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Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy & Oliver - Robin Benway

 Here is a summary of what the book is about.  Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart.  In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles- impossible to fit together?

 

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.... She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach- go anywhere without her parents' relentless worrying. But Emmy's parents can't seem to let  her grow up- not since the day Oliver disappeared.

 

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.... He'd thought, all these years, that  his dad was a good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run.

 

Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling.

 

Readers will devour theses pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver's father's crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable  story.

 

Wow  what an amazing story. I thought it was written very well.  

 

I found this book to be a real page turner. It was cute and sweet. I couldn't put it down.

 

My husband bought this book for me as a gift and I fell in love with the cover.

 

I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: That Night by Cecily Wolfe

That Night - Cecily Wolfe

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Drug overdoses don't happen to girls with good grades and athletic prowess, with longtime friends and a devoted boyfriend. Or do they?

 

When high school seniors Cassidy and Sarah, along with Kayla's boyfriend Paul, discover their best friend Kayla unconscious at a party, the idea that they have lost her to a heroin overdose is unbelievable. She didn't  use drugs, except the pain medicine prescribed for a soccer injury, and she had no reason to accept any from a stranger.

 

The month that follows her death is filled with anxiety, sadness, frustration, and questions. Answers won't bring Kayla back, however, so as Cass and Sarah struggle with the insensitive but predictable behavior of parents, classmates, and teachers, Paul falls into a depression that leads him down a dangerous path.

 

With Kayla's  younger sister Mia in mind, the three of them work towards forging ahead without the girl who has held them together since elementary school.

 

I found this book to be a difficult read because it talks about a very heavy topic.

 

I believe this topic does not get talked about enough in the world today.

 

We all know that drug overdose does happen but you wouldn't think it would  happen to girls.

 

I thought the author did a great job writing the story. I look forward to reading more books by her.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder - R.J. Palacio

Here is a summary of what the book is about. "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse." August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up till now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.

 

Staring 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid-but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face.

 

Wow what an amazing book. I am so glad I bought it.

 

It is truly an inspirational story. It has great life lessons throughout the story.

 

This book is a little reminder to always choose kindness and also not to judge people.

 

If we all choose kindness the world would be a better place.

 

If I could I would give this book a 20 stars rating or more.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

 

 

Review: Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself by David Wallace and Lorian Dean

Ralphy the Rabbit: Finds Himself - David L Wallace, Lorian Dean

Here is a summary of what the book is about. The story is about a rabbit named Ralphy. He knew he was different from his brothers and sisters. Ralphy couldn't hop very far but the thing that drove him nuts was his ears. Ralphy ears were larger and crooked than a normal rabbit. When kids came into the pet shop they would laugh at him as they pass by him. One day a little girl named Marta noticed Ralphy jumping  around in his cage. From that moment everything changed for Ralphy.

 

What an incredible story to read to children.

 

There are some wonderful adventures that teach great moral lessons.

 

It has a wonderful message about friendship and accepting yourself just the way you are. Also, don't worry about what other people think of you.

 

I feel this book is geared toward the age range of 6 to preteen.

 

I believe the message is also saying it's ok to be different.

 

Happy Reading Everyone! 

Review: 3 Willows by Ann Brashares

3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows - Ann Brashares

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Summer is a time to grow

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Polly has an idea that she can't stop thinking about, one that involves changing a few things about herself. She's setting her sights on a more glamorous life, but it's going to take all of her focus. At least that way she won't have to watch her friends moving so far ahead.

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Jo is spending the summer at her family's beach house, working as a busgirl and bonding with the older, cooler girls  she'll see at high school come September. She didn't count on a brief fling with a cute boy changing her entire summer. Or feeling  embarrassed by her middle school friends. And she didn't count on her family at all...

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Ama is not an outdoorsy girl. She wanted to be at an academic camp, doing research in an air-conditioned library, earning A's. Instead her summer scholarship lands her on a wilderness trip full of flirting teenagers, blisters, impossible hiking trails, and a sad lack of hair products. It is a new summer. And a new sisterhood. Come grow with them.

I found this book very interesting. I thought it was apart of The Sisterhood  of the Traveling Pants series but it's not. It's a new sisterhood and new friendships.

What I got out of the storyline is that no matter what your friends are always there for you.

I only hope to have friendships as close as the characters did in this book.

I do plan on reading more books from  this author.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Stealing Time (Servants of Fate Book1) By Wendy Sparrow

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Father Time's son, Zeit Geist, must sacrifice a mortal's lifetime to the Fates each New Year's Eve. Last year- inexplicably, really-he made an 11:59 substitution. The  Fates are pissed and they're after his mortal Hannah. With the year ending, he ought to figure out why he'd saved her- and why he keeps doing it.

 

Following  an unlucky year, Hannah Lyons needs a week's holiday in a lodge to unwind. What she gets is near- death experiences and a sexy immortal who can't avoid kissing her, but might have to kill her. After all, even  Zeit can't hold back time indefinitely.

 

Even though this book is a romance it is a strange one.

 

We all know that there is no such thing as Father Time or mortals or immortals so I would say this book is more of a fantasy.

 

I think people who like fantasy books would enjoy this book.

 

I guess what I am saying is it wasn't my cup of tea. The plot was very interesting and the characters were developed well.

 

Those that have  a bent toward science fiction and  fantasy would find this a delightful read.

 

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: The Post -It Note Affair by Justine Avery

The Post-it Note Affair: ~ a Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found ~ - Justine Avery

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Emily wants what every woman does: to have it all. Is that too much to ask? Emily really can't complain.  She's married to a wonderful man, her high school sweetheart, who still dotes on her as he did when her first laid eyes on her.

 

They have a beautiful home together, and they each enjoy successful careers. On the outside looking in, Emily has what any woman would be perfectly happy with.

 

But it's just not enough. Emily can't help wishing for just a bit more- for that special spark, for that thrill of something new and surprising, for the shivery tingles running down her spine. For real passion- for true romance.

 

She never expects to find it during the workday and definitely not in the form of a sticky note.

 

Just one square slip of paper with a few handwritten words, tucked mysteriously into the contents of her purse and dropped right into her small world, marks the first of a slew of sexy surprises Emily couldn't  have anticipated no matter how hard she wished for them.  She's desperately sought after every one of the special moments in store for her, and there's no question that she deserves them.

 

Even as Emily eagerly anticipates and thoroughly savors all of the excitement and mystery of what may come, she just can't guess the roller coaster of emotions she's soon to experience- or just how much it will change her.

 

And she may never guess just who- is leading her on the romantic adventure of her dreams. Just when she feels she's lost the life and love she most wants to have, she finds them- in the last place she'd ever think to look.

 

Wow I loved this book because it reminds you of the important things in life.

 

This is a very quick story there are only 7 chapters in it.

 

I found the storyline to be very cute and sweet. I also saw some surprises that I didn't see coming.

 

I would recommend this book. I believe you all would enjoy it as well.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy GarLock

Sunday Kind of Love - Dorothy Garlock

Here is a summary of what the book is about.  Buckton, Indiana, 1956. As post-war America brims with new opportunities, a young woman  discovers the courage to follow her dreams-and her heart...

Gwendolyn Foster's life seems like a dream come true. A bright future in front of her, the successful, traditional man her parents wanted at her side. What more could a girl ask for? But Gwen has a different dream altogether-to be a writer- and she won't rest until it comes true.

Strong arms to support her, not own her... that's what she needs. And she finds them in the most unexpected of places.

Hank Ellis has long been haunted by his little brother's death. He knows the entire town blames him for the accident, but it's only fitting. He blames himself too. So he's shocked when Gwen ignores the vicious gossip and befriends him. And before long, everything changes for them.

Folks warn Gwen about Hank, but she knows in her heart that they're wrong. Drawn to this man of bravery and kindness who encourages her to pursue her passions, Gwen can finally envision the life she's always wanted. And with Gwen, Hank finds the strength to let go of his guilt, as he dares to hope for a future with her.

But braving the town that turns against them isn't the only challenge they face. For Hank still harbors a dark secret, a shocking truth that may force him to lose Gwen forever...

One day it was raining. My husband and I went to the bookstore to browse.

I came across this book. I asked my husband if I could have it he said yes. I am so glad I got it. I am not sure what drew me to this book maybe it was the cover or maybe it was the title or maybe both.

What a incredible story. I fell in love with this book. I couldn't put it down.

I would highly recommend this book. I hope you all will love it as much as I did.

There are some twists and turns in this book.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Here is a summary of what the  book is about.  Risk everything... for love. What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door?

 

In Everything Everything, Maddy is a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who  moves in next door... and becomes the greatest risk she's ever taken.

 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

 

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black- black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

 

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

Oh my Gosh I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down.

 

There are some surprises in it that I didn't see coming.

 

I would recommend this book. I can't wait to see the movie.

 

I do plan on reading more books by this author.

 

By the way the author's husband did all of the illustrations in the book.

 

I thought this book was very well written.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Pearls of Daily Life Short Stories and Poems on Self- Discovery by Antonia Loschner

Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery - Guillaume Ribe, Antonia Löschner

Here is a summary of what the book is about. In the hurly - burly of daily life, all too often, the Self happens to get lost. However, with its overall knowledge of our needs and strengths, it would by far be the best personal advisor we can have.

This collection of short stories and  poems  invites a journey of discovery. Diverse but amicable characters are experiencing the joy of rediscovering their Self in manifold situations of everyday life.

A pocket book for small breaks in- between: to explore, reflect, dream, chuckle and relax.

I enjoyed reading this book.

I found the short stories and poems to be uplifting and positive and relatable to everyday life.

I think it is a good reminder that life is to short and you should live it.

This is the type of book you can read on your lunch break or whenever you have free time.

I would recommend this book.

Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics - Leah Konen
Here is a summary of what the book is about. Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation.

Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right- but she doesn't anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love's plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael's hot- sauce- wielding  " dream girl."

