Friday, February 15, 2019

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum - 292 pages

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz - 627 pages

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

Interesting but not a page turner.

Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb - 373 pages

Eve Dallas knows in her gut who killed sports magnate Thomas Anders.  The problem is proving it when her suspect has an air-tight alibi.

I really enjoyed this entry in the series.  It was interesting to see the twists and turns the investigation went through to get the confession out of the killer.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

In Pieces by Sally Field

In Pieces by Sally Field
416 pages

"In this intimate, haunting literary memoir and New York Times Notable Book of the year, an American icon tells her own story for the first time--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother."   --from the publisher

First, I'm a big fan!  I was able to attend her presentation and book signing last year, and arrived early enough to sit in the second row.  She is as attractive and personable in real life as you might imagine.  Even when the interviewer hijacked the conversation she was patient and accommodating.  Someone from the audience finally yelled, "Let Sally talk!" and things improved from there.

The book is definitely a memoir and I think it was cathartic for her.  She spends a lot of time talking about emotions, relationships, and insights into her psyche.  I liked it, but would have enjoyed hearing more about the highlights of her life.  I gave it 3 out of 5 stars, but will treasure my signed copy.  :)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
(Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #4)
496 pages / 13 hrs, 53 mins

"Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery--a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe.

"Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of America peculiardom--a world with few ymbrynes, or rules--that none of them understand."     --from the publisher

For some reason I thought this was the last in the series, so I kept waiting for everything to come to a conclusion.  Unfortunately that lessened my enjoyment of this excellent book.  The story continues to entertain with added elements and interesting characters.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Most Likely To Succeed (Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols

Most Likely To Succeed (Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols - 325 pages

The yearbook votes have been cast. Sometimes your friends know you better than you know yourself.

As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

Black Butler volume 27

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Black Butler Volume 27
by Yana Toboso
174 pages

I don't know where to start with this volume except if you love this series run while you can. Anything else that Ciel has gone through in this series is absolute child's play compared to what we learn here which explains his view of the world. Nothing that happened to those children should have ever been thought of by a human mind it was so horrible.

Either way he has to come out on top or this will be his ultimate downfall.