Posts Categorized: 5 Stars

Aug 22
Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

If I told you that a book with a heavy focus on the gathering, purification, and consumption of water was beautiful in an indescribable way, would you be tempted to side-eye me?  Don’t even think about it, because with Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis has written a book packed full of breath-taking moments, fantastic characters, and yes, lots of information about water.  Every author presented with the challenge of conveying a great deal of information to the reader,… Read more »


May 22
Review: Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan

Review: Impossible Odds by Jessica Buchanan

If you weren’t aware of Seal Time Six before the successful operation that took out Bin Laden, you certainly are now.  Another less well-known mission took place in Somalia in 2012 when the Seals rescued an American woman held captive by Somali pirates for three months.  Jessica Buchanan’s desire to help African children led her and her husband to Somalia, where she also instructed locals how to avoid landmines.  On October 25, 2011, Jessica and her Danish colleague, Poul Thisted,… Read more »


Apr 05
Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

“It’s like you’re…something else.” Simply put, I loved Unearthly. It is the perfect blend of a wonderful young heroine, two believable love interests (an area where so many other writers stumble), great supporting characters, action, fantasy, and romance. OK, enough raving for the moment. In Unearthly, sixteen year-old Clara is Quartarius – the daughter of a half-angel mother and a human father. All angels have a life Purpose, and Clara’s is to rescue an unknown teenage boy from a forest… Read more »


Mar 29
Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Don’t you love it when a book lives up to all of its pre-publication hype?  I was near the top of the library reserve queue for If You Find Me, and I was content with that.  Then I started to read some fantastic reviews and moving interviews with Murdoch, and I HAD TO HAVE this book; library reserve cancelled and replaced with an Amazon pre-order.  It was everything I hoped and more. Characters don’t get much better than Carey.  So… Read more »


Mar 22
Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

“So Lulu?  What do you say?  You want to go to Paris?  For just one day?”  Fortunately for us, Lulu (née Allyson) says yes.  Good thing for Gayle Forman, too; otherwise her book would have ended on page 30.  High-school student, Allyson, impulsively takes off for Paris with Willem, a Dutch actor whom she’d just met in England.  She spends the day and night with him, and in the morning he’s…gone.  Allyson is shattered and flees Paris.  These events are… Read more »


Mar 06
Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

  I loved Legend, and I desperately wanted Prodigy to live up to the standard set by its predecessor.  I’m happy to say that Marie Lu succeeded wonderfully.  When Prodigy opens, June and Day have fled the Republic, and they head to Las Vegas to join the Patriot rebellion.  Sibling love continues to play a big role as June continues to mourn her brother’s death, and Day is desperate to find his brother, Eden. I’m a huge fan of post-apocalyptic… Read more »


Feb 28
Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I’ll admit it.  I did not believe I would love The Fault In Our Stars.  Yes, I’d read all of the rave reviews.  But a book about kids dying of cancer?  And not only would I love this book, but it was going to make me laugh, too?  Well, this doubting Thomas is here to tell you that my answers are a very emphatic YES and YES. “Cancer books suck.”  So says sixteen year-old Hazel, the wise beyond her years… Read more »


Feb 20
Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

“I’m coming for you. I’m coming home, and I’m coming to clean.” I got goosebumps (the good kind!) when I read those words at the end of Book 4. If you’ve read “Wool”, you know the speaker is NOT talking about vacuuming. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?? I first learned of “Wool” when I read on an entertainment news site that Ridley Scott had purchased the movie rights to a self-published book by a largely… Read more »