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review 2018-07-18 19:51
Vanilla Clouds
Vanilla Clouds - Roe Horvat

This book is one of those books that hits home.  And not so much for the romantic aspects but from the connection that is made through words alone.  Only in recent history have people been able to connect with others via the internet…through on line chats, websites, dating apps, etc.  It is mind blowing honestly.  And yet we have all managed to make close friends this way.  And while some don’t turn out the way we ever intended the majority of the people we meet are true. 

 

This is one of those stories. 

 

The connection made on line and then the desire to meet in person…the uncertainty, the fear, the doubts.  All the feelings in this book felt real, felt genuine.  Mainly because they are all feelings I have had.  While I have not fallen in love with someone on line, I have still experienced all of these moments.  And when the communication stops for a period of time and the internal doubt lands to the point you begin to worry that you screwed up…that you said something that may have ruined things…they are real. 

 

This is one of those stories.

 

We all want something more. 

 

13Magnific: I miss you, MichaƂ. How come I miss you when we’ve never been together? I want more than this. Please.

 

We all want happiness and we all fear our actions will damage our most precious relationships.

 

This is one of those stories.

 

And yes, there is chocolate and there is love and there is chocolate.  There is chocolate.  My heart was full.

 

**Highly Recommended**

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review 2018-07-18 17:40
Sweet Heat at Bayside (Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #3) by Addison Cole
Sweet Heat at Bayside - Addison Cole

 

They are standing on the edge of forever. Do they take a leap of faith or turn their backs on the chance? Serena and Drake have been in love for years, but they let friendship get in the way. Is it to late for their happily ever after to begin? Facing one's fears has never been so delicious. Cole dives into summer with an enchanting friends to lovers romance.

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text 2018-07-17 20:32
Thrift Books Haul: July 2018

 

Hardy Boys Casefiles #14: Too Many Traitors

 

Goodreads

 

 

Sweet Valley High Manga Edition #4: Elizabeth's Secret Diary

 

Goodreads

 

 

Sweet Valley High Super Edition #4: Malibu Summer

 

Goodreads

 

 

Sweet Valley Super Stars #3: Enid's Story

 

Goodreads

 

 

Sweet Valley Super Thriller #5: Murder on the Line

 

Goodreads

 

 

Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Super Mystery #7: Buried in Time

 

Goodreads

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-17 03:18
Review: The Long-Lost Brother - Francine Pascal
The Long-Lost Brother - Kate William,Francine Pascal

Looks can be deceiving ...

It's no secret that pretty, popular Sara Eastborne has a twin brother named Tim. Sara had told her friends at Sweet Valley High that Tim chose to live with their father on the East Coast when their parents were divorced. But she didn't tell them that Tim was in reform school!

Now Tim's out of reform school and ready to start a new life in Sweet Valley with Sara and their mother. Sara desperately wants Tim to keep his criminal past a secret. When Tim becomes friends with Elizabeth Wakefield and starts dating Sara's best friend, Amanda Hayes, Sara is afraid that the truth will come out and her social life at Sweet Valley High will be ruined.

Tim has betrayed her before, and she isn't going to let him do it again, no matter what. (from Goodreads)

 

Get ready for some rage reviewing. 

 

I had a lot of issues with this book, all of them named Sara Eastborne. When a book is literally based around the shame of a family member and that character's stubbornness to not let go of it, it bothers me. A lot.

 

The Long-Lost Brother follows Sara as she struggles with her brother Tim's arrival in Sweet Valley, and the fear that everyone will learn about his past of drinking, drugs and stealing a car.

 

She's also struggling with an egotistical lovechild of Bruce Patman and Scott Trost named Bob Hillman. He's her boyfriend. For some reason she thinks it's a really good idea to date him, even though he's openly a jerk, openly flirts with other girls, and treats her as if she were created to be a puppet under his control. All in all, my least favourite type of person.

 

Sara is shocked that Tim wants to tell people about his past, because how dare he ruin everything she has worked so dang hard to establish. And then everyone finds out when a van is stolen and he's arrested yet again. This book relies on way too many coincidences. Honestly, it's worse than Captain America: Civil War.

 

At the end of the book, Bob and Sara breakup, Amanda (Sara's best friend and Tim's crush) stops talking to both of them only to start talking to them again and send Tim home covered in her lipstick... Elizabeth Wakefield acts as everyone's best friend and is the only person who doesn't hate Sara. Sara decides she's happy being single and with her family just the way it is.

 

There are two subplots in this one, the main focusing on Elizabeth Wakefield as she writes an article based on the shelter for abused women and children and all the meetings that can go with it, like AA. There it ties into the main plot, where she meets Tim and is able to get Sara to go to a meeting for teen family members. 

 

The second subplot is featured around Jessica Wakefield, who is 100% done with her duties as Miss Teen Sweet Valley, as she keeps having to turn down dates. She coerces Elizabeth to take her place so she can have fun, because Jessica never has to deal with consequences. 

 

The set up for the next book features April and her boyfriend Mike as they prepare for a dirt bike race. 

 

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text 2018-07-17 01:19
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
The Long-Lost Brother - Kate William,Francine Pascal

I understand it would be hard to forgive someone who's done that, but I think Sara is taking it a little too far.

 

Also, Bob's a jerk.

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