Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: The Unstoppable Octobia May

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I received a complimentary download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review

I was drawn to this book because of the African American main character. Set in the 1950’s, the novel explores Octobia’s adventures in he Aunt’s boarding house. Her newest fixation however is that one of her Auntie's boards is a Vampire! The Vampire subplot at first appears to be a bit of whimsy since so much of the book is rooted in historical facts. However Flake keeps the readers guessing as we follow Octobia’s investigations.

This was a quick yet meaningful read with an adventure filled ending. Octobia’s approach to life is very refreshing especially once the reader learns about her near death experience and overprotective parents.
I also really loved that the characters didn't speak in stereotypical Sothern vernacular.  Yes people in the South have a distinctive way of speaking but unfortunately some authors rely on overuses slang and butchered English. Everything about these characters was authentic and I was grateful for it!

This is my 57th read for Coyer Summer Vacation

Journey’s End Review: World Of Trouble by Ben H. Winters









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How do You end a novel about the end of the world ? Wonderfully. Winters has guided us through the last days of Earth as a deadly comet comes ever closer to wiping out the world. How people choose to live so close to the end is one of the recurring themes in Ben’s novels. Detective Hank Palace is still working on his final case in the mere 14 days left to him in the world.


I don’t want to give too much away about this book but as a reader I went through a gamut of emotions as the pages kept turning and I got closer and closer to the end. Such a thoughtful and satisfying ending. It has been a joy to take this journey with Palace and Winters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review:Over Easy by Mimi Pond






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I don’t read as many Non-Fiction books as I would like, so when I heard about this graphic novel memoir I was really intrigued. Over Easy is a look back into the life and times of the inhabitants of a Californian diner. Mimi was a young woman when she started working at the cafe featured in the story. She is a struggling artist who takes a job as a dishwasher before graduating to waitress.

Through Mimi’s eyes we see the lives and loves of all the diner workers. It's an eclectic group of failed artists and nine to fivers who strongly effect Mimi during her formative years.


I liked the art in this volume and there were some great humorous bits, but the story dragged a lot for me and I really didn't find  the ending very satisfying. Definitely a talented creator but this isn't my favorite work of hers.



This is my 63rd book for Coyer Summer Vacation