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Ongoing Kids Events at Grant Park

by Lynn Popham - Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 6:13pm

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Useless Bay by M.J. Beaufrand (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 7:19pm

"Our dog learned obedience from a murdered man." This first line of Useless Bay grabs your attention and continues to keep it throughout the entire novel. At first, I thought it was going to be a fantasy book after reading the description on the back. But it's not, not really. Useless Bay is straight up, old-fashion mystery. It has a clear plot line: find the missing boy and figure out who killed the other person they found. It's an easy and quick read, but keeps you thinking and in suspense.

There's only one thing I found off about the novel: Pixie's dreams. I didn't understand how they were relevant to the disappearance, or how they could do what they did in the end of the book. They frustrated me a bit, and I had to reread some parts to better understand what it meant. Other than that, everything checked out and was wonderful.

I give this book a 8/10 stars.

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Everyone We've Been by Sarah Everett (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 3:12pm

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy who keeps disappearing. She's afraid she's going crazy, and the worried looks on her family's and friends' faces aren't helping. Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits the Overton Clinic. But there she unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. Flooded with questions about the past, Addison confronts the choices she can't even remember and wonders if you can possibly know the person you're becoming if you don't know the person you've been.

This is a really good book. It surprised me a lot. When I picked this book up, I thought this was going to be a light fluffy contemporary, but I guess I just wasn't paying attention to the ride I was signing up for. I really enjoyed Sarah Everett's writing style and since this is her debut novel, I'm so excited to see more of it. Everyone We've Been has this special narrative to it. You can literally hear Addie's voice, but the special part about it is that if you listen closely, you hear a certain type of sadness to it as well. It fits perfectly to the musical aspect of this book. I loved the ending, and fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay will surely love this book as well. It's a solid 4 stars for me.

- Yen Anh, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 12:24pm

I was wary going into this book because I don't often read this genre. I picked this book up in lue of the Halloween season, and I wanted to read a book that would give me the shivers. This book fulfilled that. I found myself getting the chills reading late at night with no one else up. This book transported me into the atmosphere I needed to be in to enjoy the plot. Along with being a bit disturbing, the book also satisfied my Halloween horror read. I will say though that I was mildly disappointed by the bland main character. She was dealing with things, yes, and she missed people, yes, however that was the entirety of her character and that was rather disappointing.

Overall, this was the first book I read by Amy Lukavics, and I can assure you that it won't be my last. I really did enjoy the writing style and how beautifully planned her plot was. As an whole, I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would also highly recommend this book to those who enjoy the horror and thriller genres. 

-Sabrina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Overdrive by Dawn Ius (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Dec 05, 2016 at 1:49pm

While I was reading this book, I couldn't help thinking of my really good friend who has a thing for cars (hi, Alex!). To sum up the book with words she has actually said to me, it has "hot guys, hot cars and hot girls who drive them."

Jules is a hardcore girl, a car jacker living in a man's world, and yet she does it better than they ever could. The twists and turns that her story takes are so interesting, and they really keep you on your toes. Then you add Nick, the bad boy with a secret and a heart of gold. He is sooo hot, and they are forced to face their tensions while stealing the seven most expensive cars in the world.

This book was first and foremost a heist novel, which is something that I really loved. I am a total sucker for heist stories! This book was super good, and all the characters (even side ones like Chelsea, Matt, Emma and Christopher) were really fully developed. I just have one problem with this book, which was the timeline. It was going way too fast, and there were so many parts where it seemed that an enormous amount of time passed seemingly inexplicably. I really wish that Dawn Ius would have taken more time to paint the scenes, meaning that I wish the novel was perhaps twice as long. Does that mean that I loved it so much that I wanted it to be longer? Maybe it does! 
8/10 stars.

- Marianne, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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