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Review: Here by Denise Grover Swank

eviewHere by Denise Grover Swank

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Here by Denise Grover Swank is about the life of 16-year-old Julia Phillips after her best friend is killed in a tragic car accident. The book begins about 6 months after the accident. Julia is having a lot of trouble trying to ‘go on’ with her life. She once had excellent grades, but now is in serious jeopardy of failing every class. Home isn’t any better and her family is being torn apart by the strain.

Julia’s school counselor and teachers give her an ultimatum either she start doing her school work or be sent to the alternative school. Even though it is only about half way through the fall term, Julia finds herself dozens of assignments behind per class and faces an uphill battle to complete all the work. Her counselor also arranges for a couple of students to tutor her in her subjects to help her catch up.
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Review: The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch

The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch is the second of two novels about the lives of Alex and Brigitte. This novel pretty much picks up just after the first one ends. Unlike the first novel that takes place both in the US and in France, this one takes place only in the US and specifically in the City of New York.

Scorpio Rising follows Alex and Brigitte through their childhoods into young adulthood whereas The Sting of the Scorpio follows them through most of their rest of their lives. The titles even give clues as to parts of life each book is about.

I liked being able to follow Alex and Brigitte from meager beginnings in early childhood through the growth and changes during much of their lives. And ‘watch’ the challenges each face during the various stages of life.

I found The Sting of the Scorpio to also be a quick and entertaining read. Like the first one each of the main characters have chapters written from their perspective which I think that makes both novels very multi-dimensional and more realistic.

I found Alex and Brigitte to each have qualities that I could relate to. I liked that there was more of a conclusion to the end of this one, than the first, but would have liked an Epilogue from Brigitte’s perspective as well. I think that since both books were from both of their points of view, the ending should have been shared as well. Both books only took me a few days to read and held my attention throughout.

The Sting of the Scorpio by Monique Domovitch is available now.


*Disclaimer: I received this from the author and Novel Publicity as part of their book tour. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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