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Monday, September 25, 2017

You're cordially invited to... THE UGLY GIRL PARTY by Ann Herrick

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

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Today, you're invited to the party of the century by the best looking guys in high school that seem to have nothing but eyes for you...all of a sudden.  Hmm...maybe they simply came to their senses?  Or maybe something other than good intent is at the heart of their invitation.  😑  Oh boy...or rather BOYS.  What's a girl to do?  Let's find out as we dive into today's ebook of choice...

Ann Herrick
Chaucer Publishing

About the book...
Faith's wish to get off to a good start at her new high school is shattered on the first day, as she quickly discovers that drop-dead gorgeous Hunter and friends decide she lives in the "wrong" house and wears the "wrong" clothes. They systematically harass her and seem determined to make her life miserable. She fantasizes about how she'll get even some day when she is a famous singer/actress, but meanwhile just wants to make it through the day.She meets a couple of possible friends, but finds it hard to trust anyone. 

When maybe-friend Julia tells her about the upcoming talent show, Faith is determined to win in order to impress her tormentors. Then nice-guy neighbor Riley invites her to the homecoming dance. She's excited to go until she gets there and realizes that something is up--something terrible. And when she reacts, she finds herself in danger of being suspended from school. Faith questions her own goals, decisions, and values as she struggles to find her way.



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Alrighty then, let's do the proverbial Cliffs Notes version first, seeing as we ARE dealing with high schoolers...
Interesting overall and it certainly shows the many sides of high school "hi-jinx" (for better and worse), but I had a bone to pick with several characters.  There, now for the nitty-gritty...

That bone I mentioned?  We're talking brontosaurus size.  All I found myself wondering along the way was what in the heck the parentals and authority figures were doing, or rather NOT doing, and why.  What's with her dad's response to what happened?  I mean, shouldn't he have been more supportive?  More interested in finding out what was behind her reactions?  More SOMETHING?  Maybe my Mom was too involved at times, but good grief, this man takes the phrase "taking a backseat" to a new level and moves right into the trunk.  Now about that principal...another "what gives" moment.  I understand he can only do so much with the information he's given, making assumptions based on feelings or perceived problems can lead to trouble, but like all things, this secret found its way into the light...and yet his doled out punishment for the most part sticks?  Faith is a much better person than me because I would have been livid...

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In the end, it was good.  Faith certainly shows us that she can take care of herself and her friends (girl power...yay!) as well as vice versa, but I was beside myself with her support systems' reactions and lack of actions.  I know parenting styles vary, but that part didn't ring true to me.  What say YOU fair readers?  Take a chance and see if you're as ready to kick some teenage butts for their uncouth antics, as well as some adults into action, after this party is thrown.  After all, you've been cordially invited...


About the author...

Ann Herrick grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards.



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Special thanks to author Ann Herrick for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or her other works, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in "e" and "tree" formats, so click on over to your favorite online retailers to snag a copy today.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Great Escape Book Tours: CAT GOT YOUR SECRETS by Julia Chase - SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're getting up close and personal with the latest Kitty Couture Mystery from author Julie Chase in a special SPOTLIGHT POST via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours!  It's the third in the series, but from the sound of things, it's gonna be a FIRST rate read.  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...


Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books
 (September 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683312833

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

Amazon  |  B&N  |  BAM!   | IndieBound

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About the Author...

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.  Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie Anne Lindsey here.  


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(1) Paperback set of books 1 & 2 (Cat Got Your Diamonds & Cat Got Your Cash) + a themed wallet filled with mardi gras beads!

Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?

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Special thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to bring this tour to you.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

STORYBOOK SUNDAY: Wee Sister Strange by Holly Grant & K.G. Campbell

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

We're celebrating another day of bookish fun with Storybook Sunday! For those not up to speed on the post, I read a lot of great storybooks and thought, why not give them their own day in the sun. Hence, Storybook Sunday! Feel free to join the fun and create a post on your own site with the same name. I'd love to see any linked up in the comments! Anywho...back to the matter at hand.

Today, we're exploring between the pages of a recent release via Schwartz & Wade Books.  It arrives with a curious title, an interesting cover, and a story that, a bit like the title.  Don't worry, I'll explain.  First things first, the introduction!  Today's storybook of choice is...

Schwartz & Wade Books

Now, second things second...the review.
For me, the experience was summed up with the word...unusual.

While the artwork was captivating for one reason (beautiful!) or another (scary... did you SEE that bear?!?  Well of course you haven't yet, but you will!  So scary!), the story itself was as strange as the title...especially when it wraps in upon itself in a curious twist. Grant it, it is a twist that you'll find fascinating, and yet I admit, my facial expressions were probably mirroring the little dog in the book towards the end, as I struggled to make sense of this or that.  I know my eyebrows were most definitely drawn in consternation at the peculiar rhyme scheme...I'm a fan of either rhyming or not, and our little scamp of a book here prefers to do it more willy-nilly. 

In the end, I can see it working as a bedtime story for wee ones, or a visual display that will haunt your mind's eye (Wee Sister Strange has an unusual beauty, as do the night scenes that dance before your eyes), but otherwise I'm inclined to believe the shelf space reserved for it may be more niche than broad. Don't just take my word for it though... seek it out and see what YOU think! That's the beauty in reading... everyone's experience is unique.


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Special thanks to Random House Children's Books for the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the authors, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This book celebrated its birthday September 19th, 2017 via Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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