Thursday, August 22, 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and SorrowsHouse of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have heard several people talk about this one. I actually do not know if I know the fairytale that is it a retelling for, but I was still excited to give it a try.

I really loved the beginning, but then it went a little too slow for me. I liked the mystery behind the sisters and the curse. As the story goes on though it veered off too much. I did not care at all about the ball and the dancing. It just made the story drag on. I wanted to get back to the mystery and if the sisters were killed.

There was so much filler that did not bring anything to the story. I know it all comes together in the end, but I just kept feeling like I wanted it to be over. Yes, there was exciting parts but even then I could not get into this one.

I should and could have pushed through to finish this as I got so far. I seriously read around 80% and then skipped to the end to get it over with. This one was just not for me.


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood

The Reckless Oath We MadeThe Reckless Oath We Made by Bryn Greenwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This one hurts a little and is a little hard to review. I read All The Ugly and Wonderful Things earlier this year and loved it. The Reckless Oath We Made was one of my most anticipated releases for the year. I started it the first day when it came to me in the mail.

I really loved the beginning as you start to learn about Zee and her family. I thought I was going to be hooked. Once Gentry gets introduced though, everything slowed down for me. I ended up having to wait and finish this on audiobook as Mid-Evil times is just not my thing.

Gentry has some mental health issues including multiple characters that are talking to him. He also lives and talks within Mid-Evil times. His chapters are written in mid-evil times languages. The story even builds the relationship between Zee and Gentry by going to a castle with mid-evil activities. Where I can appreciate a relationship that is not perfect and the message that everyone deserves love I just did not care about any of this. I found it very slow and boring. I wanted to skip ahead to more around Zee and her sister.
Again, I loved Zee’s story. Her sister is missing: possibly kidnapped or possibly helping prison escapees. Her mother is a hoarder and six hundred pounds as after dealing with grief. Zee is involved with drugs and just trying to make it through life. I loved everything around her story, just did not connect with the love story. That is why I am giving this three stars. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

There are so many characters besides just our main characters as well. If they are mentioned, they most likely have a chapter from their perspective. I would have preferred to stay within Zee and Gentry. I did not love this aspect of the story either.

This is such a hard book to rate. I really loved some thing and did not really like other things. The second half was much more fast past from the very slow middle. I am just torn!

Overall, sadly this one was not for me. I ended skimming to the end and through Zee’s parts as I still wanted to know what happened. I also do appreciate the messages in the story overall, the delivery just was not for me.


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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Last Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Last Girl Lied ToLast Girl Lied To by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am really torn on this one. It was a really quick read and it held my attention. However; there were some things I was just over as I was reading.

This is definitely an unrealistic mystery. Some of the things did not add up for teens in high school. I still wanted to see how everything would unfold and why it was all happening in the first place though.

Let’s talk about the body shaming in this book. This deals A LOT with body image. Every other paragraph is Fiona talking about how fat she is or body shaming herself. I do like that the boys still liked her and did not see her in the same light, but it was so overdone! It was too much! It could have been effective if it was toned down a little. I do think it hits the mark on how some teenagers may feel, but it almost overtook other parts of the story.

Overall, it was good but did not blow me away.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell

State of LiesState of Lies by Siri Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was sent this book for a blog/instagram tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Based on the cover I was expecting some type of political thriller and I was right. I will get back to that in a minute.

When this started, I was hooked! I actually read this in one sitting as I could not put it down. I really loved the beginning and would probably give this five stars based on that part of the story. I loved the mystery/thriller aspects as well as I was turning the pages to find out what would happen. I more so wanted to know how everything was going to unfold in the end.

I was not a huge fan of all the political and War talk. Some of it went over my head and I really had no clue what Georgie was really discovering. I liked the little details around her trying to unfold the information, I just could care less about what was really going on. I know that may sound like I did not like the story then, but I was still loving it.

