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Written by Kristy Cade   

Kristy Cade is a part time poet and lyricist, and a full-time reader who enjoys working for a living in her spare time. She reads and writes her reviews on a laptop that contains keys with worn off letters.  This confuses her husband and frustrates her MySpace generation son.  She reads in a small corner of her cozy Floridian home library facing her backyard while the "to be read" pile is precariously towering above her head.  She is the queen of words and thinks nothing of staying up late to read just one more chapter, even when the sun is already coming up. She reads everything she can get her hands on, even bubble gum wrappers and junk mail.  She is a perpetual student and is currently working on her master's degree. She cannot read one book at a time; therefore, she's also an experienced alphabet juggler.  Coffee is her fuel.

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The Passage – Justin Cronin E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

The Passage – Justin Cronin
(Fiction)

This is a whopping book at 784 pages, but you will want more pages when you get to “The End”.  The hype surrounding this novel’s release is well founded.  This is not Twilight nor is it your typical “vampire” novel.  The author’s characterization and attention to detail is fantastic, rather than ad naseum like some mammoth novels.  There wasn't a page in here that I would say could be or should be removed.  Every page is worthwhile in other words.

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The Island – Elin Hilderbrand E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

The Island – Elin Hilderbrand
(Fiction)

Fun romp with a fun family

I’ve read all of Elin’s novels because they are simply easy to read, fun, and great beach read’s as they are always set in a beachy setting.  Imagine spending a month with your female family members, at a point in your own life where you are struggling to resolve something.  While this book would appear from first glance to be another depressing story of 4 women working through their issues, it’s not.  The tone of the writing places you in the moment and without the drudgery of human problems.  The quirky characters are each attempting to resolve the issues they are facing, each of them at a crossroads of sorts.  But there’s enough humour and “fun romp” thrown in to keep you engaged and having a good time.  If you’ve read Elin’s other titles, this is very much more of the same.  It’s just plain fun to read.  My only beef with this novel was the cover.  It’s not about one singular person, it’s about family and how it can pull you back from the brink of some tough situations in life.

 

 
Saving Cicadas – Nicole Seitz E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Saving Cicadas – Nicole Seitz
(Fiction)

This book’s main character and the voice of the novel is Janie.  Janie is an 8 year old little girl and you, as the reader, are taken to her mind, her thoughts and her 8 year old take on situations happening around you.  Janie’s mother unexpectedly and unwantingly becomes pregnant.  This causes a lot of turmoil as her mother tries to make a decision about whether to keep this pregnancy or not.   This book is deep on abortion speak and Christian speak on top of it all.  However, its saving grace for me was in the character of Janie.  Janie is a sweet little girl who cares about her mother and tells her mother’s story very well.  Her mother has 2 daughters, Janie being one of them.
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Raven Stole the Moon – Garth Stein E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Raven Stole the Moon – Garth Stein
(Fiction)

This novel centers on the Tlingit animalistic-based belief system and a woman who believes in it.  I never heard of it prior to reading this book, so I have to say I also enjoyed learning about something that was completely unknown to me prior to reading this fiction book. 

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Men and Dogs – Katie Crouch E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Men and Dogs – Katie Crouch
(Fiction)

Some people have something bad happen in their life and they clutch onto it like a dog with a bone, never able to move on. This is Hannah. She's real and she struggles with the confusing loss of her father. This book flips back and forth between the Hannah of now (thirty-something) and the Hannah as a child when she re-visions moments with her father. This means that the storyline is revealed much like that of onion skins...layer by layer.
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Look at Me Now - Tom Hubschman E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Look at Me Now - Tom Hubschman
(Fiction)

Can a man write the voice of a female protagonist successfully?  Mr. Hubschman can!  This slim novel at 168 pages is packed full of punch.  Diedre Davis has been married for 20 years but today she’s decided she’s done with her husband.  She packs up some of her most precious belongings, taking them out just bit’s at a time and hiding them in her office filing cabinet.  She’s leaving without a bang but with hope for a future.

