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Sunday, May 21, 2017

I Hate Everyone....Except You


Book #40 Read in 2017
I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly

I sometimes watched the TV show "What Not to Wear" and even though I do not cook, I will turn "The Chew" on if I am home on a weekday, so I enjoyed Kelly's snark and sarcasm and figured I would try his book of essays.  At times while reading, I snickered, smiled and laughed.  Kelly covers a lot of topics with honesty and snark and it made for an enjoyable read.  I finished the book in a day.  I borrowed the book from the public library.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin


Book #39 Read in 2017
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This is the third in a fantasy series that is geared for young adults but adult readers love as well.  In this one, Feyre and Rhys are once again working together to save their friends and their land.  There is lots of romantic tension between the pair but the graphic sex scenes from book 2 are not a main part of this book.  This book had lots of action, humor and interesting characters.  A great series which I highly recommend to high school and adult readers.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Into the Water

Book #38 Read in 2017
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Similar to Girl on the Train, this book is full of not very nice characters.  That being said, this book did not grab me as quickly as the other.  I did not care about any of the characters.  The story line was that this small town has women, descendants of witches, who drown themselves.  Or is it murder?  Told from alternating points of view, the mystery was decent but I was disappointed in this book overall.  I borrowed this book from my town library.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We Are Okay


Book #37 Read in 2017
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Marin is spending Christmas break at the dorm.  She is trying to avoid going home at all costs.  Her best friend, Mabel, comes to visit and try to convince Marin to come back home with her.  But Mabel does not know the whole story of why Marin left and Marin is reluctant to tell her.  Will she?  Will doing so help her to begin to heal?  This was a decent quick read and the characters were interesting but the plot, to me, was not fully developed. I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Poison's Kiss


Book #36 Read in 2017
Poison's Kiss by Breanna Shields

This book would be perfect for fans of The Sin Eater's Daughter series.  Marinda is an assassin, able to kill someone with just a kiss....a kiss that is poison.  It has been her way of life since she was young. As she gets older, and meets Devin, she begins to question how this can be a right way of life and how she can escape with her younger, sickly brother Mani.  This book had decent twists and turns and interesting characters, along with romance and action.  I believe there will be a sequel, which I will read.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Geekerella


Book #35 Read in 2017
Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This is a take on Cinderella.  Elle is a huge fan of a science fiction show and has a well-followed blog about it.  She begins texting with someone, not knowing it is the star of the new movie based on the show.  Elle has an evil stepmother and evil stepsisters, just like in the original tale.  Will she get her happy ever after ending?  This was a cute read and high school girls will love the romantic tale.  I borrowed this book from the town library.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Darkness Absolute



Book #34 Read in 2017
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book in a gritty mystery series centered around Rockton, a place where people go to escape their lives and the people after them.  Casey is still working as local police, alongside her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton.  She stumbles upon a missing local woman, found in a cave in a bad state.  Casey brings her back to Rockton and begins her investigation into who did this to Nicole.  Will she be able to find out before she is the next victim?  This series is interesting and will keep readers guessing until the end.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.


Vampire Plagues 2


Book #33 Read in 2017
Vampire Plagues:  Paris, 1850 by Sebastian Rook

This is the second book in a series geared towards middle school readers.  In this book, Ben, Jack and Emily head to Paris to try to get rid of the vampires that they thought, incorrectly, they had already gotten rid of it.  This one started a bit slowly but once it picked up, it was an engaging read to the end, full of action.  I borrowed this book from the town library.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Death by Coffee


Book #32 Read in 2017
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson

This is the first in a cozy mystery series, set in a coffee shop/bookstore.  Two friends open up the coffee shop/bookstore and a customer ends up dying for a peanut allergy shortly after his purchase, even though the coffee did not have nuts in it.  Shop owner Krissy decides to begin her own investigation.  Of course, she gets herself into some hot water along the way.  This was a good, quick read and I will continue reading the series.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flawed


Book #31 Read in 2017
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

This is the first in a young adult dystopian series.  There are flawed and there are perfect.  Flawed people have committed some sin against society.  They are branded with Fs on body parts, where depends on what they did.  Celestine was always a good girl, who followed the rules.  One day she aides an old, sick Flawed man to a bus seat and that moment ends life as she knew it.  She is then tried as to whether or not she is flawed.  She is caught up in politics and does not know who is really on her side.  This book will keep readers--high school age and adult alike--engaged throughout the book.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Heart of the Storm


Book #30 Read in 2017
Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

This is the third and final book of the Undertow series.  Lyric is once again trying to save the world from evil sea monsters, with the help of her friend Bex, her Alpha friends, her parents and the children she saved in the last book.  Will she be able to do it?  This series is full of action, interesting characters as well as humor and romance.  High school boys and girls as well as adults would enjoy this series.

