Synopsis from the Publishers:
The #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Amulet, Kazu Kibuishi, hails this first book in this groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy adventure series as a magical journey, as fun as it is beautiful! Think Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender!
The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there s more to themselves and more to their worlds than meets the eye. . . .
The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine.
A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations.
Star athlete Jax Amboy is beloved by an entire galaxy, but what good is that when he has no real friends?
When these three kids are forced to team up on an epic quest, it will take not one, not two, but 5 WORLDS to contain all the magic and adventure!
I am not into graphic novels and this middle grade novel really didn’t change my mind. I tried to read it as if I was in the age range of a middle grader and I am not too sure they would understand what was going on. The limited wording was a bit too much in its’ sci-fi details.
I did like the art style and the coloring but not enough to want to read another addition.
I gave this book 1 crown.
This book has 60 ice cream recipes as well as hidden gems for making magic shell or sprinkles (jimmies). I love the photographs and the variety of flavors that are presented. This will be a go to ice cream recipe book for me. My first try may be the Peanut Butter ice cream with Concord Grape sauce. Sounds delicious and fairly simple.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family’s careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie.
Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.
Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.
Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.
From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman.
This was a beautiful story about what makes a family and what makes a home. Sanna’s passion in life is working on her family’s apple orchard and coming up with perfect blends of apples for her cider. She lives on the orchard with her father and loves everything about her life, except that she is mad at the mother and brother that abandoned her. She has the uncanny ability to see the final colors of a cider blend and know what it will taste like and which apples to use to get there.
This is a contemporary novel and so there is a love story involved but it is a beautiful one. Sanna learns a lot about herself and about her interactions with others. She grows so much throughout the development of the story.
It was a great read and one that I could not put down and made me cry. I highly recommend picking up this book and reading it with a nice bottle of hard cider!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.
In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn’t convinced.
Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?
Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life.
This is the 3rd book in the Kerri Blasco series and the second one that I have read and I have found a new favorite detective. Kerri is a stubborn but caring detective who trusts her gut and her smarts to get the case closed.
I loved this book as much as I loved the other book I read in this series. They are each different and don’t cover the same crimes over and over again like some series do. This was another page turner and I was biting my nails until the very end. I love the added relationship between Kerri and Alex as well.
This particular book had an element of parts of the story being told from the point of view of the stalker/killer. Caroline Kepnes’ You was praised for this but I though this was done better.
Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy for review!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I picked up this book at the Dollar Tree. The cover caught my attention as well as the author. I did listen to this on audio book and it was narrated by several different people.
I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s other book and this was the same case for me. This is a collection of short stories and there weren’t any that I would say that really interested me. Some were ok, but others were just plain strange.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
Synopsis from the publisher:
Walker and Munoz are back… and this time it’s personal.
When Maddie Walker’s friend, Samantha “Sam” Daniels, fails to show up for a final exam and a community service project, the teenager is convinced that something is seriously wrong, and takes it upon herself to look into it. She initially lies to her father and puts herself in a potentially dangerous situation. When all of her efforts fail to uncover Sam’s whereabouts, Maddie finally asks her father, retired FBI agent Craig Walker, to look into her friend’s disappearance. After venting his parental frustration over his daughter’s uncharacteristic behavior, Walker listens to Maddie’s concerns and eventually agrees to launch his own investigation – primarily to assuage his daughter’s worries.
This book is my type of book. I love the crime, mystery, thriller genre and this book did not disappoint. This is the second book in the series but works as a stand alone novel as well. I didn’t read the first book and was not at all lost while reading this book.
This book had everything I look for when reading this genre. There were characters that were determined and headstrong as well as characters I loved to hate. There wasn’t any gore in the book and that was refreshing. It was a page turner and kept me interesting until the very last page.
I am so glad that I was offered this book for review and that I accepted. Thank you to the author for sending me a copy.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I recently purchased a bunch of yoga related titles from Bookoutlet.com and this was one that caught me eye. It seemed like it would be a quick and fun read and I was right. As I was stuck in bed one day with sciatica pain, I was able to read and laugh my way through this book.
This is the story of a widowed, Jewish grandmother and her experience with participating in a year of yoga classes. Her granddaughter purchased these classes as a gift to try and help her grandmother through the grieving process.
This was a heartwarming story that was full of laughs. The author combines both Sanskrit and Yiddish and the imagery is hilarious. There is an adorable dictionary of sorts at the end of the book to help you interpret both languages.
I highly recommend this little nugget to anyone who enjoys yoga and or needs a bit of humor in their life.
I gave this book 4 crowns.