Review: Forged By Fire by Sharon M. Draper

119832Release Date: January 1st 1997

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Series: Hazelwood High #2

Reviewed In Series: Tears of a Tiger

Genres: Young-Adult/Contemporary/Realistic-Fiction/African-American/Cultural/Drama

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 Stars

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When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald’s life is his little half sister, Angel, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together. As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

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Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

21943246Release Date: October 7th 2014

Publisher: Simon $ Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genres: Young-Adult/Mystery/Thriller/Romance

Format: Digital

Source: PulseIt

My Rating: 4 Umbrellas

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Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants;but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

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ARC Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

22546489Release Date: December 30th 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: Don Tillman #2

Genres: Adult Contemporary Fiction/ Humor

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 5 Umbrellas


temp (1)Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because; surprise! Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called, “sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally.” The San Francisco Chronicle said, “sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” If you were swept away by the book that’s captivated a million readers worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.



So, to start, I will say that I still love The Rosie Project more than I do this book. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy this; just not as much. I love being inside Don’s head. I laughed so much that I literally had a migraine afterwards. I just can’t explain why Don’s excessive breakdowns make me really just…. GAH! I can’t even put it into words. And if you have read either of these books; is it me or do you also seem smarter after reading them?

We are back with our favorite couple, Don and Rosie. They are now married and living in New York. Without giving too much away about Don and his obsessive research habits, I will try to put this lightly. Don is the dumbest genius ever! He literally can not get past his way of viewing things and it causes all kinds of problems. He has to learn how to go with the flow of traffic and not find a suitable solution to beat rush hour. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and go. Now, I understand he can’t help the way his mind works. He is brilliant and driving; a deadly combination when you are dealing with average thinking people. But, God, I do love him!

With Rosie announcing the news of her pregnancy, Don is having a hard time adjusting to the situation. This is not the way it was planned, and he must find a way to cope with the sudden news. While he is also dealing with his best friend Gene and his situation with Claudia, he is creating stress in his own marriage. That is not good for Rosie and baby! Trouble with the law ensues and it just gets crazier from there.

I just can’t find the right words. I can’t imagine being in the same room with Professor Tillman. He is too intense for me. But this book is equally parts hilarious and touching. If you loved the first book, then this is a must read. If you haven’t even started the series, I highly recommend doing so. You will not stop laughing at these characters, no matter how hard you try.