Review: Promises by Francine Pascal & Kate Williams

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After reading this book, my hatred for Jessica Wakefield has escalated. How on earth can she be in so insufferable and cold and cruel?

This book follows Elizabeth and Jessica as they deal with the aftermath of a tragedy and Betsy Martin, town drug addict and the girl who is known to sleep around moves into their house. And, as per usual, chaos ensues.

My favourite character, Winston Egbert, had a bit more of a bigger role so I’m happy with that. But that’s about all I’m happy about to be honest.

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Review: Mystery of the Phantom Heist by Franklin W. Dixon

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From Goodreads:
In this second book of a fresh approach to a classic series, Frank and Joe track down violent pranksters.
Rich girl Lindsay Peyton is throwing the biggest and best Sweet Sixteen bash that Bayport has ever seen. But her party planning is off to a bad start when Frank and Joe discover that someone has keyed her very expensive car—an early birthday present—and has put the mean prank up on YouView.
Soon after the prank goes viral, a group calling themselves the Scaredevils begin to film themselves committing acts of violent vandalism around town. Broken windows, Dumpster fires, and more threaten the security of Lindsay’s party—and of Lindsay herself.
Frank and Joe are determined to figure out who is the mastermind behind the videos before Lindsay’s Sweet Sixteen turns into a party she will never forget…for all the wrong reasons.

Okay, straight up, the title has no meaning to the book. There is no phantom. There is no heist. They’re trying to figure out who is behind a gang of pranksters calling themselves the “Scaredevils.” But once they figure out who’s behind it, they just start stalking the person and happen to miss a huge important tidbit of information just to make the book longer.

Honestly, while I enjoy these more than the Nancy Drew books, they are still infuriating to read in some ways.

And in the description, it says YouView, but it’s called YouTube all throughout the book. So F- for consistency.

So throughout the book, Frank and Joe are told and reminded and say themselves that they are “retired” detectives. And that because of a promise they are not allowed to solve mysteries. But when they solve it, they get a pat on the back rather than a slap on the hand. So again: consistency.

I shouldn’t be allowed to review these books, I just get upset about things that are written for children.

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Review: Disaster Status by Candace Calvert

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Genre: Christian, medical drama

Format: ebook

This is book two in the Mercy Hospital series by Candace Calvert. Even though it’s a companion, I won’t include the summary just in case it spoils anyone for the last book.

This book follows the side character Erin Quinn from the first book. While working she meets a firefighter by the name of Scott McKenna. Slight chaos ensues, with a mutual initial “hatred” but at the same time daydreaming about the other, much like the last book.

Actually, this book literally follows the same format of the last book. And while I kind of enjoyed it, and there were some slight differences, I’ve read this book before, last week actually, about characters named Claire and Logan, not Erin and Scott. Even down to a side plot to make things just dramatic enough about one of the other hospital staff members.

I don’t really know what else to say about this book, other than that I’ve read it before. And because of the fact that I’ve read it before, it didn’t hold my attention as much this time. Also, the characters were insufferable. Erin was written as if she didn’t have flaws, except that she held grudges for life. And we didn’t really get to know Scott all that well. Which was disappointing, because we got to know Logan a bit in the last book, but Scott was ignored.

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Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

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From Goodreads:
Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. A True Story
Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

This book is once again an autobiography of the author’s past, this time reflecting on a road trip she took with her mother, sister and brother. Throughout the entire book is flashbacks to childhood leading up to two months before they left for the trip.

This one was, again, good. I really like her art style and how she tells her life stories through graphic novel format, it’s really cool. And at the end of my copy, there were a bunch of old pictures of her and her sister from different scenes in the book, like them with their goldfish. It was actually a really nice touch.

Anywho, this was a good graphic novel, a fast and fun read whilst getting to peak inside the reality of what its like to have a sister. Because as an only child, I have no idea.

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Review: The Secret at Solaire by Carolyn Keene

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From Goodreads:
While staying at the exclusive Spa Solaire outside Tucson, Arizona, Nancy and her friends witness a series of strange events, beginning with sabotage and ending with a kidnapping.

Genre: children’s, mystery

Format: paperback

I don’t even know what to say about this. I don’t know how to review Nancy Drew books, to be completely honest.

The setting of this book is Solaire Spa, which is basically some weird cult or something. Not really, but everyone is like escorted to and from their cabins and just weird stuff like that. So Nancy becomes suspicious, because obviously. From there other things start to happen and a mystery evolves. Nancy solves it, saves the day, everyone’s happy.

The end.

No but seriously, this book is hard to review because it is 152 pages of “spooky” things happening and having a logical explanation at the end. I am still waiting for the day that everyone is replaced by evil robots or an alien invasion interrupts the book. That will be the day…

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Movie Review: The Space Between Us (2017)

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Starring: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carlo Gugino

From IMDb:
The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

This is movie was actually kind of adorable. It follows Gardner (Asa Butterfield), a boy born on Mars, traveling to Earth for the first time. He falls in love, acts like a baby giraffe and is all around adorkable.

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The science in this movie isn’t even that confusing. Its perfect. Everything you can understand and what you don’t, they explain to a character who doesn’t understand so that you’re informed.

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The acting was good, the writing was good. I guessed the plot twist, but there’s nothing new there. All in all, a good movie, but not spectacular.