Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: The Wonder of Us

The Wonder of Us
By Kim Culbertson
Published: April 25, 2017

Riya and Abby are:
Best friends.
Complete opposites.
Living on different continents.
Currently mad at each other.
About to travel around Europe. 

Riya moved to Berlin, Germany, with her family for junior year, while Abby stayed behind in their small California town. They thought it would be easy to keep up their friendship-it's only a year and they've been best friends since preschool. But instead, they ended up fighting and not being there for the other. So Riya proposes an epic adventure to fix their friendship. Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun. But two small catches:

They haven't talked in weeks.
They've both been keeping secrets.

Can Riya and Abby find their way back to each other among lush countrysides and dazzling cities, or does growing up mean growing apart?

My review:

Abby has had a difficult year in the wake of her parents' divorce. Her dad fell apart and the burden of taking care of him and the house fell to her. It's also been tough because her best friend Riya moved to Germany and they got into a major fight. Now she is in Europe on a trip with Riya (paid for by Riya's wealthy grandmother) where they hopefully will mend their broken relationship. When Abby first sees Riya again she realizes how much Riya has changed. She dresses like a sophisticated European and Riya is also keeping a big secret from Abby that could destroy their friendship for good.

Riya comes across as flighty and irresponsible and a little spoiled at times. She does care a lot about Abby and wants to be a good friend but she definitely has some growing up to do. I think Abby is more mature in a way because of what she's been through with her family. Riya seems like a younger, boy crazy idealistic dreamer in comparison. Of course Abby also likes their small town and doesn't want things to change while Riya is growing away from that and wants to see and experience the world. For Abby, their small hometown represents stability and for Riya she feels it is holding her back. She doesn't want to have the same exact life that everyone else is living. I think this is something teens can easily relate to as they prepare to graduate and possibly leave home for college or career. It is a time when friendships change and people sometimes do grow apart because they want different things.

Abby and Riya are not alone on their trip as they are chaperoned by Riya's older cousin Neel who is in college. Neel is British and can be a stick in the mud in Riya's view but he and Abby get along really well (cue the romantic sparks). Abby is really into history and the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, something she and Neel have in common. As someone who has loved history since I was a kid, I liked how Abby kind of geeked out on it. I love reading books about travel (especially set in Europe) so that appealed to me about this book and I enjoyed reading about the different places they visited.

While there is some romance the book really does focus on the friendship of Abby and Riya which I appreciated. The resolution of that part of the story felt realistic. I also liked how supportive Riya's parents and grandmother and Abby's dad are. It is nice to see positive portrayals of adults in teen fiction. I mostly enjoyed this novel, especially the travel aspect and the growth of the protagonists. It would be a great book to pack in your beach bag this summer.

Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Edelweiss

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

I managed to complete three books during the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I was in the middle of reading the first book when the read-a-thon started and I read the other two books from start to finish. I think if it hadn't been Mother's Day weekend, I would have finished a couple more. I've participated in 24 hour readathons where I've read more so I am disappointed that I allowed myself to be distracted by TV earlier in the week.

The next Bout of Books read-a-thon is in August and hopefully I'll have the chance to participate.

Books read:

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Post (89) / It's Monday, What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

Happy Mother's Day! I will be spending the day with my family and we are taking my mom out to eat at an Indian restaurant. On Saturday we went to a couple of garden centers that were having sales for Mother's Day. One place even gave away free plants (and hot dogs and ice cream). My mom came home with several new geraniums to add to her flower garden and some other plants as well. 

On the reading front I am participating in Bout of Books but not reading as much as I'd hoped. It is that time of year when TV shows are wrapping up I guess. I am also participating in the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge that is going on through the month of May. I hope it will motivate me to read more of my ARCs. 

I spent some time catching up on TV shows when I could have been reading. Oh, well. It's that time of year when TV shows are wrapping up. I still need to watch the final episode of Home Fires and get caught up on The Flash, Supergirl and Jane the Virgin. I am most excited about The Flash. I've heard that there is a cliffhanger ending. I wish Home Fires hadn't been cancelled but at least the creator has written some e-books that wrap up the stories. The first one will be out in July.

After a cool and rainy week it is nice to be able to look forward to days in the 80s. I hope I don't have to dig out my sweaters again! I am longing for summer and hope we have a nice one. 

Last week on my blog:

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff (review)
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (review)

Books read:

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

I liked this though I still prefer the other series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus) but it was fun to catch up with Leo. The next book looks like it will be incorporating characters from Camp Jupiter like Frank and Hazel and possibly Jason and Piper as well. 

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert 

I love apple cider and apple desserts so I wish I could have tasted a lot of the food and beverages mentioned in the book. I read an ARC so maybe the final copy will include recipes. I enjoyed this almost as much as The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. I was also reminded of Sarah Addison Allen's books.

Currently reading:

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I should be finishing this one today. It's a fun teen contemporary featuring Indian American protagonists. 

Currently listening to:

I hadn't listened to this NPR radio drama before and thought it would be perfect to read it now with the 40th anniversary of Star Wars later this month. Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels are both in it. Of course this was recorded in 1981 so some of the additional scenes don't really mesh with "canon". It's fun to listen to though.

On my TBR list:

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: Letters to the Lost

Letters to the Lost
By Brigid Kemmerer
Published: April 4, 2017

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

My review:

Letters to the Lost is a story about two teens who are deeply grieving and find a way to reach out to each other through anonymous letters and later through anonymous email. In real life however Juliet and Declan are not friends. In fact, Juliet feels nothing but disdain for the cocky troublemaker. Declan sees Juliet as spoiled and privileged. He has no idea of the pain she is going through the same way that she can't see his hidden depth. Of course they will somehow find out the truth about who they've been writing to all along...

Juliet has really been struggling since her mom died. Her mom was a talented and adventurous photojournalist and while Juliet has a gift for photography, she hasn't been able to pick up a camera since her mom died. She feels her skills are so meaningless compared to what her mom achieved. Since her mother's death, Juliet and her dad have been living like two strangers in the same home and even though her best friend Rowan tries to be supportive, Juliet feels like she can't be honest about her continuing grief.

Declan lost his younger sister in an accident he blames himself for. His family fell apart that day and things have only gotten worse now that his mom is remarried. He does not get along with his stepfather and on top of that he has to do court ordered community service. Rage, grief and guilt simmer below the surface in equal measure. Declan wants to do better but it is really hard. Things starts to feel a little better when he answers a letter he finds on a tombstone.

I thought this book was fantastic. The author does a good job of exploring grief, guilt and family relationships as well as friendship. A variety of families are represented in the book from the dysfunctional family of Declan to the fractured family of Juliet and the stable and loving families of Declan's supervisor and Rev's adoptive parents. It is nice to see some positive portrayals of parents along with the imperfect ones in this novel. The main characters are well developed and I loved the growth of their relationship with each other. The secondary characters are also well drawn, especially Rev. I liked how the book challenged the assumptions of the characters as well as the reader. 

Letters to the Lost is likely going to be one of my favorite YA books of 2017. It would be a good pick for fans of authors like Jessi Kirby and Morgan Matson.

Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale
By Pam Jenoff
Published: February 21, 2017

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival 
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 
Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

My review:

Ingrid's family once had a very successful circus until they could no longer perform. As Jews, it was illegal for them to have non Jewish employees and gradually the business fell apart. Ingrid had fallen in love and married a young man, moving to Berlin. Unfortunately he was also a Nazi and though he loved Ingrid, when their marriage was declared illegal, he divorced her. She returned to the family home only to find they were gone. She hadn't heard from them in months and now feared the worst. Thankfully she was given refuge by a neighbor and leader of a rival circus, Herr Neuhoff. Herr Neuhoff offers Ingrid a place with his circus as a trapeze artist and she accepts, knowing she doesn't have much choice. Fortunately he turns out to be a very kind man and though Ingrid (now renamed Astrid for her protection) initially struggles to fit in, she even finds new love. Then they discover a young girl and a baby in the snow...

Noa stumbles across the Neuhoff circus after she rescues a Jewish baby from a train car. Herr Neuhoff takes her in but she has to join the circus act. Noa has gymnastic skills but it has been a long time and training to be an aerialist is a challenge. It doesn't help that Astrid doesn't seem to like her or believe she can do it. Reluctantly Astrid and Noa become friends but danger is always around them with Nazi officials prowling.

The Orphan's Tale is reminiscent of Water for Elephants in that it is about circus life.  What makes it different is that it takes place in WWII Europe.  It is both an emotional story and a fascinating look at circus life during a difficult time in history. I don't know how realistic it would be for someone like Noa to learn to be an aerialist but it was certainly interesting to read about. On the surface Noa and Astrid seem so different but they both have hidden strength that allows them to survive so much suffering. The danger of discovery by the Nazis is a constant threat and there are also other dangers involved with being part of a circus act. I thought the friendship that developed between Noa and Astrid was natural but the romantic relationship between Noa and Luc didn't work as well. It just seemed rushed. While Astrid and Peter's romance begins off the page, we at least get to see some growth and development there. We get to know Peter but the addition of Luc felt like a convenient plot point.

Overall I thought this book was fantastic. The story was touching and suspenseful and I enjoyed the added historical details as well. I had no idea circuses were operating in Europe during the war. I think readers who liked Water for Elephants or historical fiction set during WWII would like this. It would be a great selection for book discussion groups too. 

Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

This week is the Bout of Books readathon and I've decided to participate. I haven't been reading as much as I'd like to this year (I blame Netflix and Pinterest). Hopefully this read-a-thon will help me make a dent in my TBR pile! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

clean sweep 2017

Because I have so many unread ARCs to get to, I decided to participate in the May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I don't have a set goal in mind but I hope I can at least make a dent in the pile this month. The challenge started on May 1st and continues till May 31st.

Some of the books I might read as part of the challenge:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sunday Post (88) / It's Monday, What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I had a great time in Mexico. My sister and I stayed at the Riu Playacar, an all-inclusive in Playa del Carmen. Although neither of us can swim, it was still a lot of fun. One day we went into town to check out their shopping area (Quinta Avenida) which had some local shops as well as lots of name brand stores (Sephora, MAC, American Eagle, etc.) and on another day we went to the spa (expensive but nice). The resort had a nice shallow swim up bar we could sit in when it got too hot (though the heat wasn't that bad at the beach). The weather was beautiful which made it hard to come back here where it has been cold and rainy. We had warmer weather in February! I know it will warm up eventually--hopefully soon. Now I need to start exercising to work off all the strawberry daiquiris and desserts I indulged in every day. :)

This week is the Bout of Books readathon and I am planning to participate. I have a lot of books on my TBR pile so maybe this will motivate me to read a little more instead of watching TV. I also need to spend some time catching up on reviews. I need to write several reviews for books I read in April.

Books read:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Even though this relied on the whole secret letter writing thing I thought it was done very well. A really good exploration of grief and I liked the development of their relationship.

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson

I read this on the flight to Mexico. It is about two friends who are estranged but go on a trip to Europe together and hope to repair the rift between them. I enjoyed reading about the different locations they visited. I liked Abby but I thought Riya was harder to relate to. 

Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield

Although I found Cassie's behavior to be frustrating at times, I thought this was a good beach read. It kept my attention on the beach anyway unlike other books I tried to read.

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

I had tried to download the new Rick Riordan book to my Kindle for my flight back to the States but it didn't work so I started reading this one and found myself engrossed in the story. It was sad but really good and I think it would be a great selection for book groups.

Currently reading:

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

I usually enjoy Rick Riordan's books and while I prefer the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, I am happy that Leo is a major character in this one. Of course it is still narrated from the whiny and spoiled POV of Apollo but that adds to some of the humor though he does get on my nerves at times. 

On my TBR pile:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)

I want to reread this before I pick up A Court of Wings and Ruin. I loved this book when I read it last year.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

After the cliffhanger ending of A Court of Mist and Fury I can't wait to read this but I'm also nervous about it. It is not going to be easy to read some of it.

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert

I thought The Coincidence of Coconut Cake was fantastic and I think this sounds pretty good too though cider makes me think of fall instead of summer.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is becoming a "must read" author. I've heard that this is different from his other books but it has received really positive reviews. The story revolves around a small town where hockey is all important and what happens when scandal hits the team.

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

This is a Regency era love story that I believe is partly inspired by Cyrano de Bergerac.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This contemporary retelling of Cinderella sounds like so much fun!

New books:

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (purchased)

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (purchased)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (purchased)

Every Wild Heart by Meg Donohue (library book)

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (library book)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blogging Break

Usually on Sundays I like to participate in Sunday Post and It's Monday, What Are You Reading so here is a little update on reading stuff:

I am currently still rereading The Hobbit. I am at the part where Bilbo and the dwarves are in Lake Town. I hope to finish the book today. My book group meets on Tuesday but I work Monday night so I won't have much time to read tomorrow. This week I read one book: the young reader's edition of Hidden Figures. It was interesting but the narrative didn't flow very well at times. The movie is quite different!

