Book Review: “The Scorch Trials”

“The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2)” by James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult Fiction,  Science Fiction, Dystopia

Other Maze Runner books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

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Monthly Round Up: February 2015

Apparently February couldn’t let us go without slamming us with snow. We got 6+ inches of snow over Friday and Saturday. The City even called a snow day on Saturday for us! That’s pretty much unheard of. I’m so ready for Spring weather and more sunlight.

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This Week (144)

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Quick Thoughts: “Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse “

“Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse” by Jennifer Worth

Genre: Adult Non-Fiction, Biography

GoodreadsOther Call the Midwife books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane’s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London. Continue reading

Behind the Blog: Marcee at A Nurse and A Book

Behind the BlogHelloooooo to Marcee from A Nurse and A Book!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an emergency room nurse, now in management as my career, but books are my passion.

How did you end up here in the world of book blogging?

So many of my friends wanted me to write a blog of my thoughts or “marcee-isms”, but I don’t think the world is ready for that.  So i decided to write about my favorite things, books.

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Unboxing February 2015 Uppercase Box

I decided to splurge a bit and treat myself to a book subscription service/box. Since I read tons of YA, Uppercase Box was the natural choice for me. I decided to start off with the Expert Pick which means I’ll get the same book as everyone else. There’s also a Personalized Recommendation option if you’d like to pay a bit more.

This month’s main selection had mature themes so Uppercase was kind enough to notify subscribers of this before sending the book out. They offered another choice for those who didn’t want a mature book. I’m never a fan of language and sexual content so I opted for the other choice. I really appreciated being given the choice.

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Book Review: “Blue Birds”

“Blue Birds” by Caroline Starr Rose

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction,  Novel-in-Verse, Historical Fiction

GoodreadsSource: Author gave the library staff an ARC. Thanks Caroline!

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Though the two don’t even speak the same language, these girls form a special bond as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

This book is scheduled to be released March 10, 2015.

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