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Chasing River

Chasing River

Chasing River is a book I can see myself reading over and over again. In fact, I just finished reading it for the second time. It is the third installment in K.A Tucker’s “Burying Water” series, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I don’t know if it’s the romance, or the danger, or the traveling, or the totally hot Irish guy, but this one had me hooked as soon as I started it. I love the fact that the story is told from multiple points of view, so that you are able to gain insight into both Amber AND River as characters-separately, and together. I love that the story takes place in Ireland, as it is one destination I would really like to visit. I found myself hanging on to every detail of every landmark or tourist attraction being described, and pictured seeing it for myself one day. I also really love the characters in this book. Each one had his/her place in the book, and it made sense for them to be there. One of the secondary characters (Ivy), is actually cast as the main character in the Fourth Installment “Surviving Ice.” All in all, I love it!! If you’re looking for a series with  a storyline that’s not just romance based, give this one a shot. “Burying Water” is the first, and I promise it won’t disappoint. And once you get there, let me know how you feel about “Chasing River.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

 

The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters BrothersAs part of a personal and work related goal, I have been setting aside my typical chick lit and psychological thrillers and exploring genres I would likely never read. The Sisters Brothers, for example, is a Western! Since I would much rather watch a film instead, I did not know how I would feel about this genre in book format. As soon as I read the first chapter however, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Set in the Gold Rush era, Charlie and Eli Sisters are contract killers hired by a man known as the Commodore. Told from the perspective of the younger Sisters brother, Eli hopes that this job will be his last; as he would much rather retire from his life as a paid assassin. I really liked the tone of the novel, the writing style, and the insight into Eli as a character. This was my first Western, but it won’t be my last!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

August Pullman is as ordinary a boy as any. He loves his family, his dog Daisy, and of course, the Star Wars franchise. He likes ice cream, riding his bike, and playing video games. Why am I telling you all of this? Why am I telling you about an ordinary boy, who enjoys ordinary things? Well, it’s because there is something extraordinary about August.

Wonder is beautifully written. Its focus is of course, on August, with perspectives from other characters adding to the impact of the story. It is a book that showcases the importance of not judging others based on appearance and first impression. It will make you consider how your words, body language and facial expressions impact those around you. It will make you laugh, and cry, but also make you feel thankful for having read it. Children and adults alike will appreciate this book and the message it sends to its readers. 5 stars! Can’t wait for the movie!