Book Review

A Batter of Life and Death

A Batter of Life and DeathA Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 30th 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for...It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 10

Hi, y’all! Welcome to the TENTH edition of The Monday Review! It’s a miracle I remembered to even post this installment – I had a crazy weekend and a crazy busy day at work today! I work as a therapist and today was one of my days to do intakes – the initial assessment of new clients. I had some doozies this morning – I won’t go into detail, as I could probably write a book just about the intakes I did, so, I’ll leave things to your imagination!

Blogging Challenge

Views from the Stand

*I originally wrote this post as part of the Blogging from A to Z 2017 Challenge. Unfortunately, I dropped off in the middle of the month-long challenge. So, against my perfectionist nature, I’ve decided to go ahead and publish the posts I did get drafted, as I am proud of them, out of alphabetical order.

Book Review

Click’d

Click’dClick'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source: Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program
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Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK'D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK'D.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK'D to the judges?

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.

Top Ten Tuesday

Retroactive

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week’s prompt is a throwback freebie, so, I’m going to fill y’all in on some of my absolute favorite childhood characters!

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 9

Welcome to a fresh week and a fresh installment – I can’t believe it’s the ninth – of The Monday Review! I hope y’all had an awesome weekend; I know I did! All we did was watch TV and I did a TON of laundry – I think every article of clothing we all own was seriously dirty… 

Book Review

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart’s Desire

The Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart’s DesireThe Walking Dead, Vol. 04: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman
Series: The Walking Dead #4
Published by Image Comics on April 28th 2009
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
Pages: 136
Format: ebook
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Also by this author: The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye, The Walking Dead, Vol. 02: Miles Behind Us, The Walking Dead, Vol. 03: Safety Behind Bars
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

Life in the prison starts to get interesting for Rick Grimes and the rest of our survivors. Relationships heat up, fizzle out, and change entirely almost overnight. By the end of this volume, relationships between key characters are radically changed, setting the stage for future events in The Walking Dead.

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