Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TASTING SAMPLE TUESDAY! 3 SNACK SIZED REVIEWS: REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS, THE FORGOTTEN ONES, THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids, #1) 
REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS 
(Real Mermaids, #1)
BY: Helen Boudreau
PUBLISHED: December 10, 2010
GENRES: YA • Middle School • Mermaids/Mermen • Mild Romance • Life Issues • Mystery • Action
 TECHNICALLY 4.5 rounded to 5

I found this to be a charming book. Geared for the younger YA crowd, this novel was still witty enough to keep me engaged. The main heroine is a plus size middle school girl who's mother died the previous year. She has to learn to navigate life's milestones (like getting your first period at the mall) with only her father's guidance. But it turned out he couldn't help her with her largest adolescence curve ball... growing a tail! Witty, fun and quirky, this fast read will please middle and high school students alike.

Great for ages 11+ 

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The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, # 1)


THE FORGOTTEN ONES 
(The Danaan Trilogy, #1)
BY: Laura Howard
PUBLISHED: April 28, 2013 by Amazon Digital Services
GENRES: NA/YA • Fantasy • Paranormal • Romance • Fairies

 Technically 3.8 rounded to 4

Most of you know I am a sucker for anything do with the Fae. Howard created a rich magical world that I loved. There were a couple areas of concern that lowered the rating from a mid four. One issue I had was the lack of integration between the contemporary romance plot and the long lost fae father plot. It seemed like oil and water as they didn't blend. The half fae character idea is pretty prevalent in the market, but Howard creatively transformed what could have been a cliche into a memorable aspect to the book through the mother. The schizophrenia was a novel idea and well done. Bottom line: Though it could have used another run through with the editor to refine and tighten it was overall a fun and fascinating read. The cliffhanger was terrific and I'm looking forward to book two.

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 This Is What Happy Looks Like


THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE
BY: Jennifer E. Smith
PUBLISHED: April 2, 2013 by Poppy
GENRES: YA • Romance • Life Issues • Contemporary Fiction

 TECHNICALLY 4.7 rounded to 5

There are some who would not rate this as high as I did, but Smith wrote a fantastic novel that could be the love child of the movie 'You've Got Mail' and the book LOVE UNSCRIPTED. The writing was well done, the characters were appealing and absorbing, the plot sound and the relationship credible. I am a HUGE fan of relationships that take their time, and this completely fit the bill. The ending was a cliffhanger that I hope Smith relieves with a second installment. She had a few bumps that I would have ironed out in the plot, but overall was a fantastic read and I highly recommend!