Friday, April 3, 2015

A to Z April: C Reviews - Cheating at Solitaire by Ally Carter/Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith

So, this post didn't get done as far ahead of time as I'd hoped, and I'm thinking that in order to make sure I get everything done like I should for this challenge, I may end up with just posting the synopsis from Goodreads and then telling what I liked about it.  Today's choices are two really different types of books.  The first one goes along with the Chick Lit I've been sharing so far in this A to Z challenge.  The second book today is a kids book.

The first book is called Cheating at Solitaire.  Many of my followers may know the author more for her YA books, the Gallagher Girls  and Heist Society series.  I haven't read any of those, but loved this book.  In fact when I got to meet the author back in 2013 at the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City, she was shocked to see that was the book I had.  I loved the theme of how it was okay to be single, but then of course there was a fun fall into being in love with a cute guy.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads.com:
Self-help guru Julia James is so good at being single that she's become famous for it-advising women that they don't need a man to be happy. Then the unthinkable happens. Just when her newest book, 101 Ways to Cheat at Solitaire, is about to hit stores, a trumped-up piece of gossip linking her to a gorgeous actor hits the papers. Their pictures are splashed all over the tabloids, and now Julia's credibility is about to hit rock bottom. But she isn't going down without a fight. Unless, that is, the actor is going down with her.


The second book is called Cryptid Hunters and it is by Roland Smith.  I got to meet Roland Smith one of my first few years teaching, but it was before I'd discovered just how much I loved meeting authors, so no picture. :-(  I've always been a fan of strange creatures, like the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and other similar things. Especially while the show The X-Files was on and I learned of even more, like the Chupacabra to name one.  So this book about two twins who get swept into the world of searching for these strange creatures was right up my alley.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads.com:
After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.



Have you read either of these authors or any of their books?  Do you like cryptozoology, the study of these strange creatures?

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15 comments:

  1. Lova Ally Carter! I need to read more of her books! Great post :)

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    1. Thanks! This is definitely a fun read.

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  2. Another two new ones for me. I like the sound of Roland Smith's book. Thanks, nice post :)

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    1. Good, glad you found some that sound good! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Books are always fun to talk about. I haven't read either of these, but I read the Gallagher Girls Series. Fun stories. Studying strange creatures is interesting, though I've read very little about it. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Have a super weekend.

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    1. If you enjoy the Gallagher Girls, and like cute romance books for adults, you'd enjoy the first one. Thanks for returning the visit!

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  4. They are both new books for me but I will check them out and try to pick Cryptid Hunters as I too am found of the mythical and mysterious creatures. Read a bit of paranormal too. SO glad to connect.

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    1. The Cryptid Hunters is now a series too! I've got to read on! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I haven't read either one. I think I would enjoy the first one and the second one would have been great to use in my classroom. It was hard to keep enough boy-friendly books.

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    1. Roland Smith books are all great boy-friendly books. Hope you'll check out my D post tomorrow as I've got another boy-friendly book.

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  6. I have not read Cheating At Solitaire, but the Gallagher Girls series is very good. You should also check out Ally Carter's latest series, Embassy Row

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    1. I'm not sure if I'm really into the other types she writes, but since I did enjoy this book by her I should try her other books. Thanks for stopping!

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  7. So far I've read every Ally Carter book BUT Cheating at Solitaire!lol But I've loved all of them and this one sounds awesome! I really need to ask my library to get it.

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    1. Have you read the sequel to Cheating at Solitaire? Learning How to Play Gin? I need to read that one. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  8. Interesting. I must check these out and will put on them my to-read list. Thanks.

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