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  • The Hadley Academy

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    Book Review: The Hadley Academy

    If you are fan of YA sci-fi/fantasy then The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is worth a read. In the novel, Jack is a 13 year old boy from Jersey City, New Jersey who suddenly finds himself swept away onto a secret island through a portal. What’s on this island? It’s filled with kids his age and older teens who are all recruits to be operatives to fight reapers – evil creatures controlled by mega enemy, Wyeth. In the novel, everyone has the possibility of having powers, but most humans will never realize their potential and stay “dormant”. But some people realize their gifts and become improbables. They then go…

  • The Summer of '98

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    Book Review: The Summer of ’98

    If you’ve been following my newly embarked writing journey/adventure, you know that one of the writers who inspired me to start writing myself is Tay Marley. Months ago I wrote a book review for her first published book, The QB Bad Boy and Me. I absolutely loved the book. It was so fun to read and I couldn’t stop reading it. It was one of those instances where you can’t stop because you want to know what happens, but you don’t want it to end so you force yourself to stop to draw out the experience. Following the huge success of The QB Bad Boy and Me, Tay’s second published book is going to…

  • My Wild & Precious Life

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    Book Review: My Wild and Precious Life

    Today’s book review is of the book My Wild and Precious Life. It is Susanne Rheault’s memoir and I found it so interesting. Her writing is so good and her life is so interesting and full that I was captivated from start to finish. Rheault’s memoir starts with her childhood, moving to different countries with her family and Green Beret father. She writes about her parents and upbringing, her roots in New England, and her thrill seeking military father. Rheault gets olde, earns her Ph.D, starts a family and her life, which is already interesting by the way, takes a turn when she is widowed at 44. But, Rheault doesn’t stop there…

  • The Middle Sister

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    Book Review: The Middle Sister

    I’m back with a book review and this time it’s a mystery/detective story. The Middle Sister by Jesse Miles is part of a series about private investigator Jack Salvo. This is the only one in the series that I’ve read so they don’t need to be read in order. In this installment of the Jack Salvo books, Salvo is hired by a wealthy family to find their daughter/sister, Lillie Manning. The mother hires him after her daughter has been missing for a week, but then we don’t really see or hear from her again. Her daughters Zara and Arden – Lillie’s older and younger sisters respectively – are Salvo’s points of contact.…

  • The View from Apartment Four

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    Book Review: The View from Apartment Four

    Happy Friday! This was one of those weeks where I’m not sure if it went by fast or slow. It was also one of those weeks that I couldn’t remember what day of the week it was. During my lunch breaks while working form home I’ve been getting a lot of my reading done. My most recent read has been on my tbr list for months, The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York by Skip Rozin. In this book, Skip Rozin tells of his life experiences, professional and personal, from the 1960s to the 2010s all while his apartment on the Upper West Side of New York…

  • The Wonderous & Tragic Life of Ivana & Ivana

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    Book Review: The Wondrous & Tragic Life of Ivan & Ivana

    New book alert! The Wonderful and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana has recently been translated into English and will be released on May 5! I was lucky enough to be sent an advanced copy (digital because of everything going on) to read. The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It is so hard to describe because it is so unique! The novel follows twins Ivan and Ivana from childhood to young adulthood. They are born in Guadeloupe to a single mother. Their father was a traveling musician from Mali. From birth the twins have an otherworldly bond, which grows from a…

  • Ever Alice

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    Book Review: Ever Alice

    If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland then Ever Alice may be worth checking out. This take on the famous story follows Alice after the original story. Alice is now 15 and everyone thinks she’s crazy (or mad!) because she can’t stop talking about Wonderland. The novel begins with Alice in a psychiatric hospital in fact, because her parents don’t believe her and don’t know what to do with her. Feeling like her family has abandoned her, she will do anything to just get out of there and go home. Her doctor takes her to Switzerland, I believe it was, to meet with another doctor who has a new experimental treatment and…

  • Dorothy and the Glass Key

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    Book Review: Dorothy and the Glass Key

    Being home during this crazy time has me trying to get a lot of reading done and cross books off my ever growing tbr list. The latest book I have finished is Dorothy and the Glass Key. I wrote about this way last year with an author q&a, but I just got around to crossing it off my list. The book is really is interesting and has a supernatural aspect to it. Dorothy is a 14 year old girl and the year is 1986. After tragedy strikes and her mother is killed, Dorothy and her father relocate from Georgia to Floria to stay with her uncle on the family farm. Resentful…

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    Book Review: Spin the Dawn

    I have been getting extra reading in since we’ve been quarantined, which is one of the good things out of all of this. I have so many books on my tbr (to be read) list. Today, I’m sharing my book review of Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, because I haven’t shared it yet and the sequel is coming out this summer! If you’ve been following me on here since last summer then the book might seem familiar. It’s because I was invited to the book launch party in New York City! It was Sip & Sew where we got to eat, drink, mingle, and sew pouches along with author, Elizabeth…

  • The QB Bad Boy and Me

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    Book Review: The QB Bad Boy & Me

    New book review coming your way! And I’m excited to share this one because it has inspired me. Keep reading to find out what I’m talking about! The QB Bad Boy & Me by Tay Marley is a mix of teen love story and romance novel. By that I mean the main couple in the story are high school seniors, but the content is very romance novel-esque. Main character, Dallas, is a high school senior and cheerleader. But she’s not your typical, popular cheerleader. She’s just on the squad as a way to dance, because what she really wants to be is a dancer and with no dance team at…