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Forgotten Book Challenge #2!

Hi Everyone,

It is Friday again, so guess what that means? Time to dust off a buried ebook, read it and review it. To learn more about this cool challenge, click here.



The Billionaire’s Curse (Billionaire #1)

By: Jonny Duddle & Richard Newsome

Downloaded over a year ago.

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The Great Game

By: James Vachowski.  Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014.

This is a short story about told from the point of view of an older man regaling a young child with his heroic stories from World War I.

History meets fantasy in this historical short story. Each chapter takes place during a different point of World War I, and there are several mythical creatures along the way. This is a very fast, easy-to-read book with a delightful narrator. Teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this book.





The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #56

A Walk to Remember

By: Nicholas Sparks

1950s, North Carolina

High School


Landon Carter was a popular guy with a relaxing year planned for his senior year of high school. Jamie Sullivan was the shy, extra-good daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. Both of their lives were destined to be changed, starting from the very first day of school. As Landon grows to know the real Jamie, his mind and heart are put to the test.

Nicholas Sparks writes a beautiful, coming of age novel, full of innocence and character growth. The author uses foreshadowing as a way to communicate with the reader through Landon’s voice and memories. Readers will laugh and cry as their hearts expand throughout this sweet tale. For fans of the movie, this book will be a bit of a shock as it is a nod to the golden days where young men adhered to a dress code and southern traditions were always upheld.  However, the best part of this book is that it appeals to all ages and times.




This review was written for My Sister’s Books. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Nicholas Evans, Richard Paul Evans, Francine Rivers, Kristin Hannah


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Personal Shelves Review

Hi Everyone,

As you may have noticed, I struggled for quite a bit trying to find my passion for reading and reviewing, after my grandfather passed. (It feels amazing to be back in the world of literature.) While trying to find my stride again, I chose a random book from my nook and started reading it. I just needed something to grasp my attention and light that spark within me again. Thankfully, I picked a fascinating book that helped me find my way and it inspired a new concept for the blog. From time to time, I shall post a “Personal Shelves” review. These will be books that I have had for some time, or that I downloaded for free at one time or another. Now, please don’t expect a lot of these, because my main priority is getting caught up on The List, so these won’t occur often. I hope you enjoy them. Below, you will find my thoughts on a sci-fi, YA book.






By: Gennifer Albin

#1 in trilogy

Adelice Lewys has the gift to weave, but is desperately hiding her talent thanks to the warnings from her parents. Trying to stay hidden from the Guild is difficult, but it becomes impossible when Adelice lets slip her gift during a testing ceremony. Ripped from her family and thrown into training, Adelice knows she has to find a way to escape, but this means she must learn to trust someone on the inside.

I am not normally a fan of sci-fi books, but this is a fun, fast read. I was immediately caught up in Adelice’s struggles. There were very few grammatical errors, while the descriptive details overwhelmed the senses and made it feel as though the world of Arras was displayed before my eyes. I am looking forward to continuing Adelice’s adventures in the next two books.

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My Sister’s Books Review #51

The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green

Hazel has terminal cancer that has forced her out of school. Despite her desire to stay inside reading, sleeping and watching television, her Mom forces her to get out and go to Support Group each week. It is there that she meets Augustus Waters, a boy who has been cancer-free for close to a year. He has a different outlook on life and with his unlit cigarette, he plans on making Hazel Grace’s life broader and brighter.

Written in a first-person narrative, John Green has created a poetic and powerful novel.  This book has a dark, realistic beginning, but quickly it sweeps the characters and readers up into a majestic fantasy. The author focuses on how cancer affects the patient, but also how it affects everyone. Knowing the end result, means grief is a daily experience for all, but the choice is to continue living life for however long it exists. Brimming with references to another heart wrenching, fictional tale, Green manages to tell an additional story within this one, to help foreshadow the growth of his main characters. Readers will cry and laugh as they fall in love with Hazel Grace, Augustus and Isaac.



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My Sister’s Books Review #37

Summer of My German Soldier

By: Bette Greene

Patty Bergen craves a more caring relationship with her mother and father, but she has a pseudo-Christian mom, Ruth, who is the housekeeper. Her town has recently been designated to hold captured German prisoners, but during her summer break she comes across an escapee. Anton is not like the German prisoners, she has heard about through the town’s gossip. He is nice and caring. Patty has to choose between betraying her family and helping Anton remain safe.

By keeping the dialect true to both the setting and the characters, Bette Greene takes readers on a journey back in time, to the heart of a small community in the South. Though this can be difficult for some readers, it helps keep the story genuine. Told through the eyes of a twelve year old girl, young readers can relate to the main character’s emotions and struggles. Packed full of moral dilemmas, this book demonstrates the importance of acceptance and being nonjudgmental.   Despite the fact that most readers had to read this in school, this is a wonderful book to go back and re-read, several times over.

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My Sister’s Books Review #36

The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

Liesel Meminger and her brother are on their way to Munich to begin their lives with their new foster family. When her brother dies, Liesel discovers a book and on a whim, she takes it. As she learns to adjust to life with Hans and Rosa Hubermann, she befriends her next door neighbor, Rudy Steiner. Hans teaches Liesel the power of words, by teaching her to read and write, which causes her thieving career to thrive. Words combined with a fulfilled promise, changes Liesel’s world forever. Growing up in Nazi Germany is difficult, especially for families who hid Jewish people.

