Monday, May 22, 2017

Brownie Points


Wasn't sure how this story was going to play out. I was pleasantly surprised. Moving is hard enough as it is. But moving to Utopia, the name alone gives the reader a sense of how this community is. All buttoned up and tidy as can be. I felt for Lisa. It's so different from San Francisco. As any family does, Lisa's husband Jason, and kids, Maya and Logan make this move for Jason so he gets a chance to move up in his job.
As the story goes on everyone fits in,"makes it work", except Logan who has a hard time.

Logan likes different things than the average boy. And he is good at what he does. I'm happy that his family does accept who he is. Everyone deserves to be happy.
Just from luck, Logan stumbles on the Girl Scouts from his sister Maya. He finds that he likes it, and all accepts him. Do I think by supporting Logan to join Girl Scouts was wise? No and yes. I don't think Logan should be a GS but I think his family should support him and find something along the same lines

Being my son was a Boy Scout, I can't say I would approve to let him join Girl Scouts. The risks are rules. I think the community would feel 50/50 about it. Especially in this day and age. The age of 14, as Logan was, there is Venturing Scouts that allows girls and boys together. Granted Logan is not looking for high adventure but that is the rules.

I don't think Lisa was rushing things for her to "shove Logan out of the closet" I think what she was trying to do was make it easier for her family, especially Jason, to see why Logan was acting the way he was. And it makes it easier for people to help. Yes she was a protective mamma. And that was written a bit too long for my taste.

There is always a person like Val Monroe who just wants to live, and everyone else to live the way they do. If no one confronts them than they will always get their way. Point, that we find out there is no community committee. But Lisa was first to stand up to Val and not cave in to the demands of violation after violation. We see that there is a character that counteracts the Vals that are in a community.Which at 1st you can see why Lisa is hesitate about her. And her name is Michelle. How nice it was to have a friend that believed in Lisa's family. That believed there was nothing wrong about being "different".

Utopia, a Lifetime movie town? Sounds like it. New neighbors move in, The Taylor Family. Looks like good people, Father, husband, Jason new Fire Captain of the town, Mother, wife, Lisa protective mamma, and artist. Kids, Maya and Logan. What could be different, what could rock the boat? Bi-racial family, Gay son, and a daughter who embraces her heritage a bit too dramatically. Does it look  better on the other side? We soon find that Utopia has skeletons in their closet too.
It always looks good on the other side.The Taylor's find some high power lawyer and famous artist to fight a cause and become good friends with. Plus "tada" Lisa sells her art and becomes well known.

Only In Utopia!

 I'm looking forward in reading more of Jennifer Coburn's books. As long as they stay light hearted



 I give Brownie Points- 5 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Anatomy School


I had this book in my bookcase for awhile now. And it just seemed to be the right book to read now. Let's see, what do I think about it? It surely is a coming of age story. I read some reviews on The Anatomy School. And what kept popping up was the setting of the story, Northern Ireland a place that was mostly Protesant. But Martin and his mother, Catholic, were living there, having company with a priest and a few friends. Martin's mother would entertain her priest friend with a few others who would talk about recent interests. I don't find this weird. Maybe because my family lives in Northern Ireland and are Catholic. And they live their lives as they will. The characters were pretty interesting. Naturally I had one that I didn't care for. His name is Blaise. He was different. Didn't follow the rules much. But Martin, Kavangh, and Blaise became friends. Wanting to get in University. Before all the shenanigans happen Martin tries to study. Funny he was trying to convince himself that the exams were to be questions that are important or not. But if people checked not important all that would be left would be English teachers. And the country would be run by teachers.
As time went on I followed these students how they were going to make it in University and even how they came to support each other when one was different. I also read how they grew up and shy of girls. And what they did. Interesting how they all kept the tradition of tea and cake. Funny how I started to give these boys a chance. I started to put together the year the story was set from a few things that a priest said to Martin.

Why the title? I'm guessing it's because that's when things started to come together for the boys, and light bulbs would light for them.

At times this book would drag. I felt like pulling these characters through just to get on with it.
For that I give The Anatomy School
It's not that I didn't like the story,I did. And I hope the next person that reads this will too.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Singing Bird



Singing Bird, what a interesting name this is. Not a story I thought it was going to be. But not bad. I liked how the story started and it took off from there.

You could tell this couple Lena and Jack were good together. From the moment when Jack walks in the door and Lena gets that fizz of excitement when Jack comes home.
But when they were to move in their new house. I had a feeling when Jack had to leave Lena for work. Um... On the road again? Out of the country for a long period of time? Yeah something's up with that
But I soon forgot with the focus on Lena to find their daughters birth mother. Which I think she really was trying to hard which was annoying. Even for the fact Lena tried to find hers. At the end I was glad she decided to give the info to Mary, their daughter. For she should be the one to look into it.

I did not see that answer coming, about Mary's birth mother. That's a kick to the stomach. Mary found out a little about her own self. The outcome was a wide awake feeling. 

"Love at best is a bird in flight 
That cares not what you do or say
Call it back, and it's out of sight"

So at the end Lena did get good news on her search for her own.
So sweet the moments where did the sweet pleasure go
The memory of the good no sin will pass

For Jack and  Lena will come through the darkness. Oh I wonder what the decided (Lena)

I give this book 4 
Just because Lena's character just was annoying at times. Too much of the mess.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Santa Society



I was actually surprised with this book. When I see that it is a romance. ::::Sheesh:::: but it was a Christmas book and I like to pick up some holiday stories

What a different but all so familiar kind of direction the story took. I felt for Erin. She lost her mother around Christmas and so did I. How can you have those happy Christmas feelings? I caught on when Erin meets the dog named Klaus. And a handsome guy named Reason. Tis the reason! Here it begins a Christmas story comes to life.

Than it got to the society. They had their hand into everything. I thought this is like sciencetology how they know people who know people. But I look at the name of the town,Christmasville. There is talk of the gift, rules for these members. A nice twist from the generic way of hearing of the "Christmas" story. Erin,Reason,Callie,Dex,etc... All doing their thing keeping Christmas alive with normal lives

Toward the end when Erin was waiting for Reason the story reminded me of a Hallmark movie. I was rooting for Erin and Klaus and Reason of course. Without giving too much away I can say that I stopped reading another Christmas book to read The Santa Society. And I never wanted to go back to  read the other book.  

I think The Santa Society  was a cute story. Not at all a sappy love story. The characters were strong and written well. I give The Santa Society ------------- 5

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ten Big Ones


Always like to read about Stephanie Plum. She always gives a laugh. This book was slightly different. Janet wrote Stephanie as a brave woman. Not one to panic. Especially when she had a hitman after her. She even thought of Morreli. There was even the L-O-V-E word that was brought up. What should she do about Ranger? Boy that is a question. Hmm.. What a decision. Ranger is a good person to lend Step his truck,apartment, etc.. you name it. I still am not liking Lula's character. She wasn't as irritating this time though.

I almost gave up on Plum books losing their sparkle until #10. Good going Janet!

I give Ten Big Ones 5-----> 

On to #11