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The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone

The Unlikelies…by Carrie Firestone

Sadie is doing all she can to make it through a boring. Her main claim to fame is that her father, Woody,  is the local ice cream man. Then one day, while  working at the local farmers market, she saves a baby in distress. Sadie then gains local celebrity fame. She’s  invited to a local community service awards event. At the event her and the other four honorees(Jean, Gordie, Alice, and Val) decide to do good deeds for those in the community. They call themselves ‘The Unlikelies.’ They do this by spreading anti-trolling messages on social media and giving out cute care package. The main thing I loved about this book is the positive message it sends. That it’s important to be kind. Doing something small can change someones day. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the  subtle humor. This helped to […]

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Lucky in Love…by Kasie West

Lucky in Love…by Kasie West

 Maddie leads a normal teenage life. The only exception is her family’s money problems. So when Maddie unexpectedly wins the lottery, she thinks her problems are solved. OMG, I have all of Kasie West’s books but this is the first one I actually read. I am drawn to books about lottery winners so I was pretty sure I was going to like ‘Lucky in Love’ but I Loved it. The story was just so good. One of the things that stood out for me was how Maddie handled everything. I think it would have been easy, since Maddie was a good student and good person, to make her above splurging and using money for crazy things. However, West made Maddie true to life. Any teenager who won that much money would surely go a little crazy. I also liked how Maddie’s parents […]

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter… by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter… by Theodora Goss

‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ follows, Mary Jekyll. Mary is Dr. Jekyll’s daughter (of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). She decides to explore her father’s mysterious past. I found this concept totally enthralling. Taking the story of ‘Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ and expanding on it.  It  also added well-known literary characters along the way, such as the daughters of Dr. Moreau and Rappaccini. Even though the characters were not original to the story, I loved the unique spin that Goss gave them. I kept wondering which charter would be introduced next. It also made me want to read the classic novels that ‘TSCotAD’ is based on. I did like most of  the characters. I didn’t like the character of Sherlock homes in this book. I felt like he was just a catalyst to involve the girls in a murder investigation. Also, the […]

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Sarah…by Teri Polen

Sarah…by Teri Polen

Cain, his mother, and sister move into a new house after Cain’s father dies. Right away Cain realizes that strange things are going on in the attic. He soon finds out that it has something to do with the disappearance of Sarah, a student at his high school. I haven’t read any horror novels but have a few on my TBR, so I thought this one would be a good one to start with since it is kind of mix of YA contemporary and horror. What I Loved I loved the character of Finn. He was funny and blunt and was a good balance for the easy-going Cain. I also loved that Cain had a cat named Eby. I like when authors include pets in the story line. It adds a touch of realism to the stories. I also loved how […]

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Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Em & Em…by Linda Budzinski

Emily is witness to a terrible crime. When Emily is threatened, her and her family must enter the witness protection program. Her ideal life is than turned upside down. What I Loved ‘Em & Em’ was a sweet contemporary romance with a twist. There are back and forth POV’s with Emily aka Ember. The first POV leads up to her witnessing a crime. The second POV is her life as ‘Ember’ after she enters into the witness protection program.  I enjoyed reading both the past POV and the current POV. The character of Emily aka Ember was very fleshed out. She was strong, smart, and talented (she is an amateur photographer). Her friend Clare was also interesting. She could have  easily been the typical cheerleader but instead became a good friend to Ember. I did also love Charles but he did come across as a little […]

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If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

If We Where a Movie…by Kelly Oram

‘If We Were a Movie’ tells the story of ‘Nat’. ‘Nat’ is a triplet and struggles to have individuality from his brothers. Nat applies and is accepted to the NYU music program. The novel begins with Nat’s brothers inadvertently destroying his laptop along with his school project. Soon after this happens the character of ‘Pearl’ is introduced. She is an intricate part of the story and is the common thread thought the ‘Power of the Matchmaker’ series. She in turn introduces Nat to Jordan who ends up becoming his roommate and friend. Jordan is as obsessed with movies as Nat is with music. As the mother of twins I can identify with Nat and how being a multiple can be both a good and a bad thing. I was excited to read a book that touched on the subject of a multiple struggling […]

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The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

The Yellow Envelope…by Kim Dinan Blog Tour

  I am excited to be part of the ‘Yellow Envelope’ blog tour. It is a fun non-fiction book by Kim Dinan. She and her husband sold everything they owned and decided to tour the world. Right before they left their friends gave them a yellow envelope full of money. The rules were: don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. I can’t wait to read it. For now here is my Q & A with Kim. Check back in the next couple of weeks for my review.   1. If you could live anyplace other than where you currently live, where would it be? Good question! It would have to be someplace beautiful, remote and in the mountains, maybe some tiny Swiss village in the Alps. I don’t know which one. I’ll have to go […]

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Amelia’s Hope…by Candis Vargo

Amelia’s Hope…by Candis Vargo

Cara Michaels diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer shortly after she finds out she is pregnant. She decides to forgo chemotherapy during her pregnancy even though it means certain death for herself. ‘Amelia’s Hope’ describes her struggle through cancer treatment and pregnancy.   To say ‘Amelia’s Hope’ was tear-jerker is a vast understatement. Cara’s situation was both touching and devastating. Waiting to find out what would happen kept me racing through the pages. I found Cara’s situation both heart wrenching and touching. Her husbands support brought tears to my eyes. Cara’s genuine realizations at the little she would never to experience with her daughter was especially sad.   I  loved the character of Cara and definitely connected with her. Even though the decision to forgo chemotherapy was Cara’s to make, I can’t say I agreed with her decision. The  book  explains that […]

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Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Vigilante…by Kady Cross

Hadley’s best friend Magda is sexually assaulted. The boys who did it get away without any consequences. Magda commits suicide. Hadley vows revenge. She dons a pink ski mask and attempts to gain ‘justice’ for Magda. ‘Vigilante’ is a raw look at rape culture, suicide, PTSD and male privilege in our society.  Hadley attempts to take back some of the power that was taken from Magda. Although I didn’t  necessarily agree with how Hadley takes back power, I did love how Cross portrayed Hadley as strong and passionate. I also loved the background characters such as Zoe and Gabe. They gave Hadley the support she needed. I also liked how realistically flawed all the characters were. The pace of the book was definitely fast.  I flew through it. The prose was also well done and easy to read. I do think that the story […]

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$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

$2.00 A Day:Living On Almost Nothing In America…by Kathryn Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

$2.00 A Day is a non-fiction book about extreme poverty in America. It attempts to explain what causes an individual to be in such dire circumstances. It also highlights what they do to survive. It basically describes how some survive with no cash income. Lately I’ve not been much of a non-fiction fiction reader. I just didn’t seem to come across many non-fic books I’m interested in. ‘$2.00 a Day:Living On Almost Nothing in America’, seemed to highlight an interesting subject so I thought I would give it a shot. The main thrust of this book is that in the U.S., what we think of as ‘traditional welfare’, no longer exists. The federal government eliminated it in the mid-nineties during the Clinton administration. Currently families are only able to get cash from the government if they have minor children and […]

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