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Deleted by Ruth Mitchell – Review by Angela Hayes

DeletedDeleted by Ruth Mitchell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Deleted by Ruth Mitchell is a fantastic futuristic YA sci-fi story that whisks us to a possible future and gives us glimpse of what could be. There we meet Lucy and Marco, and get swept up on an adventure where tech addiction is gripping the planet, and how she discovers that it is now possible to delete another person’s memory, and rewrite their history. She ends up in a cat and mouse game in a race against time, and memory- to outwit and outplay a memory hacker who has her in his sights. Who will win out in the end? This is well worth the read to find out.
Even though this is a Young Adult novel, it can be enjoyed by all ages from young teens through to the vintage years. It has a bit of a techno-thriller feel to it, that is full of mystery, drama, romance, danger, humour, and superb world building. It is a thought-provoking, highly imaginative, and wonderfully original read.
Ruth Mitchell paints a fascinating, and entirely plausible future picture that intrigued me from start to finish. I read it in one sitting, as I didn’t want to put it down. There were times that the story was a little predictable, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story- and there were enough twists and dramatic developments to keep me turning he page to find out what would happen next.
Deleted is my first read by Ruth Mitchell, and I am happy to say that it definitely won’t be the last! This appears to be her debut novel, so I am looking forward to seeing what else she can/will do.
Looking forward to more!

Thank you, Ruth Mitchell!

 

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Tangled Fates (Tangled Magic Series: Book 2) by Denise D. Young – Review by Angela Hayes

Tangled Fates (Tangled Magic #2)Tangled Fates by Denise D. Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

“From out of mist are wild things born.
Seek the truth beyond the thorn.
Where curses lurk and kin reside,
Fox and fire stem the tide.”

 

“Do you have faith in magic?” he asked.
My heart pounded in my chest. I fingered the rose quartz pendant with my rain-soaked, sweaty fingers. “I…” I stammered but pressed on. “Of all the things in my life, magic is the one constant.” There. I admitted it. Out loud. First time ever.
His outstretched hand waited….

 

Tangled Fates is the second book in the Tangled Magic series by Denise D. Young. This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Young, so I really didn’t know what to expect going in. I was drawn to the book by the beautiful cover and intriguing blurb. But Ms. Young had me hooked at the mention of witch and fox shifter.
I love a great paranormal story- and this book definitely cast its spell over me. Even though it is the second book in the series, that wasn’t a problem as I was able to follow the story easily. But, as the events from book one seem to have caused far reaching issues and had led to the events in this book, so I will definitely be going back to read the first book to see where everything started.
This book follows different leading characters than in the first book. We meet Vivienne (Vi) who is a fire witch, and Aiden McPherson who is a fox-shifter. They lead us on an adventure filled with magic, potions, curses, small town charm, prophecy/mystical riddles, different realms, portals, secrets, sparks/chemistry, evil, danger, drama, paranormal events and characters, romance, and more.
This is a fast-paced short story which made it a very quick and easy read. It kept me engaged the whole way through, and intrigued me into wanting to know more about the Tangled Magic world. I will definitely be following the rest of the series!

Thank you, Denise D. Young!

 

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Not So Far (Love Grows Series Book 3) by Renee Regent – Review by Angela Hayes

Not So Far (Love Grows series, Book 3)Not So Far by Renee Regent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Not So Far is the third book in the Love Grows series by Renee Regent. This contemporary second chances romance is a great story with all the emotion I have come to expect from Ms. Regent. This is all about second chances, the power of love, fighting the odds to be together, chemistry, secrets, discovery, and passion.
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, so when this popped up on my recommended book feed- I happily one-clicked a copy for myself.
This is Audrey and Silas’ story. We have met Audrey previously. She has been through quite a lot. Widowed young, with 3 young children. Silas is back after 18 years. He and Audrey have a history together, full of secrets and heartache. But can you truly forget your true love? What happens when they reconnect makes for a wonderful read.
I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Thank you, Renee Regent!

