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review 2018-04-22 19:53
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers
Island of Sweet Pie and Soldiers - Sara Ackerman
What a wonderful novel to read. I fell in love with the cover and after reading the synopsis, I knew this was something I needed to read. I didn’t expect the novel to be such a calm and enjoyable read. The novel takes place on Hawaii during WWII. A group of soldiers have arrived for training on the island, where they meet a group of women who are making the best of the situation. It’s a novel filled with racial tension, romance, friendships, war and family life.
Violet’s husband went missing one day and even with her monthly visits to the police station, to keep the case active, there is no news on Herman’s whereabouts. Ella wants to attend the Japanese School so Violet asks Setsuko if it would be possible for her daughter to attend her school. Ella will be the first white student in the school but this is short-lived as soldiers soon embark upon the island and close it down. It’s sad that Ella’s is again brokenhearted but when she takes to the soldier’s mascot, she finds happiness once again. Their mascot is a lion named Roscoe.
Violet has noticed this change in Ella and she feels it is because Herman is missing. Violet misses Herman too and she tries to bring Emma’s spirit up as much as she can. Ella takes to Roscoe yet Violet is scared of this beast being with her daughter. The soldiers try to calm her fears but Violet needs time to adjust.
Violet and her friends enjoy having the soldiers on the island, they feel a sense of security with them there as the war rages on elsewhere. Inviting the soldier over, the women get to know them and friendships and relationships evolve. The soldiers know their time there is brief for the battlefield is calling them. They make promises to return in one piece when their duty is over. Violet battles her own war of waiting for news about Herman and her feeling for a soldier named Parker. Ella is hiding something from everyone, a secret that is so private she leaks nothing out until the very end of the novel. As the soldiers prepare and head out, I have to wonder if their promises are real or if this island is just a stopping ground full of their false promises.
It was a wonderful and entertaining novel that captures another side of WWII. I liked how the author showed the tension between the individuals living on the island and the war. Where once the Japanese residents resided with their neighbors peacefully, the war is now causing conflicts among them. I enjoyed the novel’s relationships and how they progressed in the novel. I really enjoyed the authors writing. There was a relaxing feel to the novel as I read. I really enjoyed this novel and I look forward to reading other novels this author writes.


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text 2018-04-16 22:44
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 453 pages.
Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Giving up on this. Main girl character drives me to the point of insanity!

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review 2018-04-12 11:29
Sweet Tea And Sympathy by Molly Harper
Sweet Tea and Sympathy - Molly Harper

I found this book to be just plain flat. The story was slow, no real interest. Usually I enjoy Molly Harper’s books. I have purchased the next two shorts in this series. We shall see. 

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text 2018-04-10 08:55
RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Sweet Dreams (The Kihn #2) by Rivi Jacks
Sweet Dreams (The Kihn #2) - Rivi Jacks

Sweet Dreams begins where Sweetwater: The Kihn ended. It is not a stand-alone novel. There will be one more book in the Sweetwater series. 

Sofie Reece and Lucas Santiago’s love story continues in Sweet Dreams. 

Sofie Reece has a secret. 

A secret she’s kept hidden for most of her life and now the man she loves is determined to uncover what she’s hiding. 

What he discovers will put Sofie and all she holds dear in peril as she and Lucas confront the role she plays in their struggle against a ruthless and unimaginable enemy. 

This book is intended for mature audiences. It contains sexually explicit content that some readers may find objectionable. 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/04/release-blitz-review-sweet-dreams-kihn.html
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review 2018-04-09 11:20
Read the damn book, but brace yourself!
Sweet Dreams (The Kihn #2) - Rivi Jacks
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book direct from the author, that I write a review was not required. SO!!! Do you know how long I've waited for this book?? do ya, huh, huh?? FOUR YEARS! It's been four years since I read Sweetwater so I was awaiting this one. Oh yes, waiting and waiting! And it did not disappoint! It picks up right where Sweetwater left off, so you cannot read this without that one first, so, go back and get it! Sofie has discovered Lucas' secret, he's a Vampire. Not just any Vampire, either, he is head of the Guard who keep the Kihn at bay. And they are getting restless. The Kihn are pushing as the date for the gate opening gets ever closer, but they still don't know WHERE it will open. Sofie has her own secret, one that might push Lucas away. I have to say this, being all honest, like, cos that's what this is about: being honest. I don't remember only Sofie having a say in Sweetwater. I mean, 4 years folks! But she does here. AND it's in the first. AND it's in the present tense! So stuff that in your pipe and smoke it! Yes, me! Likes a first person, present tense book! Truthfully, I knew that, cos I mentioned it in my review for Sweetwater, that it's present tense. But yeah. Loved this one! Of course I would have loved Lucas to have a say, really I would, but I'm just greedy! Or I was loving it! Til Ms Jacks does her thing and throws you off the bloody cliff hanger of all cliff hangers! There we were, Lucas and Sofie all loved up, doing their things to keep the Kihn away. Things are moving against the Kihn, the supes have found a way to disrupt their communications, so gaining a upper hand. Plans are a-foot. Great plans, amazing plans. Then poof! You're off that cliff and hurtling down the ravine and you have no idea, NOT A SINGLE clue, when you can get back up again! Because, while Sweetwater was a great cliff hanger, this one?? OH. DEAR. LORD!!! I did not see that one coming, and my poor kindle, my new-at-Christmas kindle, had it's introduction to the wardrobe door! It's already been introduced to the wall, but the wardrobe was closer! OH!!! It just occurred to me! While Lucas is a Vampire, and he and Sofie do get lots *fans herself* of sexy time *fans some more* there was no biting! He doesn't bite her, or feed, not once! HUH! A Vampire that doesn't bite! The randomest things come to you when writing reviews! SO! Summing up?? Read the damn book, but brace yourself folks! Hurry, Ms Jacks, I NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED book three. I need to know, not only if the Kihn are dealt with, but that things for Lucas and Sofie get sorted too. 5 full stars! **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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