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Backwards in High Heels : The Impossible Art of Being Female - Tania Kindersley & Sarah Vine E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Backwards in High Heels : The Impossible Art of Being Female
(Health, Mind & Body)

Loved it. The book itself is really pretty and well compiled, but then it's chock full of fantastic advice for women. Would be a great birthday present, mother's day gift, graduation gift etc. And not the type of advice like "take an umbrella out in the rain" that's worthless or common sense.
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Backseat Saints – Joshilyn Jackson E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Backseat Saints – Joshilyn Jackson
(Fiction)

Raw, gritty, powerful and about an abusive relationship and the two sides of love. The description of this book calls it "thick with love" and "sick with abuse" and this is dead on accurate. Maybe one of the first times the description of a novel I've read is not way out of bounds. I was delightfully surprised by the raw descriptions of people, places and emotions in this one. Abusive relationships are not fun to read but they are sometimes a necessary evil in a good plot line.

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The Hole We’re in by Gabrielle Zevin E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Published by: Grove Press, Black Cat
Page Count: 288 pages
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback

During this time of recession many people are re-examining their finances. This book entails class, culture, and religion.  However, it really boils down to one thing.  The economic choices that a family, in this case the Pomeroy family in the late 1990’s, makes and how those sometimes ill choices have an impact for decades to come.  This book speaks volumes for the stupid mistakes that people make regarding money and just how much of an impact the lack of funds can have on a family.  It includes credit fraud, credit abuse, unpaid bills and job choices that lead to no income.  The list is endless.
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Seaside Letters – Denise Hunter E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

(Christian fiction)

Have you seen the movie “You’ve Got Mail”?  Did you like it?  If you answered yes to that question then chances are you’re going to like this book.  The storyline is very similar.  Guy meets girl online and he knows her in real life but he doesn’t know that she is one and same girl he’s met online.  She can't own up to it because of her past. So, she's living in the past and he's left confused. 

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Imperfect Birds - Anne Lamott E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

Imperfect Birds - Anne Lamott

(Fiction)

This book is a continuation of some of Ms. Lamott’s former novels, but you don’t need to have read them to enjoy this one. I know because I haven’t read them and I loved this one.  This is the story of Elizabeth and her teenage daughter Rosie.  Rosie is a teenager and quite frankly Rosie is lost. She tells a lot of lies to both herself and her mother Elizabeth.  Add into the mix the stepfather and there’s a lot of lying flying around.  Rosie claims to be a good kid, and everyone wants to believe it so bad they appear to be doing just that.
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I Dream of an Elephant – Ami Rubinger E-mail
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I dream of an Elephant – Ami Rubinger

Children’s Fiction (ages 4-8)

Publication date May 2010

I really do read everything.  I read the back of the toothpaste tube if there are no books around.  But I have a confession to make now.  I really have a crush on children’s illustrated books.  My son is all grown up, but I still peruse the isles of the children’s section. It reminds me of being a child and wishing I had enough money to buy all the pretty books around me. My wish came true, I can buy all those children’s books now and thankfully I’m still a child at heart.
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In a Perfect World – Laura Kasischke E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

In a Perfect World – Laura Kasischke
(Fiction)

Jizelle is a stewardess.  Jizelle marries the pilot, Mark.  The pilot that all the stewardesses swoon over.  Jizelle never thought she would marry and now she’s married WITH stepchildren. Yes,  Mark has children from a former marriage.  Jizelle quits her job, and stays home to take care of the children.  Shorty thereafter the end of the world arrives in the form of the Phoenix flu.  Just like the recent real life outbreak of Swine Flu only the repercussions are far greater in this novel.

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The Season of Second Chances – Diane Meier E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   

The Season of Second Chances – Diane Meier
(Fiction)

This book about a character named Joy was a real Joy to read through.  She’s a college professer who takes a big huge leap of faith to move out of the city (Manhatten) and into a somewhat ramshackle house in the country (Massachusetts).  This novel is largely about the rennovations of that home but also about Joy’s personal renovations, something that’s a dead giveaway in the title of this novel.  This is not chick lit, like I had feared, but rather a straightforward story of one woman starting over at age 48.
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Bestseller Author Appearance in Tampa! E-mail
Written by Kristy Cade   
Exciting news readers!  Incredibly talented (and prolific) suspense writer Wendy Corsi Staub will be making an author appearance/book-signing at Borders on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm. (909 Dale Mabry, Tampa, 33609.)  Her latest offering will be released on February 23, 2010.
 
 
The critically acclaimed award-winning author of over seventy books, Wendy Corsi Staub is a New York Times bestseller with the suspense novels she writes under her own name, and a USA Today bestseller with women's fiction she writes under her pseudonym Wendy Markham.  Expect my full review and more in the very near near future!  The cover alone excites me!  You can learn more about the author while we anxiously wait http://www.wendycorsistaub.com/
 
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