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review 2015-12-14 06:20
well written but ends on a cliffhanger
Zombie Thanksgiving: A YA Paranormal Story - Rusty Fischer

Going in, I knew "Zombie Thanksgiving" was only 24 pages so I tried to prepare myself for an extremely short story. The writing was so good, but it was still just way too short for me though.

It's good that "Zombie Thanksgiving" left me wanting more but also bad because I had so many questions. I would have liked more background on the zombies and the main characters. What happened to them next? I might never find out!!

This is why short stories, in my opinion, are so difficult to pull off. Readers want them to accomplish A LOT in a short amount of time. I'd rather not read one that ends on a major cliffhanger, which "Zombie Thanksgiving" does. So if you're okay with cliffhangers, give this one a go. Otherwise, you might end up pulling your hair out wondering what happens next.

For more of my reviews, check out Donnie Darko Girl!

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review 2015-12-14 05:52
fun read for the fall!
Pumpkin Spice & A Body On Ice: A Dixie Cupp Diner Mystery - Willow Monroe

Starla Cupp and her best friend, Poppy (I love her name!), run the Dixie Cupp (yep, spelled with two p's) Diner together. I love their friendship; they're truly best friends who support each other. It's so nice to see two strong women supporting one another - no tearing each other down going on here! Just really refreshing.

At first I thought the town of Sugar Hill was a cozy one where everyone knows everyone but quickly discovered while everyone does know each other, they don't necessarily like each other. There are a lot of secrets floating around, and it's anything BUT a cozy little town. There are some serious shenanigans going down.

I laughed when the police chief, who's a major health nut, gets roped in by the mayor to judge the annual cupcake contest. There went Starla's hopes of keeping up her winning streak!

I loved Starla. She says she doesn't just let things happen to her - she says she lives life on purpose, and I really love that motto. Starla made me want to start living my life "on purpose" and stop feeling like everything is out of my control.

The twist was a surprise. I might have seen it coming a tad, but I was left guessing there for a while.

I just really really want more of these characters and searched to see if the author is planning on it. Not sure at this point, but I think chances are good. I definitely want more Starla!

I also bought a book by the author called Mall Santa Murderfor 99 cents because I enjoyed her writing so much.

So happy to have been able to scoop up Pumpkin Spice & a Body On Ice for free! I feel lucky to have discovered such great characters and writing!

Check out more of my reviews at Donnie Darko Girl!

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