The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one  girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all  her own rules- and in order to set Gael's fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

I found this book very interesting because it is not narrated by a person. The story is told by a feeling. Yes you heard me right the story is told by Love.

I absolutely loved this book. I felt a little silly because  I never knew what Rom- Com stood for until this book. Do you guy's know what it means? I will tell you Rom- Com is short for Romantic Comedy.

I would recommend this book. You guy's will fall in love with it.

Looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Happy Reading Everyone!
 
 

Review: Bookishly Ever After By Isabelle Bandeira

Bookishly Ever After - Isabel Bandeira
Here is a summary of what the book is about. In a perfect world, sixteen -year-old Phoebe Martins life would be a book. Preferably one filled with magic  and a hot paranormal love interest.  Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn't even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

Everything changes when Phoebe learns that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her. So, Phoebe turns to the heroines in her favorite books for inspiration, but  becoming as awesome as her book characters isn't as easy as it sounds. When another girl nets Dev for herself right out from under Phoebe's nose, she's crushed.

And, to up the suckage, she gets assigned as his co-counselor at a sixth grade camp and has to spend  an entire week tied to the hip with the one guy on the planet she wanted to avoid.

Can she make it through the potential danger of romantic bonfires and  nature walks, or will her counseling career end in emotional disaster?

Can she ever go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

I felt this was a well written story. It is a page turner.

They say boys in books are just better. I have to disagree having a real relationship is always better even though they can sometimes get messy.

I absolutely loved this book. I totally could relate to Phoebe because I am also a book nerd.

I would recommend this book.

I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Happy Reading Everyone!
 
 

Review: Just the Two of Us by Georgie Capron

JUST THE TWO OF US - Georgie Capron

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Funny, warm, and a story of our time, Just the Two of Us will make you laugh and cry, and remind you never give up on love. Lucy is the wrong side of thirty and tormented daily by the idyllic family pictures cluttering up her Facebook newsfeed. 

 

All of her friends seem to be getting married and having babies, and yet here she is, resolutely single, and no prospect of creating the perfect family she's  always dreamt of. How she longs for it to be her turn.

 

But finding love is complicated, and as time passes she wonders if there might be another way to make her dreams come true.

 

Is she brave enough to go it alone, or is the fantasy of "baby makes three" just too precious to give up on?

 

What an incredible  story. I really enjoyed this one.

 

It's funny to see how everyday words we use are spelled differently in London.

 

There are some surprises in the storyline. I would recommend this book.

 

I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

 

Review: Completely Yours (Opposites Attract Book 1) By Erin Nicholas

Completely Yours (Opposites Attract) - Erin Nicholas

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that's just how she likes it. She's built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with with friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous Kiera finds herself  up close and  way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.

 

Zach Ashley doesn't see himself as a hero. He's just a regular guy who gets to help people everyday as an EMT. But when he's called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever,he finds himself mixing  work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?

 

I really enjoyed the main character Kiera because she is a lot like me in the sense she is a introvert. I am the same way.

 

I felt bad for Zach and his sister Aimee because they are going through a lot.

 

I couldn't put this book down it is a real page turner. I would recommend this book. I can not wait until the second book in this series comes out.

 

I found this book to be written in a very detailed manner in the chapters. The author is a great writer. I am looking forward to reading more books by her.

 

Review: One Fateful Christmas Eve by Holly Schindler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory's mind and heart?

Mallory Stewart is an on - the - rise  young editor certain she's about to land a position at one of the "Big Five" publishing houses. All she has to do ro clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss's Christmas Eve party. But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted.

Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall's warnings. Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune. When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything- her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.

What will Mallory choose? What will she discover- about Graham, about her own destiny, even about...a man's socks? ( Yes, socks.)

I found the story to be very interesting and cute. I love the cover of the book.

I felt the story had some funny parts  but I also felt bad for Mallory because things didn't go her way at first. I also hoped things would get better for her in the end.

What did Mallory choose? To find out the answer you need to pick up this book and read it. It is a great holiday read. I couldn't put it down.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Review: Hello My Love ( A Modern Love Story) ( Between Two Worlds Book 1) by Evy Journey

Between Two Worlds (Book Series 3) - Evy Journey

Here is a summary of what the book is about. It is about what would happen if Jane Austen's Elisabeth Bennet were alive today? What are some of the challenges she would have to face in today's world?

It is a modern day story of a true classic of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice book. It reminds me of a TV series I saw  on DVD called Austentatious. It was about the women in the Jane Austen novels, how they lived in today's world and the consequences. For example they used the modern technology we use today and the stories are told in the language dialogue of the modern women.

All chapters in this book are labeled in Roman numerals. That is about as old fashioned as this book gets. For those that have a hard time getting through Jane Austin's classic novels this book is a great alternative. This book tells the story in modern terms and locations that are familiar to the world today. It makes the book very pleasurable to read but does not lose the classic content of the Jane Austin story.

I would highly recommend this book. The characters are interesting and come alive on each page. Bravo, well done!

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