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Book Review: That Night by Chevy Stevens

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Not knowing a thing about Chevy Stevens' book That Night, I decided to purchase it from ThriftBooks.com. Within a couple of days of receiving it, I began reading it, and it immediately sucked me in.

There were several things I loved about That Night. One of those things was that the chapters alternated from the present day to past years. This kept the book interesting and me engaged. I think that if Chevy Stevens had started from the beginning of the story, it wouldn't have kept my attention quite as well and wouldn't have had the impact it had.

Additionally, the relationships in the book were right on target, especially the way teenagers act in high school. The gossip and mean girl syndrome were right on par, and the way adults tended to believe Shauna over Toni was very believable as well. Who hasn't encountered a Shauna at some point in their life? The relationship between Toni and her sister Nicole seemed very believable to me, but being an only child, I don't …

Take Me Back Tuesday: Winter Dreams Christmas Love by Mary Francis Shura

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Have you ever had a book from your childhood that has stuck with you over the years? Winter Dreams Christmas Love by Mary Francis Shura is one of those books for me. I remember when I bought the book . . . it was a Friday night when I was thirteen or fourteen years old. I climbed into bed and began reading the book around eight or nine o'clock at night and finished it within a couple of hours. I loved it so much that I immediately began reading it again that night. I must have reread it four or five times that weekend. I guess you can say that I was obsessed! However, I really related to the book when I was in high school. Rereading it as an adult brought back those angsty feelings I had as a teenager. I mean who didn't wish that their crush felt the same way towards them?!?! But, as an adult, I know things don't always wrap up in a neat little bow.
Winter Dreams Christmas Love was a very well written young adult novel that spans three years of Ellen Marlowe's high sch…

Book Review: Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer

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Immediately after finishing New Moon (Twilight, #2)by Stephenie Meyer, I apprehensively picked up Eclipse (Twilight, #3) and dove right into it. I was worried that it would read much like the book before, but I was pleasantly surprised about how it was much more enjoyable. Despite the fact the hardback version was 629 pages, I finished it within 1 to 1.5 days. I even took it to work with me so I could read on my lunch hour. I also stayed up to three or four o'clock in the morning to finish the book if that tells you anything.
I love the fact that the worlds of vampires and werewolves are finally intertwined into one story unlike the previous two books where they were separated. There was a lot more action in this installment as well with Victoria wanting to avenge her mate and the Volturi coming to check up on the Cullens to make sure they held up their end of the bargain.
Eclipse is the book that made me fall in love with the character of Jasper Hale (aka Jasper Whitlock). We le…

Book Review: Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer

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The year was 2008, and it seemed everywhere I went, I heard people talking about the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The movie based on the book was finally in theaters, and on a Saturday afternoon, I finally decided to breakdown and buy the book to see what all the fuss was about. That night, I started reading the book and stayed up until the wee hours the next morning. When I woke up, I had to buy the rest of the books in the series so I could immediately start reading the next one. I was absolutely enchanted by the story.
In the many book discussions I've had with different people, they say how poorly written Twilight is, but in the same breath, they add that they were sucked in by the story line. This always blows my mind because if it were so poorly written, then they wouldn't have been as engaged as much as they were . . . at least in my opinion. Will Twilight ever be considered true literature and be in the same league as the classics? Probably not. With that being s…

Book Review: The Great Gatsby, The Authorized Text by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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It never ceases to amaze me when I hear an adult say that they've never read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, especially when those adults are close in age to me. It was required reading in my junior year of high school (11th grade) in my American Literature class, and we had a heavy load of required reading in this class. I'm guessing my high school had higher expectations of us seeing as it consistently makes the top 1,500 public high schools in America. (If I sound like a snob or braggart, I don't mean to sound like one.)
As a high school student, I absolutely loved reading The Great Gatsby. I was enchanted with every book we read my junior year, but I remember this one being one of the ones that I enjoyed the most. When one of the book clubs I belong to decided to read this book, I was excited to reread it as I didn't remember a lot about it, and it allowed me to refresh my memory before the Leonardo DiCaprio version of the movie came out. As an adult, …