Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sync YA Audiobooks – Free downloads

syncicon_greenI’ve been meaning to annouce SYNC’s free YA audiobookcropped-SYNC-header980w downloads here since they began to offer them in July,

but I keep getting sidetracked.  Oops.  The good news is that there is still the rest of August to enjoy this great offer.  SYNC offers 2 YA (Young Adult) downloads every week; one a contemporary novel and the other a classic read.  This offer is available to U.S. and Canadian residents and did I mention it’s FREE!

Check out their website: http://www.audiobooksync.com/

This week they are offering 2 Sherlock Holmes based books.

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The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls ~ A Review

The Silver Star  3.5 Stars

Summary

A redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling.It is 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who “found something wrong with every place she ever lived,” takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.

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My thoughts:

The ending left a lot to be desired, but I guess the girls, like the emus, feel secure with the ropes (in the girl’s case, of a community, no matter how strange) that help lead the way as opposed to the confusion of freedom and not knowing where to be.

Walls did a good job with Maddox, the villian (and a horrible human being he is) of this story, although it is fairly easy to make an onlooker (the reader) hate someone when they have no redeeming qualities at all.

Walls way of writing about family ties and small town hospitality of accepting one’s kin is the reason this book is enjoyable to read.

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Joyland by Stephen King ~ A Review

Joyland  5 Stars.

Mr. King, you made me cry. You are not suppose to do that. You have made me cry in the past with 11/22/63, but that was suppose to be the exception. You did it to me again. You are a master at deception and very very good at your craft. I forgive you.

This is a coming of age tale. A tale of forgetting the girl, the first real love and of growing up. It takes place in Joyland, an amusement park, in the summer and autumn months of a young college student’s life.

The pacing is good, the secondary characters are great and the story…well, the story is definitely not the gory, hard crime novel I thought it was going to be when I picked it up, turned on all the lights and started to read. I couldn’t put this book down, and yes, there is a tiny bit of gross and gore for those who want and need it; the spider imagery was downright creepy and very nicely snucked into what I was beginning to think was a gentle read. (It was snucked, that is a word; Stephen King is very sneaky.)

Well worth your time.

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