Club Deception

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Club Deception
by Sarah Skilton
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 25, 2017)
Welcome to CLUB DECEPTION where nothing is what it seems …and love may be the most dangerous illusion of all.

Claire Fredericksson is the beating heart of CLUB DECEPTION, LA’s most exclusive society of magicians. She’s the Queen Bee of Magician WAGs (“Wives and Girlfriends”), and the real genius behind her philandering husband Jonathan’s award-winning magic show, but her debilitating stage fright has kept her out of the limelight. Until Claire’s life is upended by the arrival of two new women to the closed group of magicians’ wives- Jessica, a young trophy wife with a secret; and Kaimi, an art expert looking for the long- lost Erdnase papers by posing as a girlfriend. When a magician rivalry and a stolen routine erupt into murder, the women must uncover the truth and set things right for the men they love. With a cast of endurance experts, Vegas stage stars, close-up card handlers and a pick-up artist or two this glamorous novel weaves a tale of murder and fame, and many, many illusions.

Movies

I know I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog since life is always busy!

So my mini update is movies!  I managed to see 4 new movies.

First off is: Star Trek: Beyond

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Basic plot is: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

I liked this film as I liked the other two.  The journey continues on.  The adventure was fascinating and the action kept me on my toes!   The whole cast is awesome.  The friendship between Kirk and Spock is just really well done here.  I love how there was conflict, drama and action.  Even the new character being introduced was cool too.

 

Next up:

Now You See Me 2

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Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Well I loved the first one.  This second one was pretty good too.  Although I have to confess it was weird seeing Daniel Radcliffe in this film as the bad guy.  There were a few surprises that popped up which I thought were great.  I love the twist and turns and power of magic (misdirection!).  It’s a must see.

Third movie is:

Batman vs. Superman

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This film was interesting.  Basically Batman goes after Superman and during this process Lex Luthor decides to join in and create something evil.  (Isn’t that what the bad guy does?)  I think this film was a little slow for my taste but once the action started up it was great.  I loved how Batman and Superman had some similarties and differences.   When Diana (aka Wonder Woman) comes into the picture, that was epic!     My emotions were rooting for the good guys as always and there were a few sad parts.   Nicely done.

Last Moive:

Underworld: Blood Wars

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Plot: Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

I’ve seen all the Underworld movies and I had to see this one.  Of course I’m a fan of what adventure Selene will go on next.  The war continues on between vampires and lycans.  Selene doesn’t want anything to do with it and yet both sides want to use her.   I watched the film as the action was pretty good.  I enjoyed all the characters.   David  (Theo James)  is quite an interesting character as the story does focus on him for a tiny bit.   There are also northern vampires coven which is way north and I thought that was pretty fascinating.  Vampires with white hair!   It’s a must see I think if you are fan of the earlier films.  Once again Selene kicks butt in many ways.

 

I Spy Youth Books today

 

Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman

CHRISTMASGENIE

It’s the last day of school before Christmas vacation and Alex, Chase, and the rest of Mrs. Walter’s fifth-grade class couldn’t wish more for that final bell to ring.

But the day takes a crazy turn when a mysterious meteorite crashes through their classroom window and a genie pops out. He will grant just one wish for the whole class to share. Be careful what you wish for!

Dragon Masters by Tracey West and Graham Howells

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This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons–and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?

All Paws on Deck (Haggis and Tank Unleashed) by Jessica Young

ALLPAwsTank is a clumsy, outgoing Great Dane. Haggis is a dapper and grumpy Scottie dog. In the first book in the series, Haggis and Tank set sail as pirates. At first, Haggis doesn’t see what Tank does–that an adventure awaits them with just a little imagination! But soon, Haggis joins in the fun and the two friends go on a pirate adventure. They talk like pirates, swab the deck, and even search for buried treasure. This series is full of clever wordplay and homophones that make Haggis and Tank’s adventures even more fun!

Suitcase of Stars  by Pierdomenico Baccalario

Enchanted

Have you heard of Cinderella’s glass slipper? What about Sinbad the Sailor’s Flying Carpet? In this world, there are many magical items—but only one place where they’re safe: the Enchanted Emporium. For centuries, seven families have competed for ownership of the Emporium—and some of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on the powerful items housed within. Only Aiby Lily and her friend Finley have what it takes to stop the Emporium from falling into the wrong hands.

So these are the books that I spied today!  Take your time to check them out!  They all look interesting to me and I wonder if my children would read them.

Dark Elements by Jennifer L Armentrout

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WHITE HOTE KISS {Dark Elements Series #1} – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: Feb 25, 2014
Series: Dark Element Series #1
Pages: 400
Age Range: 14 +

SUMMARY:
One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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STONE COLD TOUCH {Dark Elements Series #2} – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: Oct 21, 2014
Series: Dark Elements Series #2
Pages: 464
Age: 14 +

SUMMARY:
Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….

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EVERY LAST BREATH {Dark Elements #3} – Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin
Publishing Date: July 28, 2015
Series: Dark Element Series #3
Pages: 400
Age: 14 +

SUMMARY :
Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

MY THOUGHTS:
I’m so glad I read all of these books!  The last book Every Last Breath stunning cover caught my attention first as I found out it was the third book in the series so I decided to start off with the first. I was immediately thrown into Layla’s world. Every free moment I had (which was mostly at night since my children come first) I read and read and read. Once I finished the first book, I wanted to know what was going to happen to Layla next. It was on to the second book White Hot Kiss! Once again I was glued to the book at any free moment I had. As it ended, I wanted more but sadly I had to put a hold on the third book from the the library. Within two days, the book was ready for pick up and off I went with my children. Libraries rule!

I was into Layla’s world of wardens and demons. It was an interesting concept of the supernatural side of things. (Think Supernatural, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I could identify with Layla because she was unique and that she didn’t see herself in a positive light until the end of the book.

As I read each book one by one, I understood Layla more and more.  I loved the ending of this book.  It was a roller coaster ride.  The whole series will keep you on your feet and you will not want it to end.  Besides aren’t the covers stunning!  You cannot resist this story.   Go get these series today as you won’t regret it.

(Sorry for the late and short review!  My brain finally realized I needed to get this review done one way or the other!  This series is really good. I really enjoyed them and could not put them down.  So go grab one today and follow this amazing author!   I love all of her work.)  

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