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review 2018-09-14 11:13
not for me
Escaping Reality - Lisa Renee Jones

There was  a plain white envelope with her name on it . taped to the mirror. It hadn’t been there at the ladies room at Manhattan’s Museum of Art when she got there. Amy’s real name had been Lara but it had been changed  This was an charity event . It had been years since Amy had a flashback and she tried to fight it. But Amy is already there. The scent of smoke burns her nose. The sounds of blistering screams shreds Amy’s nerves. All the pain and heartache, the loss of all she had and will never have again threatens to overwhelm Amy. Amy shooves the wrenching memories away. She can’t let this happen in a public place. Not when Amy is certain danger is knocking at her door. Amy hears voices and grabs the envelope and quickly goes into a bathroom stall. The envelope said “ I found you and so can they. Go directly to JFK Airport and do not linger. Locker 111 will have everything you need,” Amy heart thunders as she takes in the signature - a triangle with something written inside. The same symbol on the arm of the stranger who saved Amy’s life and helped her start a new life and who made sure Amy understand that seeing the symbol means Amy was in danger and she had to run. Once again Amy will lose everything. After six years Amy dared to believe she was safe. Deep down Amy knew that wasn’t true. She had ;left her job  two months ago as a research assistant at the central library to work at the museum. Chloe- the only person Amy has allowed to be a friend- asked Amy where she had been. Then Amy remembers everyone near her could also be in danger. She slips out a door and gets a cab and goes to JFK Airport She finds the locker and it has a carry on roller suitcase and a small brown leather tote bag with a large yellow envelope sticking out of it. Then she finds the note there was money in the bank account and more will be put into the account as she needs it until she was fully settled. There was a new social security license, a new license, and passport. There was a complete history to remember and a resume and job history that will check out if looked into. Then the note told her to throw away her cell phone. The new one was registered under her new name and address. There was a plane ticket and the keys to an apartment . Toss all identification and don’t use her bank account or credit cards. Stay away from museums and her first name wouldn’t change and her last name would now be Reynolds. She was going to Denver. She thought she would get as much of ehr money as she could tomorrow out of her account so she has some of her own money.  Then she saw him, he was in a seat facing her. He -Liam-was one hundred percent focused on her. Lara/Amy house burnt to the ground and killed her whole family, the fire was not an accident and her father was the target. But whoever killed her father wanted her dead too. Amy had met Liam at the airport. Liam is a billionaire but he is also an architect. Liam is a man who is used to getting what he wants and he wants Amy. Amy knows this is just what she is suppose to avoid. But the more time Amy spends with Liam the more she wants to stay with Liam.

I couldn’t get into this book. Amy isn't supposed to get close to anyone especially someone that was scoping her out at the airport and wouldn’t take his eyes off her. Why run if she is willing to get so caught up with a stranger? SHe has managed to stay alive by doing what the guardians she has. Just makes no sense to me why not tell Chloe who she really is she let her become a friend. She had given up her whole life twice now all a sudden some strange guy and she is willing to let go of the way she has survived since the fire. Just made no sense to me so no longer enjoyed the book. I am sure others will enjoy this just wasn’t for me.

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review 2018-09-09 17:52
Strictly No Elephants - Lisa Mantchev,Taeeun Yoo

Today is Pet Club day! There will be dogs and cats, and fish too. But strictly no elephants allowed! A little boy and his tiny elephant must find a solution to show the Pet Club that pets come in all shapes and sizes. So he decides to create his own club one that allows animals of kinds to show them what a true friend looks like. 

 

This is a great book for character education. With lyrical text and sweet illustrations children will enjoy seeing all the pets that are allowed in the new Pet Club. 

Lexile: AD490L

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review 2018-09-09 15:31
Moonlight - Lisa Kessler

Book one in the Moon series was an enjoyable, passionate story about a woman who doesn't realize that she is a shifter and a man who knows he can't love a leopard shifter but can't stay away and can't stop loving her.  Their adventure of finding out who is after her, who are the bad guys and allies, and how can they live together without losing everything.  I enjoyed their story and will definitely check out more in the series.  This series has been out quite a while and it has been on my TRL for just as long. I am glad I finally sat down to read book one, it is great at the passion, it is great with the emotional tension, it has a strong plot and conflicts, and all together made for an enjoyable story.

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review 2018-09-01 21:20
Then She Was Gone
Then She Was Gone: A Novel - Lisa Jewell
There were parts of this book that I found creepy as I read. I kept thinking isn’t this odd that this is happening and then finally, things started to add up. I couldn’t put everything together until the very end though. I liked that about this novel, how it was a show reveal and then you get the full details at the very end. I felt that I have some intelligence as I am reading and I wasn’t totally blown away by my lack of skill.
 
In the story, Laurel’s oldest daughter Elle, left the house one day and never returned. The story flashes back to the time before Elle vanishes so the reader gets to know the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Back in the present day, Laurel meets a man and she starts dating him. He seems over zealous with Laurel and Laurel is a bit apprehensive as this is her first experience dating again. I’m not going to go into much more detail but to say that sometimes individuals go through life and they’re not really present. They’re not really in the moment, they’re there but not fully comprehending what’s going on. I enjoyed this novel, not a lot of characters and an enjoyable plot.
 
I thought the ending was excellent, all the way down to the Red Cross book.

 

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review 2018-08-31 13:22
Rush - Lisa Patton

3.5 STARS

 

I had to keep reminding myself that this was set in 2016.     There were times that I felt like I was back in the dark ages.    I felt like Pearl was 100 years old, not 44 (same age as me), with the way she talked about her babies.  Rush takes place in the South at Ole Miss and I realize there is racism everywhere but it seemed like we were back in the times of segregation.    This is a book that not everyone is going to love.   The talk of racism is not a topic that everyone can handle.   Lisa Patton takes a topic that is not easy and turns it into a story that teaches lessons, opens eyes, and gives a history lesson all in one.

 

The story is told from many different perspectives.    It is easy to follow and know who is telling their story.   I loved hearing about the college life from different POVs.  Each character had their own opinions and it was interesting to learn how they viewed college, rushing, their families, and the south.     Cali and Ellie are my favorites.    They took what could have been a horrible situation and changed their town, their families, and their college experiences.   

 

Rush is a book that will empower our youth, open the reader's eyes to changes that must be made in the world, and tell a story that will stay with you.    

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