Category: Reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen

Someone Like YouSomeone Like You by Jennifer Gracen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pierce left England after a scandal ruined his name and his career. He is instantly drawn to soccer coach, Abby. However Abby has been burned in the past and is reluctant to let anyone I’m. I loved seeing characters from the previous book in the series. I especially enjoyed how well-written the characters of Abby and Pierce were. Jennifer Gracen has a knack for creating real characters with real flaws. This is an excellently written book that fans of romance will devour.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Love, Reality Style by Judith Natellli McLaughlin

Love, Reality StyleLove, Reality Style by Judith Natelli McLaughlin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary Grace reluctantly agrees to wed her boyfriend, Ralph. Ralph, while a great boyfriend, is a character I cannot stand. He’s pretty much a total loser. Mary Grace can do better. Her friends know it and so do I. I loved how despite my intense dislike for Ralph, I found myself liking him (as reluctantly as Mary Grace agreed to his proposal). Ralph isn’t a bad guy. He’s just a very weird one. And then we meet Nick. He’s hot, he’s rich, he’s a TV superstar. What’s not to love?
Mary Grace is also attracted to him initially but she has already agreed to marry Ralph. Will she go through with her wedding?
I love how real these characters were and I especially enjoyed Mary Grace’s fascination with cake. This is a great read for anyone who loves chick-lit.
I especially enjoyed the ending.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

ScarredScarred by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sloane Munster (or Monster as some not-very-kind people call her) runs into Luke when she starts at a new school. Sloane was involved in a horrific accident that left her scarred and as soon as Luke sees her, he is repulsed by her new look. Or so it seems.
Unknown to Sloane, Luke has his own reasons for the animosity he feels towards her. Fate keeps dragging them together both in and out of school.
This is a story about Luke and Sloane’s pasts, their feelings for one another as well as the multitude of bullying that takes place at their school.
I loved how real this novel was. Several times I had to put the book down because the mean people here- be it a teacher, a parent or other teens- reminded me a little too much of people I’ve encountered in my own life. This book is excellently written and draws the reader in easily. I’m actually sad to see this book end. I’d love to read more about Sloane and Luke.

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Book Review: Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

Gracie's SongGracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gracie left home ten years ago for no apparent reason. Now she’s back for her mother’s funeral and her friends and family long to know the reason behind her absence. This book is told in flashbacks of Gracie’s life before leaving home and her life now that she has returned.
This is a wonderfully heartwarming read and I was in tears by the end. Gracie’s story is emotional and I love that she had a genuine reason for leaving home (I hate books where characters run away for no concrete reason or an overdone reason).
Fans of contemporary romance will love this book and I wholeheartedly recommended it to anyone who enjoys romance fiction. This book is beautiful!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Cathedral of Cliffdale ( Guardians of Summerfield #1 ) by Melissa Delport

The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld, #1)The Cathedral of Cliffdale by Melissa Delport
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. At first it was confusing since there’s so many characters and so many supernatural creatures. Once I really got into the book though it was great. There’s several group of people- the guardians, the Vampires, the gypsies and the humans- but they’re all after one thing. Summerfield.
Quinn has abandoned her duty as a Guardian to take care of her niece and nephew. However her father and fellow Guardians demand that she returns to Summerfield. To ensure her co-operation they take the children. Quinn is left to either return to her job as a Guardian (and risk having her niece and nephew live a life without her) or to find something more precious that will help free the kids.
The world-building here is excellent. Summerfield has a rich history with lots of stories and myths behind it. I especially enjoyed how there were so many creatures in Summerfield including dragons and faeries. I can’t wait to read more.
Fans of fantasy will devour this book!

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Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, this book was impossible to put down until it was finished. We get to see backstories of all of our favorite characters. This stories are great since they show what makes the characters the people they are in the series. I especially enjoyed the retelling of The Little Mermaid (The Little Android). We also get to see the gang reunite for a wedding. Fans of the series will love this collection of stories!

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this both difficult to follow as well as emotionally painful since the characters were separated so often. At times I wasn’t sure if I should worry for the main characters or about Levana’s evil plans. I especially liked the character of Winter. A beautiful person with scars is an unusual way of describing someone but for Winter it just seems to fit. Winter is a funny, likable character and her mental state makes her more adorable.In this book, everyone is on Luna for what they plan to be their last battle. The truth about Queen Levana and Princess Selene will be revealed to the people of Luna who Cinder wants to help her fight back against Levana

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If it wasn’t for the front cover I would have no idea that this was a retelling of Rapunzel. I may be incorrect but I think that rapunzel was a type of watercress in the original tale. Again, I’m not sure which is why I wasn’t certain if this really was a retelling.Anyway, Cress is a shell whose parents left her to die. Instead she has been saved by the Queen (*cough*evil*cough*) and is now a skilled hacker. Cinder and her gang plan on rescuing Cress but things don’t go as planned.I loved that this book stayed pretty true to the original tale and yet it was such an unpredictable story.

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Amazing Android Apps: SimpleMind

SimpleMind is an app that allows you to create mind maps easily.
This app provides you with a central idea box and then subtopics which you can add more information to.
If you’re a student who learns from mind maps this is a great app to try.
For me, I personally like to use SimpleMind as a sort of brain dump. I gather all my to-do lists, ideas for blog posts and story plot lines on various mind maps. The app has never steered me wrong.
SimpleMind is available for free on the Play store.

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While Cinder is trying to escape prison, the story shifts to Scarlet. It isn’t clear precisely what ties them together (until later in the book). Scarlet is looking for her grandmother who she is certain is in danger. Scarlet meets a fighter who offers to help her find her grandmother. But is he friend or foe?
I liked this book but preferred Cinder. I was desperate to learn more about her and her plans for the future. This book sets the scene excellently for the next few books.

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