Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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Women In Science is a lovely and quick history of women…in science. A must read for any young girl, and a should read for most humans.

synopsis

Women In Science is a brief history of scientific achievements made by women, who have often been overlooked in the annals of history. Each page gives a brief description of the life of a scientist as well as beautiful accompanying illustrations. Written and drawn by first time author, Rachel Ignotofsky, Women In Science is meant to inspire young women to aim to achieve great things in life.

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I really enjoyed this book. While I knew most of the women there were a few fascinating scientists that I’d never heard of. I really appreciated the variety of sciences that were represented. We all expected Marie Curie, but there were also botanists, mathematicians, computer scientists (love Grace Hopper), paleontologists, and so forth. The book is also lovely to look at. The illustrations and colors are just so pretty and fun. I can’t imagine an ebook version capturing how neat this book is. This book is perfect for teaching young girls about important women in history. Hell, it’s perfect for showing anyone how much women have contributed to science and technology. This is one I’ll definitely be passing on to my niece.

prosInspiring stories

Gorgeous illustrations

 Easy and quick read for all ages

cons

Writing style is “cute” and clearly aimed at a young audience, but that’s also who it’s meant for

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I received this from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review

My Girl

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My Girl is a tragic tale of grief and a disturbing story of obsession and control that left me very uneasy.Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 12.18.08 AM

Paige Dawson has lost everything. Her daughter was murdered 10 years ago and her husband took his own life a few months past. She’s been in an alcohol and pill-fueled haze for years as the loss of her family torments her. One day she stumbles across a gun that she didn’t know her husband owned and tumbles down a path to finding the truth. Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 12.23.23 AM

So, this is a tough one to review. I liked the book for MOST of it, but what I didn’t like, I hated. Let me explain. The story quickly dives into Paige’s daily life as she struggles to cope with her losses. This is a heartbreaking story of grief and loss and what happens when we have nothing left. Once the story turns into things-are-not-what-they-seem territory, I was firmly along for the ride. I wanted something good for this woman, some truth or closure for her. The problem is that when you find out that truth, it’s a freaking slap in the face of story-telling. I feel as though Jack Jordan sat at his desk and thought, “What’s the most awful thing I can come up with that will truly horrify my readers” and went with that. I think he stopped serving the story, and his characters, and went balls-out for shock value. I was disgusted, and not because I can’t handle an uncomfortable story line, but because it served no purpose other than to be disgusting. It’s a shame really, the book has so much potential that was sadly squandered.

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Well-developed character that feels very real

Engaging story, up until it wasn’t

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I’m sorry, but a bedroom won’t hold a persons scent for 10 years

Jordan doesn’t seem to understand how memory repression works

Story takes a plunge off the deep end and drowns

Climactic scene felt like it took place in a bad horror movie

Screen Shot 2016-08-07 at 12.19.34 AM“For the first few seconds after she woke, Paige Dawson lived in a world where her husband Ryan was snoring lightly beside her, and her daughter Chloe was sleeping peacefully in the next room. When reality slowly trickled in, she instantly wanted to return to sleep – to forget they were dead – to stop the tears from rolling down her cheeks.”

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.

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