Book Review: Walking the Black Cat

Walking the Black Cat by Charles Simic 1996.  96 pages. Genre: Poetry   Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars  Summary:  Hamlet's ghost wandering the halls of a Vegas motel, a street corner ventriloquist using passersby as dummies, and Jesus panhandling in a weed-infested Eden are just a few of the startling conceits Simic unleashes in... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Choice of the Cat

Choice of the Cat by E. E. Knight 2004. 344 pages. Series: The Vampire Earth, Book 2 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Speculative, Dystopian My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary: The alien Reapers have ruled Earth for forty-five years. David Valentine is a member of the human resistance, who is now being trained... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Anxiety Girl

Anxiety Girl by Lacey London 2017. 224 pages. Series: Anxiety Girl, Book 1 Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health Awareness Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars   Summary:  One in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, but it couldn’t happen to you, could it? Sadie Valentine is... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Pretties

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld 2005. 348 pages. Series: Uglies, Book 2 Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars   Summary:  Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

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