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I really enjoyed this book. I tend to love fiction about magic and witches. It was even more fascinating because it's about things lost and things found. The end still leaves you thinking, there are some unanswered things, but I think that's a amazing thing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic and reading.
I adored this book as I did the Accident Season. The characters are fun and relatable, the magic makes sense. Some mysteries remain which I always love in a book. I love that one of the main characters has a hearing aid!Also, the romance scenes are hot and just right!
I felt obliged to read & review this book because of 2 reasons:1. I won this book in a giveaway (thank you penguin teen)2. I'm buddy reading with a friendIf it weren't for these 2 reasons, I would actually DNF this book. I mean, life is short and there are plenty of books out there, etc. Anyway, I think this book might be something John Green would write if he decides to venture into magical realism. But I think he should just stick to contemporary. I think this is also what I think about this book. It would've been better if the author just wrote a contemporary novel (no spellbook, whatsoever).I guess, one of the issues is that it's kind of pretentious. There's a quote that reminds me of the cigarette metaphor in The Fault in Our Stars. Immediately, I knew this book was not for me. I felt that this quote came out of nowhere. Just useless banter while I wait for something to happen. Unfortunately, the pacing is slow so don't expect anything to happen within the first 100 aracters were unmemorable.I remembered telling my mate about the names, how they reminded me of ingredients to a spell. Turns out it was what the author was going for:It was predictable for my part. It's kind of funny but I'm still ltiple POVs did not support eitherSince the characters don't have striking personalities (flat characters) and their names sound like plants, it's hard to distinguish them from one another. If the chapters did not have their names on them, you won't be able to tell who's speaking. I couldn't connect to any hero in the story and they didn't create any impression on me.Even the parents were weird. The father is randomly reciting poetry and the mother is giving cryptic messages to her daughter. It's so hard to like this book because it's so silly (imo). I didn't have fun this reading so, I'm tired of constantly reading quotes/statements about lost and found thingsAnd I don't feel like typing those quotes here...Needless to say, this book was not for me.
(4.5 stars)I received an ARC from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.I was immediately attracted to this one because of the summary. I haven’t read a amazing suspenseful novel in a while, so I really wanted to obtain a keep of this one. Allow me tell you this. You don’t wish to place this book down. Every chapter leaves you with wanting more so it’s IMPOSSIBLE to place it down unless you fall asleep because you’ve been reading it for hours.We have three groups of people, so let’s begin with the first group.Olive and RoseThese girls are best friends, but things take a weird turn after Olive wakes up the morning after a party. She is missing a few strange items, but she doesn’t think too much of it until she realizes Rose is disappearing a lot. Eventually, Olive comes across Hazel, her twin Rowan and their mate Ivy. They live in an abandoned development and a boarded up fore I obtain to them, though, I wish to talk more about Olive and Rose. Sometimes I thought that Rose wasn’t really a amazing friend, but it’s evident later that they really are the best of friends. This whole plot line is just something that messes them up and makes them question certain things. I love their personalities, though. Olive does take some risks, but she still has a amazing head on her shoulders. Rose is kind of the opposite, but she still has a amazing heart for her friends. It’s like they really match well together. Also, I love the diversity: Rose is a lesbian (I think. Maybe a bit bisexual, but more for girls). Olive is bi-sexual. Go equality!Hazel, Ivy and RowanThis trio was certainly strange. I imagine them as kind of grunge-y with a touch of hipster. Definitely with Rowan, the guy who likes to wear fedoras with his thick glasses. They’re smokers and drinkers and really on their own. Well, Hazel and Rowan are. They have been away from their parents, especially their alcoholic mother for a month. They are worried that they will be found so they create sure their mate Ivy keeps their secret. They do have a mate in Mags, who owns the pub and is kind of...immortal? Maybe? I don’t know. She was a card, though. Rowan is definitely the mysterious guy, but he has a humorous bone. He’s kind of the sarcastic type, but he was sweet to Olive. He’s straight, Hazel is lesbian, and Ivy is straight, I believe. I didn’t obtain the bi-sexual or lesbian vibe from her since the beginning is all about her and Rowan together with Hazel getting urel, Ash, and HollyThese girls were the strangest out of all of them. I had a feeling that these three would never really meet the other children and they kind of do, but it’s not what you think. Laurel is like Olive. She has a straight head on her shoulders. Holly is more timid than the other girls. Ash is just...what a ride. She is kind of nuts and...I don’t know. Their friendship takes an...interesting turn when they meet Jude, a guy with long hair and what I believe to be puka shells around his neck. When he gets mixed into the bunch, I’m just going to say that I’m very surprised a threesome was not mixed into it all because the dude is a total manwhore with ALL THREE girls! Not at the same time, but again...I was surprised “at the same time” wasn’t incorporated into the story. , what are these “lost” and “found” items?Well, it turns out there really is a spellbook. It’s not some metaphor or something in the title. And the spell itself is beautiful dark. Hell, it requires blood and a crucifix. The spell is meant to return something that is lost and the person(s) performing it must spell out what they wish to be returned. However, for everything that is returned, something else must be lost from a stranger. It’s quite a mess and the things aren't too terrible. It’s trinkets, clothing, and...teeth. Yeah. Sometimes it’s a is whole spell turns things into some psychological horror film. Some of these girls begin seeing things: people trying to come at your from a lake, a dog jumping into a lake and never coming up, parents saying things that they never said, their mate being set on fire in a calm manner, etc.If you wish a better mental picture, I have a really poor one. Have you ever seen Family Guy? Do you know that episode where Brian takes some mushrooms and we see the scariest trip in cartoon history (maybe)? It reminded me of that. It’s totally psychological and it’s creepy when you picture this book in your head. If this was created into a film, it would be very creepy.Oh yeah. There’s a part that took me back to the Freddy Kruger movie from, like, 2009. It’s the part where we see Freddy running out of that warehouse on fire and there is a stage that is related in the book.I hope I didn’t scare you.I was surprised at the sex scenes laced in here. I mean, not surprised that they were in there the first place, but of how detailed it was. It wasn’t detailed like mommy porn, but it was detailed close to how Sarah J. Maas info her scenes and we all know about THAT. Wish more diversity? Lesbian action! I won't say who, though.(Can we count the supernatural-ish and crazy sights that aren’t really there as diversity?)This book isn’t scary where you wish to hide under your bed and never touch it again. This book was really good. There are so a lot of twists and turns and, when you think things are over, it’s not. It was kind of slow in certain points, but hardly the whole time. There were probably one or two chapters that were slow. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading this all the method through. The mental imagery is so powerful and I would love to see this be created into a film. It also reminded me of those urban legend films, but darker.
