Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Words in Deep Blue

Words in Deep Blue Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been years since Rachel moved away from the city and the boy she had been crushing on. Before she left, she wrote him a love letter and placed it inside his favorite book and he never responded to her declaration of love. Rachel has now returned to the city and has been hired to work alongside Henry at his family’s bookstore. She knows it will be tough, but she needs something to take her mind off her brother’s death. Will Henry and Rachel finally become more than friends?

Words in Deep Blue is a stand-alone romance without all of the romance. The story is told with intermittent letters left inside novels and these letters add depth and insight into the characters and the various relationships explored within. Crowley has created an interesting platform for the characters to interact in and readers will enjoy hearing a variety of book titles that they might want to pick up themselves. Words in Deep Blue will satisfy all realistic fiction reader’s desires.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: The Possible

The Possible The Possible by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kaylee has lived with her adoptive parents since her birth mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing her brother. She doesn’t dwell on that portion of her life, but when a podcast producer appears on her doorstep and lets her know that she will be basing her next series of episodes on her mother’s telekinetic powers, Kaylee’s life is turned upside down. Are all of the unexplainable events from her past clues to her own powers? Will Kaylee’s friendships survive her new celebrity status?

The Possible is a new stand-alone novel that is easy to fall into and quick to finish. The short length of the book will encourage reluctant readers to give it a try and it will also allow voracious readers to finish it in one sitting. Altebrando leads the reader along an exploratory storyline that keeps everyone guessing until the last few pages. A fun read that will appeal to most readers.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Once and for All

Once and for All Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Louna is preparing for her senior year of high school and is looking forward to getting a real job. She helps her mother with her wedding planning business and has experienced every type of wedding. Since she has grown up around weddings and knows that many people have more than one, she is very cynical about love and everything that goes with it. It doesn't help that her one experience with love ended in a tragic way. In walks Ambrose and he is not willing to take no for an answer. Will Louna find love again?

Once and for All is the newest stand-alone novel by Sarah Dessen. The story is slow to take off, but if readers hang on for a few pages, the overall story is worth it. Louna has a secret that isn't completely explained until the end and readers will try and pull it out alongside Ambrose. The flashback storyline took some getting used to, but overall it wasn't a complete distraction. Once and for All is a good escape into a romance.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mariko is traveling to the imperial palace to meet the man she is betrothed to. She did not choose him, but since she is the daughter of a samurai of high standing, it is her destiny. It doesn’t matter that she is as smart as her twin brother and is a great alchemist. She was not born a boy and this is her fate. Unfortunately, Mariko doesn’t make it to the palace because her convoy is attacked by the Black Clan. She is the only survivor and is now planning her revenge. Will Mariko’s plan to infiltrate the Black Clan work? If she falls in love along the way will she be able to accept the truths she had been taught?

Flame in the Mist is the first book in a series by the name title. The adventure begins quickly with Mariko’s entire caravan being slaughtered and her running for her life. Ahdieh has created a story that is rich in characters and culture without spending endless pages on world building. Readers will want to follow Mariko on her journey and will not be satisfied until they have all their questions answered. Flame is the Mist will please both male and female readers and is recommended for anyone who enjoys a good adventure, especially if they appreciate the samurai culture.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: Count All Her Bones

Count All Her Bones Count All Her Bones by April Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been six months since Cheyenne had been kidnapped during a car theft gone wrong. One of her captor’s helped her escape and now his father is awaiting his trial. While they are waiting to testify against Roy, Cheyenne and Griffin reconnect on Facebook and make arrangements to meet. Unfortunately, their plan doesn’t go well and Cheyenne is kidnapped again by Roy’s men. Do they just want money or do they want Cheyenne dead? Can she escape? Was Griffin working for his father or was he duped along with Cheyenne?

Count All Her Bones is the second book in the Girl, Stolen series. Cheyenne has not been idle during the six months between stories and she has emerged stronger and smarter. Henry has created a new story that is quick paced and hard to put down. Since the book is so short, readers will find themselves stuck in one place and reading it in one sitting. Also, since the events happen in such a short amount of time, readers are not dragged along unnecessary storylines in order to fill additional pages. Count All Her Bones is a great thriller and a must read.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Windfall

Windfall Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Teddy is turning eighteen years old and Alice has the perfect gag gift. She is buying him a lottery ticket for the enormous Powerball jackpot that will be drawn that day. When they wake up the next morning, they discover that Teddy is now the winner of $140 million after it is split with two other winners. It is a dream come true since Teddy and his mom have been living on very little since his father abandoned them. Will Teddy spend the money wisely or try and buy people’s friendships? Will the money drive a wedge between Teddy and Alice?

Windfall is a stand-alone novel that will delight most readers. The characters are easy to relate to and the storyline is plausible even if the odds are against most people. Readers will think about how they would spend the money as Teddy is making his own decisions. Smith takes her characters through a roller coaster of emotions and readers will find their own emotions rolling as well. Windfall is a great read and should be added to every reader's TBR list.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Violet Grenade

Violet Grenade Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Domino has been living on the streets of Detroit for a year and needs to earn money to bail her friend out of jail. She is offered an opportunity to entertain in a girls’ home in Texas and decides this is her only option. She quickly learns that she can earn more money by earning a high rank and works hard to overcome the obstacles the other girls place in her path. There are many secrets hidden within the home and Domino must decide if she is willing to share her own secrets with those around her. Will Domino be able to escape Madam Karina and the dangers in this small town?

Violet Grenade is a stand-alone story that slowly gives readers information about the characters while also teasing them with the possible paths the story may go. Scott weaved together an interesting storyline with an unforgettable ending and the tension continues to build as the pages almost turn themselves. Violet Grenade should be added to everyone’s TBR list; it will be worth it!

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