Review: Witches Protection Program

Review time! I had already read this a few weeks ago but been so busy planning and executing my engagement party that I forgot to post this. Anyhow….

Witches Protection Program….the title itself caught my interest immediately. I love stories about magic, witches, mythical creatures, you name it. I was a bit excited to read this!

The story is about good vs bad…the good witches are called Davinas and the bad witches are called Willas. The book starts out with Wes Rockville,a rookie cop, who apparently failed at his first assignment….transporting a little old lady who he claims “disappeared.” His father if Chief at the station and is letting him have it, after all he is the only one out of his brother and sister who seems to not excel and live up to the family name. His dad reassigned him to a secret department- Witches Protection Program.

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Review: Orphan Number Eight

So this is one of the books I acquired from ALA….and right off the bat…I loved the cover. It is what caught my eye and made me very excited to read. I was lucky enough to have met the author, Kim Van Alkemade at ALA. Such a lovely lady!

But back to the book…it was such a good GREAT read! At first I was a little skeptical but it started throwing me these slight twists that kept me going. This book is about a woman, Rachel Rabinowitz, who at four years old was placed into the Hebrew Infant Home following her mother’s tragic death. Rachel was then selected to be one of many subjects for medical experiments. The reason behind using orphans as subjects is because you are able o control every part of their lives without dealing with parental consent.

The way the book is set up is every chapter alternates between the present (Rachel as a nurse) and the past (Rachel as the 4-year-old orphan.) You get a sense of how Rachel came to be who she is now with those chapters of the past.

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Review: Solomon’s Tale

They were giving away free copies of this book and I figured why not. At first I meant to give it as a gift to a friend of mine who loves cats (the cover had a beautiful black cat.) But I decided to read it since it seemed small enough for a quick read.

This was a unique story, it is told by the point of view of Solomon, “a wise cat” who starts off by being in the spirit world and is asked to return to earth in order to help his former owner Ellen. Ellen seems to be struggling in her marriage with Joe due to tough times and his drinking. Its insinuated that he has a bad temper and has spent most of their money. Ellen tries to remain cheerful for the sake of her son John. After an odd few pages of how Solomon is reborn again, he ventures out as a kitten to find Ellen with the help of his angel.

He is roughed up a little bit by the travel and Ellen finds him outside during a storm and takes him in. She already has a cat named Jessica who Joe refers to as a “demon cat.” Jessica brings in dead rodents or birds, steals their food, and tears up mail, but Ellen never stops loving her. Solomon grows up to be a big beautiful tomcat and Jessica starts to flirt with him. After few odd paragraphs about them mating and such…Jessica has their kittens.

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Review: A Dream Called Marilyn

Not anything surprising or different than what has already been written. I was a bit disappointed with this book. I am a big Marilyn Monroe fan; I’ve read various books both Biographies as well as the non-fiction ones. All of the non-fiction ones typically play off of her mental state as well as the rumors that surrounded her and her relationships with certain celebrities. This book is told by a psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Campbell, who was hired to treat Marilyn or as they stated “get her under control.”

The book starts off in the future when Charles is now an old man, a grandfather, who is out with his grandson. He spots a billboard ad that has Marilyn Monroe impersonator at a casino, and gets reminiscent of the past. He tells his grandson he knew Marilyn once and tells him how she almost ran away with him.

The story then back tracks into his memories about the day he met Marilyn, where he was hired by “a studio contact” to treat Marilyn. He is anxiously waiting for her arrival at their first appointment and when she arrives he is immediately captivated by her beauty. He acts a bit out of character and tries to dominate the conversation to get better insight of her but fails. After she abruptly leave he can’t seem to shake her off and it’s hinted he has fallen for the lovely Ms. Monroe.
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Review: Together Apart

Twists and Turns through the story! At first when I read a small description of this book, I figured it was a tad bit cliché with the whole “she has a secret and he doesn’t know” piece, but I was taken by surprise as I read. The story is told in two points of views, Sarah’s and Adam’s; it makes it easier to see the internal struggle each go through during their “complicated” phase in their relationship.

It starts out in Santorini where both characters are on holiday and it is hinted that they’ve had an amazing time with the person they love. Adam makes the decision to propose to Sarah over their last dinner there, this is where the domino effect started. Sarah rejects his proposal, much to Adam’s surprise and gives him little explanation as to why. She instead proceeds to end their relationship completely blowing Adam’s mind with her cold demeanor. Here comes the first slight twist: they currently live together and are unable to break their lease without living in poverty afterwards. So now they are forced to live together for the remaining months.

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Review: Maggie’s Turn

Captivating and insightful! This book was sure hard to put down once you started reading. Sletten did a fantastic job capturing the obstacles both Maggie and Andrew had and bringing it to life for the reader. Maggie is a character that anyone can relate to; the everyday demands of juggling a family and responsibilities can sometimes make us forget who we were at the start of it all. Having becoming distant from both her husband and two kids, leaving seemed to be the only thing she could do before she lost herself completely.

Every story has two sides, and this one does well in following both Andrew’s and Maggie’s as they slowly begin to realize their marriage wasn’t at all what they had imagined it was or thought it would be. There is a smooth transition between both of their story’s which made it much easier to become wrapped up in the book.
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