Book ReviewCruel Beauty

Reviewer's Rating: 
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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Harper Collins, 2014

This is a great review with Halloween around the corner because it is darker than you think in these pages. I was drawn to this book when it was released in April this year due to an amazing, spectacular cover and Hello! Beauty and the Beast modernized? Yes please! In some ways, this book...

Book ReviewThat Summer

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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St Martin's Press, 2014

This book reminded me why I need to read. I took this book out from the library three weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. It was also time for the Elmvale Fall Fair ergo lots to do and the two weekends prior to all this my husband had planned a full Sat and Sunday in Toronto and then a birthday weekend getaway for our family. It ended up being more busy than usual for me and at night I'd read for a mere 2-5 minutes then fall into bed. Funny enough, as the weeks went by I...

Book ReviewThe Glass Sentence

Reviewer's Rating: 
2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Penguin Group, 2014

First let me say I don't do cartology. And I mean I REALLY don't do cartology. When I got my drivers license at 16 my parents and I realized something critical, I had no clue where I was. At all. I don't mean what continent I was living on, I mean I couldn't navigate my way around Simcoe County...or Barrie...or Midland...or even, sadly, Elmvale. I could see the destination in my mind be it EDHS, the IGA, the Co-op but I had absolutely no...

Book ReviewPlaying James

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Ballantine Books, 2002

Fun with a capitol "F" applies to this snazzy little novel. There is great over the top befuddling clumsiness that leads to some classic comedy sections. I was laughing and happily sharing the glee with my girls from this book. I love a book with some feisty banter and these two characters just can't seem to ever rub the 'right' way with what they say and do. Great fun in these pages. This isn't an...

Book ReviewHome

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Harper, 2014

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  I was beyond thrilled when I saw that Sarah Prineas was writing a fourth book in this super series.  She had written the first three and then veered off for another four book series which, honestly, didn't grip me like The Magic Thief did.  Then, when I saw she was going back to her original series I pre-purchased, Home, right away.  And I'm so glad I did!  Since I'm chatting about her hiatus from Conn and his adventures, let me say Bravo to Sarah as a writer for making this fourth book a seamless continuation for us as readers.

Book ReviewWicked Appetite

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
Publisher: 
St Martin's Press, 2010

I loved this book when I bought it in 2010 and I've loved rereading it three times since then. Janet is a powerhouse writer and her Stephanie Plum series is great, her co-writing projects so/so good, her Alex Barnaby series is also quite good, but her Lizzy and Diesel series holds the most praise from me by far. Taken separately, the elements...

Book ReviewThe Heist

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Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Disney Hyperion Books, 2010

Despite the gloom and doom of, "..do this or your father dies.." vibe, this is a snappy, smart little tale. The family we deal with is very solid if a bit eccentric in their home business and as the odds stack up against our team of teens, the intensity of how they will pull off this job is a fun ride that keeps you guessing until it's all over. Move over 007, there's a new girl in...

Book ReviewBobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day

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Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
St Martin's Press, 2007

In the first few pages of this book I almost gave up and set it down for good. With such a stellar rating from me, what was the initial problem? Language. Being a mother of impressionable youth, I don't swear. Alright, let's be honest, sometimes you just have to and in those cases I have come up with my own versions such as, Sugar Shack! and Fridge Monkey Magnets! So here is Bobbie Faye and her five-year-old niece living with her and Bobbie is cussing in front of her. Luckily the niece goes off to school so it is adult ears only that are treated to her blazing vocabulary (it eventually slacks off as the story takes shape) but still, swear words are grounds for me to put the book away without reading further. With nothing left on my to-read pile, I persevered with Bobbie thru the muck of her initial potty mouth and I'm so glad I did! This book is...

Book ReviewDon't Hex with Texas

Reviewer's Rating: 
5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
Publisher: 
Balantine Books, 2008

Wowza am I loving this series! Don't Hex with Texas is my favourite so far due in large part to the setting of Cobb, Texas. Being a small town girl myself this was all quite familiar and it was a nice change of scenery from big, bustling New York. It has been such a delight to walk the path of Katie and Owen's relationship. Even at the end of book four, it is...

Book ReviewEnchanted Inc.

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
Publisher: 
Random House, 2006

Once, when my son was quite young, he wanted something very badly and was jumping on the spot to get it right away. To remind him of his manners I asked him, "What's the magic word?" he responded with a loud, proud, exuberant, "Abra-ka-dabra!" Technically he was correct, and though it made me laugh, it didn't carry the same reward as, please. I've been on a bit of a kick lately reading books laced with a touch of magic and this series...

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