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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…

Book Review: The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) by Jill Murphy

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In 1986, a movie called The Worst Witch was aired on television, and as a seven year old child, I absolutely fell in love with it. A few months ago, I thought about how much I loved it and decided to see if it was available on Netflix. It was not available, but it had been made into a television series back in 2017 and that was available. I did watch a few of the episodes and thought they had been done well. It made me research the original movie, and I found out that it was based on a book series from the 1970's. How I did not know this I'll never know, but I decided to buy a used copy from ThriftBooks.com. 
When I received the book The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) by Jill Murphy, I couldn't wait to read it and see how closely the original television movie compared to the book. I wasn't disappointed. The 1986 movie did a phenomenal job in adapting the book for television.
The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) by Jill Murphy is about twelve year old Mildred Hubble attendi…

Book Review: The Antique House Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #2) by Leslie Nagel

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The Antique House Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #2) by Leslie Nagel is the the sequel to The Book Club Murders (Oakwood Mystery, #1), and it starts off with quite a bang. When the old, decaying mansion called Mulbridge House in upscale Oakwood, Ohio is set to be torn down and the belongings inside to be auctioned off, the town becomes divided. Half the town is in agreeance with S.O.A.P. that the home needs to be preserved and turned into a museum. The other half of town sides with the heirs who want to build fourteen homes on the property. When Calvin Prescott, owner of the company auctioning off the belongings of Mulbridge House, is found murdered in his office by Charley Carpenter, her boyfriend, detective Marcus Trenault, makes the connection between Prescott's death and a string of burglaries in the area. Unable to stay out of the investigation as an amateur sleuth, Charley uncovers a massive scheme involving the mansion and the land being developed for the homes. 
It's rare t…

Monday Funday: Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3) by Rachel Caine

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Gwen Proctor, a.k.a. Gina Royal, begrudgingly travels to the remote town of Wolfhunter after a woman named Marlene Crockett reaches out to her by phone. Fearing that helping Marlene and her daughter is somehow a trap of sorts, Gwen will go to the end of the earth to protect her family while getting to the bottom of what is happening in this small town.
What can I say about Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake, #3) by Rachel Caine other than . . . WOW! I couldn't put this latest edition of the Stillhouse Trilogy down and stayed up way past my bedtime more than once. This fast paced, action packed book had me racing through the pages because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. There weren't any slow parts in this book at all, and I think this one was my favorite one yet!
The characters came into their own in this story line, and we even learned more about some of their backstories, which I didn't think was possible at this point in the series. At one point in t…

Book Review: The Hunter (The Forbidden Game, #1) by L.J. Smith

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When Jenny Thorns original plan for her boyfriend Tom's birthday party had to change, she has to scramble to come up with something that will interest every one in their small group. Coming across a store called "More Games", she's not sure she'll be able to find something that will please the entire group. When the store clerk Julian suggests a game in a white, unmarked box, Jenny decides to buy it, and the entire group is in for a huge surprise. See you at nine . . . Not sure she heard Julian correctly, Jenny has second thoughts about the game once she gets home. However, she's overruled by the group. Part Jumanji and part Nightmare on Elm Street, the friends are in for the ride of a lifetime. 
I stumbled across The Hunter (The Forbidden Game, #1) by L.J. Smith while I was in high school. Ecstatic that one of my favorite authors had another book out, I immediately bought this book. I loved this book as a teenager and read this book and the other two books …

Take Me Back Tuesday: Runaway (A Changes Romance #4) by Marilyn Kaye

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As a teenager, I discovered the "Changes Romance" books series that targeted teens and always had a life lesson. None of the books in this series have nothing to do with the others, and each book in the series has a different author. Unfortunately, I never could find all the books in the series when I was a teen, so now as an adult, I've been tracking down the books I never read. Thank goodness for ThriftBooks.com! Runaway (A Changes Romance, #4) by Marilyn Kaye was one of those books.
I loved the life lessons taught in Runaway, and my favorite life lesson was that you can always go home again. It also teaches teens that being an adult isn't as glamorous as it seems. I've read many of Marilyn Kaye's books, but this was one of my least favorites that she wrote. I just didn't quite connect with it like some of her other works. By all means, it isn't poorly written. It's actually very well written.

One of the major themes throughout the book was fami…