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Rippler Review

Author: Cidney Swanson

Release: 2013

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Pages: 288

In Rippler, Sam Ruiz doesn’t know that anything about her whatsoever is exceptional. Not until Will realizes that when she is at peace she disappears (or ‘ripples’).

Thus begins the adventure that kept me glued to my Kobo for hours at a time. It’s a book that allows the reader to completely lose themselves in the story, becoming increasingly emotionally attached to the realistic characters.

The historic journal entries were out of a horror story, with characters being subjected to Mengele-like experiments.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, heart in your throat book than Rippler is for you.

Rating: 5/5 relaxing waterfalls

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Poppy McVie: Operation Tropical Affair Review

Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Release: March 2015

Genre: Adventure, Conservation

Pages: 204

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Let’s take a moment first to appreciate that this book is published in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States; Traverse City. Right away I was taken with both the book and the author when the pre-amble stated that 100% of the book sales/profits are donated to the reader’s wildlife charity of their choice.

Throughout the reading of this work of literary genius, I constantly loved the sass and sheer determination of Poppy McVie. She’s essentially the best role model for any parent with an animal loving daughter. Poppy doesn’t apologize for her love of animals, taking it upon herself to right the wrongs of the polarized modern world.

The truth of the matter is that this book brings to light a subject so often swept under the rug, that being the welfare of endangered and common animals alike. Set in the beautiful natural oasis of Costa Rica, Ms. Bindschatel brings reality to the forefront without shoving it down people’s throats. She is exactly the ambassador needed, with an extra voice added to the mix by the so-real-it’s-unbelievable Poppy McVie.

I, for one, cannot wait to see what the second book has in store, as Poppy travels to the fjords of Norway.

Rating: 5/5 capuchin monkeys

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The Ugly Stepsister Review

Author: Aya Ling

Release: June.12th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale

Pages: 283

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

 

I haven’t been this excited about a book in a long time. The crisply written book literally had me reading for hours on end because I HAD to know what happened next.

 

To begin with, Kat is our 17-year-old heroine who magically gets transported into Cinderella’s realm via a decrepit copy of the classic children’s book.

 

Kat immediately resonated with me when it came about in the first chapter that she’s a true bookworm. This includes a love of both Anne of Green Gables (RIP Gilbert) as well as Beauty and the Beast. Her sentiment of marrying the Beast to inherit his expansive library is an anecdote I’ve shared with my befuddled friends on more than one occasion.

 

When Kat is transported into the early 19th century, she discovers that she must recreate the story to get back home. Her references to books like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia act a clever reminder to her true place in the modern world.

 

Ms. Aya Ling does a brilliant job of weaving a usually contrived romantic plot into a refreshing story that breaks the barriers of traditional female stereotypes.

 

So I pose two questions to my fellow readers and Ms. Ling:

 

  1. Can Kat come to life and be my best friend?

 

  1. What are you all waiting for? Get out and buy this truly magical book that is sure to fly off the shelves.

 

Rating: 5/5 ugly stepsisters + 10/10 magical books

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‘Death of a Crafty Knitter’ Review

Author: Angela Pepper

Year of Release: 2015

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Pages: 200+

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

Stormy Day is at it again, this time with her hometown of Misty Falls, Oregon feeling like classic New Orleans. When a voodoo psychic is murdered, Stormy takes it upon herself to investigate the case with the help of her hunky tenant Logan Sanderson and her retired police officer father Finnegan. Throughout the journey we meet a myriad of colourful characters, some of who we were first introduced to in the first book of the series.

Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the genius of Stormy’s cat Jeffrey Blue? The mischievous little kitten brings a vibrancy to the books that other authors so desperately try to capture through complicated manners. The simplicity of this feline character adds a realness to the series that cannot be duplicated.

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Without giving anything away, Stormy becomes entangled in an ever-tangling web of deceit throughout the entirety of this delightful read.

Get your hands on this amazing series and let yourself take the journey to the craziness of Misty Falls, Oregon.

Rating: 5/5 voodoo dolls

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Mockingjay Dream Playlist

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**

(This playlist is based on the book, not the movie)

Katniss and Peeta’s Theme

Music Box by The Cinematic Orchestra (Listen Here)

“Little bit of gold, little bit of pearl

Wrap yourself around the world”

Prim’s Death

Fire and Rain by James Taylor (Listen Here)

“My body is aching and my time is at hand,

and I won’t make it any other way.”

Haymitch’s Theme

Mad World by Gary Jules (Listen Here)

“Hide my head, I wanna drown my sorrow

No tomorrow, no tomorrow.”

Finnick’s Death Scene

Hold Back the River by James Bay (Listen Here)

“Tried to keep you close to me,

But life got in-between”

Squad 451 Theme

Swim by Jack’s Mannequin (Listen Here)

“The whole world is watching,

You haven’t come this far to fall off the earth.”

Coin’s Assassination

Know Your Enemy by Green Day (Listen Here)

“Bringing on the fury, 

The choir infantry,

Revolt against the honour to obey.”

Snow’s Death

Another One Bites the Dust by Queen (Listen Here)

“But I’m ready, yes, I’m ready for you

I’m standing on my own two feet,

Out of the doorway bullets rip.”

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‘Nun of That’ Review

Author: Morgana Best

Year of Release: 2015

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Pages: 270

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review**

This is the first book I have ever read by author Morgana Best and it will definitely not be my last.

Furniture store owner Rose Taylor is exactly the type of person you want to become friends with, especially with the added benefit of becoming entangled in her crime solving as well. Along with her two friends Janet and Gemma, the three women are the friend group you envy and strive to become a part of. Even Janet and Gemma’s bickering makes the book feel all the more realistic.

When investigative journalist Adam Bowen comes to town, Rose’s life takes a turn into the more exciting lane and leaves there reader cheering for a romance between the two.

Let yourself enter the world of Rose Taylor and the mysterious nuns invading her small town for questionable reasons. I truly cannot wait for the next book in the series to find out what happens next.

Rating: 5/5 suspicious nuns

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