Posts by: Jenna


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A Farewell, a thank you, and a see you soon

A Farewell, a thank you, and a see you soon

Posted 31 December, 2014 by Jenna / 3 Comments

What better day than New Year’s Eve to reflect back on the year we passed? This year, I’m reflecting back a little farther – to June of 2013, when I started posting reviews here at On a Book Bender. I had seen a posting on Facebook that Amanda and Kelly were looking for an associate […]

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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Posted 19 December, 2014 by Jenna / 0 Comments

Here’s a frequent scene at my house: Me, sitting (or standing) in front of the shelf of books that I have to read. Or, perhaps it’s me staring at the computer screen of my Goodreads to-read page, scrolling aimlessly up and down the 200+ titles. I pick up one book (or click on one title). […]

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson {Jenna’s Review}

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 17 December, 2014 by Jenna / 0 Comments

A hauntingly compelling wartime historical fiction My Thoughts The concept of Kate Atkinson’s novel was intriguing to me from the first: “During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives […]

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The Last Challenge by Sharon Karaa {Jenna’s Review}

The Last Challenge by Sharon Karaa {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 3 December, 2014 by Jenna / 0 Comments

A wickedly feisty read with potential   My Thoughts Sharon Karaa’s The Last Challenge has potential. The story is a mix of elements that range from humorous to sexy to straight-up odd. Some parts didn’t quite work out, in my opinion, while others I quite liked. Lauren is a twenty-five-year-old computer programmer who hasn’t found Mr. […]

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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Posted 21 November, 2014 by Jenna / 1 Comment

Here’s a frequent scene at my house: Me, sitting (or standing) in front of the shelf of books that I have to read. Or, perhaps it’s me staring at the computer screen of my Goodreads to-read page, scrolling aimlessly up and down the 200+ titles. I pick up one book (or click on one title). […]

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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen {Jenna’s Review}

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 19 November, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

A little something sweet and magical   My Thoughts Since Garden Spells, I have been a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s particular brand of magical realism. Her stories always feel so personal to me; I slip into the worlds she pictures with an easy grace, led entirely by her. So I was surprised to find […]

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Jenna / 3 Comments

Romance with a touch of magic My Thoughts The story started in Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch flows seamlessly into Shadow Spell, simply with a different narrator. As with the first book, I wasn’t thrilled with the beginning chapters; something about the perspective or the voice of the original three – Sorcha’s children – doesn’t capture […]

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 22 October, 2014 by Jenna / 4 Comments

Captivating, clever, and well-rounded romantic fantasy  My Thoughts On a recent visit to the library, I noticed the audio books for both this book, Dark Witch, and Shadow Spell, the second book in the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts, on the shelf. Knowing the series was on my to-read list, I snatched the cases up […]

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Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Posted 17 October, 2014 by Jenna / 2 Comments

Here’s a frequent scene at my house: Me, sitting (or standing) in front of the shelf of books that I have to read. Or, perhaps it’s me staring at the computer screen of my Goodreads to-read page, scrolling aimlessly up and down the 200+ titles. I pick up one book (or click on one title). […]

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Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman {Jenna’s Review}

Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 8 October, 2014 by Jenna / 2 Comments

A short and sweet sleuthing story  My Thoughts The narrative voice in Death by Didgeridoo is a great one. Attorney Jamie Quinn makes for an endearing sleuth. This short mystery is the first in a series and is an enjoyable read – or, in this case, listen. Barbara Venkataraman’s story unfolds at a brisk pace. Jamie’s […]