The Vanishing Man

By: Charles Finch
(Charles Lennox #0.5)

Charles Lennox is trying his hand at being a detective. Not for money, but for the delight in using his talents to help others. However, when the Duke of Dorset calls upon him, he wonders if he may have chosen the right trade. Lennox knows that London has a dark side, but he is baffled by the missing portrait of the Dorset’s relative. Surely there were more important things for a thief to take, but as Lennox continues to press the details, he finds himself caught up in an intricate plot surrounding a decade’s old secret and… Shakespeare, himself!

Charles Finch has provided a fascinating mystery for fans of historical fiction and detective series. Both Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes would be proud of all the twists and turns throughout this story. The Vanishing Man is a prequel to a well-established series that will have readers hooked by the first chapter. Historical London comes alive, in the pages, and readers will feel like they are walking the streets with Charles Lennox. Charles Finch is a definite must-read author!

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I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy, all opinions are my own.

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Day of the Iguana

By: Henry Winker and Lin Oliver

(Hank Zipzer #3)

Hank Zipzer recently found out he has a learning disability, but he has always known that he isn’t good at school. Friendship on the other hand, is the most important thing. Hank and his two best friends make the Magik 3 and he has booked them a paying gig. In order to get Frankie on board, he promises to tape a televised movie. When his dyslexia causes him to mess up, Hank worries if his best friend will ever forgive him. He uses these tragic events for his science project, but thanks to his sister’s iguana, Hank finds himself in even more of a pickle. Will Hank be able to fix his friendship or will it be just as doomed as his school work?

Henry Winkler uses his own experiences growing up with dyslexia to stress the feeling of failure. He uses his famous wit and comedic timing to provide a book that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Readers will want to tag along with Hank and his friends on other crazy adventures!

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This review was written for My Sister’s Books Bookstore.

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training

(Pip Bartlett #2)

By: Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Pip loves all magical creatures, especially unicorns, so she is thrilled to help her aunt at the big weekend event. The Triple Trident Unicorn Competition attracts a large gathering of animals and people. When prized unicorns mysteriously show up with their tails cut, it is up to Pip and her friend, Tomas, to solve the crime! Will they be able to find the culprit or will their favorite unicorn disappear out of fear?

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And the Winner Is…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to all who participated in the Lost Without a River giveaway! The winner is

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Author Spotlight and Giveaway!!!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s review is for a poignant memoir. The author was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and she is offering one lucky commentor a paperback copy of her book!!!

Happy Reading,

~Ariesgrl

Lost Without a River

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Lost Without the River is an elegantly wrought memoir of resilience, courage, and reinvention. A portrait of nature at its most beautiful and demanding, it is the story of a girl whose family struggled against Depression-era hardship and personal tragedy to carve out a small farm in rural South Dakota. The youngest of seven, Barbara wrestles against the expectations of her family, the strictures of the church, and the limits imposed by a male-dominated culture. Eager for adventure, she leaves the farm―first for the Peace Corps and ultimately for the unknown environs of Manhattan’s Upper East Side―but she never truly escapes. Lost Without the River demonstrates the emotional power that even the smallest place can exert, and the gravitational pull that calls a person back home.

My Review:

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Happy Book Birthday!!!

Hi Everyone,

Today is an exciting day, because Tuesdays mean new book releases! Today is especially special, because the long-awaited conclusion of the Peachtree Bluff series is now available!!!

The Southern Side of Paradise
By: Kristy Woodson Harvey
(Peachtree Bluff #3)

Ansley Murphy is happily in love with the man of her dreams, while her three daughters seem to be settling down with their significant others. However, Ansley’s youngest is keeping a secret that might destroy them all. Emerson is avoiding the doctor’s calls and emails, because once she knows what is wrong, it becomes even more real. She would rather focus on her upcoming wedding and the movie role of a lifetime. Will the Murphy women be able to lean on one another, as they have before, or will past secrets divide this family for good?

Peachtree Bluff is an idyllic Southern town in Georgia, where everyone feels at home. Harvey does an excellent job of reminding readers that no matter the size of the town, it is the hearts of residents that count. Readers will be thrilled to see updates on their favorite minor characters. The parallel relationships show the various levels of love and how important it is to fight for true love.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of my favorite Southern writers. Throughout each of her books, she depicts strong female characters who know the importance of family. This latest novel was one that I anxiously awaited reading, because I was thrilled to spend more time with the Murphy women. Even after I turned the last page, I keep holding out hope that there will be more, even if only a few novellas over the next few years.

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Mythology

Hi Everyone,

I have always, always, always loved Greek Mythology books. I have read some Roman and Norse mythology books, but that is about it.

This week, I started listening to 96 Words for Love, via the Libro.fm app, which is a modernized Indian legend. My local reading group chose Circe by Madeline Miller, which I am beyond excited to read! And tonight, due to some stress, I decided to set down my two current books and pick up Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, which is based on Egyptian mythology.

Yes, I think this weekend will be great, as I travel the world through legends and lore.

Have you read a lot of mythology books?

~Ariesgrl

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Forgotten Book Challenge

Hi Everyone,

So over the weekend, I organized my ereader app to show books in alphabetical order. I noticed that the first few were duds, and I had read them years ago. The next to read was a book written by someone I had never heard of… which is the genius of this challenge : finding books you downloaded for free, and forgot.

The Accidental Demon Slayer

By: Angie Fox

(Demon Slayer #1)

Lizzie Brown is about to turn 30, when she is contacted by her biological grandmother. Looking forward to spending a quiet afternoon, getting to know about where she came from, Lizzie is thrown off guard, when a Harley shows up and a wild woman locks her in the bathroom. Soon Lizzie’s world is thrown upside down, as she learns that she is a demon slayer and her grandmother’s coven is on the run. Lizzie just wants to save her grandmother, so her and her dog can get back to normal life. Will Lizzie be able to defeat the demon, or will she be forever on the run, as well?

This was a surprisingly cute book. It had me chuckling out loud. The dog was by far my favorite character, of course. The author layered each part of the story well, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Happy Easter

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all have had a nice Easter. If you have been a long-time follower, you know the past four Easters have been hard on my family. My goal this year, was to break the cycle. I just wanted a peaceful weekend, with no hospitals, and no funerals. I was at first determined to avoid this holiday completely, but instead I chose to embrace it. Jagger has had us a bit concerned this weekend, with his paw, but hopefully the rest will allow him to heal. Thankfully, us humans were able to work (a first for me in several years!) and then spend time together enjoying the cool air. I am beyond grateful.

I am finishing up The Vanishing Man tonight. I have really enjoyed this new-to-me author. Have you ever picked a random book and realized it was a prequel to long series? Looks like there’s 12 more mysteries to solve with Detective Lenox! My review will be posted next week.

What are you reading during this holiday weekend?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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Happy April!

Hello all,

The beginning of a new month can be an exciting time. Reese Witherspoon’s Reading Group announced their latest pick, which sounds like a very exciting read! Sasee Magazine’s Facebook Book Club also picked a thriller, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanenen. Today’s Tuesday, which means several new books have been released. Long story short, this Spring is destined to be filled with incredible books!

Earlier this morning, I finished Daughter of War by Brad Taylor. Tonight, I will be starting Unreasonable Doubts by Reyna Marder Gentin. I won this book a couple of weeks ago, and I am really excited to read it. The book’s cover is very intriguing, so I am hoping it will be a good read. Who doesn’t love book mail!?!

These are fireworks that my boys and I prefer… soundless!

What are you reading this first week of April?

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl


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