The Girl and the Raven (The Girl and the Raven series) by Pauline Gruber – Review by Mary Catherine Jellison

The Girl and the Raven (The Girl and the Raven #1)The Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am in love with this book. This was a truly magical story that really came to life for me. A story that I could easily see myself reading again. From the moment I began reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. Each character is complex and unique. This story was full of plot twists that kept me wanting to turn each page to find out what would happen next. This story by far is probably one of the best paranormal stories I have read in a long time and can’t wait to grab the rest of the series.

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Avenging Devil Part 1 (Satan’s Devils MC San Diego #3) by Manda Mellett – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

Avenging Devil Part 1: Satan's Devils MC San DiegoAvenging Devil Part 1: Satan’s Devils MC San Diego by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Avenging Devil Part 1 is the third book in the San Diego chapter if Manda Mellett’s Satan’s Devils series, and the first in a two-part story. (It ends on a cliffhanger – be warned!).
Avenging Devil is pretty dark, even by the standards of the other Satan’s Devils books which address plenty of difficult and at times scary issues. I would definitely recommend reading some of the other Satan’s Devils books first – Being Lost is the first in the San Diego chapter and a good place to start. Avenging Devil starts with scenes in a different Motorcycle Club that’s incredibly violent and disrespectful and for me knowing that the Satan’s Devils aren’t at all like that helped me get through those scenes.
I could not put this book down, and when I had to at times I was still thinking about it. And I knew it was a two part story and could see I was getting near the end but I was still totally unprepared for the cliffhanger. I went straight to get hold of the second part only to realise it’s not out yet. Oh no! So if you’re as impatient as me you might want to wait until the 23rd July 2021 so you can read both parts of the story together.
I really like the ever-growing family of characters in the Satan’s Devils. From Grumbler’s musical hobbies to Snips’ toothless grins, they’re a fun group and bring moments of lightness and comic relief to the stories.
For me, this is a five-star read and I cannot WAIT for the second part to come out! I would not recommend this as a starting point in the series – there are plenty of good entry points (I started off with Paladin’s Hell, you could also start with Being Lost, Turning Wheels or Road Tripped) and this is a great series whether or not you’re interested in motorcycles – the characters are fantastic and Mellett presents a wonderfully human and diverse array of characters and relationships.

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The Arsonist’s Handbook by L.A. Detwiler – Review by MPolicicchio

The Arsonist's Handbook: A Gripping Psychological ThrillerThe Arsonist’s Handbook: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by L.A. Detwiler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Arsonist’s Handbook by L.A. Detwiler

4 out of 5

The Arsonist’s Handbook starts you on a slow, meandering path through the tortured world of Jameson until the final twist has you rethinking everything. L.A. Detwiler draws you in and gets you slowly addicted to the story, as Jameson becomes addicted to the flame, only to have your world set on fire by the revelations and secrets.

Jameson is a lonely boy that doesn’t feel his mother’s love because she is always working. He mourns the loss of his father that left years before. Jameson finds a journal in the attic that lets him know that he is seen and brings him a connection to the author of the journal unlike he has ever felt with another living being. Jameson tries to make a real life connection to the author by getting the attention of the author by following the rules set out in the journal.

Pete’s marriage is dying. He doesn’t know why. He used to be so in love with his wife. She is beautiful, talented, intelligent, and an amazing mom. Why doesn’t he love her anymore? Why can’t he just walk away? One night while his wife is on a business trip, Pete, needing to feel like a man again, heads a few towns over to have a one-night stand. Tragedy strikes in a way that tears Pete and his life apart. Now he is out for vengeance. He must put it right. When Pete has found his vengeance, is it everything that he hoped it would be?

The slow walk into Jameson’s world took a moment for me to get into the story and realize that I couldn’t stop reading. When I figured out one of the twists, my jaw dropped and I patiently waited for more. L.A. Detwiler builds a story like a Roman aqueduct, strong and long-lasting, then she blows it up with the twists and surprises. I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of her books. Amazing!