“Be careful what you want for; not all lost things should be found.”This book was honestly one huge mindwarp. But I kinda liked it. It’s gritty and seductive, with an air of mystery that made a perfectly surreal environment for the story. We follow Olive, and her best mate Rose, as they start to lose things after the town’s annual bonfire. They meet up with 3 mysterious teens, Hazel, Rowan, and Ivy, who have lost things of their own. The ragtag group begins to search diary pages from a girl named Laurel and an ancient spellbook that can recall lost things. Magic, mystery, and mayhem ensure in this seductive and enchanting ings I LikedThe various mate groups show in the story are all really fantastic. I loved how Olive, Rose, Hazel, Rowan, and Ivy’s story was paralleling Laurel, Ash, and Holly’s. I also loved the friendships between Olive & Rose, and Hazel, Rowan, & Ivy. The developed and established friendships created the entire squad up more enjoyable and ere was this surreal feeling atmosphere over the entire story. It made this serendipitous globe where everything happened and was interconnected. It really matched the topic matter and I liked the end of the story I was left with some unanswered questions, but I don’t think everything in this story required a clear answer. I like that I’m left wondering about some aspects of the story. It matched the mysterious nature ere was some LGBT+ rep, which I wasn’t expecting. Rose and Olive both identify as bisexual, and Hazel identifies as a lesbian. Olive is deaf in one ear, and uses a hearing aid. It was nice to obtain some representation for people who are hard of hearing. Rose is half-Indian, and confronts some racist slurs, which are quickly challenged. It was nice to see non-white characters in this Irish setting. More diverse representation us always a amazing thingThings I Didn’t LikeWhile I did have fun the overall surreal feeling, it did have this weightless quality that created it hard to connect with the characters in the beginning of the story. The magicalness was excellent for the mystery, but it did hold the story from being grounded for me.I found that in the beginning third of the book, the various POV chapters ran together for me; especially because we’re introduced to the three groups at roughly the same time. The various groups finding the other’s “lost things” also didn’t support differentiate the people.Ivy left a small bit of a poor taste in my mouth after a reveal that happened in the latest quarter of the book, and I didn’t really like her much after that. I know everyone in this book is selfish, but I felt like that she did went a small too far.Spellbook of the Lost and Found is a magically captivating read that draws you into a globe of loss, mystery, and endurance. The dynamics really shined, while I found the romances to be a small lackluster. This is my first book from Moïra Fowley-Doyle, but it definitely intrigues me enough to check out more of her work.I received this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
While I waited for my copy of "Lost and Found" to arrive, I decided to read some of the reviews here on Amazon. I was surprised to see a few reviews that said the book was good, but the dialogue was too witty or snappy and felt forced. Other reviews mentioned that the story goes to "dark" places, so they couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a Young Adult novel or just regular adult ter reading the book, I can say that those criticisms are slightly valid, but not enough to in any method create the book bad. Yes, the characters speak in a more clever method than most people I've met in the true world. But... I do know people who speak like this. They are usually very bright and just interact with the globe differently. And yes, the book does speak about dark, mature subjects a bit past the halfway point. I wouldn't read this book to my daughters (ages 8, 9, and 13) because it might freak them out. But... as an adult reader, I knew that the subjects brought up are actually true and these things happen in true life. Card didn't create up something horrific to be scandalous - he picked a real-world subject and added it to his story. So I didn't ter saying all of that, how is the book? It's good! It isn't quite as engaging as some of Card's other books, but only because it is smaller in scale and scope. The Ender saga (which is up to approximately 12 books by now) feels important. The themes, moral dilemmas, and human interactions all have weight to them because of how epic the story is."Lost and Found" has a bit of adventure and danger, but it is much more grounded. It is focused on (almost) regular humans living their lives in contemporary times. So it is a touch lighter, a touch simpler than some of Card's other books.Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end and would love to search out more about micropowers and just how inane they might be. The world-building is amazing enough to create me crave latest note: the micropowers discussed actually *do* relate to the Ender saga, because they seem to be based (intentionally or not) on philotic rays. The main hero can "feel" a connection between lost stuff and their owners. Another hero can "feel" where spiders are. And one can "feel" other peoples' navels. It instantly reminded me of the ansible, the hive queen, and philotic webs. So that's something.
Though I discovered Orson Scott Card with _Ender’s Game_, I now read everything from him, even when it isn’t SF&F, because he always manages to create me care for his characters. He did it again with _Lost and Found_.I agree with another reviewer that sometimes the characters are a small too verbally aggressive, though several have been through enough issues to justify their having developed not just thick skin but porcupine quills. Fortunately, they’re seldom totally obnoxious, and when they _are_, they realize it, feel guilty, and somehow or other manage to create up for it. Ezekiel, in particular, the point-of-view character, is prickly, sometimes self-pitying, but amazing to the core. He feels real, human, and someone you’d be proud to call a d started his writing career as a playwright, and his books have always relied on clever, thoughtful, or just plain funny dialogues, and I seem to have noticed that dialogues occupy more and more zone in his latest novels. This is especially real in this one. Usually, it works, because characterization and dialogues _are_ Card’s powerful points, yet sometimes I had to wonder, “Do you remember that the poor guys may be nearby? You may wish to be discreet long before you actually reach their lair, just in case they’re patrolling or something.”[SPOILERS/]I’m very sensitive to what I consider plot weaknesses. Card is very amazing at avoiding them, as a rule, but I found two in this novel:1. When Ezekiel’s only mate disappears, Ezekiel worries … but not enough to take action for two or three days, even after he’s learned about the gang kidnapping small girls (his friend, Beth, is a proportional dwarf; she looks like a small girl). Even if she had _not_ disappeared, I’d still be frantic to talk to her, to create absolutely sure she’s all right. There’s no logical argument such as “there’s so small possibility that she, among all other potential victims, was kidnapped” that would reassure me — especially when she, a very serious student, failed to present up at school.2. Whereas Card was very careful to define and limit magic powers in his Mither Mages books, Ezekiel’s power starts to … overflow. It is presented as a finder’s power, and I was fine with Ezekiel starting to obtain info about the owner of a lost item, then seeing what the owner sees, and even with himself being “owned” as a mate (this latest aspect was well prepared), but at some point his power apparently told him to ditch the friendly, helpful, competent FBI agent who was driving him to save Beth (though stopping as Shank did at a fast-food put really makes no sense when you’re on your method to save a kid who might obtain killed at any moment) to instead have his father come all the method from his workplace to drive him instead. Not only did his power overflow, serving as a deus ex machina, it also seemed to create Ezekiel into a puppet. Just do that, Ezekiel, because that’s what your power tells you to do and you can’t resist the compulsion.[/SPOILERS]For all my ranting, the main issue with this novel is that I read it when I was supposed to work. I couldn’t drop it. So now I’ve got work to catch up with, but … I don’t regret the read.
I really enjoyed reading Orson Scott Cards fresh book. The method he develops his characters makes me feel like i know them and in the case here that I would like to meet them.I realize I have fun the pithy conversation that his characters often have together. It draws me in and I begin thinking what I would say if I were e idea of micro powers is interesting and relatable because we do have talents and abilities that could qualify as the case of the main character, if you were so inclined you could compare his micro power to how the Holy Spirit works. Of course, no religion is taught here, just a amazing idea with smart characters.
I did not know what to expect from this book, and once finished, I don't know how to summarize my feelings. The main characters Elijah and Beth are kind of unlikable and weird, and the story unfolds in a unusual way. Lost and Found refers to Elijah's ability to take an object and return it to its owner. Sadly it has led to suspicion in the past so when he meets Beth, he has no mates and no plans. Beth befriends him, and he starts to learn more about his ability.I hate to give more away than this, since this happens in the very beginning and the book does a amazing job unspooling the story. There is some disturbing imagery and kids in peril, but I liked it over all and I recommend it for most readers.
In most ways, this novel was unlike the Ender series. However, the hero development, the gripping story, and Card’s ability to endear hiss characters to you, created this one of the quickest reads I’ve had in a long time. I simply couldn’t place it down, and I was disappointed that the story ended. I hope this will turn into the first volume of a series!
Worse book I read by one of my favorite writers. There is not much I like. The concept of micropowers was new, but it had to die for the story to become borderline interesting as it revealed itself to be more and more a superpower in regards to the ildish language and thoughts which I don't think are appreciated even by young readers. Very adult theme in the kidnappings which makes for an uncomfortable contrast. I would not read any sequence to this, and I read almost everything else written by the author.
I wanted to love this book because OSC is one of my favorite authors, and because it takes put near Greensboro where I live. But unfortunately this small novel has some hard things to overlook:1. The dialog is too clever to be believable, even from highly smart people. Nobody talks the method these characters talk, and the book is mostly dialog.2. The main hero is extremely smart, can think through complicated scenarios and figure almost anything out, yet at a critical point when his life is on the line, he forgets he has a cellphone in his pocket. And his Dad does not have a cellphone either because he is too poor. What? Even homeless people have smartphones these days. The main characters are supposed to be in peril and can't call their cop mate because the Dad doesn't have a phone and the genius child forgets he borrowed one he used an hour ago and it's sitting in his pocket? I couldn't swallow that one.3. Since most of the book is witty banter, it lacks description. I don't know enough of how the characters look, or how they sound, or what the locations look like (except the parts that are set around Greensboro, I live there).Nice premise (kid who finds lost things and knows who they belong to) but I think this is far from OSC's best work.
The Premise for this book was great. This is a globe in which definitive, verifiable and demonstrable powers or talents exist. They are limited in scope and power, but they are unquestionably true and throughout the first half of the book, it was fun to watch the main hero discover the extent of his micro-power and learn how to create better use of it. I would read more books based in this “world” if they were better written. That’s the true issue with this book. The writing was not what one would expect from an author with a history like Orson Scott Card. The book started off strong, after the first 100 pages or so, It really went downhill fast.***Hints and Potential Spoilers follow***The situation with Beth’s mother was ridiculous. The zone of the second kidnap victim was really poorly thought out and created no logical sense beyond the fact that it set up the “action” for the rescue scene. All of the interactions between Ezekiel and beautiful much every adult in the book was about as unrealistic as I’ve ever experienced in true life or the written word. The method this book was written, Ezekiel’s power wasn’t finding lost things and returning them to their owner. His true power was to place out an aura that created every person he ever met instantly distrust and dislike him while simultaneously making him 100% immune to any consequences of his mouthing off to authority figures that really should have place him in his place. (Yes, I obtain the backstory. He’s been dealing with it for years and he’s adjusted to cope with harassment, but it comes off as completely one sided in the book.) And then there’s the constant justification and explaining of everything anyone does or says throughout the book. Card will introduce an idea like “Beth can’t be fostered by Ezekiel and his Dad because it would be inappropriate because…” Ok. That’s reasonable. Ezekiel and his Dad will explain it to each other. Then they’ll explain it to Beth. And then Beth will explain it to them with a few extra justifications and “What If’s”. Then they’ll explain how the Lawyer would explain it to Kid Protective Services. Then someone will have to explain it to Shank. Then it will come up again with the kidnapped children parents. This is just one of a lot of MANY examples throughout the book. Why he can’t search people because they always know where they are is explained at least 12 times. He’s being shunned because everyone thinks he’s a thief is explained at least 18 times. Beth is little for her age. I obtain it. You don’t need to explain it to the guidance counselor, the principal, each individual at the micropowers meeting, the cop, the kidnapped children parents, and everyone else introduced as an individual or group anywhere in the book. Don’t even obtain me started on the children and their McDonalds trip. At that point the book was reading like a stream of consciousness writing exercise and Card was just putting to paper whatever came to mind without any sort of plan or summary, what we ended up with seemed like a poorly edited second draft of an idea that could have been a really amazing short story, but definitely wasn’t ready to be a novel. I’m leaving this as a 2 star review because I do respect the author and I really like the ideas behind the book. I just think it could have been a much better book if it was given the time and effort it deserved.
This book has lots of thought provoking concepts.. we all have micro powers.. but some are various enough that most people cannot understand them or even realize they have them.. Some make problem for the person until they do understand them.. and some make answers for those around them without evening knowing it... Some look like super natural.. some seem goofy.. some seem spooky.. some scare others.. some are not even noticed..This book looks at a lot of these concepts.. but doesn't dwell on a lot of them.. but focuses on one or two of them in the main characters. then those characters are very well developed so that you really cheer them on.. the subjects of the antagonists and protagonists are complex and interesting.. and do not shy away from the hard subject areas. It is sad that these subjects need to be in books but how else will people start to comprehend them unless they learn in these ways.. unless they obtain brought out into the light.. and the author does that in a method without hiding them.. and without over emphasizing the worst of it.. thanks
OSC is a master of hero development and Ezekiel is no exception! Card’s wordplay is so smart and aided by the characters’ use of sarcasm and irony. I hope Shank’s hero continues in future Ezekiel books (I expect it will, but there’s so much yet to be seen in his interaction/friendship with our protagonist).
In his junior year of high school, Michael is given a career assessment. Disregarding the printed interest inventory, Michael writes his own list of tasks he’d like to undertake in life:Fall in loveFigure out who the hell I amHave sex without catching somethingRepair my familyEscapeThis small, silent act of free will encapsulates Michael's journey in this unbelievable fresh novel by Helene Dunbar. Though Michael is unsure who he is, he’s known since age 12 that he’s gay, and he very much wants to discover and express his self-identity. Michael is not a bold rebel. His burning desire to explore and be himself is tempered by his gentle and observant nature, his mad and rigidly conservative father, and by the experience of watching his family be torn apart when his older brother Connor came out in a most public method and got kicked out of the home. Among the decisions Michael faces is how to come out to his parents, who, “by the law of averages”, assume he is straight.Michael often escapes temporarily to The Echo, a dance club where he can lose himself in the music, in the crowd, and in the swirling fog of the dry ice machine. It's there Michael meets Gabriel and experiences his first rush of physical attraction. Though he’s never been in love or in a relationship, Michael just might wish to experience vigating such thorny problems as identity and first love are challenging for any teen, but Michael’s journey of self-discovery takes put in 1983 Fresh York City, in the early days of the AIDS crisis (which mostly affected gay men at the time). Young readers are unlikely to know of the Reagan administration’s self-righteous indifference to the disease, or of the dearth of consistent, credible info from mainstream media. This isn’t a novel about AIDS per se. Rather, the disease is out there, lurking on the periphery, creeping closer. No one knows exactly how it spreads. But it’s increasingly clear that a single sexual encounter could be a death sentence.Michael may or may not search the courage to complete his list of tasks. Either way, the consequences could be life-changing or ing Michael on his journey are his mates Becky, and James. Becky is the heart of their trio and James is the soul. Michael isn’t sure what he brings, though I’d say he’s the glue that binds these three endearing, special personalities. And then there's Michael’s brash brother Connor. Though the brothers often clash, they clearly have true affection for one another and Connor plays an necessary role in Michael’s e novel is beautifully crafted and filled with tenderness. Dunbar writes short vignettes in first person from Michael’s POV. They are voice-y, nuanced, and sometimes powerful. The drama never becomes melodrama. The ending is appropriate and satisfying.Dunbar’s work is credible. In her twenties, she worked in the AIDS Activities Office of a state government, writing grant proposals to the CDC. Her extensive research is evident in her descriptions of 1983 Fresh York, her melody and culture references, and in her depiction of these crucial early moments in the history of the AIDS crisis. The afterward includes private reflections by several activists, including Ron Goldberg, a member of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from 1987 to 1995, and adds significant historical and contemporary context about sum, Helene Dunbar has written an important, poignant, hopeful book about love and courage that will entertain and enlighten readers. Highly recommended.
The early 1980s were a seminal time for young adults-- the first to come of age just as AIDS was spreading its ugly tentacles across the landscape. All of a sudden sex could slay you. No one knew where the disease came from or how to stop it, but it hit the gay community first. And hard. And that allowed the homophobia which rested so casually in every aspect of our culture free reign to rise up and vent t in 1983, just as AIDS was starting to decimate the gay population in Fresh York, Helene Dunbar's We Are Lost and Found tells an honest and poignant history. Her courageous characters struggle to create sense of their world--of yearning to grow up and experience everything, and at the same time being frozen into terror and silence by a widespread plague, family and community rejection. Michael, James, Becky, Connor and Gabriel all face these challenges differently, and yet are all there for each other as they struggle to learn, to grow, to connect and to is is a gorgeous story, told with an eye for historic detail and in a voice that finally says out loud what so a lot of young people endured for decades in silence.
The best part of this story is how the author blends dialogue with the rest of the story. You're never really sure what the main hero is communicating and what they're keeping to themselves. You really understand the main character's interior life, which is a lovely experience. That said, no one else in the story felt true to me. The main character's two best friends, his older brother, his love interest, and his parents... They all sort of merged into an innocuous background. The writer clearly loves these characters deeply, but I just didn't feel that, personally. I didn't love the characters or search myself living in their globe of NY in the 80s. The historical fiction aspects of the story - the AIDS crisis and it's fallout - were well handled and specific. I guess my feelings are that this novel is technically well-crafted but that it still somehow fails to leave a powerful impression.
This story, as told by Michael, a teenager coming of age in the early 80's when AIDS was a "gay disease" and Michael was coming to terms with his sexual preference, was both heartbreaking and hopeful. His mates Becky and James are his chosen family helping him obtain through the days while living with his dysfunctional home life. Helene Dunbar weaves music, headlines, and scenes from NY creating the times of Michael's world.Dunbar told the story in an interesting way. First, she, a straight, adult woman, wrote with the voice of a gay teenage young man unpatronizing and fully aware of the times. Second, it was written as a series of vignettes. Finally, there were no quotation marks, which could leave the reader confused as to who said what, but in Dunbar's capable hands, it wasn't important to read things twice to follow the story.I'd recommend this to anyone who lived through that time. Whether you're gay or straight, this book will offer reminders of a growing, worldwide epidemic, a community which was under attack yet supported each other, and a general acceptance of the gay community (though, no doubt, the globe in general still has much room to improve on this part). And through the melody mentioned throughout, it offers its own soundtrack. If you have teens, this would also be a amazing book for them to understand what things were like for people their age back then. No doubt, it will be an eye-opener.
