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Book Review: The Goddess Hunt - Aimee Carter

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The Goddess Hunt - Aimee Carter A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia.  Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades' wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them.  The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld.  Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause.  But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn...
3/5 stars (liked it) It was a short story about Kate and James during her six months away from Henry.  In that time she meets Castor and Pollux as well as finds out who her husband really is.  I loved seeing the love between Henry and Kate even though they are not physically together in this story.  Also love the different points of view.

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Dresses - Erin McKean

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The Secret Lives of Dresses - Erin McKean Dora has always taken the path of least resistance.  She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt.  She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary.

Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke.  Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store.  The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit.

While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad.  Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint?  And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in h…

Book Review: Four: A Divergent Story Collection - Veronica Roth

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Four: A Divergent Story Collection - Veronica Roth Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation's faction leader did the same.  Tobias's transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again.  Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him.  Here, he will let fear turn him into a cowering child.
Newly christened "Four," he discovers during his initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless.  Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy.  His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future--and the future of the entire faction system.
Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear.  The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that.  With her, the way to righting their world might become clear.  With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.
4/5 stars (really…

Book Review: Notes to Self - Avery Sawyer

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Notes to Self - Avery Sawyer Two climbed up.  Two fell down.
One woke up.
Robin Saunders is a high school sophomore with an awesome best friend, a hard-working single mom, and a complicated relationship with a sweet guy named Reno.  She's coasting along, trying to get through yet another tedious year of high school, when Em suggest something daring.  They live in Florida--tourist central--and Emily wants to sneak into a theme park after midnight and see what they're made of.
When things get out of control, Robin wakes up in a hospital bed and Emily doesn't wake up at all.  Just getting dressed becomes an ordeal as Robin tries to heal and piece together the details of that terrible night.  Racing to remember everything in the hopes of saving Emily, Robin writes a series of notes to herself to discover the truth.
3/5 stars (liked it) It is sad that it takes a bad head injury for Robin to become a better person.  With the head injury she forgets things and uses notes to remind …

Book Review: Remembrance - Michelle Madow

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 Remembrance - Michelle Madow Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England...but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him.  She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking to him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her.  Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and he flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival.  So why can't she get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.
3/5 stars (liked it) For a book based on a song it was actually pretty good.  Jeremy was very much a jerk and I'm surprised Lizzie put up with him fo…

Book Review: World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters

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World of Trouble - Ben H. Winters Critically acclaimed author Ben H. Winters delivers this explosive final installment in the Edgar Award winning Last Policeman series.  With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force.  But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative--his sister Nico--isn't safe.  Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out...for everyone.
4/5 stars (really liked it) By far my favorite book in the series.  I think this was a great conclusion to the book series and I'm a little sad that there really won't be a possibility of more.  Although I would love to read a book about Hank Palace when he joined the police force before a…

Book Review: Reborn - C.C. Hunter

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Reborn - C.C. Hunter For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn't just a camp: it's home.  As a vampire who's just starting to come into her powers. it's the one place she can finally be herself.  But when a new evil threatens everyone she cares about, Della is determined to do everything she can to save them...even if it means teaming up with the one boy who can break her heart.  In Reborn, return once again to C.C. Hunter's Shadow Falls, a camp where supernatural teens learn to harness their powers and discover the magic of friendship and love.
4/5 stars (really liked it) I loved the Shadow Falls series with the chameleon Kylie and her story ended and I was so glad to hear there would be a spin-off series.  And Della has got to be one of my favorite characters at Shadow Falls, next to Burnett who I really want to learn more about.  Della is a small girl with a who is tougher than she looks and very fiesty.  There is a new vampire at camp named Chase and he seems familiar to…