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.


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.


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.


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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