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I loved reading such a beautiful contemporary book that show cased friendship, love, and loss all in one. This book had me in tears from the very beginnin...Show more I loved reading such a beautiful contemporary book that show cased friendship, love, and loss all in one. This book had me in tears from the very beginning! The characters were well written and the reader gets a good idea of the lives of the main characters. I would recommend this to everyone. - Ravia Show less
'Kiss me in Paris', by Catherine Rider, is a beautiful book about Serena who goes to Paris to have a fun and amazing trip with her sister but ends up tour...Show more 'Kiss me in Paris', by Catherine Rider, is a beautiful book about Serena who goes to Paris to have a fun and amazing trip with her sister but ends up touring the romantic place with Jean- Luc a French friend of her sister’s. They do not bond well at first but soon realize that they are actually the perfect match. What I liked about this book was how sweet and easy it is for light reading. It has a bit of humor and the bickering between the two main characters is quite amusing, but it is definitely not the book for an avid reader. It’s a perfect book for an average reader looking to get some reading in but it does not disappoint to amuse the reader. It is a perfect fairytale book with a boy and girl romance and finding your true soulmate. Serena discovers herself while trying to recreate her parent’s memories and trying to hold on to her Dad’ memories who she had lost recently. She sees herself for the first time in a long time as an individual and not a daughter who has to be sad and always stay in mourning for her Dad. This book has emotions like sadness and happiness, love and hate all interconnected and tangled, but in a beautiful way that tells you nothing is perfect and that imperfection is what makes everything perfect, be it relationships or a well-thought out trip. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get some light reading in and just quietly enjoy the vivid world of the most romantic place on Earth through Serena’s eyes with a glass of wine and some French jazz in the back. Au revoir! Manraaj Grewal Show less
Twice Dead is a fantasy book about a girl named Naya Garth, who is the daughter of a sea merchant captain. In the beginning of the book, she and her fathe...Show more Twice Dead is a fantasy book about a girl named Naya Garth, who is the daughter of a sea merchant captain. In the beginning of the book, she and her father have traveled on a boat to a foreign city to do business. Naya was to go into the city and get a contract signed by herself, but she ends up being murdered, and is resurrected by necromancy. From this, she finds out that her father is actually a spy for her homeland, and she has been chosen to also be a spy. The book continues the story with a sense of adventure and mystery, as more details about the world in the book are revealed through what Naya discovers. She begins to learn more about her new form, but also has her suspicions about her situation as a spy. I liked the character development as a lot of personality was revealed from how and what the characters spoke. I highly recommend this book because it has a lot of detail and kept me wanting to know more. - Sam ------------------------- The debut novel of a novice writer, and so far, it shows clearly in the writing. Twice Dead is Caitlin Seal’s debut novel and the first in her series of books, but is not on sale until September 18, so there may be changes and corrections made to the final book. From what I have read of the advance reading copy, there might need to be quite a few changes to improve the writing. The premise of the novel is intriguing, set in a fantasy world where the dead walk among the living through necromancy, a practice outlawed by the hometown of Naya, a young girl resurrected by the very same practice she once despised back home. The novel deals with her struggles of getting used to her form, discrimination from those who are less than open-minded towards the undead, and the pain of losing something she once loved, knowing she’ll never be able to be alive again. The setting and premise are quite interesting and sucks in the reader immediately from the synopsis, but the characters feel undeveloped, especially Naya. We know not much about her background except that she was her father’s apprentice, sailing the seas and trading in foreign lands. The story has the potential to become better in the later books however this one seems a little lackluster for an author’s debut. Show less
