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My Sister’s Books Review #58

Meena Mouse’s Perfect Raspberry

By: Trilby Plants

Illustrated by: Deborah Gagnon

1st grade and Younger

 

Meena Mouse has run away from home after eating the raspberry that her Mom was going to use to make a tart. Lost in the forest, Meena runs into the Silver Mouse who helps her find a perfect raspberry, but will Meena be able to find her way home?

Beautifully illustrated, this book pops with vibrant backgrounds. Children everywhere will enjoy the bold, colorful world of Meena Mouse. Written with short, repetitious sentences, this book is a nice choice for parents to read to their kids. As with every good children’s book, there is a moral to be learned from Meena’s adventure.

 

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

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My Sister’s Books Review #52

Small Blessings

By: Martha Woodroof

Rose Callahan has always been a wanderer, never staying long enough to get too emotionally attached to people.  However, when she starts her new job at the college bookstore, the welcoming, quirky individuals pull at her heart. Tom Putnam leads a monotonous life and with the help of his mother-in-law, they try to cope with his wife’s debilitating depression. When a shocking letter arrives, declaring Tom a father of a ten year old son, his world Is about to change forever. How will the people of this small college town cope, as their lives turn upside down?

Martha Woodroof challenges readers to think about the qualities that truly make up a family, whether it is love, duty, responsibility or blood. Broken into two distinct parts, the first section is a fast paced action ride, while the second is more descriptive and verbose. There is a strong cast of secondary characters that play a vital part to the story. With a little help from Shakespeare and Harry Potter, readers will dive into the magic of life and the beauty of love. This debut novel will leave readers hoping for more.

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Tripped Up Love

By: Julie Farley

Heather Nester Meadows thought she had her happily ever after. She was married to her childhood love and had three delightful kids. However her world was tossed upside down when she unexpectedly lost her husband. Trying to manage the kids, staying strong on the outside and fending off the waves of friends filled with pity, became her daily routine over the past year and a half. That is, until a pothole struck her down during one of her morning jogs. Peter Adamson saw Heather fall and immediately rushed to her aide, but what he can’t explain is why he seems drawn to this complete stranger.

Julie Farley has created a sweet romance that develops in a completely relatable world. Readers will be able to connect with Heather on an emotional level as she struggles to find her own happiness. The point of view switches between Heather and Peter, which is confusing in the beginning. Even though this is an adorable romance, the author covers two very important topics through Heather’s behavior. The first being survivor’s guilt. Throughout this whole book, Heather is coming to terms with her loss, while learning when it is okay to be happy again without feeling as though she is betraying her lost husband. The other thing that Heather struggles with is something that every reader can relate to: the role of social media. In this technology-obsessed society, has human nature suffered a blow to self-confidence due to humans being consumed with how their actions will be taken by others? During the development of this book, readers will be cheering for Heather and by the end, they will be anxious to read the rest of her story in the next book.

 

Notes:

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

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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The Quest for Juice

By: Jonathan-David Jackson

 

It all started because Oscar’s favorite juice has disappeared and unfortunately for him, it doesn’t end there. Yes, his one friend notices that he has stopped taking his anti-psychotic meds, but that is not of any importance when the people out there are messing everything up as part of a grander scheme. It is up to Oscar to uncover this hidden organization and reveal their plans, before the whole world is lost. Sadly his mission is waylaid when he lands himself in the mental institution.

Told from the first person narrative of a paranoid schizophrenic, this book will take readers on a wild and bizarre theme-park ride. Even though readers understand Oscar is mentally ill, they will fall in love with his humorous, witty and gloomy antics on his journey to find the truth. As readers dive further into the story, they will begin to look over their own shoulders, as Jackson seems to be echoing their singular thoughts, just in a more extreme fashion.  Quest for Juice is a satirical and entertaining story with a dash of suspense thrown in towards the end.

Has anything in your daily life become suspiciously different over time?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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

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Inevitable

Harmony #1 By: Angela Graham. Format: eBook. Read: March 2014.

Cassandra Clarke is enjoying the last few weeks of summer, before she begins her first teaching job. Running in the morning and organizing boxes full of old memoirs is how she spends her days, until gigantic moving trucks indicate a new neighbor is in town. Little does she know, her new neighbor is Logan West, a handsome, rich and strong man with a certain reputation among women. Will Logan’s son, Oliver, bring these two together or will Logan’s past be too much to handle?

This is a sweet, multi-layered debut novel by Angela Graham. Readers will be able to explore their own feelings and motives with each new depth revealed by the characters. The minor characters are just as vital to the story as the main couple and they will cause just as many strong emotions within readers.  Graham does a delightful job weaving her tale and balancing it through each of the characters. The beginning and ending are very fast paced, while the middle will have readers anxiously flipping to the next page. Inevitable is a sugary and promising start to this Harmony series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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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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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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

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My Sister’s Books #29

The Anatomist’s Apprentice

By: Tessa Harris

Dr. Thomas Silkstone is in London and is one of the top anatomists in town. His services are called upon by Lydia, who is desperate to solve her brother’s murder. Sir Edward Crick’s murder has stirred the rumor mill into action, yet there doesn’t seem to be anyone who cares he is gone. The main suspect is Lydia’s husband and it is up to her and Dr. Thomas Silkstone to figure out the truth.

The Anatomist’s Apprentice mixes science and romance and places them in the midst of the Georgian Era in London, England. Though the details can be a bit morbid and unpleasant, the romance is surprising and very fitting to the tale. The book starts off very slow, but by the second half the readers are entranced in the multiple puzzles and deaths that pile up. Fans of forensic science and medical mysteries will enjoy this historic thriller.

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My Sister’s Books Review #27

The Bullet Catch
By: Lynn Hodges

Detective Logan Hawthorne Michaels runs a special company that excels in discovering the truth by using unique talents of each of their employees. For Logan Michaels, he enjoys using the power of deception that he learned through magic to weave his way to the truth. Hence the phone call that he received, asking for his expertise to help solve the mystery behind the Amazing Gregor’s death. Amazing Gregor is a talented magician who aims to please the crowds by catching a bullet in his teeth. Unfortunately for him, the trick fails and brings about instant death. When part of his crew disappears out of thin air, detective Logan and the local police are taken on a wild ride.

The Bullet Catch is the first book in the magical detective series by Lynn Hodges. It starts with a bang and will keep readers guessing right up until the very end. The story is told through several different points of view, which can be confusing at times, especially when there is a plethora of characters introduced in the beginning. However readers will enjoy playing the guessing game, as they figure out the truth behind this disastrous magic act. The writer uses his experience in magic to bring the trickery alive in this book, which is a promising start to a hopefully intriguing series.

Similar Authors:
Scott Jenkins, John Bohannon, Lesley Cookman

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Moon Song Cover Reveal

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Synopsis:
Salem Keats has a plan. Finish her studies at Loyola as quickly as possible, prove to the Louisiana Child Custody Division that she has what it takes to care for her twin siblings Jasper and Margaret, and envelope herself in the strains of music that she creates with her violin. Then her lawyer delivers a 1, 2 punch by telling her that it would be best if she could show the judge that she is in a stable relationship.

Wyatt Crane has watched the girl who lives across the street for two years. When Salem gave him the cold-shoulder her first day in the neighborhood, he thought that would be enough to put him off her. Instead, when Salem shows up asking for his help it’s all he can do to remain aloof. One look into her tired eyes though, and he knows that this is the beginning of his end.

Brantley Howard spent a full year living under the same roof with Salem when they were teenagers. He knows her better than anyone else, and while Salem has placed him firmly within the friend zone, he longs to be all she will ever need. He’ll do whatever it takes.

When she’s forced to choose, what choice will Salem make?

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Executive Sweet

Westerly #1. By: Sage Ardman. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

Kay Samson is excited to finally start working after graduating college as Valedictorian and receiving her MBA. She worked hard to get straight A’s, but she also piled up a large amount of student loans. She knows her life is about to change, because she is going to be able to use all of her knowledge and work her way up in the Yorick Corporation. Unfortunately for her, the CEO is known as the Playboy around town and it seems Kay’s impressive good looks have made it to the top of the food chain. Her first day orientation is delayed and she is directed to the top floor to speak to Dan Avery, Mr. Playboy CEO, himself. Dan Avery is not your typical CEO that was born into the highly wealthy and famous Westerly family, since he has worked hard to make it to the top. Dan has been in search for the perfect, killer partner to plan out a few distraction games and he knows Kay is the one, just so long as she accepts. Will their games flow smoothly, or will the game cost them everything?

Sage Ardman weaves a tale straight from the fantasy of corporate romance. Executive Sweet is a contemporary romance with a taste of business suspense. Each new distraction game not only increases the financial opportunity, but it also increases the inner-debate within the main characters. The book starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up at heated pace. Kay comes across as the perfect woman, not only extremely smart, but incredibly beautiful too. Though these are not necessarily attributes most women will relate to, her struggles to accept herself and the morality of the games will give readers a question to ponder: How far would they go to bring down the bad guy and pay off their debt? Executive Sweet is a tantalizing start to the Westerly series.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book. The first chapter had me wondering just how much spice would be involved in this high-stakes corporate game. Each “game” amped up the heat factor, without crossing the line into the popular, provocative world of BDSM. Though some women readers may not approve of Kay using her body to the company’s advantage, they will appreciate her using her brains to come out on top.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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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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