Hello and welcome to the twenty-third Book Review Blog Carnival!
Thank-you for all your submissions, in this edition, we have almost thirty fantastic book reviews for your perusal, so no matter what your interest, you are bound to find something to interest you! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. (And that you add as many books to your wishlists as I did!)
You can be a part of the next carnival – which will be hosted by Inkweaver Review on August 16th – just go to the carnival’s submission page and fill out the form!
Young Adult Fiction
|Jeanne from Necromancy Never Pays, reviews Poison by Chris Wooding: who commented that a lot of her enjoyment of the book came from the fact: to do with the fact that Poison names herself, and that she is telling her own story. It’s less predictable, and more interesting…. It was a fun part of the book for me to re-discover, so I don’t want to give away the secrets and spoil any of the pleasure for you.|
|Mark from Young Teen Book Reviewer, reviews Reality Check by Peter Abrahams: Mark thinks that: REALITY CHECK is a tight, smart mystery, one with plenty of twists and unexpected turns that will keep readers turning the pages. Just as compelling as the mystery plot, however, is the story of Cody’s journey to find himself, to discover his talents, to believe that he has worth somewhere other than on the football field.|
|Susan from This Expanding Life, reviews Gidget by Frederick Kohner: Susan thinks that whilst: Frederick Kohner may have capitalized on Gidget with follow-up novels and with the television shows and movies I mentioned above, but the original story rings pure and true.|
Children’s and Middle Grade Fiction
|Vicky from TGAW, reviews Halfway to the Sky: And had this to say about it: I’m an adult, but I’m also a hiker and found the Young Adult Title, “Halfway to the Sky” to be fascinating and an accurate portrayal of the Appalachian Trail.|
|Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot, reviews A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson: and found it to me a memorable, thought provoking read, saying: It took me under two hours to read a cool moonlight, but it’s been a few days now and I’m still thinking about it. If you’re looking for a quick but rewarding read, this is the book for you.|
|Natalie from The Book Inn, reviews Peony in Love by Lisa See: thought that this was: a beautifully written love story. Sixteen year old Peony, arranged to be married soon, relishes in reading her collection of The Peony Pavilion.|
|Heather J from Age 30+ …A Lifetime of Books, reviews The Last Queen by CW Gartner: Couldn’t find a single thing to complain about in this book and also had this to say: I LOVED this book. I was completely drawn in to Juana’s life. I could see how she progressed from child to young lady to a seemingly crazy woman …|
|KerrieS from Mysteries in Paradise, reviews The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie: This is the set of short stories in which Miss Marple makes her first appearance.|
|Hilarie from Never Not Reading, reviews Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: and had this to say: This book is a classic, and it deserves to be. If you haven’t ever read this book, or if it has been a while, give it a try. If nothing else, it will give you plenty to think about.|
|Hilarie from Never Not Reading, also reviews A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick: and thinks that: “A Reliable Wife is a book that I think will live in my memory for a long time.”|
|Joana from The Symposium, reviews The Angel Within by Kracken: and thinks the author: does do a rather good job of allowing Sunnie’s actions, and the happenings around him, to describe and add depth to his character rather than implicitly dictating the character’s actions and thoughts. Likewise, the antagonist Scott Rohan, whose cunning and duplicity is abhorrent, is handled in the same manner.|
|Kaylia from Perhaps Reviewed, reviews The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell: and thinks that: This book was a masterpiece of storytelling. Weaving together themes of faith, hope, love, adventure, mystery, and exploration, Russell tells the story of a band of pioneers who journey across the galaxy to make first contact with a newly discovered alien species.|
|Jim from The Truth About Lies, reviews Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick: and had this to say about it: Everyone knows ‘The Matrix’ and ‘The Truman Show’ but would we have had either without Philip K Dick’s early novel ‘Time Out of Joint’? Set in an unnamed American city in 1959 it tells the story of Ragle Gumm whose world starts to dissolve before his very eyes both metaphorically and literally. Is he crazy? Yes. And the fate of mankind rests on him staying so. If you only know ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Total Recall’ this is one to check out.|
|Surghi from The Viewspaper, reviews Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: And thinks that: the novel has an undertone of pathos that is hard to shake off. It is a haunting story of love, friendship and unusual existential angst which grows on you and leaves a bittersweet aftertaste.|
|KerrieS from Mysteries in Paradise, has another review for us with From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell: with this to say about it: I don’t think FROM DOON WITH DEATH is Rendell’s best book. It has many signs that this is a debut novel. In addition to its comparative brevity, I think Rendell’s understanding of police procedures is a bit limited. Wexford comes over with a coarseness that is considerably reduced in later books, where he and Burden are both given quite detailed back-stories, and elements of family interest.|
