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The Spirit of Aloha by Kirby Larson

The Spirit of Aloha is the first book about Nanea, American Girl’s 1941 doll. She’s a Hawaiian girl living on Oahu where her father works nights at Pearl Harbor. It’s easy to guess what the big event in her life, and the focus of this book, is. As with all American Girl books, it’s told simply so kids can understand, but still tackles hard things like rounding up those of Japanese descent and the bottle shortage that made it difficult to treat people in the hospital. I highly recommend this book to kids. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 113
Pages Read in 2019: 29,194
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Filed under Historical Fiction, Middle Grades, Reason: Bedtime Story for the Boys, Reason: Vine Review

Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson

Shadow Prophet is the start to a new series (and what a start it is!) that happens at the same time as the Koven Chronicles, just this time the story centers on and is being told by Abel. It’s darker than the author’s other books (it’s still not super dark), but that makes sense because Abel is a rather complex and intense character and the things he’s been through and is being made to do are really rough. The book reads fast, mainly because you won’t want to put it down. For people who have read the Koven Chronicles, it’s really interesting to get glimpse into Abel’s mind and start to understand why he acts the way he does. You don’t have to have read the other series first, though. This one can totally stand on it’s own. I highly recommend Shadow Prophet to people who like the author’s other books or enjoyed the Koven Chronicles or just like urban fantasy. You won’t be disappointed!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 112
Pages Read in 2019: 29,059
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Allies by Alan Gratz

Allies is written in the same style as Refugee by the same author. The point of view regularly changes as the storylines slowly converge. This one covers midnight to midnight on June 6th, 1944, more commonly known as D-Day. Some events are compressed to make it all happen within that 24 hour time frame (those changes are explained in the notes after the story). While Allies is aimed at middle grade kids, it doesn’t shy away from difficult topics including racism within the troops, the desire of some soldiers to kill Nazis to get back at them, and the many, many deaths on that fateful day. It’s very well written. I highly recommend this book.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 111
Pages Read in 2019: 28,817
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Slacker by Gordon Korman

Cameron Boxer is a total slacker so when his parents tell him he has to do something off electronics in order to keep his video games, he creates a fake school club that gets out of control when people take it seriously. Slacker alternates viewpoints each chapter giving you insight into all aspects of what is going on. Cam’s character development is excellent. The story is quite enjoyable. My 11- and 13-year-old sons liked it a lot (especially my 11-year-old video game addict).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 109
Pages Read in 2019: 28,117
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Saints, Vol. 1

Saints, Vol. 1 tells the story of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the beginning until after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith and the beginning of the trek west. It’s a well-written and honest look at church history including parts that could be uncomfortable for some. It’s told through stories that are very interesting and often inspiring. I highly recommend it to all members of the Church.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 108
Pages Read in 2019: 27,875
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Tainted by Alexandra Moody

Tainted is a great start to the ARC series. I found myself looking forward to having a chance to pick up my Kindle to read again and finding it hard to tear myself away and put it down when I had to do other things. The characters are well-developed and are people I’d like to know in real life. The author’s use of tension in some parts is excellent. It’s super well-edited, too. An all around great book. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading young adult dystopian.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 106
Pages Read in 2019: 26,862
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Filed under Dystopian, Reason: LitHub Bingo

Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure

What would the world be like if everyone took the time to be kind to each other? That’s the world Candace Cameron Bure is trying to help create through her advice in Kind Is the New Classy. Most of her ideas are obvious, but sometimes we need a little reminder. This book is very religious, filled with scripture quotes to back up what she is saying and why she is saying it. It’s very conversational, like two girlfriends having a chat about how to make the world better starting with themselves. She makes a lot of really great points. She is also very honest. She’s willing to describe times when she failed in being kind and what she learned from that failure and how she tried to make it better when she recognized what she had done wrong. It’s sprinkled with little tidbits here and there about her time on The View, Fuller House, and her personal life in general. If everyone truly implemented even just what one chapter of what this book describes doing, world suck would decrease exponentially. I bought the book as soon as it came out over a year ago, but for some reason I didn’t read it until now. As I read, I felt like God was telling me that I was reading it at the exact right time because of what I am doing right in the kindness arena and also what I need to work on that I now feel motivated to do thanks to Candace’s words and my current receptivity to them. I very highly recommend this book to all religious women who want to help make this world just a little bit better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 105
Pages Read in 2019: 26,648
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Filed under Reason: LitHub Bingo, Self-Help/Motivation