Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Supergirl: Being Super

Supergirl: Being Super Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As far as origins stories go, this is one that I can really get into. Supergirl, much like Superman, is left on a farm in a small town where a kind couple take her in and treat her as her own. But knowing she has super-human strength and abilities doesn't make for an easy adolescence. Along with keeping her secret, she must navigate friendships, running on the track team, and figuring out why when disaster strikes, she suddenly loses her powers.

As far as the artwork goes, it does well to complement the story and keep things interesting. I would definitely be interested in reading more from these authors/illustrators.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: The High Season

The High Season The High Season by Judy Blundell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The High Season is a look into the variety that is Long Island--mostly middle of the way, down to earth communities sprinkled here and there with the glitz and glamour from Hollywood, investment banking and the world art scene.

The book follows Ruthie, someone that is a full-time resident of the North Fork. She and her estranged husband have a beautiful house on the water, but because it's too much to afford, they spend the summer seasons renting it out to the well-to-do from Manhattan. Ruthie and Mike are raising their teen Jem, who has plenty of issues of her own, coupled with Mike's new foray into romance and Ruthie's troubles working for the local museum. To add to their situation for the summer, the person that rents their house is one of the most well known people to ever grace North Fork with her presence, the former wife of artist Peter Clay.

What may turn off readers at the beginning (reading about rich people summering in a fabulous location) quickly fades in the first few chapters, because you realize that it is Ruthie's story, and Ruthie is anything but glamourous, even if she used to be Peter Clay's assistant. What draws you in and keeps you turning the pages is the fact that Ruthie keeps making one bad decision after another, even though she's always trying to make things right with someone or with herself. You are also privy to everyone else's decisions and how that influences what steps Ruthie will take next for her job, her family and her sanity. The book paints a well-rounded picture of what it's like to spend time mixing classes and how money makes little difference when you are determined to do something.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: The Beatles on the Roof

The Beatles on the Roof The Beatles on the Roof by Tony Barrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beatles on the Roof focuses on the time leading up to and through the concert on the roof of the Apple building in Savile Row. The book discusses all of the major players in and around the Beatles at the time, along with how the decision to perform this concert came to be.

It is an interesting read even though parts of this story has been told in other books, interviews and documentaries. Out of all the things that Beatles fans have full access to, the Let It Be documentary in full is one of the few things that is still not within reach of fans for easy viewing access. Although there are plenty of clips, this book puts together the entire picture of what was going on during the filming and how this impacted the Beatles going forward as a band. Most Beatles fans would enjoy this book.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Picture Us in the Light

Picture Us in the Light Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picture Us in the Light is the story of Danny, a high school senior in the well-off Bay area. He is an artist, but he also holds within him secrets and a sense of duty to his parents, who have plenty of their own secrets. It is through his Danny's determination to keep what he holds dear while still trying to find out the truth of his family that propels the plot of this story.

This book is interesting to read because it doesn't just deal with all of the regular pitfalls of high school teens, but adds on top of all that the customs and traditions following Danny and many of his friends around from the countries in which their parents were born. In some instances during pivotal plot moments, you think a teen would go one way, but Danny goes the other out of a deep respect for his parents, even when they are not giving his level of maturity the same respect. It's a story that sticks with you, even though you get a pretty good glimpse of where Danny's life heads once the immediate story is concluded.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Fresh Ink: An Anthology Fresh Ink: An Anthology by Lamar Giles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fresh Ink is an anthology that embraces and promotes diversity in writing. These short stories range from same-sex teenage flirtations to a serious look at racial division, all within the scope of the young protagonist.

My bold statement about this collection is that if you want teens to start reading and discussing issues that are present and real in their lives, put the Shakespeare down for a moment and add this to the curriculum. I know the massive backlash that would have because no one believes that their kid has any idea about crucial topics that divide and bring humanity together, but it's still my suggestion.

Overall most of these stories are entertaining and keep you wanting to read. Although there are a couple of stories that didn't hold my interest, the collection has plenty of characters to love and different writing styles to including a play and a comic to keep everyone interested.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you're in high school, ridiculed for being a practicing witch, and your best (and only) friend dies under mysterious circumstances, what do you do? You find a way to bring her back, even if there are many unexpected consequences.

Once Mila brings back Riley, along with classmates Dayton and June, two others who died under the guise of suicide, she is faced with the task of being able to get revenge for their deaths within seven days, before they must return to the graveyard. On top of that, she is feeling closer than ever to Riley's brother, a person she has had a crush on since she met him. Although Mila feels like a continual outsider for how she looks and what she does, it is in this space where she is able to open up to those who she thought were her sworn enemies to find accidental friendships.

This is by far the best YA book I've read this year. Although you have the typical teen in the center, trying to find her place in the world, all of the strange and often wacky circumstances that follow her over a week make it a book you can't really put down until you find out just what happened to her undead friends.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Spotlight: God, Will I Ever Find Happiness?: The Journey Toward Healing Your Inner Child


This book was created from the question "God, will I ever find happiness?" found in the introduction. The author has often tousled with this question and statement out of exhaustion and hopelessness most of her life. Through asking, there was also a process of searching. Thus, this book was born out of the questioning if there was truly more to life. That more included peace, love, and most of all, happiness. Through her personal experiences of overcoming hardships and depression, Mitzy seeks to provide wisdom to help others become the conquerors they were born and created to be. This book provides helpful tools and perspectives that give guidance to those who are struggling to enjoy their lives to the fullest. The purpose of this book is to let you know that happiness is possible for you!

This book is available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

About the Author:
Mitzy is an Artist, Author, and Coach to many who are seeking to improve their lives from minimum to maximum! She is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and a proud alumna of Spelman College and an anticipatory graduate of McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Her education entails a background in Psychology, Studio Art, and Pastoral Care. From a variety of circumstances in her life that range from depression, homelessness, to even finding the ability to deal with the day-to-day “hustle and bustle in life” Mitzy has sought to lend the knowledge and guidance that she has earned and learned. It is through her work that she hopes encouragement and inspiration can be born back into the lives of those who have given up on life and feel like all hope in a better future is gone. Through her writing and presence, Mitzy desires to bring back that fire and passion that is buried deep down within us all.