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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel, The Help, is told from the perspective of three very strong, yet completely different women: Eugenia (Skeeter), Aibileen and Minny. Set in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, these women, without knowing it, change not only their own lives but the lives of those around them. Skeeter is a young white woman who had just graduated from college and wants nothing more than to be a writer. Aibileen is a colored maid for one of Skeeter’s friends, Mrs. Leefolt. Minny is Aibileen’s best friend who is also a colored maid, although her employment record is less consistent, due to her having trouble not saying what is on her mind.

Jackson seems to be immune to the beginning of the civil rights movement and there is little, if any, respect for the colored help of the white families. When Skeeter approaches Aibileen asking her if she wishes that things were different, Aibileen doesn’t know what to say so she just pretends she’s happy with the way things are. Happy with how she is treated by her employer, Mrs. Leefolt. Happy that thanks to Hilly Holbrook, she will now have to use a  bathroom separate from the rest of the family in the garage. Happy with the fact that one day the little girl she is raising will Continue reading

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Three Best Friends Fabulous Day by Mary Ting

I was given the opportunity to review Three Best Friends Fabulous Day. The author, Mary Ting, is an elementary school teacher and a mother who was inspired by her own daughter’s friendships to write this chapter book for children.

The stories in this book are based on the real life events of three best friends as they are learning about issues such as friendship, health and the interests of young girls. Three Bests Friends is written from a second grader’s point of view and has short, easy to read chapters that I believe a child would find entertaining.

Each chapter is a different scene during the day that gives an inside look into how the average second grade girl may interact with her friends. Kaitlin, Charisse and Kaylie are three best friends who are learning from one another constantly and make you want to observe the conversations of young children more.

While the grammar isn’t perfect in this book, I don’t believe that takes away from the value of the stories at all. I found the book to be adorable and plan on giving it to my niece, who just happens to be a second grader. I’m sure she’ll enjoy it and I love the subtle learning lessons she can get from reading it.

Three Best Friends Fabulous Day gets 3.5 stars.

Mary Ting is an aspiring author and if you would like to hear more about this book or would like to contact her, she has a Facebook page for Three Best Friends and you can purchase the book HERE.

Cindy was sent a copy of Three Best Friends Fabulous Day to review, free of charge.  All opinions expressed are hers and were not influenced by the author or anyone else associated with this book.

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Coming Soon and Exciting News!

We have some exciting reviews coming in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for these:

  • Three Best Friends Fabulous Day by Mary Ting (aspiring author)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

AND Books Complete Me is so happy to announce that we will also have our first author interview with the NY Times and USA Bestselling author, Simone Elkeles as well! Check back often. You definitely won’t want to miss it!

~C

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Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

Book 10 is here in the Sookie Stackhouse books!  This one shed light on a lot of what was hinted on in the previous books.  Sookie and Eric are working on their relationship, they have trials just like everyone does.

The shapeshifters are facing many of the same problems the vamps did when they came out to the world.

I would give this about 3 stars.  It was ok, but not action packed like the previous books in the series.

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Lover Mine- J.R. Ward

Xhex is missing. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, an elite vampire-warrior force, are doing everything they can to find her, but it seems she has vanished without a trace. John Matthew is determined more than any to find her. As time is running out, and the war between vampires and lessers escalates to alarming proportions, will John Mathew rescue Xhex before it is too late?

Lover Mine captures the reader from the very beginning. J. R. Ward intricately entwines several plots throughout the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and she continues to deliver intrigue, romance, and amazing characters in Lover Mine. Ward ties together story lines she has carried through a few books now and adds some surprising twists; however, Ward leaves readers wanting more of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Readers new to the series will have a difficult time jumping into this book without having read previous books in the series.

Lover Mine earns a solid 4 Stars. It will be interesting to see what happens next with the Black Dagger Brotherhood…

J

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Jane Slayre Contest!

Yes another one!!  Eve’s Fan Garden has four books, one of which is autographed!  Just head on over to their site and fill out the form for your chance to win!

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