the author portraying her as kind of a feminist, she really didn't strike me that way.

Theme:

Nothing is what seems and be careful

Plot:

This is third person narrative from both Louisa's and Anthony's point of view, although few characters also get a point of view such as Elwin. The romance felt flat to me as well as formulaic. I felt that there was nothing special or unique about it, sorry to say. The two are working together to solve a mystery. I also couldn't feel the built up of chemistry between the couple which caused the novel to sag. It seemed that he liked her because the author wanted him to like her instead of causing me to feel that attraction vibrating through the pages.

Author Information:

(from goodreads.com)
born
March 28, 1948 in Borrego Springs, California, The United States

gender
female

website
http://www.krentz-quick.com/

genre
Romance

About this author

Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Castle was born on March 28, 1948 in Borrego Springs, California. Her mother, Alberta Castle, raised her with her two brothers, Stephen and James. In 1970, she obtained a B.A in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and later she obtained a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University, where she met Frank Krentz, an engineer. After her graduation, they married and moved to the Virgin Islands. She worked in the Duke University library system, where she began to write her first romance novels. The marriage moved to Seattle, Washington, where they continue living.

Now, Jayne Ann Castle Krentz with her seven pennames is considered a pillar in the contemporary romance genre. For some years, she only uses three pennames for each of three different periods from time: "Jayne Ann Krentz" (her married name) from the present, "Jayne Castle" (her birth name) from the future and her most famous penname: "Amanda Quick" from the past. She is famous for her work ethic, beginning her writing by 7 am six days a week. Her heroines never are damsels in hardships, they are often heroes. Her novels also contain mystery or paranormal elements.

Enthusiastic of the romantic genre, she has always defended its importance. To help educate the public about the romantic genre she became the editor and a contributor to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance, a non-fiction essay collection that won the prestigious Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies. She established the Castle Humanities Fund at UCSC's University Library to allow the library to purchase additional books and has given money to 15 Seattle-area elementary schools to enhance their library budgets. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Writers Programs at the University of Washington extension program.


Opinion:

The reason I chose this book is because of the title. How mysterious and fascinating. I thought it would be a  well-written novel. I did know it would be a mystery, but I thought it would be more high class. Instead the mystery turned out to be predictable (when Louisa has that encounter with a prostitute, I already wondered if it was a certain character that should have been dead...) while I have enjoyed learning a few things about the Victorian Era, it didn't make it up to reading the book. The novel struck me also as very formulaic and predictable. The characters have potential to be interesting but none rise up to it, and I've had difficulty understanding certain things. I also found the book to be a bit boring in all honesty.

2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #13 O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Fulfilling the requirement:

The O Requirement for the title, alphabetically

Summary:

Set on the Nebraska prairie where Willa Cather (1873-1947) grew up, this powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra's long fight to survive and succeed, O Pionners! relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier. Evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, this landmark of American fiction unfurls a saga of love, greed, murder, failed dreams and hard-won triump. In the fateful interaction of her characters, Willa Cather compares with keen insight the experiences of Swedish, French and Bohemian immigrants in the United states. And in her absorbing narrative, she displayes teh virtuoso storytelling skills that have mad her one of the most admired masters of the American novel.

Lesson learned:

Sometimes through no fault of their own, people that are too full of life can cause misery

Link to review: click here

Book Challenge A-Z #12 Emma By Jane Austen

Fulfilling the requirement:

The E requirement for the title, alphabetically

Summary:

Pretty, bright and born atop the social strata of the English village of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse has all anyone would want. But she is fated to become the victim of her own irrepressible willfulness.

Because of hte recent marriage of her friend and governess, Emma fills the void in her life by attempting to "improve" Harriet Smith, a sweet, pretty 17-year-old of unknown parentage. Emma's good-hearted attempts to rearrange the lives of Harriet and other marriageable townspeople are then the incitement to the book's subtle, intricately constructed plot.

