Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: The Last Best Story

The Last Best Story The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is one of those moments when judging a book by a cover bit me in the behind. This was not at all what I expected it to be.

The structuring of the story was a little complicated with the constant flashbacks, prolonging the actual events of what the story was really about. It took forever to get to the actual "conflict" of the book where the prom goes on lock-down because of a supposed shooter in the school.

As far as characters go, Rose was okay, but I didn't understand how she could end up liking Grant after all the bashing she'd done. To me it just seemed like she was fed up with him, so the whole turnaround was like, what? Grant on the other hand was a little brat. He seemed okay at first, but then you realize how manipulative he is of his friends, especially when it comes to anything relating to the newspaper (which for him, is just about everything).

This book had the potential to be great give that it dealt with a very serious topic, but it was poorly executed. There wasn't enough focus on the issue of a school shooting.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you work in a library, especially a public one, this book is for you! As a librarian myself I found this relatable to some of the crazy experiences we've had over the years, and I know that they will not be ending any time soon. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh at loud at what librarians really experience in their day-to-day work.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Review: All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a beautiful book, it broke my heart more than I thought possible. Everything about this book is so realistic - the characters, the subject... all of it. I was in love with Finch from the first chapter! I took longer to warm up to Violet, but when I did, I really felt for her. Definitely will be recommending this book and is without a doubt a new favorite of mine.

I'm only angry that I took so long to finally pick up this book!


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud so much while reading a book! I loved Norris' brand of sarcastic humor, and he's not afraid to direct it at himself either. He's so snarky and I just loved his entire demeanor - unlikable, but real... which made him likeable and relatable. Even his situation with this parents was relatable. I definitely felt that.

What I liked about the romance element of the book is how authentic it was, angst and all. Oh, and I don't want to spoil much, but the twist that was pulled... definitely saw it coming, and I was rooting for it too! I also have to say that I love the way the book ended, leaving an open door with major possibility.


Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret

Two Can Keep a Secret Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was just as good as McManus's first book, One of Us is Lying! Once again she told the story (through the perspectives of two characters this time) in a suspenseful way that kept me guessing right until the end! Only this time, I didn't figure out who the killer was as early on.

I loved the mystery of trying to connect the missing homecoming queens with Ellery and Ezra's aunt who went missing years ago. Just as well, I loved the setting (I absolutely LOVE Vermont!) and I really think that Ezra and Mia need their own book now. They were just two amazing, outspoken characters that didn't get enough page-time.

Another great YA Mystery/Thriller for anyone who loves the genre!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Librarians Anonymous

Hey there world! 

So, not only am I starting up a new personal blog, but I am also working with my best friend on a blog to rant and share crazy stories from work.  We're also including another one of our co-workers in on it and the blog is called Librarians Anonymous. 

As I said, we'll be sharing some of the things we deal with as public librarians.  We have some crazy stories that we just have to share!  Just as well, we need a section of the internet to rant about the idiotic things that happen to us or rile us up.  It's healthy to vent, why not anonymously on the internet?  Maybe we'll connect with other librarians and be able to compare war stories.

You can check out Librarians Anonymous and see what you think!  We're already collecting stories to share and getting them ready to post.

- Genie in a Novel