Clean Indie Reads Back to School Sale 2017

Clean Indie Reads, the Home of Flinch-Free Fiction, is holding a Back to School sale
September 1st-8th, 2017.
Pick up some young adult and new adult ebooks with guys and girls in high school and college, Free to $2.99. Enter the sale here.

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The Banana Split Affair by Cynthia Blair

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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The Banana Split Affair by Cynthia Blair

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Susan Pratt is shy, studious, and a plain dresser while her teenaged twin, Christine, is outgoing, trendy, and popular at school, especially with boys. Each sister believes her twin has the better life, so they decide to secretly switch identities for two weeks. Christine bets they can pull it off, Susan bets they can’t, and the stakes of this bet is a banana split in The Banana Split Affair, a novel by author Cynthia Blair.

I absolutely ate up this book back when I was a preteen–loved it enough to remember it into my adulthood and to want to read it again. I finally took another jaunt with this book more than twenty years later, and I still love it.

Sure, it’s corny, with all the italics and exclamation points you could ever want. It leans toward the simplistic and stating the obvious at times, and, yeah, there’s some super-fast falling in like-love in the story.

But it’s fun. And rather touching. Sooz and Chris not only get an eye-opening taste of what it’s really like to walk in each other’s shoes, but each girl learns more about herself in the process.

I didn’t realize back then that this is the first of thirteen books or so about the Pratt twins. (Nah, the copy I first read didn’t have a #1 printed on the front cover.) So now I may have to check out some other books in this series.

Ride: Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi JG Weiss

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an honest review.
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Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fourteen-year-old Kit is a pretty plucky girl. But her pluck is put to the test because: 1) she and her cowboy father move to England for her father’s new job at The Covington Academy, and 2) the academy is an equestrian boarding school. Kit hasn’t ridden a horse in years, since the terrifying time she fell from one. Now she must take on a new country, a new school, and her fear of riding in Ride: Kit Meets Covington, a novel by author Bobbi JG Weiss.

For everyone who may be familiar with the drama series Ride from Nickelodeon or YTV, more power to you. I’d never heard of the show before.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this novel.

Now, though I gather that it’s a young YA book, it had a more juvenile feel to me, reading like a children’s (perhaps middle grade?) book with teenaged characters. Maybe I’m just better acquainted with old-fashioned children’s and young adult books and have less of a feel for what those genres are like these days.

But anyhow, this is indeed an engaging, humorous, and motivating tale with a fun batch of characters. I thought the story’s development was a bit bumpy or choppy at times, and some of the points of view seemed to be introduced/explored a little late. And, even knowing that this is Book One of a coming series, the last few scenes had me thinking, “So…that’s it, then? This is where and how the story is ending?”

Still, quite a worthwhile read, and I’d be delighted to continue on with the series, when it continues.

Awesome August Reads Sale 2017

Are you a fan of young adult and clean romance books? Stop by this Awesome August Reads sale
August 15th-19th, 2017.
Pick up some of these ebooks for $0.99 or FREE. Enter the sale here.

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