Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Book Review Club (October 2012)

It's the first Wednesday in October, and you know what that means...The Book Review Club is meeting. We've got some really interesting reviews going this month, more in the adult category than in any other category. Weird how that happens sometimes. We hope you enjoy!

Please give a warm welcome to my critique partner, the wonderful and talented Kathy Krevat. Out of the goodness of her heart, Kathy provided the review for my blog this month because she knows I'm scrambling to get out of a deep pit called Book Deadline. Thank you, Kathy.

And before I hand the blog over to her, let me tell you Kathy's BIG, HUGE, PUBLISHING news. Kathy just signed a deal for three cozy mysteries with Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin! Congratulations! You can only imagine how excited our little critique group is about this!

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (adult fiction)

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS opens on the eighteenth birthday of Victoria, the day she becomes emancipated from a group home after a lifetime of foster care. Immediately we care and root for this complicated, prickly and totally authentic heroine as she makes her way in the world, and we want to know her secrets. How did she learn the meanings of flowers? What happened to make her so antisocial? Why is she so alone? What is she hiding, even from herself?

The author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, takes us between Victoria’s past as a nine-year-old with vineyard owner Elizabeth and her present day life as she tries to escape homelessness in San Francisco. With arranging flowers her only skill, and an inability to get close to anyone, can she make it?

My favorite part of this book was the almost antiquated meaning of flowers that sprinkles Victoria’s narrative and her absolute belief in them. In a voice both sympathetic and brutally honest, Ms. Diffenbaugh skillfully weaves a spell-binding exploration of survival and second chances.

 I love, love, love this book and highly recommend it.

Thank you, Kathy! And, now, drum roll, onto the rest of our reviews. Please, please click through. You're bound to find something to add to your to-be-read pile.

 MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT BOOK REVIEWS

Alyssa Goodnight of the Writers' Road Less Traveled: THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (young adult)

ADULT BOOK REVIEWS

Sarah Laurence: GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn (suspense/mystery)

Scott Parker: THE WRECKER by Clive Cussler (adventure/mystery)

Ellen Booraem of Freelance Ne'er-do-well: THE POACHER'S SON by Paul Doiron (mystery)

Patti Abbott: STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett

Jenn Jilks of Cottage Country: HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult

Stacy Nyikos: THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka

Beth Yarnall: PATHS OF DESIRE by Shannon Donnelly (historical romance)

NONFICTION REVIEWS

Kaye of the Road Goes Ever Ever On: REFUGE: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY OF FAMILY AND PLACE by Terry Tempest Williams

Linda McLaughlin: TWILIGHT OF THE ELITES by Christopher Hayes


Note to Reviewers: Any errors (broken link, missed review, etc), just shoot me an email or leave a comment. Thank you so much for your reviews!



8 comments:

Sarah Laurence said...

Barrie, thanks for hosting and good luck finishing your revisions!

Kathy, congratulations on your publishing deal and thanks for the review. The Flowers book seems to be popular among bloggers.

Barrie said...

Good morning, Sarah! You're welcome. I'm looking forward to reading your review. :)

Ellen Booraem said...

Very tempting review, Kathy--and a THREE book contract! Thanks and congratulations.

Good luck with the big bad deadline, Barrie.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Great review, Kathy. The book sounds intriguing. And congratulations on your book deal!

Jenn Jilks said...

Thanks for hosting, Barrie. I am so behind. This volunteer stuff isn't for chumps!
http://mymuskoka.blogspot.ca/2012/10/october-book-review-club.html

Rose said...

Kathy, Congratulations on the book contract! I loved this book--in fact, I wrote a review of it last month--and enjoyed reading your opinion of it. I thought Diffenbaugh did a great job of creating a very believable character.

Annie said...

It's been awhile since I've hopped over here and what do I find? A review of a book about a foster child. Since we are in the early stages of possibly adopting TWO girls (ages 9 and 13) from the foster care system, I find it ironic that I would happen here today of all days.

All that being said, I'm buying the book! Thank you for the review!

Maureen McGowan said...

Kathy!!! Congratulations! I hadn't heard your good news, yet. Thrilled for you. Yay!!