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*~Book Review: No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli~*

I want to thank the author for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

What a freakin’ fantastic book! When Mr. Morelli contacted me about “No Sad Songs”, I was going to start taking a break from author requests to help myself catch up and what not. Well, I read the synopsis and saw the book cover and was SOLD!

From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story and so invested in Gabe. He made me laugh and my heart wrenched for him at the same time. I enjoyed seeing him grow as the story was told. I LOVED all the characters in this story including Grandpa! He was a bit wild at times…

Okay maybe not that kind of wild but he was something else!😘 As a caretaker of someone that I love and see the person that they were diminish because of a severe traumatic brain injury, I could relate in many ways to Gabe. I know every single day is a battle and so hard to see someone you love forget what happened five minutes ago and not be able to remember the past you shared. Different illness, same battle.

Reading this story, you can really see how connected the author was to this book and how much he invested in this story with the fantastic descriptions and real emotions. Mr. Morelli wove the perfect blend of emotions and reality to create a remarkable tale that I won’t soon forget. Also I have to add that I loved Sofia!😍🤘 Of course, I would adore an awesome punk rocker chick!😊

I’m so glad that I read this story and I highly recommend putting this one on your TBR!😄📚❤

Frank Morelli and I did an interview and you can find it here. I used one of his answers to tell you a little about him.

ABOUT:

I’m from the Philadelphia area originally, but now I live just outside of Greensboro, NC with my best friend/partner in crime/chief critic, Alexandra, and our crazy gang of cats and dogs. We don’t have any children, but we’re passionate about rescuing animals, so the second we bought a house with a big, wooded backyard we adopted lots of pets. At the moment, we have two doggies (Stan and Brooklyn) and two cats (Jackie and Henry Aaron). Both of us are massive baseball fans, so we named our buddies after some of our favorite players and baseball towns. We spend the vast majority of our time reading, writing, editing, and cooking.

https://frankmorelliwrites.com/about/

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*~Book Review: Rise by M. Ainihi~5 Stars~*

I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

Title: Rise (A Blood Inheritance Novel)

Author: M. Ainihi

Rating: 5 Badass Skulls/Stars

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When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death.
Amanda’s life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying reality. Her captor is convinced that Erol knows the whereabouts of a powerful relic which has been hidden from him and he wants the pair to retrieve it. Still reeling from her loss, and hoping to be spared further pain, Amanda agrees.
As the pair set off on their journey and Amanda learns more about the existence of the realms and the magical beings which reside within them, the clearer it becomes that nothing is quite as it seems.
After Amanda discovers the power of the relic that her captor seeks, the only thing she knows for certain is that her true suffering has only just begun, because no matter how great the sacrifice, she can never allow the relic to fall into her captor’s hands.

Rise is a fast-paced introductory novel to an alternate world where mundane humans are oblivious to the existence of the realms that separate them from other magical races.

When she feels, the darkness closing in around her, Amanda is not sure if she can hold onto a single speck of light, and soon she comes to understand that some secrets are better left buried.
(YA Dark Fantasy)

Wow! What a book! When I received this novel I wasn’t sure how I felt about the premise because of my previous experiences but I am so glad I chose to read this debut novel! Rise captured my attention from the very beginning and held it all the way until the end. I was able to read this novel in one sitting and it was completely worth my sleepless night! The story even moved a bit slow at times but I was still turning pages! Trust me, that’s usually a big turn off for my scattered brain but the author’s descriptions were amazing!

This book was beautifully written and I didn’t want the escape of the real world to stop at that time. I found the characters relatable. I LOVED Amanda and could relate to her on so many levels. This may have been more of a YA Fantasy novel but I could feel Amanda’s emotions through the pages and I hurt along with her.

As an adult who survived a terrifying childhood, I have faced many things that would shock the world. Reading this novel helped me face reality through this fantasy. I’m glad I had the chance to read this novel and highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great YA or fantasy novel!

