The Super Spies and the High School Bomber by Lisa Orchard

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Story: We first met The Super Spies in Lisa’s first book The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer. This book starts off with a bang. No really with a bang when there is a bombing at the high school. Now Uncle Walt who was at a faculty meeting in the high school at the time the bomb went off, is now missing. Sarah gathers up her sister and two best friends to investigate the case. It becomes dangerous for The Super Spies when they go out in search for clues and information. Sarah starts to suspect that the bombing might have something to do with the disappearance of her parents. Can The Super Spies find out who the bomber is before he does it again?

Our rating 5 out of 5 blasting stars

Review: Once again Lisa writes a story that will keep you turning pages to find out what will happen next. The second book in this series is actually better than the first, which many times is not the case in book series. Sarah, her sister Lacey, and her two friends Jackie & Scott are wonderful characters that will have you routing for them. We loved how the police and the FBI worked with The Super Spies this time around. It made the storyline even better. Lisa is an amazing writer. She uses just the right amount of action, mystery, and drama to keep you entertained for hours. This book can be seem to be directed towards MS reader, but trust us older readers will also enjoy it. It will take you back to reading The Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys books. We personally can’t wait for the next installment in this wonderfully entertaining series.

So get ready for some action and read The Super Spies and the High School Bomber

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Bernholdt

Story: Kelsey is forced to go to public school after getting kicked out of her private school. She is determined to make the best of it and not let things like her old friends shutting her out affect her. Isaac is also entering the same public school after getting kicked out of his private school. He has been warned that the next step in military school, so he is determined not to get into any more trouble. They both don’t like each other when they first meet but of course things change. They do become a couple but a lie and secrete threatens to destroy their relationship.

Our rating: 3 out of 5 truthful stars

Review: The book starting with the aftermath is brilliant. We were hooked and kept reading to find out why Isaac could be so mad. What could Kelsey have done? We loved that the story went from the present to the past and back to the present. It provided more of buildup for what could the lie and secrete be about. We also loved that the book was told by both Kelsey and Isaac. It’s good to see both sides of a story. Isaac’s voice is great and actually sounds like a guy. The relationship between Kelsey and Isaac is also great; it has just enough tension to make you want them to be together. It’s all good until you find out what is the lie and secrete Kelsey has. We all called each other to basically say “that’s it.” It was such a big build up to not really be a big deal. Another disappoint came at the end of the story. There were too many unanswered questions, for example what happens to Chloe (we are hoping there will be a book about her). Some of the character, like the parents, were not developed well. This books had so much potential to be excellent. Bottom line, this is a good book with a great pace that makes you want to keep reading, but at the same time it falls short at the end.

So slip on your cozy fall sweater and read The Thing About the Truth

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The Secrete Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow by Lorin Barber

Story: Copernicus H. Stringfellow or Nick, which he prefers, is incredibly smart due to his amazing memory. He remembers everything including his birth. Wow! Right? His education is intense and it includes many PHDs. His education has also made it possible for Nick to be financially secure. Nick uses the part of the brain that most people don’t use to do things other can’t. He believes his consumptions of Twinkies makes this possible. He uses this gift to help people, even people who don’t deserve it. Now Nick is brilliant but he is socially awkward when it comes to talking to women. Nick does have lots of friends, but he also has lots enemies who are ready to bring him down.

Our rating: 4 out of 5 Twinkie stars

Review: We were a little apprehensive about reading this book, but after only a couple of pages we were hooked. Nick is a wonderful character with a huge heart. You can’t help but like him. We found ourselves laughing out loud at some of the things he would say. Now the story itself could be very dark at times with some horrific events, but at the same this book brings warmth to your heart with the underline theme of helping others no matter who they are. You have to love a book that makes Twinkies a smart food. All in all this book will make you laugh, break your heart, and make you cheer. But most of all it will bring a smile to your heart.

So grab your self a box of Twinkies and read The Secrete Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **

The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto

Story: Danny Rorro is an Italian American kid growing up in Queens NY. He is influenced by his neighborhood and their racist views that cause him to do something he shouldn’t. After a talk with his father he realizes he should help people and fight for what’s right. Unfortunately, this advice gets him into trouble and leaves Danny angry and sad. His parents decide to send him to a boarding school, The Hamden Academy, where he falls in love, learns about betrayal, and how to stand up for what’s right.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 coming of age stars

Review: This book is beautifully written. Each page is filled with richness to make the reader not want to put the book down. Andrew Cotto does a great job combining humor, excitement, and tragedy to develop Danny’s growth, which is 100% believable. Being from New York Danny’s Italian, street wise voice was perfect and reminded us of many people we grew up with. Danny as a teenager knows what’s right but only thinks of himself, which honestly most of us felt when we were growing up. By the end of the book we see the growth Danny takes physically, emotionally and mentally. Andrew perfectly touches upon so many topics that many teenagers deal with today: bulling, racism, rape, and the relationship we develop with our parents as we grow up. This book is a quick read, we all read it in a day, but it is filled with enough twist and turns to keep you entertained and emotionally invested.

So find and cozy spot and read The Domino Effect.

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **