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Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble Book Review

Seagrass Pier (Hope Beach, #3)In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled--she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.
Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her--before she remembers too much.



Colleen Coble is a really talented author and I've read several of her series. She does a nice mix of suspense and Christian romance. And she also does historical fiction at least once. Either way, she has a great collection of books under her belt and I've enjoyed a lot of them. I think this one I was expecting the same but it didn't quite deliver the way I wanted it to.

The things that I did like were how well the characters were done and the cell memory that basically the plot is built off of. Because of Elin's heart transplant from a murder victim she is able to retain some of her memories. It was really interesting and added a nice twist to the story, setting it apart. As always the plot was exciting and fast-paced. I don't think I got bored ever really. The author also makes everything seem very real and definitely does her research. The point that I noticed and appreciated her research the most was in how Elin's mother suffers from dementia brought on by a stroke or seizure (I can't remember) and the author is very on point. Someone in my family has dementia and it was almost a little bit painful to read.

The things I didn't like as much was there was one kidnapping that I felt ended a little too calmly. I'm assuming that the author is going to use her in another book and couldn't kill her or have her very seriously injured? Or maybe just liked her to much? There was also a side plot about a treasure in this house Elin is staying at and I didn't think it was really resolved at the end of the book when the killer was discovered and everything got sorted out. And I guessed one of the big plot reveals pretty early on and easily. Which I would have liked and felt proud of had it not been pretty easy (I thought) to figure out.

Overall, this was a good, suspenseful book but there were a few things that I found lacking. I liked the characters and the story kept me interested, but I guessed a few of the plot twists pretty easily and got annoyed at some of the characters a few times. It was well written and I liked it, but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of her other books. I'm giving Seagrass Pier 3 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.






A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall Book Review

A Little Something Different
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

Don't Be Afraid of That Big Bad Middle Grade Novel!

I have something to confess. Before I was hired at my local library, I really hated reading middle grade novels. Yeah. I said it. 
I was convinced that I had moved past that time in my life. Even though I had read and enjoyed many JF novels before, these books were obviously childish and I was clearly an adult so there was no reason for me to pick up another ever again. 

Or so I thought.

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise Book Review

The Boyfriend AppGet the app. Get the guy.

Computer-whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. Once popular and fearless, she hasn't been the same since her dad died. And her ex-best friend, gorgeous queen bee Blake Dawkins, has turned i

nto her worst nightmare. Audrey is counting the minutes until high school is over and she can get the hell out of Dodge and go to college-that is, if she can find a scholarship.

So when Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler-with $200,000 in prize money-Audrey is spurred to action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can't believe it hasn't been done: the Boyfriend App. With a simple touch of the screen, romance blooms among the unlikeliest couples in high school, and people start to take notice. But it's not quite enough.

To beat out the competition, Audrey will have to dig deeper. And she does-right into a scandal that would rock Public to its core. Suddenly the Boyfriend App lands Audrey where she never expected to be: in the middle of the limelight, passionately kissed by the hottest guys in school, causing complete and utter mayhem. But can it bring her true love?