Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte is the first in the Charlotte Holmes series. Brittany Cavallaro puts an interesting twist on the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters by imagining what their descendants would be like. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson meet at boarding school in Connecticut. Holmes has been solving crimes since she was a young child, and Watson is a typical teenage boy. When a fellow student turns up dead, the pair strike up a fated friendship and set to solving the case. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, but I have watched the BBC show Sherlock and the Robert Downey Jr. movies, so I am familiar with the characters. […]

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Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility did not live up to my expectations. I had heard so many great things about this book, but surprisingly I had no recollection of what it was about before I started listening to it. Nastya is new in town. She’s come to live with her aunt after some sort of horrific attack on her life. She was a concert pianist, but she can no longer play because her attacker crushed her hand. Josh Bennett keeps to himself. He lives alone because his parents are dead, and his grandfather is dying. They’re both damaged, so they develop a unique relationship. This book was […]

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Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted was my last Taylor Jenkins Reid book. I love her work. She develops amazing characters with interesting plots, and this book was no exception. Less than two weeks after Elsie and Ben’s wedding, Ben is killed in a car/bike accident. Instead of living happily ever after, Elsie has to deal with Ben’s death and her new mother-in-law. She’s grieving and heart broken, and because it was a short relationship, no one understands grief. This book is written in alternating chapters – present day and the past. The reader gets to read about Elsie and Ben falling in love but also Elsie’s struggle to […]

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Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Wanderlost is a really fun read. Aubree has just graduated from high school, but she’s never been anywhere. She’s set to start college in the fall in her hometown. Her sister, Elizabeth, the perfect one, gets arrested for hosting underage drinkers at Aubree’s graduation party. When she concocts a crazy plan to have Aubree to fill in for her as a tour guide in Europe for the summer, Aubree is less than thrilled. But feeling responsible for her sister’s situation, she reluctantly agrees. Aubree is soon in Europe with a Spanish-speaking bus driver and a small group of senior citizens who are expecting her to […]

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Review: Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Tumbling is such an intense read. I have always loved watching gymnastics – whether it was live Olympics or just TV shows or movies about gymnastics. This book was only my second experience reading about gymnasts. Wow. The whole book takes places over only two days, the US Olympic Trials. Twelve girls are competing, but the book only focuses on 5 of them. You know that part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione tries to explain Cho Chang’s feelings to Ron and Harry (because she was crying while kissing Harry)? That’s what this book is like. Each chapter takes you into […]

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Review: Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo

Up to This Pointe is completely unbelievable, but super cute. Harper Scott, descendent of the famous Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott, is having a rough time, so she runs away to Antarctica. Her mother’s graduate student gets her into an exclusive high school study program for “Winter Over”, the dark winter time in Antarctica when no planes come in or out. The story is told in alternating chapters in past and present. In the past we learn about Harper’s plan to be a professional ballerina and everything that happened with her best friend, Kate. In the present Harper helps Charlotte with her penguin studies and […]

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Review: Water on the Moon by Jean P. Moore

Water on the Moon by Jean P. Moore

Water on the Moon was not quite what I was expecting. It’s a character-driven story about a middle aged woman already hurt by divorce who’s world is shaken when a small plane crashes into her house. Luckily, she and her teenage, twin daughters are unharmed and taken in by a caring neighbor. Lidia quickly gets wrapped up in the investigation into the pilot and her seeming connection to Lidia. I was hoping for more from the plot of this book. It’s rather slow, and since it’s a short book, there just wasn’t enough substance to satisfy me. I did really enjoy the relationships between Lidia and her […]

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Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics by Leah Konen

Underneath a unique writing style, The Romantics is really just a fairly predictable slow-burn contemporary romance. The story is narrated by Love, in rather the same way that The Book Thief is narrated by Death. The main character is Gael who’s been rather unlucky in love. In the opening scene he catches his girlfriend cheating on him with his best friend. From there Love discusses his mistakes, ranging from Gael’s parents’ divorce to an accidental rebound girl for Gael, and his plan to unite Gael with his true love. I enjoyed the definitions of the different types of people: romantics, serial monogamist, etc. and the relationship advice […]

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into reading Dumplin’. I hated Julie Murphy’s last book, Side Effects May Vary, but I’d heard so many great things about this book. My book club selected this book; otherwise I may not have read it. I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed it. Willowdean (aka Dumplin’, her mom’s nickname for her) is the overweight daughter of a former beauty pageant winner. Her mother now runs the town’s teen pageant. Willowdean has always been more like her aunt, who’s just died. Amidst the usual teen drama – first love and a falling out with her best friend – […]

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Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well. Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is […]

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