Posts Categorized: 5 out of 5

Sep 12
Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

Book Review: Sherry Thomas’ The Burning Sky

I’m a big fan of Sherry Thomas’ historical romances and when I heard she wrote a YA fantasy novel, The Burning Sky, I wasn’t sure what to think other than express concern that may she be walking away from historicals. Then I read the synopsis and couldn’t wait to read it! It was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Prophecy states that a great elemental mage will one day save the realm from Bane, a powerful mage. Iolanthe Seabourn has heard the stories and when she’s told she’s the one prophesied, she’s not sure what to believe. It’s Prince Titus of Elberon who comes to her rescue when her attempt to fix a batch of elixir goes wrong when she summons lightning. Titus knows the… Read more »

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Sep 04
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go

Jessica Lemmon’s Can’t Let Go was originally scheduled for an October release with Hard to Handle set for September, but the dates were changed. While some may hate the ending to Can’t Let Go and call it a cliffhanger, it really isn’t one. If you haven’t read Tempting the Billionaire, you don’t need to in order to enjoy Can’t Let Go, but I do recommend it because you’ll have a better understanding of the time frame. It’s not necessary though! Those that read Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire will remember Sadie and Aiden. Both are secondary characters and we know from Tempting that Sadie ends up dating Aiden. What we don’t know is exactly what happened between the two of them. Crickitt attempts to get to the bottom of it, but… Read more »

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Aug 05
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads

LynDee Walker’s Buried Leads is the second book in the Nichelle Clark series. You don’t need to read Front Page Fatality to enjoy Buried Leads; although, several characters from Front Page do make an appearance. If you’re worried about spoilers, you won’t find any major ones preventing you from enjoying Front Page at a later date. Feel free to dive right in, but I do recommend reading Front Page prior to Buried Leads so you can become familiar with Nichelle and company. Richmond Telegraph crime reporter, Nichelle Clark is back! At first glance a dead body is just that, but when Nichelle receives a tip that the victim is a tobacco lobbyist and the suspect is the vice president of a tobacco company, she realizes there’s more to the story… Read more »

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Jul 15
Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Without a doubt Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is probably going down as my favorite read of the year. It is also the most difficult book I have yet to review. There’s so much I want to discuss and analyze, but I can’t without giving spoilers and I feel that no review can live up to how amazing Night Film is. Scott McGrath, a former investigative journalist, is surprised to hear of Ashley Cordova’s death. Ashley was a young and brilliant pianist whose father is Stanislas Cordova, a notorious filmmaker. Cordova has always been a shadowy figure and goes at great lengths to hide what he looks like. Only one known photograph exists and that’s in a 1977 issue of Rolling Stone. Scott has plenty of reasons to dislike Cordova; after… Read more »

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Jun 18
Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Hope Jones wishes she could start the day over again. Not only has her car broken down, but her job is in jeopardy. As a photographer of romance novel covers, she loves her job and she’s one of the best in the business. When the publisher she works with orders new book cover mock-ups because the bestselling author they want to retain has threated to sign elsewhere, Hope realizes she needs to take new photographs, but she’s under a time constraint. Heading into the local Wal-Mart for painkillers, she comes across a few men who are model potential, but it’s the mechanic at a local repair shop that steals her breath. Jake is attracted to Hope on sight and he sets out to woo her. There’s one slight problem, Hope… Read more »

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Jun 14
Blog Tour: Review-Anne Whitney’s The Art of Love + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Anne Whitney’s The Art of Love + Giveaway

Once in a while a book falls into your lap that blows you away. When Megan from Book Brats announced the opportunity to be part of Anne Whitney’s blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance especially after reading the synopsis. Anne Whitney’s debut, The Art of Love, is what all New Adult books should emulate. Character development is strong and we get to know each one to the point that they become personal friends. I really liked the personal journey Marina makes. When we first meet her, she’s a bit shy and uneasy and then she grows into her confidence. I adored Fitz! I was bit unsure how to react to him, but he’s kind and knows how to help someone in need. Your heart will break for him… Read more »

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May 22
Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

