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    BONES OF A SAINT BY GRANT FARLEY | BOOK REVIEW

    Bones Of A Saint by Grant Farley is a young adult historical fiction. The book tells us the is a coming-of-age story of the 15-year-old RJ Armante set against the backdrop of late 70's Northern California. RJ has lived his whole life in the hometown of Arcangel. The Blackjacks have ruled the town for years and force younger kids to do petty offenses for the gang. RJ lives with his mother, many siblings, and his differently-abled brother in a trailer park. The young boy has always been in troubling situations and finds himself at the center of a dangerous situation that forces him to work for the Blackjacks. He is…

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    THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS BY J.J.A.HARWOOD | BOOK REVIEW

    The Shadow In The Glass is a dark, gothic retelling of Cinderella by J.J.A.Harwood. The story is set in Victorian England and takes us through the truly terrible times women had to face on a daily basis. The story takes place in Grandborough House where Mrs. Pembroke took in the recently orphaned Eleanor known as Ella. She is treated like a daughter and grew up with all the privileges that a child would get. Mrs. Pembroke passes away and Ella is forced to earn her keep by the housekeeper. Mr. Pembroke is an alcoholic and is drinking away the wealth and the riches that Mrs. Pembroke had managed wisely. As…

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    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

    I love when a book can make me laugh-out-loud, spit-your-drinks out and that's exactly these two does for me every single time I read them. I have enjoyed my re-reading of these two and will continue to be my favorite companions for the days I need a cheer up. I do have other favorites I love to read for the feels, but I've Got Your Number and The Rosie Project gives me the laughs and feels together. And right now, we could all agree that laughs and feels will always be the winner combo for us romantics. So these are going to be the winners for today as I haven't…

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    HOW TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS – FICTION | 2021

    I wanted to share with you my method of writing reviews. I follow the 5 step strategy to write down my thoughts. Over the years I have tried a few things when it comes to writing reviews and this is the one I gravitate to the most. So I thought I would share it with you guys and help any of the new bloggers or book reviewers who are starting this journey. Let's get into the 5 step process of writing killer reviews for fiction.

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    TOP 5 OF MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S & MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS OF 2020

    In the year 2020, I read a few children's / middle-grade books. Some of these were of the non-fiction genre. I absolutely loved the books in these genre, because these books were created in such a fun & interactive way that you will pick them up for your kids - that's for sure! These books are the best way to introduce your kids to non-fiction, and I highly recommend getting these books. One of my other favorite is a heart touching story about a young family's plight in the detention center. This one is more suited for YA, because of the heaviness of the topic, but it features middle-grade characters…

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    MY TOP 5 BOOKS OF 2020

    Here are my top 5 books from the year 2020. I am so happy to share them with you. Each of these holds a special place in my heart and have gotten promoted to my all time favorites as well. I found myself struggling to choose one book, and so I decided to pick 5 that will be forever etched in my heart and mind. Addie and Shams has left a big hole in my heart and I don't know if anything can fill it... 😭😭😭

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    MRS SEATH MISSES DEATH BY SALENA GODDEN | BOOK REVIEW

    Mrs. Death Misses Death by Salena Godden is prose and poetry mixed with narration style writing, and is more of a literary style of fiction than a straight-up fantasy, in my opinion. I requested this book after reading the fascinating synopsis. The story is about Death, and how tired Death is of taking people's lives, and the insight we get into the psyche of Death itself. The book features death as a black woman who goes after people's lives when it is their time to die. After living the life and doing her job endlessly, she is tired and wishes to unburden her thoughts to a young, troubled writer Wolf.…

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    MARRIED AT FIRST SWIPE BY CLAIRE FROST | BOOK REVIEW

    Married At First Swipe by Claire Frost is contemporary fiction. I saw the title and thought to myself, hmm.., that sounds very similar to the show Married At First Sight. While the concept is the same, and the plot is designed around the idea, I would recommend not going into the book expecting a romance or a love story between two people. This is more of a women's fiction kind of a story than a straight-up romance. The story follows Jess and Hannah through their tumultuous lives. Jess is the owner of the dating app Save The Date, which focuses on people wanting to settle down quickly. When the app…

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    BOOK REVIEW : THE AMERICAN CRUSADE BY MARK SPIVAK

    The American Crusade is a political thriller based on real-life events. When I saw the synopsis for this book, I wanted to see how the author will approach the story. Knowing the topic and the events make it extremely hard, impossible to separate them while I was reading it. The story is about America's war on terror on a Muslim majority country after a horrendous terror attack on a Mall in America. As you can see, the parallels to the horrific 9/11 attacks are uncanny when it comes to the situation and characters. It also helps you in navigating the story connecting the people and places mentioned in the book…

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    BOOK REVIEW : BEIGE AND BLUE BY SARA BADAWIEH

    Beige And Blue by Sara Badawieh is a romantic drama / romantic thriller. The story is about Samar, who is an architect and an artist with big dreams. She has always lived a sheltered life, and her parents are very religious and overprotective of her. This makes her naive when it comes to dealing with people. She meets Bassel and forms a relationship with him after a couple of meetings. Bassel's life is full of danger, and slowly it starts to affect Samar's life as well. Bassel is not what he seems, and Samar decides to break up with him after a misunderstanding. Later on, she meets Ziyad, who is…