Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 6/18-6/24

First Reads from Goodreads:
Abducted Innocence by Sandra Bolton

Received in July's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Where the Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire
The Beginning by Ranay James
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle
One Week to the Wedding by Olivia Miles
Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren
Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

Becoming Lin

Becoming Lin
by Tricia Dower
published by Caitlin
2016
ISBN 978-1-987915-07-5

Becoming Lin is Tricia Dower's follow-up to her earlier work, Stony River.  While Stony River was a coming-of-age story, Becoming Lin is a coming-into-her-own story.

After the trial for her attempted rape, Linda Wise wants a new life where she can make a difference.  After hearing a young preacher, Ron Brunson, talk about the Freedom Ride a few years before, she decides she wants to marry him.  Despite warnings from her mentor to finish her degree, she does marry Ron and is soon off to Minnesota to a be a pastor's wife.  Ron, though, is very liberal in his thinking, and encourages her to finish her degree while they both help drafter dodgers escape the Vietnam War.  Despite the excitement of protests and having a young son, Linda - now Lin - still wants more and sets off to find it.

Once again, Dower does an excellent job of capturing the feel of the time period.  However, having all of the focus on one character, even though Lin is a very well-fleshed-out character, takes away some of the intensity that existed in Stony River.

Becoming Lin is still a good read, even if it is missing some of the intensity of its predecessor.  Tricia Dower is definitely a woman's historical fiction writer to look out for.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mission Moon

Title: Mission Moon
Author: Drew Brockington
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-30745-1
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Cute start to the CatStronauts series, but could have used a little more humor.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Diary of a Young Girl

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: 9781943587223
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: If you keep the title in mind while reading instead of the historical outcome, this really is a fascinating look into the mind of a teenager from wartorn 1940s Holland (but it is also an important historical document, too).

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 6/11-6/17

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Friday, June 16, 2017

Key Change

Title: Key Change
Author: Barbara Valentin
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: 9781943587223
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: Very clever title on so many levels for this cute, edgy, and unafraid rom-com.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Lion Among Men

Title: A Lion Among Men
Author: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780060859725
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Although this was basically two characters' backstories, I enjoyed it more than Son of a Witch.

Rating: 4/5