Friday, September 14, 2018

Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard #Bookreview

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard #bookreview #historicalfiction #WWII #Hiroshima #atomiccityTitle: Atomic City Girls
Author: Janet Beard
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWII
Page Count:384
Format: Paperback   

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June’s search for answers.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.
   

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 My Review:

I won this one in a Goodreads Giveaway

I think by now we can all just know that anything to do with WWII I will read. So when I saw this book I knew I had to read it and soon!

Atomic City Girls follows several different people as they live and work in Tennesse in Atomic City. With June being the one we spend the most time with. We get to see things from Joe Brewer as well and see the segregated side of the city, and the struggles they were facing.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Blog Tour | I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz | Book Review

Blog Tour | I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz | #bookreview #adventure #idianajones #adventure #history #cultures #wednesdaybooksTitle: I Do Not Trust You
Author:  Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published Date: September 11th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Page Count: 320
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Memphis "M" Engel is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she's awesome.

Ashwin “Ash” Sood is a little too posh for M's tastes, a little too good looking, and has way too many secrets. He desperately wants the ancient map M inherited from her archeologist father, believing it will lead him to a relic with the power to destroy the world. M obviously can't trust him.

Equally desperate to find the relic for reasons of her own, M forms an uneasy partnership with Ash. From the catacombs of Paris, to a sacred forest in Norway, to the ruins of a submerged temple in Egypt, together they crisscross the globe in their search. But through it all, M can never be sure: Is she traveling with a friend or enemy?

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 My Review:

Thank you to Wednesday Books for the free e-book and the chance to participate in this blog tour!

I Do Not Trust You was a book I knew I had to read as soon as I read the summary. A teenage girl who has a lot of knowledge about history and artifacts, and is now traveling the world following a map that hardly anyone knows how to translate. Sign me up because that sounds a lot like Indian Jones who I love. Plus I have been waiting a very long time for a female version of him.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages | Book Review

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages #bookreview #baseball #historicalfiction #littleleague #middlegradeTitle: Out of Left Field
Author: Ellen Klages
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Published Date: May 1st, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Little League, Baseball
Page Count: 320
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field!
Every boy in the neighborhood knows Katy Gordon is their best pitcher, even though she's a girl. But when she tries out for Little League, it's a whole different story. Girls are not eligible, period. It is a boy's game and always has been. It's not fair, and Katy's going to fight back. Inspired by what she's learning about civil rights in school, she sets out to prove that she's not the only girl who plays baseball. With the help of friendly librarians and some tenacious research skills, Katy discovers the forgotten history of female ballplayers. Why does no one know about them? Where are they now? And how can one ten-year-old change people's minds about what girls can do?

Set in 1957--the world of Sputnik and Leave It to Beaver, saddle shoes and "Heartbreak Hotel"--Out of Left Field is both a detailed picture of a fascinating historic period and a timelessly inspiring story about standing up for equality at any age.


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 My Review:

"Why did not being a boy make such a big difference? I didn't always look like a girl, and I definetly didn't throw like a girl. Did what was inside my pants really count more than practice and skill?Not fair."

Out of Left Field follows Katy Gordon and a young girl who wants to keep playing baseball with the neighborhood boys as they join little league. Thiers one problem with this, she's a girl and it's 1957 and girls have no place in little league or baseball. 
This leads Katy Gordon on a fight to prove that girls can play just as good as boys and that the little league rules aren't right. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen | Book Review

The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years, #1) by Sarina Bowen #bookreview #newadult #college #paralyzed #disability #wheelchair #romance #contemporaryTitle: The Year We Fell Down
Series: The Ivy Years
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Rennie Road Books 
Published Date: March 20th, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Page Count:270
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He's way out of Corey's league.

Also, he's taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the "gimp ghetto" of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They're just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she's falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won't, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness -- one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who's afraid to love her back.
 

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 My Review:

“There’s no more perfect, Callahan. Now there’s only really damned good.”

We all know I struggle to like new adult books, and were probably getting to the point now where you're all wondering why I keep trying them? That would be because I'm extremely stubborn and I am determined to find a good new adult. This one is getting there everyone.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Sky Girls by Gene Nora Jessen | Book Review (add info and choose date)

Sky Girls: The True Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race by Gene Nora Jessen #bookreview #nonfiction #history #aviation #womenshistory Title: Sky Girls
Author: Gene Nora Jessen
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Published Date: August 18th, 2018
Genre: Nonfiction, Aviation, Women
Page Count: 416
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
"A beautiful and inspiring book...fascinatingly told." --Donna Shirley, former head of the U.S. Mars program, NASA

The exhilarating true story of the unsung pioneers who blazed a pathway towards a new era of female aviation...

The year is 1929, and on the eve of America's Great Depression, nineteen gutsy and passionate pilots soared above the glass ceiling in the very first female cross-country air race. Armed with grit and determination, they crossed thousands of miles in propeller-driven airplanes to defy the naysayers who would say it cannot - not should not - be done.

From the indomitable Pancho Barnes to the infamous Amelia Earhart, Sky Girls chronicles a defining and previously forgotten moment when some of the first women pilots took their rightful place in the open skies. For a country on the brink of defining change, they would become symbols of hope, daring, and the unstoppable American spirit. And for generations to come, their actions would pave the way for others to step into the brave unknown and learn to fly . . .

Written by female pilot and member of the original Mercury 13 Gene Nora Jessen, Sky Girls celebrates the strength and smarts of these trailblazing women, and sits perfectly on the shelf next to The Radium Girls, Hidden Figures, or Code Girls.


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 My Review:
Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for a free e-copy!

Going into this book the only women pilot I could tell you was Amelia Earhart and mainly just the last few years of her flying career before she tragically went missing.

Now I know about so many other amazing women and how America's aviation revolution really started and what helped fuel it.  

Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard #Bookreview

Title:  Atomic City Girls Author:  Janet Beard Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks Published Date:  February 6th, 2018 Genre: Historic...