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Review – Whispering Winds Unveiled by  Tiffany GarnettWhispering Winds: Unveiled by Tiffany Garnett
on April 22, 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 216
Source: Author

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Healing is a power that fifteen-year-old, Brenna Finlayson, has fought long and hard to subdue.  When a harebrained idea suddenly occurs to her, she risks losing everything by revealing herself to the one person she fears losing the most.   Brenna’s spontaneous unveiling brings about the revealing of other truths.  She, and her twin sister, Keely, have destinies to fulfill.  Destinies that require them to fight. maybe even kill. As an innate healer, violence is the last thing Brenna wants. 
In an attempt to live a normal, peaceful life, Brenna rejects her heritage, choosing a different path.  But the path she chooses doesn’t bring her the normalcy she was hoping for.
 Not even close.

Brenna has the ability to heal. She’s been trying to keep this a secret her whole life. The times that she has healed as left her and her sister to move to another home. They are in a good home now and Brenna doesn’t want to do anything to jeopardize it. She finds out that her sister also has supernatural abilities. As they let certain people into their secret they find out that this is their destiny. They have a choice to choose the good path or be led astray. Brenna struggles to find her own path to destiny.

In an Oyster Shell – A very creative and interesting story that leaves you wanting more.

The Pearls – Having two teenage girls with supernatural abilities is interesting enough. Add guardians and angels to the mix and you have yourself a very interesting story. The plot was well thought out and executed. This book is the beginning of the series and I think I would like to continue on with the next book.

The paranormal aspect to the book was interesting. Having two girls with abilities with destinies to be good or not was intriguing. The path that Brenna chooses is very surprising. It had me reading with bated breath.

The characters were well-developed and distinctive. I really got emotionally tied to the girls especially Brenna. The supporting characters were distinctive and played a vital role in moving the story along.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Tiffany Garnett

Tiffany spends her days shuttling her kids back and forth to school and extracurricular activities, cooking meals, and cleaning house. When she’s not doing any of those fun and exciting things, you can find her daydreaming and then jotting down those dreams, so that she can later type them up. She does this in hopes that others will join her in her alternate reality. Because what fun is it to have magical powers, kill demons, and fall in love, if you have to do it all by yourself?

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Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017
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I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.
Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.
 
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In an Oyster Shell –  A sassy heroine who’s on a mission to better herself after a break-up. It’s a great story!
The Pearls – This book is a really fun read. There is a sassy heroine that gets dumped by her boyfriend of five years. She goes on a diet and gets a gym membership to prove that she can stick with something. Her ex-accuses her of not following through on things.  She want’s to show her ex exactly what he is missing out on. Her plan goes perfectly but in the end, she gets a better idea of what she wants. The concept was cute and well executed.
The characters were distinctive and carried the story through. There was the main character who was strong and determined. It was easy to follow her through her struggles and want to root for her. Her friends that she makes liven up the story quite a bit. They are some really strong characters. The development the main character goes through makes the story worth reading.
The romance was wild in that she had a few love interests. It was a nice asset to the story but it wasn’t what it was all about. The main character’s growth came before she got too attached to any one love interest. The romance added a pizzazz and completed the story really well. I like how the romance ended. She really deserved what she got.
The Sand – I found one of the characters to be a little bit juvenile. She was absurd in calling everyone bitches all the time. Something you would find a high schooler doing not a grown woman.  There were other redeeming qualities of the book that balance this flaw out.
4 Pearls!
About the Author
 

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Fat girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

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Blog Tour with Review – Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison ColeRead, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole
Series: Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #1
Published by World Literary Press on June 14th 2017
Pages: 298
Source: Beck Valley Books

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends!
In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE...Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he's come to finish his latest thriller -- that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt's best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt's as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn't even know the definition of the word organized.
Leanna's come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can't get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she's just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.
SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIESRead, Write, Love at SeasideDreaming at SeasideHearts at SeasideSunsets at SeasideSecrets at SeasideNights at SeasideSeized by Love at SeasideEmbraced at SeasideLovers at SeasideWhispers at Seaside

Leanna is spending the summer at the cape hoping to find her passion. She is currently making Jam and is hoping that it may be what she is looking for. What she is not looking for is a man. Kurt Remington is at the Cape to focus on one thing writing. He’s a bestseller, and he stays that way by not letting in any distractions. When Leanna crosses his path, both are surprised at what happens. Neither are looking for love, but they might find it in each other.

