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Still Life With Tornado, by A.S. King — November 7, 2018

Still Life With Tornado, by A.S. King

download (1)A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier and why she suddenly cannot make art.

This book blew me away!!! A.S. King is a very talented writer and it really shows in this book. Still Life With Tornado talks about abuse, art, and hope. It reminded me of how A Thousand Perfect Notes is pitched. I loved the writing style, characters, and plot. The many Sarahs were quite amazing and I loved how snarky most of them were. I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to read more of A.S. King’s work.

I loved A.S. King’s writing style. It was very frank, but also quite sassy. A.S. King writes a lot about abuse and she has practically perfected it. I loved the way that A.S. King wrote with some hope so that I didn’t get too depressed with the future. A.S. King wrote the setting and the background very well and I couldn’t wait for more. She is very talented and it shows in her work. I loved how well she described the setting and how I could envision myself in the room where Sarah was and it would play out like a movie.

The characters were all so realistic. I loved all of the many Sarahs and wonder if any of the other characters that we encountered were past, present, or future selves of other characters. I think that I enjoyed Helens’ perspective over Sarah’s. It was so sarcastic, and I think that Helen was the first to face and understand everything. I was very interested in the many Sarahs. They were something that I wanted to learn more about. Sarah was very nice, but she wasn’t my favorite main character ever. I think that if the book was longer I might have liked her a little bit more.

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I really enjoyed the idea of many Sarahs, all in one place, all to help sixteen-year-old Sarah with her journey. I loved that and wanted to read more about it. I was very interested in this as it progressed and I wish that A.S. King dove into that and explained it a little bit more. Out of all the Sarahs, I think that I liked twenty-three-year-old Sarah the most. I don’t know she’s my favorite, she just is. I loved reading about the many Sarahs and wish that I could read more about them.

The plot was very interesting. I was engrossed in the story and hated every time I had to put the book down. Still Life With Tornado was a very odd book. It was not what I normally read. Still, this book managed to suck me in and make me feel for the characters and make wild guesses about the plot. I was really curious about how everyone was coping after Mexico and all of the abuse that happened in this book. That makes me want to go and read the next book in the series. If only A.S. King didn’t write stand-alone novels.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend all of A.S. King’s works. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King — December 16, 2017

Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King

download (1)Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

I thought that this book was going to be one of those books where I couldn’t stop crying and wanting to hug the main character and tell them that it would be alright. That did not happen. I did still enjoy the story and I would recommend it to everyone, it just did not go the way is was expecting it to go.

I enjoyed hearing from the perspective of the bullied boy (although I still would like to hear from the POV of a bully). I also liked the realism aspect of the bullying (kid with a lot of influence bullies other kids, parents are to scared to go against people with influence so the stand by and let it happen). I also enjoyed hearing about Ginny and how she dealt with her life. I was pretty upset to hear about what some of these characters went through, but that is the way of life, and people need to see that and stick up for these people. I enjoyed the idea that no one is perfect and that the side characters are not who they seem to be. You were always wondering when the next secret would be uncovered.  I also loved how worried Jodi was Lucky (actually I didn’t love it, it really bugged me). But all of the characters were awesome and… you guessed it, real.

The  plot was depressing. Lucky had to face so much and no one did anything to stop it. But then we moved to Arizona and it was suddenly less depressing. I liked the story much better in Arizona because I wasn’t crying every 5 pages. That’s right, folks. If you read this book you will be crying every 5 pages until we go to Arizona. Then you will be crying at irregular intervals. The setting was not that detailed this time, except in the dreams, which was okay because we did not spend time looking or even paying attention to the setting. There was two much going on to spend time with the setting. I am just rambling now, so I will just stop talking.

I loved this book so much that I can’t form coherent thoughts about it. Sorry about the jumpy post. Just read the book. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King — December 15, 2017

Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King

download (1)When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could clear his name. 

I loved this book!!!! It was so deep, sweet, and it did not shy away from issues like drinking. And it explained what went on in the person’s head when this was happening. That was important to me because you do not normally get this viewpoint in a YA book, just that drinking is bad. The friendship thing in here was really cool as well. It was very realistic because friends do not stay friends forever.

The characters were very well written. I was curious about how this book was going to turn out because the summary was not very descriptive. Vera turned out to be very sweet and I loved listening to her from the very beginning. Even though she did have a drinking problem. All of the characters were very realistic and acted like people. Sometimes characters act like these shiny perfect gods that can do no wrong. I don’t like these characters because no one can relate to them. You can’t relate to a god. I loved how the friends to enemies thing played out. I was curious about if it would be realistic (because we all know that I love realistic things) or not. Lucky me!!! It was. The friend to enemy thing was gradual and very lifelike. I loved everything about the characters. A. S. King has not let me down on them.

The plot was also very good. You had a feeling of suspense throughout the whole book because (for once) the main character knew something that you didn’t. I was banging my head against the wall trying to figure what the connection was when it was so obvious. There were more flashbacks to give you an insight into Vera’s past, which was good because there was a lot of tangled history there. Without these flashbacks the story would have been a mess. There were lots of different viewpoints on different things in Vera’s life. Her dad had a few chapters, the dead kid had a few chapters (while being dead), and even the Pagoda (which is a building) had some chapters. I also realized that when you have a local author they talk about things that you see in your everyday life, like the Pagoda and the beautiful city of Reading. I loved this book and I think that everyone should read it. 

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The Pagoda and the beautiful city of Reading (said Reding)

I loved this book and I hope that you do too. Please remember to fill out my survey (and watch the next Star Wars movie). You can find the link in my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Dust of 100 Dogs, by A. S. King — December 14, 2017

The Dust of 100 Dogs, by A. S. King

downloadEmer was just about to escape the pirate life with her one true love and immense riches. Then everything changed. She was cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs with her memories intact. Now she is a modern teenager who needs a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.

I have finally picked up the debut novel by our only local (as far as I know) YA author. I was lucky to get this book signed. And this book was published in 2009. Shame on me. I have her second and third books as well. I loved this book. It was meaningful, deep, and it had a lesson. I have not read very many YA books with a lesson in them. But now we should stop my rambling and get on with the review.

I thought that the characters were very realistic and Saffron, our main character, was pretty funny. We also had flashbacks to Emer’s life in the 1700s. Let’s just say it was not a nice place to be. I am glad to be living in this time period. This book also had a villain who you loved to hate. There was not even a chance at redemption for this guy. Saffron was my favorite character in the book and I enjoyed hearing about her violent daydreams of…(read the book and see). I loved hearing about the way life is in a poor family because I have not read many books with the main character living in a poor family. I believe that these characters were written very well and very fun to read. If you read a book for the characters you should totally read this.

The plot was very interesting and engaging. It was not a classic pirate story and it had informational dog care tips in between some chapters. You did spend some time with the family and you saw how Saffron worked in her family. I would not want to be in Saffron’s family, I don’t think that anyone would. The setting was described very well and I could easily imagine myself being there. There were a few different viewpoints in this book (and not all of them were set in the same time periods) but they were very well done and you knew whose view point you were reading. I thought that was good because the past times that I have read viewpoints it has not gone so hot. My only issue wit this book is that A. S. King only writes stand-alones, not series. Otherwise this book was great!!!!!

I loved this book and I hope that you do too. You should read it!!!! Please remember to fill out my survey!!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!!!! Have a Great Day!!!!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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