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The Sisters Club – Review

September 28, 2015 Review 0 ★★★★

The Sisters Club – ReviewRelease Date: August 18, 2015
Title: The Sisters Club
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pages: 340
Publisher: Diversion Books
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: Four women have little in common other than where they live and the joyous complications of having sisters. Cindy waits for her own life to begin as she sees her sister going in and out of hospitals. Lise has made the boldest move of her life, even as her sister spends every day putting herself at risk to improve the lives of others. Diana is an ocean apart from her sister, but worries that her marriage is the relationship separated by the most distance. Sylvia has lost her twin sister to breast cancer, a disease that runs in the family, and fears that she will die without having ever really lived.

When Diana places an ad in the local newsletter, Cindy, Lise, and Sylvia show up thinking they are joining a book club, but what they discover is something far deeper and more profound than any of them ever imagined.

With wit, charm, and pathos, this mesmerizing tale of sisters, both born and built, enthralls on every page.
4 Stars

The Sisters Club was such a refreshing read for me. It’s rare that I read something that’s not paranormal, romance, or YA. And this was none of the above. Technically, this book probably falls under what’s commonly known as “chick lit” – but I’m just going to call it fiction.

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]No matter what goes wrong in life, I thought, the bookstore is always the best place to go. -Diana[/pullquote]This book resonated with me in so many ways. Diana is lonely. She just married and moved to another country. She has no friends and no life outside of her marriage. So she decides to do something about it. She places an advertisement in a bookstore’s newsletter, looking for women to come together and share stories about their lives and what they’re reading.

That’s something I should probably do.

Three women – Sylvia, Lise, and Cindy – respond. And through the pages of the book, their stories become intertwined with one another. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]It’s been my experience that if you have a book in your hands, and you keep your nose in it the whole time, even the most die-hard talker that sits down next to you will eventually get the message and shut up. -Lise[/pullquote]

Sylvia is the oldest, with a severe face and deep voice – she never hesitates to give her opinion. But she has a secret.

Lise is a writing professor who wants to write the next Great American Novel.

Cindy is young, and stuck in a relationship with a man who is not very nice.

Diana is overweight, and she has always defined herself by her weight and her appearance. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”#81DAF5″ class=”” size=””]Do you have any idea what it’s like to go through your entire life knowing it doesn’t matter what you do or what you accomplish, you’ll never achieve your ideal? -Diana[/pullquote] Together, these women work towards becoming the selves they always dreamed of being. Walls are hit. Hurdles are leapt over. And bonds are formed that shouldn’t be broken. I am reminded of a line in a movie I watched recently, “Brothers fight. But they’re still brothers.” That applies to this book in so many ways. These women may not be sisters by blood, but they become sisters by choice.

And I enjoyed every second of the journey.

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Review: Data Runner by Sam A. Patel (Data Runner #1)

July 8, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: Data Runner by Sam A. Patel (Data Runner #1)Release Date: June 25, 2013
Title: Data Runner
Series: Data Runner #1
Author: Sam A. Patel
Pages: 231
Publisher: Diversion Books
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called "data runners" who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn't have much choice in the matter. A brilliant young math whiz and champion of parkour, Jack must become one of these data runners in order to get his father out of a major gambling debt. But when a mysterious stranger loads Jack's chip with a cryptic cargo that everybody wants, he soon becomes the key figure in a conspiracy that could affect the entire North American Alliance. Now it's all up to Jack. With the help of his best friend, Dexter, and a girl who runs under the name Red Tail, Jack will have to use all his skills to outrun the retrievers and uncover the truth before they catch him and clip him for good.
4 Stars

This book had a very very slow start to it. I wasn’t sure I was going to finish it, to tell you the truth. It’s a very different sort of book than I normally read, and it opened with an information dump to acclimate the reader to the unique world of the story. It was confusing and difficult to follow at times.

And then when I realized how much of the story relied on the fad of parkour, I definitely almost put it down. That trend went viral last year and then died down again. Reading about it now felt a bit dated – especially in a book set in the future. But I pushed through because I’ve been in a reading rut and I wanted to read something different.

And by the time I got to the end, I was glad I did.

About halfway through the action really ramped up. The pace picked up and it stayed up right until the end. My heart was in my chest while I rooted for Jack to figure out the truth and save his friend – and himself. In the end, most of the questions were tidily answered and everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow. But there were just enough new questions left to segue into the next book in the series (which I will definitely read).

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Review: Virgins by Caryl Rivers (TLC Tour)

November 19, 2012 Blog Tour, Review 2 ★★★★

Review: Virgins by Caryl Rivers (TLC Tour)Release Date: June 3, 2012
Title: Virgins
Author: Caryl Rivers
Pages: 256
Publisher: Diversion Books
Source: TLC Book Tours
From the Publisher: For the seniors at Immaculate Heart High, hormones jousted with the quest for the State of Grace, and the hormones usually won.  The Map of Forbidden Sexual Delights extended its boundaries nightly in the back seats of tail-finned cars. But the girls of Virgins also wanted more. Who could they grow up to be in a world where women were supposed to be seen, but not heard?  They were rebels with a cause, before their time.

But growing up anytime is hard—finding, and losing first loves, discovering who you will be as a grownup. It’s a universal experience, one that readers of all ages can relate to. As the Atlanta Constitution says, it is “A novel that is fun, funny, bittersweet and always touching… because Rivers writes with such clarity of purpose and spontaneity, anyone at all can enjoy Virgins.”

And they can laugh and cry as they read. Critics called it “brilliantly comic” (London Times)  “Riotously funny” (Library Journal) and showing “sharp comic form” (New York Times Book Review) As the Chicago Tribune says, the book “Rings with authenticity—and also from a great store of wit and wisdom. Few other writers are as funny as she, and none funnier. Yet she is capable of wrenching your heart and soul.”

The kids of Virgins—Peg, Sean, Con, Davy—will stay with you long after you close the book on their hijinks and heartbreak. One Amazon reader says “I read this book when I was 17. I’m now 40 and this book still makes me laugh until tears are running down my face.  It’s a once in a lifetime read about coming of age that every older teen should read.” And another said, “If my life had a bibliography, this book would be on it. I love it. I read it first as a teenager, and revisit it regularly when I need a pick-me-up. It is one of the funniest, most touching, most wonderful books that I have ever discovered.”

Virgins is a timeless classic tale of growing up, one that readers can discover and re-discover all over again.
4 Stars

What a fun read! I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s definitely not the kind of book I’ve been reading lately, but it was a nice change of pace. This was a contemporary (well – timeless) coming of age story that I think everyone can relate to.

It was poignant and funny and an all around good read. If you ever liked Judy Blume, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one.

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