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  • Book Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Son of Neptune Author: Rick Riordan Series: Heroes of Olympus Published: October 2011 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 513 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 After finishing The Son of Neptune, the second novel to the second series about Greek gods written by Rick Riordan, I must say I’m losing my steam a little bit. […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Awaiting next year’s fairs

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 30, 2015] The sun baked my skin and scents of wood chips, tilled Iowa earth and cow manure wafted on the warm breeze. I stood with my arms resting on a large metal gate at the south end of the Union County Fair show arena talking to […]

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  • Book Review: The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Lost Hero Author: Rick Riordan Series: The Heroes of Olympus Published: October 2012 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 553 From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 So, clearly, I couldn’t stay away. I finished American author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series not long ago, and attempted to read something in a different genre to give my […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Firefighting: not just fighting fires

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 17, 2015] The sound of nails hammered into wooden planks echoed through a maintenance shed, and voices rang as men yelled to each other for building materials. I was one of more than 10 participants to attend a trench excavation and rescue class at Southwestern Community College, […]

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  • Book Review: The Secret Place by Tana French

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Secret Place Author: Tana French Series: Dublin Murder Squad #5 Published: January 2014 Publisher: Viking Penguin Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 I’ve read every single novel by author Tana French, ever since she came out with her debut In the Woods back in 2007. Then, I heard French came out […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Control the uncontrolled intersections

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 7, 2015] First, before I start in on my column’s main focus, I’d like to wish my coworker Jake Waddingham all the best as he continues his education at Iowa State University. I truly hope he reaches his goals! Now, I want to apologize to the police […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Last Olympian Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Published: May 2009 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 I finally finished the fifth and final installment of Rick Riordan’s first Greek gods series, and I must say I’m so glad I hunkered down and dove in. Riordan’s […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Battle of the Labyrinth Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4 Published: May 2008 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 And we’re back. In the fourth installment of American author Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, we see Percy and his friends battle through […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Titan’s Curse Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3 Published: May 2007 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 9/10 American author Rick Riordan continues his imaginative and mythological story about Percy Jackson in the third installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Titan’s Curse. In The […]

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  • Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

    Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Sea of Monsters Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2 Published: Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 6/10 The Sea of Monsters is the second installment of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of five novels, and really, it’s a little less exciting than The […]

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