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Things That Fall by Mere Joyce (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2019 at 2:11pm

Separated for years due to a secret squabble among their parents, a group of cousins reunite following the death of an uncle. Their mission is to help close up the family cottage for good, but in doing so, they uncover old family photos that include a woman in a wheelchair.None know who the woman was, but the older cousins have a vague memory of her presence, and of the loud scream they heard the last time they saw her.As the teens sort through the family’s past and learn its secrets, each learns truths about themselves.

I personally did not like the starting of Things That Fall. As the book went on I did get into it more, but I found the ending to be too open ended. I felt like none of the problems got solved in the end. There are a lot of open ended things that don’t really explain themselves as to why they are there. I enjoyed that each chapter was a different character along with a different writing font for the character.

I think that this book was a little beyond my years and high schoolers would be able to relate to the book better.

-Annalyn, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The World on Either Side by Diane Terrana (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Dec 08, 2019 at 2:23pm

The World on Either Side starts out with a young girl named Valintine, who has recently lost her boyfriend from an accident. Her mother decides to go on a trip with her to the other side of the world. She ends up meeting a mysterious boy and finds a baby elephant. The two risk everything, including their lives, to try and save it and keep it from the poachers that has killed the elephants family.

There are some things that I would change in this, mainly when the flashbacks seemed to happen. I got confused a couple times since they just seem to happen in the middle of a chapter, but I do believe that without them you wouldn't be able to understand some parts of the story. As a warning there is talk of attempted rape and suicide, as well as animal death, but nothing too graphic. The ending of the book came as a shock to me, which I do believe is good. Who wants to read a book where you know what is going to happen at the end? Being surprised is one thing I love about reading, and this book for sure brought a lot of that. I always do say that a good book is when it is able to bring me to tears, and I admit this one did a couple of times. The characters are well thought out and all have their own personalities. Some books seem to be dull when they have multiple characters, but this one wasn't one of those. I could imagine in my head exactly what they would look like.

- Sally, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Nov 22, 2019 at 5:52pm

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Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls—and most horrifying of all—visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1907 involving a girl named Lea.

Remember Me is one of my favourite books that I have ever read. It is a perfect mix of mystery horror and romance. I would recommend this book for mature 12 to maybe 16 year olds. I enjoy how the author wrote from both Lea and Nells perspective. I found that it gave a certain feel to the book. I thought the author used excellent vocabulary that just added to the book. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I was really sad when I came to the last page of the book. I loved this book so much and I would gladly read it again.

-Zoey, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 at 12:15pm

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Swipe Right for Murder is a fast-paced, addictive read that isn't afraid to take several refreshing turns in comparison to its peers. When Derek Milman declared the book's genre as a “Hitchcockian LGBTQ YA thriller”, he really meant every word. (Maybe not the… LBTQ part). Aidan, the protagonist, comes with many layers, past secrets, and depths. The unreliable first-person narrative compliments these characteristics very well. I personally think Aidan's sarcastic humour is a bright spot amidst an otherwise bleak-but-hopeful world (that could have greatly benefited from having more lesbians, or other queer reps but... nevertheless the book does make great efforts in addressing several queer-related matters throughout). The experience of reading this book felt like I was watching a Hollywood action movie; Milman's background as a playwright may have contributed to this. Despite the book's bulky size, each scene and or progression feels relevant, and because Milman refuses to give our boy Aidan a break, it is my great pleasure to inform you that as readers, you won't have one either. If this is your thing, then get to it. And last but not least, my mind keeps wandering back to Taylor Swift's “Getaway Car” every time I think of this book, so if you need a musical reference for how this book is gonna be like, there you go.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Suggested Reading by Dave Connis (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

Friday, Nov 08, 2019 at 7:55pm

$25.50 Add to Cart

Clara lives for books. Her life is the way it is because of books. So, when her school decides to get rid of specific books, such as Hunger Games and Captain Underpants, just because of “violence” and “rude humor”, Clara wants to do something about it. She decides to run an underground library to loan out books. But the school retaliates, and Clara realizes her library may even cause her to get expelled!

Suggest Reading was an amazing book, full of twists and turns, drama, and twizzlers. I would recommend it to people who enjoy books like The Fault in our Stars. I would rate it 11 out of 10 stars.

-Addison, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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