Austen employs a sympathetic, gentle satire as she portrays the provincial townspeople-all of whom are good-hearted, but have their own particular streak of ridiculousness. Emma's father, Mr. Woodhouse, is deferred to by all, but maintains an absurd aversion to change and an overweening concern for maintaining what he considers to be a well-measured, healthy lifestyle. The chatty Miss Bates is sweet-tempered, but talks incessantly about everything that comes into view. And then there is Emma herself, who seems to know all but her own heart.

With the tightly weaved movements of the characters and the interplay of their romantic schemes, Emma has elements of a well-done mystery novel. But the book's leisurely exposition and skillful use of irony make it an amusing comedy of manners in which the reader can savor the all-too-familiar foibles of the heart as it becomes a hunter.

Lesson learned:

Be careful of the things you might get into

Link to review: click here

Book Review of I'll be Seeing You by Lurlene McDaniel

Name of Book: I'll be Seeing You

Author: Lurlene McDaniel

ISBN: 0-553-56718-7

Publisher: Bantam Skylark

Type of book: disfigurement, true love, 1990s, blindness, hospital,  loyalties, ugly duckling, young adult

Year it was published: 1996

Summary:

Carley Mattea never expected to meet a boy as handsome as Kyle Westin- certainly not in the hospital. Seventeen-year-old Kyle was blinded when a chemistry experiment exploded. His doctors don't know if he'll get his vision back, and he's deeply depressed. Sixteen-year-old Carley understands how miserable it is to be in the hospital. Soon Carley and Kyle become good friends.

But Carley is keeping a secret from Kyle. She knows that boys like girls who are pretty- and she is not. Scarred by a facial deformity, she has, over the years, used her sense of humor to cope. But now that she's become so close to Kyle, she's worried that once his bandages are removed- if they are removed- and he sees her, it will be the end of their relationship. Carley wants the best for Kyle. But what will that mean for her?

Characters:

Carley is a comedian and has an interesting sense of humor. Few times when reading her observations and jokes I laughed with her. Kyle seems to be a perfect boy and the only things I know of him is that he desires to be a scientist and doesn't want to be blind for the rest of his life. There are other characters as well, such as Carley's cheerful friend, the popular and beautiful older sister and her boyfriend whom Carley dislikes. It's nice to see the characters make minute changes. They don't completely change in the novel. I feel that they're not very drawn out though.

Theme:

No matter how much of an ugly duckling you are, there will be a prince charming for you

Plot:

Third person narrative from Carley's point of view. I didn't find any inconsistencies. Carley will really tug at one's heartstrings and you'd want to root for her. I do wish that the book would have been longer because I feel its kind of short and it would have been nice to see something more between the two characters. Its a sweet novel to read and not boring at all.

Author Information:

Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. "I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person's life," she has said. "I want kids to know that while people don't get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond." Lurlene McDaniel's novels are hard hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. Her novels Don't Die, My Love; I'll be Seeing You; and 'Till Death Do us Part have all been national bestsellers. Lurlene McDaniel lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (From inside flap)

Opinion:

I think it was my second or third Lurlene McDaniel book and boy was I  happy to have a chance to read it again. It's a very sweet story, although a lot of it is of Carley conspiring to keep Kyle from finding out about her deformity. It is also of Carley learning about her sister and her sister's boyfriend. Sometimes I did get frustrated with Carley's choices in trying very hard to prevent from Kyle looking at her. But still, this will open one's eyes to the sufferings of those who are deformed and how others treat them.

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Book Review of #3 Remember Me 3: The Last Story by Christopher Pike

Name of Book: Remember Me 3: The Last Story

Author: Christopher Pike

ISBN: 0-671-87267-2

Publisher: Archway paper back

Part of a Series: Remember Me

Type of book: science fiction, good vs evil, 1990s, white lady savior, greed, death

Year it was published: February 1995

Summary:

Someone did not like Shari Cooper writing her stories.

Shari Cooper had died once, and then returned to Earth as a Wanderer -- a soul who had been given permission to take the place of another soul in a mature body. Shari has regained her memory of her previous life. More than that she has realized her purpose in returning to mortal life -- to write stories for young people to help them understand the immortal life that is to follow. Her talent is inspired, her destiny great, and it is not long before Shari and her books are known all over the world.

