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Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1) by Kay L Moody – Review by Emma Morreale

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

This book isn’t super long but the world we are introduced to is absolutely fascinating so I’m hoping for a long series. There wasn’t as much detail as I would have liked in the first book of a fantasy scifi world but you get enough to keep you thinking. Talise is a one in a million child from the Storm who can shape the elements. No one else from her poverty stricken home can say the same. Kay Moody straight up tells her readers that since Talise has lost her abilities from malnutrition before and the fact that starvation is the most common cause of death in the Storm, there may be others who COULD shape. Talise is admitted to the most prestigious academy to control her abilities and at the end of her literal decade of schooling, she will be in a contest to become Master Shaper. It’s literally the only way to keep from going back to the Storm. Or at least that’s what the powers that be want you to think. There HAS to be more than that, right?
It all felt very much like the well to do were using the lack of food (in the storm but no where else) to keep what could become an uprising or at least resistance in check. I am very excited to see where this series goes

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Not So Wrong (Love Grows Book 2) by Renee Regent – Review by Cindy Mayberry

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

Not So Wrong
Love Grows
Book 2
By Renee Regent
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
This is a full length Romance between two unlikely people. Who live very different lives, and the journey they have taken to find love.

Spencer and Melanie, what a fun couple. He is a billionaire that has secrets he is trying to keep. She is about to give up her dreams. Move back home to help her family. When music is love, they both write a song together. He writes music, she writes the lyrics. The two put their talents together and there you go!

Renee Regent has written a beautiful love story. Not just romance, she has included music. I was drawn in before I finished page 2, and kept reading until the end. Her book is well written, her research of music and her love for writing are within this book. You are bound to fall in love with her characters as well. I am looking forward to following her series. I know I will continue to read this series. Well done!!!

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley – Review by Sarah Oakes

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

A great read about friendships. Monty always has trouble making friends. When he moves house again, he struggles to fit in and finds bullies everywhere. Whilst exploring his new house, he finds a trapdoor in the attic leading to underground chambers full of old crates and notes about old experiments. Full of excitement, Monty decides to literally make a friend. his friends turns out to be a furry monster with mysterious abilities. Can Monty keep his monster hidden from the world before scientists get to him?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Monty standing up for himself but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the mysterious and bubbly Houdini or the creepy Dr Petrovic
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the rickety house full of cracked floors and spider webs and lofty attic for a sense of the gothic. Or the scenes in the underground with the rope ladder and tunnels for a sense of adventure, dark and dangerous and exciting wonderfully written. Or the scenes in the skate park full of life and people and a sense of wonder as a place away from it all for Monty. Or with the monster and giant size with its colourful fur and teeth and claws and the green slime straight out of a sci fi novel, strange and weird and wonderful.
the combination of horror with monsters and experiments and a child’s story with school and bullies combined perfectly to make a captivating read. I loved the sense of the horror genre existing in a kids narrative, a place you wouldn’t expect it and makes it fresh and exciting. I also liked the nods to horror stories like with Hyde and the hints to Frankenstein later on was a lovely addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Out Bad (Sinners or Saints Book 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Moriah Venable

Out BadOut Bad by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Out Bad is the first novel in the Sinners or Saints series by Janice M Whiteaker. This is my first novel by this author.

Joe is a former bad boy who had turned over a new leaf. He has a sweet and caring personality but because of his past mistakes he still beats himself over it, while also trying to find redemption.

Gwen is a sassy, hardworking, and stubborn woman who isn’t looking for a relationship just wanting to have fun and be casual. She also has issues of her own that she is trying to get away from.

While Joe is trying to convince Gwen that they can be more, his past returns and threatens the life and relationship he has found for himself. Will be able to protect Gwen?

I am really starting to love romantic suspense stories and this one really caught up attention. The chemistry and attraction between Gwen and Joe was off the charts. The emotion and turmoil coming off from each character. I just wanted them to find peace and be happy.

I am hoping there is more in the series because I would love to read more by this author.

