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text 2019-06-14 19:31
BOOKLIKES-OPOLY 2019 Master Post
Before We Were Strangers - Brenda Novak
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
We Rule the Night - Claire Eliza Bartlett
Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski
Stepsister - Jennifer Donnelly
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Transcendence - Shay Savage
The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas




Bank Totals:

Start - 20.00

Land on Race Car - Race Car Card in Pocket

Before We Were Strangers {400pg} - $3.00

The Maze Runner (DNF) {read 70pg} - $1.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Landed on Go - $5.00

We Rule the Night {400pg} - $3.00

Lies Beneath {303pg} - $3.00

Winner's Crime {416pg} - $5.00

Stepsister {352pg} - $3.00

Past Go - $5.00

Use Race Car Card

Dark Places {370pg} - $3.00

Spun the Wheel for BL Square - $5.00

Transcendence {312pg} - $3.00



Bank Total - $64.00 (No Cards In Pocket)







My first roll for booklikes-opoly and I get doubles!!! That put me on #8. The Racecar!!!


I gained a Racecar Card and I rolled again.  Which lands me on #18. 


Read a book that is set in the Western United States (west of the Mississippi) or that was written by an author who comes from that region, or that is in the Western genre.


Read Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak which is set in Texas, and is West of the Mississippi River.


On roll #2, I got 8, which takes to #25.


25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!
Read a book that has been adapted for a film.


I DNF'd The Maze Runner by James Dashner at 8%, so under 100 pages in and I made a $1.00 for that.


My Bank Total - $24.00 Plus Race Car Card





Roll #3. I got 7, Which takes me #31 

I spun the wheel and got:



New Bank Total - $29.00 Plus Race Car Card

For My Bonus Rolls #4 and #5.  I got 6 which takes me to:


That nets me another $5.00

 New Bank Total - $34.00 Plus Race Car Card

My next roll I got a 6, this takes me to #6

6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.
Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.


I read my library hold of We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett - Worth $3.00 for 400 Pages


Bank Total - $37.00 Plus Race Car Card





After finishing We Rule the Night, I rolled a 6 and landed on #10

10. There's nothing like a trip to the beach to start the summer off, and, for readers, half the fun is picking the beach read!
Read a book that appears on any beach reads list or a book whose author's first or last name begins with any letter in B-E-A-C-H.


Read Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown - $3.00


Bank - $40.00 Plus Race Car Card

after finishing Lies Beneath, I rolled a 9

Which takes me #19


19. Spending some lazy days at the lake house sounds like a wonderful summer vacation!
Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% blue, or by an author whose first or last name begins with any letter in the word L-A-K-E.


Read Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski - Which is worth $5.00

after reading Winner's Crime, I rolled a 6


Bank - $45.00 Plus Race Car Card  



25. I look forward to the summer blockbuster movie releases every year!
Read a book that has been adapted for a film.


Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly - $3.00
(https://variety.com/2019/film/news/a-star-is-born-producer-cinderella-stepsister-movie-1203212945/) The link takes you to info about the movie to be made.


Bank - $48.00 Plus Race Car Card



Which takes me to #35
I'm going to use my Race Car Card and go around go (Collect $5) and go to #16


16. For some reason, I associate mountain/forest locations with mystery/suspense books. I think it's all of that deep shade!
Read a book that is a mystery or suspense, or which has a title that contains all of the

letters in the word C-A-B-I-N.


Read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn -$3.00


Bank - $56.00 (no cards in my pocket)





Rolled 10 (doubles) Takes me to #25 I've read for this one twice, so I'm skipping it and rolling my second roll from my doubles



Rolled 7

Which takes me to

I spun the wheel (got the same as last time I spun…)




Bank - $61.00 (no cards in my pocket)




Rolled 3 Which takes me to #34


  1. 34. When?

Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.


Transcendence by Shay Savage - $3.00


Bank - $64.00 (no cards in my pocket)



Rolled 4 (Doubles) takes me #1  My doubles roll I got


  1. 1. There is quite literally nothing quite like the feeling of closing the empty locker for the last time with 90 days of freedom stretching into the future.

Read a book that appears on any school-related "summer reading list," or that is identified as YA or Middle Grade


Reading The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas - $3.00





  1. 6. The summer vacation is fun, but if leaving town is just too expensive, the stay-cation can be fun, too.

Read a book set in your home town, state, or country or that you checked out of your local library or that has been on your (physical) bookshelves since last summer.


My lies book…for my connections possibly…or skip it


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review 2019-06-11 03:02
Review: What We Do for Love
What We Do for Love - Anne Pfeffer

This story gave me a lot of feelings. There is a lot to unpack emotionally and I think mostly it just felt real. The writing style and flow of the story felt very much like having a chat with a girlfiend over coffee. It was as if I was just hearing a story from a friend, if that makes sense.


Let us start with Nicole, oh Nicole. Since the story is told from her perspective we definitely get to know her the best. Her insecurities, her worries, and her fierce love for the people in her life. Not only is this a heartfelt story about a mother's love for her son but also the love she extends to someone who needs it more than anyone realizes at the time. My heart was with Nicole through the whole story, rooting for her and hoping everything worked out for the best.


My other favorite character was definitely Daniela. She is a thoughtful, lost teenager looking to find her way through a difficult time. Her fierce determination and helpful nature came through in every facet of her story.


