Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Lake People by Abi Maxwell has my vote for the ‘Debute Novel of The Year’.  Time sped by all too quickly while reading this intricately suspenseful  novel.   This yarn takes place in a small New Hampshire town where a new born was discovered abandoned in a boat house by the lake.  Alice Thornton was adopted by a young couple and raised with no knowledge of the women who went before her.  The interweaving of family history and individual fate produce a haunting classic telling how we are drawn to the place of our birth.  Lake People is a wonderfully strange and inventive novel.  A rare book you will treasure!

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World War Z Review

World War Z by Max Brooks will be hitting theatres this June as a film adaptation. By the looks of the trailer, the movie will be much different from the book, but since it stars Brad Pitt, we’ll give it extra points anyway 😉

World War Z approaches the event of a Zombie outbreak from a global standpoint through a series of interviews with survivors 10 years after the “war.” It presents the interviews in a chronological order, from those who witnessed the first outbreaks, to the spread of the infection, to the “Great Panic”, to government response, and eventually to the fight to eradicate the zombies and reclaim the planet. The types of people and their involvement vary greatly, which made it interesting, added a sense of humanity, and gave a thorough overview of what it would be like if a Zombie outbreak were to occur. Some of the cases I found most interesting include a “feral child” who presents a dramatic and moving re-enactment of her heartbreaking childhood experience, an old and blind Japanese man who survived by retreating to the mountains, a smuggler who worked to smuggle the infected out of China and aided in the disease’s spread, and a sharp shooter hired by a wealthy man to protect a mansion full of celebrities.

So, if you like The Walking Dead and need that Zombie fix to tide you over until next season, give World War Z a try. You won’t be disappointed. Also recommended for those who like to read strong narratives, science fiction, horror stories, or apocalyptic fiction.

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and her seventeen year oldest daughter, Samantha Van Leer is the perfect way to introduce Picoult’s style to young adult readers, YA. Van Leer, is a junior in high school and came up with the idea of writing a classic fairy tale with a uniquely modern twist.

Delilah is a loner. She hates school but loves to read. Her favorite book that she just can’t seem to put down is a sweet fairy tale she found in the school library.  To Delilah there’s more than just words on the pages. The handsome prince indicates there is something deeper going on once the book is closed. Delilah falls in love with this Prince Charming and tries to get him out of the book as he is really tired of the role he portrays. Between the Lines is a fast paced, interesting, fun read. At first I thought the story line was going to be boring but within two pages I was definitely hooked! This mother-daughter writing duo are a rare treat! I hope they team up for another YA read!

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New Nonfiction

Bookworm3God and the Atom by Victor J. Stenger: The author follows the history of atomism, the concept of the particulate atom, from ancient times to present day, presenting his final analysis that atoms and the void are all that exist.

The Positive Dog by Jon Gordon: A business fable in which the big dog teaches the negative dog how to feed positivity each day, and as the negative dog puts positive lessons into practice he changes his attitude, and improves himself and those around him.

One Word That Will Change Your Life by Dan Britton: The authors present and illustrate their three-step process that readers can follow to discover their unique One Word with God’s guidance, then live their One Word for a year.

Beyond Belief: my secret life inside the world of Scientology by Jenna Miscavige Hill: The niece of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige presents a tell-all memoir about her life in the Church of Scientology.

The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart: Explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

Babylon’s Ark by Anthony Lawrence: Chronicles the history of the Baghdad Zoo from the coalition’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 through 2006, addressing how the attack had destroyed the grounds and killed many animals and discussing how the efforts of zoo personnel, American soldiers, and conservationist Anthony Lawrence helped reestablish the park.

Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook COO and one of “Fortune” magazine’s most powerful women in business looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

The New Codependency by Melody Beattie: Discusses codependency, misconceptions about codependency, twenty-first-century changes in codependent behaviors, and suggestions to overcome; examines resentment, narcissism, and the role of the victim; and describes activities to beat specific behaviors.

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks: Offers trusted, proven tips to help people survive a zombie attack, explaining how people can protect themselves and their loved ones from the hordes of undead that roam the earth.

Roxi Reviews

 Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a spectacular surprise that took me through the full range of emotions…belly laughing, heartbreaking tears  and a deep sense of hope.  I gobbled this novel up as fast as I could possibly read it.  The incredible character development of Lou Clark and Will Traynor is so magnificent they seem like real people I met somewhere along my way.  They remain in my memory and will for decades to come.  

Me Before You is a story of two people who have absolutely nothing in common.  Lou is an ordinary young woman leading a very ordinary life.

When her job unexpectedly ends, her desperate need for employment sends her to Will, who is horribly bossy and just plain rude. He is a wheelchair bound quadriplegic as the result of an accident that changed his world. No more extreme athletic competitions, world travel or high power business deals. Lou teaches Will that life is worth living and the lessons Will has for her are exciting and sad all rolled into a bundle of interesting reading.

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