June 28th, 2011


The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

Title: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
Author: Jeanne Birdsall
Series: Penderwicks book three
Genre: Children's fiction
Setting: Maine!
Reason for Reading: I'm totally enchanted by this series.
Finished In: Hours
Pages: 295
Copyright Date: 2011
Cover: Another silhouette woodcut; four kids and a dog splashing through the water with a cabin behind them.
First line: "The Penderwick family was being torn apart."
Themes: Childhood, friendship, music, family.
Best part: Still just as charming - and was that a hint of a gay character I noticed?
Worst part: Nothing is glaring out at me.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Return to Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins
Grade: B+
Recommended for: Any fans of children's books should definitely acquire this series at all speed.
Related Reads: The Penderwicks, book one, and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.

The Penderwicks are on vacation - but not together! Rosalind is taking a trip with friends while Mr Penderwick and Iantha travel to a science conference. The three younger Penderwick girls are going to Maine with Aunt Claire. How will they manage without any grownups? Can Skye Penderwick handle the challenge of being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick)? Will Jeffrey's mean mom ever let him join the trio? You'll have to read it to find out!

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Title: Exit Strategy
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Nadia Stafford #1
Genre: Thriller
Setting: Some Canada, some US, modern day with no werewolves, vampires, or ghosts.
Reason for Reading: I was curious.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 480, plus some excerpts from Women of the Otherworld
Copyright Date: 2007
Cover: A woman in a dress and heels holding a gun. The background is bright red.
First line: "Mary Lee pushed open the shop door."
Trigger Warnings: Death, betrayal, past trauma.
Best part: Wow, this was so much better than any Armstrong book I'd read previously. I wonder if that is because she wasn't really meant to write SPT novels, or has she just grown as a writer over the years?
Worst part: No nookie!
Imaginary Theme Song: "I Just Don't Care Anymore" by Garbage
Grade: C+. It was good but not to reread repeatedly.
Recommended for: Fans of thrill-y fiction.
Related Reads: Hmm. Well, the author's other series: Bitten, Stolen, Jostled, et cetera. (Just kidding, Jostled isn't really a title.) I'm not sure about regular thrillers, I don't read very many. Have to think about it. Any of my readers have suggestions?