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review 2018-01-24 23:53
Book Review: The Night Sister
The Night Sister: A Novel - Jennifer McMahon

Book: The Night Sister

 

Author: Jennifer McMahon

 

Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Horror/Mystery

 

Summary: In the 1950s, the Tower Motel - with its namesake tower - was the shining attraction of tiny London, Vermont. Now it stands in disrepair, alive only in the memories of three women - Amy, Piper, and Piper's sister Margot. They played there as girls until the day that their games uncovered something dark and sinister in Amy's family past, something that ruined Piper and Margot's friendship with Amy forever. As adults, Piper and Margot have done everything they can to move on; Piper lives in California, while Margot has devoted herself to studying local history and starting a family. Until, one day, Piper receives a panicked call from Margot: Amy and her family are dead, supposedly killed by Amy's own hand. And before she died, Amy scrawled a message that the two sisters know was meant for them: "29 Rooms." Suddenly, Margot and Piper are forced to revisit that fateful summer when they found a packed suitcase and haunting letters that once belonged to Sylvie Slater. Amy always claimed that her aunt had run away to Hollywood to live out her dream of becoming Hitchcock's next blond bombshell of a leading lady, but the truth is much more complicated. As they investigate, a new story unfolds, one of Sylvie and Rose, two sisters who lived at the motel during its heyday . . . and one sister who carries a secret that will haunt the generations to come. -Doubleday, 2015.

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review 2018-01-21 04:46
Kevin Henkes' Text
Kevin Henkes 8-Book Set: Chester's Way; Chrysanthemum; Jessica; Julius, the Baby of the World; Lily's Purple Plastic Purse; Owen; Sheila Rae, the Brave; and Wemberly Worried - Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes has several great books in his collection. This particular one I chose is "Sheila Rae, The Brave". I love this story because it portrays a fearless character who isn't afraid of anything. Young children can relate to this character because, typically, they aren't afraid of much either. Sheila wasn't afraid of the dark, thunder or lightning, or big dogs. She tied up bullies and laughed when the principal walked by her in the hall. She stepped on cracks, fought off monsters in closets, and rode her bike with no hands! Fearless she was, until one day she decided she would walk home. Her little sister, who looked up to her in every way, said she was afraid to walk home. Sheila set out on her journey home and ended up getting lost. She tried to convince herself she was still brave and fearless, but out of her element she was terrified! She cried for mom, dad, and Louise, her sister. To Sheila's surprise, Louise was there! She had followed her and remembered the way back home. The little sister saved the day and Sheila was so thankful! This story can portray being brave no matter how small you are. Students could write stories about a time in their life where they had to be brave and get through a situation that was scary. It could also show them that you don't always have to be brave and that it is OK to ask for help when needed!

 

Lexile: 500L

ATOS Reading Level: 2.5

Reading A-Z: K

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text 2018-01-02 18:01
My top reads of 2017 - the top 3!
Bad Sister - Sam Carrington
I Am Watching You - Teresa O'Driscoll
Tastes Like Fear: DI Marnie Rome 3 - Headline Digital,Sarah Hilary,Imogen Church
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review 2017-12-12 01:03
Review: Bad Sister by Sam Carrington
Bad Sister - Sam Carrington

Published by: Avon (5th October 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-0008200213

 

Source: NetGalley

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis:
Then
When flames rip through their family home, only teenager Stephanie and her younger brother escape unhurt. Brett always liked to play with fire, but now their dad is dead and someone has to pay the price.

Now
Psychologist Connie Summers wants to help Stephanie rebuild her life. She has a new name, a young son and everything to live for. But when Stephanie receives a letter from someone she’d hoped would never find her, Connie is forced to question what really happened that night.
But some truths are better left alone . . .

 

Review:
I absolutely LOVED Sam's debut, Saving Sophie, so I'd been really looking forward to reading this, as soon as I'd finished reading that brilliant first book! I was really hoping Sam had lots more crackers up her sleeve and wouldn't suffer 'second album syndrome' (music is my first love!) You know, when a band has a phenomenal first album and then their second is sadly lacking that certain something that made you sit up and take notice? Anyway...I digress...and a cracker this certainly is! It's on fire!

Bad Sister is full of rich, interesting characters that leap to life off the page. Connie is fascinating and I want to go to the pub with her! Lindsay Wade is another great character, and I adore the way her and Connie interact. I hope they appear again in future books by this author as I'd love to see their relationship develop further.

The case itself is complex and disturbing and there are more than a few shocks, twists and turns, including one right at the end, which made me gasp out loud! There is plenty to get your teeth into, with flashbacks told via 'then', and present day events via various viewpoints. There is a lot going on here, but with the author's skilful writing, there's no chance to get confused; you're led exactly where you're meant to be.

Had me on the edge of my seat, got my pulse racing, and kept me guessing...ticked every box!
I received an egalley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thanks to Avon and Sam Carrington.

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review 2017-11-30 00:00
The Forgotten Sister
The Forgotten Sister - Dalila Caryn The Forgotten Sister - Dalila Caryn *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I loved this story! It was fun reading this retelling of Sleeping Beauty where she (Roisin), has a sister named Rowan. The story it told from Rowan's point of view. As she trains to be a knight and protect her sister, she starts to resent her role. I loved the twist on an old classic, and really enjoyed the writing style and characters in this story. If I can find one fault, it would be the ending. It ended very abruptly, and left some things open. I'm hoping that means there is possibly more to come?
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