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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Angela Hayes

Al Capone at the Blanche HotelAl Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell exceeded all my expectations. This is my first read from Linda Bennett Pennell, so I really didn’t know what I would be in for. I was drawn to the book by its title, as I love all things crime related, and I’m a bit of a history buff too. I thought the story would make a great pallet cleanser between darker reads, which it definitely was- but it was also a surprisingly intriguing, and deftly woven story.
The author has created a complex story, visiting two different time periods, with several different characters, and choreographing the whole thing seamlessly. The multi-faceted story transitions from modern day back to the 1930’s- painting a rich and textured picture of the times. The characters are really well developed and very interesting. And I enjoyed how even though they were from vastly different times, they were connected by the same infamous character.
The authors love of the past, history, characters, and a great story- really shines through her writing- and I am really looking forward to seeing what she does next.

Thank you, Linda Bennett Pennell!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Candida Hopper

Al Capone at the Blanche HotelAl Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel
by Linda Bennett Pennell

This book was so much more than I expected it to be. I think the author did an exceptional job weaving both the past storyline and the present storyline together. There was romance, suspense, danger and more. I was expecting Al Capone to be more of the main character but that’s not what how it was for me and yet it still worked so well, he was definitely still a big presence but in a different way than I expected. This really was intriguing throughout the entire book and I loved every minute. I was unable to put it down until I finished. This story is full of wonderful and interesting characters. I highly recommend this book.

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Dangerously Close To Extinction (Knollville Legends Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Kandis Posey

Dangerously Close To Extinction (Knollville Legends Book 1)Dangerously Close To Extinction by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

C.A. King has written another Beautiful story! In this book the Shifters are amazing! I love the twist and turns that this cats vs. dogs story has to offer. Knollville sounds like an interesting place and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series of legends.

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Katie Kearney

Al Capone at the Blanche HotelAl Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel By Linda Bennett Pennell. I was so happy I picked this book up, from page one I knew I was in for quite the ride with this authors words. While this isn’t my normal reading genre I’m happy I took a leap of faith. The characters are complex and relatable each one Brings something unique to the story. And I truly cared about each individual character, sometimes side characters can end up being just that but this author did a wonderful job of writing each one. There’s a bit of mystery and suspense which really pulled me in. From start to finish I was hooked. I’m excited to see what else this author has to offer. Five stars all the way and highly recommend!

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Not So Wrong (Love Grows Book 2) by Renee Regent – Review by Michelle Mulvey

Not So Wrong (Love Grows series, Book 2)Not So Wrong by Renee Regent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not so wrong is Book 2 in the Love Grows series. Melanie and Spencer hit it off right from the beginning. This book kept me entertained from the first page. Both main characters were very likable for me. Spencer is a billionaire who has everything he could ever want except someone to spend more then one night with. Melanie has been trying to get her group to the big leagues and has decided it’s just not in the cards for her. One thing Spencer and Melanie have in common aside from the desire to be with each other is music. Spencer loves to compose music and Melanie loves to sing. Will Melanie be able to write the words for Spencer’s music? Melanie is about to go home and help her sister take care of her mom and kids. Will Spencer and Melanie find true love together or will Melanie leave and never look back? This was a great read that goes quickly. It will keep you reading late an night when you should be sleeping. I loved this book!

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The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series ​by​ Claire Luana​ – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery SeriesThe Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series ​by​ Claire Luana​ ​is a unique YA fantasy, thriller, romance series that is full of magic and the unusual and should not be missed. It is also a murder mystery that is action packed and well paced. Claire weaves her magic with just the right amount of mystery and suspense, action and danger, romance and intrigue, heartache and love, humour and fun. I enjoyed the story so much that it finished before I was ready and I didn’t even notice because I was so enthralled to find out what was going to happen next.
In book 1 Wren was falsely accused of murder by cupcake and has a month to find out who framed and who the actual murderer is and clear her name.

In book 2 Wren having barely survived, she is having to face enemies, both old and new as she tries to solve the mystery behind disappearing Guild members.

In book 3 Wren is heartbroken and still reeling from the loss and betrayal of others. On the run, tired, scared, hurt and faced with her past all the while the political unrest continues and Wren wonders if she will ever have her family back and lead a normal life again.

This series should be on everyone’s reading list. I mean books in one stop what could be better.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1) by Kay L Moody – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria 1)Ice Crown by Kay L Moody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ice Crown, the first book the Elements of Kamdaria, by Kay L Moody is a wonderfully written fantasy and book one of four. While I wish it was longer, it always makes me want to read 2 even more as I want to see how this continues. I found that this book was a creative mix of love, family, magic and friendships.
As a citizen of Storm, Talise has power of all the elements and she wants to become a Master Shaper so she can improve her life. If she wins the competition she can live in the palace and work with emperor. Aaden also wants what Talise wants, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
I think the author did great creating a strong story line and characters that will stay with you and make you want to read the rest in this series. I give this book four stars and highly recommend!

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Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1) by Sherry A. Burton – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1)Discovery by Sherry A. Burton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Discovery, The first book in the Orphan Train Saga was such a page turner and I found myself able to get lost in this wonderfully written story. Cindy Moore had to spend her summer uncovering what was in the storage shed that was once her grandmothers. What she finds are secrets that her grandmother had taken to the grave, she was one of the children that rode the Orphan Trains.
This book was amazing, and I felt so many emotions reading this book, sadness, happiness, and so much surprise. I had never heard of the Orphan Trains and after reading this I did a lot of research and was/am completely intrigued by this. I am beyond ready to read part two in this series, I highly recommend this five star read!

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

Monty and the MonsterMonty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Monty and The Monster was a cute, fun, and enjoyable read. I think that this is a perfect read for any young adult. Monty Hyde has moved again and that means less time his father is home with work, his brother bus with friends that no one will not notice he is the outcast again. One day he decides to make a friend of his own. But what happens when this friend is a monster and just might be eating the kids in the area!?
Rhonda Smiley did an awesome job with the book. A story of family, friends, with laughs and so many smiles. I let my eleven year old read the book and she loved it even more than I did. We both give this book 5 stars.

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Truck Stopped (Satan’s Devils MC #11) by Manda Mellett – Review by Chantelle Smith

Truck StoppedTruck Stopped by Manda Mellett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Manda Mellett has become one of my go-to authors, each book of hers I read, I continually get captivated by the read and the characters. But honestly what isn’t there to love its a book with an incredible storyline and made even better by the fact it’s filled with hot sexy bikers that aren’t afraid to fight for what they want and their stories being told. This book is definitely by far my favourite book in this series, and boy is there many of them but there was just something about Truck & Allie’s story that had me completely compelled to carry on reading right until the end, and even then I didn’t want it to end. This book was also the most emotional, it took you on an epic battle of your own emotions as well as the emotions and feelings of the main characters.
Truck and Allie’s journey through this book was the most compelling and I loved following them, they have amazing chemistry that I loved watch developing and change over the course of the book.

I cannot rate this book enough! I can’t wait to read more from this author and what else she has to offer, and what else will come of our amazing bikers. Manda Mellett I applause you for your amazing mind and bringing us some incredible storylines and characters.

 

Reviewed By @tillytillzz

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