I really loved this one. It's told in vignettes, small glimpses of scenes in a life, but that almost makes it even more compelling because everything is stripped away except these attractive and heart-aching moments in a teen's life. It's a love letter to NYC and teen angst and melody all in one. Reading it, the globe of 1980s NYC feels utterly immediate and alive
I was excited to start reading this book but wound up not even finishing it. The main hero spent far too much time feeling sorry for himself which created him extremely irritating. I also did not like that there were no quotation marks around the spoken sentences, this created it much more difficult to tell which hero was speaking.
Wow. Wow. is book is a beautifully written & emotional coming-of-age at an incredibly poignant & critical time in American history.“I’m on the edge of something. On the edge and I wish to fall. I wish to fall so badly.”Exquisitely detailed, the rhythm & repetition with which this book is written makes you feel like you’re actually dancing to all the quintessential 80’s songs referenced.“...this rhythm has infected us.”It’s raw & quick. Captivating, concise, and concentrated on the info of the inner-thoughts and emotions of Michael as he attempts to search himself and navigates high school with two eccentric friends, James and Becky, and his older, gay brother, Conner. The fears of the time, with the AIDs crisis and the lack of acceptance toward the gay community work their method under your skin and place you right on the edge with all of them.“WE ARE EVERYWHERE reads one poster... For the first time, I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”If you’re a theater geek, a melody junkie, a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally, you’ll love this book. If you’re a kid of the 80’s or a native Fresh Yorker or an avid clubber, you need to pick up this book. If you’re interested in history, the AIDS crisis, or love/life in general, you should read this book.
Set in Fresh York during 1983, We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar is a poignant young adult novel set versus the backdrop of the beginning of the AIDS xteen year old Michael Bartolomeo is navigating his life with best mates James Barrows and Becky Kaplan. He is gay but considering his parents kicked out his older brother Connor after he came out, Michael is struggling to remain in the closet. He escapes the pressures of his home life through melody and evenings dancing at The Echo. Michael is also quite close to James, who is making his tag in the theatre globe and Becky who lives on tenterhooks due to her mother’s drug use. Michael’s budding romance with Gabriel takes put at the begin of the AIDS epidemic. With small info available about how to protect himself versus this frightening disease, will Michael be willing to jump into a relationship with Gabriel?Michael is an interesting narrator but the lack of quotation marks and the abrupt stage changes between the vignettes makes it difficult to connect to him and the unfolding story. The story does not really come together until well after the halfway point as Michael truly understands the realities of being gay during a deadly health epidemic. His brother Connor’s reckless and dangerous decisions also serve as a cautionary tale as Michael begins to fall in love with Gabriel.We Are Lost and Found is a thought-provoking young adult novel with an interesting storyline. The plot is well-researched, quite informative and offers a realistic portrait of coming to age at such a fraught time period. While the writing style might work not for everyone, this young adult novel by Helene Dunbar highlights a compelling and necessary part of LGBT history.I received a complimentary copy for review.
4.5*We Are Lost and Found is a poignant story of 3 best mates coming of age in NYC, in the early 80s, just at the begin of the AIDS crisis. While WALAF deals with your typical teen woes of high school and what to do after graduation, friendships, love, and finding yourself, it also delves deeper into teen sexuality and AIDS, and what that meant for Michael and his mates during that a teen in the 80s who grew up in a little town, this book gave me a fresh perspective on what AIDS was like for children in the "big" city. To be honest, AIDS was such an abstract idea for me, and I think for a lot of of my friends, until the 90s, when Magic Johnson announced he had been diagnosed with it, and Freddy Mercury died from complications of it. I really appreciate the attention and care Ms. Dunbar place into writing this story, showing a side of that time in history that many, myself included, may not have thought about.I'm sure there are people who won't care for this book, based purely on the method Ms. Dunbar has chosen to structure it- writing in vignettes and the lack of quotation marks, but I felt like that just added to the overall feel of the story.*I was lucky enough to obtain a copy through NetGalley, but I cannot wait for my hardback to arrive!
A attractive sweet heartbreaking story. This engaging storyline had me hooked from the beginning as the emotions are so well described as they learn how to deal with their mistakes and grow. The twists and turns really kept me interested as two people who love each finally Express their feeling while the reason for the delay was revealed. An awesome ending for these characters that were relatable, had amazing chemistry leaving you yearning for the next book to search out other hero stories. I voluntarily listened and reviewed this wonderful ARC that was beautifully narrated really bring the characters and story to life.
I love stories about mates who secretly love each other. At first I couldn't understand why Mitch and Gwen weren't together but when the reason was revealed I found myself tearing up on several occasions. A very heartbreaking story about young people dealing with their mistakes and growing up. Another sweet love story appropriate for all ages.
Oh Mitch... you sweet clueless boy! Sweet cautious Gwen. (Nice name 😁) Katie and Julian had a amazing story. I enjoyed getting to know them. But M&G, they stole my heart. This series is a amazing read! I can't wait for number 3!
I liked Gwen and Mitch a small less than Julian and Katie. Gwen kept getting bent out of shape over small things and Mitch kept thinking he created large e writing was great, just didn’t care for Gwen as a person. She wasn’t that likable to me.
I got hooked on the River Valley Lost and Found series once I read All The Things We Lost, so I was thrilled to keep an ARC of All the Things We Found! At the end of the first book of the series, I was intrigued about Gwen and her past, all of which is revealed in Book 2. Another sweet romance, All The Things We Found created me laugh, created me cry, and kept me on edge throughout the whole book!
This is such a fun read! I love the chemistry between Mitch and Gwen. They both created me literally laugh out loud! This is a sweet love story that will remind you of the first time someone gave you butterflies in your stomach. ❤️
I liked this simple to read book. The story was one that had a lot of emotion in it and the author described this well. I loved the young characters and how they figured out their relationships. I loved the ending too.
Loved the sweet romance that developed between Mitch and Gwen, including the twists and turns that kept me interested. This author has found her niche in YA and I look forward to reading book #3 in the River Valley series.
recently I have been feeling lonely and depressed, unable to pull myself out. I picked up this book to give it a shot, it was 100% what I needed. The pages were full of so much emotion I couldn't stop turning through the pages.I cannot remember the latest time i laughed out loud to a book but this one had me doing just that. the book is not meant to be funny, but I know The stage i am talking about was meant to be. i couldn't support it, i sat outside enjoying the beautiful weather just laughing someone who lost a family member myself, I know the pain Katie is going through. I think that is a reason why this book hit me so hard. it created me begin my eyes to my own suffering and wish to hold moving forward.I loved the characters in this book. they felt so real, it was like i was sitting in that diner working right aside them.I was sucked into the pages and couldn't stop until the latest page. i was left wanting more, but atalready know there is a second book for me to now have to devour!
This was a young adult coming of age story. It was amazing but just fell a small flat for me. I always wish a Amy Harden or Krysten Randle level of intensity and depth and when I don't obtain it I feel sad. I was also a small disappointed in the method this was written in a couple places. Over all it was a clean YA story about a girl trying to search her method after losing her mom and a boy who's family goes off the rails after his dad leaves. There are side characters who's stories you can tell were a set up for the next book. I didn't love this and don't wish to read the same formula in the next so over all a amazing story to take up time but nothing unique for me. There is some violence and talk of sex in this book. It is minimal but leaves it in the older teen category.
I found this book to be super simple to obtain into. Julian is obvious poor boy book boyfriend material but Katie can be a small whiny at times. I kept wanting to kick her and say "Get out of your funk" or "Go kiss that boy dammit!". I liked this book but the secondary characters were definitely more interesting than the primary. I'll read the second one before I create my final evaluation.
I liked the characters in this book although they were a bit vague. The storyline was beautiful good. Again a bit vague for my liking. It makes sense though since the book was so short. There were some grammatical errors and a few things didn't create sense. I want there had been more detail about the issues then more learning, change and in-depth forgiveness. All around it was alright.
I was privileged to keep an advanced readers copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review, and although this is Ms. Tirrell's first release in the Young Adult genre, her work did not disappoint! Anyone who has experienced any sort of loss will immediately relate to Katie and Julian, empathizing with them as they work through their grief while simultaneously cheering them on as their sweet romance unfolds. "All the Things We Lost" is a attractive coming-of-age story that left me starving for the next volume in this series.
I like this set of characters, but I wanted more depth from their separate challenges. Katie’s mom’s death was talked around, it seems; Julian’s family problems weren’t dealt with in any method I felt was solid. And the whole huge brother gangster/suddenly everyone hates the golden boy thing seemed arbitrary. But I read this in one sitting, and that’s gotta say something.