There are some surprises along the way so don't you worry, I won't be spoiling those for you. This story is about love in many forms and it will certainly grab at your heartstrings. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in and enjoy.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-06-07 20:42
Review: Keeping You A Secret
Keeping You a Secret - Julie Anne Peters

Author: Julie Anne Peters

Published: 2003

Format: paperback

Pages: 250


I finished this early this morning and have been trying all day to figure out what to say about it.  It was... all right.  I didn't hate it, but definitely didn't love it.  


The protagonist Holland Jaeger...she got kind of a raw deal.  She was the product of a teen pregnancy.  Her mother was kicked out of her home, forced to quit school and raise a child on her own.  I think Holland was made to suffer some of her mother's bitterness.  She practically ran Holland's life, planning her future, going through her personal belongings, the whole nine yards.  Later in life when Holland's mother meets a nice man, marries and has a baby, she let's slip that she wished  she had waited to have Holland.  She thought she would have been a better mother.  She thought she would have wanted her.  For realsies?!  How do you tell your child you didn't want her and think it's just causal conversation?


Holland is in her senior year of high school and is completely over extending between classes, extracurriculars, work, and trying to live her life for her mother instead of herself.  She's struggling to even spend time with her friends and boyfriend of a year, Seth.


It's obvious from almost the beginning of the book that the shiney-newness of Seth had worn off, but Holland was too clueless to see things for what the were.  And she was busy applying to colleges she knew she couldn't get into (and got rejected from) to please her mother's need to live vicariously through her.


Enter CeCe, a transfer student who is gay, out, and immediately caught Holland's attention.  Holland was drawn to her.  After several encounters she finally realized that she's attracted to CeCe and that it wasn't the first girl she'd crushed on.  She never thought about it meaning she was gay until she was faced with out and proud CeCe.  After breaking up with Seth and crushing his fragile boy heart, she and CeCe started seeing one another, but CeCe insisted that they keep it secret, claiming to want to protect Holland from the hate and bigotry she faced daily.


But of course, as it always does, it came out that Holland was gay and dating CeCe.  Seth was angry, one of her best friends, Kristen, turned out to be a total bigot, and her other best friend was just hurt that Holland had ditched her with no explanation.   And of course her mother lost the plot and did exactly what her parents had done to her, she kicked her daughter out.  Holland's life fell into a shambles, all because she fell for CeCe.  But not really.


CeCe confessed to betraying Holland by suppressing her right to out herself--which was seven kinds of effed up--all because she was being selfish.  CeCe had previously helped her first love come out and once she did the girl became a whole new person.  She became confident and vibrant and bold and eventually fell for someone else and effectively cheated on CeCe.  This was what CeCe didn't want to happen with Holland, so she suppressed her.  Holland agreed that it was a betrayal, but at the same time, Holland agreed to the secret.  So it's just as much her fault, and honestly, nothing would have changed her mother's reaction.


I didn't like CeCe.  I didn't like Seth, or Kristen even before we found out she was a bigot.  I hated Holland's mother and CeCe's mother. And I hated the choices Holland made, and the choices she allowed to be made on her behalf.  If she was old enough to purchase her own vehicle and have  car payment and work, she was old enough to make her own decisions about college, especially since was was either relying on scholarships or paying for it herself.  Her mother had no right, and while I know it's hard to go against your parents when you're dependent on them for everything (leaglly and financially) at some point you have to say this is my life not yours.  The best thing Holland did was walk out on her mother when she attempted a half-assed, bull-crap reconciliation. Her mother hadn't planned to change, understand or accept Holland for anything other than what she wanted her to be.  And just as her mother never forgave or reconciled with her parents, I believe the same was true for Holland. 


This book just wasn't it for me.

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review 2019-06-07 14:23
3.2 Out Of 5 Stars for Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Lies Beneath - Anne Greenwood Brown


Lies Beneath #1


๏ ๏ ๏ Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏


Killer Mermaids
Lake Superior Setting



With Audio Performed by MacLeod Andrews



๏ ๏ ๏ My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏


Lies Beneath is not a bad story, more like a meh story. The idea behind it is an interesting one, mermaids who kill to survive and live in the Great Lakes...seriously killer Mermaids are kinda cool. Unfortunately, the idea of it is cooler than the actual story. Some Authors have the ability to pull a reader into the story and make them really feel it, but I didn't feel that with this Author. Initially, I was drawn to this story because the setting is Lake Superior, being from Michigan, I thought it was super cool to have a setting close to home, even though it was a part of Lakes Superior by Minnesota, I still kinda dug it. The narration was decently done, Macleod Andrews doesn't usually disappoint. I did not know until a couple of days after I finished this that it has two more books...I thought it was a stand-alone. The ending did kind of leave it with things unsaid, but I was fine with that. So, I honestly don't think I will continue the series.


๏ ๏ ๏ MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏




๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏


Plot⇝ 3.2/5
Narration Performance⇝ 4.5/5
Characters⇝ 3.5/5
The Feels⇝ 2.3/5
Pacing⇝ 3/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.7/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Meh...not really.
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Book Cover⇝ A bit deceiving, since the pov is from a MerMan
Setting⇝ Lake Superior, North Shore in Minnesota
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

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text 2019-06-06 18:20
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 250 pages.
Keeping You a Secret - Julie Anne Peters

FOURTH FIRST PERSON...in a row!  WTF?! Someone somewhere wants me to change my opinion about first person books! UGH!  Not deep enough into the book to know if I like it yet. Stay tuned.

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