There were new things being thrown our way throughout to keep your interest. Some of what happens was predictable where I did not see other details coming. The ending was much better than I was expecting too!

Overall, this was still really good and I highly recommend it whether you like political thrillers or not.


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Bloodlines by SK Gregory: Release Day Blitz

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

Deadly IntentionsDeadly Intentions by Lisa Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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This one started off with so much action that I was immediately hooked. I was almost one hundred pages in when things started to slow down for me though. I was not a huge fan of why everything happened happened. I wanted it to be for another reason.

This will keep you turning the pages until the very end though! I loved that and how the author constantly changed it up so they story did not get stale.

Overall, a great read.


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The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

The Art of LosingThe Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

This starts off pretty quickly with Audrey being in a coma (not a spoiler as it is right in the synopsis). There is not much build up or information to what happened until you start reading more. It was really sad right off the bat, but it does not stay on that same track for most of the story.

This story does deal with substance abuse and addiction issues. I really like that discusses the importance of therapy and relapse when dealing with some of the issues our characters are facing. We do not always see those aspects in a positive light, so it was great to see the author add these tools to the story.

Like I mentioned, the beginning was really sad but I wanted more around the emotional pull throughout the story. I just did not get that as much as I wanted too. Do not get me wrong, I was still enjoying the story for what it is. I was just expecting to be crying my eyes out based on the beginning premise.

Overall, still a really great read with some really great discussion topics around substance abuse and addiction.



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Monday, August 12, 2019

Mona Lisa by Robyn Sheridan

Mona LisaMona Lisa by Robyn Sheridan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars


I went into Mona Lisa with low expectations, but I really wanted a fun and quick read. I ended up loving this!

Ok, it was not something that was life changing by any means. I just really connected with this story. I connected with Mona Lisa on so many levels especially when it comes to the Cicciarelli family. I come from a large Italian family too! There were so many things within my own family that were similar to hers which just made me smile every time something was said or done within their family dynamics.

I also really loved Mona Lisa. I grew up in Michigan and moved to Southern Georgia. Mona Lisa grew up in the north and moves to Atlanta. I was also reading this in August (in Georgia) so I was laughing at all of the heat references around August. I was laughing along with Mona Lisa with her sarcasm as she went on date after date.

I just really had fun with this one! If you love Italian families and a light hearted read then give this one a try!


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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

Wish You Were MineWish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

A tragic loss, second chance romance, and fake dating? Sign me up as I love all of those in a story. This had my attention right from the start with the opening letter from Aiden. The story itself was a little slow for me and I did want a little bit more from Cameron and Everett.

This flashes back to how our three best friends meet and breaks down the relationship between Cameron and Everett. At times, I wish it would have focuses more on present day. I did not need every few years of their friendship in flashbacks as it was pretty repetitive.

The ending got me though. It was all pretty predictable, but I still ended up with a few tears with the ending letter from Aiden.

Overall, this one was pretty good and I would love to check out more from this author.


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Monday, August 5, 2019

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington

For Black Girls Like MeFor Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is middle grade/young adult, but does read a little more young adult. I was not expecting this to follow so many issues as it covers so much more than just race (triggers for racism and mental health).

I was happy to see that the author covered topics from adoption, to race, mental health, and finding yourself. Makeda is trying to find herself in a world where she just does not seem to fit in. She deals with trying to fit in with her family and peers while dealing with stereotypes the world faces today. She is also dealing with issues at home with her parents and in their own relationships.

I am not the targeted audience for this one, so it is a little hard to rate. I am giving this four stars though. I do recommend this for older children (yes, still YA) but it does cover several issues that would be beneficial for everyone to read. It includes insults and language that you just need to be aware of if you having a younger child read this. They all make excellent discussions to have with your child though as they are reading. Just be aware, but author does include real life situations that made the story even better in my opinion.

Overall, this was pretty good and an important read.



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Sunday, August 4, 2019

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted GuestAn Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars
I have really enjoyed the previous works by Shari Lapena, and will most likely read everything she comes out with. This was not my favorite of hers, but I still really enjoyed it.

