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review 2017-07-21 22:09
Figuring out who you are
Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson

The only exposure I've had to roller derby is through the film Whip It which admittedly is more than some people. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to read more about it especially when I saw the cover of today's book. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson follows a middle schooler named Astrid who (after going to a roller derby bout) decides that she will be an all-star roller derby girl. However, there are a few hiccups in this plan. (I was going to tell you what they are but I decided it would be better for you to discover them yourself especially since they make up the backbone of the book.) This is a story all about discovering what you're made of, adolescent friendship, and perseverance. It's pretty much middle school wrapped up in one volume + crazy rollerskating antics. I should also mention that it's a graphic novel with truly epic illustrations which were done by the author (I love when that's the case). Overall, I thought this was a fast paced, angsy book that captures what it's like to be a preteen girl who is obsessed with . It's a fun book, guys. If you have any middle grade readers in your life that love sports I think they'd really like this one. 8/10

 

And since I've done this with a few other author/illustrators I thought I'd include a blog post that Victoria Jamieson did with some sketches from the book. Here's a sample:

Source: Victoria Jamieson Illustration

 

And here's what you can expect from the finished product:

Source: books4yourkids

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-07-13 04:58
Reaping Havoc (Reaping Havoc #1) by A.J. Rose
Reaping Havoc - AJ Rose

Too many words in this one. I was skimming like no-ones business!

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review 2017-07-06 22:10
More than just a romamce
On Thin Ice: Gay Sports First Time Roman... On Thin Ice: Gay Sports First Time Romance - Van Cole

I enjoyed the original version of this story with Matt and Chris' easy camaraderie and banter, so I was excited to see this expanded version of the tale. The whole thing came together perfectly and the story flow is even better with the expansion. This romance is about so much more than just two people falling in love. It's about standing up for who you are, regardless of what other's may think, and not letting yourself be a victim to peer pressure and prejudice. I've been reading this author's work for a while now and it's been a pleasure to watch his books evolve and grow. I'll be interested to see what comes next.

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review 2017-06-29 07:15
Chances
Playing For Keeps: A York Bombers Hockey Romance (The York Bombers Book 3) - Lisa B. Kamps

This is the 3rd book in the York Bombers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Jennifer had to start over.  She just needed a new place and new scenery to get over the past.  Her brother lets her stay with him.  Then she meets his teammate....

 

Tyler has already got the hots for his friends sister.  The code among the team is you don't poach family.  He just cannot stop how he feels.  She seems to feel something too.

 

This is such a fast paced story.  I like the characters and the heat.  Love that it has hockey.  This series is just a really great read.  I am hoping for another installment.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-06-27 06:28
New
The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

Brody was known for being a player.  In more ways than one.  When he met Delilah in the locker room, he horrified and excited her at the same time.  Keeping her interest when she is trying to stay professional, is a whole new game.

 

Delilah has to be taken seriously.  In an almost exclusively male career, she wants to just be known for her own merits.  When the hottest man in tight pants (or out of them) puts the moves on her, she finds herself wanting to say, "yes."

 

This was an amazingly hot read.  I loved these characters.  I found them profoundly honest and it was refreshing.  The heat level in this story was also turned up.  Was a perfect summer read.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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