Book ReviewTrue Love

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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Ballantine Books, 2013

I grabbed this book eagerly off the New Arrivals shelf of the Elmvale Library because it was big, promised a good mystery, and hey - who doesn't want to inherit a house in an idyllic setting? Yes, it's the stuff of fiction, but that's exactly why we read it! Initially, this book plays like a...

Book ReviewPendragon: The Merchant of Death

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Reviewer's Rating: 
1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002

Well dang if I'm not hitting big, fat zero's on trying to find a series for my 14 year old son to read.  He and I both gave up on this book very shortly in.  For me, it was a sense the entire series was going to be based on overcoming hardship after hardship after hardship after....you get my idea.  I'm not a big fan of books like The Lord of the Rings because I feel so darn tired thinking of all those hills to climb, battles to fight, enemies to avoid.  It makes me feel exhausted when I read books like these and right off the bat, our main guy Bobby is in a bad way, then a worse way, then

Book ReviewTheodore Boone Kid Lawyer

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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Dutton Children's Books, 2010

John Grisham is a well published author in our adult mystery and fiction sections of the library.  The Theodore Boone series is his first foray into writing for a younger audience.  When Eileen Goudge did the same shift in gears with her writing earlier in the year, she said it had been a major learning curve for her.  I'd say John still has a tiny bit to learn about his younger audience.

Book ReviewThe Agency: A Spy in the House

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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Candlewick Press, 2009.

This book was donated to our library and being a second copy, my boss asked if I would be interested in reading it. She knows I like historical fiction and boy, was this book right up my alley! I love it when a favourite book gets pulled off your shelves, is reread and loved just the same a second, third or, in this case, my fourth time reading it. There is much quality in a book that can be good beyond the first reading.

There are a myriad of reasons why I love the Mary Quinn Mystery series. First, I...

Book ReviewTruly, madly

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 Paperbacks, 2010

If you're on the hunt for a refreshingly fun, light read, this book is the one for you. I wasn't a huge fan of author Heather Webber's mystery series. They read heavy to me, but she has branched out into a whole new direction with her Lucy Valentine series. Heather's gold in this new venture are her characters. She's written them so they feel 3D in your mind as opposed to remaining 1D on the page. (I have to admit the same is true of her main characters in her mystery series, but I genuinely like the characters in Lucy's stories!)...

Book ReviewFifth Grave Past the Light

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, 2013

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! No, it's not a thanksgiving joke in the middle of July, it's how I read this latest installment in the Charley Davidson series. And ooooo weee! It was good! Darynda cooks us up a table laden with twisty turns, whodunits, and touching character moments with some hot sauce on the side. Like Darynda, who mentions...

Book ReviewBubbles Unbound

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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Headline Book Publishing, 2001

On the cover of the copy of this book I received it said, "In the fabulous tradition of Janet Evanovich"  Then I checked out the acknowledgements, "...Nor could it have been written without the encouragement of Janet Evanovich on whose New Hampshire kitchen table Bubbles was born.  She has been an invaluable role model."  SHWIIIING!  I settled down to love this series.  And then I didn't.  Huh?  I know, right?

Book ReviewDaughter of the sword

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1
I never forget a book, but in this case I'll make an exception.
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Penguin Group, 2012

First let me say the rating for this book more reflects on me as a reader than on Steve as an author. It is a long and twisty road to get a first book published and much hope, dreams, sweat, and hours of rewriting go into every first book by any author. Kudos to Steve and congrats to him. BUT (and this is a big but) as much as I loved the idea of this story, as much as I loved the strong independent female cover I have come to the conclusion that I am not a Japanese Samurai Female Warrior...dang it. Now I have to throw away the T-shirt, revoke my club membership and not love sushi so much. Okay, sushi and me go too far back for that to ever happen. Let me give you a clear and present example of my mind when I attempted to...

Book ReviewUndercover in High Heels

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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Making It, 2007

This book is as refreshing as a grape pop shoppe pop while sitting on my Grandmother's shaded back porch....okay, where my Grandmother's house used to be is now the nice, big funeral home, and you can't find pop shoppe pop anymore. But as a kid on hot summer days, there was nothing to beat the heat like sitting in a lawn chair, swinging my legs with a sweaty bottle of grape pop in my hands. I've said it before, but I'll repeat my genius again, the Maddie Springer series by Gemma is...

Book ReviewThe Heist

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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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Bantam Books, 2013

As readers, hope springs eternal when our favourite authors release new books.  But in this case, I shoulda known better.  Evanovich on her own is an author that shines...pairing her up in the past with Dorien Kelly and Charlotte Hughes should have taught me an important lesson.  Some stars shine brightest when they are alone.

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