And Then She Fell by Dreena Collins – Review by Amanda Meady

And Then She FellAnd Then She Fell by Dreena Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While reading this book, I was constantly thinking – thinking I knew the truth, thinking I was a step ahead and then thinking I had no idea what I was talking about. Each chapter dove deeper into a complex dynamic between several people, with no clear understanding of truth. The author does a great job at developing characters who are ever changing, or perhaps the author just gives the perspective of change. This book had me curious to the very end and left me thinking about how anyone can have a multitude of stories based on different people’s perspectives.

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Gunner (Hollins & Haring Book 3) by T.J. Beach – Review by Emmye Marihugh

Gunner (Hollins & Haring #3)Gunner by T.J. Beach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m sure it is a good book but I couldn’t get farther than chapter 3. I don’t recall anything about COVID in the book description and I just couldn’t get past it. I’m not opposed to modern timed books I just don’t want to have to think about COVID when it happened in the very recent past. It was also confusing going back and forth from country’s. One moment they are in Australia in current times then you are in Britain and it isn’t clear when the transition happens, to me at least.

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More Than by Diane Barnes – Review by Carlie Del Gallo

More ThanMore Than by Diane Barnes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to say that this book had me at a loss for words, it was amazing! I have not read a book by this author before and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed reading this. I found myself not able to put it down when I was working and found myself wanting to be off of work so I could keep reading and find out what happened. I cannot wait to read more books by this author. I cannot wait to tell my friends about this book!

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Murder on Oak Street ( A South Shore Mystery Book 1) by I.M. Foster – Review by Shea Gilkerson

Murder on oak streetMurder on oak street by I. M. Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daniel O’Halleran is a coroners physician in 1904 New York. He is dissatisfied in his job and feels no one takes him seriously – they’re always rushing his work, hoping to get more cases “solved” by pushing answers through quickly. In the midst of his unhappiness at work, he gets stood up at the altar by his fiancee and decides he has finally been given enough signs – it’s time to move on from here.

Soon, he accepts a coroners assistant position in Long Island for a change. Daniel’s new boss warns him life is much slower in Long Island than in New York, but he’s happy for a new routine and having time to give answers. Before he even gets an opportunity to settle into that new routine, the local librarian suggests Daniel check out a local two year old murder case. In a twist of fate, it turns out to be the first case he had ever worked on and the first one to ever make him feel something was wrong.

Excellent descriptions, characters, suspense, dialogue, and sticking to era appropriate reactions. Wonderfully written, enjoyable historical mystery. Highly recommend!

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Kiss Away Your Pain (Wounded Hearts Series Book 2) by Debbie Cromack – Review by Trista Priest

Kiss Away Your Pain (Wounded Hearts, #2)Kiss Away Your Pain by Debbie Cromack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying that I loved getting even a small glimpse of Nicco and Destiny’s wedding when I first started this book. In the first book, we didn’t learn a lot about Candi other than she was Destiny’s best friend. Debbie did a good job further developing her character and giving insight as to why she tends to hold back. Debbie used this story and showed that despite the hardships we experience, we can learn to love again. Look forward to reading more of her work.

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Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt – Review by Nakyshia Leger

Amaleigha and the Big IdeaAmaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amaleigha is a five-year-old with the world in her hands! She loves the outdoors and wants to share that love with everyone she knows. When she sparks an idea to do just that, her family pitches in to make her dream a reality. Before she knows it, one small girl has made a huge difference in her community!

I can’t say enough how cute this book is. My seven-year-old loved reading it and following along with Amaleigha’s adventure. I had the opportunity to spark conversation and get his mind thinking about what he would do in Amaleigha’s situation. The illustrations are bright and attractive, really helping to bring the story to life. This is a fun and engaging story that I think could be enjoyed by many ages.

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The Magical Summer of Miranda Stone (The Emergence Duology Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by Toni Sellers

The Magical Summer of Miranda StoneThe Magical Summer of Miranda Stone by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just seriously could not stop reading, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It was fun to read, characters were great. Miranda, Neeta and Billie are quite the trio. It’s a perfect YA fantasy full of Magic, Growing, Adventures and more. Definitely excited to read the next book.

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Dream-Shifter. Book Review by Jennifer Ramos

Dream-ShifterDream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of Lois Wickstrom’s books and the Disney movie, Seeing Red, you will love this selection! Gwendolyn, a middle school student, is a very determined and goal-oriented girl with ambitions of one day being a journalist. Her main priorities right now are finishing her paper on time and a running competition where the prize money will go towards a journalism camp at the university. Then unexpectedly, there is a fire in her home and realizes she needs to escape when she wakes up as an elk. The changing into the elk doesn’t come too much of a surprise as Gwendolyn comes from a family of dream-shifters, humans that can transform into animals while dreaming. The unfortunate part is that now Gwendolyn is stuck in this animal form. She then embarks on a mission to continue her strides to make it to journalism camp and find a way to transform herself back to human form before time runs out.
Being a kids book, there are so many great takeaways from the situation Gwendolyn has been dealt with. Learning to be flexible, sticking to your goals, coming up with new ideas, and seeking others in times of need are all great points to be instilled in kids. Another great thing for kids to enjoy is that fantasy aspect, which is a big trend nowadays. Thinking of this as I’m reading the book is to seek the opportunity of reading this book along with your kid/pre-teen together. This opens up such great discussions and bonding as well.

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Pardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Pardon Me, PleasePardon Me, Please by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Albert is a turkey and lives on a turkey farm, he knows that he will probably be eaten at thanksgiving like all of the other turkeys there, but he doesn’t want to be, which turkey would?

So when a family start to look at him, he knows what is coming, so he does everything he can to change their minds. While he is thinking of what to do, he sees on a tv in the shop, that the President has pardoned his thanksgiving turkey, can he get this family to do the same for him and let him live in Turkey Pardon Park for the rest of his days?

This is a story which has an interesting premise and is done in a way that is fun and educational all at the same time, a good book for young and old alike.

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And Then She Fell by Dreena Collins – Review by Shea Gilkerson 11/21/22

And Then She FellAnd Then She Fell by Dreena Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! After reading the blurb, I knew I’d be engrossed in this book. The idea of multiple potential stories told throughout the book captivated me, and so did the book itself. Dramatic, emotional, a wonderful psychological thriller.

Catherine’s daughter Susie fell to her death in an accident in Crete. Nothing has ever felt right about it to her, and so Catherine decides to travel to Crete herself and see if anyone can remember anything that may help her “solve the case” and gather some closure. After speaking to several employees of the different areas in Crete, Catherine has gained the courage to approach Susie’s friends and boyfriend to help her piece together what could have happened.

As Catherine winds her way through the events, she comes to a startling realization – she didn’t know her daughter as well as she thought she did. Was she ignoring Susie’s shortcomings because she was blinded by love? Was she not aware because she was neglectful? This is an emotional journey and brings to mind “be careful what you wish for.” There are unpleasant discoveries and revelations, some things better left unknown.

The 10 possibilities weaving known scenarios together was an awesome approach and I found them each to be coloring my opinions on who was responsible. Even with all of the well written suggestions of what happened to Susie, the end surprised me. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Bravo!

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