Book Review

Book Review: Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs
By Philip Reeve
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

My edition:
ARC e-book, 195 pages
2014, Random House
ISBN: 9780385387880 (for the hardcover)
Publication Date: 7/22/14

Blurb from the publisher: When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea-captain in time to save Mom and Dad?

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Book Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
By James Dashner

My edition:
Paperback, 374 pages
2009, Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385737951

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.

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Book Review: Into the Darkest Corner

Into the Darkest Corner
By Elizabeth Haynes

My Edition:
Paperback, 394 pages
2011, Harper
ISBN: 9780062239426

5/5 stars

From the back of the book: “When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his controlling behavior, she tries to break it off and is stunned when her friends don’t believe her. Isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine – now Cathy – is trying to build a new life in a new city. The trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of a normal life. Until the day the phone rings…”

This book was actually recommended to me by someone I follow on Instagram (livresque) – realistically, her review of this book was that it was chilling and horrific and it made her anxious and she wouldn’t want anyone to read this, yet clearly Haynes was a phenomenal writer to give her such feelings, so I just had to get my hands on this book.

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Book Review: Singapore Noir

Singapore Noir
Edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

My edition:
Paperback, 237 pages
2014, Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781617752353

3/5 stars

I won an advanced reading copy of this book from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Singapore Noir is a short story collection focusing on the darker side of Singapore. I’ve never previously heard of the Noir books, but apparently Akashic has a whole line of them from a variety of cities and countries such as Boston, Istanbul, Rome, San Diego and Wall Street!

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Book Review: Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits

Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits
By Mary Jane Hathaway

My Edition:
E-book, 352 pages (in paperback)
2014, Howard Books
ISBN: 9781476777504
Publication Date: June 10, 2014

3/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think it’s obvious from the title that this is a Pride and Prejudice retelling. The summary found on Netgalley reads: “Shelby Roswell, a Civil War historian and professor, is on the fast track to tenure—that is, until her new book is roasted by the famous historian Ransom Fielding in a national review. With her career stalled by a man she’s never met, Shelby struggles to maintain her composure when she discovers that Fielding has taken a visiting professorship at her small Southern college.”

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Book Review: Mambo in Chinatown

Mambo in Chinatown
By Jean Kwok

Paperback, 370 pages
2014, Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9781594632006

5/5 stars

I received a free ARC of this book via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

Charlie Wong is a twenty-two-year-old, living in a tiny apartment in Chinatown with her father and sister, her mother having died years earlier. She works as a dishwasher at the same restaurant where her father is a noodle-maker and she’s miserable. Then she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio and discovers a side of herself she never knew, yet she must hide her new job and emerging talents as a dancer from her father. Then her sister starts to become ill and Charlie must try to help her as best she can, while Charlie’s father shuns Western medicine.

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Book Review: Saga (vol 1)

Saga (volume one)
By Brian K. Vaughan

My edition:
Paperback, 160 pages
2014, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781607066019

5/5 stars

From the back of the book: “Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old world.” Readers are started right in the middle of the action, as Alana and Markus deal with the birth of their first child and they are forced to flee due to being discovered by both of the warring factions. There are hired assassins from both sides of the government out to kill the couple and steal their child. Meanwhile, the couple just wants to be free of the never-ending war and find a safe place for their newborn.

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Book Review: Reach for Infinity

Reach for Infinity
Edited by Jonathan Strahan

My edition:
E-book, 352 pages (in paperback)
2014, Solaris
ISBN: 9781781082034
Publication date: May 27, 2014

3/5 stars

Let me start off by saying I received a free copy of the e-book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This book contains 14 short stories regarding humanity in space, reaching farther than the Earth and moon, struggling to create new communities and dealing with new technology.

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