|Jim from The Truth About Lies, reviews Personal Velocity a collection of short stories by Rebecca Miller: This is a review of both the book and the film ‘Personal Velocity’ by Rebecca Miller (author of ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee’). How do we choose? Why do we choose? How much is choice really our choice and how much is it being affected by our parents, our personal histories or even history on a larger scale? An excellent read and the most faithful of film adaptations.|
|C.B James from Ready When You Are, reviews The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black: who liked the way the book kicked off: When a mystery novel opens with the discovery of a dead body, it has my full attention. Avoid the eccentric neighbor characters and get right to the chase. Benjamin Black, John Banville to the Mann Booker Prize jury, opens The Silver Swan just the way I like it|
|KerrieS has another review for us, this time, Shadows Still Remain by Peter de Jonge: And wasn’t sure about the book, but had this to say: I changed my mind about SHADOWS STILL REMAIN many times. It is noir, revealing a criminal underbelly in New York’s city life that we always suspected was there, but hoped wasn’t. I really don’t think I enjoyed reading it, but on the other hand it was cleverly written. I wanted to know the final outcome, but wanted it to be over.|
|Elizabeth from A Girls Guide to Project Management, reviews Thank God it’s Monday by Roxanne Emmerich: and says: It’s not a book specifically aimed at project mangers, but as we spend a lot of time leading people, driving through change and working with disparate, dysfunctional teams, there is a lot in here that is relevant.|
|Clark from I’ll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book, reviews How to Build a Dinasaur by Jack Horner and James Gorman: Who thought: I rather like dinosaurs. The chapters in which he discusses the latest discoveries and theories in palaeontology were, to me, the most intriguing of the book.|
|Tyler from Frugally Green, reviews Lessons from Children’s Tales – The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens: saying: There are many lessons we learn very young only to forget about as we reach adulthood. What better way to re-learn them than from some of the children’s stories that taught them to us in the first place? See what The Tortoise & The Hare can teach us about becoming frugally green.|
|Dave from Home School Dad, reviews Glory Road: and who found Glory Road very captivating: It is an insightful book about ten African American church leaders and their journey to Reformed Theology. Multiple authored books can sometimes seem segmented, this has a cohesive quality that centers the work.|
|Colin from Jack Cabbage, reviews The 5 C’s of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli And had this to say: It’s not that often that I’ll go out of my way to review or promote a book, but I was going through my shelves recently and came across and oldie but goodie that I hadn’t looked at in a while. I was quickly reminded what a useful beginners’ tool / professionals’ review book I had in The Five C’s of Cinematography by Joseph V. Mascelli.|
|Arj from Science on Tap, reviews Why Sh*t Happens by Peter J. Bentley PhD: saying the book is: Interesting, funny, instructive, clever, well-written, thought-provoking, engaging, and hey, scientific… it squeezes in all the components one might want in a popular science volume, while pulling back the curtain, in wizard-like manner, on routine daily occurrences.|
|Rick Sincere from Rick Sincere Thoughts, reviews Was 1959 the Year Everything Changed by Fred Kaplan: saying that: No matter how you look at it, however, Kaplan falls quite short in making the case for his hyperbolic claim that 1959 was the year that everything changed – or even the year that changed everything.|
|James from the Vampire Books Navigator, reviews The New Annotated Dracula edited by Leslie S. Klinger: And says that: Klinger’s definitive annotated edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula employs the “gentle fiction,” or conceit, that Stoker’s tale is based on real characters and true events. This device welcomes an exhaustively thorough historical and factual examination of the work that will delight Dracula fans and history buffs alike.|
|Keith from Keith Smooth! reviews Columbine from Dave Cullen: has this to say about this powerful book: Cullen’s work is impeccable, carefully cultivated upon years of research. He talked to survivors, the victims families, friends of the killers, the local police, the lead FBI investigator, and clinical psychologists.|
|Frugle Duches from WiseBread, reviews Small Change by Susan & Larry Terkel: says: When I put together a list of books that have meant a lot to me, Small Change by Susan & Larry Terkel will be on my list of money-saving, life-altering books. The Small Change formula is really excellent and the minor changes suggested–personal, financil, health, professional–are meaningful and practical.|
|Flea from Be A Survivor, Reviews The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan: And had this to say: This is a basic introduction to homesteading, what it is, what is required and why you would want to start your homestead today. It also tries to dispel the myth that you need a ton of land to enable your family to self-sustain to some degree.|
There were also a number of interesting links submitted that weren’t book reviews, but were worth listing:
- Annette Berlin presents The Cookbook Experiment posted at Craft Stew.
- Linda Jones presents The 100 Essential Books You Should Have Read in College posted at Online Courses.
- Tim Moon presents New Book: Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges posted at Talk with Tim.
Lastly, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to nominate your favourite book blogs for the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, you have until August 15th!