Book Review, Edelweiss

Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Thank you to Edelweiss, the Penguin Publishing Group – Viking, and Matt Haig for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book has a lot of buzz. It has a Goodreads average rating of 4.13 on 5,767 ratings, and it’s going to be made into a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch!

 

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Tom Hazard has a secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but because of  a rare condition called anageria, he’s been alive since 1581.  Tom has met a lot of famous people like Shakespeare, F. Scott & Ella Fitzgerald, experienced major historical events firsthand, and witnessed many inventions become real. He just wants an ordinary life, but because of his secret, he must move every 8 years and reinvent himself.

It is now 2017 and Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher – the perfect job for someone like him who has witnessed history first hand.

Tom has lived in London before, and returning to the city is bittersweet for him because it holds many memories of love, laughter, friendship, heartache, pain, anguish, and grief. Continue reading “Book Review: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig”

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Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Publish Date: January 23, 2018

This story introduces the reader to the world of CIA counterintelligence and Russian sleeper cells.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House – Ballatine, and Karen Cleveland for allowing me to preview this book.

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When I picture a sleeper cell, I think of a container where a baby take a nap. Or a sleeping bag for a child’s sleepover. And maybe counterintelligence means anti-smart?

As you can see, I am ignorant new to these terms, so I had to look it up. Wikipedia defines counterintelligence as “information gathered and activities conducted to protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons or international terrorist activities.”

And a sleeper cell is a secretive group of spies or terrorist agents that remain inactive within a target population until ordered to act.

Now you know. Fascinating! Continue reading “Book Review: Need to Know by Karen Cleveland”

Book Review, Musings

**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

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Eric’s rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Format: Audible

Publish Date: June 27, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Today I am proud to welcome my husband, Eric, to be my very first guest on my blog!img_3412

Eric is a new user of Audible. He listens to books in the car while traveling for work. I have a feeling that this new feature will have him listening to more audio books going forward.

Spoonbenders has been on my TBR list since it was published. It travels up and down my TBR but I’ve always wanted to read it. I told Eric about this book, and he was intrigued.

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This is a story about a con man falling in love with a genuinely powerful psychic, family, loyalty, and getting mixed up with the Chicago mob.

The Goodreads synopsis:

A generations-spanning family of psychics–both blessed and burdened by their abilities–must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us.

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there’s Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years.

As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life? Continue reading “**1st Guest Post!** Book Review: The Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory”

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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

Release Date: January 9, 2018

I am so, so excited. This book is being released TOMORROW!

Thank you to Edelweiss, Putnam Books, and Chloe Benjamin for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is the story of the Gold children, who are the offspring of Jewish immigrants, and their visit to a “fortune teller” one hot and sticky summer day in New York City in the summer of 1969.

Usually, fortune tellers predict information about a person’s life, give advice about personal matters or address evil matters or curses. But this fortune teller is very different. She tells each customer their date of death.

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Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

 

Be Frank With Me

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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This is one of the rare books that affected me in ways that I never expected.

I finished this book and it had me reflecting for days. It was different than anything that I’ve ever read.

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Mimi Banning is a reclusive author living in Bel Air as a single mom with her ‘on the spectrum’ 9 year old son, Frank. Mimi is writing another book and to ensure timely completion her publisher sends an assistant, Alice Whitley, to monitor her progress. Alice becomes a full-time companion to Frank, a very intelligent, special boy with an eccentric personality and a 1930s wardrobe. This is the story of Frank, Alice, Mimi, and their time in Bel Air while Mimi is writing her book. Continue reading “Book Review: Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson”

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Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me To Be

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars 5 Stars

Release Date: January 3, 2017

 

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This book gave me a book hangover.

If you don’t know what that means – it means that it’s GOOD!

I finished this book, and it lingered in my mind for days afterwards as I processed the plot, the themes, the character observations and motivations. I thought about “what ifs” and what twists and turns could have occurred. It takes me a few days to move on from a book like this. That’s a book hangover for me.

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This is the murder mystery of Hattie Hoffman, a high school senior soon-to-be graduate in a small Midwestern town. Her passion is acting, and she has big dreams of pursuing acting in a big city. She is alive for most of the book and the plot centers around the events leading up to her murder and after. Continue reading “Book Review: Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia”

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Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Publish Date:  August 14, 2017

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The Store knows you better than you know yourself.

The Store can deliver anything to your door via drone, even anticipating needs and desires you didn’t even know you had. New York City writers Jacob and Megan Brandeis go undercover by relocating their family to the The Store’s distribution center in the New Berg, Nebraska. They plan to dig up The Store’s secrets and expose them to the world in a tell-all book. At first, it appears to be an idyllic town and workplace. But slowly they realize that The Store knows what they are doing and will do anything to keep them quiet- including murder. Continue reading “Book Review: The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo”