Welcome to Barefoot Dokusha! Here you will find reviews of the books that I have been reading - a variety of genres, but mostly YA, places I have been, and deals that can be found.

I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Free and Under $2.99 Kindle Books

On the right hand side is the link to my Amazon store. I have updated the categories. I have added more books ranging from free up to $2.99. To make it easier to find by pricing there is a list for "Free" and for "$2.99 and under". I will try to add more tomorrow evening. If there is anything you would like to see added please let me know. It doesn't have to fall under those 2 categories.

Happy Reading!

Banned Book Week: Sept 30-Oct 6

Tomorrow is the start of National Banned Book Week. Over the years for one reason or another various books have been banned, or at least challenged. We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of our freedom to read. For many different reasons libraries (public and school), as well as governments have either banned or challenged books over the years. I think when it comes to children their parents should have a say in if they should be allowed to read a book. If anything, put it on limited access, requiring a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian. Books should NOT be taken off the shelves because others deem it inappropriate. Just because it may be inappropriate for you and your family doesn't mean it is for mine!

I am a book lover, and want my son to have the same love of books. For that reason I see no reason to restrict his reading. If it is something he is interested in, then by all means read it! That is how you find the books that interest you.

I will read a variety of books. Mostly YA, whether contemporary or paranormal or dystatopian, I enjoy almost all of them. Yesterday I finished Red Dirt Rocker by Judy French (you can find my review at Barefoot Dokusha). It hasn't been on the banned list, but it is set just under 2 hours from where I live. Tonight I will start on some advanced reads that I have been sent.

Have you read any books that have been banned or challenged? With some research I have come up with a list of some of the books that I have read.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Christine by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Shining by Stephen King
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Animal Farm by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
House of Night by PC and Kristen Cast
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers

Red Dirt Rocker by Jody French

Red Dirt Rocker

Red Dirt Rocker is a contemporary and inspirational American dream-come-true story geared toward a Young Adult audience. Based, in part, on the true and incredible adventures of teen MTV musician Forrest French, this hip and vibrant page-turner filled with pop culture references will draw the young reader in as they see the story unfold through the eyes of this straight-edge teenager from a tiny, hick, country town, whose life is about to change forever.

His strict dad raised him to be a football jock—his free spirited mama raised him on classic rock. Small town athlete and teen musician Forrest French finds himself torn, having to decide between public high school, sports and his simple, country life in Coweta, (aka Cow-Town) Oklahoma; his deep Southern roots and strong family ties, or the jet-setting life of an MTV rock star. While dealing with the team bully and facing the fickleness of teen dating relationships, Forrest depends on his faith to keep a cool head. In this story filled with teen angst and teen hopes, Forrest holds fast to his beliefs as he hangs on for the ride of his life in the upside-down, backward and thrilling world of rock-n-roll.

Red Dirt Rocker illustrates to its Young Adult audience that they can be accepted and successful with straight-edge flair, be they athlete, band geek, cheerleader, or aspiring rock star. Experience a shotgun ride right alongside Forrest as he embarks on his rock-n-roll dream and finds that a beautiful heart and strong values may just win over superficial beauty and popularity in the end.

Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Neverland Publishing Company, LLC
ISBN 0982697139 (ISBN13: 9780982697139)

Red Dirt Rocker revolves around the life of 16 year old Forrest French. Set in Coweta, Oklahoma (which is not quiet 2 hours from where I live), Forrest and his friends form a band named Cellar Door is Gone. Along with playing in a band, he also plays on his school's football team.

 In Red Dirt Rocker you get to follow Forrest's dream from playing in the barn of his Aunt Carmen to playing at a Cowboy's game to opening for the legendary KISS. The book is simply written and can be enjoyed by many different age groups.

I have read other reviews stating the author is a bit biased when dealing with Heather and Sophie...mostly just Heather. It has been chalked up to Forrest being her son, and Heather just what seemed like a snobby girl (the author has stated that some characters are completely fictional....of her imagination). I don't see it as her being biased. This has been quite common in YA books I have read.

If you are looking for a light read, I recommend Red Dirt Rocker.

Happy Reading and Rock On!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1) by Patricia Wrede

#1 NYT bestselling author Pat Wrede returns to Scholastic with an amazing new trilogy about the use of magic in the wild, wild west.

Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent -- and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild.

With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Hardcover, 344 pages

Published April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Press

**The above is from Goodreads**


I gave this book 3 stars. Being a fan of both magic and frontier times, I had been waiting for a while to get my hands on Thirteenth Child! I did feel like I kept waiting for the book to start. The book wasn't bad, it just needed more to it. It seemed like it was mostly a basis to let you learn more about Eff, the main character.

I believe that this could be a really great book. It has a really good start. I do plan to read the other books to see if this was just a beginning.

I see this book geared more towards elementary, maybe middle school children.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Monday, September 10, 2012

To Be Read: Unspoken by Sarah Reyes Brennan

Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

Hardcover, 370 pages

Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN0375870415 (ISBN13: 9780375870415)

Check out the chapter sampler!


New look, anyone?

I have a new look on the reviews as I am limited to using an iPad. I was posting reviews while I was at work, but now the hotel I am working at now blocks blogs.

Would anyone like to see posts for reviews of all sorts? I have 2 separate blogs, but thought about combining into one. I haven't figured out how to link them both to this web address. My other is through wordpress.

Amaya's Reviews is just starting out. I will be doing reviews for all sorts of things. A few examples are movies, household products, and places to go. Either way is fine with me. Just wanted to get some opinions before I made any changes to either blog. With Amaya's Reviews there will be opportunities for non-book related giveaways.

Happy reading everyone!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride

This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below–dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.

Praise for One Moment:

"Infused with page-turning mystery, One Moment is as heartbreakingly real as it is unexpectedly romantic."—Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived

"One Moment took my breath away. Beautifully written, achingly romantic, and so much tension the pages seem like they're turning themselves. One of the best books I've read in ages."—Lauren Barnholdt, author of Two-Way Street

"A page-tuner that grabbed me by the throat, and was impossible to put down!"—Katrina Kittle, author of Reasons to Be Happy

"Good, solid drama about the power of secrets to test the bounds of friendship, with just enough tension to satisfy teen readers."—Kirkus Reviews

"McBride (The Tension of Opposites) skillfully interweaves Maggie’s flashes of memory with present action, making for a tense and absorbing psychological mystery."—Publishers Weekly

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by EgmontUSA


4/5 stars

One Moment is an emotional tale of death, love, heartbreak, betrayal, and friendship. I felt so many emotions while reading.

After an accident that leaves her boyfriend dead, Maggie experiences amnesia and wants to piece together what happened up to the moment of Joey's death.

Bit by bit she learns more about the boyfriend she was in love with. Secrets have been kept, betrayal from friends, and Maggie's life is turned even more upside down.

One Moment let's you feel Maggie's emotions along with her. You feel her heartbreak, confusion, and more.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiever

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Hardcover, 390 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press


4/5 stars

The Raven Boys is another great book by Maggie Stiever! Blue, the daughter of a psychic, didn't receive any of the abilities of her family. Instead she had her own unique ability of amplifying the energy of others.

Every year she goes to Corpse Road with her mother on St. Marks Day. This year she goes with her aunt and it marks the beginning of her journey with the Raven Boys.

The Raven Boys is a wonderful tale. It brings you friendships, adventure, and family. Maggie Stiever knows how to capture your imagination and keep you reading. She keeps me up at night thinking "one more chapter" until it turns into finishing the book! I cannot wait to read more!

You can find Maggie Stiever at the following: