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Book Review: Heaven (Casteel, #1) by V.C. Andrews

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When I saw that a television movie for V.C. Andrews' book Heaven (Casteel, #1) was going to be shown on the Lifetime Channel, I decided I needed to reread the book before watching the movie as it had been several years since I read it. All I really remembered was that it was one of my least favorite of her series, and I'd have to say it is still one of my least favorite. It's not that it is poorly written because it is actually written really well. The series just wasn't my cup of tea compared to some of the other series.
Things I loved about the book were the family dynamics because there are people who have multiple generations living under one roof. So many families are dysfunctional as well, so this book really brought this issue to life. It also showed how people can be really poor and barely eeking out an existence. What I hope people learned from Heaven (Casteel, #1) is that there are people who have it worse than you do and don't be so quick to judge peopl…

Book Review: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz

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With the movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark coming to movie theaters in August 2019, I had to reread the book of the same name. I loved the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark trilogy when I was in middle school and remember them being very creepy. Although I don't think I ever got rid of my copies from my childhood, I didn't know where they are, so I ordered the entire trilogy with the original artwork from Amazon.com.
When the books were delivered to my house yesterday, I was excited to dive right in to the first book because the sight of the books brought back all the feels from my childhood. However, in the hour it took me to read the first book, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, I was very disappointed because it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it to be. Although, the pictures were just as wonderful as they always were . . . and super creepy.
The stories that were still creepy that I enjoyed were Room For One More, The Hook, The Babysitter, and High Beams.…

Book Review: The Advice Column Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #3) by Leslie Nagel

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The Advice Column Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #3) by Leslie Nagel was a phenomenal read and had me guessing throughout the book. It wasn't until I was two thirds of the way through the book before I began to suspect who the real killer was and ended up being correct with that guess. Prior to that I was thinking it was one of two people. When it came to figuring out who was writing the advice column, I had absolutely no clue to who the real identity of Jackie was and was absolutely surprised beyond belief.

This installment of the Oakwood Mystery series was by far my favorite yet! I loved the fact that the romance between Charley Carpenter and Marcus Trenault began getting more serious and that Charley's father called her out on it. Bobby basically told her that she would lose Marcus if she didn't get it together. Fingers crossed that they get married in the fourth installment.

What is great about this series is that you don't have to read the previous books in the series …

Book Review: The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2) by Jill Murphy

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The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2) by Jill Murphy is the sequel to The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1). At just under 100 pages, it was a super quick read for me as an adult. I never knew this was a book series until recently, and I had to buy the series to read.

Children who are just beginning to read chapter books and too young to read the Harry Potter book series should definitely pick up the Worst Witch series to read, especially little girls since it is based on a girls boarding school for witches.

What I loved about this second installment of The Worst Witch book series is that it teaches lessons about friendship, jealousy, and the lesson of getting into trouble for something you did not do.

There isn't anything I can really complain about when it comes to The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2). It is age appropriate for kids between the ages five through eight and teaches valuable lessons. Fun and engaging, it even kept my attention as an adult. What mor…

Book Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena left me in awe. Written in alternating narratives, the reader definitely gets several points of view of the story line, and you never know if they're being a reliable narrator. I had three people that I suspected of being the murderer, and none of them ended up being the killer. I did briefly have a fourth person I suspected, but I quickly dismissed him / her and that is who it ended up being. 
What I loved about An Unwanted Guest is that it was a bit different from Shari Lapena's other novels, and it was very reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, aka Ten Little Indians, and Murder On The Orient Express. In fact, I think Lapena gives Agatha Christie a run for her money with this book. It was that fabulous! There are just not enough words for me describe how enthralling this book was. I ended up staying up into the wee hours of the night to finish it because I just had to know what happened before I went to bed. Thank g…

Book Review: Wish You Were Here: France by Robin O'Neill

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In high school, I discovered a new book series by Robin O'Neill called Wish You Were Here. The first book in the series is Wish You Were Here:  France. The original publication date was July 1996, but they must have released them early as I had the first two books and had already read them when I went to France a couple days after the 1996 Olympics began in Atlanta. I live in Atlanta and missed the majority of the Olympics when it was here, but that is besides the point. Anyways, I became enchanted with the series and kept hoping there would be more than three books in the series. However, from what I can tell, there weren't any other books published than the original three.
Wish You Were Here: France by Robin O'Neill is about a tour group called Getaway Tours that has chaperones that take teenagers to different destinations around the world for a week at a time. Tim and Francine Atkinson are the guide tours for the excursion to France, and they have five girls and two guy…

Book Review: Zoey Fools Around (Boyfriends/Girlfriends, #1 / Making Out, #1) by Katherine Applegate

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Zoey Finds Out by Katherine Applegate is the first book in a young adult book series that goes by two different names. The original book series is called Boyfriends/ Girlfriends and includes eight books, which were written by Katherine Applegate. Then, the series was renamed Making Out and an additional twenty books were ghost written under Applegate's name. The age range for this series is twelve through seventeen. 
I first came across this series when I was fourteen year old freshman in high school, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The cover shown here is the reprint when the series was renamed, and the original cover is way better from what I remember. This series is very reminiscent of the television show Beverly Hills, 90210 with all the high school drama and deals with serious topics. The biggest serious topic throughout Zoey Finds Out is drinking and driving and the consequences.
As an adult rereading Zoey Fools Around, I find that the writing and story line still hol…