30 June 2016

Summer Book Review Part II

Book Review Part II

Whistling Past the Graveyard--Great read! Definitely recommend reading this one! Had historical fiction in it regarding the whole segregation with race. Let's get that I absolutely LOVE this book out of the way. Whistling Past The Graveyard is a heartwarming, endearing coming of age story about a fiesty 9 year old girl who decides it's high time she flew the coop in an effort not to be sent to boarding school. It's the summer of 1963 in Cayuga Springs, the Fourth of July, and a pocket full of penny candy that puts the wheels in motion for a life-changing experience for two unsuspecting lives that intersect on an abandoned road. 

Necessary Lies & The Silent Sister. I like Diane Chamberlain's books, but Necessary Lies was the better of the two books for me. Set in 1960's rural North Carolina, a shocking, but enlightening story surrounding the Eugenic's Sterilization Program, their unethical practices and the abuse of State authority. I was totally unfamiliar with the program thus surprised and disgusted with the procedures yet was totally enthralled by the author's presentation and well-developed characters. Jane Forrester has recently just married her husband Robert, who is a pediatrician. Jane is desperate to have a career before starting a family of her own. Her husband doesn't approve of her working and doesn't understand why she feels the need to work.

Me Before You and After You by Jo Jo Moyes. You have to read both. Of course I am partial to say the first book is always the better book, but it's nice to know where Louisa Clark ends up after book one! Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

It's hard not to write to much on these you have to read them for yourself otherwise I'll give everything away! Both are worth the read! 

Try Not to BreatheAmy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.

Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.

Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.

The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.

In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.

This one was frustrating esp the lead character having to deal with turning to alcohol all the time. Interesting story line was a decent read!

Everything Everything-- Good read! Interesting plot! Like Bubble boy (but a girl) not being ever allowed out of the walls of her home.  Snippet or excerpt from book: "My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly."

Pretty Girls--More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Swerve--UGH I had such high hopes for this book as it sounded a lot or similar to the movie "Breakdown" starring Kurt Russell from the 90s I believe where he and his wife are driving and their car breaks and down and she catches a ride from a truck driver to the nearest gas station to all for help only when a tow truck doesn't come and the husband walks back to the station to find out that his wife had never made it to the station....(That was all about the movie not the book) Maybe I was to hung up on the movie to give the book a chance lol I didn't find the book suspenseful at all, but rather predictable. It's sad when you can figure out the ending within the first few minutes of the book. 

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