M. Ainihi is a passionate independent author and adventurer. Hailing from the wilds of Upstate New York and currently residing in the Chicagoland area, Rise is her first novel in a planned quartet.
https://mainihi.wordpress.com/

4 Quick Reviews of Books That Involve Books

Hey lovelies! I had a restless night so figured it was time to catch up on some reviews of books that I have read here and there over the last couple months! Also there release dates are coming soon so figured it was the time to post!

All four of these books involve books in some sort of way or fashion. If you are a bibliophile you know how it is when you see a book that mentions ‘book’ or has a premise with a book worm! I just can’t help myself from wanting to read them all! Well anywho, let’s get down to business!😉

I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

Title: By the Book

Author: Julia Sonneborn

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past…and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

Review: I LOVED this loosely based modern take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. This was a sweet and fun second chance novel that made me smile. I really liked the characters especially gay best friend and side kick, Larry! This story even gave me a happy tear at the ending! I recommend this book for anyone who likes a great women’s lit novel and second chance romance!

Title: Claws for Concern

Author: Miranda James

Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are embroiled in a new mystery when a cold case suddenly heats up in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie Harris has been enjoying some peace and quiet with his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to an unsolved murder starts visiting the library…

Review: This book was a cozy treat and highly enjoyable. I LOVED Charlie and Diesel and their bond. I am a crazy cat lady so love books featuring cats! When I saw this cover I fell in LOVE! Cats and Books!!! Well silly me, I didn’t pay attention to the fact it was the 9th installment so I felt I missed out a tad. This book can still be read as a standalone and was a fun mystery! I always love a mystery with a cold case so was pleased with this title and definitely will be checking out the previous books in this series!

Synopsis:Why did Hitler chose not to invade England when he had the chance?

Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery’s library and then escapes.

London, 2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery—a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of “a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?” One viewer knows better: it’s all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together—and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent—is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelovg Klimt, “Lara the Bookworm,” to her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles.

In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel Coward—actor, playwright and, secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly elected American counterpart—maverick and dealmaker—and the evil it portends.

Oh, and she’ll reconcile with her husband.

Review: I liked this book! This book definitely made me think about things with history and our current political situation but this was not what I expected. I enjoyed how this story mixes things up and ties WW2 with the current Russia/Trump situation. The main issue I had was that this book was so slowwwww….especially the first half. I mean this novel was unique and I love something out there! This story brings to the table a mix of historical figures like The Kennedys and Nostradamus and throws it in with WW2. If it wasn’t slow, I’m sure I would have loved this book but for now I am settling for an overall, ‘I liked this book but don’t know if I would read it again.’

Title: Check Me Out

Author: Becca Wilhite

Rating: 1 Star

Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance–with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac–that reminds us that it is what’s on the inside that matters most.

Review: Damn, do I ever hate writing negative reviews especially a 1 Starred review! It sort of sucks something out of me and brings positive Dani down…😓

I appreciate that the publishers allowed me to review this book but it was not for me at ALL! I loved the cover and the concept but I will get straight to the point of what killed this story for me.

The main character and the story drove me insane with her shallowness! It seemed every moment that it was possible that she couldn’t get over how “big” aka overweight someone was! It was ridiculous that this was made in too such a big of a deal. As a woman who has struggled with weight problems because of health issues it made me very uncomfortable to read this book.

I’m not going to leave on that note! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and know I love your faces! Have fun and do whatever the hell you want to do!

Over and out! Xoxo

*~Queen of Geek~Book Feature~Price Drop~*

Hey guys, there’s been some hype about this book and had 3$ left on an Amazon card so thought I would share with you about the book that I got for $2.99 in the kindle store, Queen of Geek! You can find the link HERE! Remember lovelies, prices change without a moments notice so check the price before you buy!😄 You can also probably check out via your local library!

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Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

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Tell me what you think of this latest book! Have you read it? Would you purchase it or check out from your local library?

*~Book Review: Whore~*

Title: Whore

Author: Willow Aster

☆~Available For Sale Now~☆

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I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

I give this book 5 out of 5 Completely Blown Away Stars!!! Like holy crap, this book is not what it seems at all.