There were too many characters thrown your way right off the bat. I think we were introduced to nine different characters within the first few pages. I had to write them all down to keep track of who we were meeting so I would be able to keep them all straight. You really need to pay attention as each plays a role in the story. Once I got into the story I had no issues keeping track of everyone though.

I loved the build up of the story and the little (or big) things that come out about all of the characters as you try to figure out Who Did It? I was not a huge fan of the big reveal but that is more of a personal thing than anything wrong with the story itself.

Overall, this one was still pretty good though. I did not see every twist and turn coming, and I still enjoyed the authors storytelling.


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Friday, August 2, 2019

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Have You Seen Luis Velez?Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do not know why I doubted Catherine Ryan Hyde. I should have known better. I completely judged this story. Even after starting it I was thinking I was going to DNF this. The more I read though, the more I loved this feel good story.

I loved Ms. G and all of her wisdom. I also loved the relationship between Ms. G and Raymond. Their story was one of kindness and love (she is 90 so not a romantic love). I love their conversations and how Ms. G was really helping Raymond to find himself with no judgement.

There is still good in this world, and stories like these just touch your heart. I laughed and I cried. I did not see some turns coming at all and did not realize this was going to take a legal turn. It covers so many different topics from sexuality, relationships, family, friendship, racism, and more. I do feel it went on a little too long at times. It is not a fast moving story at all, but more of one of those reads that will stick with you well after reading the last page.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and highly recommend picking it up if you love those types of reads.


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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

Last SummerLast Summer by Kerry Lonsdale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was absolutely loving this when it started. It was everything I loved, but then it took a different turn.

The beginning was fast paced and had so many jaw dropping moments. Once Ella begins to start unraveling what happened to her everything changed. Everything slowed down. I do know that finding out what happened last summer was important, but it was so much more of that instead of present day stuff going on. The story ended up getting so slow that I just wanted to skip around. I was no longer enjoying it and found so much information that was not needed and that did not bring anything to the story itself. I also did not love how everything was wrapped up and why it all happened. I did not see it coming, and it was just not for me.

Overall, I am still giving this three stars from the beginning. It may be more around 2.5.


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The Gauntlet by Ashley Pagano: Book Tour Spotlight

Saturday, July 27, 2019

False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

False StepFalse Step by Victoria Helen Stone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one, but there was nothing that set it over the top for me. It was pretty predictable and I was just waiting for some big twist which never happens.

I sit here trying to think of what to write for a review, but I do not really have much to say which happens often when I read a three star book (which is a good rating for me as it means I liked it). I did not love it and I did not hate it. It does deal with infidelity with most of the characters. I do not feel it was very thriller like at all. There is no big reveal or shocking moments. To be honest, not much happened after the first scene of why everything is happening the way it happens.

Overall, it was good though.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Risk of Us by Rachel Howard

The Risk of UsThe Risk of Us by Rachel Howard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was not expecting much going into this story. I am a social worker and I am pretty critical when it comes to stories around Foster Care and the Foster Care system. This is not an easy read, but I do think it is an important read.

This is a real and raw look into adoption and fostering children who have been effected by trauma. The author compares trauma and PTSD between a child in foster care and a soldier. It is a really eye opening statement. I can see why others will not like this, as it is a very taboo subject that we want to ignore. The reality is that our children are facing issues like Maresa everyday. Unfortunately, other children are not as lucky as Maresa to have patient and understanding adoptive parents to push through these chaotic, manic, and at times dangerous situations.

The story focuses more on Maresa and her family than the foster care system itself. I really appreciated that! It does still mention gaps and needs within the system including turnover and policy restrictions though. There were some positive and negative aspects when it came to the system itself.

I was not a huge fan of the ending. This is such a short read with only being less than 200 pages. I would have liked to see more of Maresa after adoption.