Hot Toddy


Book #29 Read in 2017
Hot Toddy by T.C. Collins

This author writes like a young Jackie Collins so she is named properly.  LJ is a model/want to be screenwriter in CA who gets caught up in the high life of partying, drinking and doing drugs.  Her friend Sidney has a get-rich quick scheme that might not be a good idea but LJ goes along with it.  Lots of graphic sex scenes in this book so not for the faint of heart.  I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Misundrstood: Why the Humble Rat May be Your Best Pet Ever


Book #28 Read in 2017
Misunderstood by Rachel  Toor

I have never had a pet rat but this book made me understand more why people would choose to do so.  This book was a cute and humorous read, focusing on the author's pet rat Iris and why she was the perfect pet for her.  This book balanced science with cute little stories.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wires and Nerve


Book #27 Read in 2017
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

This is a graphic novel, based on Meyer's series The Lunar Chronicles.  This graphic novel is well done and focuses equally on all the couples from the series book.  The engaging format will expose this series to a whole new reading audience.  This is the first in a series.  I borrowed this book from my public library.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe



Book #26 Read in 2017
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan

Colgan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her books are wonderfully quick reads, which focus usually on food, or books, or some combination thereof, with interesting characters, romance, humor and happiness.  This book included a ton of baked good recipes that any foodie would love.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pocket Full of Tinder


Book #25 Read in 2017
Pocket Full of Tinder by Jill Archer

Though I have not read the prior books in the series, I enjoyed this book and will probably go back and read the others.  This is a good paranormal read.  Noon has waning magic and lives in a world full of angels and demons.  She is still learning her full power and has help from various figures.  She has a complicated relationship with Ari, a demon who can shapeshift into a drakon.  This book had a lot of action, humor and romance in it.  I recommend it.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe


Book #24 Read in 2017
Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe by Jeremy Greenberg

This is a short, cute read that includes letters from dogs to their owners about things on their mind--playing tug of war with the tennis ball, saying the word park without taking their dog to the dog park etc.  Each letter will bring a smile to the reader's face, as will the accompanying picture.  A cute gift idea for dog lovers.

Purr M for Murder


Book #23 Read in 2017
Purr M for Murder by T.C. LoTempio

This is a cozy mystery that cat fans will especially love.  Syd moves back to her hometown and begins helping her sister, who runs the local animal shelter.  Syd and Kat are planning a cat café event which will allow them to showcase cats available for adoption.  A local man who is an opponent of the shelter turns up murdered and the two sisters head to the top of the suspect list.  Syd, who always wanted to be Nancy Drew, begins her own investigation.  Will she find the murderer or put herself in harm's way?  Toby, her new cat, is a great character and cat lovers will enjoy him.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March 2017 Reads

March Reads:

1.  Dark Matter (5/5)  library book
2.  The Chemist (4/5)
3.  Vampire Plagues:  London (YA)  4/5  library book  1st in series
4.  James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing (YA)  4/5  kindle book  1st in series

22 books read in 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing


Book #22 Read in 2017
James Potter and the Hall of Elders' Crossing by G. Norman Lippert

This is a series that features Harry Potter's son James.  This is the first book in the series.  In this book, James begins his studies at Hogwarts and follows in his father's footsteps with making good friends, getting in some trouble and having to solve some mysteries.  This book stayed true to the feel of Harry Potter and I think Harry Potter fans will find it enjoyable.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vampire Plagues: London


Book #20 Read in 2017
Vampire Plagues:  London by Sebastian Rook

This is the first book in a trilogy for young adults.  In this book, Ben is with his father on an expedition to Mexico.  They stumble across a cave full of vampire bats and that does not end well for Ben's father.  Ben escapes back to his home in London but the vampire problem follows him there.  Can Ben, his sister Emily and their new friend Jack win against a paranormal enemy?  This book has lots of action to keep middle school and high school readers engaged.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Chemist


