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In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

In a Nutshell: A Few Mini Book Reviews

My favorite time of year is upon us and I am really looking forward to fall weather and events. While I hate to lose the daylight hours, fall is my favorite season and I love the cooling crispness in the air. California hasn’t had the best luck this year with the super hot weather and the fires, so the cooling weather is a welcome respite. The world has gotten really crazy in the last few months and, while I try to help where I can, it can be pretty overwhelming. Reading is great escape for me and a good way… Read more »

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Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

Review: Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

I’ve never been to Milk Bar but have heard wonderful things about the delicious treats that can be found at its NY storefront. As such, I was very excited to receive a copy of Milk Bar Life for review. Milk Bar chef and owner Christina Tosi promises simple, comforting recipes with a nostalgic flair.

The book itself is beautiful. The pages are thick and glossy with beautiful images of the featured recipes. Peppered throughout the book are Tosi’s stories about her connection to the recipes and where the came from. Her personality really comes through and the stories were probably my favorite part of the book.… Read more »

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Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt

Hippopyta Royle is on the run. With the help of housekeeper Bridget Crumb, she has managed to escape a plot by the Duke of Montgomery to force her into marriage. Unfortunately, Hippolyta is still in danger as the Duke has sent his hounds to find her. Luckily she happens upon a carriage and begs for a lift to the next town. Covered in dirt, leaves, and who knows what else, Hippolyta looks like a homeless cat and not like the heiress that she is. It’s no wonder then that the carriage’s owner and occupant, Matthew Mortimer, doesn’t believe her when she tells him her wild tale. He takes pity on her though and agrees to take her to the next village. As they travel, Hippolyta and Matthew trade barbs that disguise… Read more »

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Review: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

Review: So Tough to Tame by Victoria Dahl

Charlie Allington was a small town girl who made it big and moved to the big city…until a scandal ruins her prospects and she’s forced to take the only job she can get, at a resort in her home town. While she’s not too happy with being back, one small perk is Walker Pearce, the boy that everyone had a crush on in high school. Charlie’s no longer the shy, bookish girl she used to be and is ready to show Walker that she’s all grown up.

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Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.

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Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Lizzie Borden and her sister are living as outcasts in Fall River, Massachusetts after the brutal murders of their father and step-mother. Though Lizzie is the main suspect, she goes free after a lengthy trial. Rumor and suspicion follow her but Lizzie has bigger things to worry about. Namely, a sinister illness that is slowly staking its claim on the inhabitants of Fall River, turning them into hideous creatures intent on spreading their infection and madness.

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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth’s father has gone missing. At least she thinks he has. He won’t return her calls and her mom dodges her questions about his whereabouts. When his notebook is found in New York, Laureth decides to take her little brother to New York to find him. I didn’t really know what to expect with this book, but the premise intrigued me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book from the point of view of a blind protagonist before. While I thought Laureth was a well written character with a really unique point of view, I found other aspects of her personality to be very frustrating.

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Review: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michaels

Review: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michaels

Normally I love a good tale of romance and estranged lovers, but Must Love Dukes was only so-so for me. I am still not sure why but I did not feel an emotional connection to either Lily or Devon. They were both pleasant characters but neither sparked a strong reaction from me. While they had plenty of chemistry in and out of bed, the rest of the plot dragged and I found myself skimming large parts of it.

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Review: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton

Review: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton

Title: One Sweet Ride (Play by Play #6) Author: Jaci Burton Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Penguin Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Book Depository Source: Library Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. And now that Gray has millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for the upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty. Evelyn’s number-one… Read more »

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Review: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

Review: Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

Well known district attorney Vic Willig has disappeared – assumed to have perished in the floods that devastated much of New Orleans. However, his nephew isn’t convinced that Vic perished in the flood and calls on detective Claire DeWitt to find out what happened to his missing uncle. Following the controversial methods of Jacques Silette in his book Détection, Claire has a knack for finding out what others want hidden.My big problem with this book is the main character, Claire Dewitt. She is the (self professed) best detective in the world but it’s really unclear why she or anyone else would think so.

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