March/April Wrap Up

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Check out the books we’ve recently in our March/April Wrap Up.

Listen to Me by Kristen Proby – 3 out of 5 Stars

More than Music by Elizabeth Briggs-  3.5 out of 5 Stars

Paper Princess by Erin Watt – 3  out of 5 Stars

The Prince by Kiera Cass – 4 out of 5 Stars

True North by Kelly Collins – 3 out of 5 Stars

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Description

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

My Review:

I was really pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I thought Kiera Cass did a wonderful job creating a world and a story that was believable and enjoyable to read. The story focuses on Kahlen and the struggles she has as a Siren and I found myself reading this book in one sitting.

I really enjoyed the relationship that Cass created between the Ocean and Kahlen, it allowed an insight to a formidable force that you (or at least I was) terrified of. I thought the other Sirens were great characters and their backstories really added to the story and made their plight even more interesting.

The one thing that I had a hard time buying into was the romance. I felt it was really fast and I did not really see the love, so consequently the ending felt rushed and I was a little disappointed with how it ended.

Overall, it was a really quick fun read that I wish would become a series because it would be great to see what the other Sirens had experienced. 3.5/5 Stars

Published: 2015, 336 pages.

3 Purples Stars

Room

Room by Emma Donoghue

Goodreads’ Description

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

My Review

I read this book, as I’m sure many have this year, because Brie Larsen won an Academy Award for her role in Room. I wanted to read this before I saw the movie. This book is intense. Really intense. It was so intense that it actually took away from me enjoying the book. I found myself really overwhelmed with the book and I barely finished it.

Donoghue writes a wonderful that book that really brings you into its world, and it is believable and terrifying. The writing is wonderful and very honest, if not a little vulgar. I was surprised with some of the word choice she used and that, in my opinion, took away from the overall book.

While some people enjoy being immersed in what they are reading, I found because of the intensity and sensitivity of the book, being immersed in this book was a little too much for me to handle. I don’t think I would recommend this book to everyone, it definitely takes a certain mindset to go into this book and that’s the caveat I would say when I recommend this book. 3/5 stars

Published: 2010, 342 pages.

3 Purples Stars

 

The Painting and the Piano

The Painting and the Piano by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo

Goodreads Description

The Painting and The Piano, by John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo, is an improbable story of survival and love.

Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.

Filled with hope, inspiration and humor, The Painting and the Piano is an unforgettable story of pain, loss and the undying human quest for happiness.

Told as a tandem narrative, Adrianne and Johnny’s stories are unique, but share parallels that create a taut and emotionally compelling narrative.

My Review:

A poignant story that is very intriguing and riveting. This is not normally a story I would have picked up, but I was approached by the publishers to read this book and I am glad they did! A really great read that is not hard to read but the content is sad and heartbreaking. I found some parts difficult to read because I was so upset with what was happening to Lugo.

The story is told in tandem narrative, and I found this sometimes to be difficult to follow. I would become so engrossed with one of their story, to have the next chapter be about the other person, was difficult to adjust. I also realized that they chose to use italics instead of quotation marks to identify conversation and this was a small change I had to adjust to.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I found it extremely inspiration everything that Lugo and Lipscomb overcame. They did not hold back on their story, on their struggles and were honest about what they had gone through, and I really enjoyed their honesty. 4/5 stars

Published: 2016, 309 pages.

4 Purple Stars

 

 

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The Heir and the Spare

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

*This review contains spoilers*

Goodreads Description

In this modern-day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma-mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

My Review:

Well this was really swoon worthy. A wonderfully romantic read, I read this all in one sitting (on a 5+ hr. plane ride) and it was worth it. I believe this is Albright’s debut novel and it is a great one! She writes the character’s beautifully and I absolutely adored Evie. Evie is a strong character who knows what she wants and will not be pushed around. I enjoyed the character development and the writing was simple, but it flowed well.

The only thing that I felt was a drawback was the ending. Albright does a really good job at prolonging their eventual romance and building suspense, and I really enjoyed that. The romance felt real and honest, but I felt the ending was really rushed and thrown together. After all that time, the last few pages felt like an injustice to their romance and relationship. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It is a pretty clean read.

4/5 stars.

Published: 2016, 288 pages.

4 Purple Stars

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