Book Review: Kids Like Us (Hilary Reyl)

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Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic.

Review:

At the beginning I wasn’t very eager to read Kids Like Us and for my rating you may suspect that I was right to not to want to read it, but I want to clear some points about this book and why you should give it a chance.

First, I’m not very smart so title with great story like this one would pass a little boring for me.

The reason I decided to read Kids Like Us is because someone with autism said that this book had a great voice, that the characterization about how it is to live with autism is very accurate. And, even if I could see, sadly I couldn’t connect with Martin at all. I’m very literal, matter-of-kind- of persona, which is kinda ironic, I know, but It was really hard for me to believe that you could get such infatuation for someone because you think is the character of a book.

It’s not that I didn’t get the book, it just I didn’t connect. I could compare the way Martin see the world pairing with his book in the same way I did with words when I started learning English (which I know my skills are awful, I need to practice and learn a lot).

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Book Review: My Secret Dog (Tom Alexander)

My Secret Dog by Tom Alexander

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I always wanted a dog, but Mum said I wasn’t allowed.
So I got one anyway.
My secret dog lives in the cupboard and we sneak out at night to play.
We’ll be best friends forever.
So long as Mum doesn’t find out…

Review:

I’m a cat person and normally books with dogs aren’t interesting to me, but the cover of My Secret Dog is so hilarious.

I really enjoyed this one, It’s a good book about confidence and trust, and it’s good for that, but the twist at the end was so unexpected, it was amazing.

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Book Review: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

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Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.

Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.

This hilarious, rollicking adventure series brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures.

Review:

I am a huge Lumberjanes fan and honestly, before I started reading the book I did not know if this was a novelization of the stories I already read or a new collection. Turns out it was a little of both, new story in a novelization format.

Sadly, for me I didn’t love it. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power was so hard to read. First, I didn’t like how it was written, sometimes it was a little Lemony Snicket, I love the guy, but just HIS writing no other people using his style, then other times it was way too… cringe? Unbelievable? I know it’s about unicorn, but it was more a caricature of the actual characters than a good, I don’t know what the word is, adaptation? I guess that’s the word.

Sometimes it was too childish, sometimes too cringe, sometimes it feel like a Lemony Snicket wannabe.
The worst part it’s that I could not love the characters in the same way that I do when I read the comics. April and Ripley are amazing in the comics, but in Unicorn Power they are annoying.

I’m not exactly very excited for a sequel, leave my babies just the way they are and where they are IN COMICS.

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Book Review: Renagades (Marissa Meyer)

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Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Review: Renagades

One the most anticipated books for me this year was Renegades. When I could get my paws on the earc I was so happy, but sadly, it was not as amazing as I expected to be.

I was expecting a book about cool villains or at least SMART villains, I mean, they almost win if it wasn’t for the variable they didn’t count on, but through all the book they act without thinking on the big picture, they were… silly.

Then we have Nova. I like her character, what I don’t like is how little motivation she shows, I mean, you expect of her a little more passion on her mission, she already got the brains and the muscle.

Renegades wasn’t the epic tale of villains versus heroes I expected, although Marissa Meyer does a great work narrative speaking.

Book Review: The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson #12)

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

Review

I don’t feel comfortable with being this close to the finale in the series. Charley Davidson is my life, how am I supposed to live without her?

Jones’s narrative is so fun to read, it’s almost impossible for me not worship every book in this series, even if they are very predictable ones.

Honestly, nothing really epic and game changing happens in The Trouble with Twelfth Grave, I mean, there was the thing with the blessing, but that’s it. However, reading these books make me happy, I don’t know how am I supposed to WAIT for the next one, knowing is THE LAST one.

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