The one thing I wish the author would have left out was the political piece. It was a very small section of the story, but it was not needed. I wanted to recommend this book to our foster/adoptive parents, but won’t be able too since this small page of details was added. I am not saying the author does not have a right to her political opinion, I just wish it would not have been added to the story.

Overall, I still loved this and am going to recommend it to my fellow social worker friends.


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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The String by Caleb Breakey

The String (Deadly Games, #1)The String by Caleb Breakey


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This does start off with a scene involving an animal that was pretty cruel, so be mindful there are triggers for animal abuse from the start. This was not the reason I DNF though. I just could not get into the story. I tried reading both the physical copy and the audiobook. It was just not for me.


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Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen BeeQueen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was something addicting about this story. I could not really pinpoint why, but I was loving it. I stated this one night and I did not want to stop.

I really loved the beginning half of this story especially with Holly and the boys next door. I was not expecting the story with Leslie, but enjoyed that part as well but did find myself drawn more to Holly. I did like the first half of this story better than the second half, but it was all still done well. There was a little bit of everything from romance to villains to female impersonators.

I cannot wait to read more from this author.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Revelry by Kandi Steiner

RevelryRevelry by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is one of the most shocking reads of the year for me and not in a good way. I love Kandi Steiner. I mean love! I think I have given everything she has written four or five stars. I have not been able to get into anything lately, so I thought reaching for this would do the trick. It was not.

I am not really sure why, but I never connected with this story of Wren and Anderson. There was no development around their relationship initially to make me buy into it. Normally there is more build up with her characters. It was almost insta-lovey. Anderson just loved her right away after a five minute conversation. I just never truly devoured their story like I normally do with Kandi Steiner.

I also felt like nothing happened. Anderson had a sad back story which I could see why others loved it. I wanted more around his past though. Wren being divorced just did not do it for me. Yes, her husband was a jerk but it was just not a back story that interested me. I have never DNF anything from this author, but there were so many times I wanted to put this down. The only reason I finished was due to the author herself and thinking this had to get better. I ended up skimming to get to the end anyway.

I did like the musical references throughout though. I thought that was a fun detail.

Overall, this was just not for me. I still highly recommend Kandi Steiner as she is one of my favorite authors.


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Demon in the Whitelands by Nikki Richard: Cover Reveal


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle

Meet the SkyMeet the Sky by McCall Hoyle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Stars

I can see why this one would be hit or miss for people. I am giving it a three stars, as it was ok. It kept my attention and was fast paced. It was a very exaggerated look into two teens stuck in a storm/hurricane. Some of the things they do along the way were so annoying and unrealistic. I just found myself rolling my eyes at certain things that happened.

Both Sophie and Finn have back stories that kept the story interesting. I wanted to know more about what previously happened in their lives even more than what happened during the storm. Finn makes some ridiculous decisions along the way and I just never really liked him.

Overall, this was ok but not something I would be recommending to many others.



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Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles Book 1)Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fantasy is hit of miss for me as it is not my go to genre. This sounded really good though so I wanted to give it a try. I picked it up one night thinking I would most likely put it right back down. When the story starts in a cemetery with graves being dug, it caught my interest. I ended up reading over fifty pages right then and there.

Volke is 15 years old. This really reminded me of a middle grade story. I enjoyed the writing as it was very engaging. However; I found myself losing once the trials started. They also just were not what I wanted. I know this would probably lead to more dangerous and exciting events, but it was just not for me. I am keeping this though as I think my nephew would eat this story up!

Edit: My best friend asked to read this as she loves fantasy. She loved it. I asked her for her thoughts she finished it. She said she would give it around three stars. It had great characters and she loved Volke and Illia. She loved learning about their backstory as the story continues to see Volke strive for his goals.

I was sent a copy of this as part of a blog/Instagram review tour.


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Monday, July 15, 2019

When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal

When We Believed in MermaidsWhen We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This story captivated my attention from the very fist paragraph. I fell in love the with the story and the writing. The author was very descriptive as I could picture the scenes with ease. Sometimes writing can be too flowery, but this was a great mix without being too much.

This is a story about two sisters which starts off like nothing I was expecting. It is a story that deals with many series topics as well (abuse, family, neglect). It will leave you flipping through the pages to see what happens to the characters.

Overall, I really loved this one.


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan

One Little SecretOne Little Secret by Cate Holahan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This story immediately caught my attention as it started off with an investigation into a sexual assault and a murder. I was very intrigued within the prologue and first chapter to see where this would go next. It did veer off a little different than expected after that and I was ready for it to be over. I thought about DNFing several times.

You will be introduced very quickly to several characters (the main characters, their children, their significant others). I had to take a step back and get everyone straight. I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters throughout the story as there was really nothing distinguishable about them. This also jumps from different times in the story which I normally am not a fan of. It did not bother me too much in this one, but I still just never seemed to care what was going on.

This really reminded me of Big Little Lies, so I think you would like this if you liked that. There is a lot of drama. The story jumps from time and place as you are learning what happened while the couples were at the beach house.

Overall, this just did not work for me.



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Refuge at Pine Lake by Rose Chandler Johnson

Refuge at Pine Lake (Pine Haven)Refuge at Pine Lake by Rose Chandler Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been in a huge reading slump, and to be honest I was just not excited about this as much as I was when I agreed to review this one. All I can say is THANK YOU, and I am sorry I doubted it (that was a reading slump speaking; nothing against the story or author). This pulled me out of my slump, and I really want to read more from the author.

The story and writing drew in my attention right away. I loved both Matt and Robin from the very beginning. Both are dealing with some chances in their lives (I do not want to ruin anything), but I really liked what it brought to their stories. I like how they meet at the lake house, and how you see their relationship develop.

This was such a sweet read. If you love clean romance I highly recommend it. There is also a cute dog within the story which I loved. Overall, a great read!


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Summer Island by Kristin Hannah

Summer IslandSummer Island by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


If you love stories about second chances, you may really love this story. It deals with second chance romances, second chance friendships, and second chance family relationships. It is a very touching look at the relationship between a mother and her daughter.

As soon as this started I knew it would probably end with tears based on one of the subjects in the story. It did not bring the emotional tole I was expecting or wanting, but was still sad at times. This story was a little slower than some of the authors other works, and I did not find myself wanting to move ahead at times. It just did not capture my attention like I expect from KH writing.

Overall, it was ok.


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Merged by Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl: Cover Reveal

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

The Conspiracy (Maximum Security #1)The Conspiracy by Kat Martin


DNF

I really love romantic suspense, and this one sounded amazing. Unfortunately, this was not for me and I did end up DNF (did not finish) this one.

This started off really strong, and I thought I would run through this one. Then it took a turn that just lost me. I was not expecting pirates and rebels and such. It was just not something that interested me enough to continue.

I also love romance, and need some sort of romance in a story to really love it. This just did not work for me. It was like steamy and sexy thoughts and scenes were thrown in at the very wrong times. It annoyed me.

Overall, this is disappointing as book two is also on the way and I have no desire to pick it up at this time.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Side by Side by Anita Kushwaha

Side by SideSide by Side by anita kushwaha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I had agreed to review this story for a Instagram/Blog tour, and I just had no desire to pick it up. It was two days before my review was due, and I knew I had to give it a go. I was not expecting to fall in love with this story so much. I finished this in one sitting.

This story does deal with triggers such as loss, suicide, and mental illness. Kavita is mourning the loss of her brother (not a spoiler as it happens within the first page). Sunil has been battling mental health for some time, and his demons finally took over and won. He disappears and days later is found dead from an overdose.

This story is told in three parts: Fall, Crawl, and Rise. It was such a powerful story around loss and the effects ones actions can have on others. This is shown in several ways, and not just by the loss of Sunil. You really get a look into how loss can take a toll on a family. It shows the good and the bad. I really felt the emotions within the writing. The author had a great way of describing different aspects in the story.

