Category Archives: Contemporary

El Deafo by: Cece Bell

El Deafo

This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who becomes deaf and grows up as the only deaf girl in her class.  She is embarrassed about the large hearing device with microphone that she has to use but then come to realize that it makes her a “superhero”.

This story was heartwarming and the illustrations were adorable.  I highly recommend picking this up.  This is based on the author’s life and slightly fictionalized.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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Fitness Junkie by: Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Fitness Junkie  Publication Date: July 11, 2017

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My Review:
After having a few books that I added to my DNF list and reading a few mystery/thrillers, this book was the perfect book to read.  I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed this book.  In today’s society we are all so obsessed with our appearances and this book really brought that to light in a humorous way.
Janey was a lovable character that was easy to relate to.  Her friends supported her in her decisions and were there with her through all of the crazy ways in which she attempted to lose weight.
This was an empowering story with a great ending.  I want to pick up the authors’ previous work.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Reawakened by: Colleen Houck

Reawakened

I have finally started this series and I am so glad that I did.  I love the way Colleen weaves mythology with storytelling.  Her characters are so enjoyable and lovable.  I loved her Tiger’s Curse series and now this one is right up there with it.

I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration.  This was like listening to a movie.  I was very invested in the story and could envision the scenes.  This series involves Egyptian mythology and I am obsessed.

I am currently listening to the next book in this series and realize that the 3rd doesn’t come out until August.  THis is the perfect combination of  the fantasy, magical realism and contemporary genres.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Beach House for Rent by: Mary Alice Monroe

Beach House for Rent

Description form the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
Many years ago, I read the first book in the Beach House series.  I remember really enjoying it.  I don’t know why I didn’t continue on with the series as they came out, but when I saw this new one, I thought I would see if I could catch up without reading the other books in the series that I missed.
This is the 4th book in the series but I didn’t feel lost at all.  I read it as if I didn’t know some of the characters and that was ok.  Cara and Heather are two women from different backgrounds who are searching for peace in their lives.  This beach house, owned by Cara, is the place where their lives come together.
It was a nice, contemporary story for the summer.  I was able to feel what the characters were going through and cheer them on along the way.  As I was reading this, I wanted to be in a beach house and experience a slow down of life.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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