River Readers

  • The War I finally Won

    The story of Ada continues. The storyline is composed more of vignettes and nothing as earth-shattering as getting locked in a cabinet nor uncovering a German spy. But the emotional growth that Ada and her circle go through is important in its own way.

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  • The Prince and the Dressmaker

    This was a nice story. The illustrations were amazing and I really liked the dresses. Some would be quite fashionable even now. The dreams of a person can change with circumstances, but their basis is always the same. One must decide how much to give up to achieve them. Yourself or the dream. It's nice when you can get both.

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  • Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

    Being a child of the vinyl record age, I had to laugh at the idea of a fight club of girls. But now in today's arena, it would be much more of an idea. Who knows maybe I would have been intrigued to join this type of group back in the day.

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  • Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

    While this was a nice tidy mystery with great recipes like the rest, I was a bit disappointed. The story spent so much time on the drama and build up, that the murder was solved in just a couple chapters. Not the usual red herrings and clues to make the reader think about different outcomes. This one was very pat and not all the clues were given in such a way that led to the conclusion until the killer was there in your face and way to obvious and not at all satisfying. I guess after 23 other books, the author needs to find new ways to spice up the stories.

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  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    This was a book with a bit of a scare to it, because it was not obvious where the evil of the hall was coming from and in the end I was surprised at the main culprit. It is a sad story in many ways, but it also makes you think about how you would feel about the people you leave behind. I'm not sure I would want to be tied to a place for eternity. Makes you think about what the afterlife might bring according to your beliefs.

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  • Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters

    Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing men in the process. goodreads.com.

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  • The Passage


    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear--of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

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  • Becoming

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

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  • Wild Country

    After the terre indigene wiped out half the humans, the town of Bennett was a ghost town. However, it was also a transportation hub so the Others decide to repopulate it with a mix of Others and humans. The Sanguinati and the Wolfgard hold the dominant positions in town and another Harvester is introduced to run the saloon. Bennett is a bit of a wild west kind of town with set boundaries by the Elders. Any humans who want to live in the town have to have a purpose and be interviewed by the Others in charge.

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  • Predator's Gold

    This is the second book in the Mortal Engines books and features the further adventures of Hester and Tom. This time they find themselves on the city of Anchorage and under the power of the mayoress Freya. They are accompanied by an author who claims to have traveled to America and convinces Freya to head that way. There are also scavengers who kidnap Tom after Hester leaves in a huff due to Tom's attentions directed towards Freya. Lots happened but none of it was that interesting or memorable. I do believe I will not continue this series.

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  • Harbor Me

    This is the story of six young people who are in a special classroom. Every Friday they go to the ARTT (A Room to Talk) and talk without supervision from a teacher. They discuss what is going on in their lives including parental incarceration, immigration, racism and so much more. It is a delightful book and the audio version was wonderful. It was a full cast recording with different actors for each of the kids and the teacher. There is also an interview after the story with jacqueline Woodson and her son.

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  • Empire State: A Love Story (or Not)

    Jimmy likes his friend Sara and is saddened when she follows her dreams of moving from Oakland to New York. He writes her a letter expressing her feelings and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building a la Sleepless in Seattle. Turns out Sara never got the letter, isn't interested in Jimmy and has a boyfriend. 

    This was pretty much a dud for me. I didn't find the story nor the characters appealing and couldn't even remember their names when I went to write this review. The art did nothing to elevate the lackluster story.

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  • Level Up

    Dennis loves video games but struggles with his parents' expectations of him. They want him to go to medical school and specialize in proctology. When his dad dies angels appear to him and try to guide him on that path. 

    This was a bit of a miss for me. I liked Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese but this one was weird and didn't work.

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  • The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

    A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful read that Kirkus Reviews calls "just the ticket for a cold autumn night."

    Tessa Woodward isn't exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she can feel in her bones.

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

    For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved.

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