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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 2018-07-17 10:00
Review! Summer Rhythm - A Night's Embrace Spin-off by Brandy L. Rivers!
Summer Rhythm: A spin-off of Nights Embrace - Brandy L Rivers,Tara Shaner

 

 

Rhythms tend to repeat…


One girl has always captivated Doug Walsh. Every time he thinks she’ll let him in, she proves him wrong. Years later, he spots her in the crowd. He’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact.


After dismissing her parent’s expectations, Chloe has taken her life by the reins. When she sees the boy who captured her heart, but her mother forbade, she’s drawn back in. This time, she wants to make up for her past mistakes.


Can she change their summer rhythm? Or has she trampled his heart too many times?

 

 

Doug, the Night’s Embrace band member in the Others of Seattle series get his story in Summer Rhythm and what a delightfully sweet read it is.

 

Doug Walsh has always been captivated by one girl and he’ll do everything in his power to keep his fool heart intact when he spots her years later. Chloe is back and this time she is determined to take her life by the reins and live it her way and then means making up for past mistakes in the hopes of winning back the boy she fell for and her mother forbade. These two characters are strong and easily captivate readers with their story as they work to overcome the past in order to hope for the future and this heartfelt romance keeps readers on the edge of their seat as the couple try to overcome family obstacles.

 

Summer Rhythm, although short, is a delightful read with wonderful characters that captured my heart. It is a spinoff of Night’s Embrace, although it is a standalone story. If being read in conjunction with the Others of Seattle series, it should be read after number four to prevent spoilers because the characters from the series do make appearances.

 

 

Summer Rhythm

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25869485-summer-rhythm

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/summer-rhythm-a-spin-off-of-nights-embrace-by-brandy-l-rivers-and-tara-shaner

 

 

is a spin-off of the Night's Embrace book which is the 1st book in the Others of Seattle

series ( https://www.goodreads.com/series/128320-others-of-seattle ) while some of the characters do make an apperance, this book can be read as a standalone and is a contemporary romance and not a paranormal romance, also while this book is short and has a satisfactory ending, the author has mentioned on her website that there may be more in store for Doug.

 


Summer Rhythm is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0115PQ0K2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p4_i8

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Brandy_L_Rivers_Summer_Rhythm?id=WooZCgAAQBAJ

 

Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/summer-rhythm

 

B&N - print - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122591336?ean=9781517077914

 

B&N - Nook - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-rhythm-brandy-l-rivers/1122252669?ean=2940150879249

 

 

I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

 

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.

 

 

Be sure & visit Brandy at the following locations:

 

Website - http://www.brandylrivers.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054485.Brandy_L_Rivers

 

Facebook - http://facebook.com/brandylrivers

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/brandylrivers

 

InstaGram - http://instagram.com/brandylrivers

 

Tumbler - http://brandylrivers.tumblr.com/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/brandy-l-rivers

 

 

 

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review 2018-07-17 03:26
Summer Sisters ★★★★☆
Summer Sisters - Judy Blume

I wish I knew what magic makes a book so compelling that you just get sucked right into it and look up hours later, thinking, “I should go to bed, but just a few more pages, but ohhh I’m really going to be sorry when my alarm goes off at 5:30, but just a few more pages, ohhh what the heck okay another chapter.”

 

In another author’s hands, maybe, this would not have been that kind of book. There were a couple of twists but it was otherwise fairly predictable. The characters were not especially complex and yet I just wanted to know what happened, what they did, why did they do it, and yes I even needed a few Kleenex at the end. The brief little peeks into every (with one key exception) character’s innermost thoughts following key events should have been annoying, but I was instead delighted with them.

 

I can’t explain it, but this was one of those books. More than 400 pages and I am a slow, stodgy reader, but I gobbled this one up in 2 days. Go figure.

 

Paperback version, picked up secondhand on a whim 3 years ago.

 

Previous Updates:

7/16/18 – 297/416

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text 2018-07-16 19:25
Summer Sisters - 297/416 pg
Summer Sisters - Judy Blume

Oh thank goodness. It feels like it's been forever since I sat down with a non-audio book and really enjoyed it. I was starting to worry that my brain was broke and didn't like reading fiction anymore. 

 

I started this yesterday afternoon and stayed up well past midnight reading. I finally had to make myself close it and go to sleep so I wouldn't be completely dead at work today. 

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review 2018-07-16 18:37
Garden Spells - - Magical Realism Done Very Well
Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen

Funny, I love this book, but honestly don't remember the last time I read it. After finishing "Garden Spells" I went and read book two in the Waverley family again so that was a nice and and two punch. Allen does magical realism very well. This book deals with a lot of serious issues, rape, abuse, bullying, and the eccentricities of a small but unusual southern town in North Carolina.

 

"Garden Spells" reunites estranged sisters, Claire and Sydney Waverley. Claire is single and alone making a go of her special catering business in Bascom, North Carolina. She has her whole world turned upside down when she meets a man, Tyler Hughes, who despite her best efforts is interested in her.

 

Sydney has left her abusive partner and taken her daughter Bay back home to Bascom. She has hated Bascom since she left it and never wanted to be one of the strange Waverley's. All she wanted to do was fit in. Still nursing heartbreak over the first boy she ever loved (and lost) Sydney starts to finally embrace being a Waverley.

 

The book focuses not just on Claire and Sydney though. We also have Allen including other characters as well, we follow Claire and Sydney's cousin Evanelle, Sydney's daughter Bay, an old friend (not really friend) of Sydney's, and even Tyler and a potential love interest for Sydney. Allen manages to juggle everyone and keep the plot moving forward. I didn't feel lost about who people were and how they were connected. We also got delicious little comments about which each family is famous for in this book and that was pretty cute. 

 

The writing is magical realism at it's best. Allen makes you feel, smell, and even taste things. If you do things right, you can make the magical elements seem totally natural and Allen does. We hear about the Waverley family home, apple tree, and even how Claire's emotions affect things like having fog in the neighborhood.

 

The flow was very good and the setting of Bascom felt very real.

 

Great first book in the series. 

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