The rest of my day will be spent figuring out what to pack for my trip to Mexico later this week and doing some more last minute shopping. In the meantime I will be taking a brief blogging break till sometime in May.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Alex, Approximately

Alex, Approximately
By Jenn Bennett
Published: April 4, 2017

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My review:

Bailey and her family have been through a lot. Her parents are divorced and her mom has remarried but she and Bailey's stepdad have been fighting a lot so Bailey decides for her own peace of mind to move to California to live with her dad instead. Another bonus is that her dad happens to live in the same town as "Alex", a guy she knows through an online group for film fanatics. Bailey is thrilled but also scared to be so near to where Alex is. She decides she will try to find him using clues from his posts. If he seems like a decent guy in real life, then she'll introduce herself. In the meantime, Bailey gets a job at The Cave, a local museum where she makes a new friend, Grace and makes a sort of enemy in Porter. They start off on the wrong foot but Bailey starts to feel differently about Porter as she gets to know him. 

I love You've Got Mail so I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book.  I like that Bailey is into classic movies and that she has her own vintage sense of style. Bailey describes herself as an "Artful Dodger" and "evader". She doesn't like confrontation and she likes relationships to be uncomplicated. Unfortunately for her, life doesn't work that way and she finds herself challenged to grow beyond that. Bailey has something dark in her past that she has to work through as well.

At first I didn't think I'd like Porter because he comes across as a bit of a jerk but I know that is because of the "You've Got Mail retelling" aspect of the story. Like Bailey, Porter has his own issues to deal with involving a broken friendship and his complicated relationship with surfing. I liked how his relationship with Bailey develops first online and then in person while they don't know about their online connection. 

I also liked the other relationships in the book, namely the friendship between Bailey and Grace and the positive relationship between Bailey and her dad. They are very close and that is nice to see considering the difficult relationship Bailey has with her mom. Grace is a fun character and she challenges Bailey to come out of her shell. The setting is fun too. I liked learning a little bit about surfing and the beach community. The museum sounds like an interesting place to work though I'd hate to work in a hot cramped ticket booth all summer!

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable contemporary romance, perfect for summer reading. I'd suggest this to fans of You've Got Mail as well as readers who like Sarah Dessen, Emery Lord and similar authors.

Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Edelweiss

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Post (87) / It's Monday, What Are You Reading

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme now hosted by Kathryn at Book Date, where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

I can't believe it's the middle of April already. Summer will be here in the blink of an eye! I enjoyed the warmer weather this week.  Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate.

Update on my cat niece Kitty: she doesn't like having the IV treatments every other day but she is doing okay otherwise. Thanks for your thoughts and kind comments. 

"The Chickens Build a Wall" (based on the children's book by Jean-Francois Dumont)

"Harry Peeper and the Mirror of Erised" (based on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)

This past week was National Library Week and we had our Peeps diorama contest at the library. There were a total of 13 entries--more than I expected. Seven of the entries were from staff (including the two above) and six from the public. Hopefully even more will participate next year. Right now voting is going on for "Peeple's Choice".  There was an interesting mix of "based on a book or movie", "pop culture" and "political". You can see all of the dioramas here.

This week I have my spring craft night on Tuesday where we will be making yarn wreaths. I only have four people signed up but that's okay because I was worried I wouldn't be able to find enough wreath forms. It will also be cheaper and I can use the leftover money for bigger programs this summer like my 80s murder mystery dinner or Comic Con. Speaking of  my library's Comic Con, I was thrilled to be able to book Mark Clark, the author of Star Wars FAQ, as a presenter. I am also working on some low key ideas to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars next month. Because it falls right before Memorial Day weekend, I don't want to plan a big event. 

The big news this past week was Star Wars Celebration. I wish I'd been able to go to Orlando but it was fun to watch some of the live stream events. I was especially thrilled to see the new  teaser trailer for The Last Jedi. Also very happy about the new character. I can't wait to see the movie! 

Last week on my blog:

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey (review)

Books read:

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

I liked this book though it didn't have a plot really or character development. It's the story of a town from beginning to modern day with an Our Town kind of vibe.

I wasn't planning to read this yet but it is my afternoon book group's reading selection for April and I thought I'd better read it soon since we meet next week. The historical part was interesting but the contemporary part has issues and I read in the author's note afterword that the "inspired by true events" part wasn't exactly true. I think we'll have plenty to talk about at book group.

Currently reading:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread)

This is my third time reading The Hobbit. I first read it in 2002, immediately after I read The Lord of the Rings so I was disappointed by it. Then I read it again in 2012 before the first movie came out and I loved it. It is my evening book group's April selection and I'm looking forward to the discussion. I think there are some in the group who have never read it.

On my TBR pile:

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain

New books received:

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (library book)

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (library book)

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (for review)

Purple Hearts by Tess Wakefield (for review)

The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert (for review)

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal (for review)

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (for review)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (for review)

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (for review)