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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.

Goodreads Summary

When Mary discovers that she has her own baby to take care of she makes the decision to potentially clear her name. Accused of killing a three month old baby at the tender age of 9, Mary has spent most of her life either behind bars or in a group home. When her pregnancy was discovered, the state did not find Mary a fit mother and she faced the very real possibility of losing her child. Mary must take action and do something that she never thought she would do in order to secure her child's future.

Mary was a very complicated character. She was resilient, a tad grumpy, scared, and smart. Mary's mother really surprised me. I still cannot understand her rationale and how she could allow certain things to happen to her own daughter. Admittedly, I had trouble connecting to Mary. I can't imagine raising a baby in a group home and being an unwed mother. The author did a wonderful job of illustrating Mary's troubles and instilled a sense in me that she was not just a character, but a real person. I do wish that other characters had been more fleshed out and that more time was spent on Mary's past and the explanation behind what happened.

4 Stars

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.

Goodreads Summary

Amy Lennox, the main character, literally lives my dreams. When her mother and her head back to where her mom's family resides, she discovers that she has the ability to jump into a story and watch the action unfold (even talk to the characters!). As Amy becomes more and more comfortable with her jumping abilities a dangerous presence is slowly leaching the life from the books and damaging them. Amy must find who or what is causing all the harm in her beloved book world. 

Amy's character is so-so. I like her for her bookish ways, but I didn't like how she seemed to have no confidence in herself. I wish she was a little less stereotypical mousy. Will and Betsy are brother and sister and book jumpers, as well. Will is a little stand-offish and Betsy is stuck up. The pair act slightly as antagonists. I wish the characters were a little more fleshed out and likable. The plot was fast-paced and the book could easily be finished in less than a day if the reader is as excited about the story line as I was. I liked the setting and the descriptive writing style of the author. Teens/young adults/adults will find this book an absolute joy to read.

4 Stars

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Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie

Monday, January 9, 2017

A teen enters a reality TV dance competition to win money that’ll allow her to finally escape her small hometown, where she and her sister must live with the repercussions of their unstable runaway

Goodreads Summary

I personally love dancing/gymnastics/sports books. I was pretty excited to read Spin the Sky because it combined dancing with competition. Magnolia, the main character, enters a competition with her best friend George and their friendship is tested as obstacles and personal issues come up. Magnolia's favorite thing to do in the world is dancing. She feels happy, free, and beautiful when she dances. There was a lot of drama in this book to the point of it almost being on the edge of too much, but, at times, the drama kept my attention. The overall tense feel of the book also kept the book moving along at a fast-pace.

Magnolia's character was so-so for me. I didn't particularly love her, but I didn't dislike her either. I loved her as a dancer and I loved her poise and slight delicacy. She was a little too competitive for the wrong reasons and sometimes I felt like her and the other characters could care less about anyone else. I liked the lyrical writing style and how the book felt "floaty" in many areas. The dialogue was snappy and fun. This book would be a fun read for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