Pauline Tilbe

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Smashwords book reviews by Pauline Tilbe

  • In Leah's Wake on June 25, 2011
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    Wow, this book was amazing! A complex story with complex characters. I'm not a parent, my teen years far behind me but this story pulled me in completely. There were times when it reminded me of Go Ask Alice which I read in the 70's when the story was told from Leah's perspective. In Leah's Wake explores teen/parent issues in the current, tumultuous world. Drugs, alcohol, it also explores the impact of issues like the economy, education, pressure of athletics. So many things. At one point, I felt like it was almost too intense...partly because I'm not a parent, I guess, and not used to dealing with all these issues. As I was reading this ebook, I had to keep reminding myself that it was Terri's first book. It's fiction but I can imagine similar scenarios taking place in many households across the country. I would go so far as to suggest this is a must read for parents of teens.
  • Willowtree on Aug. 20, 2011
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    This was an enjoyable read. Mike Bove's first book and the story behind the story is almost as good as the book itself. I'll let you learn the details about Mike on your own, I'm here to review Willowtree. Set in a small Arizona town, Bruce stumbles upon some bones. I know, you're thinking, dead person from long ago....nope, dead animal bones. It's AFTER he finds the bones that the real mystery starts. Bruce is retired and his wife is working a lot of hours so he keeps himself busy and his mind sharp by helping the police, sort of....when he's not playing golf or giving gratis golf lessons to his friends. It's an interesting cast of characters and the story is told by Bruce. It reads just like a narrative conversation you would imagine having over a cup of coffee, if Bruce was telling you the story in person. I don't think you need to know a lot about golf to read this but if you know anything about golf, you will find this book quite intersting and "get" some of the underlying humor. I can't play golf worth a lick but I still "got" it. It kept my attention. It's suitable for all adults and young readers also. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the next Bruce DelReno adventure.
  • Secret Security Squad (Book 1: Operation Erase) on March 14, 2012
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    Robin Brande is my new favorite author and the only author that has been able to pull my middle aged attention into a young adult book. I lived through middle school and although it was years ago, I could easily picture similar "bullies" from my memories. Times have changed, bullies are tougher now and sometimes scarier. But Secret Security Squad is a great way to help young people feel empowered. These students band together to use their various talents to try to make a difference. This is no utopia, some of their ideas don't work out quite as planned...so much like real life. There's a peak into the good side of these characters and you also see the tougher exterior that they present to protect themselves. But Darby, the main character, has a vulnerability that is so identifiable. She strives to be "invisible" even though she is far more talented than she portrays. If you have children, you should read this book. If you have children, THEY should read this book. If you love a good clean story that is real....this is the book for you. Now, what do I do until Part 2 is available?
  • Secret Security Squad (Book 1: Operation Erase) on March 14, 2012
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    Robin Brande is my new favorite author and the only author that has been able to pull my middle aged attention into a young adult book. I lived through middle school and although it was years ago, I could easily picture similar "bullies" from my memories. Times have changed, bullies are tougher now and sometimes scarier. But Secret Security Squad is a great way to help young people feel empowered. These students band together to use their various talents to try to make a difference. This is no utopia, some of their ideas don't work out quite as planned...so much like real life. There's a peak into the good side of these characters and you also see the tougher exterior that they present to protect themselves. But Darby, the main character, has a vulnerability that is so identifiable. She strives to be "invisible" even though she is far more talented than she portrays. If you have children, you should read this book. If you have children, THEY should read this book. If you love a good clean story that is real....this is the book for you. Now, what do I do until Part 2 is available?