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review 2017-11-23 03:22
The Virtues of Christmas
The Virtues of Christmas - Grace Burrowes

Nice group of holiday novellas. Both were nice, sweet stories with unconventional heroines. 
Respect for Christmas:
I liked that the heroine was a courtesan. I liked the interaction between Michael and Henrietta.

Patience for Christmas
Patience is an advice columnist(!). I enjoyed the banter between Dougal and Patience. Also introduces the Windham sisters (the Windham Bride series).

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review 2017-11-23 03:16
The Snowflake Inn
The Snowflake Inn - Samantha Chase
Riley was discharged from the military and comes home to try and get his mother to sell her inn. Grace is living and working at the inn. Having met each other in rehab, Grace and Corrine became friends. (Not that rehab, both were getting PT- Grace for a broken leg, Corrine for a hip replacement). 
I would have liked this better if I had liked Riley more. He annoyed me. What kind of person gets injured and doesn't tell their family? (So not to worry her). Then, because of the injury, gets discharged from the military. Doesn't share/say anything. Just shows up. After spending a few days in town first. That just annoyed me.
 
 

 

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review 2017-11-23 03:15
Mistletoe Between Friends
Mistletoe Between Friends - Samantha Chase
Lily and Cameron have known each other since childhood and were always best friends. Each also secretly crushed on the other too, but never wanted to confess it for fear of ruining their friendship. (Yeah, didn't see that coming, right?). Both, under pressure from their parental units, decide to fake date each other. With the holidays coming up, neither want to be setup and just want to be left alone. 
Predictable, but sweet. The story worked well for the length. In fact, if this were longer, I would have been ready to slap and yell at both Cameron and Lily. It was amazing at how well they knew each other, but at the same time, didn't.
 
 

 

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review 2017-11-22 23:39
I want an open road summer...
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

 

Book Title:  Open Road Summer 

Author:  Emery Lord

Genre:  YA | Contemporary Romance

Setting:  On the road across the USA

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5: 2

Total: 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

A super-cute YA romance/coming of age story.  Effortlessly readable, with characters that felt real and were likable.  A realistic look at a celebrities life from their side of the camera.  Seriously, It would suck to read about your supposed life on the front of a magazine cover at the grocery store…the price of fame, I guess… While the ending had a bit too much drama, especially when the book had stayed away from overdone drama most of the way through, I found this a refreshing read, and just what I needed.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah, I may do so soon, actually.

 

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review 2017-11-22 23:04
Tackling real-life teen issues...with the power of music.
This Song Will Save Your Life (Audio) - Leila Sales

 

Book Title:  This Song Will Save Your Life

Author:  Leila Sales

Narration:  Rebecca Lowman

Genre:  YA | Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Glendale, Rhode Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5+/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  2.5

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

A feel-good storyline paired with excellent narration and I couldn't help but love this.  A coming-of-age story about trying to fit in and wanting to just give up on it ever happening.  But…the thing is when you're not looking for something…that's when you'll find it.  

 

Does the storyline always seem plausible…not all the time, but it doesn't really matter.  It's not really the point of the story.  (I mean, seriously, I would never want my 16-year-old daughter walking the streets at night by herself, and I don't care how safe the town is supposed to be.)  But hey, I really liked Elise, her quirky family and most of her adorable friends.  Along with the narrator, they all made this a rather enjoyable listen on Audio.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes.

 

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