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review 2017-10-17 04:26
This One Summer
This One Summer - Jillian Tamaki,Mariko Tamaki


Rose and Windy have been coming to the same beach every summer for years. Rose is a bit older and is starting to change into a young woman while Windy is still a girl. They have a sisterly relationship and enjoy their summers together. Rose is experiencing family strife and trying to figure out who she is as a young woman. Windy is still happy-go-lucky. 


This graphic novel is based in summer fun, but there are a lot of serious issues going on here. Rose's parents are dealing with infertility and loss. The young man who works at the local store may have gotten his girlfriend pregnant. The older kids curse and talk about sex. This is not a story for younger readers. I think the appropriate age depends on your individual beliefs, but I would say high school.


I found the hyperness of Windy a bit irritating and I didn't love the book. But I can see that it is well-written and will appeal to many teens and young adults. I read this book for my Young Adult literature class. :)

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review 2017-10-16 08:00
Forever In Blue
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood - Ann Brashares

(The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood)


It has obviously been quite a while since I read these books and was wondering, is this the same pants from the first book? If so, I think the real mystery is how these four girls were all able to fit the same pants for four summers!


I don't know why I got a part four in a series (without part 2 and 3) but, as the story is almost the same in every book (or so I'm told) it doesn't really matter.

I've only read the first book and this one, and it already felt repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it.

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review 2017-10-14 19:06
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)
Foxglove Summer: PC Peter Grant, Book 5 - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Series: Peter Grant/Rivers of London #5


Peter Grant travels to the country to help in the search for two missing girls. It was fun watching Peter completely out of his element, and the greater role that Beverly played in this way was a nice treat. Especially at the end.


I read this for the "Magical Realism" square for the Hollywood Bingo. It could also be used for the "In the dark, dark, woods", "Supernatural" and "Monsters" (unicorns) squares.

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review 2017-10-13 21:06
good read, great characters
One Summer Night (At the Shore Book 1) - Caridad Piñeiro

Tracy was in love with being in love and that worried one of  her best friend and maid of honor Maggie as tracy and her new husband were dancing. Connie and emma were Tracy’s other best friend as well as Maggie’s.   Maggie, Connie,and emma were the last three single females in their circle of college friends and business acquaintances. Maggie hadn’t thought about marriage in a long time as she had too much going on in her life . For years now Maggie had been dealing with her family’s business and it’s money problems. Maggie had mortgaged the property she had inherited to funnel money into the family’s struggling retail stores. Maggie spent way too much time at work which left little time for romance.  Maggie was told by connie Owen had been watching her all night but maggie said Owen had no interest in her. Owen and Maggie’s fathers had been friends until Owen’s father felt Maggie’s family had done him wrong. Now there was a feud between the two families.But owen and maggie didn’t feel that way. A while ago Owen and Maggie had shared a drunken kiss and since then fate has seemed to throw them together a lot both personally and in business. Maggie didn’t feel so alone when owen was around. But Maggie couldn’t get used to that. Owen had left maggie once when she had needed him most right after her mom's death.   Owen’s in and out of Maggie’s life proved she couldn’t count on him. Owen’s younger brother Jonathan was also at the wedding and seen Owen watching Maggie and said to Owen Maggie was just trouble and their father had declared the Sinclairs were off limits a long time ago and would have a stroke if he knew Owen and Maggie were together. Owen felt in a way he had been involved with Maggie forever. Owen had become intrigued with the woman Maggie had grown into as they had know each other since they were young. Owen and Maggie started spending time together which was risky and complicated. Maggie has to make her father understand they have to update the stores even though her father greatly fears changing the store his cherished wife had built. Owen wants to help Maggie with her problems but she doesn’t know if it’s just a ploy to bring her whole family down as Maggie had learned not to trust Owen being there for her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The story was a fun light read. This was well written and I liked the plot and pace of the book. I really enjoyed the build up of Owen’s and Maggie’s relationship. I didn’t like when Maggie didn’t believe Owen and that he really cared for her but understood why she felt that way. I loved how Owen respected and supported Maggie knowing what it may cost him.  I loved Maggie, Connie, Emma, and Tracy’s relationships and how they were there for each other. This was a little predictable but I still really enjoyed and liked this book. It was a modern day romeo and Juliet along with one struggling and one person rich. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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text 2017-10-08 10:25
Magical Realism Square: I've read 1%.
Foxglove Summer: A Rivers of London Novel - Ben Aaronovitch

It's about time I started this one, although I have three long reads I'm trying to get through. Spent last evening watching movies with the family instead of reading, though I got some progress in the afternoon.


I've read most of the books of this series. There is one I haven't got yet, but this is the only one already on my Kindle that I haven't yet read. So, it's time.


The books in the series have been pretty consistent, so I'm confident that I'll enjoy it at a similar level as the previous series books. Not really my A-list reading, but enjoyable enough that I bought several of them when they were on 1.99 sale. When the remaining book, The Hanging Tree, has a similar price drop, I'll buy that one too. Then I will have read them all.


I'm not generally a series reader, but there are exceptions. This is one of them. The stories are self-contained and can be read as stand alones, though I would recommend reading the first one, Rivers of London, first to get to know the main characters.


They are all murder mysteries which isn't generally my thing either, but there's a supernatural and magical angle and that changes everything.

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