Friday, March 24, 2017

A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom #BookReview

A Tragic Kind of WonderfulTitle: A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful
Author: Eric Lindstrom
Publisher: Poppy
Published Date: February 7th 2017
Genre: Mental Health, Bipolar, Contemporary, YA
Page Count:288
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst—that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?


 My Review:

"I wondered if my ability to keep myself from thinking about something isn't a superpower at all. I've always thought I had the strength to avoid thinking about painful things. What if I actually can't think about them because I lack the strength?"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie #BookReview

We Should All Be FeministsTitle: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: Anchor
Published Date: February 3rd 2015
Genre: NonFiction, Essay, Feminism
Format: Audiobook
Audio Time: 45 minutes

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

 My Review:
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”   

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray #BookReview

The Gilded CageTitle: The Gilded Cage
Author: Lucinda Gray
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published Date: August 2nd 2016 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, YA
Page Count:245
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper-class England in the 1820s, is shattered when her brother mysteriously drowns. Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident.

A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham. Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?


 My Review:
"Don't open your heart to pain that has no place there."

Kathrine and her brother are orphans living with foster parents until everything changes. Off to their new life in England things take a hectic turn. With learning how to behave like proper upper-class people and all of the rules things get chaotic, and the two siblings start to not see each other as much.

As time goes on and they are pulled in different directions in their new life tragedy's start happening. With the add on of the servants stories about scary things in the forest. Katherine is very unsure of what to believe. Which is easy to understand considering how different things are in her new world, and Grace trying to keep her hidden away from certain important things that could help her understand what happened to her brother.

 With the help of John, Elsie, and her lawyer Mr. William Simpson, Katherine finally starts to get answers about what happened to her brother. That is until the cousins start causing chaos again. (also I just felt bad for Grace, she was just a product of society and was willing to do anything to keep her status.)

"I see now that she's formed an existence based on the certainties of class and the rules of decorum, but without those supports, her delicate world is nothing but confection."

This book really started off strong for me and I thought it was going to be a new favorite. Sadly about a quarter of the way though the book, I knew what was happening, and who was causing things to happen. It was just to obvious for me. Also the add in of the institution that happened also made me not like it.

Overall if you want a fairly typical and easy read when it comes to suddenly getting money this is the book for you.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Shack by Wm. Paul Young #BookReview

The ShackTitle: The Shack
Author: Wm. Paul Young
Publisher: Windblown Media
Published Date: July 1st 2007
Genre: Christian, Religious, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 252
Format: Paperback/Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his "Great Sadness," Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!


 My Review:

“All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It's not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.”   

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Borrow-A-Thon TBR : Read-A-Thon

The Borrow-a-thon read-a-thon is happening from March 19-26 and it is all about books we have borrowed. Either from friends/family or from the library. 
You can follow it on Twitter @ borrowathon

The Challenges
1. graphic novel
2. favorite color on cover
3. an author you've never read before
4. a book that features a library
5. a recommended book
6. a book you'd like to purchase

Now for my TBR and what I hope to get read during the week.

Now I won't be completing the graphic novel challenge as I just don't enjoy reading them. So instead I will be focusing on the other 5 challenges.

Revenge of the Evil Librarian will complete the book set in a library challenge.
A Season of Daring Greatly will complete the favorite color on a cover challenge.
The Hate U Give will complete the book recommended to me.
The Last Of August will complete the book I want to buy challenge. 
The last challenge is a new to me author and The Hate U Give will also count for this challenge as well.

Those are all of the books I want to read during the week and I hope to make it through at least half of them since some of them are bigger for a readathon. If you plan to take part in this readathon please let me know and make sure to check back on the 27th for an update on how I did during the readathon. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Proof Of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix #1) by Diana Rodriguez wallach

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix, #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Published by Entangled Teen

Published on March 7th, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery

Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

My Rating:★ ★ ★ ★.75

My Review:

“There are moments in your life when you know everything is about to change. Time isn't whizzing by, your mind isn't in a blur, you're in it, living it, and you know, consciously, that your world will never be the same again. You will never be the same again.”

Monday, March 13, 2017

Brothers of the Buffalo by Joseph Bruchac #BookReview

Brothers of the Buffalo: A Novel of the Red River WarTitle: Brothers of the Buffalo
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Published Date: February 2nd 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
Page Count:392
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
A captivating and historical story of two young men on opposing sides of war.  In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to reservations. Brothers of the Buffalo follows Private Washington Vance Jr., an African-American calvaryman, and Wolf, a Cheyenne warrior, during the brief and brutal war that followed. Filled with action and suspense from both sides of the battle, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West.


 My Review:

"White men's promises were as empty of weight as the wind.""Your people," Little Robe said to Miles, "make big talk. They make war if an Indian kills a white man's ox to keep his wife and children from starving. What do you think my people should do? How should they act when they see our buffalo killed by such men as those buffalo hunters who are not even hungry?"

This book without a doubt will be on my top books of 2017.

Washing and Wolf are two characters that while having very different upbringings and lives now, are similar in a lot of ways when it comes to how they view certain things. 
While Washington who was once a former slave and is now free after the civil war and is now enlisted as a cavalry man (buffalo soldier). In the army he thought he was going to see the west, instead his division ends up waiting around most of the time and making sure the Indian's don't go outside of the reservation.  Which after awhile he starts seeing a problem with because of the way the Indian's are being treated. 

"The prospect of shooting Indians was no longer thrilling. He'd come to see them as men, not faceless enemies. He now found more sympathy in his heart for their Indians than for the buffalo hunters." 

Then we have Wolf who is Cheyenne and is really struggling with what he should do, does he continue  on with the ways of the tribe, or does he try and do what the government is trying to force the Indians into. He knows that the Indian's livelihood is being taken away due to buffalo killers who are hunting illegally, but the government never tries to stop them. So then the Indians were forced to go into the forts and live there all while having to give up everything they've ever known just in order to get food and warmth. 

"To help the people. That is what I want more than anything else. I want to help our people survive."

The way that this story was put together, made it work for both of these characters and their stories. I never found myself enjoying one more than the other. When the characters did meet every so often it made me smile, because of the respect they seemed to give each other from a far. 
I also really enjoyed the Indian stories that were told at the end of each chapter, they helped me understand more so how the Indian's were taught to believe certain things and how they thought the world worked.

" In some ways, a Buffalo Soldier, despite the fact he wore the uniform of the United States Army, was closer to the Indians than the white men- who despised them."

As for the representation of each of the characters, I don't honestly know much. I feel like at least Wolf's representation was pretty good, because the author is American Indian and has done a lot of activism and storytelling for them. I don't know how good his representation is for Washington's part of the story is though, so if you know anything about that please let me know. 

Overall I feel like this is a must read for 2017 considering what's been going on with the pipelines in South Dakota and just how American Indian's are still treated in general as well.