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Book Review: Going Rogue, Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich was published on November 1, 2022.  The novel opens with Stephanie Plum arriving at the bonds office on a Monday morning, and office manager Connie Rosolli isn't there.  When Stephanie finally gets into the office, the file room has been tossed.  Then comes the ransom call, which sends Stephanie on the hunt for a mysterious coin that she needs to get Connie released. The Stephanie Plum book series is one that I've come to love and enjoy when I need a light read that will give me some laughs.  Right off the start, this edition has yet again made me think it's now being ghost written because Lula is asking if one of the people bonded out by Vinnie is Joe Morelli's grandmother.  Lula already know who she is, so this is what made me think that it's ghost written.  If the author just wanted to reintroduce Bella, there had to be a better way to do this. With that being said, I absolutely lov

Book Review: The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) by L.J. Smith

The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) by L.J. Smith tells the story of Cassie Blake on vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and becomes friends with Portia Bainbridge. When Cassie's mother receives a phone call that her mother is in poor health, she makes the decision that Cassie and she will move to New Salem, Massachusetts to take care of her mother. Intimidated by a new school, Cassie is in awe of a group of teenagers who rule the school where even the adults are afraid of this group.

The Secret Circle trilogy was my introduction to the author L.J. Smith. I immediately fell in love with The Initiation and couldn't wait to read the other two books in the series. Since it was originally published in 1992, it was turned into a television show, and I was ecstatic about the news. However, when the first trailer came out, I was disappointed because many of the characters were nixed, and they changed some huge parts of the series that vastly changed the story, including adding a character that never existed and killing off a character off that never died in the books. With all of that being said, I never ended up watching the television series. What is interesting is that the t.v. series ended up spawning additional books in the series that were written by a ghost writer under L.J. Smith's name, and these books apparently go hand in hand with the t.v. show.

Things I love about this book is that it deals with the trial and tribulations of making new friends and starting a new school (on the other side of a continent). It also deals with being different from other students and how others react to you because of those differences. Another thing I loved about The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) is that Greek mythology is mentioned. It always makes me want to reread The Odyssey by Homer, which I first read in the eighth grade. I finally did buy a copy of it; I just have to make time to read it!

With as many characters as there were and being a young adult book, I felt like the characters were well developed. They all have good and bad traits. And, the way they were described, I could get a clear picture of what they looked like in my mind. Not all authors can convey this well, but L.J. Smith has a knack for it. I gave The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) five out of five stars.

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