Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I received an advanced copy of Golden Son from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

After reading Red Rising, the first book in this trilogy, I was really looking forward to Golden Son. What I loved about the first book in the trilogy - Red Rising - was the development of the relationships between the characters and how they made it through together. In Golden Son, it was sometimes hard to tell who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. I found myself rooting for Augustus and his men and then all of a sudden remembering that Augustus was actually a bad guy. Golden Son blurred the lines between who was good and who was bad. While I wouldn't say that Golden Son wasn't a well written book, it didn't suck me in like Red Rising did. I hope that the third book, when it comes out, will satisfy all of my questions. 

Not a bad read.

The expected publication date is January 13, 2015.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck

Ellen Homes is invisible. Abused and abandoned as a child, she finds comfort in food and observing others.  Most people overlook her and she likes it that way.

One day, on her way to work, Ellen decides to step in and prevent a blind woman from being mugged.  Thus begins the unusual friendship between Ellen and Temerity.  Somehow her blind friend, Temerity, can “see” the real Ellen.

Ellen keeps watch over her neighbors. She considers them her pets. They are:  “T-bone” the drug dealer and “Heidi” the lonely pregnant woman across the courtyard.  When T-bone, whose real name is J.B., is robbed and shot, Ellen and Temerity begin “sleuthing” to find the culprit. 

Meanwhile, “Heidi” – whose real name is Cindy, is miserable because she is about to give up her baby for adoption. The father of the baby was killed in Iraq and a crushed Cindy is unable to handle the baby on her own.  When a letter from the sister of the baby’s father is accidentally delivered to Ellen’s apartment, she and Temerity try to find a way to get the sister and Cindy together.

At work, Ellen gets involved in trying to help a coworker out of a rough situation. 

Ellen, who used to like being invisible, is now finding ways to help others, and in doing so, finds herself.  This was a heartwarming book about friendship, personal transformation, and the power of connecting with others. It is one of my favorite books of 2014. 

You can purchase the book at AmazonBarnes and Nobleor your local independent bookstore. Don't forget to check your local library too!

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