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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

True Grit meets The Road in this post-apocalyptic psychological thriller--narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.

In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires--everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements--and each other. 

Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. 

But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he's turned her into.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I bought this book because it was suggested to me by Audible based on my previous books listened to. Now, these suggestions are usually hit or miss. Often as not, it's a miss. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised this time!I started listening to it on my way to work one morning and had to drag myself out of the car. I sat in the car listening to the book until the very last minute for me to get inside the school on time. It was that good from the start!! The next day I listened to it, Amber was in the car with me. She told me I couldn't listen to it if she wasn't in the car too. She had gotten hooked. Needless to say, it played in my car every time the two of us were together and both of us would come up with reasons to go somewhere in the car. It was THAT GOOD!The book is set in post apocalyptic what sounds like British Columbia because she keeps calling it "The BC". Elka is lost in the woods as a child and is found by a man she calls Trapper. Trapper takes her in and raises her as his child. He's not exactly loving to her but he does seem to care about her. He teaches her to survive in the wild (something that will prove to be helpful later on) and to always be on her guard around strangers. When she is older, she finds out that Trapper is not the man she thought he was. Now, she's on her own, trying to survive in the wild and Trapper is looking for her. And it's not because he wants to bring her back home safe and sound.... She decides to go North to search for her parents who left her as a toddler so they could go make their fortune in the Yukon. The people she meets, both good and bad, make an impact on Elka and change her in ways she never could have imagined.  I was late to work a couple of days just because I had to find out what would happen next. It kept me (and Amber) enthralled the entire time we listened to it. Never once was I tempted to fast forward or skip over parts.  This was an AWESOME book and I plan on buying it in actual book format to give to my dad. I give this book 5/5 stars~Laurie

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.


I'm so conflicted. I love all things HP so I had such high hopes. I ignored all the hype and went in expecting nothing. But, I really, really wanted to love this book. I've missed my friends and wanted to be with them again. Sigh...

I have no problems with reading play format so that wasn't the problem. It just wasn't the characters we used to know and still love. I know, I know, they're grown now. But again, that wasn't even the problem. I honestly couldn't tell you exactly what wasn't right for me. I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. BUT....I did love Draco and I adored Scorpius. Scorpius was by far my favorite character. He felt the most real to me. Harry's child Albus just irritated me -very whiny most of the time. I loved seeing some of the characters we've lost even if it were only through flashbacks or paintings. So there were some really good parts. I guess the good and bad parts kind of balanced each other out to equal the 3 stars.

I would totally go see this play if it ever comes to Atlanta. I've heard it's quite good as the actual play. But, I will say, don't go into this expecting it to be JK Rowling's world. Accept it as what it reads like - fan fiction. Give Draco a chance to be who he has become, ignore most of Ron's role, and embrace Scorpius as the great kid he tries to be.

3/5 stars~Laurie

Long time no see! Or write...Or read...

Let me start off by saying sorry that it's been so long since either of us have posted. Let me just say that things have been really crazy. Like REALLY crazy. I'm not going to go into anything but everything should be calming down now. Amber is getting ready to start college in the Spring (and just started a job at Publix!!), I just completed coursework to get my ESOL endorsement so everything should be calmed down for a while.

Chris and I took a two week vacation to Surfside Beach, SC to celebrate our 25th anniversary a little early and surprisingly, I didn't read a single books the entire time we were there.  I took 5 books with me and didn't even open one until our last full day there. I know, I should be ashamed but I'm not. The weather was gorgeous and we stayed outside and enjoyed being childless for a change.  Now that we're home, the school year has started and I'm actually reading more.

All this is to say, yes, we're still here. I'll have some reviews posted by the end of this coming week and hopefully I'll be able to get Amber to post some reviews on one of her days off. Be on the lookout for new posts soon!

~~~ Laurie