When you read the blurb and read the beginning of this book it seems like we are going to be swept away in a sweet romance that resembles “Pretty Woman”. You know how it goes, when the guy is in love with the prostitute but she has her guards up and eventually there is all that warm and fuzzy love. Well no, this book goes way beyond the realms of that and is uniquely designed! I could not stop reading this book and read it basically in one sitting. This book was not just a romance but more of a suspense that left you guessing and on edge. Heck at some points my skin was crawling and I had to lay in bed with the lights on to read it. This book even had a bit of mystery to it. Hell, it had it ALL!

I don’t want to give any details away but I am warning you that anyone who’s been in an abusive situation there may be a good bit of triggers for you in this book but it’s really hard to say. I was able to get through it and I have been in many abusive situations but have to admit it made my skin crawl and cringe. I just want to give that warning incase. Besides that for me it was completely worth it and was enthralled by the experience.

I have never read Willow Aster’s work before and now that I have, I will say to her that “I will follow you anywhere.” Whore was a chilling, suspenseful and blissfully romantic masterpiece. The plot was solid and well written. The characters were well described and I absolutely loved them. Soti is my new fictional husband!!!

I just loved the lack of jealousy and the unconditional love portrayed in this book. It really was beautiful. Lililth’s character is just amazing. She is stunning, beautiful, sexy and has no idea of her potential and worth.

She is also such a strong woman and seeing the depths of her soul was incredible.

You guys know I also like to bring my life experiences into my reviews to open up and relate, well this book opened my eyes in so many ways. I was involved in the escort business for years when I was younger. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this. I was never a prostitute and I am definitely not judging anyone of course but I was in the management part I guess you can say and was an escort driver for many years. I served as protection to the girls and I dealt with the business transactions. I was sweet and caring to the girls I worked with. I still have contact with many of them and many of them were great friends. Unfortunately, I have had been involved in bad situations because of this and have seen my fair share of violence and brokeness. I am not proud of the things I have done but have learned from them to say the least. I don’t know if it was my experiences that made me in more awe of this book but this book really portrays how someone forced into this life lives and feels.

This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster and had me in tears at points but it made me realize a lot. Even if you didn’t think about the prostitution part if you just look at the inner battles that the main characters face, it was beyond intense! Lilith and Soti both battle these insecurites and inner demons that are so realistic and raw that you can’t help but evaluate your own feelings. I was personally blown away by this romantic suspense and can’t wait to check out the author’s other works!!! This book is highly Dani-approved and recommended!

Willow Aster is the author of True L̶o̶v̶e̶ Story (USA Today Bestseller), In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore.

Although an introvert, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of book lovers.

For signed books and Willow’s website, go to: http://www.willowaster.com

You can also follow Willow on Instagram (willowaster1) and her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/willowasterauthor

My Review of Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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Hey there, what’s up my peoples??!!! I hope everyone is doing lovely this fine Friday! Getting laid, getting paid and having a good day!😎 That’s right, so I read this book and Holy Cow! Well you will see the review.😉 Chhhyeaaahh..

Blurby blurb:

Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

So this is where I break it down for you… This book was wild and horror filled! Say what??!! Like when I think of mermaids I’m thinking of Ariel chillin with Sebastian and Flounder and all that happy shizit. *sings “Under the Sea”*….Well squash that music you know your playing in your head because these mermaids are crazy asf! Well thanks to Mira Grant I will never look at mermaids the same.

See what I mean creepy as hell… This book was fun and I enjoyed the characters but things didn’t add up sometimes. The inconsistencies were a buzz kill at some moments but this was an ARC so you got to let some of that slide sometimes and go with the flow…😉 Well I definitely recommend this book though, I mean you get crazy ass mermaids and lack of sleep.

Do I think they found mermaids?

Yes. Of course I do.

And I think the mermaids ate them all.

I mean… Well shit… That text says it all. Nom Nom Nom… So I give this book 4 out of 5 chilling stars. I definitely recommend this book and think you horror junkies out there will love it. I mean, what is there not to love about killer mermaids???!!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! You guys rock!😄

Words and Images Us Bibliophiles Can Relate To

Good morning, atleast it is morning where I am! *I thought the above image was funny and I use the term “bitches” as a term of endearment!😉*

Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I shared a post like this but want to get back to these bookish posts and funny images when I can. Since this is majority a book blog and I #lovelovelove BOOKS! I thought many of you could relate to these images!😊

Book Review: The Lost King by Michael Cuell

I want to thank Michael Cuell for providing me with a print copy of The Lost King in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views expressed are my own. I appreciate this opportunity.

