Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Genre YA Mystery
Publisher City Lights Press 


Siobhan Murphy is an average teenager: smart, hardworking, ambitious… and a bit of smart aleck. She has a terrific family and great friends. She also has out of control curly red hair, freckles on top of her freckles and a less than model like body. Siobhan has decided that this is her year to land the perfect summer job—a job that pays a ton of money, is a lot of fun, and will give her valuable experience to add to her resume. 

After a chance encounter with the very stylish Natasha Romanoff, Siobhan is offered a job as her assistant. What she doesn’t realize, until she actually starts work, is that the very stylish Natasha runs an escort service.

Her job is pretty uncomplicated: type letters, book appointments, walk Natasha’s massive pair of Great Danes… the usual. But then Natasha and Lucius—her former husband and current business associate – ask Siobhan to befriend a couple of the escorts whom they suspect of indulging in a little hanky-panky on the side. Strictly against agency rules, BTW. Always game for an adventure Siobhan puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat and befriends the girls, but what Siobhan—along with her bestie and fellow sleuth, Marcy—discover is that there’s an awful lot more than just hanky-panky going on.

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  About the Author 
Art Director, Writer, Creative Director and finally author. Margaret Cioffi spent her professional career working in advertising and marketing. Her career spans several years and several hundred ads in print, radio and broadcast. Margaret Cioffi has written eight books. Margaret spends her free time writing, cooking, painting and hanging out with her husband and her family although not all at the same time.  

In a funny beginning, Siobhan fluffs up one job interview, but is offered a job, after she speaks to an elderly woman, in a cafe she goes to afterwards. The job is as a clerk in a thinly veiled escort agency. 
Siobhan is naive, leans towards hyperbole ( It was a massive platter of food, including half a meat pie, ten pounds of spuds, and a garden of vegetables. etc.) and is obnoxious too, which can be painful to read. She does light up the pages with her one liners, and wit. She also doesn't care much for boys, or dating. 
Siobhan often says how the girls working at the escort agency are little more than airheads, while Siobhan often talks about her appearance. I thought it was a sad indication  of our society today that teens are so focused on if they are too fat, and not thin enough. 
That aside, My Summer Job is madcap, and offers mystery, intrigue, and suspense. So as well as the humour, and our delightful protagonist, it will appeal to many. 


Thursday, 22 June 2017

The D.B. List. Rebekah L. Purdy. A Review.

Title: The D.B. List
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Genre: YA Romance
Seventeen-year-old Ellie Gebhardt has spent the last three years of high school in psychotherapy, trying to fix a very broken her. And her shrink (or therapist as she likes to be called) seems to think that in order to totally heal, she needs to recognize all the good and bad things that have led her to this point. As if a trip down memory lane will suddenly make her better. She’s given a “homework” assignment to create two lists. One with nothing but happy memories and thoughts on it (otherwise known as the ‘happy rainbow farting unicorns list’). And the other with everything negative that Ellie thinks contributed to “the” day she could no longer cope. So begins Ellie’s Douche Bag list (or D.B. List for short). And once she gets started, it’s hard to stop remembering all the jerks, the petty crap, the times she’d been bullied or the main focus of the rumor mill. So when nice guy, Ky Laramie, walks into her life, Ellie instantly puts her shields up. But as she gets to know him and his family, she wonders if she can dare to put herself out there again. Because as everyone knows, once a candle is lit, the wind can always blow it out. And Ellie couldn’t handle it if Ky ends up atop of the D.B. List.


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Author Bio

I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well. As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”. I love writing for teens because those are the years I remember falling in love with most of my favorite books. Some of the authors I couldn’t put down were L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Joan Lowery Nixon, Lois Duncan, amongst several others. My husband and I have a large family. There are six kids total! So we have LOTS of fun on vacations (although hours on the road, cooped up in the Expedition is kind of stressful—although we pass the time with MAD LIBS and hoping no one gets carsick).

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Ellie, who is on a psych ward after attempting suicide, has been instructed by Therapist Angel to write two lists. One for good memories, which Ellie names the Happy Rainbow Farting Unicorn list, and the bad memories, The Douche Bag list. 

If anything this book shows the pressure children are put under to follow in the path of their parents, and in turn are unable to confide in their parents, and so children struggle with navigating teenage relationships, and friendships. That boys, in particular, don't stop when they are told to during sexual intercourse, and then spread rumours, confusing rumours too about, in this case Ellie's, virginity, and she then has the reputation of being easy. It is a sad look at our society, and something that needs to be spoken of, as well as the other themes of this book: Suicide, self-harm, and schizophrenia.

Ellie is a great character, we really get to know her through her memories, and present day friendships with PJ, in the ward, and Rhett. 

I whizzed through this book. One I would recommend for those that liked Thirteen Reasons Why. 


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