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Next Door to a Star (The Star Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager – Review by Ashley Lape

Next Door to a StarNext Door to a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I started reading this book it really brought me back to my high school days. All the girl drama and gossip that this group of high school sophomores dished out made this book a page turner. Hadley, who thought her life was doomed for disaster, took a leap of faith and spent the summer with her grandparents. Having a fresh start to her, even if it was only the summer, was better than sitting home missing her best friend who moved away. If you are looking for a book that reminds you of all that high school drama you miss……. this is your book!!
Reviewed by @alape

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Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chronicles Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Sarah Hammel

Forbidden WolfForbidden Wolf by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We’re all familiar with Underworld and the vampire/lycan romance that happens in it, in fact that is what drew me to this book in the first place. Lovers coming together against all odds and ending up having to work together for the greater good of both of their people is amazing to me! Tasha and Levi start out as two young teenagers that enjoy the salaciousness of their relationship but as years tick by without ever seeing each other, they realize it was much more than just a summer fling. However, it’s not all love and sex for these two; things are coming to fruition that have been in the works for decades unbeknownst to most of their kinds. A thrilling read for any romance and action/adventure and supernatural enthusiast, there is something for any of us in this story.

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Forbidden Wolf (The Shadow Chronicles Book 1) by CR Robertson – Review by Katherine Braccia

Forbidden WolfForbidden Wolf by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you start reading this book you think you know how this story is going to play out.

Mortal enemies fall in love, go off to war, fight for each other and happily ever after

BUT that is the start of the story but oh does it get good. There are twists and turns you don’t expect and this book completely grips you. Can’t wait to read book 2.

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Sleeping Angel (Soul Connection Book 2) by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Erin Wolf

Sleeping Angel (Soul Connection Book 2)Sleeping Angel by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Sleeping Angel (Soul Connection Book 2) by Nikki Lynn Barrett, 4 stars.

I started this book thinking it seemed predictable and I knew what was going to happen. I could not have been more wrong! The story is so original, there is no way you will guess what is going on. I was so intrigued about the concepts in this book of souls and such. I cannot elaborate more without possibly giving things away, but I will say that I stopped and thought twice in some sections. The characters are great, too. All of them really grow throughout this book, not just the main ones. Plus you will see some from book one if you read it as well as a whole new cast of characters.

This book has romance, tragic grief, and the paranormal tossed in to the mix. It is a very powerful story that I could not put down. I believe it can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it.

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Peaceful Slumber (Soul Connection Book 1) by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Shelly Kittell

Peaceful Slumber (Soul Connection Book 1)Peaceful Slumber by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, I fell in love with with Scott and Zelda They have so many challenges to go through to find the love that they know is there for them. The plot is so well written and smooth that I didn’t want to stop reading. I kept going just one more chapter and found I couldn’t put my kindle down. The characters feel real. The emotion and personality can take you up and down like a hurricane in Florida. It’s a beautiful love story with a bit of murder, mystery, romance, mental illness, a bit of comedy and a touch of ghosts. I’m excited to see there are two more books in the series. Scott and Zelda may just be my new favorite romance pairing of the year. This is a true paranormal that you just cannot miss.

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Sons of Sindicato (Sons of Sindicato ) by Cam Johns & Sonya Jesus – Review by Jenique Bornman

Sons of Sindicato (Sons of Sindicato #0)Sons of Sindicato by Cam Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had to go back and double check that this book was only 108 pages.
I truly think that it takes a huge amount of talent to put so much “story” into just 108 pages.
From the very first uncomfortable moment in Wexler’s office through all the tuff times and ooooo so sexy parts this book had me hooked.
Cam Johns and Sonya Jesus make one dynamic duo of talent. The flow of the book is AMAZING.
I’m extremely excited to see how these two continue their co-writing.

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Southland Academy for Supernatural Youth by Sandra Tentler and Brooke Tentler – Review by Anantha Rusum

Southland Academy for Supernatural YouthSouthland Academy for Supernatural Youth by Sandra Tentler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful story about how a group of misfits tackle what is thrown to them.
A bunch of supernatural teenagers are at a school called SASY (Southland Academy for supernatural youth) and there are random things disappearing from the school. When six of them decide to dig into the issue, they reveal something else. It is a fun read, even middle grade students can read this book. There is no violence or sexual content.
The characters are well developed and though they are full of imperfections, they are very adorable. And together, they are a perfect team, while helping and supporting each other.
It is overall a fun entertaining read !

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