Monday, November 25, 2013

Thinspo



  


  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 22, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 148013161X
  • Author : Amy Ellis
  • Cover art: It makes a statement
  • Overall rating *** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: My personal book shelf









 Thinspo by Amy Ellis
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

Jenni is an average teenage girl about to graduate from high school who keeps a blog about her struggles to get a boyfriend and arguments with her best friend, Carly. But Jenni's blog is a bit different. She's a pro-ana/pro-mia blogger documenting her struggles with her eating disorder, keeping track of her weight, calorie intake and what her parents made her eat. When her best friend Carly discovers her blog, things start to blow up, only getting worse as Jenni meets Dani, who also suffers from an eating disorder. Jenni's story is tragic and sarcastic rolled into blog format and told through her posts and text messages.(Synopsis provided by goodreads)

Okay, this is one of the shorter eating disorder books I have read. I do wish it was bigger then it was but it's not. It's just an okay book, it didn't knock my socks off, but I didn't hate it either. I think what bothered me most was the ending, it felt very rushed, it all got solved and fixed up way too easily for my tastes. 
Jenni felt real though, which I liked. Her anger,hurt,frustration was all things that a friend of mine (may she rest in peace) felt reading the book, I felt like I was reading about my friend.

It's a fairly fast read, I read it in a few hours on a trip. I would say to borrow it from a library or a kindle exchange before you buy. I don't think I'll be reading it again. 

Overall there are better books about eating disorders you can read. The one I'd recommend the most would be Wintergirls.


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab



  • Series: Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (November 5, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1594746486
  • Author: Bob Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
  • Cover art: It's not my favorite
  • Overall rating:*** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: From Quirk books in exchange for review
Nick and Tesla are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they’re sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It’s not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own—engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more. Readers are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects.


In Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, we meet the characters and learn how to make everything from rocket launchers to soda-powered vehicles. Learning about science has never been so dangerous—or so much fun! (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


This is a super quick read. I generally don't read a lot of middle grade, but this one sounded like fun. 
It was fun, but I felt like it was missing something, though I'm not sure what was missing, but it did feel like there was ingredient left out. 

It was a humorous book and I really enjoyed the characters. Tesla reminds me of a young girl I know very curious. 

One thing that really stands out for me is how the reader can do the experiments right along with the characters in the book, of course an adult needs to be present to help the reader with the experiments. 
I think a lot of young kids and some older ones would love to be able to be apart of the story in that way. 

It's fun and educational though some kids may have too much fun reading it to realize they are also learning which gives the book an extra point.

If you have a child that loves science, you should pick them up a copy of this book.


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Unbound

 Hey y'all! Today the first 100 pages of The Unbound by Victoria Schwab is up on Netgalley!

But that's not all! Victoria is holding 3 contests each is separate, but the prize is the same. The prize is access to the FULL ARC (This is in e-book form.)

You can enter on TWITTER by tweeting about the NetGalley first 100 pages sample. You must use the hashtag #TheUnbound.

You can enter on FACEBOOK by liking her page. Then just post a link to the NetGalley page and be sure to tag her so she can see the post. To help spread the word more, include her giveaways.

You can enter a third time on TUMBLR  by going to  her page and all you need to do is just re-post her post on there and that's the entry!
The giveaways will go until Nov. 10!
So its time to spread the word!!!


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hush











  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher:Walker Childrens; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0802723322
  • Author: Eishes Chayil
  • Cover art: I really like it, I love the words across the face.
  • Obtained: My personal library
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars









Hush by Eishes Chayil
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews

 nside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.

A richly detailed and nuanced book, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story explains a complex world that remains an echo of its past, and illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


I went into this book not knowing what to expect. There are a lot of Yiddish words in the book, if you are unfamiliar with Yiddish, there is a glossary in the back.  I live in an Orthodox community, but like a character in the book, I am not Jewish. I have helped some of the people in the community on Shabbos when they are not able to do certain things, such as reset clocks, turn off the oven, turn lights on and off. So I am familiar with a lot of the customs in the book but not all. I have heard a lot of the Yiddish terms in this book just living around those in the community that use them.
I do believe that the author is an Orthodox Jewish woman. 

A lot of people are shocked with how the community views outsiders, being around it, I thought that the book seemed to dramatize it, I have felt unwelcome at times when I help the community when some of the members find out I am not Jewish they distance themselves, but I understand that, as I do not hold the same views and customs as they do. It could be that each community is a bit different I don't know. 

The story it's self was a hard one. The topic of abuse and the type of abuse in this book is very difficult to handle. 

The style of the story can throw some people off I believe. It goes back and forth with Gittel being 8 years old and Gittle being 18 and her going through the process of finding a husband. In her community it seems to be a type of arranged marriage.

My one big issue with the book is how it ends. I felt that it was too neat. Without giving anything away it felt like the issue the book dealt with was fix too easily.

If you want to "look into another world" this book may be for you. 

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