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review 2017-09-22 00:48
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice) by Jennifer Snow
Maybe This Christmas (Colorado Ice) - Jennifer Snow

 

A wish, a risk and a kiss light up the season this holiday. Ms. Snow mixes business with pleasure in this friends with benefits romance. What happens when a hockey star is forced to spend the holiday with his endearingly, overbearing family? He discovers the girl he left behind is starting to look like the woman he can't live without. The people we love most are sometimes the ones we appreciate the least. Maybe This Christmas is a reminder of the precious moments and the special people that grace our lives and live within our hearts.

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review 2017-09-20 22:17
Quick Holiday Read
Her Snow White Christmas: Snow Globe Mag... Her Snow White Christmas: Snow Globe Magic Book 1 - Cara Marsi

Her Snow White Christmas by Cara Marsi is a fairly short read, a good choice for holiday reading for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Marsi has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are lovable.  Josh and Avery's story is a Christmas tale full of drama, humor and a bit of Christmas magic.  I enjoyed reading Her Snow White Christmas and look forward to reading more from Cara Marsi in the future.  Her Snow White Christmas is book 1 of the Snow Globe Magic Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from BookFunnel.

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review 2017-09-19 21:00
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey

I love fairy tales, and this one is no exception. I also appreciate that the wild, snowy Alaskan landscape is as much a character as the 50-year-old husband and wife who are the protagonists. Inspired by a Russian fairy tale, Ivey has done a lovely job of balancing the magical world with the very real difficulties and savagery of life in the high north. The images Ivey chooses work perfectly and the characters are all well-drawn, even the somewhat unearthly presence of the 'snow child' herself.

 

Like the best of fairy tales, this one is equal parts light and dark, and the transformations are complicated and at times disturbing. Thank goodness for that.

 

My only issue with the book, and what stopped me from giving it five stars, is that it's a tad too long. Well, more than a tad. There is a good deal of detail that might have been removed in favor of pacing. Still, I recommend it for anyone who has a soft spot for magical tales. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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review 2017-09-15 00:29
Fog, Snow, Fire, AKA the Losing Christina Trilogy
Fog, Snow, and Fire (Losing Christina, #1-3) - Caroline B. Cooney

Christina is an island girl. Her home on Burning Fog Island in Maine is a resort in the summertime, but, with only a tiny year-round population, students have to go to school on the mainland when they start 7th grade. This means boarding in a stranger's house and being away from their families, but Christina is excited to hear that the new school principal and his wife, an English teacher, are opening their colonial home to all four of the island children this year. They'll all be together, what could happen?

The Shevington's home is as beautiful as they'd heard, but they are relegated to cheerless attic rooms. The boys shrug off the inconveniences, but it quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with the eldest island student, the brilliant, but fragile, Anya. No one wants to hear Christina when she begins to ask questions about the Shevingtons and their mysterious past, or about the other promising girls who have vanished after crossing their path.

Caroline B. Cooney is one of the founders of tween suspense, so I was thrilled to come across this omnibus of a trilogy I'd read back in middle school. Part one, The Fog, is a masterful setup, introducing the characters and making a good effort to get the reader to doubt Christina. Too soon, however, the plot creates spectacular tragic accidents and blatant cruelty that is ignored by almost every adult. Trick psychology and gas-lighting go only so far, even in a small town in Maine in the late 1980s.

 

It's also clear that Anya was heading for a fall long before she set foot in the Shevington's house. Impossibly twee.

If the reader gives in to the fun of the story, however, it is a fun ride and some of Christina's responses to the bullying and harassment she receives from fellow students and adults are inspired.

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review 2017-09-14 22:08
Fun Read!
Let It Snow by Erica Ridley (2013-12-06) - Erica Ridley

Let It Snow by Erica Ridley is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Ridley has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are loveable.  Lance and Marigold's story is hard to describe, I'd say part fairy tale, part time travel but all a fun and enjoyable read.  There's plenty of action, drama and sizzle to keep readers turning the pages.  I enjoyed this short book and look forward to my next book by Erica Ridley.  Let It Snow is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from instafreebie.

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