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Spell Check

About the book: A skeleton is rattling its way out of the closet marked “FAMILY SECRET! KEEP OUT!” 
Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries. 
Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all—surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations. 
The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.

My review: Allyson Peterson, or Ally, never plans to be hung up in a tree in the cemetery in the middle of the night on her birthday. But that's what happens when the Salem High cheerleading team, also known as the witches, decide to pull a prank on her. Ally also doesn't plan on having powers suddenly manifest themselves so that she accidentally curses said cheerleading team, especially Lisa Snoddy the ringleader of the group. Things just keep getting stranger and stranger as every wish that she makes just keep coming true, including both of her parents turning up missing. Just when it seems all is lost, she's able to get in touch with her grandmother and learns that she's turning into a witch, and what she needs to do in order to set her spells right. But the worst is yet to come for Ally, as she has to survive the Troll Trials all on her own. Will she be able to figure out all of this new special power stuff before it's too late?

This is a really cute book! It's written for teenagers, and I love that it's clean and completely appropriate for them, yet it's complicated and fun enough for adults to enjoy it too! I like Ally, I like all of the little misunderstandings and problems that she has, they keep the story moving along, and who didn't know a girl just like Lisa Snoddy in high school? I know I did, and seeing her get just what she deserved made me just a little bit happy! I'm hoping that Julie Wright keeps writing stories about Ally and her misadventures so we can read about them for a long, long time.

I was able to get a copy of this from Amazon, it just happened to be free that day.

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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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Kayaks and Kisses

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 …