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The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

The Woman in the White Kimono…by Ana Johns #Blogtour

  Tori Kovac is on a mission to find out what happened to the woman her father fell in love with in the 1950s. Naoko Nakamura is fighting her parents and their traditional Japanese ways to marry the man she loves.   I really love historical fiction. The dual timeline with a present-day perspective is by far my favorite. While there have been a ton of WWII historical fiction lately, they almost all center around the European war. The war in Japan was huge and had so many nuances. I really hope we see more novels about war and the post-war aftermath in the Pacific. ‘The Woman in the White Kimono,’ really brings out how many stories there are to tell about Japan during this time period.   While ‘The Girl in the White Kimono,’ takes place right after the occupation of Japan, […]

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No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

No Place Like Here…By Christina June #blogtour

  When Ashlyn’s father goes to prison and her mother goes to rehab for depression, her world falls apart. Ashlyn’s father decides she needs to work at a retreat for the summer with a cousin she barely knows.   This story is a companion book to ‘It Started With Goodbye’, and ‘Everywhere You Want to Be’. Although they have crossover characters, each can be read separately.   I was really excited to read, ‘No Place Like Here,’ when I found out it took place at a wilderness retreat. This is such a unique premise and setting.   It is a ‘Hansel and Gretal’ retelling, although this is very subtle.  Deb as the witch definitely took a while to catch onto even with the candy and gingerbread house references. Ashlyn’s quote journal and her leaving ‘breadcrumbs’ of quotes everywhere was wonderful and […]

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We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

We Thought We Were Invincible…by Michelle MacQueen

Callie is trying to survive high school and get out of her small Florida town. When her best friend moves away to college, Callie believes she is stuck alone.   I really love me some books set in Florida. Especially when it gives a glimpse into small-town Florida.   I really liked Callie and her relationship with her twin brother. Being a mom to boy/girl twins myself, I love seeing older twins that have a close relationship.   Callie’s spunky and fun personality is relatable and her hate to love relationship with Jaime was definitely swoon-worthy. I also loved that their family ran a diner.   I kind of figured out the twist that was coming but it was still shocking. It really brought out the realities of modern-day high-school.   I thought that the Hurricane threat was an interesting part of the story and […]

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A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

A Straw Man…by Amalie Jahn

In the third and final installment in the ‘The Clay Lion’ trilogy, Charlie’s little sister Melody takes her own trip to the past. Melody learns that small actions can have large and unexpected consequences in the present.   I adored the previous installments in the ‘Clay Lion’ series. I pretty much jumped from ‘Tin Men’ into this one. I could not wait to find out where Melody’s time-traveling journey would take her. The story begins as Melody is starting college. Her first day she meets handsome, sweet, and strong Nate. Nate and Melody fall head over heels for each other.   Nate and Melodie’s lives take a dramatic twist after a tragedy. Melodie decides to go against everyone’s advise and use her one-time-only time-travel trip.   I really loved Nate. Amalie Jahn is so good at making swoon-worthy characters. I can totally understand why […]

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Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

Tin Men…by Amalie Jahn

In this continuation of the ‘Clay Lion’ series, Brooke’s boyfriend Charlie takes his own journey into his past and in the process discovers who he really is.   I really enjoyed, ‘The Clay Lion’, and literally went right into ‘Tin Men’ as soon as I had finished the first one. I had to know how Brooke’s story continued.   Charlie was my favorite character from ‘The Clay Lion’ (and he is totally swoon-worthy), so I  loved that this book took on his story. Jahn had me totally forgetting that government-sanctioned time-travel isn’t really a thing (yet). I had to keep reminding myself that this is really a science fiction story and not just a romantic contemporary.   I found I was more sympathetic to Charlie’s character in this story then I was to Brooke’s in the first book. Charlie’s intent throughout the […]

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The Wise and The Wicked…by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and The Wicked…by  Rebecca Podos

  Ruby and her sisters come from a long line of wise and powerful women. When their grandmother and her sisters fled Russia they lost most of their magical powers. Today only one of their great powers remain. The power to have a vision of their own death.   The cover on this one was what initially got me. It justs screams Russian folklore. It gives a great representation of what this novel is about. The only type of magical realism that I really enjoy is when it is told through a lens of an old world fairytale with fairytales themselves woven into the story. ‘The Wise and The Wicked’ has this in spades.   I really loved the flow of the story as well as the characters. Podos did such a wonderful job of describing the characters and making each […]

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The Clay Lion…by Amalie Jahn

The Clay Lion…by Amalie Jahn

Brooke’s brother has died a rather sudden death. In Brooke’s world, she can go back in time only once.  Will she be able to save her brother? Will she be punished for breaking the rules of time travel?   I am a huge fan of time travel. I’ve been hearing about ‘The Clay Lion’ for some time now and I finally got a chance to read it.   The story takes place in what seems to be a mirror image of our universe but one where time travel takes place. The characters can’t travel back and experience historical events. They can only travel back in their own lifetime. They only have six months before they need to travel back to the present day. This means that they are only reexperiencing events in their own lives.   Jahn really kept the story moving. I literally […]

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Triplicity…by J.Mercer

Triplicity…by J.Mercer

Navy, Isaiah, and Jesse are teens traveling with their families on an Alaskan cruise.  While enjoying their vacation they must solve the mystery of who is committing thefts on board the ship.   A mystery aboard a cruise. Yes, please. I have never read a story that takes place on a cruise ship. This story has so much potential. A ship with everyone trapped on board while crimes are taking place could really be interesting.   What I Loved: First, there were a few things I really loved about the story. I loved the details about the ports of call. I loved the touristy places they visited.  I also really loved the mystery. It was fun but not too scary. I didn’t guess who the thief was until right before it was revealed. Isaiah Jesse’s aunt and grandmother were also […]

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The Next To Last Mistake…by Amalie Jahn

The Next To Last Mistake…by Amalie Jahn

“Victory goes to the player who makes the next to last mistake. During a game of chess, you can make mistakes along the way and still come out ahead as long as you learn from that misstep and adjust accordingly.”   Tess’s bucolic life is uprooted when her dad decides to reenlist in the army. When her family relocates to North Carolina, she leaves behind her beloved farm, her best friend Zander, and the only way of life she is ever known. I first got a taste of this story when I read the prequel in ‘Mistletoe and Magic’. It was such a wonderful slice of life story about friendship and first love. It gave a glance into the underrepresented (in YA at least) view of farm life in America. Having loved the short story I couldn’t wait to find out what […]

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In the Neighborhood of True…by Susan Kaplan Carlton

In the Neighborhood of True…by Susan Kaplan Carlton

“Every time you’re thirsty, take a drink out of the colored persons’ water fountain.”   “Ah, so in the neighborhood of true.” Davis one-dimpled me. “That’s what we say when something’s close enough.”    After her father’s untimely death, Ruth Robb’s mother uproots her and her little sister from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia. The main issue? Ruth is Jewish and she doesn’t want anyone to know. Segregation and blatant racism still loom large in the 1950’s South. Because Ruth’s mother was raised in Atlanta, Ruth is able to hind behind her grandparents non-Jewishness. Ruth must wrestle between being popular and being who she truly is.   I really think books like ‘In the Neighborhood of True’, are important for young adults of today. It helps them to realize that segregation and the civil rights movement are not things of […]

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