I was given this arc for an honest review. I'm not a large YA fan. But, All The Things We Lost is heartfelt, fun and enjoyable. It's not brimming with teenage angst. I also didn't wish to shout too loud at the charters for making unrealistic idiotic life choices! Instead I found characters that I wanted to hang out with, and that my empathy was at full capacity for. Childhood friends... loved it! For a first YA book, it's a amazing summer read and at the end you will be fully invested in this group of friends! It has my faves, HEA and no cliffhangers! 🙌
I have fun YA, but usually, I'm in the fantasy genre. This romance was charming and cute. I'm excited to see what she does with the next one!! Who doesn't have fun a romance that reminds us it's never truly over until the very end?
I really enjoyed this book. It is at the other end of my lifetime but a amazing story for a young adult dealing with grief. It was very true feeling especially with the flow of emotions teens and young adults deal with. I look forward to reading the other two books in this series. I’m not sure if I was provided a copy from the author or if I bought it at a free price. Amazon doesn’t always support there.But either method the price did not affect my review and I certainly was not obligated to write a review positive or otherwise. Read the book you will have fun it
I LOVED this book. It's a fun, fairly light-hearted read yet somehow the author has tapped into very deep emotions which she portrays through the characters of Julian, Katie, and Gwen. I think everyone will "find themselves" somewhere in this book on multiple levels. Plus, it's a amazing clean read that I would say is 100% safe for high school and up to read. Can't wait to read Book 2!!
These guys really create some amazing music, although they have been around for some years they prove consistently the value and staying power of their melody and craft. As I listen to this fresh collection of melody I'm reminded of parts of previous melodies blended in with fresh melody that takes on a fresh and refreshing sound. "Driving" has become one of my fresh favorites, love the beat, it has a amazing pace. "One Horse Town" carries an atmosphere of wandering and lost and finally coming to a decision and moving forward in life, another amazing tune to relax and allow your mind go. "Green" is a small various but the style, voice and mix of this piece is who America is. I have fun listening to this fresh collection and of course to my favorite melody group. Hold at it Gerry and Dewey.
If you are a fan of this beloved but somewhat underrated band (once a trio, now a duo) you will most likely love these "new" songs. Recorded from 2000 to 2011, these songs never created any of America's latest studio albums for one reason or another. These tunes beautiful have all that trademark America sound you have come to know and love: memorable songs with gorgeous harmonies and shimmering melodies. Songs that stick in your head. Songs that create the day just a bit e only song I'm not that crazy about, but one which is cited as a favorite by a lot of other reviewers, is "Dream Come True." The bluesy, hard-rockin' vibe of the song not only sounds out of put among the more mellow fare on the rest of the album, it just sounds forced and a bit contrived. Not really awful, but not a typical America tune. But hey, at least they were trying for something a bit different, so I'll give them points for that.While the melody is very pleasing, I can't say the same for the CD packaging. The CD is housed in a thin cardboard/paper sleeve with no booklet or liner notes at all. Seeing as how these are "rare" and "previously unreleased" songs, I think most America fans would have liked to have read more about these recordings. There IS a list of the extra musicians who played on the album, but not on which specific tracks, nor are there any recording dates given for each song, only the generic "tracks recorded between 2000-2011" note.I'm sure there are some interesting back stories behind these lovely fresh songs, or at least some sort of additional info about the recordings that could have helped fill in the blanks. To add further insult, they don't contain lyrics for the songs either. Okay, that's not a total travesty, but if you are giving the consumer a no-frills package, the price of the CD should be a lot cheaper!
The only issue I see is that there is no 6 star rating available, because this CD deserves it. It seems as these tunes were recorded without the intention of releasing them. Not having this pressure to go commercial can often inspire creativity and it is clearly evident with the unbelievable songs on the CD. I've been to a lot of concerts of groups who have had hits a long time ago. Then, they'll tell us they have a fresh song. When this happens, I yawn and hope it will end soon. Why wouldn't they leave well enough alone? This is the first time I've heard this rule broken. Don't miss this opportunity to own this fabulous CD while it's still available. It's a treasure! HATS OFF TO AMERICA!
Interesting Album of The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen et al, America must have a burgeoning vault of unreleased tracks by now. They have taken the example of others and gotten around to compiling these offcuts. That horse has been galloping into the horizon for well over 40 years, which means there are several generations of melody fans who have grown with various incarnations of the band, as that melody evolved. Some prefer the original trio of interweaving folk rock guitars and vocal harmonies of the first album, while others prefer the expanded band sound with orchestral arrangements (the George Martin-produced material, while others followed America's duo singer/songwriter is collection is of the latter vintage and spans the latest 15 years. The producer only had access to the Human Nature vaults, which is why this isn't a larger or earlier collection - for that they would have to negotiate with the earlier record companies. That would be quite a wait, so I'm glad that America have place Lost & Found out at this time.Favouring their earlier career melody which I grew up with, I found that I had to create zone to hear these 'new' tracks, without making comparisons to the likes of 'Riverside', 'Horse...', 'Sandman', etc. Once I got past that, after about two listens, then the songs started to grow on me. Another reviewer said there is too much Gerry and this could have been his solo album - I disagree, since the lead vocals are shared equally between songs. Although there does seem to be significantly less of the trademark America vocal harmonies on this set and it seems that Gerry had the lion's share of guitar/piano performance. These are relatively minor points and I don't wish to over-analyse - just enjoying something fresh in the America mething unique about these guys, as I started off with their melody so a lot of years ago (from my older sister's 'Horse...' EP in '72), then went through the punk, Fresh Wave, Fresh Romantic/synth bands, Grunge and Britpop, before coming full circle back to America's street songs and ballads. There is classic songwriting craft going on here. I hope that Here & Now wasn't a blip and that the younger bands and songwriters are now giving them their re, please!On the first few listens,
Anyone who has read my America reviews knows that I think they are one of the best yet underrated pop/rock groups of all time. I could listen to them sing karaoke in a dive bar. However, this collection, (and it is my understanding that these are songs that weren't quite amazing enough to survive the final chop onto previous albums) falls into the 'good' but not great' category. For example, "Driving" is reminiscent of early America, but doesn't keep up to the excellence of any chop on the superlative "Here and Now". America fans will wish to add this CD to their collection, but it is not a classic. Three and a Half Stars.
WOW Really various from their old items but I really liked it after listening several times. Kept waiting for the sevenths scale and harmony but it never came. The songs feature the guys singing alone with style and grace. The best song I didn't listen to until 5 or 6 go rounds because it started as a rockabilly western tune that I just couldn't obtain thru the intro. When I hear it, it took several times to obtain all the words since I am hard of hearing but when you hear the lyrics of Dream Come True, It really rings true. Such a amazing song. Best of them all.
I have been a fan of America since their first album in 1971. This melody ranks among their best! Every song sounds like the America that we always is hard to believe these are songs that never created it to cd. They were all recorded between 2000 and 2011! Gerry and Dewey present how much talent they have with this release. I am amazed this attractive melody was in their vault. The melody chop from your previous releases is better then 99.9% of fresh music!
Amazing cd, I accidentally bought this cd...i was looking at it...and bam...somehow I must have touched the one click buy and it was on its way....what a amazing accident!!! Love America...this cd won't disappoint...great addition to your library. I search myself singing the tunes all day long!!
As an America fan since 1975, I found this collection to be "eh". I like Driving and Dream Come Real and that's it so I gave it a star for each song. I want I had bought the songs separately as I feel I wasted $15 on this purchase. They need to go back and do another Back Pages version. I'd love to hear them do a cd of just Beatles songs.
