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Murder, She Wrote: The Maine Mutiny

The Maine Mutiny
Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
Signet, 2005
Source: Borrowed
Audience: Adults, Tweens


From Goodreads:
Jessica Fletcher is pitching in to help Cabot Cove's first Lobster Festival by writing an article about the lifestyle of the local lobstermen. But instead of getting the story, she becomes tangled in a net of intrigue and murder. And she better sink her claws into this puzzling case-or she may find herself becoming the next catch of the day.

So I read this book while I was in Maine. It was for old time’s sake - when I was about 11, I ran out of children’s books to read. I needed something more challenging - so I read Murder, She Wrote books.

It was a perfect vacation book. It featured the area I was in and everything I was experiencing. The mystery was decent and there was more action than I expected. It was an average book, but reading it in Maine made it an above-average experience! I’m glad I got a chance to read it.

Bliss

Bliss
By Kathryn Littlewood
Inkhouse, 2012
Audience: Everyone
Source: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Rosemary Bliss’s family has a secret. It’s the Bliss Cookery Booke—an ancient, leather-bound volume of enchanted recipes like Stone Sleep Snickerdoodles and Singing Gingersnaps. Rose and her siblings are supposed to keep the Cookery Booke under lock and whisk-shaped key while their parents are out of town, but then a mysterious stranger shows up. “Aunt” Lily rides a motorcycle, wears purple sequins, and whips up exotic (but delicious) dishes for dinner. Soon boring, nonmagical recipes feel like life before Aunt Lily—a lot less fun.

So Rose and her siblings experi-ment with just a couple of recipes from the forbidden Cookery Booke.

A few Love Muffins and a few dozen Cookies of Truth couldn’t cause too much trouble . . . could they?

Kathryn Littlewood’s culinary caper blends rich emotional flavor with truly magical wit, yielding one heaping portion of hilarious family adventure.


I have never read a…

This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
Headline, 2013
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?


I really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I was super excited to read this one. Unfortunately, I just got around to reading it.

It was cute and predictable. The premise was a little unrealistic but I could totally see a teen girl lovi…

The Fairy Tale Detectives

The Fairy Tale Detectives
Michael Buckley
Amulet Books, 2005
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother--a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

I first saw this book back in 2005 when I was a shelver at our local library. I decided it looked fantastic and that I wanted to read it.

Clearly, I never got around to it.
It’s nine years later, and now the series is complete.

I’m disappointed in myself for waiting this long to read it. It was so much fun! I checked out the next few books, too. I hope I have time to read them.

My favorite part about this fairy tale was t…

Anatomy of a Misfit

Anatomy of a Misfit
Andrea Portes
Harper Children’s, 2014
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad…

I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith
Wyatt Book, 1948
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Dodie Smith's first novel transcends the oft-stodgy definition of "a classic" by being as brightly witty and adventuresome as it was when published nearly fifty years ago.

Seriously, Goodreads? That’s your description?

I couldn’t find a good description of this book ANYWHERE. I had no clue what it was about. I saw that reviewers recommended it for people who like Jane Austen. So I thought that was a good sign. We were reading it for our book club, even though it was in our adult section.

Here’s my description of the story: A 17-year-old girl lives in an old castle and her family has no money because her father won’t work. One day, new neighbors move in - and they are rich. Romance develops for the main character’s sister.

Here’s how I felt about it: I had heard it described as wonderfully romantic and that teens loved the story. I did not think it was romantic at all and…

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