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak tells a softer side of German families during WWII. The main characters are poor and disagree with Hitler ways of life, which causes a few severe punishments to be doled out, too. The writing style feels more like poetry than literature, due to the abundant details, foreshadowing and Death’s direct dialogue with readers. The book starts out slow and can be quite grim for some readers, but before long the book takes on a life of its own. Readers will feel connected to Liesel, as though they share the same beating heart and they will wish for a few more details at the end. For fans of Young Adult books with deep subject matter, or fans of books set in WWII, this story is a must read, especially for reading groups.



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Girl Meets Underworld

By: Jess Watkins. Format: eBook. Read: November 2013.

Stella is severely depressed and alone, after losing both her mother and brother to an animal attack. Faced with no other choice, she decides to end her pain and reunite with her family, by jumping off the roof of a building. That is until a guy appears next to her, then jumps and survives! Turns out this guy, Conner is a vampire and even though he seems very friendly, Stella is afraid that a vampire is the one who killed her family. Still, there is something about Conner and she knows she can trust him. But things get a little crazy when her friends introduce her to a new guy named Will, who seems to be very inconsiderate and hot-tempered. Conner warns her that Will is dangerous, but he is just a human… Isn’t he?

This book is a very, fast and fun read. The pace of the book is very quick, especially in the beginning. Both the plot and the characters could have used more time to be developed thoroughly. However, the ending will leave readers shocked and gasping out loud. The plot also seems a bit too familiar at times, and it will have readers comparing it to other popular vampire novels. The setting is never clearly identified, but it seems to take place in Europe. Although the author’s writing style is very fluid and easy to follow. Overall, fans of the infamous Vampire-Werewolf love triangle, will enjoy this book.

Are you a fan of YA Vampire novels? If so, what’s your favorite series?

The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Dark Before Dawn

By: Stacy Juba. Format: ebook. Read: September 2013.

Dawn Christian has moved to a new town, now that her mother has gotten married. Dawn has never felt normal, but it is the first day of school and she has a very, bad feeling; the type of feeling that her mother never wants to discuss. Knowing that she never stands a chance of fitting in, she is shocked when she makes friends with a girl who claims to understand all about those psychic feelings. One trip to the town’s fortuneteller turns into daily after school lessons, with her new friend and another girl who hopes to connect with her sixth sense. Dawn continues her lessons, despite her inner voice warning her of evil, but when people start turning up dead, Dawn can no longer ignore the voice. Will she listen or will she stand by her new friends?

Stacy Juba takes on the world of teenage girls and the paranormal in this book. Readers will easily gobble up this book in one sitting. Readers will be able to relate to not only Dawn in her new setting, just trying to fit in, but to also some of the minor characters as well as they play their roles in her new high school/home. This book does have paranormal aspects, but it is the emotional journey that Dawn is on, is what will compel readers to keep reading until the very end. Dark Before Dawn covers many genres marvelously.
Out of the three mystery books that I have read by Stacy Juba, this is the only one where I was right about the ending. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still jumped and I was still excited to read right up to the very last word. I even turned the page, just to make sure that this book was really ending that way. Paranormal fans/Mystery fans/Young Adult fans will all be united on this excellent teenage witchy tale.


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By: Stacy Juba. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

T.J. McKendrick can’t do anything right to please his father, despite the fact that he attends a prep school and is top of his class and on several sports teams. His twin brother, Brad, feels that T.J. is the apple of their father’s eyes and despite all of his hard work, he can barely maintain a C average in his public school. Brad hates school, but is looking forward to the start of hockey season. That is until their parents inform them that they can no longer afford T.J.’s school and they will both be forced to attend the same high school. Now Brad fears loosing his friends and the all important Captain spot at the start of hockey season. Not to mention, their younger brother Chris seems to keep getting in trouble and their parents are always arguing which upsets their youngest brother Jory. Will the twins come together to help there younger brothers or will the competition for attention and acceptance destroy their relationship for good?

Stacy Juba originally wrote this book when she was a young teenager, yet readers will not believe that while reading this book. Fans of hockey will love every single detail that takes place on the ice and about the ice. Non-hockey loving fans will not have to worry about being confused by statistics or technical jargon, since it is quite clear that Juba wrote this for every reader to enjoy. Readers will be chuckling at the antics of the youngest brother Jory, while readers’ heartstrings will be caught up effects of the tumultuous relationship of the parents. Readers will be able to relate to Brad, T.J. and their younger brothers. The sudden ending will leave readers needing more, but there is a small excerpt from the book’s sequel. Juba’s excellent talent for balancing human emotion, hockey and high school will create instant fans in the readers.

I loved this book! First off, I am a huge hockey fan. (Born and raised cheering on the Washington Capitals.) Second, this book perfectly demonstrates the inner turmoil inside families, whether it is the side effects of parents fighting or sibling rivalries. Even with the abrupt ending, I would highly recommend this book to middle school children or adult fans of hockey/YA books.


A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.


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