Saturday, April 12

SSS Review ~ Attachments

The Basics

Title:  Attachments
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 336
My Rating:

5- Moms Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes. It doesnt get any better!

Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

What Did I Think?  

Attachments is the first book that I have read by Rainbow Rowell but it certainly won’t be the last. I have been hearing about her for a long time because of the success of Eleanor and Park. I didn’t even realize that this one wasn’t a YA novel until I started reading it. That fact only served to make me like it more.

The funny thing about this story is that I shouldn’t like Lincoln because of what he is doing. I shouldn’t. I do.

For one thing, I would do the same thing if I were in his shoes. How hard would it be to be given free reign over other people’s personal emails and not read them?? Especially when they are as fun and entertaining as the emails between Beth and Jennifer.

Speaking of Beth and Jennifer, I liked them both. Though I wanted to smack them both at times, I didn’t have to think that for long because they really kept each other in check pretty well. I think what I liked more than the ladies themselves was the honest and interesting friendship they had together. You rarely see that in books. The main character is the only one who gets to have a well rounded personality and we are supposed to focus all our attention on them. In Attachments though, We got to know Jennifer almost as well. Through that we got a good look at a great friendship and I hope for more of those in literature!

BOTTOM LINE: Rainbow Rowell has a new fan, Me! 

Source: E-Copy from the publisher for review via NetGalley. 

Friday, April 11

Books Devoured Jr Review ~ Dixie Wants an Allergy

Books Devoured Jr is a feature that puts the Spotlight on Middle Grade and Children's books. 

This week we are pleased to be part of the blog tour for:

Today's Spotlight is on:

The Basics

Title:  Dixie Wants and Allergy
Author: Tori Corn 
Illustrator: Nancy Cote
Genre: Childrens
Pages: 32

Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

It’s Dixie’s first day of school, and some of her classmates are sharing details about their various allergies. Bridget tells of her wheat allergy and how she gets to order a special meal from restaurants. Dixie thinks that must be a really special meal! And Charlie had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance once due to his dairy allergy. Dixie thinks that must have been thrilling! Even Hannah gets to wear a fashionable bracelet due to her peanut allergy. Dixie races home and begins to eagerly search for the slightest sign of an allergy. After many failed attempts, Dixie discovers that she is allergic to something after all. But is getting what you wish for actually as exciting as it once appeared?

Dixie Wants an Allergy provides a comical and engaging approach for children who are beginning to learn about and who are coping with allergies—and who also have trouble finding what makes them unique. Corn’s playful text and Cote’s inviting illustrations encourage children to accept those with differences while learning that wanting what others have is not always a good idea.

What Did I Think?  

This is a cute story to introduce the topic of allergies to young children.  Dixie sees that some of the other children have allergies and that makes them seem special.  She wants to be special too.  Being a mother I understand that children sometimes want what they can't have.  Little Minion has the most beautiful curly hair.  You know what she always wants me to do right? Straighten it! Ahhh!!! 

What happens when they actually get what they thought they wanted? It doesn't always turn out the way that they thought it would.  I think that this story illustrates that beautifully.   

Speaking of illustrations, this book is really well done in that department.  Dixie is just the cutest thing ever. I think that the expressions made by all the characters, including the animals, are my favorite part.  

What Does Little Minion Think?

My favorite part of the story was when she got an allergy and got to wear the bracelet she didn't like it.  It was kind of funny (well, it wasn't funny that she got an allergy!) because that has happened to me before.  I thought I would like taking dance class but once I started I realized that I liked my gymnastics class I was in before better. 

I love all the details in the pictures too.  There is a sun that has a face in some of the pictures and I thought that was cute.  Every time I look at the pictures I see something I didn't notice before.  

LITTLE MINION'S BOTTOM LINE: This is a funny book with awesome pictures. I recommend it! 

If you would like to find out more about Dixie Wants an Allergy check out the links below:

Source: E-copy provided by the publicist for review. 

Tuesday, April 8

Top Ten Tuesday - Most Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Here are the Top Ten Most Unique Books I have read: (In no particular order)

10. Jenny Pox by JL Bryan ~ This book was crazy pants.  I loved it though.

9.  Mind Games by Carolyn Crane ~ First I have to admit that I adore Carolyn Crane.  We have become twitter "friends" and she is awesome. That might make me biased but I still think that her book is unique even in the UF genre.  Hypochondria as a weapon???? Yes please!

8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ~ I read this book a couple of years before I started blogging but I have never forgotten just how much I loved it.  Everything about it is just so unique and enjoyable. This is one of my favorite books ever!

