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Book Review: The Blue Zone

The Blue ZoneThe Blue Zone by Andrew Gross

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had the potential to be great, and it was certainly gripping at times, but ultimately, it was just okay. The biggest turn off for me was the intense violence and cruelty described at certain parts of the book. It felt unnecessary disturbed me enough to pull me out of the experience. The plot line was fun, and I wish I had been able to get more into it, but in the end, I would not be able to give it a very strong recommendation.

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Book Review: One Past Midnight: The Langoliers

One Past Midnight: The LangoliersOne Past Midnight: The Langoliers by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I only wish I had read this before seeing the TV movie back in the 90s. What an amazing story, and so much better in book form. I listened to it as an audio book read by William Defoe, and despite his unbelievably annoying voice for Bethany Simms, he did a superb job.

The suspense and confusion created by this story is fantastic, and highly recommended for anyone, whether they’ve seen the TV movie or not.

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Book Review: Cheshire Moon

Cheshire MoonCheshire Moon by Nancy Butts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a young adult book in years, but this happens to be the one other novel by the author of my favorite book from my teen years, The Door in the Lake. The Door in the Lake captivated and moved me as a teen and I’ve never forgotten it.

This book was equally as beautiful, moving, and heartfelt. It can be difficult to review a young adult book as an adult, the style is simpler, the themes more pronounced, but I felt I owed this book the chance. I am glad that I did.

Loss and friendship are the prominent themes, and the author’s ability to weave sign language into the conversation was stirring.

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