Posts Categorized: Book Review

Aug 16 2013
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Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions, Book 1, From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad
Genre: MG Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

Excerpt

The sound of the rain banging against the window distracted Alyssa from washing her lunch dishes. She stared out the window …

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Aug 13 2013
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Getting Back to Normal by Marilyn Levinson

Getting Back to Normal by Marilyn Levinson

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinion was not influenced by this in any way. Post contains affiliate links; thank you for supporting this blog!

Getting Back to Normal by Marilyn Levinson
Genre: YA/Grades 6-8
Published by: Untreed Reads Publishing
Release Date: May 29, 2013

Sixth-grader Vannie Taylor’s mom has just died. Her father’s completely lost without his wife and brings Vannie and her younger brother to live in a dismal cottage on the estate where he manages craft fairs, dinners, and other events.

A ghost named Archie befriends Vannie, and helps her prepare a wonderful supper for her brother. After Vannie discovers Archie’s secret, he asks Vannie to help him make amends …

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Aug 12 2013
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Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb

Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb

Disclosure: I received this audiobook courtesy of Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest opinion. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

Ten Years Later
Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives
By Hoda Kotb
Read by: Hoda Kotb

New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor tells the incredible stories of people who, when faced with impossibly challenging or tragic life situations, persevere—and even thrive—and asks, What if you, facing a game-changing event or decision right now, could see ten years into the future?

Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kotb landed a spot with Kathie Lee on the Today show, won numerous journalism awards, and gained valuable life lessons. Now, after captivating audiences in …

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Aug 12 2013
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{Reviews} First Frost and Glass Frost, by Liz DeJesus

{Reviews} First Frost and Glass Frost, by Liz DeJesus

Disclosure: I received eBook copies of First Frost and Glass Frost, by Liz DeJesus, in exchange for my honest opinion. This has not influenced my opinion in any way. This post does contain affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog!

Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca …

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Aug 08 2013
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{Review + Excerpt} Royal Secrets by Kathleen Irene Paterka

{Review + Excerpt} Royal Secrets by Kathleen Irene Paterka

ROYAL SECRETS is the story of the Royal Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and of Lily Lavender, whose family is distantly descended from the British royal family. Immersed in the regal world of weddings and romance, Lily grew up believing in brides, grooms and happily-ever-afters. It seemed her destiny and royal birthright to someday assume a position as wedding coordinator in their family-owned wedding chapel business. But when her mother Mimi’s third marriage eventually fails, Lily’s dreams of her own happily-ever-after quickly fade. She’s no longer interested in a life of assisting brides walk down the aisle into a life of disillusionment and possible divorce. Lily turns her back on The Royal Wedding Chapel and leaves Las Vegas to fashion …

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Aug 04 2013
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{Review} Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

{Review} Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

I received an ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. This did not influence my opinion of the story.

Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

Green Kitty was written for children ages 6 to 10 to help give an understanding of dementia. It is a story about a grandmother with memory problems being visited by her grandchild. Their bond grows stronger through the visits. The grandmother recalls old stories, mostly about family pets, after the child’s curiosity is piqued about a special animal. The child becomes anxious to hear grandmother tell about the “Green Kitty,” but her fragile mind is often sidetracked with other memories from her past. Green Kitty will capture the imagination of …

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Aug 02 2013
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Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry
Publication date: April 9th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Charlotte O’Dell knows this summer is going to suck. Her beloved mother just died, her sister hates her, and her dad has completely checked out. Fulfilling her mother’s final wish, the family heads to Angel Island for the summer to stay in a beach house her mother once loved.

After a year of being shut away taking care of her mother, Charlotte is numb and practically afraid of her own shadow; she hopes going to the island will give …

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Jul 31 2013
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Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Seeing Ghosts by James Garcia Jr.

Genre: Paranormal
Number of pages: 147
Word Count: 76,303

Cover Artist: Maria Zannini

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Book Description:

Paul Herrera finds himself bequeathed a mysterious old house near the California central coast by a deceased aunt he never knew. The woman who shows it to him is the spitting image of his wife, taken from him three years before in a senseless car accident which also took his unborn son.

While he deals with the ghosts of a past he cannot let go, there are new ghosts Paul must deal with – alone for the week in the expansive two-story house that he will soon discover holds many secrets.

Eventually, he will see that he is surrounded by ghosts as he struggles to …

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Jul 28 2013
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The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace

The Corpse with the Golden Nose by Cathy Ace
Genre: Traditional/Cozy Mystery
Published by: Touchwood Editions
Release Date: (March 12, 2013)
Number of Pages: 233
2nd in Series

A heartfelt plea to look into the death of a world-famous vintner goes hand in hand with the opportunity to attend an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country. How can overindulgent foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan resist?

Sure that the award-winning owner of a family-run vineyard was murdered, Cait shares her findings with Bud Anderson, a retired homicide cop. But he is convinced that the woman took her own life, whatever her grief-stricken sister might say. That is, until death strikes once again, in the neat rows of grapevines that clamber up the banks of …

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Jul 27 2013
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{Review} A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey

{Review} A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey

I received A Harbour Falls Mystery Series by S.R. Grey in exchange for my honest opinion. No compensation was received. This post contains affiliate links; thank you for supporting Brooke Blogs!

Harbour Falls
S.R. Grey
First in A Harbour Falls Mystery Series
Genre: Romance/Mystery

Best-selling author Maddy Fitch, researching material for a new novel, returns to her hometown of Harbour Falls to investigate a disappearance that has haunted the tiny Maine coastal town for the past four years. Maddy soon discovers that the case has gone cold, but the prime suspect, Adam Ward, is hotter than ever. Now living on an isolated island, Maddy takes up residence near the sexy Mr. Ward’s home. As she begins to seek out answers, the mystery …

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