 

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A High Price to Pay (The Madeline Dawkins Series Book 2) by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Angela Hayes

A High Price to Pay (Madeline Dawkins, #2)A High Price to Pay by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

A High Price to Pay is the second book in the Madeline Dawkins series by Cynthia Hamilton. This is another exciting mystery following Madeline Dawkins sleuthing adventures. This story takes place three years after the ending of book one. With the event planning/private investigation business in full swing- Madeline is caught up in planning a huge shindig for Hollywood elite. A year in the making, Madeline needs everything to go off without a hitch. But Madeline seems to attract trouble. The party turns into a murder investigation when a body is discovered in an upstairs bedroom. And Madeline is on the list of suspects. Added to her troubles is the fact that one of her abductors from the previous book, has cut a deal and is being released early. Will he be gunning for Madeline, since she helped put him away? His release draws out the evil leader of the kidnappers, who is hell bent on revenge. Things turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse, where Madeline and Mike will need to keep their wits about them and harness all their skills if they are to survive.
This cleverly crafted story has all the elements required to make it riveting. Missing jewels, an FBI investigation, a huge ‘Hollywood’ event, murder, suspense, unravelling three mysteries, betrayal, a reunion, revenge, a game of cat and mouse, a life or death battle for survival, and much more.
I loved all the excitement, emotion, tension, drama, and intrigue that Ms. Hamilton always manages to instil in her stories- I can always count on her for an exciting read.
Fantastic!

Thank you, Cynthia Hamilton!

 

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And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus by A.J. Ullman – Review by Angela Hayes

And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah MarcusAnd The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus by A.J. Ullman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

And the River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery of Leah Marcus is a cleverly crafted and intriguing novel by A.J Ullman. This is my first read from Mr. Ullman- and after venturing into his ‘world’, I am happy to say that it won’t be the last.
I was drawn to the book by the title, as I am a true crime junkie. I snatched up a copy and dove right in. I soon discovered that this isn’t a ‘true crime’ story, but in fact a fictional account that’s written so incredibly well, with all the ‘realism’, investigative elements, police procedural, and forensic details- that there were times I forgot this wasn’t ‘real’.
Mr. Ullman’s attention to detail and meticulousness gave this story so much authenticity, intrigue, suspense, mystery, and drama. I was so caught up in the details and events, that I lost all sense of time and place- riveted in the story for an afternoon. And that is really all you could ask for from an author, and story.
So, if you love true crime, intriguing storylines, unputdownable stories, and shocking twists- then this is definitely the book for you!
I am happily looking forward to exploring more of Mr. Ullman’s work!
Happy Reading!

Thank you, A.J Ullman!

 

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Love the Way You Dance by Allison M. Boot – Review by Angela Hayes

Love the Way You DanceLove the Way You Dance by Allison M Boot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Love the Way You Dance by Allison M. Boot is a sweet young adult fantasy that has a fairy tale feel to it. It is a story of self- acceptance, with magic, some drama, believing in yourself, learning to love yourself, evil trolls, and a little bit of adventure. I enjoyed this super sweet read.
Ever since Kara was adopted by the king and queen of Starrycrest, she has lived a lovely life, with everything she could ever want- loving parents, a lovely home- including the starring role in the kingdom’s production of “The Nutcracker.” But things begin to fall apart, and Kara begins to doubt everything. She is put to the test and will have to draw on all her strength, and truly accept herself, if she is to overcome it all in the end.
Another lovely story by Allison M. Boot!

Thank you, Ms. Boot!

