Book Review: Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner.

Book Review:

Ever since I saw the cover of this book I knew I needed to read it and when I won a personalized signed copy in a Twitter Giveaway organized by the author I was really excited.

Not being someone to limit myself to the “adults” genres, I enjoy reading all kind of books (from Children’s books, to YA, Fiction, New Adult, Fantasy, etc.) and this one proved to be really a great choice.

Greeeg is a robot that Kennedy (a kid part of a school group called Enginerds) receives in a box that someone left in his doorstep, Greeeg eats everything (except radishes for some reason) and he has an “interesting” way to dispose of food.

love learning and tech and I guess that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much and why I could relate easily to the wonderful characters created by Jarrett Lerner.

Nerdy and with geeky heart is a way to describe the members of Enginerds, kids that pursue knowledge, learning science and tech while having fun.

Every character has something interesting, but for some reason I liked John Henry the most, with his predilection for “scientifically sound” statements (even if Kennedy is not a fan of him).

Robots, science, tech, friendship, action and teamwork, this book has a lot of elements that

Definitely make it worth to read, share with someone, gift to kids and add to a library collection.

Surprises and twists are present in this fun book that will keep you really entertained and hopefully by the end, also excited about the sequel (the author told me it will be release next year).

Book Review: Making Buttons by Amelia Arbek.

Making Buttons

Book Synopsis

High school sweethearts Charlie and Jo Marie are in love. But when Charlie walks away from Jo Marie, seemingly inexplicably, she struggles to understand how things could have changed so quickly. She holds out hope that he will come to his senses and return, but when he doesn’t, she moves on, albeit reluctantly.

Years pass, and Jo finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage and faced with a decision that challenges her values to the very core. Feeling lonely and afraid, she makes the only choice she knows she can live with, which isn’t accepted by everyone in her life- namely, her husband, with whom she can’t seem to find any common ground.

Angered by her decision, her husband gives her an ultimatum. Jo knows in her heart she can’t do the only thing that would make him happy, so she tries to “fix” the situation as best she can. She fabricates a story and posts her lie on her social media page. Unbeknownst to Jo, this sets off a firestorm of challenges, and the first one is a doozy….

She has to figure out how to explain to a recently returned Charlie Anderson why she named him as the father of her baby.

Making Buttons is a full-length, stand-alone novel, filled with all the angst, laughs, frustration, and satisfaction you expect from a heartfelt contemporary romance.

***Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18***
It contains strong language and sexual content.

 

Book Review

Making Buttons is a Contemporary Romance about love, family and second chances.

Jo Marie and Charlie are high school sweethearts but one day he decides to leave town and Jo ends up alone and heartbroken.

As times passes and Jo Marie realizes Charlie is not coming back, she reluctantly decides to move on, eventually meets someone else and gets married, but something happens that makes her reevaluate his relationship and go back to her hometown and her family.

Amelia Arbek’s gives us good characters (some of them like Luca are easy to love) and is interesting to learn about the the dynamic of the traditional italian family Jo is part of.

Jo Marie has an older brother (Guy), a younger sister (Giulia) and a younger brother (Luca). Her relationship with each one of them is really different but I found myself drawn to the parts of the story that showed interactions between Jo Marie and Luca, she’s protective of his younger brother and I found him mature for his age (there’s a reason for this but I won’t give anything away to avoid spoilers).

My perception of Charlie changed throughout the book and I ended up loving this character; yes, he makes mistakes but he also loves intensely, knows what he wants and is really persistent.

While I was reading this book I thought the story was going in a direction and then suddenly there were some twists that I definitely didn’t see coming but were interesting to read.

This story shows how true love can last, in life heartbreak sometimes happens, you can experience some regrets but at the end fighting for what you want is worth it.

I liked this book and if on the future Amelia Arbek writes a short story or a one-shot about Luca and Grace I would absolutely love to read it (Luca and Charlie were my favorite characters).

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Book Review: US by Curtis Wiklund.

 

Review:

Curtis Wiklund is a wedding photographer whose work I follow in Instagram, where he started posting some of the drawings that ended up forming part of his book “The Daily Drawings Of US”. I love his drawings and that’s why after I had a gift card towards an ebook I opted for getting this book instead of a YA Novel as I usually do.

This was the first book in my 2018 Reading List and it was a great way to start the year.

