Review: French Kissmas by Catherine Hapka

Review: French Kissmas by Catherine HapkaTitle: French Kissmas (S.A.S.S.)
Series: Students Across the Seven Seas
Author: Catherine Hapka
Publisher: Speak
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: September 11, 2008
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

For Nicole Larson, the Christmas season in Paris is more than just a romantic interlude—it’s also a homecoming. Nic studied abroad in Paris a year ago, and is back in town with her friend Annike to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the City of Light. Of course, now that Nic is there, the chemistry she once had with Parisian hottie Luc instantly reignites. But why fuel a romance that has only three weeks to survive? Nic would rather spend time with her new buddy Mike . . . until it becomes clear that Mike is also interested in being more than just friends. With a backdrop of twinkling lights on the Champs-Elysées and Parisian Christmas carols, it’s going to be difficult for Nic to deny the romance around her. . . .

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Review: French Kissmas by Katherine Hapka

French Kissmas by Catherine Hapka is perfect for fans of travel books and Christmas. The setting is vibrant, and the characters are realistic. After reading this one, I am excited to check out the rest of the books in the S.A.S.S. series. Continue reading

Book Review: Icing on the Lake

Book Review: Icing on the LakeTitle: Icing on the Lake
Author: Catherine Clark
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 13, 2005
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

New Year's Resolutions
by Kirsten (with help from Crystal, Jones, and Emma)

1. Survive the month at my sister's house. Survive my 3-yr-old nephew and crazy sister.

2. Learn to ice skate better. Or not fall down. Or just get a cuter skating outfit.

3. Find hockey-playing, winter-loving hottie. and invite him to the weekend cabin trip (aka "groundhog getaway") with everyone.

Oh, sure. No problem.

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Book Review: Icing on the Lake

As a fan of anything skating related, I was excited when I first saw the Icing on the Lake book by Catherine Clark This book is short and sweet, and the main character is relatable. There is a love triangle in the story, but I still ultimately enjoyed it. Continue reading

Book Review: Snow Queen by Emma Harrison

Book Review: Snow Queen by Emma HarrisonTitle: Snow Queen
Author: Emma Harrison
Also by this author: The Best Girl
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: November 24, 2009
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Chamberlain Ski Resort and Spa

Welcome to the 10th Annual Snow Queen competition!

I can't believe I got roped into this.

Snow Princesses must attend all pageant rehearsals, with appropriate outfits.

Well, no matter what it takes, I'm going to wipe that smirk off Layla Chamberlain's face.

Our rehearsal space can be booked to practice your talent.

Um, does "looking dumb in a dress" count as a talent?

See Grayson Chamberlain, the assistant director, with any questions.

If you insist! First question: How can someone so sweet (and hot!) be a Chamberlain?

Good luck! One of you will soon be our new Snow Queen!

Oh joy.

Unless Grayson comes with the tiara . . .

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Book Review: Snow Queen by emma Harrison

Snow Queen by Emma Harrison is a fun book about competitions and revenge. This book is so adorable as it recounts a winter beauty pageant, and the main character is quirky and caring. It is pretty clichéd, but that’s part of its charm. Continue reading

Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Review: Watching You by Lisa JewellTitle: Watching You
Author: Lisa Jewell
Also by this author: Then She Was Gone
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: December 26, 2018
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam…

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Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Watching You by Lisa Jewell is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the shocking conclusion. The mystery is told through multiple perspectives from a cast of eclectic characters. The writing is gripping and will draw you in from the very first page. Continue reading