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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Curse of the Boggin

Book #71 Read in 2016
Curse of the Boggin by D.J. MacHale

This is the first book in a young adult paranormal series.  Marcus finds out mysterious things about his past and about his deceased birth parents.  Marcus is becoming an agent of the Library--a place where ghosts and spirits write stories.  The boggin, an evil thing, wants the key to the library and tries to intimidate Marcus into giving the key to her.  This would be a good read for middle school and high school readers who enjoy the show "The Librarians".  I would future books in this series.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Murder in the Secret Garden

Book #70 Read in 2016
Murder in the Secret Garden by Ellery Adams

This is the third book in one of my all-time favorite cozy mystery series.  In this book, set in the wonderful Storyton, a retreat for book lovers, a group of herbalists are attending a conference.  One of them is murdered.  Jane and the Fins, a secret group that protects great books, try to figure out what happened.  Will they figure out the murderer before he or she strikes again.  The cozy setting of this series, the description of books and decadent food offered at the retreat is wonderful.  The literary references are fun.  I highly recommend this series to cozy mystery lovers.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Life in Pictures

Book #70 Read in 2016
My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke

This is a sort of cool way to introduce younger readers to graphic novels.  Bea likes to draw what is happening in her life in her journal.  She is a good artist.  After her best friend moves away, a boy named Bert moves into her friend's house.  Bert becomes the main person Bea draws in her journal....using the places learned through geography lessons in school.  This is a cute read.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Booked for Trouble

Book #69 Read in 2016
Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates

This is the second book in a great cozy mysteries series.  It has a great location--a library in the lighthouse, with a library cat named Charles.  In this book, Lucy, a librarian who lives in the top of the lighthouse, stumbles upon a dead boy outside of the library the morning after book club.  As if that is not bad enough, Lucy's mother is a prime suspect.  Will Lucy be able to clear her mother's name?  Love this series.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Paris is Always a Good Idea

Book #68 Read in 2016
Paris is Always a  Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau

This was a nice romance read.  Rosalie owns a card shop in Paris.  She gets a job illustrating a children's book with a famous children's author.  Robert Sherman is a NY lawyer visiting Paris.  He is stunned to see the children's book in the window of Rosalie's shop, as he considers it to be "his" book as his mother told him the story repeatedly during his childhood.  Robert and Rosalie get off to a rocky start but pair up to find out the truth.  Of course, romance occurs along the way.  But will the couple make it in the end?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Never Missing Never Found

Book #67 Read in 2016
Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Pantich

This is a decent young adult mystery.  Scarlett was kidnapped as a young child.  About 8 years later, she returned to her family.  Her mother takes off shortly after, her father is a good man, and her sister acts like she wants nothing to do with her.  Her younger brother is her saving grace.  Scarlett gets a summer job at an amusement park where the girl who interviews her turns up missing.  This brings all sorts of memories back for Scarlett.  Will they find the missing girl?  Will Scarlett be able to put the past behind her?

This was a good, quick read with twists and turns until the end.  High school students and adults would enjoy this book.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Book #66 Read in 2016
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This was a re-read for me.  This is my favorite book series of all time.  In this book, #4 in the series, Harry is entered into the Tri-Wizard competition which can be very dangerous to its participants.  Who is trying to get him hurt or killed?  This series is full of action, humor and mystery, with wonderfully written characters.