Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, what a phenomenal thriller Kill All Your Darlings was!

I loved that this story was told through different POVs, and that we jumped around in the timeline a bit. It really made this story come to life for me as the details were revealed! The plot for this one completely took me by surprise! I loved the twists and turns that the story took, and I loved the ending! This was my first book by David Bell, and now I’m on the hunt for my next read by him!

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Grace in Hollywood by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Kari Bovee is such a great storyteller! She drops the reader into a story and they don’t want to get out until the end! It’s such a wonderful reading journey!

In Grace in Hollywood, we get to settle into a 1920s setting for a Hollywood murder-mystery! I loved the time period and all the world-building Bovee did to really make me feel like it was the 20s. I loved the references and descriptions.

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With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh wow, this book is a beautiful, emotional story that feels like a real view into someone’s life. With or Without You is a look into a middle-aged life that hasn’t gone quite as expected. As events unfold, the reflection on where one’s life is now and where one thought it would be take the reader on a beautiful journey!

The characters are the stand out win from this story. You get to know them and you connect with them, and you ultimately cry and celebrate with them. I loved that this story made you friends with the characters. While this was an emotional journey, this is still a light at the end of the tunnel, and the character growth throughout the story provides the reader with satisfied and comforted feeling.

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Bob the Banana Goes Bad by Steve Petzinger

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book with both kiddos and it was a HIT! The artwork brings these characters to life, and the story really draws the reader into the life and situation for these food friends. This seems like the kind of story that could turn into a series. There are a lot of very unique characters in this refrigerator, and we really enjoyed them all!

So, Bob the Banana, like all the other food in the refrigerator just wants to be eaten. That is their role in life. The Mayor supports every food by telling them they will be chosen before they go bad, but when Bob starts to turn brown, it doesn’t look good for him.

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When She Comes Back by Ronit Plank

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When She Comes Back is an absolutely amazing, yet heartbreaking memoir. The strength of Ronit throughout this story is amazing, and it speaks volumes to the determination to overcome that she had.

Her story takes us through her parental abandonment of her and her absolutely devastating childhood. Ronit provides a view of her life through the lens of hope rather than devastation though, which makes this emotional read one that provides an uplifting feeling for the reader.

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Shit Adults Never Taught Us by Natasha Sattler

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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𝙎𝙝𝙞𝙩 𝘼𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨 𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙏𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙐𝙨 it is filled with hilarious life lessons that you truly don’t get taught until you are smack-dab in the middle of life trying to figure it out yourself.

The book is broken up into different “Shit” sections:
Career and Money Shit
Relationship Shit
Mind Shit
Life Shit

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Don’t Make Me Turn this Life Around by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was just such an easy, wonderful book to read. Libby feels like a character that you know in real life. She’s easy to connect with, and her story is one that feels so real.

When Libby gets an all-clear that her cancer has not returned, she knows she should feel so excited, elated, ecstatic! And yet, she doesn’t feel that way. She realizes that her life isn’t quite where she thinks it should be, and decides her family needs a vacation back to where her husband and her first met. That vacation doesn’t go quite as planned though, but that may end up being a good thing!

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Waiting to Begin by Amanda Prowse

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This dual-timeline story follows Bessie as her 16-year-old self, and then 37 years later. Something happened to Bessie in 1984, and now, in the present day, it’s time to come to terms with the secrets she’s been keeping.

This was a story filled with emotion and beautiful writing. Prowse has created a wonderful story that shows amazing character growth for the MC. I really enjoyed the supporting characters throughout this story. She has strong relationships with many people, including her gay son, who is a newlywed. She and her daughter seem to have a slightly more strained relationship, but it’s still a good one, and I enjoy reading about it.

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The Witch Demands a Retraction by Melissa Balmain

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This is a hilarious book of fairy tales that is meant for adults. It gives some great twists on stories that we know so well. I think this is a great book to have out on the coffee table to share with friends as they visit. It’s easy to flip through and the stories are short and easy to read.

Some are silly with a great twist on the original ending of the story. Other stories are spicy and definitely are meant for adult-only eyes. One of my favorites is what Goldilocks was really doing in the Bears’ home that day!

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When We Blinked by Stephanie Mack

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was wonderful! I loved, LOVED all the amazing moments that felt perfect and were just what I want from a rom-com, but it was more than that. This book had emotion, heart, happiness, love, and life. I am enamored with it.

I really settled into these characters and this story. I enjoyed the POVs, and they felt fresh and new! This is absolutely a romance novel, but it feels real and fun at the same time. There were some heavy topics that were covered, and they were handled well. It was a great balance between life and love.

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough as Tulle by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayla is such a special little girl. She is body-positive, friendly, family-centric, and all-around just lovely. In the third book in this series, Kayla considers how people view themselves. Their hair, skin, scars, and everything else. I love that she considers these things, but ultimately decides that those are the things that make us special.

Kayla has such a special message for young readers through this story, and I truly hope that it finds its way into every little reader’s hands. Reinforcing the importance of self-love is so important, and I’m so happy to see it written so strongly in this story. My daughter and I will be reading this again and again!

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Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kayla is at it again! In this book in the series, she becomes friends with a little boy that needs some support. I really love that this book features mental health, and shows what types of support we can offer people that need help.

Kayla is a great role model throughout this story, and I think that children everywhere can relate to her and her friend. They can also learn so much from them! My daughter enjoyed this book, and I think that children ages pre-school through middle elementary will enjoy this as well!

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