Book Review: Retrograde

Retrograde
By Peter Cawdron

My Edition:
ARC Paperback, 243 pages
2017, HMH Books
ISBN: 9781328834553

Liz is a scientist living in the U.S. module of an international station on Mars when the group gets the shocking news that several nuclear bombs have been dropped on various major cities around the world. With limited information being sent to the station and no support from Earth, rumors begin to spread and distrust rises between the different modules. Allegiances are put to the test and Liz struggles to keep members of each module from shutting out everyone else. When supplies start disappearing and systems breaking down, everyone in the station must band together to figure out what is happening before their lives are put in peril.

I have mixed feelings about this book and find it hard to talk about.

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Book Review: Armstrong & Charlie

pic from netgalley

Armstrong & Charlie
By Steven B. Frank

My Edition,
ARC e-book, 304 pages
2017, HMH Books
ISBN: 9780544826083 (Hardcover)

Charlie is dreading sixth grade because when he completes it, he’ll be older than his brother Andy who passed away recently. To make matters worse, right before school starts, Charlie finds that most of his friends have switched to different schools. Armstrong has found out he’ll be attending a new school as well, courtesy of the new Opportunity Busing Program – he’ll be joining Charlie’s formerly all-white school and both boys will have a tough time adjusting.

Armstrong & Charlie is one of those books that I greatly enjoyed and just can’t find the words in me for a good review. I hate when this happens because we all know I can rant for days about terrible books, yet there are times when I read something I would gladly recommend and I choke up! Ugh! -_-

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Giver Quartet

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

After the release of Son (which I still haven’t read, to nobody’s surprise), I saw this awesome Giver Quartet box set and immediately wanted it. Considering I previously only owned the lovely, but unwieldy omnibus, I also wanted this set so I could read the series without holding a ten-pound wrist-breaker of a book. Anyway, this lovely set was published by HMH books in 2014, ISBN: 9780544340626.

And a couple bonus pictures of Lilu investigating my photoshoot.