Book Review: When You Never Said Goodbye by Meg Kearney

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was an ARC, courtesy of NetGalley

I didn’t really enjoy this book, because while it was a good story and has well developed characters, I felt that the author tried too hard to drag the story out. Even though this book was the third in a series and I easily understood it without having read the first two.

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Liz’s adoptive father has just passed away, which is making her more eager than ever to find her birth mother. After saying goodbye to her mother after another long Christmas, Liz goes back to college with her mission fresh in mind.

When Liz begins investigating her birth mother, all she hits are dead ends. Most people aren’t willing to help her, and those who are willing don’t know how to. Liz finally learns tiny details about her mother through untold sources and begins to piece together an image which she believes to resemble her mother.

However, when a lady finally approaches Liz, claiming to have information about her birth mother, Liz isn’t entirely sure if she wants to know anymore.

Will she eventually find her birth mother?

If you would like to read this book, you can preorder it here: When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

Book Review: The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

The reason for the low rating of this book was that the book constantly switched between three stories and it was necessary to pay close attention to detail in order to not be at a loss. The book itself, however, was well written and I enjoyed it.

I’ve previously read and reviewed two other books by the same author, both of which I enjoyed very much: A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey. I highly recommend them, if you haven’t read them yet.

The Dog Master

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The story begins in present time where Dr, James K Morby, a mortician and a professor, learns that his hypothesis about the first dog has been proven true. He meets with the people who made it all happen and everything is perfect until an intern raises a question about who the man is that was buried with the dog.

The story now melts into the past where it starts to center around some tribes in the ancient world…

Silex is a man of the Wolf people, also known as the Wolfen. His father is the leader, but when he passes away, the responsibility will be on Silex’s shoulders. However, there are many who would want his place. His father decides to solve this problem by declaring Silex the leader and telling him that he must marry. The only problem? Silex must marry his sister. And he loves another.

Callie and Urs are lovers and they have promised each to the other. However, when the leader of their tribe, the Kindred, decides that Urs should marry, he is not able to choose his wife. Urs is made the master of the hunt and he ends up marrying the most beautiful woman of the tribe, Callie’s best friend.

7 years later

A man saves a wolf and her cubs from a lion and risks his own life to save them all. The wolf soon learns to trust this man but none of them know what the future has in store from them.

How these three stories eventually connect will astound you.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog

Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Book 1 of the Embassy Row series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre; Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I came across this book on the list of top young adult books in 2015 on seventeen.com: http://www.seventeen.com/celebrity/g1333/best-ya-novels-coming-out-2015/.

This book was very well written but I felt that it was a bit redundant at times. Moreover, the descriptors in this book weren’t very accurate and a lot was left up to one’s imagination. However, the author did clarify a few things later in the book, which oddly made things more confusing. Overall, this book was captivating and I enjoyed it immensely.

All Fall Down

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Grace isn’t sure what’s real and what’s not. She saw her mother get murdered, but the police say it was an accident. She saw the man who did it, but the doctors say he was a figment of her imagination. She knows she’s not crazy, but everyone else knows she is.

After Grace’s brother joins the military, Grace is forced to move back to her childhood home, where painful memories await her. The Embassy Row is a new, yet old place for her. So much has changed, yet the people are the same. Grace is reunited with her old friends,  but also makes many new ones.

Grace lives in the United States embassy with her grandfather. The embassy brings back many painful memories, and Grace’s medications are started up again, as she has started reliving her past. When Grace sees the man who murdered her mother,she is scared out of her wits. Grace believes she is next. However, her grandfather and friends do not believe her because it is the fifth time she has accused a man of being the person who murdered her mother.

Grace takes some drastic actions herself to find out who this man is, and what he wants now. But what she finds may destroy her…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down