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review 2019-01-15 03:01
The Winter Sister
The Winter Sister - Megan Collins

I haven't been this engrossed by a book in a while. This book follows Sylvie as she goes back to care for her cancer stricken mother. Going back to her hometown will dredge up guilt regarding her sister's unsolved murder.

From start to finish I was interested in this. I just had to know what happened to Persephone. Not only do you get to find out just what happened to Persephone but you also find out other secrets.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.<!--/data/user/0/com.samsung.android.app.notes/files/share/clipdata_190114_205524_279.sdoc-->

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review 2019-01-13 17:41
I'm still glad I was an only child
Dear Sister - Alison McGhee,Joe Bluhm

Dear Sister by Alison McGhee (with illustrations by Joe Bluhm) was a happy accident. It happened to be returned while I was working at circulation and when I flipped through it I was intrigued enough to check it out for myself. The book is written in a series of letters and drawings from a boy who has just been saddled  blessed with a baby sister. His parents want him to write to her so they can put it in her baby book but he has his own ideas of what to write. From the start, his letters and drawings are quite hostile and he makes a point of saying that the 'wardens' have forced him into contributing. Their relationship is typical of an older sibling who has no interest in catering to an annoying, screaming infant/toddler/preschooler. Their age difference is about 8 years which explains a lot of the animosity. He always refers to her as 'sister' because the name he had picked out for her (and which wasn't used) was so good that he'd hate to slip up and call her that because then she'd be sad that it wasn't her name. This is one of those perfect little books that shock you when you realize they're not more in demand. It felt totally authentic and the illustrations were absolutely fantastic. They were a mix of childlike drawings which aged up with the character and a few realistic looking pencil drawings from a third person standpoint. The whole story is heartwarming and the ending was so sweet that I actually cried. What a great little book! 10/10

 

A/N: I discovered that Joe Bluhm illustrated one of my favorite William Joyce books The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and now I'm on a mission to find more of his work. No wonder I liked the drawings in this so much! XD

 

Source: Amazon.com

 

                                  Source: Amazon.com

 

What's Up Next: I'm waiting on another volume of the Elfquest Archives so that I can hopefully do my reviews in one post. We shall see...

 

What I'm Currently Reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (reread)

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-31 00:06
The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister by Meghan Quinn
The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister - Meghan Quinn

 

Am so tired of hearing people say that nice girls finish last. Meghan Quinn throws that adage right out the window with Julia. She's the girl that constantly gets overlooked, until the day somebody got caught looking back. It's love at first sight for golden boy Bram Scott, when he sees his best friend's sister for the first time. The guy with all the right moves, proceeded to fall flat on his face. Now that he finally has her in his sights, all bets are off. He knows what he wants and will use any means necessary to get it. Failure is not an option. He's playing for keeps. The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister uses humor to knock down stereotypes and deliver some valuable truths. Quinn is good at laughing her way right into a heart with her at times unconventional, but always irresistible characters.

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review 2018-12-27 17:56
A Springful of Winters by Dawn Sister Review
A Springful Of Winters - Dawn Sister

Kit is a bit socially awkward. In fact, the rules of social encounters are mostly a bit of a mystery to him, but he gets by, with lots of lists and contingency plans. He doesn’t have any plans in place for when he first meets Stephan, however, and he keeps bumping into the man in the most embarrassing situations. The trouble is, Stephan keeps turning up in unexpected places, arousing suspicion that this gorgeous man might just have some contingency plans of his own where Kit is concerned.

 

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Lyrical in places and just plain fun in others. Kit and Stephan not so cute meeting will make you laugh. However, Kit working to navigate a world that isn't built for him is tender. However, we get a great dog and the sunny Stephan. More of who Stephan in would enrich but a pleasure overall to snuggle down with.

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review 2018-12-04 14:57
Good Story and Good Characters
My Sister's Secret - Tracy Buchanan

Willow is with Ajay on the way to the wreck dive. She would not have been on this dive without Ajay. Willow and Ajay talked to the rest of the divers. . Guy is one of the divers and Ajay told him willow had dived the Russian tanker with him. That had a good job. Willow had been in between contracts when Ajay contacted her to see if she was free to work this dive. The dive was a cruise liner that had sunk from a rogue wave. It so happened it was Willow’s father’s and her parents had died when the liner sank. Willow was seven when her parents died. Willow had been raised by her aunt who had been watching her when the ship sank. The commercial diving world is tight and it’s hard to fit in especially being a woman. Ajay thinks Willow is too fussy when it comes to men comparing them all to her father. The Guy mentions the rich person who owned the liner had died to and Willow says that had been her dad. Willow had wanted this dive for a long time. Willow felt an unbearable sadness when she seen the liner lying broken at the bottom of the sea. Willow now had to try to stifle her grief and sadness and concentrate on this dive. Willow was the first one going into the ship the other divers fell back. Than less than five minutes and something was wrong and Willow and all the divers were forced to leave. Willow told Guy she had got into swimming because of her parents. The next morning Willow got a call from Ajay and he said the divers found something that may have been her mother’s. It was the purse Willow had bought with her dad for her mother’s thirty fifth birthday. But there was a pendant in the purse with the initials C & N on it. Thought Willow’s moms name was Charity , her dads name had been Dan. When Willow got back to her room she called her aunt and asked her about the pendant but her aunt was lying and Willow knew it. Willow went to her childhood home as her Aunt had finally convinced her to sell it. She had never went back after her parents had died. Than Willow finds an envelope with her name on it that was about a photographer’s exhibit but her Aunt had thrown it away without even telling Willow. She then learns her mother had loved submerged forests and had wanted to visit every one of them in the world. Niall Lane was the photographer who’s exhibit she had been invited to view and her mom used to dive together. When charity had been younger she had two sisters but one-faith had died in a tragic car accident. Niall had been Charity’s first love. This managed to come between the other two sisters - Charity and Hope. charity had a secret based on Faith’s death and Charity kept the secret to protect those she loved the most. Charity ended her loving relationship with Niall because of Niall’s involvement in Faith’s death as Hope couldn’t stand being around Niall after that. Charity went on to marry Dan but she still remained close to Niall.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the plot and the pace. It was an emotional good read. There is: romance, first loved, submerged forests, treachery, death, secrets, lies, mystery, lose of a sibling, death of parents, and so much more. I liked the two POVs in this book. I didn’t mind jumping between the past and the present and that usually annoys me but the way the author did this just was great. I liked the surprise at the end of this book a lot. This story grabbed me from the start and kept me until the end of the book. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.  

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