I know I have posted a good bit of reviews up today dudes and dudettes but I swear I’m not reading like a speed demon. I am trying to catch up on reviews from the last few weeks or so and this one I was super excited about so I had to share especially because I usually don’t pick up a book based on this time period! Thank the heavens that I said yes to this author request!

Arundel’s past had been lost to him, his early childhood memories gone. His simple village life changed forever, when tragedy struck and set him on a path of vengeance, that would cause his past to unravel and his future to take a wild and uncertain twist. Join Arundel on his journey of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, taking him into the heart of the fight against a tyrannical King. Immerse yourself in Arundel’s story as he discovers his lineage as The Lost King.

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 Medieval Stars! Michael reached out to me about The Lost King and at first I was a little hesitant. I mean honestly its been a while since I read a novel based on this time period and really enjoyed it, but I thought “What the heck, if I don’t click well with it I can be honest with the author and say I tried my best but this is as far as I got.” Well little did I know that I was about to embark on an incredible adventure!

I quickly became deeply invested in Arundel and felt like I was able to travel along with him. This book was Michael’s debut and it was AMAZING! I started reading it and figured I could read it here and there along with my other books. Well lets just say that was impossible and in no time I was completely engulfed in the main character‘s world. This medieval fantasy had it all; it had adventures, deep characters, tragedy, romance, historical elements, drama and twists and turns!

Mr. Cuell hooked my imagination from page one and I didn’t want to let go! My only complaint is that there was no dragon and I’m a sucker for dragons but that’s not really a complaint. Hehe. Also this is only book one so hopefully a dragon is in store for us next but if not I’m sure it will still be epic! Lol.

This book is definitely one epic fantasy adventure! *Highly Recommended*

If you enjoy a good medieval fantasy read, look no further than Michael Cuell’s Medieval Masterpiece!

About the Author:

Michael Cuell

*picture credit: Michael and his family on his Instagram account*

Bio:

So where do I begin?

Telling the story of a character seems so easy compared to telling the brief story of yourself. Well if you don’t count paper rounds I have worked since I was fifteen years old and have been in full time employment since I was seventeen, straight after I finished A-Levels. But that is the boring stuff. I have a beautiful wife and an even more beautiful daughter and they inspire me to pursue this dream in the hope we can share in it together.

What about the person behind the keyboard?

Well, I have always been someone who is passionate about things and it has often been said that if I am passionate about something, then I am 100% all in. My passion for Crystal Palace FC is the biggest example of that, my club is my heart, my blood is red and blue and has been since age six. My day is influenced by the results and I have a ridiculous list of superstitions that I know are rubbish, but hell I do them anyway because I can’t help it!

I love films, I am a massive geek. If it’s Batman, I’m sold. I don’t do plain, everything I have is novelty because I wear my passions on my sleeve as it were.

I have a memory that forgets when I need to do something like get a card, but I can remember the name of every Marine in Aliens!

I am certainly a strange one, no doubt about it.

I have always had a creative mind, ever since I can remember. If I am interested in something, there is no limit to my minds creativity. My problem is I have never been good at putting that creativity into a practical form, at least not until now. I hope that my book(s) will finally give my mind its platform to shine and enable me to share with the world a little insight into me.

As a boy I loved to read. I love to live out every page of a good book and place myself into the heart of the story. As I have grown and my imagination has grown, I have found I am not always satisfied. If one of my favourite characters dies, such as Ned Stark, I never really get over it. Or if I feel characters could have done something differently or something more, I will be left feeling short changed. Writing my own book enables me to change that. It enables me to tell a story how I want it told, but in a way that I feel people will enjoy. Naturally not everyone will, we are all such different people after all, but hopefully my imagination will capture the eye of others and bring them the joy that so many books over the years have given me.

