Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mini Reviews (17)

I stumbled across this book when I was just messing around on Amazon and I am so glad that I found it.  I work in higher education and in my role, I'm working with more student veterans so this was a must read.  My brother is also an Iraq war vet so this hit close to home.  It was absolutely fascinating.  It is a book of essays written by student veterans in a first seminar course and the stories are so profound.  Some of the essays go into detail about deployments while others discuss reintegrating into civilian life and some are just about major moments in the student veterans' lives.  Each essay is very different as each veteran had a different experience during their time in the military.  I feel like I learned a lot from this book and I really think that it's a must read for anyone in higher ed and for anyone who is interested in the veteran experience. 5 stars.

I am part of an online book group and everyone has been raving about this series recently so I finally gave in to the peer pressure.  Fantasy is definitely not of my go to genres but I found myself really enjoying this book.  I love that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast though it did seem a little Hunger Games-ish in the beginning what with the starving young huntress and her bow and arrow.  Otherwise the story was a very unique and intriguing one.  It was a little slow as the author built the Fairie and human worlds but there was always just enough mystery to keep me wanting more.  The characters were very cool and weird as it may seem, I loved Lucien and Rhysand the best.  Lucien was the sidekick and Rhysand was the anti-hero but I found them to be the most interesting characters in the book.  That's not to say that I didn't really like Tamlin and Feyre (their romance was amazing!) but I kind of gravitated toward the two underdogs.  Overall, this was  great book and I can't wait to read the next one (people tell me it's even better than the 1st!). 4 1/2 stars.

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