Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What FAITH ?

 The Faith by John Leahy is a very weak plotted book. As the book begins the main character Ella is returning home from rehabilitation due to a problem with cocaine. Ella had a lucrative career as a hedge fund trader before going into rehab. After Ella got clean she decided she did not go back to work due to all this money she has, how much we are never really told but when someone need funds she can write huge checks. Ella meet Alicia who was in a band and became involved with her. Ella moved into Alicia's place. It struck me as strange that Ella started calling herself a lesbian, while both of the characters still wanted to be with men also. That would make them bisexual especially since they both had affairs with men. The writer really messed that up and if you read the book you will find some other strange things in their relationship. Also here is another not right situation that took place in the book. Alicia had a child names Rosie that was 5 years old but Alicia did not want to be a part of her life when she had gotten pregnant because she was in a band that was doing great and did not want to give the possibility of fame up, which did not work out for her. So one day Ella convinces her to be with her daughter and then they are one happy family. The kid is 5 I do not see how that would be possible. Oh that is my mommy! I love you! After never being a part of her life. I do not think so. Ella decides to fund Alicia in a new band and CD all expenses paid. Who just has unlimited money? Through out the book Ella is always surrounded by people with cocaine, everybody has some. Does she relapse or worse. That is not for me to tell. Unless you ask me on this blog and for this one I might give away the ending. 

(I got this book from LibraryThing for a honest review)

Friday, September 12, 2014



Bend Your Brain is a fabulous book of all types of puzzles ranging from easy to hard that will keep your brain in shape and you have so much fun in the process. This book has 5 different brain building categories. They are visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination and memory. The book explains that these are in each different part of the brain such as, frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, cerebellum and temporal lobe. So for each section of the brain you would do a different building category. Interesting. Bend your brain has great puzzles like a 850 # dot to dot, making words out of pictures, plotting numbers on a grid to come up with a word (this is where having taken algebra came in handy)  and so much more! There was a few puzzles that I thought are a little odd: Whose Famous Mouth Is It?, this odd form of Battleship that I have yet to figure out and place the movies shown on the page in order of their release date. Really? That is why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.  Bend Your Brain has 151 puzzles to keep you on your toes.   

 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


Nest by Esther Ehrlich is a book for middle school age children but I think that many adults would like it also. It is not a short book in any sense it is 338 pages long. It is a well written book and I enjoyed it immensely. Nest takes place in 1972 and is about the Orenstein family. Chirp is the youngest family member and the one telling the story. She has a older sister Rachel and a mother who is a dancer and the father is a psychiatrist. Chirp got her name do to her love and knowledge of birds. She spends most of her free time at the marsh watching for all different types of birds. That year she started the sixth grade and makes a friend she never thought would, Joey. One day Chirps mom gets sick and is diagnosed with a horrible disease. After Chirps mom gets ill nothing is ever the same for her again. The book is as full of humor as sadness. There is so much more to this book that I can tell. Stinky clams, swan boats and so much more. Nest is full of surprises. Since this book takes place in the early seventies I would hope that children understand before they read this that medicine has been changing. 

(I recieved this book from NetGalley for a honest review)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Everything Changes, Yet Some Things Stay The Same

I really loved Everything Changes a coming of age story when 17 year old Raven finally realizes she is gay. When Morgan comes along feelings Raven has never felt before explode inside her something she had never had with a guy. Morgan is in college and has been out as a lesbian for awhile. Morgen has had relationships before and really likes Raven but does not want to take a step backwards in her life having to hide a relationship. Is Raven too afraid to come out about being a lesbian all these feelings are so new. As all young gay people go through Raven is terrified how her friends, kids at school and family will handle this. This YA novel is an adoring read for people of all ages. It takes you back to your first crush and it also shows how hard it is for young gay people making sense of their feelings and life. There is so much to this book. You will really enjoy this read. 

(I got this book from NetGalley for a honest review)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Raising Cubby

Raising Cubby was different than any other book that I have read regarding a father and son relationship. The writing of the book itself was a little stranger than most and I think that is due to the fact that John Robison has aspergers and as he said in the book he communicates differently than most people, so it was probably written exactly as he thinks and speaks. Nothing wrong with it at all it was a good insight into the mind of someone with aspergers. This book is incredibly interesting on how John leads his life and thinks. He is very literal about everything such as when Cubby (Jake) was little he liked to be tossed up in the air but he became to heavy John decided to spin him by his arms in circles (like most kids have) Cubby's mother started screaming his arms are going to come out of the sockets John actually believed it. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments. They went to many interesting places like nuclear power plants, navy ships, rail yards and dams. Cubby loved these things. He was interested in so many things beyond his years.  Some things were slightly disturbing. Like John explaining that stone statues of people or anything really are real but turned to stone by witches. Cubby was a smart child but because of his limitations he got himself into some big trouble with the Feds. You got to read the book to find out the rest! It is worth the read! 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."