book reviews

Book Review: Guarding Mr. Fine

I really enjoyed this addition to the LGBTQ romance genre. An impulsive fling gets complicated with lightning speed, and Sean and Rick have to balance their interest in each other with a dangerous, developing diplomatic situation. The book is well-paced, and the lead characters are very relatable. I would definitely read more by this author, and recommend this title to anyone looking for a new read in the genre.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Loveswept for the opportunity to preview!

Book Review: The Day the Crayons Quit

Duncan just wants to color, but the twelve crayons in his desk have some concerns they want heard. The story unfolds through a series of letters, one from each crayon, and accompanying crayon illustrations. When everyone is able to have their side heard, the resulting harmony is gloriously Technicolor.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Published 2013 by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place Of Work; review originally posted at Goodreads.

Book Review: Red, A Crayon's Story

Red is a crayon who's red - his little paper label says so! But he has a hard time living up to expectations until one of his friends sees past the word on his side to the real Red within. The colorful cut paper and crayon illustrations are eye-catching and do an excellent job of supporting the reader's developing sympathy for Red.

Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall. Published 2015 by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 40 pages, illustrated. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place of Work. Review originally posted at goodreads.

Book Review: Bark, George

Bark, George! A puppy named George and his harried mama deal with an unconventional problem in this funny picture book. Its colorful illustrations are simple, but add to the hilarity. A great selection for preschool storytimes or for kids who love funny stories.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. Published 1999 by Michael di Capua Books. 32 pages, illustrated. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place of Work.

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

One of the senior librarians at work was raving about this title one day, how it was the next Gone Girl and the waitlist was growing exponentially, and exhorting our colleagues to get on the waitlist ASAP. Suspense was never my genre, but I put on my big girl pants, told myself that I needed to broaden my reading, and added my name. My copy came in sooner than I expected, and I have spent the last week using lunch breaks and wait times to read.

Book Review: City of Savages

[received Advance Reader's Copy at ALA Midwinter 2015. Review originally published at Goodreads]

This story, told from the perspective of two sisters, tells of a New York that has survived after devastation in the Third World War. The young women and their mother, who have worked hard to maintain some freedom in a highly regimented community of survivors, learn that not all in their reduced worldview, or the much greater world outside the confines of Manhattan, is as it seems.