 

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Hansel & Gretel (Down the Rabbit Hole) Anthology – Review by Angela Hayes

Hansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit HoleHansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit Hole by Autumn Sand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Hansel & Gretel: Down the Rabbit Hole is a collection of stories from 7 talented authors who each weave their own story using the classic fairytale “Hansel & Gretel” as their inspiration.
There is so much to keep you entertained in this anthology- not only being based on a favourite classic- the authors also give us so much more to enjoy: everything from fantasy, magic, different realms, romance, spice, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, and some creepy scary stuff- just to keep things interesting.
Each story is quite individual to the author, having their own unique take on the theme, so there is definitely something here to suit everyone. Seven stories in one- that’s great value and several hours of entertaining reading in one convenient package.
The stories and authors are:

– The Witch in the Woods By: Amy Allen
– The Surface By: CeeCee Elaine
– The Sweetest Day By: Debra Parmley
– Hazel & Gretchen By: Erin Lee
– The Reaper Within By: Jess Bagnall
– Shadows that Move By: Lorah Jaiyn
– The Dragon and the Phoenix By: Rachel Pudsey

If you love the classic “Hansel & Gretel” and enjoy a variety of genres, some really well written stories with interesting plots, and intriguing characters- then this is definitely an anthology you will want to explore!!

Thank you to all the contributing authors!

 

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HIT AND RUN by Diane Hester – Review by Angela Hayes

Hit and RunHit and Run by Diane Hester
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Hit and Run by Diane Hester is definitely my favourite story of hers, so far. It is another complex and well-woven thrilling suspense. This gripping story twists and turns so much- it really kept me guessing, running various scenarios through my mind, and wondering how it would all play out in the end. Every time I thought I had it nailed down, Ms. Hester threw in a twist or two and sent me off kilter again.
Raina Wilkins life has never been the same since tragedy struck ten years earlier. But, now her life is about to take a deadly turn. While driving home one night, Raina hits a man who ran out of the woods directly in front of her car. And if that’s not bad enough- she is then held at gun point and told to drive. What happens from this point on makes for a thrilling tale of abduction, conspiracy, murder, and mystery.
Looking forward to more from Ms. Hester…

Thank you, Diane Hester!

 

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Forgotten Promise Book two: The Forgotten Trilogy by Virginia Wine – Review by Angela Hayes

 

 

Forgotten Promise by Virginia Wine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 ½ Stars

Forgotten Promise is the second book in the Forgotten Trilogy by Virginia Wine. This continues Bryer and Nathan’s story from book one, so I highly recommend reading the first book before starting on this one.
Just when things seem to be going great and the future looks bright- the past comes back with a vengeance and will test their relationship like nothing before. With all the obstacles they’ve managed to overcome- this may just break them!
Again, as with the first book, I had some trouble connecting with the characters and their story. The frustrated me so much. I really wanted to shake them both! Cash is a real piece of work- a major POS!!! And we are left with another cliffhanger, with more details and developments to be revealed in the next book.
I am interested to see how everything will come together in the end. Wonder what Forgotten Chance (Book 3) has in store for us….

Thank you, Virginia Wine!

 

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Designing Love (The Calderone Family Romance Series Book 3) by Victoria Grant – Review by Angela Hayes

Designing Love (The Calderone Family Romance Book 3)Designing Love by Victoria Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 ½ Stars

Designing Love is the first book in The Calderone Family Romance series by Victoria Grant. This is my first read from Ms. Grant, and as I have been known to do- I jumped on board the series part way through. Luckily this book, and series, can be read as standalones.
I discovered a sassy contemporary romantic comedy with enough drama, banter, and antics to keep me entertained. The characters are realistic and believable- they are fully developed with their own unique personalities, quirks and flaws. Caroline drove me crazy with her temper, somewhat aggressive assertiveness, and argumentative manner. I found it a little hard to connect with her because of my frustrations. But the story was well written, and I liked Charles, so those things kind of balanced the experience for me.
I am curious about the other characters who are a part of this series- and will probably go back to read the other two books so I can familiarize myself with them and their stories.
So, if you like strong sassy female leads, drama, power struggles, and romantic comedy- then you will want to add ‘Designing Love’ to your library.
Happy Reading!

Thank you, Victoria Grant!

 

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