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Book Review: Meet me at Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney

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Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a Master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga. She lives in northern Utah with her husband and four children. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles, or tending for her herb garden.

In Meet Me at Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney, Finding love in eight days was not on the itinerary. Between a bad breakup and a rockey relationship with her overbearing father, twenty-three-year-old Vanessa Clark has a history of being disappointed by the men her life. So when her long-lost grandfather reenters the scene and persuades her to tour northern Portugal on one of his cruise ships, Vanessa boards the vessel looking for answers. Captain Matias Romano has enough to worry about without having to babysit his boss's spoiled American granddaughter, no matter how good-looking she is....

I received this from the author, Lucinda Whitney for an honest review. So let's tal…

Book Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga, includingHush, Hush, Crescendo; Silence; and Finaleall debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family.

Finale is the fourth and last book of the series Hush, Hush. In this book, Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

I love the Hush, Hush saga, all the books except this one. I felt like Nora and Patch have become very flat characters. That all the build up in the other books was gone in this last book. I am not sure if the author really wanted to write this book. It felt like there w…

Book Review: Apple by Nikki McClure

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Nikki McClure grew up in Kirkland, Washington watching ants and pretending to be an artist. She went to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Where she studied ants and learn how to draw them and hung out with Artist. In 1996, she made her first paper-cut for the book, Apple. She splits her time between yearly calendar and making children's books.

Applefollows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. This was Nikki McClure's very first book, originally self-published and sold in limited edition of just 200 copies. Now, 16 years later, it is available in wide release.

I love this book and how simple it is for kids to learn the life-cycle of an apple. It's such a great concept of the one word line on each page as you follow along. I love the illustrations on how original they are in black and white then the pop of red throughout the book. My kids love this book from my oldest who is a new reader to my youngest who lov…

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers by Davide Cali

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Davide Cali began his career in 1994 as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children's book in 2000, and since then has published twenty books for children. The first four of which he illustrated himself. His book Piano Pianorecieved a 2006 Bologna Ragazzi Special Award and the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize. He is also a coauthor of I Can't Wait, winner of the 2005 Baobob Prize. He has also recieved the Belgium Libbylit Award, and France's SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, and Austria, and translations of his book have published in eighteen countries.

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers is a modern version of the traditional tale of Cinderella. This poor girl, with the bad stepmother and the horrible sisters, dreams with the prince she sees in the magazines. When a ball is announced, she makes a call for a godmother and asks her for a dress as she has seen in a fashion magazine. From then on nothing in the book is as w…

Book Review: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

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Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan and he is the second-oldest of six boys. Jon thought about being a doctor and studied both Science and English at Albion College. He then went to earn his MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Jon met Lane Smith through his wife and together they created A. Wolf's Tale. The two kept getting rejected because it was too dark and too sophisticated. Finally Regina Hayes an editor at Viking Books said she thought the story and the illustrations were funny. They changed the title to: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. It has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 14 different languages. Over the last 19 years, Jon and Lane have worked together on 8 picture books and 8 Time Warps. Jon's books have won a ton of awards and have sold over 11 million copies all around the world. Jon lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

You thought you knew the story of the "The Three Little Pigs." But you were wrong. I…

Book Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

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Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor's in comparative literature. After she designed jewelry she traded her tools for a laptop computer. When Olivia is not writing she's psychoanalyzing everyone she meets. Wildenstein lives her husband and three children in Switzerland.

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever. Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly, so I rushed home. After we made preparations for Mom's burial, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies. But, he did know what killed my mother, or rather who. Find out in Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein.

I tried so hard to get into this book. I wanted to like it…