Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July! Reveal

Do you like books? Do you like Christmas? Do you like Christmas to arrive early?! Well, Kate and Kristen over at The Book Monsters host an event called Christmas in July. They are hosting a Christmas in July Book Swap and there is still time to participate.

I was paired with the lovely Lori from Palmer's Page Turners. Lori has always loved reading and was luck enough to have parents who encouraged her love of reading. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband and four cats. When she not reading she can be found doing ballet, cooking, watching football or maybe enjoying a cup of joe or glass of fine wine at Pressed Coffee & Wine Bar.

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Well, Lori is my new best friend. While I did not include in my Christmas Wish List that my favorite scents a a combination of coffee and new books, she hit the mark because that is exactly what my box smelled like upon opening it. I can't wait to make iced coffee with the fresh coffee beans she shipped!

Thanks, Lori. I love the book, the coffee and the beautiful card!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rewind Review #03: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yavanoff

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Read from June 15 to June 18, 2013.

I'm a bit torn about this novel. The writing is the superb and the main plot about a young girl trying to find herself after the death of her best friend is engaging. It's the secondary plot about the child murdered that leaves a bit to be desired. As Brenna Yovanoff allows Hannah to learn the true personalities of her friends and create a new definition of who she is as person, the serial killer plot fades into the distance. When it comes time to end the book, the resolution of the who-done-it plot leaves a bit to be desired and the revelation of the murder seems forced as not enough is known about that person and their involvement in the rest of the story.

Yovanoff is solid writer. There is just too much going on with the main character that left me with disappointed with the reveal.