What is normal? That’s one of the questions Tanya J. Peterson has us asking while we read Leave of Absence. It’s an engaging, heartbreaking read and if you only read one book this year, it HAS to be Leave of Absence. You won’t regret it and you’ll see the world a little differently. Peterson has done a phenomenal job writing about a taboo subject. In a world filled with science and understanding, you’d think we’d be more open to talking about mental health, but we shy away from it. Oliver Graham lost his wife and son in a terrible accident and blames himself for their deaths. Wanting to numb the terrible pain he attempts to commit suicide, but when his attempt is thwarted he’s taken to Airheaven Behavioral Center. There… Read more »

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May 21
Book Review: Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex

Book Review: Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex

I’m terrified to review Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex because I feel my review can’t do justice to the beautiful story Szado wrote. I planned on reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince before Studio so I could get into the mindset and get reacquainted with the beloved children’s book; however, I read the first two few chapters and put it aside, deciding to delve into Studio Saint-Ex with only my memory of The Little Prince. Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex is a fictionalized biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s time in New York. It’s 1943 and Antoine is anxious to join the war effort. While he awaits the news of America’s involvement in the Second World War, he is reacquainted with his old English tutor, Mignonne Lachapelle. Mignonne is back in New York,… Read more »

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May 05
Book Review: Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return

Book Review: Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return

The River of No Return is Bee Ridgway’s debut novel and what a spectacular book it is! It’s a mixture of time travel with historical elements. Fans of early 19th century England will be in for a real treat as Ridgway does a superb job with the research and it’s easy to immerse yourself in the era. Readers will be left questioning time and how it coincides with our own emotions. I have no doubt that by the end of the book you’ll be looking at time a little differently. Ten years ago, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown was fighting in one of the bloodiest sieges of the Napoleonic Wars, Badajoz. Facing death at the hands of a Frenchman, Nick suddenly finds himself waking up in a hospital room… Read more »

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May 01
Book Review: Peggy Riley’s Amity & Sorrow

Book Review: Peggy Riley’s Amity & Sorrow

Once in a while, there’s a book that comes your way and it just falls into your lap. Amity & Sorrow is a book that came my way by accident. I received notification that I was pre-approved for a few titles from Little Brown and Company and decided to check them out. I devoured Peggy Riley’s book and it’s a powerful debut. Amaranth and her daughters are on the run and by the fourth day, exhausted due to lack of sleep, Amaranth crashes into a tree. She finds a gas station and pleads for help, but the farmer, Bradley, in charge of the station tells her he can’t. He insists she needs to call her husband for help, but she refuses. Taking shelter under his porch, Amaranth and her daughters… Read more »

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Apr 30
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Elliott Lisbon is the Director of the Ballantyne Foundation and is working on her private investigator license. She conducts discreet inquires on behalf of the Foundation and when a board member, Leo Hirschorn, is found murdered, the Foundation’s benefactor specifically asks for Elliott’s assistance. She agrees, but then realizes that means trying to clear another board member’s name, Jane Walcott Hatting, and there’s no love lost between her and Jane. Elliott recognizes her investigation would be easier if the new Lieutenant, Nick Ransom, would take her seriously, but she understands that may never happen. After all, he’s her ex-boyfriend who ended things suddenly and quickly walked out of her life. Will Elliott solve Leo’s murder without Nick’s assistance or will she realize the culprit is who the police suspect? Can… Read more »

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Apr 22
Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Susan C. Shea’s The King’s Jar is the second book in her Dani O’Rourke series. If you haven’t read the first book, Murder in the Abstract, don’t fret. I planned on reading it prior to The King’s Jar, but decided to go in without any previous knowledge as most new readers in a series do. It’s not necessary to read Murder in the Abstract, but be aware Shea does mention a few situations from the first book that may be viewed as spoilers, but I don’t think they are. The Dover Museum of Art and Antiquities is aflutter with the upcoming opening exhibit of the King’s Jar, a priceless African artifact. Dover’s chief fundraiser Dani O’ Rourke is one of the last people to see Dr. Rene Bouvier alive. He… Read more »

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