Category: Books

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 wonderful 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 visions 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 fairy tale 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 one […]

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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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The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

One of my favorite book tubers highly recommended ‘The Broken Girls’. After her description of the book, I knew I had to pick it up. ‘The Broken Girls is a mix of historical fiction, mystery/thriller, and ghost story.    I thought I try a new type of review and give my top ten things I loved about ‘The Broken Girls’ by Simone St. James.     10. The creepy girls boarding school, ‘Idlewild Hall’ and it’s garden that grew nothing. The gloomiest setting I’ve ever read about.   9. The friend bond between Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta. In tough circumstances girls often turn on each other but the roommates stuck together and became true friends.   8. Sonia’s back story. Sonia hasn’t recovered mentally or physically  from her time in Ravensbruck consecration camp. It’s easy to forget that WWII really […]

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…by Taylor Jenkins Reid

‘You’re young and your entire generation are casual with words that bear great meaning.’   ‘When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give you things, you take things.’   ‘Be wary of men with something to prove.’   ‘People think intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth.’   ‘Heartbreak is loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.’     Evelyn Hugo has been through seven husbands and a lifetimes of amazing stories. She is ready to break her silence. She chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant to write her story. Why Monique? What amazing things will she tell Monique? These are the questions on everyone’s lips as Evelyn begins to layout her entire life for everyone to see.   Oh-my-gosh. This book is […]

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Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen Barber

  Josie Buhrman is leading a normal life in New York City when she overhears someone discussing a true crime podcast. The catch is that this crime podcast exclusively discusses the murder of Josie’s father, Chuck Buhrman. Chuck’s murder tore Josie’s family apart. The rift has caused Josie to stop speaking to her twin sister, Lanie.   The character of Josie was pretty one-dimensional and with the exception of the lies she tells her boyfriend she really didn’t do much interesting. On the other hand the charter of Lanie seems bipolar and mean. She was normal one minute and totally off the wall the next. The whole thing with her pretending to be Josie was just weird and came out of nowhere.   The interesting concept of this book is that Josie’s twin sister, Lanie, saw the murder and sent […]

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Britt-Marie was Here…by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie was Here…by Fredrik Backman

He’s small and chubby and has a head of hair like a lawn the day after an impromptu barbecue.     Britt-Marie is originally a character from Fredrik Backman’s book ‘ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry’. When Britt-Marie leaves her cheating husband to strike out on her own, she learns it’s hard to start a new life as a sixty-something woman.   Fredrik Backman writes the most amazing characters and Britt-Marie is one of his best. She is passive aggressive, judgmental, and set in her ways. She sees everyone around her as obstacles to keeping her OCD world clean and tidy.   I loved, ‘My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell She’s Sorry.’ In that book it is so easy to dislike Britt-Marie. In ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ we learn more of her back story and her life […]

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Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

‘I just can’t help but think, unhinged or not, the good moms are the ones who stay. The ones who keep trying day in and day out.’   Claire and her twin sister, Poppy, are ‘internet famous’. Every part of their lives have been blogged, photographed, and recorded by their fashion blogger mom. Claire begins to doubt her future on the internet while Poppy loves the limelight. The addition of a new boy in class helps push Claire to spread her wings and want more for her life.   The topic of this book is very timely. When I was growing up there was no YouTube, social medial, or email. There was no pressure to keep up on the latest internet trends and there was no such thing as being ‘internet famous.’ In todays world there are many people who […]

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