Review: Popular - A Memoir - Maya Van Wagenen - April 2014
What would you do in order to become one of the popular crowd ? Would you undergo an experiment in order to see how a change in personality on the outside could land you sitting at the popular kids table ? Maya's family loved antiques and classic items and one day her father brought her a 1950's guide to being a teenage girl written by former 50's model Betty Cornell. Maya decided to for the year adapt the 50's ettiquette, fashion and the whole she-bang in order to see whether the same rules still applied to today's society and whether it made a difference or if she got a reaction from her peers. Popular was a quick read and very fascinating as each month we read as Maya tries something different and new from 50's fashion to hairstyles to posture. We read as Maya soon discovers who her friends are and that the popular kids are exactly the same as everyone else and that they hold the same conversations as say - the art geeks. This was a fun story and very inspirational and I applaud Maya at giving this a go and writing about it , as not many people in today's society would put something as extreme as she did into action and continue it day in and day out for the whole entire year. Teen Girls, if you have ever thought about how you could move up the social food chain of high school and be "one " of the popular kids - unless you are already there, then check out Popular by Maya Van Wagenen. The other thing that I loved about this was that Maya was eventually contacted by Betty Cornell - the model and author of the book she had been following which was quite exciting for Maya as you can imagine.
Review: The A Circuit - Book #1 The A Circuit Series - Catherine Hapka and Georgina Bloomberg - May 2011
Were you a fan of the book series Pony Pals and The Saddle Club growing up ? Do you love reading high school novels like Lisi Harrison's The Clique ? If so ,then you will enjoy this duo author's series The A Circuit. Book #1 introduces us to the characters of this riding club and all it's stars. Zara, daughter of a Rock Star and a Movie Actress is the newcomer and it seems that her snobby and rich girl act isn't going to sway any minds here at the club and she will find herself treated just like everybody else. Kate is one of the workers who is training to be a Vet and works fulltime at the horse ranch and Tommi - she is daughter to one of the wealthiest guys in New York but her passion is horses and despite her family connections, she would love nothing better than to be a professional horse rider. The A Circuit follows the girls through horse show competitions, friendship dramas, family and relationship issues. Will Zara find herself fitting in with the crowd here ? Will Kate get a HEA for now with Fitz ? Can Tommi prove to her father that she can make a business out of loving horses and her passions ? When life gets hard and tough, these girls have only one place which they will discover is their safe place where all their worries disappear and that one place is on the horse track. The A Circuit is what you get when you mix Gossip Girl with The Saddle Club. Fans of Horse riding books and high school novels will love this series and is perfect for girls aged 13+
Review: Sabotaged - Book #5 Alaskan Courage Series - Dani Pettrey - February 2015
As this series draws to an end, we finally reach the last member of the McKenna family - Reef. For those who have read the previous books, will remember Reef as the playboy of the family and the one who was the free spirited racer and adrenaline junkie. At the end of the last book, we saw Reef return home and he had found God and was a changed man. In Sabotaged, there is a race going on and he has been paired with Kirra Jacobs - a girl he has known his whole life. When something strange happens and Kirra's uncle Frank doesn't check in, she knows something is not right and due to the weather - if he's out there for long he may freeze to death. Reef being Kirra's roommate and buddy for the trip doesn't let her go alone, so they go off together. What will lie ahead for the pair though will be the start of a race to save not only themselves but also Kirra's Uncle Frank and cousin Megan as it seems that Frank's past has come to bite him on the bottom or is it something much more deeper when Kirra discovers her cousin Megan has turned into a greenie and been heavily involved with Rain and the Eco group ? What I love about this series and Sabotaged is no different, is that the whole family and extended McKenna family partners all chip in and do their best to help whomever is in trouble. If you are wanting an Action packed adventure with good Christian Morals and a solid family connection, then check out the Alaskan Courage Series by Dani Pettrey as each Sibling tells their story in the five books.
When the life of a family dies, what happens to their secrets? Are the memories of their vitality stamped out by the darkness? Are their heirlooms and photographs stowed away, hidden from view? Can the flicker of a candle’s flame reveal the secrets of a bygone life? Or will the damp and the darkness squelch the truth forever?
The Elkhart Bugle called it A Murder of Crowes. It was a clever play on words. A sinister spin on the traditional meaning of the phrase. A murder of crows - three crows gathered in unison. The trio are seen as an omen, a threat. The three stand in judgment over their peers. Self-declared kings of paupers. But on November 22, 1967, one journalist cloaked the phrase in further darkness when Ellis Crowe and two of his adult sons, Warren and Jasper Crowe, were murdered just moments after they had finished their evening dinner. There were witnesses who had watched the ordeal play out and all evidence and accounts, all but one, led straight to Nathaniel Crowe. He was the youngest son of Ellis and Victoria Crowe. After his arrest, Crowe Towers was emptied of its residents for the first time since the grand estate was erected in 1754. It would not stay empty though.
Like a sadistic case of whisper down the lane, the story changed. The truth was altered, shrouded by local lure, and those that believed the stories couldn’t deny the pull Crowe Towers had over them. They didn’t know that the truth was far worse than the tales that they believed.
Now thirty-six years after Nathaniel Crowe was first sent to prison, the State of Pennsylvania is preparing him for his release. The citizens of Elkhart are on edge. Nathaniel himself is uneasy. All he has known for the last thirty-six years have been the walls of Pennington Prison. But when a triple homicide occurs on the very night he is released from prison, one can only ask, “Is history repeating itself?” Or is there a copycat aiming to make sure Nathaniel never tastes the sweet nectar of freedom again?