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review 2017-03-17 09:33
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Maybe This Time - Jennifer Snow

Coming home at the end of a bad marriage, Abigail and her daughter have to find their way.  Jackson has always been there, but not always friendly.  What could happen now?

 

Jackson has been in love with his best friends girl since before they knew what a relationship meant.  He has suffered through her being someone else's, and now he hopes for a chance to change that.

 

The story is rather cute.  I always love a good hockey book.  This one came across a bit forced.  The pace is good, dialogue original, but the story just does not seem smooth.  I give this book a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-02-17 00:00
Maybe a Fox
Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt,Alison McGhee Review to come.
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review 2017-01-26 18:38
Maybe, Someday
Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover
Maybe, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: Partially because the last Colleen Hoover book I read wrecked me in the very best way, partially because it is on Goodreads Top 100 Romance list and I want to read at least 10 books from this list in 2017.


The Characters:

Sydney Blake:
Ridge Lawson:

Co-starring: Warren, Bridgette, Maggie, Tori and Hunter.


The Story:

Heartache, confusion, many many tears.

Sydney and Ridge form a bond over his music. That bond continues to grow but there’s a small problem, Ridge is in a relationship with Maggie. Oh and Sydney’s trust has been torn apart by her ex boyfriend Hunter and her ex roommate Tori.

The Random Thoughts:

I need someone to put these songs to actual music so I can buy the soundtrack.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars
 
 
 
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review 2017-01-13 10:42
Then Again, Maybe I Won't
Then Again, Maybe I Won't - Judy Blume

...maybe that's the trouble.  Maybe kids don't always want you to give them everything."

 

What can I say?  I've been in the mood for Judy Blume and revisiting my childhood.  

 

This book is more clearly dated, especially from a class-distinction POV; nowadays even 'posh' people don't look twice at owning a truck.  But I doubt very much that anything important has changed: Judy Blume nails what it means to be a confused teen with more questions than answers and no good place to ask them, and she so clearly illustrates that kids don't care about money; at least not until their parents have taught them to.  

 

Then Again, Maybe I Won't is Blume's only YA book told from the POV of a boy and in typical Blume style she doesn't pull any punches.  Tony is a boy going through puberty with all potential for embarrassment that comes with it.  As a teen myself, I read it because it was scandalous, of course, but after reading it I also remember thinking "huh - girls aren't the only ones that got screwed".  It was a nicely equalising thought.

 

I'm guessing recent editions of this book have been updated to remove most of the anachronisms.  If so, I'd recommend it to anybody's teen - but only because I'd probably have no chance of getting them to read the "old fashioned" original.

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review 2017-01-07 05:43
Scotland Yard's First Cases
Scotland Yard's First Cases - Joan Lock

See my full review at Mystereity Reviews

Scotland Yard's First Cases is more than a story about Victorian crimes, it's also a fascinating look at the beginnings of Scotland Yard and the first detectives to come aboard and pioneer the finest law enforcement agencies in UK. It highlights not only their fight to create a detective force, but also their struggles to modernize, deal with corruption in the ranks and to standardize crime cases across the UK. Their legacy is still lives today, as Scotland Yard is recognized world wide as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the world.

I particularly enjoyed the focus on the methods of detection used, their abilities were admirable, considering the lack of technology and training. Really, it's a wonder that so many crimes were solved and the compelling cases highlighted in the book are a testament to their tenacity. The author's thorough research in the archives is apparent in the details, with each case presented in a concise but very entertaining manner and one story about the robbery of a stamp office was particularly amusing. Their legendary exploits even made it into literary works of the time, including stories by Charles Dickens.

Scotland Yard's First Cases is an entertaining first-rate history of one of the world's most prestigious and recognizable agencies in law enforcement and its captivating cases will appeal to fans of history and/or true crime.

Thank you to Endeavor Press and Netgalley for a copy of the book in return for my honest review

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