In an Oyster Shell –  A steamy read that was full of romance that will leave you swooning.

The Pearls – The characters made this story for me. You have free loving messy Leanna who goes where the wind takes her. Compared to studious, clean, orderly Kurt. They couldn’t be more different, but it makes them an amazing couple. They challenge each other in the right ways. They grow together. It made the story for me.

The concept was good.  There was a lot of chemistry between the two characters. I think that worked well. Having a writer and a free-spirited Jam maker made for an excellent story. The concept was well executed.

A steamy romance that was more on the sweet side it worked to a point. The romance overall was swoon worthy. I like the personal development the characters go through to make the relationship what it ends up being.

The Sand – Though there were no explicit sex scenes there was still a lot of sexiness, and I think it pushed the envelope on a clean romance.

 

4 Stars

About Addison Cole

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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Blog Tour with Review – Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid PaulsonWhy I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson
on June 6th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 287
Source: Chapter by Chapter

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Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

Harper Campbell lives her life by 537 rules. Rules she started living by when her mother passed away. She uses these rules to make sense of life. In comes, Sterling Lane stirring up trouble and bringing Harper’s twin brother with him. Harper will stop at nothing to keep her brother safe. This turns into a feud of pranks. The strongest person will survive that is until Harper needs Sterling’s help. Her brother is in more trouble than she realized and Sterling is the only one that can help. She has to learn to trust someone she hates.

In an Oyster Shell –  It’s a provocative relationship between Harper and Sterling that keeps life interesting.

The Pearls – The rules of Harper life make it an interesting one. It’s super rigid and ripe for someone to come stir things up like Sterling. Sterling does just that and it makes for an entertaining read.

The characters were strong and distinctive. Harper was a league all on her own. She was a well-developed character with lots of quirks to make her memorable. Sterling was good bad boy. Kept things interesting all the time.

The romance was intriguing. It really was a love hate relationship. It was a push and pull until it went all the way. It was a really fun part of the book. It was interwoven into the story beautifully so it didn’t take over but was a nice addition.

The Sand – Harper was a bit rigid as a character.

3.5 Pearls!

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About Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.

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Review – My Summer Job by Margaret Cioffi

Review – My Summer Job by Margaret CioffiMy Summer Job by Margaret Cioffi
Published by City Lights Press on May 3rd 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 277
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

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Siobhan Murphy is an average teenager: smart, hardworking, ambitious… and a bit of smart aleck. She has a terrific family and great friends. She also has out of control curly red hair, freckles on top of her freckles and a less than model like body. Siobhan has decided that this is her year to land the perfect summer job—a job that pays a ton of money, is a lot of fun, and will give her valuable experience to add to her resume.
After a chance encounter with the very stylish Natasha Romanoff, Siobhan is offered a job as her assistant. What she doesn’t realize, until she actually starts work, is that the very stylish Natasha runs an escort service.
Her job is pretty uncomplicated: type letters, book appointments, walk Natasha’s massive pair of Great Danes… the usual. But then Natasha and Lucius—her former husband and current business associate – ask Siobhan to befriend a couple of the escorts whom they suspect of indulging in a little hanky-panky on the side. Strictly against agency rules, BTW. Always game for an adventure Siobhan puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat and befriends the girls, but what Siobhan—along with her bestie and fellow sleuth, Marcy—discover is that there’s an awful lot more than just hanky-panky going on.

