Thursday, April 4, 2013

In Honor

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 8, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1442416971
  • Author: Jessi Kirby
  • Cover art: Love it!
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal bookshelf. 

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

 Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn--but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I really liked this one. It has been in my TBR pile since it was released. This was another one where I wondered why it took me so long to read it! I loved Honor's character. I found myself crying and laughing right along with her. 

Throughout the book, we get to see clips of Honor's brother Finn. I really wish that we could have seen more of Finn and learned a bit more about him. I did have an idea about what would happen at the end of the book, just due to the synopsis and in a way I was right, but I missed some of the details. 

Parts of this book, like most contemporaries, were predictable, but it was still good regardless.  I have found that I really like most contemporary books. Especially ones dealing with war. It's not a topic that gets written about much, which is sad, as I think it would be good if we had more books that deal with this topic. 

Rusty, was the character who Honor loves to hate. I could see why he got on her nerves, as I would have the same reaction for the most part that Honor did. But, by the end of the book I really started to like him. 

I loved it when he would tell Honor small things about Finn that she never knew. I laughed so hard when he told her about how Finn named the car! That was funny, and I would have said the same thing that Honor said!

The last chapter was bittersweet. I felt for Honor but at the same time, I was so happy for her. Even though this is a stand alone, I would like to know what happened to Honor after the last page, and what happened to Rusty? Or even a prequel, where we get to meet Finn, or Finn's time in Iraq. 

If you haven't yet, get to the bookstore and by yourself a copy of this one!

So say we all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0439148901
  • Author: Ellen Emerson White.
  • Cover art: I like how the series has a photo of a person during the time over a background photo. 
  • Obtained: My personal library
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

The brother of an anti-war demonstrator, a young marine is fighting a war no one understands while his sister is fighting on the home front to end the war in Vietnam and bring her brother home.
An agonizing dilemma plagues these brother-sister diarists. He is a Marine stationed in Vietnam. She is at home in America, far away from her brother's war zone, fighting for peace. As the marine writes in his journal about his experiences as a soldier, fighting an enemy he can't see, his sister seeks peace. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I was a fan of the DA series when I was young. I got a few more recently and I bought Where have all the flowers gone? Which is the companion novel to this one. I got a copy of this one when I realized it was the companion and I read this one first. 

I really liked how the author brought Patrick, Bebop, Hollywood and Rotgut to life. The reader gets a small idea as to what it must have been like for the men who were at Khe Sanh in 1968. We get to know and love Patrick and his friends. We see how war rips some of this friends away and how Patrick deals with it.

We also get to see how Patrick worries about his sister Molly who is back home in Boston.
There were parts of this book that made me sad, and as crazy as it sounds I even laughed at one part. It shows the guys having fun. It was an excellent scene, for a short time, I forgot that the boys were in war zone, I was laughing right along with them. Then when the fun was over, I was thrown back and remembered, Oh yeah, the guys are fighting war. 

While the book says it's for ages 9 and up, if you are a parent, it might be a good idea to read it first. Since it is a war book there are some bits that not all children would be able to handle. I do recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't normally read middle grade. 

So say we all!