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Greetings from Witness Protection – Audiobook

Review:

Greetings from Witness Protection! - Jake Burt

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

I’m working on making a world.

– first sentence

 

Nicki has been living in a foster center since her grandmother died. One day, the FBI suddenly shows up to ask for her help. They want her for a new program in witness protection called Project Family. The idea is to add a child to the family in WITSEC to make them harder to find. Nicki is to become Charlotte Trevor, part of a family that includes a father, mother, and younger brother. The mother testified against the members of her family who just so happen to be part of the Italian mob. Charlotte (Nicki) and the rest of the Trevor family need to play their roles perfectly so that the Cercatore family doesn’t find them.

 

I listened to the audio version which I borrowed from my public library and the narrator did a fantastic job. She sounded exactly like a snarky teenage girl. Nicki (Charlotte) struggles with kleptomania and when she gets scared, she tends to steal things (her hands are very fast). Nicki is a clever, strong girl who knows how to take care of herself, but during the course of the book, she realizes how much she needs people to confide in. I knew the bad guys would eventually find them, and I had an idea of how Charlotte would stop them, but some of the details were a bit unexpected.

 

I think kids will enjoy this story and relate to the way the characters feel like they don’t fit in. The Trevor family faces homework issues, bullying, sibling squabbles, and other typical situations that kids will understand. The story is engaging and Nicki (Charlotte) makes a great kid hero.

 

This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award for grades 6-8. I am trying to read as many as I can again this year.

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Booklikes-opoly 6/9 roll

 

Current Bank: $25.00 + $5.00 for passing GO

 

I finished my second book, so on to the next roll:

 

 

Moving 6 spaces takes me past GO to space #3 – School’s Out for Summer

 

    

 

Then, since I rolled doubles,  I roll again:

 

 

Moving 8 spaces takes me to space #10 – Beach Week

 

 

 

So, I passed GO which means I collect $5.00.

 

I’m still holding the Robot & the Scottie dog cards:

          

 

I’m reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch for space #10 – Beach Week and Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson for space #3 – School’s Out for Summer.

 

 

 

 

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Seven Days in May

Review:

Seven Days in May: A Novel - Kim Izzo

Audience: Adult

Format: Paperback/Owned

 

It was half past nine in the morning when Sydney stepped out of the taxi wearing her most drab topcoat.

– first sentence

 

This is a romantic historical fiction novel that follows two sets of people during the first World War. The plot involving Sydney & Brooke (New York heiresses) and Brooke’s fiancee Edward (a future lord who happens to be in significant debt) is all unlikely romantic triangle.  They are traveling across the Atlantic on the Lusitania for Brooke & Edward’s wedding. The other plot takes place in London where Isabel has found a job working with the codebreakers. Isabel & Sydney are both trying to fight for women’s rights and against stereotypes in their own ways. The climactic event is the sinking of the Lusitania by a German submarine.

 

The historical details and the fact that the author’s great-grandfather was Walter Dawson, a passenger who was on the Lusitania, made this novel interesting. But I wasn’t terribly invested in the characters or what happened to them. The part of the story where the Lusitania was sinking and passengers were struggling to survive was the most heartbreaking part of the book and also the most engaging. 

 

I read this for Booklikes-opoly space #34 – When? – a book that is time travel or historical fiction.

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The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Review:

The Forgetting - Sharon  Cameron

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

I am going to be flogged, and I don’t know why I’m so surprised about it.

– first sentence

 

Nadia lives in Canaan, a city that is enclosed by white stone walls; a city whose residents periodically forget everything and everyone. No one knows why the Forgetting occurs every twelve years, but the people all keep journals to remind them of the important things after they forget. Nadia didn’t forget and she is the only one. She doesn’t know why, but she is determined to find out and help prevent the Forgetting. This is why she frequently breaks curfew and crosses over the walls (even though it is forbidden). As Nadia discovers the truth about Canaan, its people, and the Forgetting, she also faces danger and manages to fall in love.

