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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop (YA)

Book #38 Read in 2014
The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders (YA)

This is a cute read.  Lily and Oz are twins and discover that they have magical powers when they move into their new home.  There they find a talking invisible cat and Spike, a talking rat.  With their new friend and neighbor, who also has magical powers, they are recruited to work for a very special spy unit to find some magical chocolate molds of their deceased uncles.  There was a decent plot to this book, with a good mix of action and humor.  The characters were fun.  I enjoyed it.  I borrowed this book from my local library.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Book #37 Read in 2014
Delicious by Ruth Reichl

This book was a great read for foodies, romantics, readers and people who just enjoy good writing.  In this book, Billie heads to New York City and finds an assistant job at a culinary magazine.  She finds some old letters between a young girl and a culinary expert from the magazine and she thinks that they might perhaps make a good book.  More importantly, Billie becomes engaged with the story of these letters and wants to find out more about the people involved.  At the same time, she fights some of her own demons and moves on with her life.

I really liked the writing of this book.  The characters were engaging and interesting.  I liked the balance of a great setting, romance, history and humor.  I recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review through the Amazon Vine program.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Death and the Zombie Apocalypse (YA)

Book #36 Read in 2014
Death and the Zombie Apocalypse by Chelsea Bellingeri (YA)

This is the second in a great young adult trilogy.  This book picks up right where the first book left off...Rachel is trying to rescue Cage from the zombie that have overrun the college dorm.  This book is once again non-stop action...with a little humor and romance thrown in.  Rachel, Cage and their friends are trying to make it to Detroit to one of the military "safe zones" but of course that is easier said than done.  I read this book in just over two hours....

I cannot wait for book three (published sometime this year).  I received this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dorothy Must Die

Book #35 Read in 2014
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This is a different take on The Wizard of Oz.  In this book Dorothy is evil and in charge of Oz.  A tornado brings another Kansas girl, Amy, to Oz.  The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked ("bad" witches that seem to be the good guys) decide that Amy must be the one to kill Dorothy so they begin to train her in magical ways before sending her into Dorothy's palace to kill her.  Of course, there is a cliffhanger ending that begs for book #2....but I can think of worse things....

This book was a good read.  There was a lot of actions and plot twists to keep one engaged.  Amy is a good anti-hero and I enjoyed her sense of humor and her guts.  I loved Ollie the flying monkey.  

I received a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine review program.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Reads

March Reads:

1. A Witch Before Dying (5/5)  2nd in series  Kindle
2.  Rotten (YA)  4.5/5
3.  OCD, the Dude and Me (YA) 4/5
4.  Once Upon a Midnight Eerie (YA) 4.5/5  2nd in series Amazon Vine review book
5.  The House We Grew Up In (5/5)
6.  The Water Castle (YA)  4/5  library book
7.  City of Ashes (YA) 5/5  2nd in series
8.  Paws for Murder (4.5/5)  1st in series
9.  Love and the Zombie Apocalypse (YA)  4.5/5  1st in series Kindle book
10.  Flora and Ulysses (YA)  4/5
11.  The Dream Thieves (YA)  4/5  2nd in series
12.  The Kitchen Daughter (5/5)

34 books read in 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Kitchen Daughter

Book #34 Read in 2014
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

I read this book in one sitting.  It tells the story of Ginny, who seemingly suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, but it has never been diagnosed.  Ginny's parents are killed in an accident and Ginny's sister Amanda wants to sell their house because she thinks that Ginny cannot live on her own.  The sisters begin a power struggle.  As if that is not stressful enough, the gap between the siblings widen when Ginny sees signs of her syndrome in Amanda's older daughter.  Ginny finds comfort in cooking and is surprised when she is able to see ghosts when she cooks their handwritten recipes. 

This book would appeal to fans of magical realism such as Sarah Addison Allen or Alice Hoffman's books.  Ginny is an interesting character and I found the way she lives fascinating.  The writing is engaging and will keep readers interested from start to finish.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Dream Thieves (YA)

Book #33 Read in 2014
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)

This is the second book in a YA paranormal series.  Teens are trying to find a ley line.  This book focuses more on Ronan and his ability to bring back objects that appear in his dreams.  Mr. Gray is a complex villain in this book; a hitman hired to bring back the object that is really a person.  Blue is still struggling with her destiny of killing her true love with a kiss and is struggling with her feelings for Gansey and her non-feelings for Adam.  Of course the ending is a cliffhanger one; book 3 will be out in October.

The characters in this series are interesting and complex.  This book started off slowly for me (I loved the first book, The Raven Boys) but picked up halfway through and then was a totally engaging read.  Besides the mystery of finding the ley line, there is also a good action plot with Mr. Gray, as well as humor and romance.  All in all, a good read.