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review 2018-09-02 16:50
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The Zeuorian Awakening - Cindy Zablockis

Lexi has a crush on jock Tyler. Lexi believes she will find the man for her at MIT.  who is a butt. Lexi has the power of telekinesis, she also has premonition abilities. Lexi is usually quiet and keeps to herself. Lexi lives with her Aunt Irene in Oregon and is seventeen. Lexi’s best friend is Angie. The only ones that know of Lexi’s powers are her Aunt Irene and Angie and the people hunting Lexi. . Lexi is getting more powers that involve weather control and she now attracts  lightning and other natural attractions when Lexi gets upset. and she’s trying to learn how to control them. Lexi’s first change was random physical transformation and changing into a different being and now a bunch of guys want Lexi including Tyler who believes Lexi is his soulmate,Dylon, ad Emmett. Lexi and Emmett have hot chemistry. Lexi doesn’t know who to turn to as her parents died in a car crush. Lexi tries to remember what happened surrounding her parents death, she can’t remember the whole summer the memories have disappeared. Tyler and his father seems to be protecting Lexi. The Community resides in Colorado and both Tyler and Emmett claim to have dated Lexi at the same time in Colorado. Lexi doesn’t know who to trust. Lexi had almost drowned and Lexi wakes up to see her appendages have slightly changed and she remembered glowing while in the water before she was knocked out. Then she learned she was almost kidnapped while she was unconcious. Lexi was scared for her life. Lexi gets a kind of warning when she is iib danger. Someone is talking to Lexi in her head,

I enjoyed this book. I liked the danger and intrigue in this book. I also enjoyed the twists and turns. I didn’t want to put this down as I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense and the alien aspect as you don’t see that many books on aliens and this had a different slant then i have ever read before as far as aliens  go. This grabbed in the beginning and didn’t let go until the ending. I would have liked more information on the Zeuorians. I liked the pace and plot. I liked the characters and the twists and turns and I recommend this book.

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review 2018-07-24 15:31
Where the Watermelons Grow
Where the Watermelons Grow - Cindy Baldwin
This book is spectacular. Cindy tackles the issue of mental illness on a young family: its unpredictability, the stress, the emotions and how this illness affects everyone around them. This middle school novel is not just for children, it’s for anyone who has been touched by mental illness as Della’s father says it perfectly when he lies about his wife’s absence. “Lots of people, they don’t understand an illness like your mama’s, like schizophrenia. They hear that name and start to use hurtful words, like “crazy” and “psychotic” and start seeing a person as just a disease, not a human being.” So, they feel that it’s just better that they lie or not say anything about her condition.
 
Eleven-year old Della would do anything to cure her mother. Della feels she’s at fault for her mother’s disease and since her mama won’t go to the doctor, she intends to cure her. She doesn’t just want the symptoms go away, like they have in the past, she wants a healthy mama. But as the days go by, it seems mama is getting worse.
 
Della tries a variety of ways to cure her mama but mama’s behavior is worsening and she is being unpredictable. In an area where neighbors help neighbors, Della feels alone and scared as she knows she can’t reveal to anyone their family’s secret. Arden, her best friend, who knows a bit about the situation, carries the weight of secrecy and friendship, watching her friend suffer.
 
I loved the Southern atmosphere of this novel where the community was positively involved in the lives of their neighbors. The concern for them yet the knowledge of knowing when to step away was felt as individuals drifted into Della’s family’s routine. The weight of responsibility that Della felt for her mother’s illness was heavy, yet that is how she felt as words of her mother’s illness were heard upon her ears. I felt for Della as she tried to help but it was like a losing battle.
 
Her little sister was a handful and I had to laugh and shake my head at her adventures. I felt Mylie needed someone to take her out and just run with her: run and run and run!
 
I loved the reference to the books as I read. Since I love The Graveyard Book, I was thrilled to see this book mentioned and how the character cited it. This book is filled with friendship, struggles, family, determination and love, it’s a book that you will not forget. I really enjoyed this book and feel that it’s a book that not only children will enjoy.
 
“Sometimes when things are bad for me, books get to be some of my best friends.”

 

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review 2018-06-20 21:58
Lone Star Knight (Texas Cattleman's Club: Lone Star Jewels) - Cindy Gerard

I think...I read a previous book in this series recently. Also think I liked it about as well.

The h - a member of the nobility in some country made up for the series - is in a plane crash and after 2 months in the hospital (really? - she has a badly burned hand and a broken ankle), goes into hiding. Supposed to be at the ranch of the previous couple, but due to the press, she ends up with the H. She has an assortment of issue and self doubts due to her injuries and scarring. And...someone may be after her.

 

The H - bazillionaire cattle baron-cum-horse breeder - is part of a group of men who for reasons dabble in the politics of a foreign country or two smaller than one of their ranches. Also apparently act as body guards though I'm a bit hazy on their point and purpose really. He's also, when you think of it, either dumber than a box of hammers or a real ass. He decides to friendzone her even though he really wants to bone her. Then, after she has a meltdown on him for baiting her about her problems, he caves and bones her. Oh, but they're just friends. Uh Huh. And he has every intention of sending her away. After 3 weeks. Unless he had a case of rubbers delivered... I mean; there was a stack of them beside the bed for round one. And he's sure she loves him, or at least thinks she does. It never crosses his mind that she might construe all his attention as an act of pity. She's worrying about her scars and not being beautiful and how that seems to be the only thing she is, so he helpfully nails her a few dozen times. I guess the flip side wouldn't be much of an improvement - the feeling that he didn't want her - but... Yeah; I don't think he really thought that through.

 

And at the end, nothing is really resolved about the bad guys because there's another book (different author). But the H finally decides he wants her to stay so tells her to marry him.

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review 2018-06-17 19:30
Spirited Away
Spirited Away - Cindy Miles
This was an enjoyable read. Tristan and his knights were murdered (and cursed) in 1292. Fast forward to present day. Andi, a forensic archaeologist, is tasked with excavating a skeleton and weaponry buried underneath a tree that goes uprooted by a storm. What ensues next is a nice mystery. If you like your romance clean, with some paranormal, I would recommend this one.

I will use this book for the time-travel square for Ripped Bodice Bingo. (It fits, kind of- it IS shelved 13 times as time travel on GR).
 
 

 

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review 2018-05-05 22:03
Audiobook Review: Secrets & Charades by: Cindy Ervin Huff and Meghan Kelly
Secrets & Charades - Meghan Kelly,Cindy Ervin Huff

 

Secrets & Charades is a sweet, clean historical romance.  Huff blends moments of courage with heartfelt fears and finds gold.  What  started with letters becomes an adventure of the heart. Jake and Evie find themselves dupped into a mail order arrangement. Evie is a woman who prides herself on following her dreams.  Jake is a man in need of some emotional healing.  Apart they exist, together they learn to live.  Their romance is littered with a hint of suspense and moments of enlightment.  The edition of Meghan Kelly is an added bonus. Her ability to give each character a personality  that is separate from the story and more about the connection is a welcome asset.  A pleasant surprise.

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