 

I was surprised by some of the twists, but I kind of figured other ones out. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

 

This is an excellent story, highly recommended to fantasy fans and anyone who enjoys young adult books.

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A Dark Inheritance by Chris d’Lacey

Review:

A Dark Inheritance (Unicorne Files #1) - Chris d'Lacey, Raphael Corkhill

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

 

 

It was the day Mom took the coast road to school.

– first sentence

 

Michael discovered his unusual ability quite by accident when he saved a dog wandering near the edge of a cliff. He isn’t sure exactly what happened, but somehow he moved across the field in the blink of an eye. Soon afterward, he met Amadeus Klimt, head of the UNICORNE Society (UNexplained Incidents, Cryptic Occurrences, Relative Nontemporal Events) and Chantelle who also works for UNICORNE and keeps an eye on him. Amadeus gave Michael a mission – to find out about the dog and if he succeeds, he may eventually be able to find his father…

 

I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

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Booklikes-opoly 5/28 roll

Current Bank: $22.00

So, I finished my first book for this game yesterday, but today is my roll day. I’m finally getting around to rolling and it turned out to be more complicated than I thought, but also loads of fun. πŸ™‚

 

Moving 8 spaces takes me to the Robot space where I pocket the card and roll again.

             

 

Moving 7 spaces takes me to Free Parking. 

 

Roll 2 dice.
A 2 or a 3, sends you to the robot;
4, 5, or 6, go to the race car;
7,8 or 9, go to the Scottie dog;
10, 11, or 12 takes you to the cat

 

     

 

The 9 takes me to the Scottie Dog where I pocket the card and roll again.

            

 

 

Moving 5 spaces takes me to Space #34

 

 

 

 

 

Wow. That was a bit crazy. Anyway, I used my kitty marker to show the spaces I landed on. I now have the Robot card and the Scottie dog card in my pocket in case I need them later. πŸ™‚ And now I’m looking for a time travel or historical fiction book.

 

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The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Review:

The Bridge Home - Padma Venkatraman

 

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: e-Book/Library copy

 

 

Talking to you was always easy, Rukku. But writing’s hard.

– opening sentences

 

This book is written in the form of a letter from Viji to her sister Rukku. In the first couple of chapters, we find out that Viji & Rukku’s father is abusive to their mother and mean to Rukku (who is developmentally disabled). But when their father turns his violence on the girls, eleven-year-old Viji decides they have no choice but to run away. She believes it’s the only way to protect Rukku from their father. Homeless, Viji & Rukku are alone in a dangerous and uncaring world. Luckily, they find shelter on an abandoned bridge with two young boys and they become a family.

 

Venkatraman tackles issues of religion, social justice, and the meaning of family as she gives us a glimpse into the heart-wrenching life of India’s homeless children. Her writing transported me to the streets of India – it wasn’t hard to imagine the smells and the slime of the trash heaps the kids had to wade through. The kids face danger and hardships every day, but amidst their struggle to survive, the four children become a family and find love, support, courage, and hope together.

 

This is a must-read book that touched my heart, broke it, and put it back together again. 

 

I read this for the Booklikes-opoly Silk Road railroad space. It has 160 pages making it worth $2.00.

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Bring Me Back

Review:

Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris

Audience: Adult

Format: Hardcover/Owned

 

 

We were on our way back from skiing in Megève.

– first sentence

 

Layla is missing, maybe dead… or is she? That’s the central mystery here. It has been more than 10 years since Layla disappeared and now Finn is receiving clues that she is back. But these “clues” might be a trick. Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen and we aren’t sure exactly what part he played in Layla’s disappearance. 

 

Finn’s attitude towards women sucks and he isn’t very likable. He treats Ellen like crap most of the time and seems ready to drop her for Layla. But I enjoyed the book overall and it kept me guessing.

 

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