Siobhan Murphy is looking for the ultimate summer job. It seems she has found it as being Natasha’s assistant. Everything seems normal at first just doing letters and walking the dogs. Siobhan finds out Natasha runs an above board escort service. Natasha asks Siobhan to befriend a couple of the girls they think are doing extra at their jobs. She takes the case and it leads her on a trail of mysteries.

In an Oyster Shell – An interesting mystery with a young sleuth at the helm.

The Pearls – A young lady working as an assistant for an escort service was an interesting premise. The story had ample opportunities to deliver on surprises and this did indeed.  The involvement that Siobhan has in the mystery is extensive and had me turning the pages.

The characters were strong and well-developed. Every character had its place. I especially like Siobhan’s best friend. She was a great sounding board and helped move the mystery along.

There was lots of talk of food in this book. Don’t read this book hungry. I appreciated those details. They add a layer to the book.

There was no significant romance in this book. It was a nice change from the usual.

The Sand –  The main character came off as more amused with herself than I was. It was a little off-putting.

4 Stars
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Review – One Week To The Wedding by Olivia MilesOne Week to the Wedding (Misty Point #1) by Olivia Miles
Published by Forever on June 13th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 352
Source: Publicist

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In the vein of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Mallery, Robyn Carr, and Kristan Higgins, comes the first in a new women's fiction novel from Olivia Miles.
Sometimes the road to happily ever after takes a few wrong turns...
Kate Daniels couldn't be more excited to be planning her best friend's wedding...in theory. Lately, just thinking about gowns and centerpieces makes her want to hide under the covers with her dog and a good book --one that doesn't include a romantic plot, thank you very much. Maybe it's because her fiancé cheated. Or maybe it's because he cheated with her younger sister, Charlotte. Or maybe it's because her newfound reputation as jilted wedding planner isn't exactly doing wonders for her career.
Charlotte knows she messed up. Big time. But she also knows something Kate doesn't-something that might bring them close again, if her sister will ever take her calls. But as time passes and silence grows, Charlotte begins to realize she can't hide from her problems forever, and that sometimes the only place to run is home.
With the wedding only a week away, Kate expects a few surprises. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself believing...in the strength of family, and the possibility of finding love again.

Kate Daniels is planning her best friend’s wedding. It should be a happy occasion but it is not without its sorrows for Kate. Kate was engaged to be married not too long ago and it ended because he cheated on her with her sister Charlotte. Kate works hard to put that behind her and ignore Charlotte who keeps calling her to make amends. Kate has her hands full with the best man who is more interested in making his business work than the wedding. Will Kate get the wedding to go off without a hitch and maybe with more of a healed heart for her?

In an Oyster Shell – A poignant tale of forgiveness and moving forward.

The Pearls – The concept was surprising to me. The surprising aspect was the sister who cheated with her ex’ fiance. I don’t know why I find this surprising but it was. Learning to forgive her sister is a part of the story. It’s hard and Kate struggles and that kept me turning the pages. The added depth of a romance with the best man made this a great story.

The characters were everything in this story. There was Kate a high strung no non-sense wedding planner. Then there was the bride who was on cloud nine the whole story. Then Alec the self-absorbed best man who gets a little less so with Kate around. Then there is Charlotte who is kind of a sad character but adds to the story none the less.

The romance was perfect for what Kate was going through. It was unexpected but ended up being something she could count on. It was a great addition to the story.

The Sand – Charlotte was really a sad character and stars in the next book. I don’t know if I will continue.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Olivia Miles

Olivia Miles is a bestselling author of contemporary romance. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories. She currently resides just outside Chicago with her husband, young daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

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Blog Tour With Review – I’m Not In The Band by  Amber GarzaI'm Not in the Band by Amber Garza
Published by Entangled Teen (Crush) on June 12th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 279
Source: Publisher

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I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one.
But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

Kassidy Milton goes to a concert with her sister. She is not expecting to meet anybody but she does. She meets the identical brother of the lead singer of the band. She doesn’t know the lead singer of the band so it’s news to her. The brother is hoping that for once a girl wants him for him and not who he is related to. They start a relationship that is rocky with both of their insecurities. Will he be able to trust that she wants him for him? Will she be able to get over her past and trust again?