Then one special night a story of incomparable beauty and mystery comes to her. An ancient tale that speaks of the origin of mankind and the purpose of human life. Quickly, almost in a fever, Shari begins to write it down, sure that it is nothing more than a wonderful fable. But what Shari doesn't know is that her new book is true -- a mystical blueprint that warns of a great danger to humanity from creatures who despise all human beings, but who have a unique and terrifying hatred for Wanderers. Creatures who will go to any length to stop Shari's story from being published.

Creatures who wait unseen outside Shari's door.

Characters:

The characters aren't themselves at all and Shari really angered me with her actions. The villain wasn't spectacular at all and was predictable. If you are a fan of Christopher Pike, you know who it will be. Shari failed in her mission and was incredibly selfish and thoughtless; she used her own name to write a story of her life, rubbing salt in the wounds of her family members against the advice of everyone around her. She also betrayed Peter and I always had impression that the two were lovers instead of just "friends". Why also didn't she and Peter get married? Why did she abandon Jean's Hispanic connections? Why no help for her mother or siblings? And why no update about Peter's younger brother? I couldn't feel anything for the characters.

Theme:

The humanity is trapped by special evil beings

Plot:

While the point of view is more stable, third person narrative from Shari, I saw no point in that science fiction story The Starlight Crystal and wondered why he put that in in the first place. I don't honestly understand it. (Just so you know, Starlight Crystal is completely different than the novel with the same name on it.) There are also inconsistencies. Is Peter's last name Jacobs or Nichols? And how is Roger a horrible character? I do want for him to explain it more instead of having the cop killed off.

Author Information:

Christopher Pike wrote 30+ novels mainly for young adults, the most famous or well known one is The Last Vampire Saga, Final Friends and Remember Me, and his real name is Kevin McFadden. One of his books, Fall Into Darkness was created into a movie. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a website, but there is a fan club that is devoted to him. (http://www.christopherpikefanclub.com/ )

Opinion:

Very tempted, very tempted, can't stop it... never in my life have I thought that I'll give zero stars to Pike's book. Besides zero stars, the lowest I have given is 2 stars, and his books range from 3 stars to 5 stars. There's so much wrong with this novel that I don't know how to start it. First of all I found Shari despicable in more ways than one: she failed her mission, she was reckless, and her story, The Starlight Crystal never made any sense to me. In addition to that, if she is sexually frustrated, why not, well, do other stuff besides intercourse? Why live like a nun with no options? And Peter/Lenny is her friend? I had an impression that he was her boyfriend! She completely discards her Jean personality. While reading this, all I could think of is Madtv's nice white lady. Enjoy the video.



0 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Book Review of #2 Remember Me 2: The Return by Christopher Pike

Name of Book: Remember Me 2: The Return

Author: Christopher Pike

ISBN: 0-671-87265-6

Publisher: Archway Paperback

Part of a Series: Remember Me series

Type of book: Hispanic, drugs, Wanderers, life after death, cripple, purpose, discovery

Year it was published: September 1994

Summary:

Shari Cooper is dead, the victim of a murderous attack. She is on the other side, in a place of spirits, an eternal realm of light and love. But she is given a rare offer. To return to Earth without having to be reborn. Into the body of a depressed teenage girl. A transfer of souls, they call it. Shari is given a chance to be a Wanderer, and to do a great service for humanity. It is an offer she gladly accepts.

Then she is back, in a human body. Yet she does not remember being Shari Cooper. At first she recalls nothing of the afterlife. Perhaps it is just as well. Not everybody on Earth welcomes Wanderers. Of the few who know of their existence, some want them dead. And others, the truly evil ones, wish them much worse than that.

Characters:

The characters are not themselves and seem to have changed into something unrecognizable. It is interesting to watch Jean's progression from someone who has no future to someone who is trying to make one, but the author seems to ignore surroundings and whatnot. Sometimes when I was reading it, I was reminded of the Mad TV sketch-Nice White Lady, or the whole "white savior" complex. Unfortunately the third book further pushed me away from the characters.