I can always count on Jill Shalvis to give me a story that will hold me engaged from beginning to end and Lost and Found Sisters kept me turning the pages.Quinn has been going through the motions of her life as she grieves her sister Beth's death. She's lost her best friend. Her love life took a hit too and she's no longer seeing the family mate everyone thinks she's going to marry. Emotionally it's been easier for Quinn to shut en she receives some devastating news that upends everything she knew about her family. She has no choice but to figure out the truth of her life and the past she's just finding out about in the little California city of Wildstone. What she doesn't know is that Wildstone is her ere are a lot of fresh revelations when she reaches the small town, such as the cafe that is now hers and fresh relatives that are as nervous about her as she is about them. And then there's Mick, the man who has managed to wake up parts of Quinn she though long dead and gone. With her future up for grabs, Quinn has quite a few decisions to create that are complicated by where she has been and where she wants to go.I beautiful much devoured this story in a day. It was so simple to obtain involved in this story, the characters, and the city of Wildstone which deserves a scream out for anchoring this story its little city life and livelihood. Quinn's life continues to have fresh revelations and she takes it all in stride. Even though she's torn between returning to her old life in LA and the connection she feels to Wildstone, she handles it all as best she can and I loved her resiliency.While Lost and Found sisters is labeled as women's fiction and much of the joy in this book relates to Quinn finding her way, there's a lovely romance between Quinn and Mick, a former local now living in San Francisco. There's a spark between Mick and Quinn from the begin that grows throughout the book as Quinn processes the changes in her life and makes decisions on her future.I loved everything about this story, from Quinn's finding her method to the other lives she touches in Wildstone. There's a lot of love in this book and it comes at you from a lot of various directions. Lost and Found Sisters also celebrates little city life, from everyone being in your business to the difficulties of maintaining growth and viability. There's a lot to this story that enriches it and it's done is a very subtle manner which I loved.Lost and Found Sisters is a attractive second possibility story that created my heart feel satisfied and I'm looking forward to more stories from Wildstone. Definitely recommended.
Lost and Found Sisters(Wildstone book 1) by Jill ShalvisWow! I am lost for words. Lost and Found Sisters was beyond amazing. This was not your typical Jill Shalvis story. This had more than just romance. Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite authors and it is very clear to see why if you read her books. This was my first visit to Wildstone and I can safely say this will not be my latest visit. This is more than just romance. It is a story about love and friendship and endings and fresh beginnings and most of all family. Any book that makes you cry and laugh and your heart swoon is an amazing Lost and Found Sisters we meet several characters. We obtain to meet Quinn Wellers and Mick Hennessey and Tilly, Beth. Not to mention some amazing secondary characters like Carolyn, Lena, Boomer, Greta, Trinee, Cliff and Dylan. Lastly we obtain to meet Coop, Mick's dog.Mick Hennessey is a very sexy and hot yet sweet, patient and kindhearted man. He is in Wildstone to support his mother after his dads death. You explore he has a history with the town.Quinn Wellers is a powerful woman. Quinn also guarded. Her life has suffered a tragedy and ever since then she has been going through the motions and longing for something yet not sure just what. One day Quinn's life takes a drastic turn when she finds out she has a connection to a woman she barely knew. Her fresh discovery takes her on a trip to a city called Wildstone. This is where her story really begins to unravel in a positive obtain to meet Tilly. Tilly is Carolyn's teenage daughter. Tilly and Quinn soon explore a connection that brings them together. The journeys of self discovery that Tilly and Quinn and Mick go on are amazing. This book was just amazing. Jill Shalvis truly brought it in this Lost and Found Sisters I cried and laughed and my heart swooned. This story has all the elements that truly create a amazing book. This was a story about love lost and fresh love and family and endings and fresh beginnings. This was a sweet and heartfelt story packed full of all kinds of emotions. What struggles these characters are going through are realistic. I myself found I could relate to several various characters. This was just a truly amazing, sweet and very heartfelt story.I highly recommend this book. I give it a superb five star rating. Go ahead and grab this book I guarantee you will not regret it
When one of your very favourite authors announces she’s going to write something a small different, do you:A) Bounce up and down and do a fist bump in the air because she is releasing something new?B) Cry and shout - Why…why…why…would you do this to me? I don’t like change. Why change a amazing thing? Please tell me the character doesn’t die/the heroine doesn’t die? It’s not an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story, is it?-OR-C) Well, OK. I’ll give it a go.Well, to be honest, I kind of did all three when I found out that Jill Shalvis was writing her first Women’s Fiction. Now, here is where I admit that I’m a bit of a dag. I should have done the intelligent thing and looked up the definition of women’s fiction. For some silly reason, I thought it was going to be all…women rule the world, work is my focus and if I’m satisfied in my career – I’m satisfied in my life. Now, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH ANY OF THESE THINGS!! I hope I’ve created that loud and clear enough. I, myself, read romance for a reason. I love LOVE. My greatest accomplishment in my life is loving my husband and having two unbelievable sons. Yeah, I work, I’ve had careers and opportunities, but for me, they are nothing compared to my family. So, when I read contemporary, I wish something I can relate to. To me, romance stories are that small zone in time when love becomes the focus and life/duties take a backseat.Anyways…after finishing Lost and Found Sisters I looked up the definition of Women’s Fiction. This article says it in a method I completely understood and could relate to. If like me, you’re a small unclear of the differences between Romance and Women’s Fiction, I suggest you check out this I started reading Lost and Found Sisters looking for the differences. At first, I thought a major difference was that it was a lot more serious. As I went further through the book, I got an AHHA moment when we got to the sexy times. So, women’s fiction means we chop back on the rubbing and grinding and just present the connection in the intimate scenes. Then at 6:30 am I had an epiphany. *Oh, women’s fiction is about life and relationships.* It wasn’t just about him and her getting it on (or what leads up to that), it was about a woman leading her life and managing her relationships with everyone.I GET IT!! I REALLY, REALLY GET IT!!I honestly thought this would be a obtain in and obtain it done read and admit to a small hesitancy in starting. I had a *Sure, Jill Shalvis, give it your best shot trying to convert me from romance to women’s fiction…* mentality.Well, I’m converted. I can now proudly say that I read romance -AND- women’s fiction…maybe I should stipulate that at this particular time, I read Jill Shalvis’s women’s , I loved Lost and Found Sisters. I loved the emotions and feelings generated seeing Quinn (the heroine) grow and form fresh relationships. It wasn’t an simple journey watching her hesitate to take a risk or step out of her comfort zone. I could relate to her hesitations as I have felt those same hesitations myself. Who wants to create mistakes or be rejected?There were a couple of things that really created this book shine. Mick, the hero, is AWESOME!! Tilly, Quinn’s small sister, has these small quotes from her journal at the begin of each chapter. I got to a scene where I was reading them out to my husband. They were so relatable and funny. I would suggest buying this book for those alone…well, maybe not those alone, but they really enhanced the excellentness of the story. I loved Wildstone and wish to visit the small town. Actually, I wish to live in Wildstone…if it was true and maybe in Australia.Lost and Found Sisters is about trusting your instincts, being real to yourself and opening up to fresh experiences. There is a lot of love, laughs and connections that we see begin and then grow. Relationships are not just the romantic kind and this story helped me to appreciate that all relationships support to mould our lives and search rry, this was a very rambling review. I loved Lost and Found Sisters and I can’t wait for more in the Wildstone series. Jill Shalvis, in my eyes you can do no wrong and this story is proof…that is, unless you decided to write a story where you slay off all the characters and create it an apocalyptic/time travel/alien invasion story.
Adorably laugh-out-loud funny, emotionally raw and heartwarmingly REAL! With a roller coaster of life handing out a small more than the average gal can bear, Jill Shalvis takes us on an adventure of seeing the amount of grit it takes to forage through a life you never expected to be a part of to come out stronger on the other side. The characters are down to earth and super simple to love, and the story line is addictive. Really enjoyed going on this journey with Quinn!Quinn Wellers has just been going through the motions of life for the latest two years since losing her sister to a horrible vehicle accident. She’s living the life some people dream of … loving parents, a amazing job at a famous L.A. hot spot and a handsome boyfriend just waiting in the wings to slip that diamond on her finger … yet all she feels is empty, numb and lost.Just when she thinks she can’t handle another person’s expectations piled on to those already drowning her, she is contacted by a lawyer from a small city a couple of hours down the coast who claims she has some mysterious inheritance awaiting her that she has to come to Wildstone, CA herself to claim. She’s not sure what this guy’s end android game is, but she decides to create the trip to obtain some answers.With the rug pulled out from under her, and discovering her whole life has been a lie, Quinn sets out to test to pick up the pieces and figure out how to move forward. She wasn’t expecting this turn in her life, but she can’t deny that she’s feeling more alive than she has in a long time as she makes the journey through yesterdays in find of a tomorrow!