In an Oyster Shell – A heartwarming romance that is sweet and will keep you turning the pages.

The Pearls – The concept of the story was really cute. The main love interest is not the boy in the band but the brother. Kassidy’s feelings for the brother make this story sweet and desirable to read. The story about the boy not in the band is very interesting, creative, and well-executed.

There was a great cast of characters. The main characters were strong and a distinctive and had their flaws that made them relatable. The supporting characters were funny and quirky. They added depth to the story.

The romance was the star of the show. It was sweet they really got along well. There were a few snafus but they work them out. It’s one of the better romances I’ve read in a long time.

The Sand –  It was a good book.

4 Stars

About Amber Garza

Amber Garza lives in California with her amazing husband and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

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Review – Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Review – Suddenly Royal by Nichole ChaseSuddenly Royal (The Royals, #1) by Nichole Chase
Series: The Royals #1
Published by Nichole Chase on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 464
Source: Purchased Amazon
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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

Samantha Rousseau is used to working hard. She is working on her master’s degree in wildlife biology. All the while taking care of her sick father. One day she is asked to dinner with the Duchess of a country called Lilaria. Samantha is surprised to find out that she herself is a duchess and they want her to go back to Lilaria to reinstate her title. Prince Alex takes notice of Samantha and not only is she royal but the prince wants a relationship with her. Samantha makes the hard adjustment of coming from a normal life into a royal one.

In an Oyster Shell – An uplifting rags to riches story with a steamy romance.

The Pearls – The concept of a commoner becoming Royal is a classic storyline. I feel like the author executes this well. It’s an enriching story that has its own unique twists. I like that the author was not afraid to create a modern day fairytale.

The character was distinctive and well-developed. I really like Sam. She had the right amount of edginess to round out her Royal fulfillment. She went into her role well, while staying true to herself. Alex was a sexy love interest. The contrast of the two of them made for an interesting story.

The romance was steamy but made the story. I like how Alex pursued Sam. It was an instant attraction but it wasn’t instant love. The relationship was appropriately drawn out.

The Sand –  There were slightly explicit sex scenes which I would prefer were not there.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Nichole Chase

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, super hero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Nichole is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Royal Series (Suddenly Royal, Recklessly Royal, and Reluctantly Royal). She has four other novels and several short stories published in different anthologies. Her next novel, The Accidental Assassin, will be available on November 4th.

Nichole Chase is represented by Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

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Review – The Mystery of the Missing Heiress by Carrie CrossThe Mystery of the Missing Heiress (Skylar Robbins #3) by Carrie Cross
Published by Teen Mystery Press on March 25th 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Pages: 314
Source: Author

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Three years ago, wealthy heiress Xandra Collins vanished without a trace, leaving her 100-year-old mansion abandoned. One mind-bending clue was hidden underneath the velvet lining of her jewelry box: GL URMW NB WR@+B, BLF NFHG TL Y@XP GL GS% SRWW%M U&LL+
Thirteen-year-old detective Skylar Robbins moves into the multi-level mansion with her family and immediately takes the case. The heiress’s body was never recovered. A sinister stalker mentioned in her diary may have been a close relative. Or was a perfect stranger to blame?
Pacific Middle School bullies label Skylar’s detective agency a joke. Skylar and her assistant detective Alexa must decode the secret message in time to crack a new case and save their reputations at Pacific. They team up with Daniel Gannon—the most brilliant boy in middle school—to solve the mystery of the heiress’s disappearance.
Decoding the message opens the door to a world of danger. Now Xandra’s stalker is after Skylar! The team uses their detective tools and sleuthing skills to piece together a complicated puzzle. Inside the mansion, a trap door leads to a secret passageway. Skylar’s ultraviolet light illuminates a shocking mural, painted on the wall inside a hidden floor. Poems in Xandra’s diary contain clues that lead to a mysterious key. Skylar and Daniel must brave life-threatening waves and menacing enemies to locate the lock. Can they determine how the heiress went missing…before Skylar suffers the same fate?