Theme:

Nothing is finished, sometimes you can return to earth to complete your business.

Plot:

This is either first person narrative from Shari's point of view and of the time she realized who she was while inside Jean's body, as well as third person narrative from Shari/Jean's point of view. I didn't like the constant flip flop of points of view and of the worlds. First time I read this book, I was frustrated and wondered what was the point of Jean angle.

Author Information:

Christopher Pike wrote 30+ novels mainly for young adults, the most famous or well known one is The Last Vampire Saga, Final Friends and Remember Me, and his real name is Kevin McFadden. One of his books, Fall Into Darkness was created into a movie. Unfortunately he doesn’t have a website, but there is a fan club that is devoted to him. (http://www.christopherpikefanclub.com/ )

Opinion:

The summary is misleading because this book doesn't deal with perils of being Wanderers at all, the next book, the last one, does but this one, no. Its a hodge-podge of stuff and confusing. I liked how it started and thought it would be unique, but alas don't count on good beginning for the rest of the book to be good. The characters that we knew in first book, Remember Me, barely show up and are barely seen. We only focus on Shari/Jean and Peter/Lenny. There is an appearance of Mrs. Parish and Jimmy but that would be all. It's a very confusing novel and a lot of it doesn't seem to make sense.

2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 2012

Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
SR: May 29th, 2012
FR: N/A
Jacob the Liar- Jurek Becker
SR: April 1st, 2012
FR: June 23rd, 2012
The Living Reed- Pearl Buck
SR: May 1st, 2012
FR: N/A
Once a hero- Jillian Burns
SR: May 21st, 2012
FR: June 28th, 2012
O Pioneers!-Willa Cather
SR: May 1st, 2012
FR: June 2nd, 2012
The Song of the Lark-Willa Cather
SR: June 2nd, 2012
FR: N/A
The Foreign Student- Susan Choi
SR: May 28th, 2012
FR: N/A
One friend to another- Elizabeth Feuer
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: June 28th, 2012
Lord of the flies- William Golding
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: June 16th, 2012
Tess of the D'Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: N/A
Hakon of Rogen's Saga- Erik Christian Havgaard
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: June 26th, 2012
Gone with the wind- Margaret Mitchell
SR: February 1st, 2012
FR: June 14th, 2012
The Starlight Crystal- Christopher Pike
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: N/A
The Tachyon Web- Christopher Pike
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: June 21st, 2012
The Italian- Anne Radcliffe
SR: May 16th, 2012
FR: N/A
Heavy Sand- Anatoli Rybakov
SR: April 1st, 2012
FR: N/A
Ivanhoe- Sir Walter Scott
SR: February 1st, 2012
FR: N/A
Coyote Dreams- Jessica Davis Stein
SR: May 1st, 2012
FR: June 12th, 2012
The Red and the Black- Stendhal
SR: June 1st, 2012
FR: N/A

The Story of the Stone- Xueqin Cao
 5. The Dreamer Wakes
SR: May 16th, 2012
FR: N/A
People Series Quartet- W Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
3. People of the Earth
SR: February 28th, 2012
FR: N/A
Storyteller Trilogy- Sue Harrison
2. Cry of the Wind
SR: May 7th, 2012
FR: N/A
The Angels Trilogy- Lurlene McDaniel
2. Lifted Up by Angels
SR: May 31st, 2012
FR: N/A
Remember Me Trilogy- Christopher Pike
3. Remember Me 3: The Last Story
SR: May 28th, 2012
FR: June 2nd, 2012

E-reader:
The River Knows- Amanda Quick
SR: April 14th, 2012
FR: June 2nd, 2012
Perfect chemistry- Simone Elkeles
SR: June 2nd, 2012
FR: June 6th, 2012
Rules of attraction- Simone Elkeles
SR: June 6th, 2012
FR: June 12th, 2012
Chain Reaction- Simone Elkeles
SR: June 12th, 2012
FR: June 13th, 2012
The Good Father- Diane Chamberlain
SR: June 13th, 2012
FR: June 18th, 2012
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
SR: June 18th, 2012
FR: N/A
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