Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi PicoultTitle: A Spark of Light
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: October 2, 2018

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The lives of ordinary people become intertwined when a gunman takes hostages at a women's clinic in the #1 New York Times bestselling author's latest.

At Mississippi's sole remaining women's reproductive services clinic, a gunman bursts in and takes its patients and staff hostage. The stories that brought these individuals to the clinic vary, from a woman awaiting cancer screening results to a protestor hoping to catch the clinic in a scandal that could be used in a pro-life campaign. Then there is the police hostage negotiator, whose daughter is also trapped inside the facility, and the gunman himself, who has a vendetta to carry out. Meanwhile, across the state, a seventeen-year-old woman lands in the hospital after an attempt to self-terminate her pregnancy and is subsequently charged by the pro-life DA for the murder of her unborn child. They, too, are connected to the events unfolding in the clinic.

As the book moves backward in time, each chapter set one hour earlier than the last, we learn how all these people and their stories are unwittingly connected--and that none of these characters' reasons for being where they are at this fateful place and time are exactly what it appears at first glance.

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult is a book that really took me by surprise. Reading a novel in which you already know the ending to seems a little daunting. However, the format really seems to fit the story. The controversial topic of women’s reproductive rights is presented in a gripping and interesting way that doesn’t ask the reader to choose a side, but asks the reader to look at all the sides. Continue reading

Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin NielsenTitle: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: May 12, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. 
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules. 

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Review: We Are All Made of Molecules

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen is such a beautifully written book. This is a story that is entertaining, educational and uplifting. The issues examined by Nielsen are so important for today’s students to grasp. This book is diverse and is written in a compelling fashion that will keep readers wanting to learn and know more. Continue reading

Review: At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

Review: At the Water’s Edge by Sara GruenTitle: At the Water's Edge
Author: Sara Gruen
Publisher: Random House Canada
Publication Date: March 31, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

 In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. 

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Review: At the Water’s Edge

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen is a spellbinding book that will affect and surprise you at the same time. The setting of the Scottish Highlands is amazing. I am  certain that this book will be optioned for a historical fiction movie. Continue reading