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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware My rating: 2 of 5 stars Laura (Lo) Blacklock has been included on an exclusive cruise due to her job at a travel magazine. It is an amazing opportunity for her and although she is robbed soon before her departure she decides to go on the trip …

Review: If I Wake

Review: If I Wake

If I Wake by Nikki Moyes My rating: 3 of 5 stars Lucy has the worst eleventh birthday imaginable, the only saving grace is that night she dreams of a boy named Wu – her first real friend. She lives for awhile with Wu during caveman times and feels a concrete bond with him and …

Review: Savannah: The Devil’s Daughter

Review: Savannah: The Devil’s Daughter

Savannah: The Devil’s Daughter by S J CrabbMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Savannah Knight has it all, and she is your stereotypical “mean” girl. She has the popularity, the wealth, and she can get any guy she wants. All that changes when she and her twin sister upset their father, and he is someone …

Review: The House of the Soul: A Novel

Review: The House of the Soul: A Novel

The House of the Soul: A Novel by Annie DawsonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Ella is a middle aged married mother to two prepubescent boys. Although she loves her family she yearns to make do something to make a difference in the world. She thought she had the opportunity years ago when she lived …

Review: Ellen the Harpist

Review: Ellen the Harpist

Ellen the Harpist by Diane MichaelsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Ellen has decided it’s time to become more mature. She already has her career as a harpist squared away but now it may be time to work on her relationship status, going from single to taken. She thinks she may have found the perfect …

Review: Jessica Lost Her Wobble

Review: Jessica Lost Her Wobble

Jessica Lost Her Wobble by J. SchlenkerMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Jessie is in a funk. She’s basically living as a hermit on an island that is in it’s off season. Her daughter is off in New York trying to be an actress, and her son died in a tragic hit and run accident. …

Review: The Color of Cold and Ice

Review: The Color of Cold and Ice

The Color of Cold and Ice by J. SchlenkerMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Told from various points of view with the interjection of the meaning behind the chakra colors, “The Color of Cold and Ice” is a story about how different people’s lives intersect, affect, and change each other. On one side there’s Sybil …

Review: TV Apocalypse

Review: TV Apocalypse

TV Apocalypse by Kathleen RovnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Can you imagine a world where people become infected with violence from watching television? In Kathleen Rovner’s “TV Apocalypse” she imagines it through Daisy, a stay at home mom of two young children. One day she wakes up with a splitting headache and none of …

Review: All Sleep

Review: All Sleep

All Sleep by A.C. MoyerMy rating: 3 of 5 stars “All Sleep” by A.C. Moyer is a set of four short stories all dealing with the theme of death. The first story, and my favorite, is called “Floaties” and tells the story of a psychiatrist treating a new infamous patient, while also dealing with his …

Review: Swapping Lives

Review: Swapping Lives

Swapping Lives by Jane GreenMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Is the grass always greener on the other side? That is the question posed in “Swapping Lives” by Jane Green. With the help of a magazine article two women get to trade lives for a month and see how the other lives. Vicky, who works …

Review: Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop

Review: Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop by John BrhelMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Odd tales linked to an even odder store run by famed magician Mr. Marvelry (that’s Marvel-rye thank you very much!) From fertility dolls to a sewing machine, all the objects in this shop have some special secret that the new owners will discover, whether …

Review: Wish

Review: Wish

Wish by Leslie A. SusskindMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The story of the life cycle of a dandelion seed, told through simple words and colorful pictures. I shared this story with my two year old and four year old and they both had huge smiles on their faces the entire time I read it. …

Review: Wicked Summer

Review: Wicked Summer

Wicked Summer by Roma BrooksMy rating: 5 of 5 stars The Rising Tides Inn on Cape Harriet is an idyllic spot for a family vacation. Not only is it surrounded by a spectacular view, the owners (Pete and Zadie) are overzealous in their job to make sure guests have the best stay possible – not …

Review: Marvin’s Curse

Review: Marvin’s Curse

Marvin’s Curse by Debra J. EdwardsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Marvin’s life has gone through many devastating changes lately. After his father’s death his mother remarried the paramedic from the accident scene, they moved to a new house, and Marvin can now talk to spirits. His father still visits him and explains that is …