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Haunted Chemistry + Giveaways

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Alexis heads to the basement of her apartment complex to do laundry. On her way down she bumps into Ian Reese. Alexis has a crush on Ian. The feelings are mutual. It appears that Ian has just moved into the building.

Alexis finishes going to the basement. Alexis gets a spooky sensation when she gets in the basement like someone is watching her. The cupboard opens by itself. Alexis gets scared but luckily Ian is there to protect her. It seems that the basement is haunted.

Haunted Chemistry by Lin...moreAlexis heads to the basement of her apartment complex to do laundry. On her way down she bumps into Ian Reese. Alexis has a crush on Ian. The feelings are mutual. It appears that Ian has just moved into the building.

Alexis finishes going to the basement. Alexis gets a spooky sensation when she gets in the basement like someone is watching her. The cupboard opens by itself. Alexis gets scared but luckily Ian is there to protect her. It seems that the basement is haunted.

Haunted Chemis…

Seaper Powers:In Search of Bleu Jay's Treasure

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Emma's father comes home. He tells the family that they are going on a family vacation in St. Thomas. Emma hopes to see an octopus. She gets her wish when she meets Oliver the octopus. Emma and Oliver become fast friends.



Steve, a star fish has no friends. He wishes that he could find a true best friend. Steve also gets his wish and more when he meets Oliver and Emma. Now he has two friends. Emma, Oliver, and Steve go on a grand adventure to search for Bleu Jay's lost treasure of gold coins.
I listened to the audio book. Kim has a great voice for audio books. She is clear and animated. In fact all the readers involved in this book were great. They all helped to bring this story to life. I got nice mental images of Emma, Steve, Oliver, and the ocean they call home. I did not need the electronic version to see the pictures.



I had a fun time with Emma, Steve and Oliver. Each one showed that it does not matter who you are, you are special in your own way. I have to say however…

Sweet Dreams by Lisa Maliga is a fun, quirky book. + Giveaway

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Brenda June Nevins is author of the Yolanda's Yummery Book Series. She is engaged to Warren Laurence Stillman. Thanks to her blog and the many reviewers, her books are selling like hot cakes. You know you have made it big when your book has been selected for a television series. Before Brenda can focus on the new series, she has a big problem. Her upcoming fifth book has suddenly turned into a sci-fi. It is about aliens from the Planet Ho. Brenda must find out who is sending this script and pawning it off as Brenda before her career is ruined.

Sweet Dreams by Lisa Maliga is a fun, quirky book. I would call this book more of a light comedic story with a hint of romance and sweet treats.

In the beginning I found Brenda's talking about herself charming. However as the story progressed and Brenda still kept commenting on herself, I started to get annoyed and turned off. I than found her self-centered. For example "My hair was behaving itself and it would behave even more if…

Will in Scarlet

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Will Shackley is the son of Lord Shackley. Will's father is accompanying King Richard. Will's uncle has a nickname for Will. It is Will Scarlet. Because whenever Will was in trouble he would turn crimson. So his nickname is a play on his troublemaking ways and his name.

Sir Guy of Gisborne is King John's main man. He visits the Shackley house. An attack takes place and Will's uncle is killed. Will escapes into the woods. There he meets the Merry Men.

This book still had all my favorite characters from this story. I liked the young Will. He transformed from a young boy to a man through the course of this book. The band of merry men and merry girl (yes, girl) brought entertainment to the story. I like both Much aka Marianna and Rob. Much had brains and Rob was the joker of the group.

However do not mistake this book for the Mel Brooks version or even the Kevin Costner flop. This book is not about Robin Hood. It is about young Will and how the kingdom came to be. Don&…

Deceived

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Elle's father has relocated them again in a new town. Elle is tried of all the moving. At least this is her senior year. Elle does not receive the warm welcome she was hoping for at her new school. Strange things start happening to Elle. First there is the ribbon stuffed in her locker door. The ribbon looks just like the one Elle's mother used to have. She is gone. Than there is the mystery of the cigarette butts that someone leaves on Elle's door mat at school. Who is stalking Elle and why?

I was not feeling this book as much as I would have liked to. It is on the darker side but not dark that it is depressing. What I mean by this is that the book does touch on a serious subject but without all the gore. I just could not connect with any of the characters. In fact, I found myself skimming parts of this book to make it read faster. From what I was reading it did not make me stop and slow down. The ending was alright. Sorry as there is not much else I can say ab…

How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

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Marta has always been a good wife. That is what her husband and every one she meets says to her. Lately Marta has been experiencing visions. Visions of events that Marta has no memory of. She is wondering if they are real. She decides to stop taking the medication that her husband is giving her. This is when Marta’s life changes forever.

This is one of those books that will leave you on a love/hate relationship with it. It will mess with your mind and maybe leaving you wanting more. I did have a love/hate relationship with this book. The reason is because while I liked the mind tricks this book played on me, especially when it came to who Marta really is. In addition to whether what was happening to her was real or just “a reality that her husband wanted her to believe.”

Ms. Chapman has done a good job with making me dislike Marta’s husband and family. They all seemed so clinical and cold. Thus I could not figure out why Marta stayed. I mean I understand staying because it is all Mart…

Sneaking Treats

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Title: Sneaking Treats (Tale of the Pumpkin Wraith)

Author: Eddison McRoberts

Illustrator: Jessica Gadra

Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com (July, 2013)

Length: 48 pages

Genre: Childrens Illustrated



Book Blurb
Sneaking Treats is the Halloween tale of a candy-obsessed Prince. After a clumsy accident, he becomes so angry with himself that he inadvertently shoes away his own shadow. With the story given life by the remarkable artistry of Jessica Gadra, the royal family’s search becomes a playful game of hide-and-seek, the young boy’s shadow cleverly hidden among the illustrations’ intricate details. But whether the Prince will ultimately be reunited with his scorned ‘Self’ is not the only mystery that haunts the many twists and turns of the royal castle.


Excerpt
"The Prince couldn’t sleep. ‘Where would I go if I were feeling unappreciated,’ he thought. Unable to come up with the answer, he decided to sneak downstairs for a treat from the Hallowed Cauldron of Candy, singing softly as he …

Snow Day with author, Dan Maurer

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It happens each winter, and has for over 35 years. Every time the snow starts to fall late in the evening before a school day, the dreams begin again for Billy Stone. They are always the same – there’s a dark tunnel, and there’s blood, lots of blood, and someone is screaming.

In this chilling childhood tale, Billy, recounts the events of one unforgettable day in 1975. On that day, he and his friends played carefree in the snow, until an adventure gone awry left him far from home, staring death in the face, and running from a killer bent on keeping a horrible secret.

Set in a time before Amber Alerts, when horror stories were told around camp fires instead of on the nightly news, Snow Day is a blend of nostalgia and nightmare that makes us question if the good old days were really as good as we remember.

From a new voice in dark fiction comes a thriller about an idyllic childhood turned horrifying; a cautionary tale about how losing sight of the difference between feeling safe and being s…