21
Apr

Book Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Book Review: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Kathy Dawson Books Published March 25th 2014 388 Pages

Kathy Dawson Books
Published March 25th 2014
388 Pages

Nearly Boswell lives in a trailer home and her mother is a stripper. The only thing Nearly has going for her is her smarts and a scholarship opportunity that she is competing in against her close friend.  The goal is to stay out of sight, keep her face into the books and look for her father in the personal ads.

However, when a serial killer…

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20
Apr

Thanks to a generation of massive amounts of standardized testing, our students conceive education primarily as a tool for determining a ranking. The Obama administration’s policy is even called Race to the Top. We have the most read columnist in the country telling us how important it is to raise “standards” so our students don’t fall behind.
For our students’ entire lives we have communicated that the reason to learn things is not to fulfill curiosities, but to see where you stack up relative to others. Grades are no longer a proxy for learning, but a lap time determining how well they’re doing at achieving a secure financial future. Under this system, a “B” is genuine cause for distress. A “C” is a disaster that points towards a ruined life.
At the same time, we have made it increasingly difficult to pay for a genuine education. The burden of loans threatens to strangle adult lives before they really begin. It is now impossible to work your way through college. Concerns over even paying for college are also at an all-time high. We communicate that a college degree is more important than ever and then make it more difficult to achieve.
Students look at the larger culture and see not a ladder of opportunity, but a treadmill of obligation. No wonder they’re distressed.

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16
Apr

NetGalley Review: The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry

NetGalley Review: The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen #1) by April Henry

 Henry Holt and Co. To Be Published June 17 2014 272 Pages

Henry Holt and Co.
To Be Published June 17 2014
272 Pages

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby are three very different teenagers. Alexis is spending her time not getting close to people, hiding the fact that her mother has an mental illness. Nick plays the fearless hero but is scared he is not good enough and Ruby lives a life examining every…

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16
Apr

Book Review: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

Book Review: The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier

 Ballantine Books Published March 11, 2014 585 Pages

Ballantine Books
Published March 11, 2014
585 Pages

Diana is completely fascinated with the “history” of the Amazons. She feels a deep connection to the Amazons, thanks to her Grandmother, who made it part of her everyday life. When Diana is asked to consult a archeological excavation, she may have actually discovered proof that Amazons exist.

Although Diana is part of an amazing modern day find,…

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11
Apr

Adult Only: NetGalley Book Review: Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose

Adult Only: NetGalley Book Review: Heartbitten by Aubrey Rose

                Kindle Published March 12, 2014 212 pages

Kindle
Published March 12, 2014
212 pages

ADULTS ONLY

*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Robert Chatham is a billionaire vampire that doesn’t attach himself to anyone. With a different girl every night, Chatham is trying to find a cure. When sponsors a chemistry lab, he meets grad student Liz. 

Liz is trying to find a cure after losing her little sister to cancer.…

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09
Apr

Book Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Book Review: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Harper Teen Published Jan. 7, 2014 380 Pages

Harper Teen
Published Jan. 7, 2014
380 Pages

Friendly, Wisconsin is a simple town until the most popular girl Ruth is found murdered in a cornfield hung and stuffed like a scarecrow. The police have no leads but quickly place the blame on her boyfriend, the town’s bully. But Kippy and Ruth’s brother doesn’t think he did it.

Armed with Ruth’s diary, Kippy decides to hunt for the real murderer,…

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09
Apr

Quick Five© with Sarah Tregay

Quick Five© with Sarah Tregay

Courtesy of Sarah Tregay

Courtesy of Sarah Tregay

Name: Sarah Tregay

Who is Sarah? A lover of graphic design and poetry, who also happened to be raised without a television.

Website: http://www.sarahtregay.com

Twitter: @sarahtregay

Books: Love and Leftovers, Fan Art, B is for Boston Terrier, Creating Pastel Champions, Let’s Go to the Model Horse Show

Buy: Amazon,  and Barnes & Noble

The amazing thing about this author…

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08
Apr

muslimwomeninhistory:

If you have yet to read this article “Portraits of Reconciliation" in NYT then read it. 
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20 years ago marked the start of 100 of the darkest days in human history. 1 million people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide. Show that you stand with the survivors and will not let the million lost be forgotten by sharing this candle.

muslimwomeninhistory:

If you have yet to read this article “Portraits of Reconciliation" in NYT then read it. 

@blogactiondayofficial:

20 years ago marked the start of 100 of the darkest days in human history. 1 million people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide. Show that you stand with the survivors and will not let the million lost be forgotten by sharing this candle.

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07
Apr

Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

         Balzer + Bray  Published Jan. 28, 2014           342 Pages

Balzer + Bray
Published Jan. 28, 2014
342 Pages

Since the day she was born Nyx has been destined to marry the Ignifex, an immortal demon her father made a bargain with. Nyx has been trained to kill Ignifex and avenge her mother’s death and allow her twin sister to live.

With hate in her heart for the demon that caused her life to be this way and hatred in her heart for her father and her sister,…

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06
Apr

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