Review of Unrepentant: The Strange and (sometimes) Terrible Life of Lorne Campbell, Satan’s Choice and Hells Angel Biker

I won this book from Goodreads. The copy I received is an Advanced Reader’s Copy and some information might be different in the officially released copy.
  It’s about a man from Canada named Lorne Campbell who is an outlaw biker. His dad used to beat him, so he joined a motorcycle club at 17. The book is very detailed and explains who everyone is and what they do. He started out as a “striker” (probationary member or prospect) and worked his way up in the club. He is very proud to be in the Satan’s Choice MC. He tells about what life is like for a biker and the issues he encountered just because he rode a bike.
 Lorne has lived quite a violent life. He used to collect debts for the club and was known for knocking people out with a hard left hook. He’s been in bar fights and killed a man. He’s also no stranger to a jail cell. His descriptions of his time in prison were some of the sadder parts of the book.
 I kept hoping things would get better for him, but they never did.  His wife, Charmaine, died of cancer while he was in prison.  Then, after he was released, he ended up back in prison because he agreed to help a man traffic drugs and the guy ended up being an undercover policeman.  After he was out of jail for that he started dating Evelyn, who’d been Charmaine’s best friend. He eventually retired from the club in good standing so that he was able to keep his tattoos.

Review of Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon

I won this book from a giveaway on Goodreads.com. If you haven’t heard of the site, it’s a social networking website for readers and authors. You can see what books are coming out, what books your friends are reading and keep track of the books you’re reading or want to read.

This a cute story about embracing our differences and it shows that if everyone was the same, life would be boring. The story begins with a duck named Theadora who goes about her daily routine without ever changing. Then a duck named Chad moves in next door and her world changes. At first she thinks he’s really odd, but eventually they become friends. They end up having an argument over who the other ducks were referring to as odd and don’t speak for awhile before eventually making amends. Theodora realizes that they’re both odd in their own ways and that it makes their lives more interesting.
It may be about ducks, but a lot of the themes (friendship, accepting people for who they are, etc.) are relevant.  Sara Varon’s illustrations are well done and they really enhance the story.