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    ALL THE FEELS - just EVERYTHING!

    Jaw-Dropping, Heart-Pounding, Tear-Jerking, Heart-Warming and Just EVERYTHING! How do you walk away from an intense series wrap-up and put your reactions into coherent thoughts--A without adding spoilers and B: still sounding semi-intelligent? I sat down at 6:30 one evening and didn’t stop reading until the wee hours of the morning because I could.not.put.it.down. Then I sat on it for a couple of days and read it again. I could say it was epic--it would be true. I could say it was amazing, wonderful, exciting, and fantastic--also true. But even those words seem to pale in comparison to the actual emotions I felt while reading it. Rose’s journey from the beginning of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes takes off with the line, “It all started when I saw myself dead.” And this timid, beaten-down young woman spends the entire series turning into the woman ready to declare, “I got tired of not living my life, so now I’m gonna take on anyone who gets in my way.” Rose not only grew, but truly and earnestly, blossomed over each and every book to become the strong, capable woman that shows the world in Thirty-Six and a Half Motives she not only intends to live, but to live by her own rules. J.R. Simmons is hell-bent on not only taking back what he believes Rose stole from him, but to make her pay tenfold for daring to defy him. She will need all of her friends, all of those people--who may not be blood, but they are family--to rally with her to survive the Simmons wrath. Enemies are lurking everywhere, and while she’s working so hard to protect those she loves, she’ll also need them to protect her in return. With dangers lurking in every shadow and waiting to explode, NO ONE is safe from the fallout. Don’t make assumptions when you open this book. You have no idea where it’s going. As usual, Denise Grover Swank is going to take everything you know about this series and remind you why she is a master storyteller. Are there shocks? You better believe it. Are secrets revealed? Better hang onto your hats. Will she wreak havoc on your emotions? Stock up on tissues, my friend. This book may be long, but I assure you it flies by at lightning speed. One of my favorite characters summed up what this series means to me when they said, “She’s taught me that life is meaningless without people to share it with.” Not only is this true in all of our lives, but it also sums up a world of readers who have come together for a common love of a young girl with visions and her cohorts. Rose reminds me to face what I fear, and go boldly into it, rather than back down and have regrets. THANK YOU DENISE, for sharing your characters and their stories with us, for taking us on a journey with you and them, and for taking a leap of faith all those years ago and bringing Rose to life. I’m so incredibly excited to see what trouble Rose and Neely Kate fall into in the new Rose Gardner Investigations series. We have so many adventures ahead, and I can’t wait to see where Denise takes us next!
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    Happy ending to new beginnings

    I can't tell you how happy I am for this book to be out. It is sad we see some things unfold but happy to see the new beginnings. The twist in this book kept me on my toes. I thought I had ideal of who was behind things then BAM different story. Rose's story unfolds and we see the awesome women she has became. This book sums up the story nice and tight with a bow and leaves room for the new books. I am glad some relationships are fixed and we see some growth in others. I really don't want to put any spoilers in this review. I just want to say if you haven't ever read this series then find the first book it is a great story you are missing. I hope everyone enjoys this series as much as I have. I looking forward to the new books and know I will not be disappointed.
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    Rose Gardener Mystery Series

    Wow . I just finished book number 9. I clearly loved this series of books. I ordered the next book instantly after I finished the one before it. The caracteres in this series of books are exciting and the books are fast paced. With each book I read the caracteres became more real and interesting. There are so many twists and turns in these books that you better pay attention if you want to keep up to the story line. I'm sure there is more in store for Rose and Neely Kate, I can hardly wait.
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    Perfect ending to a fantastic series

    ~~~~~~~~WARNING, THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THIS BOOK YET, DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THIS REVIEW~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don't know where to even begin with this review. Let me start at the feelings part. OK, this book is way more than 5 stars. I took my time reading this book. I didn't fly through the book like I normally do. I wanted to make sure that I read everything, that I got what was going on, and made sure that I was feeling what was being portrayed. What I am feeling from this book, is relief, sadness, happy, confusion. There was still one question that I felt never got answered. Maybe it did and I read over it, but I felt that it wasn't answered. She swears it was Joe's but, Kate was adamant that it wasn't. There was also Hilary's and Mason's connection, other than that Denise did an amazing job with finishing the series and wrapping it up perfectly. Thirty- Six will leave you in a major book hangover. Just when you think you may recover, you think about it again, then the hangover hits you. There is so many things that I want to write about, but that would totally defeat the purpose of you reading the book. You NEED to read this book. You NEED to finish the series. You WILL love this book and how it ends. Denise poured her heart, soul, body, mind, love and whatever else you can think of, she put it in this book. She loves her characters, she makes them her children, her best friend etc. She wants you to love them just as much as she loves them. If you have started this series, at the very beginning with 28 and a Half Wishes, then you need to finish the series! You will not be disappointed at all!!
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    An Explosive Finish to a Masterpiece

    “It all started when I saw myself dead.” That’s how the Rose Gardner Mysteries began in Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. How could it possibly end well for Rose Gardner and her cohorts? It’s not easy to write a review for such a phenomenal story without revealing spoilers, but I’m going to do my best. I was given the task of summing up this final installment with one word: explosive. Denise Grover Swank is at the top of her game in Thirty-Six and a Half Motives. She holds nothing back, makes some bold decisions, and by the end the fallout is unavoidable. You get the finish every character deserves in the JR Simmons saga that has ruined so many lives. All the dirty secrets and lies come to a head in one heck of a finale. Plans explode. Relationships explode. There’s even literal explosions. Every character’s true colors shine through. While you don’t get answers to everything, there are answers for: Mason’s relationship with Rose The identity of Rose’s father Kate’s real reason for pestering everyone in Fenton County Why Hilary Wilder would follow Joe Simmons to the end of the world JR Simmons’ endgame The identity of Anna and what role she plays in the bigger picture …and much more! I normally give some sort of “MVP” of the book, but in this instance everyone who mattered was most valuable. Skeeter Malcolm is swoon worthy. Jed Carlisle is one heck of a fearless protector. Joe Simmons is the guy you always want at your back. Mason is the boyfriend everyone wishes they could have. Neely Kate is the bestest of the best friends a girl could ever hope for. Maeve Deveraux is the mother all of these characters have been missing from their lives. The pacing is fast. I read the entire book in a handful of hours. There’s even a fair share of surprises that I’m not going to reveal here. I’m keeping this spoiler-free after all! Let me just say that I laughed, cried, and was left in shock MANY times throughout this 117K word masterpiece. One of my favorite quotes expresses just how I feel about the Rose Gardner Mysteries and Denise Grover Swank’s writing as a whole: “She’s taught me life is meaningless without people to share it with.” I want to share this book with the world. Where can a story like this end? You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
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