Mini Reviews: Deep Blue Secret, Small Steps, Ex-Mas

Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson

Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, #1)

Publication date: July 29th 2011

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 370

Series: The Water Keepers (1#)

Source: Review copy provided to me by the publicist. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished reading: 28th November 2013


Goodreads synopsis:

California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn’t get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she’s rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won’t even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie’s unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.



Deep Blue Secret was a nice, light, summery read.

However, for some reason I didn’t really develop much of an opinion on it.

Things I liked:
– Sadie; she was a great main character
– Modern
– Different
– It was an easy read

Things I wasn’t so keen on:
– Insta-love
– Had a hard time getting into it.

Deep Blue Secret was a cute read that is appropriate for all audiences really and would be an ideal book for summer reading!

4/5 stars!

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Goodreads author bio:
Christie AndersonCHRISTIE ANDERSON grew up in Southern California and goes back to visit every year. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and recently moved to Colorado with her husband. Visit her Web site at
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Small Steps (Holes, #2)
Publication date: January 10th 2006
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 272
Series: Holes (2#)
Source:  Required reading. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished reading: December 6th 2013
Goodreads synopsis:
Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it�s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly his life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He�ll never be the same again.

In his first major novel since Holes, critically acclaimed novelist Louis Sachar uses his signature wit combined with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters to explore issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that determine a person�s life, and what it takes to stay on course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice�but a small step in the right direction.

Admittedly, I never read Holes but I did see the movie! That is so unlike me but I never thought I’d have to read Small Steps. Not that it really mattered. It just gives you a bit of a backstory to the main character of this Small Steps, Armpit. Yep, that’s his name.

It was a nice, light read and a good follow up to Holes.

3/5 stars

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Goodreads author bio:
Louis SacharLouis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children’s books.

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian
Publication date: October 6th 2009 (first published September 9th 2009)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 224
Series: N/A
Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.
Date finished reading: December 28 2013
Goodreads synopsis:
Two Exes. One holiday adventure. Merry Ex-Mas?

Seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents just left for vacation, and Lila’s all set to throw the holiday party of the season. But when her Christmas-obsessed little brother, Cooper, discovers that global warming is melting the North Pole, he and his best friend, Tyler, take off on a runaway mission to save Santa.Lila has to get Cooper safely home before her parents get back on Christmas Eve. But the only person who can help her is Tyler’s older brother, Beau — a.k.a. Lila’s musician, anti-everything ex-boyfriend.

It’ll take more than a Christmas miracle for Lila and Beau to overcome their differences and find their fugitive brothers. But could a journey destined for disaster help these polar opposites fall in love…all over again?



 Aw this was such a cute book! I’m not usually a chick lit fan but I really enjoyed Ex-mas.

I thought it was a good novel with plenty of heart. I got super frustrated with Lila’s relationships (with both Erik and Beau) but that was nothing compared with how frustrated I was with her brother, Cooper. Although Lila’s choices weren’t always exactly golden, but at least realisation finally dawned on her at the end.

I would recommend this book if you want something short and sweet to read. It was a nice book and I really liked it.

3/5 stars.

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Goodreads author bio:

Kate BrianKate Brian is the prolific author of many books for teens including the Private series, the new Privilege series, and Sweet 16. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. She writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian, instead of using her real name: Kieran Scott.



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