No Man’s Land
The story feels very unique to me. The backdrop is fascinating and there is so much insight into the characters it is as though you are reading it from their POVs but the beauty and the craftsmanship of Lucyk-Berger is that it is all in the writing and the third person narrative. There is a bit of a theatrical almost Chekovian feel which I rather enjoyed where the author will at times hint at things without coming out and directly saying them. Those subtleties are like gold to a reader. And I am in awe how the author is able to take a time period and a setting that I know so little about and thrust me right into the middle of it. And instead of turning me off because of its unfamiliarity the language is intriguing to me and I find myself needing to keep reading. The first line "It seemed ashamed to kill on such a fine, spring day." told me this was a must read and I wasn't able to put it down. Lucyk-Berger strikes a nice balance of setting the scene and then inserting what on the surface could seem like casual dialogue but is often loaded with subtext. I am so glad I heard about this author and am definitely looking forward to continuing on with the series.
Mr. Moon Mr. Moon
This should be a bedtime classic. I loved this book about a little girl and her relationship to the moon. I love the exploration of the little girl's emotions of sadness, loneliness, frustration validating when a child feel these things. My twins are 5 and "read" this book at least once a week. Also the illustrations are lovely. A solid 5 stars
I was given a copy of this in hardback, but as a business owner and mom of twins my reading time is limited to audiobooks, so I bought the audio and was immediately whisked into this future world absent of men. Several things blew me away about this book, and one of them is Boostrom, a first time author mind you, can write women including teenagers with the best of them. I had to keep checking that Boostrom was not a woman. The depth and complexities of his characterizations and the world building is astounding. Another thing about this book was the subject matter. It is not enough to say his work is thought provoking, as Boostrom forces you to confront and question what perhaps, before reading his book, you never would have, in essence, your own sense of morality. It is no wonder Boostrom's debut won numerous awards.
And now onto the narration. Alex Ford has the kind of voice you just want to curl up in to. There is a purity to her sound that is aurally pleasing and her range is exceptional. Beyond this, Ford displays her artistry as she embodies character after character with nuance subtlety and even humor. Her voice has a razors edge at times and one beat later it is like the the softness of a fuzzy blanket, bringing warmth and radiance.
In my opinion this is the perfect pairing. I look forward to reading more of Boostrom and hearing more of Ford. Both are superstars in my book!
Eyes of Wynter
I was given this book as a gift and I must say Bennett is new to me and its no wonder because shockingly this is her debut novel. There is heartbeat that pulses throughout the novel which actually makes sense when you read it. This is YA paranormal fantasy at its best! It has everything you hope for - magic, intrigue, a long list of delightful (whether good or evil) characters that are linked in some way and the bending of time. What I especially enjoyed about the book is the level of deception. Bennett will deceive you readers and once you think you have a grasp on it you find there is another layer to peel and another and another. Bennett does this methodically and flawlessly. I cannot wait to read the next in the Storm Bloodline Saga.
Friends with children with autism or perhaps have other family members or close friends who have it the book Paul's Prayers A Mother's Account of Raising an Autistic son is gorgeous and an absolute must read. Even parents with children with sensory issues (like our bears) I believe could find this book beneficial and educational. Susan L. Anderson really bares her soul and, as they would say in the acting world, leaves it all on the stage. For her, she leaves it all on the page. Her candidness and fearlessness to speak the truth, her truth in particular even when it isn't at all pretty, is inspiring. You will laugh and cry so be ready. Straight up a five star read!
Under Lynden Church
He was there. There is no other explanation. The authenticity with which Jacob writes is so astounding that I cannot see how he could not have actually traversed the very lands he writes about. Jacob manages to describe moments with such ferocity that I found myself tensing when the "axe comes down" and with such quiet tenderness that I was growing teary-eyed each time tragedy struck someone and grieving with them. The characters are so real and universal in their complexities that you identify with them on a level that can be difficult to achieve when writing historical fiction. Jacob clearly has a knack for dialogue that is heightened and yet natural. He is also able to bring the reader back and forth through time. I should mention that in some cases when you have two stories running parallel like this you can grow attached to one and therefore feel resentment because you have been tossed into the other. But that is in no way the case here. The stories in both time periods are equally compelling and of course are linked so you want to follow both to gather the whole picture. This is a solid five star read and I would whole-heartedly recommend it.
Okay first of all I have never read anything like this book. And while I am often squeamish about violent scenes this book had me laughing out loud the majority of the time with all of its pop-culture references like "But, much like Elsa, he decided to let it go..." and for that and many other reasons it was unputdownable. McMahon is clearly a wizard of time travel with his fascinating restarter concept and then all the crazy twists and turns with the plot that keep you guessing what their fate will be until the very end. And spoiler alert but not really. You don't find out because its a series. And this is only the beginning. McMahon knocks it out of the park with this 1st book in his debut series. I am chomping at the bit to find what else he has in store for Hal, Kara, Malcom and the rest! Mr. McMahon please publish the 2nd one so I can have my curiousity sated!