I went on a little comic binge via NetGalley and just wanted to share my thoughts.
By Alice Hoffman
ARC e-book, 100 pages
2015, Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 9780385389587 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: March 10, 2015
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
From NetGalley: Twelve-year-old Twig’s town in the Berkshires is said to hide a winged beast, the Monster of Sidwell, and the rumors draw as many tourists as the town’s famed pink apple orchards. Twig lives in the orchard with her mysterious brother James and her reclusive mother, a baker of irresistible apple pies. Because of a family secret, an ancient curse,Twig has had to isolate herself from other kids. Then a family with two girls, Julia and Agate, moves into the cottage next door. They are descendants of the witch who put the spell on Twig’s family. But Julia turns out to be Twig’s first true friend, and her ally in trying to undo the curse and smooth the path to true love for Agate and James.
Lost in Austen
By Emma Campbell Webster
Paperback, 345 pages
2007, Riverhead Books
From the back of the book: Your name: Elizabeth Bennet. Your mission: to marry both prudently and for love, avoiding family scandal. Equipped with only your sharp wit, natural good sense, and tolerable beauty, you must navigate your way through a variety of decisions that will determine you own romantic (and financial) fate. Ever wonder what would happen if Elizabeth accepted Mr. Darcy’s proposal the first time around? Or ran from his arms into those of Persuasion’s Captain Wentworth? Now is your chance to find out.
Get ready, this is a long review!
By Esther Ehrlich
ARC e-book, 336 pages (hardcover)
2014, Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 9780385386074 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Blurb from Netgalley: In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.
By Marjane Satrapi
Paperback, 153 pages
2003, Pantheon Books
Persepolis is a memoir turned graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. From the back of the book: “The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.”
By Grady Hendrix
Paperback , 243 pages
Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
I received this book for free from LibraryThing (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From the inside cover: “Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture store in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerrig bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking. To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty Showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.”
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
By David Shafer
ARC e-book, 432 pages (in hardcover)
2014, Mulholland Books
ISBN: 9780316252638 (hardcover)
Expected publication date: August 5, 2014
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Blurb from Netgalley: “The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.”
We’ve all been there – you read a book that you just didn’t enjoy…hated even. You may or may not actually publish a negative review somewhere, but you’ve at least had negative thoughts about the book.
The Maze Runner
By James Dashner
Paperback, 374 pages
2009, Delacorte Press
Thomas wakes up in a lift, no memory of where he is or who he is, only his first name. He soon discovers he’s been trapped in The Maze with about 50 other boys, all clueless as to their past and striving to solve this impossible puzzle and make their escape. The Maze changes daily and is full of dangerous creatures, but all the boys hold the hope that whoever put them in this place, left them with a way out. Thomas is determined to become a Runner, someone who explores the maze and find an escape route. The day after Thomas’s arrival, however, a girl arrives – the first to be sent to The Maze – and everything changes.
To finish off our little vacation, my friend and I visited two more local bookstores!