The Sunshine Sisters by: Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

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Alice I Have Been by: Melanie Benjamin

Alice I Have Been

This is a historical fiction novel about the life of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland.  I listened to this on audio book and found it intriguing.  I was a bit disturbed by the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).  This book is a mix of fact and fiction and I don’t know which parts are which but I was not too happy about the closeness of their relationship.

This will not change my love of Alice in Wonderland but it did make me want to know the truth.  I thought the characters were well developed and I really did get absorbed into the story.  My heart broke for Alice as she struggled through life.  I recommend picking this up to read as an aside for anyone that is a fan of the Alice stories.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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16th Seduction by: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

16th Seduction

The Women’s Murder Club is at it again.  This is obviously the 16th book in the series and I loved it.  I will never grow tired of reading this series.  In this book, we read about a bombing of a local building and it hits home as to home realistic this is.  This can and unfortunately does happen all over the world.  In this particular case, Detective Lindsay Boxer is at the scene after the explosion and gets a confession from a man standing calmly in the midst of chaos.  Of course, this is too easy and the story moves on from there.

This was a bit different then the others in the series because it involves the court proceedings as the main focus.  I liked it.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Empty Chair Murder in the Caribbean by: Penny Goetjen

The Empty Chair

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My Review:

This was an interesting story about a young woman who returns to St. Thomas because she received a phone call that told of her mother’s death.  This was well written and I found myself struggling to trust any of the characters.  Olivia was a bit frustrating at times because I felt as if she was being careless and not using her brain when it came to trusting everyone.

I enjoyed this story and the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and/or murder.  The twist of not really knowing if Olivia’s mother was alive or not made this story a bit different from other mystery novels I’ve read.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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I received this e-ARC from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

5 Worlds Book 1 The Sand Warrior by: Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrations), Matt Rockefeller (Illustrations), Boya Sun (Illustrations)

5 Worlds

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!

 

My Review:

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.

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Cookbook Review: Food 52 Ice Cream & Friends

Ice Cream & Friends

The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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Watching You by: J.A. Schneider

Watching You

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.

My Review:

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.

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The Color Master Stories by: Aimee Bender

The Color Master

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.

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No Loose Ends by: Thomas Hall

No Loose Ends

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.

 

My Review:

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.

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