In “US” Curtis Wiklund shares some glimpses of his day to day life with drawings (particularly about his relationship with his wife). As I went through the pages I could relate to some of the situations (some of them are cute and funny, some of them are heartwarming) and it’s fairly easy see how much he loves his wife.

I found this book touching and enjoyable, a good addition to a family library and a great option as an anniversary’s or wedding gift.

I hope to be able to buy a printed copy of this book soon in the future because this is the kind of book that I would love to have next to my bed to occasionally open it in a random page and just enjoy.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

 

Books: Review of Fábulas de Nuestra Tierra para contar en un Día de Muertos.


Written by the Mexican author Nora Girón-Dolce and divided into 6 short stories, this book is full of magic that takes you on a wonderful journey through Mexican customs and traditions that revolve around the Day of the Dead.

Reading this book was like sitting in front of the fire, drinking coffee and eating bread while someone told old legends in such a detailed way that it was as if I was there looking at the fields and the altars, smelling the rich food, listening to the wise words of a woman who enjoyed helping others and even understanding the incredible relationship between a dog and its owner.

The author has a style that allows you to easily connect with the characters, lose yourself between the pages and ultimately find you satisfied with the experience.

With a total of 56 pages the book is a quick read that is worthwhile and I highly recommend.

* The book reviews written on this Blog reflect my personal opinion and I do not perceive any kind of compensation for them.

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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Reading Challenge Category: A book at least 100 years older than you.

Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Format: Kindle and Audiobook

Rating: 5 of 5.

One of my Favorite Quotes: “How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Comments:

This book is a Classic and a most read, I found the narration by Rosamund Pike very engaging and I especially enjoyed it in the parts of Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet and Jane Bennet.
While listening the Audiobook I couldn’t help compare the book with the 2005 Movie adaptation (the one starring Keira Knightley), and to be honest even when I think the character of Lizzy is really well written, she wasn’t my favorite. There are some things that I found myself questioning about Lizzy after finishing the book (particularly some of her attitudes towards people like Darcy and even sometimes her friend Charlotte).
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, I love how Jane Austen portrayed the characters and I would recommend it (specially this Audiobook version).

Book Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker. 

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

Book Review:

I loved Catching Jordan and after spending several days on my Local Library’s waiting list, I was happy to finally pick up this book and start reading.

This book tells the story of Kate, who during the summer is working as counselor in the same Christian Camp where she was sent when she was eleven years old, however things and people have changed over the years and she is going to learn that.

In this story we find romance, friendship and all the fun that comes with summer camps, but also certain sensitive issues are addressed by the author, one of them refers to the secret that Kate keeps (I will not give any spoilers here), also religion and people’s beliefs are an important part of the story.

The author has a great talent to create good characters and this book wasn’t the exception, Kate wasn’t my favorite in this book but is a well-developed character, quite interesting to read and I really enjoyed follow her emotional journey.

There were other characters that I liked better, among them were Will and Parker (I thought they were a lovely couple) and of course Matt (romantic, loyal, adorable, I couldn’t find any fault in him) this character has become (so far) in my favorite from the two Miranda Kenneally’s books I have read.

The things I loved about this book were the friendships, the chemistry between Kate and Matt and Kate’s relationship with her parents (they were sympathetic, supportive and I found them likeables, especially her father).

Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is a great summer reading and even when at times I found that Kate’s character was quite judgmental for my taste, this is an engaging book that I enjoyed reading and that reminded me the wonderful summers I spent meeting people and making new friends.

Book Review: Falling for you by Lisa Schroeder

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Book description (from Goodreads):

“Rae’s always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her…and the less she wants to give. 

As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous. 

Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.”

 

My Book review:

I really liked this book and it was impossible for me to put it down until I finished (that was around 3 or 4 am).

The story was really heartbreaking at times, this book is so full of emotions and I found myself so immerse that in some moments I was sad, but in others I was angry because just couldn’t understand why some characters acted the way they did, I think this is what happens when the characters are well written and you can relate to them (is easy identify who are good people and who are not).

For some people this may no be an easy read, it’s not your typical love story, it’s dark at times and addresses some hard topics, but I think the author developed the story really well and everything fitted into place.

I think this book did a good job of showing that in difficult and hard times, we have to keep strong and hold on to the good stuff, even when sometimes may seem impossible.

The poetry in the book was good and the idea of share your feelings through the writing made me remember the time I got my first journal (diary) and I used to write in it all the time.

Overall I really recommend this book.