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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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Trouble with Twins

Book #65 Read in 2016
The Trouble with Twins by Kathryn Siebel

This is a cute read, perfect for upper elementary students.  Arabella and Henrietta are twins.  Arabella is smart and popular.  Henrietta is friendless and not as academically gifted.  As the two begin to move away from each other, Henrietta, in a jealous fit, cuts Arabella's bangs while she is sleeping.  Their parents sent Henrietta to live with Aunt Priscilla, who is a scary lady.  Will the sisters ever be brought back together?  This would make a great read aloud in elementary classes.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Book #64 Read in 2016
Burn by Paula Weston

I did not realize that this was the fourth book in a YA paranormal series but there was enough background given and the book was well written enough that I did not feel as if I was missing anything.  That being said, I will go back and read the first three books in this series.  In this book, the last book, twins Gabe and Jude, half-human/half-angel, want to release the Fallen (their angelic fathers).  Their memories, wiped away for the last year, come back to them and the two bring their fighting factions together for one hell of a battle.  This book has action, romance, mystery and humor.  A good series for high school readers and adults alike.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.