Don't you just love finding the exact right book to read at just the right moment? I love Jill Shalvis' writing style. She's hysterically funny, irreverent, sexy, yet her stories creep up on you and catch you right in the feels when you're least expecting it.Quinn Weller is a sous-chef at a famous L.A. restaurant and she would tell you if you asked her that she loved her job. She has parents that adore her and an on again-off again boyfriend that she's known her whole life. Everything's perfect, right? Not quite. Two years ago her beloved younger sister was killed in a stupid vehicle accident and she's felt frozen and in limbo since morning she's at her favorite coffee store when she's approached by a stranger who tells her news that turns her whole life upside down. She heads to Wildstone, California - a little coastal community north of L.A. - to test to create some sense of her fresh Shalvis always does such a amazing job developing her characters. I feel I would know them instantly if I ever met them - teenagers, a hot, sizzling man, a lovable dog, a not-so-lovable cat, and a whole city full of quirky characters.I loved this story. In fact it might be my favorite of all Shalvis' books and that covers a lot of territory. It's the first in a series about Wildstone and I'm already looking forward to returning there.
Sous-chef Quinn Weller is just living day to day after losing her sister in a devastating vehicle accident. She has a amazing if demanding job in the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, a somewhat of a boyfriend determined to obtain her to his thinking of being married and she seems to be on the quick track to having the excellent life. Except Quinn is lost and feels empty, not knowing why. Until a lawyer finds her and delivers a bombshell: she is the heir to an inheritance in a put called Wildstone, California. Shocked and feeling like her life has been a lie, Quinn picks up and goes to Wildstone, expecting to take over a house or something. What she finds is a little city where gossip is the norm, people are friendly and the easy pleasures begin to grow on her. But when she finds out the second portion of her inheritance, a sister she never knew she had. Can two wildly various people obtain through the loss of a life, of a person to see that they need one another? Can Quinn search it in her heart to allow herself be loved by not just her new-found sister but also by the city of Wildstone?Wow is all I can say after reading Jill Shalvis’s fresh book, LOST AND FOUND SISTERS. It’s a unbelievable tale of a woman floundering after a major loss, just going through the motions and not moving forward. Quinn is stuck in life so to speak. I loved this book so much because it delivers unbelievable characters that are quirky, intriguing and downright enjoyable. You got Quinn, who is struggling with all the bombshells going off around her and then there is Tilly, a teenager who lost her only parent, finds herself with a sister she didn’t know she had and uncertainty in where her put is in life. These two stole my heart right off the bat and kept it even after the latest page is read. I loved Quinn and Tilly so much. They are delightful, entertaining even as Tilly tries to one-up Quinn and their unconventional relationship gets stronger even as these two test to forge a bond, a bond that happens even as both test to avoid it. I loved the scenes with Quinn trying to parent Tilly, of finding her put in the city of Wildstone and starting to move forward in life with cutie, Mick, a man determined to have nothing to do with Wildstone, yet finds himself there a lot. These three are just the hint of the delightful cast of characters that create up LOST AND FOUND SISTERS and I truly loved each of them. They had me laughing over their quips and comments, sighing as they delivered some of the best snarky comments I have read lately and kept me glued to the book till the very end.LOST AND FOUND SISTERS is more about one woman finding her put in this world, moving forward after a major loss in her life but also about forgiveness, desire to be loved and cherished and above all, finding their put where they belong, be it in a little city like Wildstone or huge town like Los Angeles. Ms. Shalvis delivers a heartfelt read that will take you on a journey that is plain awesome and delightful. I for one want I could visit Wildstone just to meet these awesome people, have a cup of coffee at Caro’s Café and search out all the gossip. Ms. Shalvis is a talented writer who hits it out of the park in her first women’s fiction book, LOST AND FOUND SISTERS and I, for one, can’t wait to see if this author will return to Wildstone, California for more stories.If you have fun a story full of complex and wildly entertaining characters set in a little city that is just as fascinating then you need to check this book out and maybe fall in love with this author’s writing. I look forward to seeing where she goes from is is an objective review and not an endorsement
Lost and Found Sisters is Jill Shalvis fresh masterpiece for her fresh series, Wildstone. I was reading before I even knew what blogging was. She's one of my go to authors. I know that every time I pick up one of her books I'm going to laugh, cry, swoon, laugh more and fall in love. Her writing is always fantastic, her characters well developed and real. They have fun and hold me entertained from begin to [email protected]#$%!&?hink Mick just jumped up the list of my favorite Shalvis men. He's sexy, smart, funny and isn't afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Quinn loves her life and her job in LA. She's a sous-chef with loving parents, and an amazing best friend. She's still grieving the tragic loss of her sister two years later. She just hasn't been the same since. When she learns of an inheritance she can't support but be intrigued. So she does something very unlike herself, she takes a drive to Wildstone, CA, just a few hours away. It's nothing like she thought it would be. It's little and quaint, but it's beautiful. There's no coffee store and no wifi, but there is a sexy stranger who helps her sleigh a ginormous spider! Mick was instantly attracted to Quinn. There's just something that calls to him. She's gorgeous and well place together but she's also silly and a small vulnerable. Quinn is about to learn a lot of info in a very little amount of time. Her globe gets turned upside down and it seems the only thing anchoring her to the ground is Mick. He seems to obtain her more than her family does. He just knows what she needs. Quinn has a lot of decisions to create and they are all terrifying. After spending time in this small city with its crazy, nosy neighbors, assassin chickens, a one eyed cat, ghosts and a fifteen year old girl who seems to wish nothing to do with her, Quinn realizes she needs to follow her heart. Will her heart hold her in Wildstone? Will she be able to leave her life in LA and create a fresh one with Mick and this town? I loved this story. It's various than Jill's normal sexy, funny romances, but I loved all the differences. There's so much more than just a romance event here. Quinn is on a life changing quest in a way. She needs to search out who she is now. Who she wants to be and where she belongs. I loved her journey and meeting these fresh characters! I can't wait for more!"If it's got tires or testicles, it's gonna give you trouble."She watched him stride off. Maybe she couldn't search her feels, but apparently she could still appreciate a nice a**."Loves pizza. Snorts when she laughs. Cute."Then he stripped the rest of his clothing off, making her realize three things. One, he wasn't remotely shy about being naked. Two, he had no reason to be. And three, he still took her breath away.
I've always loved Jill Shalvis and her quirky and fun contemporary romance this time her venture into Women's Fiction is just as good. Normally I would be skeptical with genre changes but since she is a go to I gave it a amazing old try. I knew from the blurb this one would tug some heartstrings. I've read my share of Women's Fiction and have a enjoyed a lot of them.Losing someone is never simple especially someone as close to you. It's not simple and you feel lost. Our heroine managed with her emotional distance and fake till you create it attitude. I liked Quinn, relatable in her fears and feelings. I totally obtain that uncertainty stepping out of your routine. I cheered her on as she took hesitant steps. She may stumble and falter along the method and that was the a learning curve. We all have a right to our emotions whatever they may be. It could obtain frustrating at times but it was realistic that way.What is lost can be found in the strangest funny ways. Her younger sister Tilly was a joy her inner dialogue and anecdotes at the chapters begin created this more fun and balanced out the other parts. As always Ms Shalvis has another champion of a character in Mick. He had his own items to deal with boils down to the same thing. Still a amazing solid sexy is always a tricky thing you go through ups and downs and you still love each other. Relationships are another thing that helps one grow and shape us throughout. From friendship, love, fresh experiences and to finding ourselves. It took a while for things to obtain there. I felt it dragged out too long for some parts that I felt unnecessary. But still a lovely story about e whimsical element to this book created it more likable to me. Wildstone sounds like an idyllic zone that I would wish to go to. I definitely wish to discover that city more and the other books in shop for this series. No doubt a amazing begin to a fresh series.
Quinn Wellers' is about to undergo a huge change in her life and we're going along for the ride.2 years after the death of her beloved sister, Quinns' life is up-ended by a family secret that leaves her at a cross roads. She's been living on auto-pilot, but now she's faced with opening up her closed off heart to accept a fresh reality. Over the course of a few weeks, she discovers opportunities for love, friendship and sisterhood.Quinn finds herself taking a trip north from LA to Wildstone. This action brings into her life Mick Hennesey and Tilly Adams, along with a plethora of townies that interfere (both amazing and bad) in her plan to return to LA. While Quinn is developing a mates w/ benefits relationship with the dreamboat Mick, it's Tilly and her welfare that advances her connection to Wildstone. Tilly is well, at the heart of the story. Our first clues about her personality are found in the chapter titles or the “The Mixed-Up Files of Tilly Adams’s Journal”. Tilly is a spunky 15 year old girl experiencing a large upheaval too. Quinn and Tilly have much in common, feeling metaphorically deserted, feeling that no one in their pasts can really understand what they are experiencing and the decisions they face.Lost and Found Sisters is a truly delightful story about a woman at a turning point. She makes some amazing and poor decisions as she reconciles who she thought she was with who she's become. Jill's writing is always impeccable and engaging. Her stories are well plotted and her characters lively, and this book is no different. Already a huge fan of Jill Shalvis', this heartfelt story is very touching and reaffimed my appreciation of her storytelling.
