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My Sister’s Books Review #94

Astonish Me

By Maggie Shipstead

 

In the 1970s, Joan is a professional ballerina. The company she works for has the breakout star from Russia, Arslan Ruskov. Joan is the reason he is in the United States, she even drove the get-away car. Despite the fact that she loves Arslan, he is engaged to another woman and Joan knows she will never be a soloist, so she decides to leave the ballet world. Joan marries her high school boyfriend and they live a nice life, but when their son begins to study dance, Joan is forced back into the lifestyle. Will her secrets be exposed or will her son be able to follow his dreams?

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Hello

Hi Everyone,

The website is finally back in action! Whew, this has been one heck of a week! Thanks for all of your patience.

Take a look around at some of the new updates and pages. As I have mentioned before, there will be a few changes/surprises starting in 2017. Also, since it is now November, there is a new issue of Sasee Magazine out, so make sure to check out the Sasee page. (Book lovers will definitely want to read this month’s recommendation.)

In the meantime, hold on to your reading chair, book reviews are headed your way… FINALLY! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Behind Closed Doors

By: B. A. Paris

 

Grace grew up knowing her parents never wanted children and when her much younger sister, Millie, was born with Down Syndrome, she vowed to always care for her. She has never found the perfect guy, because they all tend to run as soon as they know about her commitment to her sister. When the charming Jack Angel steps up to dance with Millie at a concert in the park, Grace immediately falls in love. Just a few months later, they are married and living an outwardly perfect life. As the newlyweds experience their first year of marriage, secrets come through and all is not what it seems.

This is a bone-chilling psychological novel. Dark, twisty and very real, this book is one that readers will not be able to put down. There are repetitive phrases and the plot line is a bit predictable. However, readers will be absorbed into Graceโ€™s world and they will not be able to escape. This is the kind of book that you read with a flashlight and with the blanket pulled up to your chin. It is scary, because it is totally plausible and relatable.

Notes:

I voluntarily signed up to honestly review a hardback copy from St. Martinโ€™s Press.

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Halloween Reading…

Hi Everyone,

How do you do Halloween? I prefer to keep mine light-hearted and fun. I don’t like scary movies or gore. Every few years, I get in the mood for a bone-chilling read. Let’s just say, I am still traumatized by Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Frogs…

These Halloween mood cycle has been happening for most of my life. There was a book that I checked out from the library, a murder mystery, when I was a child. I set it down one night, because I spooked myself. (I read everything with a flashlight under the covers.) I never finished it. This book still “haunts” me to this day, because I WANT to finish it. Every few years, I will get the urge to read it and I research to my wits end, trying to figure out what the book was, so I could finish it. I remember it was blueish/grey, had a haunted hotel on the cover and the synopsis had to do with a room being off limits, because of multiple deaths.

This year, I have been researching this childhood book, but I wanted something thrilling. Yesterday, while at work, a book came in the mail called Behind Closed Doors. Well, let’s just say the late night, bone-chilling, read-a-thon started! Whew, this has been an epic psychological thriller. I had to physically set the book down and I look forward to finishing it tonight. I hope the ending is as good as the beginning. I also have a military suspense book lined up and I will be finishing the spooky middle grade book, Seraphina and the Twisted Staff. I started it in the summer, but life intervened and I had to set it aside for a couple of months.

So how do you prefer your Halloween reads?

Either spooky or fun, I hope your Halloween is full of reading treats!!!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quick Update!

Hi Everyone,

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of the month! Pure craziness! On Sunday, the boys and I celebrated Mom’s birthday and yesterday, I had a fun time with the Sasee Facebook Book Club.

Today, I am online and making a few changes. Be on the lookout, as things will appear different on the site soon. I even have a few plans in place for 2017! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, more reviews are headed your way.

In the meantime, tell me what you have been reading this week?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Two important items…

Hi Everyone,

This week, I learned about two different, things. One, very important and a good cause. While the other, will be a lot of fun! What do these two things have in common?
Excellent, must-read, books, of course!!!

 

First up, Kristy Woodson Harvey is donating proceeds from the sales of her books to help Hurricane Matthew victims. As you know, I love Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love. I am looking forward to her latest book, which comes out next year! So, you get to read excellent books and help a worthy cause!

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Second, is some exciting news!!! The incredible authors of America’s First Daughter, will be joining the Sasee Facebook Reading Group this Monday! If you love Historical Fiction, America’s First Daughter is an excellent book! If you have already read this novel about Patsy Jefferson, feel free to join in on the fun!

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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What are you Reading?

Hi Everyone,

The last two days have been insane at home. I haven’t been online as much as I wanted, nor have I read as much either. Sunday, I read one whole book and last night, I started The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. I am looking forward to curling up with my boys tonight and hopefully finishing this book. I will be back on Friday with more reviews.

So tell me, what have you been reading?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Three Book Reviews

Hi Everyone,

Here are reviews of three books that I read during Hurricane Matthew.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Post Hurricane Matthew

Hi Everyone,

Well, I finally have internet again. Thankfully, my family and friends are safe and sound. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding rivers.

On a positive note, I read seven books in three days. It was my first big Readathon in several years and I loved it. Sure, I could have read more, but I enjoyed the time with my family. It was nice to squeeze in more cuddle time with my boys, but I am happy to be back online and working.

So what did I read and what reviews will you be seeing within the week:

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Hurricane Matthew

Hi Everyone,

I am sure you may have heard by now that there is a hurricane named Matthew gracing the US coastline, with his presence. My boys and I want everyone to know that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific storm. Hurricane Matthew has caused a lot damage in places and we hope that everyone remains safe and sound through the duration of this storm.

My boys, Mom and I have been prepping all week for Hurricane Matthew’s arrival. The boys and I have our stacks of books ready and waiting, plus my tablet is charged to read as many ebooks as possible, before the battery runs out. I have two book lights for reading, so we are set! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be back online as soon as possible, to let you know how many books we managed to conquer! Reviews will soon follow. I have several pending for next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

We hope everyone stays safe and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by Matthew.

Stay safe and Happy Reading!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Ozzy has his books ready for Hurricane Matthew!

Ozzy has his books ready for Hurricane Matthew!

Jagger and his stack of books are ready for Hurricane Matthew!

Jagger and his stack of books are ready for Hurricane Matthew!

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