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Sleep Like a Baby

Sleep Like a Baby Charlaine Harris Piatkus, 2017 Source: E-Galley Audience: Adults, Older Teens
From Goodreads: In the latest installment of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Charlaine Harris's Aurora Teagarden series, Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe's mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. Virginia proves to be especially helpful when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.
One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house and they happen upon a body outside... but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does she have a newborn to care for and a vulnerable new marriage to nurture, Roe also has to contend with a new puzzle - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and …

Once and For All

Once and For All
Sarah Dessen
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

You can always count on Sarah Dessen for a great summer read. Once and For All did not disappoint. It had a great friend and mom. What stood out the most was the quirky guy and all the weddings! At first, I wasn’t a big fan of the bet that was involved, because bets always seem to cause problems. It ended up being ok, though. When I was done with the book, I was disappointed that Ambros…

See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done
Sarah Schmidt
Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now?…

Decelerate Blue

Decelerate Blue
Adam Rapp
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Teens?

From Goodreads:
The future waits for no one.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

From revolutionary and award-winning playwright Adam Rapp and veteran cartoonist and animator Mike Cavallaro comes a dark, breath-taking new vision of an all-too-plausible future for America.


I honestly didn’t even get far enough into Decelerate Blue to know what age gr…

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi
Sandhya Menon
Simon Pulse, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrange…

One Trick Pony

One Trick Pony
Nathan Hale
Amulet Books, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, Teen

From Goodreads:
The aliens have arrived. And they’re hungry for electricity. In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force—giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them. Strata and her family are part of a caravan of digital rescuers, hoping to keep the memory of civilization alive by saving electronics wherever they can. Many humans have reverted to a pre-electrical age, and others have taken advantage of the invasion to become dangerous bandits and outlaws. When Strata and her brother are separated from the caravan, they must rely on a particularly beautiful and rare robot pony to escape the outlaws and aliens—and defeat the invaders once and for all.

Sigh.

Another “Did Not Finish.”

I picked it up because the publisher was Amulet and because it was recommended on one of the websites I can usually rely on for good recommendations. This one just…

A Fool and His Honey

A Fool and His Honey
Charlaine Harris
Worldwide Library, 1999
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When Aurora Teagarden's delivery man goes crazy in her backyard, Aurora finds herself investigating a series of increasingly mysterious events that culminates in an ax murder...

I can’t believe that I forgot to review A Fool and His Honey. I love the Aurora Teagarden books, and I definitely enjoy the movies that are on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. I always look forward to the newest one.

I enjoyed reading A Fool and His Honey, but I hate the Goodreads description. I feel like it gives away the ending and just isn’t interesting. Personally, I like having Aurora’s family members involved more in the mysteries. It keeps the series fresh and moves the mysteries along. I’ll keep reading them as long as Charlaine Harris keeps publishing them!

Top Ten Tuesday: Struggle Books

by The Broke and the Bookish
Titles that I Struggled to Finish









Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Spoiler Alert:



It’s about a pedophile. Seriously!
My husband saw some version of the movie and thought that I would like the book.

Um, no.

I gave up fairly quickly.

When he asked me what I didn’t like about it, I was informed that the pedophilia was NOT in the movie he saw.


Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

I had no problems with the story, writing, or characters. I just tried to read it on my cell phone.

Turns out, I’m not big on cell phone reading.


Lumberjanes: Gotham Academy by Chynna Clugston Flores

I thought this would be more about the Lumberjanes, but to me, it was more about Gotham Academy.

Pass.


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

This was an excellent Sci-Fi book.

The problem was that I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi in general.


Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget

This was just not my favorite.
It didn’t have anything to do with the “Clean Cut Full House Dad” having dirty jokes.

I just di…

Lumberjanes Gotham Academy

Lumberjanes: Gotham Academy
Chynna Clugston Flores
BOOM! Box, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
The Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy kids team up!

DREAM TEAM UP!

When a teacher at Gotham Academy goes missing, it’s up to Olive, Maps, Colton, Pom, and Kyle to figure out what is happening and how to get her back. With only an outdated birthday invitation as the clue, they find themselves in the middle of the woods with no idea of where to start. With the sudden appearance of the Lumberjanes—April, Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley and Jen—who are on the hunt for their missing Camp Director, all clues point to an abandoned cabin with more secrets than cobwebs.


Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish this one. It was more focused on Gotham Academy than Lumberjanes.  Not as fun. So I gave up.

I was sad.