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text 2017-08-28 01:21
Can anyone say wishy washy?
Midsummer Night's Mischief - Jennifer David Hesse

I borrowed this book from my library because the second in the series looked interesting on the store bookshelf and I hate to start a series in the middle. If I had run into the series with this book I'm not sure I'd ever get to the second one. It's mainly because the main character is so flaky. In the book she states that she's been a practicing Wiccan since The Craft was popular, which would put it around 1996. Given that she's turning 30 and the book was published in 2016, she would have been practicing for 20 years. The problem is, she says she was in high school when she first became Wiccan. I don't know many 10 years olds in high school, so either my math is bad or hers is.

 

Having been a practicing Pagan myself for 27 years I take exception to some of the descriptions and references. Most Wiccans I know only call themselves Wiccan, never Pagan. When people ask me the difference I like to say "Wicca is to Pagan like Catholic is to Christian." One branch of a much larger tree. A practicing Wiccan also would not have been surprised that the day of the week and the phase of the moon are important to their workings, especially if they'd been doing it for 20 years. Not every single Wiccan (or Pagan) uses the phases of the moon and days of the week as guidelines, but a large number do. And even if they don't use it, that is usually because they choose not to, not because they never knew. It's in every single intro to the craft book I've ever owned.

 

Aside from my obvious issues with her details, the other thing that I didn't care for was the oh so convienent premise of why she has all the time in the world to conduct her amateur investigation and why the police aren't involved. The police are out because the city cops want the "big boys" with the special unit to do all the casework. Can you say cop out (pun intended)? Even the smallest town police would do more than a cursory investigation into a burglary, no matter what was stolen. I could see them asking for assistance from more specialized units, but just dropping it all together? Too convenient a reason for the heroine to not have police interactions.

 

As for why she has so much time on her hands? She's taking a "forced vacation" to avoid having to resign/being fired from her law firm because there was the hint of scandal about the theft and an upset family member. I'm sorry, any business that dumps me at the first sign of losing their reputation or their biggest client or future business, without taking into account the circumstances is not a business I want to work for. The rats should at least wait until the ship is sinking before they start deserting.

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review 2017-05-13 02:56
Mischief's Mayhem
Mischief's Mayhem: 3rd Installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries (Volume 3) - Deidra D. S. Green

Title:  Mischief's Mayhem

Author:  Deidra D. S. Green

Publisher:  Rathsi Publishing Presents

Series:  The Third Installment in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Mischief's Mayhem" by Deidra D. S. Green

 

My Thoughts....

 

Well as one can see these mysteries .... continue....with Anna Black still in prison ...however will she be able to  go to trial after what has gone on with her?  Continuing on what will we find with Grace Pembroke Wetherby[Baby Doll Killer] still doing her thing time around, however, it looks like she has been caught by none other than ?  Now, in this read we get some new characters...Major and Mayven who are causing havoc across the state lines with their killings. Who are these two and why are they on this killing spree?  Now, I don't want to leave out how hard Dr. Daniels and Detective Phillips are still trying to piece these murders all together, however, it seems like they maybe getting some more help with there cases.  All in all to know what all has gone on in this series  you will have to pick up not only "Mischief's Mayhem" but the other two installments in The Chloe Daniels Mysteries to fully understand what has gone on with each of these very captivating main characters[Anna Black, Grace Pembroke Wetherby and Major & Mayven].  So, I starting my next read of this series....FIT: The 4th installment in the Chloe Daniels Mysteries to get some more of this mystery read.

 

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review 2017-04-16 14:23
Meow Means Mischief - Ann Whitehead Nagda,Stephanie Roth
I really enjoyed this book.

It is simple and easy to read for young readers, but there are complex themes in it. I loved how Nagda addressed Rana's journey to fit in at a new school and the evolution of her attitudes toward the "wrong grandma". A great book about accepting who you are and embracing people's differences.

Obviously the cat adventures were humorous and cute. Well written and realistic.

I loved the way the book came full circle at the end.

This is a heart warming story of a girl, a stray cat, a grandmother, and the love they develop for each other.
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review 2017-04-01 00:38
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 1-10) - Lemony Snicket

This is a series I grew up loving when I was a child! I remember having AR quizzes on these books when I was younger.They tell the story of the Baudelaire children who are orphaned after losing their parents in a fire. The novels describe the journey these children go through to protect their parents fortune and the mischief they become involved in. It is a great series to get children interested in reading with. The books would be good in 5th or 6th grade and the series as a whole has a lexile level of around 1010L for each book. For the classroom, I think it would be hard to cover the whole series, so you could create a book club for students to join and have these series as a fun after school book to read with friends. The books would also be good to use for summer reading. 

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review 2017-01-31 04:44
Don't miss this! Awesome!!
Mistletoe Mischief: A Lost and Found Ser... Mistletoe Mischief: A Lost and Found Series Novella- Roger - J.M. Madden

Mistletoe Mischief by J.M. Madden is a fantastic quick read.  This is a perfect choice for people with limited time for reading.  Ms Madden has delivered a well-written book full of phenomenal characters.  Cass and Roger's story is loaded with drama, humor and sizzle and kept this reader planted in her seat until The End.  I loved the epilogue where Ms Madden includes Christmas scenes for various characters in previous books.  I especially loved Zeke's section, his book was one of my favorites.  I totally adored Mistletoe Mischief and look forward to reading more from the talented J.M. Madden soon.  Mistletoe Mischief is book 5.5 of the Lost And Found Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.  

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