In the sequel to ‘Labyrinth Lost,’ Lula and her family of brujas, powerful witches, are still trying to recover from what happened to them when they were ...Show more In the sequel to ‘Labyrinth Lost,’ Lula and her family of brujas, powerful witches, are still trying to recover from what happened to them when they were sent to Los Lagos. Lula still isn’t feeling like herself and on her way to her boyfriend Maks’ game, a horrific incident occurs: she and her classmates are involved in a bus crash. The crash kills all of her classmates, Maks included, but Lula isn’t ready to let him go yet. She and her sisters attempt to heal him with their powers, but unbeknownst to them, they are dealing with a great and dangerous power that brings unpredictable consequences. I like that this book is viewed from Lula’s perspective, whereas in the first book, her sister Alejandra’s perspective was shown. This gives the story more variety and lets the reader understand her point of view. When I first started reading this, it was somewhat confusing trying to distinguish what character the book was focused on, but I eventually got that it was a different character from the first books perspective. The characters in this series are very likable and continue to develop in each book. Lula’s relationship with her family is very endearing; it brought a sense of togetherness throughout the entirety of the story. Something that makes this series intriguing is the magic system. The magic within this world is defined and expanded more from the first book, which I enjoyed. The authors writing style really captures the powers that this family has very well. Another thing that I appreciate is that the side characters are incorporated into the story just as much as the main characters are. Side characters are sometimes not shown or described enough in stories, but in this one, there was a nice balance between both Lula and her companions in the limelight. All in all, I think this was a great continuation to ‘Labyrinth Lost’ and broadened this magical universe wonderfully. -Shae-Lynn Show less
Four years after Britta Twitchell and her family first took in baby Dori, her biological mother wants to be reintroduced into her life. The Twitchell’s ha...Show more Four years after Britta Twitchell and her family first took in baby Dori, her biological mother wants to be reintroduced into her life. The Twitchell’s have a strong connection with Dori, and they’re not ready to give her up. Britta goes to great measures to stay with her sister Dori and will stop at nothing to do so. The content dealt with some subjects regarding prejudice, discrimination and other problems that occurred during the time period of this book: 1979. For a middle grade book, this could educate younger audiences about history, stereotypes and teach a great lesson on treating others with respect. The authors note at the end precisely describes that a lot of research was put into this book to ensure that the content was accurate and handled with care, which was evident throughout the story. The idea behind the book was well thought of, but some of the chapters were monotonous. The beginning scene when Britta, Dori and Cally were in the forest had me hooked, but ended too abruptly. This section of the book could have lasted longer to add more suspense. After this moment, it became somewhat tedious to read and less engaging for me. If there had been more action during the middle of the story, the book would be more absorbing for the reader. The ending was nicely written and emotional which captured the Twitchell’s and Dori’s journey together beautifully. The messages of love and bonding between family members are the shining points of the entire book. The relationship between Britta’s family and Dori is incredibly touching and heartwarming. The messages that it spreads to readers and the heart that was put into this book did not go unnoticed -Shae-Lynn Show less
This is an interesting book that gets a little confusing in the end. The story is about a girl whose parents just got divorced and she ends up losing time...Show more This is an interesting book that gets a little confusing in the end. The story is about a girl whose parents just got divorced and she ends up losing time. She ends up smashing mirrors and causing a ruckus in class with no memory of ever doing it. She soon suspects that a ghost is haunting her and tries to stop it. Near the end you find out that the ghost is just the part of herself that she hates and that she’s been suppressing it for so long it grows its own consciousness. I understood that part though I suspect most people will not as a few things are still unexplained. The foreshadowing is well done and the character backstories are well thought out. If I would recommend something it would to make the ending a little more clear but I would still recommend this book to friends. - Shareen Show less
"They lost their heads is an awesome and informative book not only covering cases of lost body parts but also the lives of the people who owned them ...Show more "They lost their heads is an awesome and informative book not only covering cases of lost body parts but also the lives of the people who owned them and what happened to them after the person died. All in an easy to understand and humorous way. The footnotes and style of writing add to the humor and give that little extra that takes non-fiction books from simply academic to something you would read in your spare time. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in those less known facts about history or just anyone looking for a good read. However, this is most certainly not a book for the squeamish." - R.D. Show less