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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey is a dark and complex story about a little girl name Leah and her new friend, the Rainbow Man. The book takes place over one week leading up to the town carnival. It starts on Saturday which is little Leah's birthday. Leah Norcross is a shy and somewhat strange girl whose family just moved to the town of Mattingly from Away (the city). Her father is a psychologist and her mother stays home with Leah. The Rainbow Man appears at that birthday party.

The story takes off from there and gets darker and darker. The various characters and their viewpoints make it a well-rounded and complete story. The town of Mattingly is full of interesting people and its members know about the magic. Has the magic found Leah or she just making it up? Should the town believe what she has to say? Does the Rainbow Man exist? 

This book was intriguing on so many different levels. There were many secrets between the characters which gave it a level of mystery that kept me reading. I found myself pulled in deeper and deeper as the characters lives changed more and more. Many had to figure out who they were and the process was gut wrenchingly honest and provoking. 

I definitely recommend that you read this book. It will help you figure out yourself and what you believe. I kept wondering how I would react if I lived in Mattingly. Would I accept what Leah had to say or would I find myself trying to get rid of her. Read this book. Just do it.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Merry Mary Monday: 8.12.13

We went to a Duck Dynasty themed birthday party last week. Pop Rocks and I both got into the getting ready for it. Mary didn't get to go, but I did put her beard on her and took a picture to send to the birthday boy (he's a family member).  You can see Pop Rock's beard in the background.

Here is what she looks like with it on I was hoping I could find a camo shirt for her, but I didn't have any luck:


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Pretty Age by Barbara Mueller


In A Pretty Age by Barbara Mueller Sophiny Mumm, a sixteen year old student at a Catholic convent and her best friend Antoinette Dominguez find themselves entrapped in the schemes of evil man. Antoinette elopes and then subsequently disappears. Sophiny must solve the mystery of her friend's disappearance while subsequently avoiding getting captured herself.



This was an interesting read. It's set at the turn of the 20th century and is an interesting look at the era through the eyes of a somewhat sheltered girl who is very excited for the development of progress. The story starts out slow, but eventually picked up enough steam to keep me reading. I have to say that I figured the end would be very predictable. Some parts of it were and others were not. I was impressed with the way that Sophiny grew as a character through the course of the book. She started out rather meek and mild and ended up as a strong fighter. This was all due to her relationship with Antoinette.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in historical fiction. It was a fun read, once it got going and was interesting enough to keep me up a few nights. I normally would not have picked out this book, but I was glad that I did. It reminded me of the true value of friendship and the value of having others in this life. We are not, afterall, meant to do go through this life alone.

I would not recommend this book if you like tight writing. I was really distracted by some passages that could have been written much more plainly. I am by no means a perfect writer, but I was surprised by how many slips there were. This was frustrating and I am hoping that this was an early copy since it was being reviewed.

Have you been reading anything interesting lately?

This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest and thorough review. All opinions are solely mine.