My review of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board by Zoe Aarsen

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“McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School led by blond, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Prior to junior year, McKenna was known in her small town as the girl whose twin sister died in a tragic house fire, and she’s overjoyed at the prospect of redefining her identity. She has a date to the Homecoming dance with Olivia’s handsome older brother, and a good chance of being elected to student council. For the first time since McKenna’s parents divorced, things are looking up.
But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests that the girls play a scary game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which Violet makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. The game unsettles McKenna because she’s already escaped death once in her life, but she doesn’t want to ruin her friends’ fun. It’s only a game, she reminds herself.
But it doesn’t seem like a harmless game a week later when Olivia dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, exactly as Violet predicted. And something begins haunting McKenna’s bedroom at night, leaving her clues that all seem to point to Violet. McKenna enlists the help of her cute next-door neighbor Trey in finding out exactly what kind of curse Violet has put on all of the popular girls in the junior class. As Violet rises to popularity and seemingly steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna and Trey know they only have a limited amount of time to bring an end to Violet’s game before more lives are lost. “

At first I was kind of annoyed with how shallow the main character, McKenna, could be and she mentions quite a few times that they were “the prettiest girls in school”, but she stops doing that once the story moves along. I really got into the story and the mystery surrounding Violet. Is she evil? I wanted to know how she knew all of this stuff about everyone since she’s new.

I could picture everything that McKenna and her friends were going through in my mind. The author is really good at descriptions. After talking to a friendly priest, McKenna and Trey come up with a plan to stop Violet and save her friends. The last third of the book really picks up the pace and is full of action. My heart was racing! I was happy for them because I thought everything was over. Then I read the epilogue. Nice twist. I need to get the next book in the series.

Review of Garage Sale Guide: How to Quickly & Easily Make Money Selling Your Used Items! by Ann Eckhart

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This is another Amazon freebie. There are a lot of great guide books on there. Garage Sale Guide is a nice, practical guide to garage sales. My mom and I have these in the Spring and Summer, so I thought I could pick up a few tips.

The author explains preparing for your sale, setting up, making signs, advertising and pricing. She also gives a list of things you’ll need to have on hand. I really like her idea of having a penny box for kids to buy from and I’m going to try that at my next sale. I’m also going to try her pricing system, which is to subtract 90% from the original price of the item, and to have set prices for books, clothes, cups, etc.  Another suggestion the author makes is to include the phrase “Clean, Neat and Priced To Sell” in all of your ads.

I think this is a good guide for people who are having a garage sale for the first time and for people who are looking for some tips to make their sales better

Review of How to Twitter: Getting Started with 30 Daily Do-ables by Stacey Myers

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  I found this book for free on Amazon a while ago and  read it to see if I could learn anything that could help make my tweets more productive. It’s a very helpful step-by-step guide with crisp, clear instructions.


The author provides explanations for each of the 30 do-ables (steps) and screenshots to show exactly where to go on Twitter. I knew most of them, but the section on changing your background and putting a widget on your blog helped me. I think this would be perfect for someone who is new to Twitter, wants to set up an account, and wants to get results. Stacey walks you through signing up, getting a username, making tweets and using hashtags.


She offers great advice on what to do, as well as what not to do (ie using hashtags that have no relevance to your tweet just to get views.) The author also mentions different websites and apps that you can use to make scheduled tweets, make your link smaller and follow/unfollow people. I don’t use these services, but they might be helpful to other people.

I would recommend this to anyone who uses Twitter, especially those who are new to the site. Whether you’ve been using the site for 5 hours or 5 years, there are tips in it for everybody