Book #20 Read in 2017
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

This was good, action-packed read.  Juliana is an interrogater,  a woman for hire that uses medical knowledge to extract information for whomever has hired for her.  But she is also being hunted and lives a life on the run.  She enters into a job hoping to put all this behind her but gets more than she bargains for when she meets Daniel, a teacher who is supposedly a terrorist, and falls for him.  This book had decent twists and turns, along with an engaging plot, interesting characters, romance and guard dogs.  I recommend it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dark Matter


Book #19 Read in 2017
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This was a good read.  Jason is a physics professor at the college level.  One night on his way home to his wife and teenage son, Jason is mugged and knocked out.  He awakes in an alternate universe and thus begins his struggle to find his way back home...and to his life in the right time and place.  This book was action packed and will keep readers engaged throughout the whole book.  I recommend it!  I borrowed this book from my town library.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February Reads

February Reads:

1.  Batgirl at Super Hero High (YA)  4/5  3rd in series  library book
2.  Takedown Twenty 5/5  20th in series
3.  The You I've Never Known (YA)  5/5
4.  My Husband's Wife 4/5  library book
5.  Raising Kids Who Read 3/5
6.  My Not-so-Perfect Life 4/5
7.  The One Man 5/5  library book

18 books read in 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The One Man


Book #18 Read in 2017
The One Man by Andrew Gross

This was an excellent historical fiction read.  Blum is a government operative in America.  He is asked to commit to a mission that will send him into Auschwitz in order to find and break out a physicist who has knowledge to build an atomic bomb.  The Americans want his knowledge for their war effort.  Trials and tribulations are vividly portrayed for the 72-hour period that Blum has to survive in the concentration camp.  The brutality is harsh and real.  This is a must read for high school student as well as adult readers.  I highly recommend it.

Friday, February 24, 2017

My Not-So-Perfect Life


Book #17 Read in 2017
My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Kinsella is known for chick lit.  This book takes it up a notch and deals with more than just a woman searching for Mr. Right.  Katie is searching for her spot in the world--a career, a man, a way of improving her relationship with her father.  The characters in this book are interesting and unique.  Overall, a good read.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Raising Kids Who Read


Book #16 Read in 2017
Raising Kids Who Read:  What Parents and Teachers Can Do by Daniel T. Willingham, PhD

This is geared mostly towards getting preschool and elementary students excited about reading and really use a team approach between school and home to make it successful.  Strategies are given to fit in time for reading, to make children excited about reading and how to incorporate reading into life.  There is a chapter geared towards middle and high school students which is nice and helpful.  I believe teachers and parents will find this book useful.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Husband's Wife


Book #15 Read in 2017
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry

This book, like Gone Girl, is full of unlikeable and flawed characters.  But like a train wreck, readers will not be able to stop reading it.  Lily and Ed get married.  Ed has feelings for a previous girlfriend; Lily has ghosts from family history.  Lily's law career takes off while Ed's art career ebbs and flows and that stress does not help their marriage.  Add a pretty Italian woman and inappropriate feelings for a client and their marriage hits rock bottom.  This is no happy love story.  I borrowed the book from the town library.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The You I've Never Known


Book #14 Read in 2017
The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins has written another masterpiece.  In this book, mostly a verse novel with some journal parts, readers will find Ariel and her father.  She is a teenager who was abandoned by her mother as a baby...or was she?  Ariel finds out shocking news that will shake her foundation of life to its core.  Add elements of romance, violence and humor, and you have a gritty piece of realistic fiction.  My high school girls will eat this book up.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Takedown Twenty


Book #13 Read in 2017
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

In the 20th book in the Stephanie Plum series, Stephanie really has not improved as a bounty hunter.  She is on the hunt for a few fugitives, with varying degrees of success.  She is assisted by Lula, Ranger and her zany Grandma.  She and Morelli are still deciding their romantic future.  Add a giraffe on the loose, and you have a read that is full of action, humor and romance.  Great series!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Batgirl at Super Hero High


Book #12 Read in 2017
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

This is the third book in a young adult series featuring a different super hero in each book.  This book focuses on Batgirl and her beginning to train at Super Hero High.  This book had a good plot to keep readers engaged as well as humor and interesting characters.  Middle school and high school readers will especially like this series as they are good, quick reads.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Books Read in January 2017:

1.  Scythe (YA)  5/5 1st in series library book
2.  Fairest of All (YA)  4/5  1st in series library book
3.  The Beast Within (YA)  5/5  2nd in series library book
4.  Poor Unfortunate Soul (YA)  4/5  3rd in series  library book
5.  Cloche and Dagger (4/5)  1st in series  Kindle book
6.  Books for Living (4/5)  library book
7.  The Clothing of Books (4/5)
8.  Word of Mouse (YA)  4/5  library book
9.  The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (YA) 4/5  2nd in series  library book
10.  Supergirl at Super Hero High (YA)  4/5  2nd in series library book
11.  My Heart and Other Black Holes (YA)  5/5

11 books read in 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Heart and Other Black Holes


Book #11 Read in 2017
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Aysel is a depressed teenager who feels as if she would be better off committing suicide.  She surfs a suicide website and pairs up with FrozenRobot (a teenage boy named Roman) who is looking for someone to commit suicide with him.  The two meet and plan when and how they will do it.  But as that date gets closer Aysel feels as if she is not ready to give up living.  Will she be able to get Roman to feel the same in time?  This was a powerful read which both high school  and adult readers would love.  It is raw and realistic and has an important message.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Supergirl at Super Hero High


Book #10 Read in 2017
Supergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

This is the second book in a cute series that would be perfect for middle school girls.  In this book, Supergirl heads to Super Hero High to learn how to control her powers.  She of course joins the others in saving their city and beating the bad guys.  These are cute, good reads.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily


Book #9 Read in 2017
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

This is the sequel to Dash and Lily's Book of Dares and picks up roughly a year after that book ended.  Lily is dealing with some family stuff and feeling distant from Dash; Dash is afraid of losing Lily so he's looking to bring some romance into Lily's world.  These characters remain real and flawed and lovable and this book was a good read.  If a reader liked the first book, he/she should definitely read this one.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Word of Mouse


Book #8 Read in 2017
Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

This is a cute book, perfect for middle school readers.  #97 (Isaiah) is a mouse who becomes separated from his mouse family when they escape from a research lab.  He survives on his own and becomes part of another mouse family.  Ultimately, he wants to reunited with his own family and plans a rescue to free them from the lab...but he needs a little help from his friends to do so.  I borrowed this book from the public library. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Clothing of Books


Book #7 Read in 2017
The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri

This was a short, quick read.  The author describes the role of cover art in the world of reading.  Authors are not really involved in creating the cover art for their books but they have very powerful reactions to the cover art that is chosen.  It was an interesting perspective.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Books for Living


Book #6 Read in 2017
Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

I enjoyed this author's previous book more but this one was still a good read.  In this book, Schwalbe picks some of the books that have been most meaningful, in a variety of ways, to him as a reader and a person over the year.  This book shows the roles that reading can play in people's lives and how a love of reading can bring people together.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cloche and Dagger


Book #5 Read in 2017
Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series.  Scarlett's love life blows up and she heads to England to stay with her cousin Viv and help out in the hat shop they co-own.  But Viv is out of town and Scarlett's warm welcome is quickly marred with a dead body of a customer.  Is Viv connected to this murder?  Scarlett is an interesting heroine and there is a great cast of secondary characters, along with a good mystery plot and some romance as well.  I will continue this series.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Poor Unfortunate Soul


Book #4 Read in 2017
Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino

This is the last book in the Disney villain trilogy.  This book focuses on the backstory of Ursula, the sea monster from The Little Mermaid.  It deals of her deal with Ariel and how she gets Ariel's voice and why Ursula is so angry.  The weird sisters play a role in this book as they have in the other books.  A good read, I borrowed this book from the town library.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Beast Within


Book #3 Read in 2017
The Beast Within by Serena Valentino

This is the second book in the villain origin trilogy.  This book focuses on the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.  It shows how he was, how he was cursed and how he connects with Belle.  The weird sisters from book 1 reappear in this book and play an evil role in the cursing, of course.  This is a recommended read for middle school and high school readers.  I borrowed this book from the town library.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fairest of All


Book #2 Read in 2017
Fairest of All by Serena Valentino

This is the first book in a trilogy of books that detail the stories of Disney villains.  This book focuses on the development of the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  It deals with how she became evil and why she turned against Snow White.  It was a good, quick read.  Middle school and high school readers would enjoy this series.  I borrowed this book from the town library.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Scythe


Book #1 Read in 2017
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rowan and Citra are selected to be apprentices to a Scythe, a man who "gleans" (kills) people.  He will train them to become Scythes as well.  This is the first book in a series and is full of action and twists and turns.  High school, as well as adult, readers would love this book.  It flows well, maintains interest and sets the stage for what should be an excellent series.  I borrowed this book from the public library.