Book Review: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

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Rating: 5/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: Two sisters disappear, only one comes back and now the search is on. Gripping and tantalizing this book won’t let you out of its grip until the very end.

Genre: Thriller

My review:

We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe. Maybe there’s no difference between wanting and needing. I don’t know. What I do know is that the truth can evade us, hiding behind our blind spots, our preconceptions, our hungry hearts that long for quiet. Still, it is always there if we open our eyes and try to see it. If we really try to see.

Wow, you guys! I could not put down this book! It shouldn’t surprise me because Vilma, of Vilma Iris Blog, kept raving about it but it truly blew me away. Every page, every sentence, every word had me wanting more. I simply could not get enough of Wendy Walker’s writing. I was enraptured after the very first page and it continued all the way to the last period; I simply had to know what happened.
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Book Review: Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

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Rating:  4.5/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When Janey’s business partner, Beau, tells her that she’s out of a job until she loses thirty pounds, she’s willing to try anything and everything to lose it quickly.

Genre: Humor

My Review:

“I have friends who look at my Instagram and then say things to me like, ‘You have the most perfect life.’ I’m the first one to tell you that the way someone’s life looks on Insta is bullshit. Real life doesn’t come with filters.”

I was so excited when I saw that Book Sparks was doing a Pop-Up Blog Tour for FITNESS JUNKIE because I had been absolutely dying to read it! All of my friends had nothing but rave reviews for it and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I love that this book confronts all of the ridiculous health and fitness fads in a satirical way and you’ll find yourself laughing and nodding along to all of the craziness. This book is a conversation starter that will hopefully lead to change.
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Book Review: Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

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Rating: 3.75 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When life begins to get too overwhelming Miles starts to think that maybe the superhero life isn’t for him. However, something is amiss in his school and he needs to figure out what it is before it’s too late.

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Superheroes

My Review:

 Miles rolled the mask over his forehead, over his eyes. For a split second, darkness. Then he lined up the holes so his vision cleared and continued stretching it over his nose, mouth, and chin. He looked at himself in the mirror. Spider-Man.

Wow, you guys! This was the first time I’ve picked up a middle grade book since well…. middle school! But how could I not?! It was freaking Spider-Man/Miles Morales and the iconic Jason Reynolds wrote it! Win, win, win!
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Book Review: Leona: The Die Is Cast by Jenny Rogneby

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Rating: 3.75  Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: After a seven-year-old girl robs a bank Detective Leona Lindberg is put on the case to solve the mystery.

Genre: Crime Thriller

My Review:

Should I simply tell it the way it was? That the Leona that most people knew was not me. That since I was little I had mechanically imitated other people to learn to fit in. Be accepted. That I couldn’t handle it anymore.

Leona is unlike any character that I’ve ever read before. I’m relatively new to the crime/thriller/suspense genre and it’s been a fascinating journey. Please take this review with a grain of salt because as a newbie I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I’m still getting used to the main character having no redeemable qualities, such as Leona. I believe that people generally try to find the best in others but try as I might Leona is simply not a good person. One might say that her one good characteristic is her fondness for children but at the end of the day she’ll still put her own needs above the needs of others, including her own children.
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Book Review: Lucky In Love by Kasie West

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When Maddie wins the lottery, after buying a ticket on a whim, she thinks that all of her problems are gone but can money truly buy happiness?

Genre: YA Contemporary

My Review:

I sat on my bed and stared at my bank balance on my phone. Thirty-three million, five hundred fifty-six thousand, two hundred and six dollars and forty-two cents.

This is the perfect beach read for 2017. Light, fun, and charming this book had me hooked from the first page. It’s perfect tale of love, family, and how being a multimillionaire doesn’t always solve all of your problems–shocking, I know.
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Book Review: Alphonse by Carl Sever

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Rating: 4/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When someone from Alphonse’s past threatens the ones he loves he’ll do anything to stop them before it’s too late.

Genre: Fiction – Coming of Age

My Review:

Downtown St. Joseph could’ve been any small midwestern town in the late fifties. Perhaps three blocks long, at best four, Main Street had in its stores nearly everything the good folks needed in their day-to-day.

ALPHONSE was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It was definitely what I would call a slow burn; there was lots of descriptive paragraphs for the reader to be able to visualize exactly what the character was seeing and experiencing. Although the author, Carl Sever, was very descriptive when it came to the scenery he was ambiguous when it came to describing the horrors that took place in the summer of 1959. For a while I wasn’t sure what was going on other than something was very wrong with Francis, one of the main characters.
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Book Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: After being taken to a foreign land as collateral by their father, Lada and Radu must learn to cope.

Genre: Fantasy

My Review:

Man, oh man, where to start with this one. Let me preface this by saying that I started this book because a friend of mine said that she was struggling getting through it and so, of course, that piqued my interest. I had to read it for myself to see if I had the same struggles that she was having.
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