Book ReviewSweet Evil

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harper Teen, 2012

I debated reading this book for a few years for a variety of reasons: The cover didn't capture my interest at all. It seemed to shout "DRAMA!" coupled with teen angst and the description of the novel was demons, demons, demons which to me seemed a cliche plot outline. After this book was recommended to me at Goodreads for a number of previously enjoyed novels I decided to give it a fair shot, and I'm so glad I did!...

Book ReviewRivals in the City

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3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Candlewick Press, 2014

This much anticipated book, and closure of the Mary Quinn mystery series wasn't quite what I expected. It reads much like a sequel to the first book, with the exception of the engagement between Mary and James. The first half of the book waffles in...

Book ReviewTrial by Fire

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3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Feiwel and Friends, 2014

This book starts off like a cannon. Things take place rapidly and leave you turning pages to see what crazy turn the adventure will take next. Once Lily settles in, the pace slows considerably and we've got time to adjust to the new world she finds herself in. The story never recaptures that exciting first race, but by then, we've developed interest in the romance between Rowan and Lilly to keep us wondering what will happen next. The parallel world that Lily finds herself in is a difficult one to...

Book ReviewThe Iron Trial

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Scholastic Press, 2014

BOOK ONE: MAGISTERIUM SERIES. I'm a magician's dream audience. It's not a priority for my brain to try and figure out how a trick happened. I accept it as good entertainment - the bigger the better. My brother had an interest in magic for a while when we were growing up. My favorite trick was two cards that put together were the same size, but then one would magically grow when he slid them apart. My son has that same interest in a few minor tricks to make things magically, "disPEER!"...

Book ReviewSecret Letters

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Hyperion, 2012

I'm a sucker for a good historical novel set somewhere in the 1800's and this novel's setting was bang on. I love it when authors are accurate and provide little drops of historical facts woven unobtrusively into the flow of the story, which Leah did very well. I have to admit that I've never...

Book ReviewUnder the Never Sky

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harper, 2012

This book has a lot going for it. I like how Young Adult dystopia books are finding pockets without super violent, guns roaring, blood and guts flying. Those violent swings had made me leave great authors like Marie Lu and Ally Condie behind. Under the Never Sky is dystopia - but despite the dire synopsis about cannibals, it's gun free and that gives it a prehistoric feel despite the advanced technology of the Dwellers. It's a great contrast for us as readers to go from one environment to the other, and watch the struggle of Aria to adapt.

Book ReviewIgnite Me

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harper, 2014

By far the best book of the bunch, Ignite Me finishes out the Shatter Me series with a perfect bang. The first two books in this series held a heroine who was uncertain, timid, afraid and frankly, after half a book of that, you find yourself wishing the character would grow more quickly into herself. What kept me coming back despite the slow character growth was the

Book ReviewShopaholic to the Stars

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2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Random Hosue, 2014

I always drool and count down the days to any new book by Sophie Kinsella. Usually all the extra liquids and counting down of days is totally worth it. Usually. In this case, I was disappointed. It reminds me of a memorable disappointment that is still sharp from my school days. Without pointing any direct fingers I will only say it happened vaguely between grades 1-5. This was way before any smart boards or I-thing technology in classrooms. I remember being so excited because my teacher had set up a felt board in the front of the classroom. It had various blues for the sea and a couple of fishing boats. This was high tech in the 80's. The teacher...

Book ReviewThese Broken Stars

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Hyperion, 2013

Have you ever made a spectacular first impression? Note I used the word spectacular, not good, but spectacular. 10 years ago I remember meeting my sister-in-law’s mother. I brought my young children up to visit with my parents and my brother, his wife and her mother were there as well. I’d had a bright idea that morning before we came. My son has a peanut allergy and two of his Epipens had expired. My great idea was that Mom and I could use an orange and get some practise with the old Epipens in the event we ever needed to use them on my son. A good idea, right? Right.

Book ReviewThe Kiss of Deception

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Henry Holt and Company, 2014

Do you like rollercoasters? I loved them growing up and being part of the HCES band at school meant I could have a free day at Wonderland each school year with my chum Sally. Our record was 7 times in a row on the DragonFyre until she threw up and we had to take a break. Ahem.

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