Lois Lane: Fallout was fun, fast paced, exciting, and sweet. Gwenda Bond gave Lois the sassy, gutsy, yet touching voice that we all know and love about Lois Lane as a character.
The story was borderline sci-fi, as all good Smallville or Superman stories need to be, yet believable in some futuristic way, as well. Fallout was devoid of the zombies, dystopia, and crude themes and language of many contemporary stories, which is always refreshing. Friendship and standing for the truth were the main themes of Fallout, which typically makes a good story to tell.
Bond needed a better proofreader, as some typos and a few minor inconsistencies made it through to the published copy, but overall I really enjoyed this story and I’m looking forward to a sequel, and hopefully many more after that.
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Like the previous books in O’Reilly’s “Killing…” series, this book was chock full of action, history, and excitement. Reading a book about the history of WWII reminds me of how our schools (at least my highschool) fail at teaching details of history, especially the most recent history that should be most important to learn well. Granted, I wasn’t as interested in history in highschool, and even college, as I am today.
Also, this book makes me miss my grandpa, who fought in WWII when he was a young man, and died 2 1/2 years ago. I would love to be able to sit down with him now and talk more about his experience in the war.
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From the Ashes by Louisa Koch is a book about love, redemption, forgiveness, and moving forward. Claire is determined and steadfast as she works to help her love Luke forgive himself and move on from his past. Louisa Koch delivers quality characters, laughs, and tears in her first novel. If you’re tired of reading dystopian YA fiction and want a realistic but positive story, then this is the book for you.
I am especially excited about this book because it was written by my sister. I am so proud of her for fulfilling her dream of becoming a published author! I had the privilege and joy of being a test reader and proofreader during her writing process. I have read From the Ashes twice critically. I look forward to reading it again simply for pleasure in the future.
Even though you lose some of the mystery and surprise of the plot in subsequent readings, which is the case for anything that you read multiple times, this is one of those books that is enjoyable to read more than once.
Since this book was written by my sister, I am going to shamelessly plug her social media pages. And, no, I am not being paid anything by posting this review. I even bought my own copy of the book.
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