The Impossible Fortress by Jason Redulak

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How do you motivate three fourteen year old misfit buddies from the 80s? Come up with a plan for acquiring the most sought after magazine of their time. Playboy. Featuring the one and only, Vanna White of “Wheel of Fortune” fame, in all her naked glory. These boys, Billy, Clark, & Alf, are desperate. And so is every other underage boy in their high school. How far will they go to get the magazine? 

Take a portal back to 1980-something and read on. With great 80s references and some BASIC coding at the start of each chapter, author Jason Redulak “turns back time” in this comic adventure about young boys, their vices, their first loves, and their willingness to do anything to see a naked woman. 

A great, fun read! Do not compare this one to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, however. This is a lighter look at the 80s and is set in the 80s. The music, the advent of the computer age, and the necessity for pay phones live here. So if you’re feeling a little nostalgic or want to experience the 80s for the first time give this one a read. 

4 Ghosts for this one! Blinky, Pinky, Inky, & Clyde would agree. 

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

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Want to experience the world through the eyes of another? With the help of Benjamin Ludwig you can see the world through the eyes of Ginny Moon. Ginny is just your average teen. She just sees the world a little differently. Ginny is autistic. Her world is simple but so utterly complicated. In her mind, Ginny’s mission is clear but the world around her just can’t seem to understand. 

Mr. Ludwig is masterful at showing the reader how quickly we judge, misinterpret, and react to things we don’t fully understand. His characters evoke such emotion that you will want to champion for Ginny and possibly slap a few others. 

It’s hard not to gush about this book without revealing any spoilers but this is me gushing. Please, just read it when it releases this Spring on May 2, 2017. 

A copy of this book was generously given to me from HarperCollins Canada in the gorgeous packaging you see in the photo. Thanks to Cory & Kate at HCC! (And a shout out to Emma for the lovely Ginny Moon boxes!) Hearing Benjamin Ludwig speak about Ginny Moon was a wonderful experience. #IndigoEmployee

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Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson

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S.J. Watson’s follow-up to Before I Go To Sleep had some big shoes to fill and didn’t disappoint. But beware of comparing this to his first novel, this book stands alone and you should read it without bias.

Julia’s sister, Kate, has been murdered and the Parisian police, in Julia’s opinion, aren’t doing enough to find Kate’s killer. Julia decides to join the online community where Kate was meeting and hooking up with random men. Convinced that she will find the killer, married Julia delves deep into the world of cyber dating and cybersex. 

Julia’s character is perfectly flawed in so many ways and the cast of supporting characters in this book are all potential suspects. Watson has created an all too plausible world with this book such that it could be the headline of London’s The Daily Mail. 

 A solid 4.5 Cyber Stars!

Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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3 Stars

I’m not sure where to start on my review of this book. While Paula Hawkins is clearly a talented writer, the story just didn’t give me the thrills that it promised. I picked up The Girl on the Train before I’d read any reviews or heard any of the buzz. I picked it up solely for the title, the cover design and the blurb on the flap. I also liked that S. J. Watson called it ” Gripping, Entertaining – A Top-Notch Thriller and A Compulsive Read.” I loved Watson’s “Before I Go To Sleep” and thought that this book would give me similar feels. Not the case. At. All.

Anyone who has ever taken the commuter train has done what The Girl does. We all look out the window and wonder, “Who lives there?”, “I wonder what that house looks like on the inside.” I had such great expectations for this book that maybe the reason for my utter disappointment. Hawkins’ characters are pathetic and they learn absolutely nothing from their experiences. And that’s okay. However, even after reaching the predictable outcome, I felt no sense of satisfaction having read it.

I should have waited and heeded the comparisons to “Gone Girl”. (I disliked that one with a passion) and bypassed this one.