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text 2017-09-16 11:02
Finished Amateur Sleuth Square: I've read 100%.
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins

My only re-read this year and my previous review stands.

 

This is like a guilt-free trip to the circus and the big cats are supporting characters and add some of the humor. The circus people messing with the investigator makes it fun, though there are some tense moments.

 

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review 2017-09-10 20:37
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus

 

Found a copy of this book in the Lending Library and decided to check it out for an easy read.

The story is simple, the writing is okay, but I really did not like the narration. Junie's narration really bugged me with her misprounciations and incorrect use of past tense verbs. I understand why it was written that way, but for me it was very irritating.

I also didn't really like the whole Valentine theme. The girls turn it into a competition between them, which I don't think was resolved in a very satisfying way. An important teaching opportunity was clearly missed.

Okay book. 

 

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text 2017-09-10 11:01
Amateur Sleuth Square
A Spark of Justice - J.D. Hawkins

This is my only re-read this year.

 

 i didn't read it for Bingo, but did read it last March. My review is here: http://loram.booklikes.com/post/1541740/a-spark-of-justice

 

It's a fun book and I've wanted to read it again, so when I saw amateur sleuth as one of the categories I thought of it right away.

 

The protagonist is an insurance investigator who is just supposed to establish whether the death of a lion tamer was an unfortunate accident or foul play, but the circus people start messing with him and a few things happen that look like someone is out to kill him, so he gets in a lot deeper than his job should entail.

 

I enjoyed the focus on the big cats. While I don't condone keeping them the way circuses historically have done, this is an opportunity to step into a fantasy circus world where the cats are better cared for. I've got a soft spot for the panther, though the lion adds the most humour.

 

Anyway, looking forward to starting this one again later today.

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review 2017-09-09 21:12
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy - Barbara Park,Denise Brunkus

 

This is the first book I have read in this series.

The antics of Junie B. Jones are reminiscent of Ramona Quimby, but the first person narrator really got on my nerves. Having Junie narrate the story with all of her age-appropriate grammatical errors was very irritating to me. It really took away from the experience. It made me like Junie less. She just annoyed me through most of the book.

The story itself was okay. Pretty predictable and not all that unique.

Okay read. Very quick. 

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review 2017-09-09 02:55
Finding Faith (Bedford Park Brides) by Connie Dave
Finding Faith (Bedford Park Brides Book 1) - Connie Davé

 

Connie Dave has a well rounded style.  Her characters are realistic and the obstacles they face are identifiable and relatable.   Like all humans, Ben and Faith weren't meant to be perfect.  Knowing that they were flawed are what draws readers in to their romantic entanglement.  Finding Faith is a roller coaster of emotions that is meant to be explored. 

 

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