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review 2017-11-04 05:46
[Claire Douglas] Last Seen Alive (Paperb... [Claire Douglas] Last Seen Alive (Paperback)【2017】by Claire Douglas (Author) [1837] - Claire Douglas

Three and a half rating.
A dodgy house swap, slightly problematic marriage, strange goings on and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Someone has got it in for Libby and Jaime, but who and why? This pair are meant to be intelligent but are so naive. It’s as if they shared the same one brain cell the way they carried on most of the time! There’s a lot of nasty, selfish characters in this book and only the dog is truly likeable. The ending comes as a bit of an anticlimax. There are some edge of your seat moments, it’s fast moving and there are some great descriptions of Bath, Cornwall and Thailand. I did like the writing style and the cover.

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review 2017-10-01 20:54
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! - Ammi-Joan Paquette,Laurie Ann Thompson,Lisa K. Weber
This book has an interesting concept. Each chapter is devoted to three short stories (3-4 pages each). These chapters are themed, for example there are a couple chapters devoted to plants, animals, and humans. As you read each of the three stories in the chapter, you as a reader, are to decide which story out of the three is a fake. In the back of the book, you can research your chapter and find out if your prediction was correct. In the Answer Guide, the author tells you a bit more about the stories and why the one story, out of the three, was a lie. I have mixed feelings about this novel.
 
I read these stories out loud to my husband as we traveled this past weekend. I would read the three stories and then we each would make a prediction on which story we thought was a lie. Sometimes we both choose the same story and other times we each chose a different story, which began a conversation about what made our story a lie. I liked the off-beat stories as I thought they were interesting and enlightening. The illustrations all looked promising and real, yet I knew that one of the stories was a lie and I found myself analyzing the illustrations with great care. There were topics about bridges made out of vines, a headless chicken, how to stop the aging process and x-ray vision, just to name a few. As we read through the chapters, we both were left pondering on a few of them as we both thought there seemed to be two lies and not just one. We really had to analyze these stories and think them through. Again, I loved the topics that were covered as I love learning new and quirky things. What I didn’t like about this novel is that I thought for some readers, they might have a hard time when they realize the true answer. The author had written some great detailed stories and as I read, I was believing that most of this was true. After finding the story that was a lie, I had to rethink about the facts for that story, telling myself that they were lies. I had to rewire my thoughts from my first original telling of the information. I just hope in the future, I don’t tell one of the fake stories to someone and forget that it was fake. I think this would be a great book for kids who are inquisitive about the world around them and for kids who love to learn new interesting ideas. This was a fun, interesting novel and the stories were excellent.

 

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review 2017-09-25 17:01
Go set a... sketchy tale about why this was published at all?
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee

I have one good thing to say about this: it's not, technically, canon. No stars because I don't know how to rate a ghost book, one that should not have been.

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text 2017-08-14 18:01
Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James $1,99
Just the Sexiest Man Alive - Julie James

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom, she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match...

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review 2017-07-29 21:24
Undead Or Alive - Cynthia Eden

This installment was short and moved quickly. I finished it in one sitting. I liked Amber and Cas, and their plot line was enjoyable and entertaining. The conflict and villain were good and there was even a nice twist I didn't see coming. I almost wanted more from their story though I finished not being disappointed. Cynthia Eden told a strong story, though short, and it had everything I like in a romance. Passion, excitement, strong characters, and a good plot and conflict. I enjoyed it and I continue to enjoy the Bad Things series.

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