Saturday, 23 February 2008

Team T-Lo Reads! #2

Welcome to the second installment of Team T-Lo Reads! This time, we have a little something for almost everyone. A teen novel, a Children's board book, a romance, a best-seller and one that should become a classic.

Let's get into it shall we?

The Keeper's Shadow by Dennis Foon (Teen Paperback)
Published August 2006 by Annick Press

3 out of 5

This was the third and final book in the Longlight Series. I loved the first two books so much that I couldn't wait for this one to come out. While it wrapped up all the storylines very well, I found it a bit too long and boring in parts.

All the strategizing stuff up the upcoming battle was a little much for my taste, but when they finally got to the battle itself, I couldn't put the book down. It was so well written, exciting and entertaining. I enjoyed it very much.

Summer of Roses by Luanne Rice (Mass Market Paperback)
Published May 2006 by Bantam

3 out of 5

Overall, I liked this book. I didn't want to stop reading it at any moment, but I can't say it kept me riveted to my seat either. I could take it or leave it. The story was good, although I didn't enjoy the end as much as I had hoped. It was wrapped up to quickly to support such a long build up.

Also there was a side story about illegal fishing that didn't really have much of a point. It seemed like filler.

I loved the characters, and of course I was immediately attached to the young girl Rose who was born with Tetralogy of Fallot (like me). Actually, it was the reason I chose to read this book and Rice did a good job of researching it enough to be pretty accurate about the heart defect.

*** I am giving this book away to someone who would like to give it a read. If you are interested, please leave a comment on this blog (you can leave comments without having a blogger account by clicking on "post comment" and putting in your name instead of your account), or contact me by e-mail. Facebook, MSN, telephone or come over and knock on my door. This give-away is only open to people I actually know and can get a hold of me. First come, first serve. I will ship the book out to its destination whenever I get to the post office or drop it off personally if you live in Winnipeg. ***

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones (Hardcover)
Published March 2007 by Houghton Mifflin

5 out of 5

One theme kept popping up again and again in this book - guanxi - family, relationships. It took me back to when I was a kid hanging out in the back of the restaurant. I would watch my family's last Chinese chefs (my great grandfather and grandfather), clean, cut, prepare, and cook. At that time I didn't know that to them food was more than just something to eat, it was there to connect people. This book taught me that and so much more about things that my grandfathers already knew.

The main character Sam Liang (half Chinese) moved to China to learn to cook the traditional way. He realized that China was where half of him originated. So not only did this book make me miss big and little grandpa with all my heart, but it also made me yearn to visit a place where half of me also originated. A book that can conjure up intense emotions like these can only be brilliant. Bravo.

Bad Boys with Expensive Toys by Nancy Warren, Mary Janice Davidson and Karen Kelly (Romance Paperback)
Published November 2004 by Kensington Press

2 out of 5

This novel was actually 3 stories that only linked because they were supposed to be about bad boys and expensive toys.

The first story had neither of these. The boy was a union negotiator, hardly bad. And the toy was a poodle?

The second was better. The boy was a computer geek, hardly bad. But he made neat gadget toys.

The third had a bad boy, a player as the author put it. But I found no expensive toys in sight, unless a computer program is now a toy?

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Children's Board Book)
Published April 2002 by Campbell Books

5 out of 5

(Logan Review) This book is the longest one I own. But I don't mind, because mom and dad make cool noises when they read it and it rhymes. I make them read it over and over again. And when they get bored, they tell me what sounds the animals in the book make, which I love and try to imitate, especially the snake!

Once when I was fussy waiting in the doctor's office, mommy and daddy recited this book to me without even having it in the room. It was awesome. Maybe I make them read it a bit too much though if they have it memorized?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the book reviews! I hadn't heard of the Last Chinese Chef but I've just put it on hold at the library...

Annick Press - Children's Book Publisher said...

Thanks for the review - I know I was waiting patiently to read the final book in the Longlight Legacy trilogy! Thanks also for your post about Tux the Linux Penguin - great project!

Anonymous said...

Anita: You're totally going to love The Last Chinese Chef. Don't hold me responsible if you start to miss your dad and grandpa and our family dinners in the dining room of the restaurant! You may, however, hold me responsible for the hunger pangs that you will get while reading about all the good food. That can't be helped :)

Annick Press: Well thank you for publishing such a great series. It seems like I waited years for all three to come out. I needed closure. The books always ended on unbearable cliffhangers. Good work to Dennis Foon!

Anonymous said...

I miss those family dinners every time I order Chinese's just not the same anywhere else! And I certainly wish I'd learned their secrets 'cuz my Chinese cooking is lame!

Very impressive Annick Press stopped by your blog...what high profile readers you have :)