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The House of Hades

When last we saw Percy and Annabeth they were plummeting into a whole beneath Rome, on their way to who knows what. Now they do know what, but it's not pretty, they are in Tartarus without food, water, or any of their friends. They are constantly being chased by monsters that want to kill them and eat their bodies. They must find the Doors of Death and make sure they are secured from the underworld side before the monsters in Tartarus start escaping. 

Meanwhile, on the decks of the Argus II, their friends Hazel, Frank, Leo, Piper and Jason are not having an easy time either. They must find a way to get across the mountains of Italy and make it to The House of Hades so that they can hopefully get Percy and Annabeth and secure the Doors of Death. Hopefully securing the doors of death will stop Gaea from awakening and ending the world as we know it. But neither of these groups will have an easy time on their quests. There will be angry gods, monsters and many other obstacles in their way. Will these two small groups of demigods be able to stop Gaea and save their friends and loved ones.

These books by Rick Riordan are so great! I love all the action and adventure that's packed in here. I love that he's subtly teaching kids stories from mythology. I love the characters that he's invented, along with the monsters and curses. The plot of this book is full of action, adventure and danger. It will keep kids enthralled and wanting more. The ending is a cliffhanger, keeping us waiting for the next installment due out next fall. I can't wait!

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1. Forever
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Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

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About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …