Book Review: Return to Pelican Inn

Return to Pelican Inn by Dana Mentink 2014. 368 pages. Series:  Love By Design, Book 1 Genre: Romance Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars  Summary:  Her design scheme didn't include him! Struggling interior designer Rosa Franco and her twin brother, Cy, are bent on transforming the timeworn Pelican Inn into the jewel of the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Witches Guide to Murder

A Witch's Guide to Murder by Aubrey Harper 2015. 246 pages. Series:  Book & Candle Mystery, Book 1 Genre: Supernatural, Mystery, Paranormal Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars  Summary:  When Rory Wiltz inherits her grandmother's house and shop, she sees it as a sign to move back to her hometown of Hazelville, Ohio. She... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Kokoro

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki Edwin McClellan (Translator) 1914.  248 pages. Genre: Japanese Literature, Classic, Historical Fiction Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary: Kokoro, meaning 'heart', is a tantalizing novel about the friendship between a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls Sensei. Set in the early twentieth century, when the death... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Swap

The Swap by Megan Shull 2014. 382 pages. Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Contemporary Age Range: 10-14 years old Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Summary:  “YOU BE ME... AND I'LL BE YOU.” ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in "The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Pale Highway

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley 2015.  400 pages.  Genre: Science Fiction Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary: Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly... Continue Reading →

Book Series Review: Pet Vet

Pet Vet, 6 book series by Darrel & Sally Odgers 87-91 page range Genre: Children’s Books Age Range: 7 – up Grade level: 2-3 Books in Series:  Cranky Paws The Mare's Tale Motorbike Bob Python Problem The Kitten's Tale The Pup's Tale Summary:  It is Trump's job to help the sick animals and Trump's dog... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 2005. 425 pages. Series: Uglies, Book 1 Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars   Summary:  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. In just a few weeks she'll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Its Name Was Enza

Its Name Was Enza by Robert Hinson 2001. 88 pages. Genre: Historical Fiction First Sentence: Young Sallee opened the lid of her Grandmother Sug's personal keepsake box as she helped her mother clean out the last remaining items from the room at the nursing home, where her grandmother had recently died at the age of... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Sailing in Style

Sailing in Style by Dana Mentink 2015. 220 pages. Series: Love By Design, Book 2, Harlequin Heartwarming Genre: Romance Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary:  Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family's checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented... Continue Reading →

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