Quinn is trying to cope with the loss of her sister and best mate when life throws a few more curves her way, one of whom is sweet, sexy Mick who is working through some problems of his ough a longer than usual book, the story and characters were so engaging it felt much shorter. There are lot of surprises here (I REALLY didn't expect the slightly mystical element though I adored it) but I loved that this story didn't follow the usual paths. I especially liked that neither Quinn or Mick's exes fell into a stereotypical niche. This is a story full of well-developed characters, with both strengths and weaknesses; nobody is excellent and nobody (well, almost nobody) is the is isn't only a romance story, though there are actually a couple of more romantic storylines in addition to the main one of Quinn and Mick; it's a attractive story about sisters and friendship, full of love, loss and laughter (many of the journal entries starting each chapter had me rolling). The only quibble I had was it felt like the story wrapped up really quickly at the end, glossing over how a threat is resolved, but it was a little thing and didn't really affect my enjoyment of the story.A lovely story and a nice change of pace. 5 stars.B2B Kelly
Pompeii Lost and Found is a nonfiction picture book for kids in grade 4 and up. It begins with an explanation of the devastation of Pompeii by the volcanic explosion of Mount Vesuvius. The book leads us through the archaeological discoveries of an entombed city. It explains the artifacts and what they mean with regard to the life of the historic city. There is just enough info at each page to pull the reader through the book. It is written in a style sure to intrigue all readers and is filled with juicy tidbits such as, “They’ve also found graffiti written about gladiators, such as ‘Celadus, glory of the girls, heartthrob of the girls.’”Bonnie Christensen’s awesome illustrations given air of authenticity to the book. She adapts the style of her art to the topic matter once again by creating genuinely frescoes to tell the story of Pompeii. In Italy, the artist learned how to paint pure pigment mixed with water on wet plaster, like the ancient Romans, creating a fresco. She explains the process in a note at the end of the book. As we turn the pages, it feels as though we have walked into an ancient city. The texture of the frescoes is authentic and ildren, and adults, of all ages will learn from and have fun this exceptional book. Highly nd more children's book reviews at [...]
This is a nicely-illustrated (fresco painting style pictures) picture book depicting the history of the city of Pompeii and its destruction via volcanic eruption. The book is huge size with pictures each page, medium amount of text, thus appealing and not overwhelming to early elementary students. I used it with a 2nd grader, who was easily able to read it independently. The content was realistic without being overly explicit to those children who may be sensitive to content regarding death of people and animals. It does not gloss over the fact that a lot of died, but does it considerately, I thought. The whole book is framed by describing the archeological discovery of the town, which helps the kids understand it occurred far in the past, and it was true (not just a fictional storybook).
Mary Pope Osborne is the author responsible for the Magic Tree House series of tedious children's books. Just words on paper does not a children's book make. However...In this book, she steps away from writing bland dialog and preaching lectures on wholesome New-Age living to make an enjoyable book. Bonnie Christensen's exceptional artwork is satisfying and delicious. This is a must-have. Don't turn up your nose just because the author's other work is uninteresting; give it a try. It's a nice is is a amazing presentation of what happened in Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted. Nice huge book -- amazing illustrations.
As a Harlem resident I am immensely proud of the buildings I walk past everyday. I am also very curious about them. Harlem Lost and Found speaks not only to their appearance but to the story behind them. This is a book I can go back to often and not one that will sit on the shelf rarely opened.
It is a amazing coffee table book but I expected to see various images to be illustrated in the book and not necessarily those I can search on the internet. The book however is detailed providing a history of Harlem and it's landmarks and as a native resident of Harlem, I wanted to see a small more of old lost Harlem like some of the old elementary schools also images of Harlem how it looked in the early 1600's, 1700's and 1800's era.
The book is amazing largely because of the images and detailed info about the houses built in Harlem back in the 1850s. I mainly bought the book because my great-grandfather's house, The Fink House mentioned and hopefully featured in it. After looking through the book, only brief references to him were created on page 68 and 152. His house did appear on the book jacket, which was wonderful--but I though more description would follow inside. In a description of the book that I found online, it actually showed info of the roof of his house, which I thought would be in the book.
The corner pictured, 150th St. and St. Nicholas Pl. brings back a lot of memories, as I lived around the corner on Edgecombe Ave. The book brought back a lot of more memories of days gone by. There are a lot of facts similar to locations I knew as a kid and viewed only as a kid i.e. the castle like building on the northeast corner. of the cover. Any one interested in a historical walk through Harlem should buy this book..
Harlem Lost and Found (Architectural and Social History, 1765-1915), Michael Henry Adams�s recently released volume on the architectural, social, and cultural history of Harlem, is a visual feast. With beautifully reproduced etchings and engravings, crisp black and white images and brilliant color photographs by Paul Rocheleau, Adams presents Harlem�s past and show architectural splendor. He sets a lofty goal for himself � �to put Harlem�s architecture in a context of history and people, living and dead, not only building and past residents but also those who preserve, cherish, and restore what has been built� � and, visually, he ams has an architect�s eye and, seemingly, a photographic memory that allows him to correlate examples of architectural styles and trends, even when the examples are blocks, neighborhoods, or, in a few cases, boroughs apart. Given the sheer number of structures in Harlem, this is no mean feat. The descriptive, concise prose that accompanies the pictures is engaging and, on the surface, sounds authoritative. Adams is at his best when developing broad architectural themes � his basic one being that neighborhoods evolve, socioeconomic and ethnic groups come and go, but architecture provides an anchor; it is a link with the past that, when lovingly preserved, becomes a bridge to the future. In the specifics of examples and historic detail, however, Adams is often careless. Sometimes, the effect is a minor inconsistency from one section of the book to another; other times, however, the resulting inaccuracies mar the credibility of a book that professes to be history. �There was a amazing deal of material to consider, and behind nearly every fact included lies a host of stories untold.� writes Adams at the onset, �In some cases, memory or notation of sources has been less than perfect; any resultant errors are my own.� Amiable though that disclaimer might be, it does not excuse lax ams has an expansive view of Harlem that extends to descriptions of buildings in Washington Heights as well as thumbnail sketches of forgotten locations such as Carmansville, Minniesland, and Audubon Park. Therein lies a problem. Although early Fresh Yorkers referred to the zone north of Harlem as Harlem Heights, that name fell out of use well before the decades that form the heart of Adams�s book. The present-day southern border of Washington Heights is 155th Road and has been since its inception more than 140 year ago. That boundary has appeared on town maps for decades and determines, among other things, voting districts and police precincts. Although blurred names and boundaries may seem negligible, they exaggerate Harlem�s geographical and cultural reach, which is not important � as the portions of the book that are devoted to the true Harlem clearly prove. Further, this exaggeration denies the annexed neighborhoods the individuality their respective histories have earned them.While architectural trends north of 155th Road may serve to illustrate some of Adam�s themes, these neighborhoods did not share a social or cultural history with Harlem, much less with each other. The working-class and transient population that occupied row houses in 19th Century Carmansville (clustered around Amsterdam Avenue, to the east of Broadway) had small in common with the upper-middle class families who owned huge houses surrounded by cultivated gardens in Audubon Park (to the west of Broadway). Although Minniesland and Aububon Park were various names for the same zone � the former from approximately 1841 to the early 1850s and the latter from about then until approximately 1910 � Adams leaves the reader with the impression that they were two various tention to detail does not seem to a basic concern when Adams, admittedly a amazing storyteller, recounts history. He incorrectly identifies the major owner of Audubon Park (it was George Blake Grinnell, not Jesse Benedict), confuses two Grinnells (the older was George Blake, the younger George Bird), and attributes one of Madame Audubon�s houses to Vaux & Withers (who may have enlarged it decades after it was built). In more latest history, he incorrectly puts The Grinnell (an apartment building in Washington Heights) in Harlem, incorrectly states its date of co-oping, and grossly exaggerates an apartment sale-price there in 2000.A beautifully produced book with an expensive cover price carries a certain amount of authority simply because it looks impressive. Through his inattention to detail, Adams undermines his own authority and prevents this book from being the definitive history it could have been. That said, this book is a superb pictorial survey of upper Manhattan, and deserves a put in every Fresh York-o-phile�s library.