7.  South of Broad by Pat Conroy ~ Part sweeping epic, part southern love letter, part drama filled crazy and fully outstanding.  This might not be everyone's cup of tea but I loved everything about it.

6. The Passage by Justin Cronin ~ This vampire tale has a unique view point on the subject.  Scary, sweeping and well written.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ~ If you haven't read this yet I highly recommend it.  Death is the narrator. Yep, Death.

4. Grayton Beach Affair by James Harvey ~ If you are a long time fan of Books Devoured then you have probably seen this book before.  I am an evangelist for it.  I love it.  Stuff happens in those pages that I can never unread! The story is unique and amazing.  Please do something crazy, step outside your comfort zone and read this book!

3. Fat Assassins by Marita Fowler ~ This book was laugh out loud funny.  Two big ladies get themselves in some hilarious shenanigans after being confused by some mob lingo and finding themselves hired as assassins.  I'm actually glad I looked back through my reading list and found this book.  I need to read the second book in the series.

2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton ~ This is one that I read recently and I compared it to Pushing Daisies.  I even possibly made up a term when I called it Magical Realism.  While the story didn't quite capture me quite as much as the setting and tone of the story I still think it is worth a read.

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ~ This for me is a book that was equally amazing in story and in setting and tone.  Uniqueness oozes out of every page of this book and I loved it.

I can't wait to see what unique reads you all have chosen! 

Monday, April 7

Blog Tour Guest Post ~ Louise Caiola

Joining me on Books Devoured today is Louise Caiola, author of The Making of Nebraska Brown.  She has a guest post for us about her Fave Literary Peeps:

Guest Post: Fave Literary Peeps

By: Loiuse Caiola

I'm admittedly not a literary "fan girl." Not starry-eyed when it comes to famous authors and such. However, there are a few authors I would really dig the chance to get to meet. Maybe share a cup of tea or an apple martini with. I’m not fussy. I’ll chill with any one of these awesome people. First out the gate is the amazing J.K. Rowling. Any writer with an ounce of chops ought to get the chance to shoot the breeze with this woman. A self-made success story. A legend in time. I could only imagine the volume of knowledge I might glean from a writer of her caliber.

There is a small list of others – any and all of whom are crazy-talented. Any and all of whom I would be thrilled to spend even a thin fraction of time with.

They are – in no particular order of relevance:

Ann Brashares, Steven King, Harper Lee, Nicholas Sparks, Elizabeth Gilbert, Gillian Flynn, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, James Patterson, Kathryn Stockett, Anne Lamott, and Garth Stein.

Whew! Are you still with me? Okay, well that ought to do it for now. And you know what? I could go on!

As writers we look up to those who came before, who paved the way and opened doors. Those who taught us through their outstanding prose. Those who gave us the motivation and inspiration to trudge through the vast creative minefields. These authors are the compass. They are the guiding stars.

I’m starting to think that perhaps I’m wrong. Maybe, just maybe, I AM a starry-eyed literary fan girl after all.

What do you know about that?

Thanks so much for being here today Louise! 

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Thursday, April 3

Review ~ The Here and Now

The Basics

Author: Ann Brashares
Genre: YA SciFi
Pages: 288
My Rating:

4- Steak and Potatoes. Delicious and Wonderful. 

Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

What Did I Think?  

Oh Time Travel books, you are so hard for me to love.

You know why?  Because Harry Potter. JK Rowling handled time travel in such a way that nothing else quite feels as neatly tied up. In case you haven’t read Harry Potter (and REALLY!!?? Get on that!!) the way it was handled in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was that everything that happened always happened. Meaning that the events that we saw in the beginning didn’t change after the time travel occurred. In fact, the time travel was sometimes responsible for the events even if that was unclear the first time that that was what happened.

Brain melted yet?? 

Mine too. The thing is that everyone has their own theories about time travel and you just never know what you are going to get when you start a new book on the subject.

My point?? I had no clue what I was in for here. In the end, I was good with the way time travel was dealt with. Though it wasn’t my preferred theory, it made sense and that is important.

The characters were interesting. I loved that Prenna was smart and brave. She didn’t always make the best choices but they at least made sense and were in line with her personality. Ethan was also fun to read. He was smart and capable. Kind and sweet too. 

This story went places much bigger than I thought it would and I was both surprised and delighted by this.  I think that is what really won me over in the end.  

BOTTOM LINE: Interesting plot, good characters. Read it! 

Source: I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher.