All the Impossible Things
Author: Lindsay Lackey
Published: September 3, 2019
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 14-17, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
A middle-grade novel about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs.
Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby “Red” Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how.
This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red’s heart.
But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.
All the Impossible Things just did not work for me. I did not connect with Red, so that was that for me. And I am not a fantasy reader, so I think the magical ability just didn’t work for me. I did know about Red’s ability before reading, and had a couple of friends who read this novel and loved it so I gave it a shot despite knowing it might not be for me.
Red is in foster care and goes from home to home. She is just waiting for her mother to be released from prison so she can be reunited with her: she even has a countdown. Red is moved to another foster family who run a petting zoo, which provides a different sort of environment and adventures all on their own.
The ending is a bit realistic and I enjoyed it. Red finally found where she needed to be.
It may be that the audiobook is not the best format for this novel as one of my friends said she tried the audio and stopped it and ended up reading it and enjoyed it. Maybe this will be a book I give another chance to and pick up and actually read it. Maybe then I will love it. It is a pity as the cover is gorgeous!
**A few days after I wrote this review previously mentioned friend (Beccie) mailed me a copy of this book! She was the one who tried the audiobook and DNF’d is that way, but picked up a physical copy and loved it. Hopefully I will have the same reaction to it with another read!**
The Night Sister
Author: Jennifer McMahon
Published: March 8, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Once the thriving attraction of rural Vermont, the Tower Motel now stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot. The three played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and twisted in the motel’s past, something that ruined their friendship forever.
Now adult, Piper and Margot have tried to forget what they found that fateful summer, but their lives are upended when Piper receives a panicked midnight call from Margot, with news of a horrific crime for which Amy stands accused. Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to relive the time that they found the suitcase that once belonged to Silvie Slater, the aunt that Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock’s next blonde bombshell leading lady. As Margot and Piper investigate, a cleverly woven plot unfolds—revealing the story of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.
I listened to this book on audio and thankfully, the narrator was a good one! It was a very easy listen and I was able to keep up without any trouble. The characters were mostly likeable and interesting. Even though many of them were younger during most of the story (different timelines), there wasn’t all that horrible YA drama. I was a little confused by the paranormal aspect. It was hinted at at the beginning, but I wasn’t really expecting it. Here I was, looking for metaphorical meanings, when in reality, the paranormal aspect was actually weaved through the plot. I get that paranormal is not supposed to be overly realistic, and unfortunately, I think it took away from the story. It felt a little anticlimactic.
Overall, this was a pretty good book; it’s got a horror tinge, without being super scary. I did very much love the Tower Motel as a setting! So I’d say it’s a good book to recommend to those who enjoy mysteries.[Top]
Jessica gave her review for Fiona’s Guardian’s last October and now it is Kim’s turn to review it! Jessica’s 4 star review is here.
Author: Dan Klefstad
Published: October 2, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
When a vampire seduces you, death is minutes away. When she hires you, you’ll soon wish you were dead.
It’s a truth known to every guardian who worked for Fiona, including Daniel. Aside from managing the day to day chores and keeping her protected, he manages an investment portfolio to buy stolen blood from hospital workers. The 250-year-old Fiona needs 10 pints of human blood every night. As a result of this, Daniel and Fiona are always on the lookout for police, but fail to notice their gradual encirclement by Mors Strigae, an ancient order of monks dedicated to the extermination of vampires. Gone for a century, the monks start a new war when they destroy Fiona’s sire. This time, her vampire family is pushed to the edge of extinction — and the humans who serve them are hunted and executed.
After 35 years, what keeps him loyal? And will he ever be allowed to leave?
I do love a good vampire. I know that most are supposed to be the evil, ugly Nosferatu type, but the sexy ones are just so much more interesting! And y’all know I do love an ancient order of monks working secretly within the Vatican. But unfortunately, I got really frustrated with reading this book. And I think the frustration is more of a compliment than it is a criticism: I want more. I want more detail, more information, more background. I think this story should be stretched into a series. I feel like the story is so big and had so many cool places to go that it was a disservice to scrunch it down into just one book. By not including more detail, there were so many places where I felt that I skimmed. The story is great, the characters are interesting, I just need more!