*Bio gathered from Michael’s website listed below where you can find out the latest from this awesome author!

https://www.michaeljcuell.com/

*~Yay! I am Featured on this Awesome Author’s Website~*

Hello lovelies! I know I am still on a break besides my scheduled posts due to health concerns but I had to share this post that this awesome author posted on her website. I promise I will be back as soon as I can to show everyone my love back and catch up on everyones’ amazing posts! You guys rock and are the best!

You can find Annie Wood’s post at http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com/home/sunday-spotlight-december-10-2017

Which featured the one and only ME! YAY!💖💖💖

On Annie’s website you can find her bio, book reviews, info about her debut novel First Came Forever and other amazing posts!

I am so thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Annie and calling her a friend. Check out the link above that spotlights me and it also has links to mine as well as others’ review of First Came Forever by Annie Woods!

Book Review: The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns~5 Stars

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I want to thank NetGalley and Kensington for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Book Blurb:

The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before the first customer can browse its shelves, the store’s owner is suspected of her own murder plot . . .

Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. And as she prepares for the store’s grand opening, she’s also realizing another dream–penning a cozy mystery set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves with the latest mysteries, quick-witted Lady Penelope Marsh, long-overshadowed by her beautiful sister Daphne, refuses to lose the besotted Victor Carlston to her sibling’s charms. When one of Daphne’s suitors is murdered in a maze, Penelope steps in to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and win Victor.

But as Samantha indulges her imagination, the unimaginable happens in real life. A shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, and the police suspect her–after all, the owner of a mystery bookstore might know a thing or two about murder. Aided by her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store. But will she live to conclude her own story when the killer has a revised ending in mind for her?

“You’ll love this delightful debut mystery with its charming and wacky cast of characters and a mystery within a mystery just to keep things interesting.”
–Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

“A charming read–with murder, romance and lots of mouthwatering desserts.”
–Laura Levine, author of Death of a Bachelorette

Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 cozy stars! V.M. Burns created a cozy masterpiece! When reading through this book I was so excited and just wanted more! I absolutely loved the characterisation in this book. I loved how the main character(Samantha) went sleuthing with a group on senior citizen ladies! These ladies were a hoot and could out party me any day! I just loved Nana Jo and how she was described as “all of the Golden Girls” wrapped up in one! Her group of friends that her and Samantha tagged along with made me laugh out loud.

I have been in a reading slump lately but was able to gobble this book up regardless of my mood. I also enjoyed how the main character was a writer and took us on another adventure. I felt both stories were well written and I couldn’t wait until I went back and forth to the other one. I can’t wait until I get to read more of V.M. Burns’ works! I definitely recommend this fun and light cozy!😊

Valerie Burns was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.

She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Urban Studies. Valerie later went on to get a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

By day Valerie is a Training Manager at a call center for an appliance manufacturer. At night, Valerie writes cozy mysteries, children’s books and screenplays.

Valerie currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two poodles.

Represented by Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

*Copied from Ms. Burns’ website*

*~Review: A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford~4 Stars~*

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I want to thank Berkeley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. 

Synopsis: Daphne”Daffy” has what most would call the good life. She lives in Suburbia and has 3 awesome kids. She owns a coffeehouse and bakery with best friend and husband Gabriel, also known as “G”. To everyone on the outside life couldn’t get much better but little do they know that this picture perfect family are amiss secrets.

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Daffy’s life suddenly goes downhill when she discovers proof that her husband is cheating on her. She decides to face him on their wedding anniversary but is completely thrown off guard when he uses some crazy wizard-level magic. Things seem unreal to Daphne as she discovers her husband is the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards and her kids are also magicians.

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When Daffy feels life couldn’t get any more insane she couldn’t be more wrong. G’s ex wife who is a crazy and dangerous witch, has escaped from prison. The ex wife is set on seeking revenge from the past. Daphne is faced with having to save herself and her family. Will Daphne bring order to all this new founded chaos?

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Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 magical stars. I really enjoyed the storytelling and was captivated by the magic. I loved Daphne and the children’s characters but was very conflicted on how I felt about G. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but felt they focused on the infidelity a tad too much. Overall I am glad I read this story.

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