Overall, this really surprised me and I definitely recommend it.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don't BurnThese Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have heard so many people talk about this, and the reviews have been mixed. One of my favorite YT really loved it though and we have similar tastes. I knew I needed to at least give it a try.

Based on the cover I thought this was going to be a cute romance involving witches. I knew this was being marketed as a LGBT fantasy, so I was not expecting a thriller/mystery aspect to the story. When the story began, I almost put this down thinking it was not for me. I kept reading though and I ended really loving this. This story does involve elemental witches (which I loved), Regs, and Hunters. Some of the story was very predictable like who the Hunter turned out to be. However; there were some darker twists that I was not expecting in this YA novel. I found myself immersed in the story and wanting to know how it was going to end.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing what happen in book two.


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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of HerPieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well, that was disappointing! This started off so strong. I was flying threw the beginning and was hooked. As the story continued on and jumped back in time, I started to lose interest. I kept pushing through as I still wanted to know what was going to happen. I ended up getting so bored, I skipped ahead. I had no clue what was going on and had no desire to go back where I left off. This one just did not work for me.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Forgiveness Road by Mandy Mikulencak

Forgiveness RoadForgiveness Road by Mandy Mikulencak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story follows a family in the 70’s around an issue no family ever wants to face: sexual abuse. Your heart will break from the first few pages to the very end. This does have triggers for cutting, sexual abuse, mental health, family tensions, and more.

Your heart will literally break for Cissy and what she is going through. This is a very raw look into sexual abuse by a family member and the way it can effect a child even after that person is no longer in their life. Some of the issues Cissy faces while in treatment are so true what survivors may go through once the abuse has stopped (or is still occurring). Cissy may have been facing some demons, but she also was so strong to stick up for herself and ensure the safety of her younger siblings. You get a look into what it may be like when a family member does not believe the abuse that had occurred. I really loved the grandmother, but she was also constantly blaming the mother of Cissy. It was a really powerful story.

This is not an action packed story and is pretty slow paced. If you love reading about hard hitting issues, you will love this. If you need a little more action around this, you may want to pass on this one.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and it made me feel all the feels!


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

The Number of Love (Codebreakers, #1)The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White


This is a case of it is me, not you! I have read three historical romances over the last few weeks. I knew I needed to get to this one and get a review up as I was sent a copy from the publisher. I just could not get into it. I am not giving up on this though and will hope to pick it back up another time to see if I can get into it.

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Shifter Mate Magic by Carol Van Natta: Book Tour spotlight

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher

Eve of ManEve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The synopsis and the beginning of this story really caught my interest. I was really into the story at the start. Then things started to go downhill.

I really do not understand this world, even after getting to the end. There is little information about what happened, the "fake world" they are in and the real world. Maybe I missed more information in the middle as I did skip ahead.

I really liked the relationship between Eve and Bram. I wanted so much more from their relationship though, as I feel we really did not get much of the two together. I know that will be coming in the series from how this one ends though.

This took so many turns with some being way to out there. It was a little too dramatic at times (like an arm just getting cut off like nothing). I just did not love it and I started to lose interest towards the middle. Things were happening, but I also felt like nothing was happening at all. I ended up having to skip several chapters to get to the end as I really did want to see how it would wrap up.

Overall, this was just not for me. I am really surprised I even finished it.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross

Summer on Mirror Lake (Honeymoon Harbor)Summer on Mirror Lake by JoAnn Ross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was sent a copy of Summer on Mirror Lake as part of an Instagram/Review Tour. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

Summer on Mirror Lake is the third book in the Honeymoon Harbor series. I was lucky enough to read the second book in the series so I was interested in reading this as well to see if the story followed the same characters or not. I ended up loving this one so much more than the book two. It can be read as a standalone as well.

I read this on my way to a small town with a lake which was just fitting for this story. It really put me in the mood for this one as well. I love small town romances and this was just the perfect summer read. I loved the relationship between Gabe and Chelsea.

This does involve a story around foster care. I am pretty critical when this is within a story since I work within the field. I think JoAnn Ross did it right within this story. I really enjoyed what it brought to the story.

Overall, this was win for me.


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The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern

The Wedding Crasher

by Nikki Stern

on Tour June 1-30, 2019

The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern

Synopsis:

A brunette in a bridal gown turns up in Pickett County, Tennessee, throat slit and ring finger missing. She’s the latest victim of the Wedding Crasher, a serial killer who murders women just weeks before their weddings.

Samantha Tate is Picket County’s yoga-loving, poker-playing new sheriff, a former Nashville homicide detective who struggles with her inner demons. To catch the meticulous murderer, Sam will have to follow her instincts and ignore her worst impulses. Can she stop the Wedding Crasher before another bride-to-be dies?

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Ruthenia Press
Publication Date: May 8, 2019
Number of Pages: 340
ISBN: 978-0-9995487-3-8
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

The dead woman lay in the clearing like a macabre version of Sleeping Beauty. She was dressed in a long-sleeved, high-necked ivory gown, set off by luminescent pearl drop earrings and a matching necklace that almost hid the dried blood around her throat. Her head rested on a satin pillow, her silky walnut hair spread behind her like a fan. The right hand held a bouquet of wilted flowers and rested on her chest underneath the left, absent the fourth finger. The ring finger.
Sheriff Sam Tate stood to one side of the grim tableau, arms folded, and took it all in: the victim; the tall white-haired man who knelt by the body; the deputy who walked the scene in throwaway boots, snapping pictures; the pale young man in running gear sitting on a rock, head almost to his knees; the uniformed officer who squatted beside him.
Sam had dressed in her standard uniform of pressed black slacks and a spotless white shirt. A shaft of early-morning sun bounced off the polished badge at her left breast pocket. On her right wrist, she wore a utilitarian watch. Three small studs twinkled along one earlobe, her single visible concession to a rebellious streak. She’d pulled her unruly dark locks into a tight braid. Ray-Bans shielded her green eyes, though not the line that formed between her brows.
One of the victim’s low-heeled white pumps had dropped off to reveal a slim ankle in hosiery. Stockings, not pantyhose, held up by an old-fashioned garter. Sam didn’t need to look.
He’s back, she thought, adding a curse for good measure.
***
Excerpt from The Wedding Crasher by Nikki Stern. Copyright 2019 by Nikki Stern. Reproduced with permission from Nikki Stern. All rights reserved.


 REVIEW:  3.5 STARS


I was sent this book to review.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.



Have you ever picked up a book and decided you were just not in the mood for it?  It is me, not you kind of thing!  That is what happened with The Wedding Crasher.  At first I thought I was not going to be able to get into this, but I put it down for a week and when I finally picked it back up I am glad I did.



I really enjoyed this one.  I will say I am not a huge fan of detective work in stories unless it is done right.  This was done pretty well and I found myself interested in everything going on and wanting to know how everything was going to unfold.  It was not repetitive like some stories that involve police/investigations.



Like some others mentioned, I also really appreciated the pacing of this story.  I had no issue wanting to reach for it once I finally got into the story.  I liked the story and the characters.



Overall, I really enjoyed this and the writing.  I would love to check out more from the author in the future.    

Author Bio:

Nikki Stern
Nikki Stern is the author of the inspirational HOPE IN SMALL DOSES, a 2015 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist, and the thriller THE FORMER ASSASSIN, a 2018 Kindle Book Review category finalist. Her essays are included in three anthologies and she co-authored the interactive Café Noir murder mystery series, published by Samuel French. Eight of her short stories have been published in various online journals and she was a Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch finalist for her short story “Long Away and Far Ago.” Nikki is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Catch Up With Nikki Stern On:
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