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quote 2019-11-07 12:14
“She could kiss him. She could lean forward right now and kiss him, and, like the man said, stop this nonsense.

Instead, Kelly closed her eyes until she felt the car moving forward. She couldn't give in. She wouldn't give in.

Not unless she wanted him to break her heart all over again.”
Letters to Kelly - Suzanne Brockmann

~~ Letters to Kelly by Suzanne Brockmann

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-11-01 15:27
A Certain Type of Trouble
The Other Typist - Suzanne Rindell

This intriguing story captures the tone of New York City in 1924 and has a great premise: Rose Baker, a young female stenographer works in a Manhattan police office, taking the confessions of witnesses and criminals. The arrival of glamourous and independent Odalie, 'the other typist' adds flavour to Rose's otherwise routine life; spicing it up with exotic characters at underground speakeasys/bars. Rose falls right into this lifestyle as her obsession with Odalie grows. But, who is Odalie and will her life irrevocably damage Rose's?


Rindell has a clean, concise writing style that is engaging. Rose's first person narrative is enticing in that you're not quite sure what's going on and what is going to happen. The mini-cliffhangers make for a page turner. There were a couple of plot lines that I thought were going to be the focus for the story, but they ended up not really developing.


What I loved: The style of the book that captures the stylistic feel of the 1920s, and the way Rose speaks and observes.

What I didn't love: The ending. I won't ruin it further except to say that I felt it was a bit too vague and easy to read in a number of ways -- hence the "WHAT?!?" rating.


Reviews compare 'The Other Typist' to "Hitchcock, with a flourish of Great Gatsby"; Patricia Highsmith and Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl.' 

I might recommend this to lovers of psychological thrillers and book groups who like to lively discussions on open-ended finales - there are also book group discussion questions in the back.


I didn't realise until writing this post that this was made into a movie by the same title, in 2015 and stars Keira Knightley.


Favourite quote (this reference is to the telephone/landline telephone back in 1925):

"It is interesting to me how technology has in many ways facilitated and refine the practice of deception."




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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-10-31 07:24
Book review : mooncakes Suzanne Walker
Mooncakes - Suzanne Walker,Wendy Xu

October 29-31

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers' bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Review : I loved this graphic novel the art was beautiful and the story was awesome.

This is about Nova and Tam
Nova is a deaf witch with two grandmas. Tam identifies as them and is a werewolf . There is a demon and Tam has to stop it . Tam left years ago their step dad was bad and evil . Nova finds someone trying to break the barrier and it's the neighbor mrs Crawford. Tam was close with her and told her stuff apparently there was this cult involved and they need a wolf to sacrifice. Mrs Crawford takes Tam and the cult tries to get the change to happen but Nova is trying to help Tam and they stop the cult .Nova decides to leave home and Tam wants to come with.


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text 2019-10-31 07:13
Reading progress update: I've read 256 out of 256 pages.
Mooncakes - Suzanne Walker,Wendy Xu

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review 2019-10-12 19:16
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu
Mooncakes - Suzanne Walker,Wendy Xu

'Mooncakes' is a light, witchy romance celebrating family and friendship. It's super cute, which may be why I couldn't get into it as much as I should have.


Nova Huang lives with her grandmothers and helps run their café/magic bookshop. In her spare time she investigates mysterious goings-on that have a magical vibe. A report of a large white wolf in the woods and a horse-demon lead to an unexpected reunion with an old friend.


The dynamic between Nova and Tam is sweet and genuine and the added details of their lives - family dynamics, supernatural identities, struggles with handicaps - were very welcome. I could have used more with the bird-headed cousin. Maybe a sequel?


It was just very, very, cute. Even when it got serious. Other people are going to love this, but it wasn't for me.

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