Skylar Robbins is worried about solving another mystery. The bullies at her school think the agency is a joke. She is working on finding the Missing Heiress. The heiress disappeared three years ago. Skylar is left with one clue. With the help of her friends old and new, she makes headway. Her investigation brings her into some dangerous situations. Her parents get worried and make the investigation harder by grounding her. Skylar will stop at nothing to find what happened to the heiress.

In an Oyster Shell – A cute and satisfying mystery.

The Pearls – The mystery was well done. It had lots of twist and turns and kept you engaged. The ending was great with the promise of another mystery. I really like this series even though the main character is a middle schooler.

The character was well done and true to description. The author does a good job getting in the head of the main character. She is a believable teenager. The things the character worries about is true to her age. It’s very realistic.

There is a little bit of romance. It’s appropriate for the age of the character. It adds a nice depth to the story. It makes it more interesting.

The Sand – It’s a well-done story!

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Carrie Cross

Carrie Cross is an avid reader who fell in love with books as a little girl after reading Goodnight Moon. She wrote her first “book” at age four: Blackie the Little Black Dog and the Flying Washing Machine. Carrie discovered her love of mysteries reading Nancy Drew books and The Happy Hollisters series, and after writing THE MYSTERY OF SHADOW HILLS, she continues to look for clues in unexpected places to this day.

Carrie Cross’s influences include Judy Blume, Deb Caletti, Sarah Dessen, and Lee Child. In addition to writing Skylar Robbins mysteries and reading, Carrie loves to cook, hike at the beach, go boating, and travel.

During a recent interview she was asked, “Where do you get your inspiration?”

“When I was six years old, my parents decided we needed to buy a bigger house. We looked at a creepy two-story in Santa Monica Canyon, and I played hide-and-seek with the little girl who lived there. There were closets and secret hiding places with doors that opened into other rooms. Later, I wondered, “What if there was a clue hidden in one of those closets?” And the idea for the Skylar Robbins mystery series was born.

Skylar’s adventures continue in THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN JEWELS. After she solves her second big case, the Skylar Robbins Detective Agency tackles the MYSTERY OF THE MISSING HEIRESS. Carrie Cross is currently at work on her fourth Skylar Robbins novel, THE CURSE OF KOMA ISLAND.

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Review – Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay HagerDating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager
on March 21, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 290
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

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Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.

Emme takes a summer class and partners with her crush Brendon Agretti. After spending some time together, they start dating. The problem is he is the popular guy and many girls want to date him. Emme feels insecure in their relationship. She depends on Astrology to guide her. The couple breaks up, and she has to deal with every girl trying to fill her place. Even though they break up there still seems to be something there between them.

In an Oyster Shell – A satisfying YA romance that is really about growing up and learning how to deal with life.

The Pearls – The concept was interesting and well executed. Having the popular guy come in contact with a sophomore over a summer class was a great way to start the story. The relationship that ensues is the stuff that daydreams are made of. The fact that Emme relies on Astrology is an interesting aspect to the story.

I liked the character development, especially in Emme. I like how throughout the story she was challenged and learned to overcome them. I appreciated that another character in the book points out how relying on Astrology could be a way of not dealing with things.

The romance was engrossing. It was quite tumultuous. Emme had a lot of insecurities to overcome. Not to mention the couple was constantly challenged with misunderstandings. It wasn’t an easy romance for the characters and that made the story interesting.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Krysten Lindsay Hager

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Bellbrook Times, and on Living Dayton.

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