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Claimed (The Torzial Affair Book 3) by Via Mari – Review by Karyn Taylor

CLAIMED (The Torzial Affair Book 3)CLAIMED by Via Mari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Claimed is the 3rd and final book in the outstanding Torzial Affair series by Via Mari. It starts right where book 2 ‘Bound’ left us on a cliffhanger. I would not recommend reading this book without having read ‘Shattered’ and ‘Bound’ first as it one continuous story through the 3 book series.
If possible, this book is even more action packed and fast paced than the previous two, taking the reader through so many twists and turns, and every emotion possible in the build up to a fantastic conclusion. The author throws a few surprises along the way that have you shouting out ‘WTF’.
I loved this book, particularly the growing relationship between Jenny and Brian as he pushes her limits, bringing out more of her submissive nature. They seem unable to keep their hands off each other, resulting in many hot and steamy scenes throughout the book.
Having done things back to front and read the 2 Billionaire’s Bodyguards book before this series, I loved seeing Jay and Matt in this setting. I also loved that the author drops some hints at the end of ‘Claimed’ as to what might come in the Billionaire’s Bodyguards books.
All in all, this book brings a truly amazing series to a conclusion. I would most definitely recommend this whole series to others. Now that I have discovered this amazing author, I’ll be sure to read more of her work.

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September Breeze (Cinnamon Bay Romance Book 2) by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Sarah Oakes

September Breeze (Cinnamon Bay, #2)September Breeze by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about feelings.. Tess Dixon is a songwriter working for a movie set in Cinnamon Bay. She arrives finding no accommodation ahs been provided for her but a local woman offers her a solution with a live in job position to a small family. Curious, she goes to the house and accidently lands herself the job. She promises the father she wont stay long in the position. But over time feelings grow and health issues appear, making Tess question her want to leave. Can she stick to the plan or will her feelings make her want to stay after all?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Tess determined but unsure underneath or Brian as a good father but with his worries underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the sweet and silent Tatum or loud and boisterous Alice or the three eccentric ladies in Birdie, Hattie and Trixie
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the house itself small and tucked away but homely with the cypress trees and white stone. Or the scenes at the beach with the sea calm and blue as a space away from it all for the family wonderfully written. Or the storm later on with its sights and sounds so vivid its as if you’re actually there beautifully written.
The switch of perspectives was written well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow with names in the sections and asterisks to separate them. I also liked the Mary Poppins feel to the story like the strange advert and a nanny coming from nowhere who loves to travel and also the want to leave which were all excellent additions to the story. I also loved the respect toward peope with disabilities in the novel like with Tatum’ mutism just accepted and not criticised. I also loved the portrayal of visual impairment in the novel later on with Brian’s worries and fears emotive and relatable and perfectly written. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Into Pieces (Shattered Hearts Series Book 2) by Nicole Banks – Review by Angela Hayes

Into Pieces (Shattered Hearts #2)Into Pieces by Nicole Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Into Pieces is the second book in the Shattered Hearts Series by Nicole Banks. This is a continuation of Jasmine and Angels story that we started in book one. This book doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, it is a fairly simple story- but it’s the characters and the emotional content which carry the story- with so much emotional content, this story really tugs at your heartstrings- all while we traverse all of the highs and lows alongside our main character. They have been through so much, and both have demons of their own to deal with- and I thought perhaps they may have it a little easier in this book- but Ms. Banks certainly made them ‘work for it’ as they faced their past and demons. They have grown, but haven’t yet learned to fully trust, or let down their barriers.
This book has a more raw, sinister, and suspenseful feel to it than the first- which gave it a little more intrigue for me- that, coupled with the emotional, angsty storyline makes this book my favourite so far.
Bring on book #3!

Thank you, Ms. Banks!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The Traitor (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 2) by India Kells – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

The Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys SeriesThe Traitor, An Underground Bad Boys Series by India Kells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
The Traitor (An Underground Bad Boys Romance Book 2) by India Kells is the second Book in the An Underground Bad Boys Series. I was hooked from the beginning and had a hard time putting it down. Spencer recently moved to his new mountain home and is a owner of a Mechanic Shop. Josie is a stubborn yet feisty woman. When Spencer’s friend comes for a visit he finds himself in a threesome. He can’t keep away from her and feels like he needs to control his dark side. These two have a attraction to each other and she is very intrigued by the hints of who he was in the past.Do these two have a chance at a future together? Can Spencer act on his feelings and take a chance on her? This story has some hot and steamy scenes that will definitely have you feeling like the temperature is rising. Find out what happens next in this must read. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.

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Into Pieces (Shattered Hearts Series Book 2) by Nicole Banks – Review by Emily Walsh

Into Pieces (Shattered Hearts #2)Into Pieces
By: Nicole Banks
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Into Pieces (Shattered Hearts Series Book 2) by Nicole Banks was an okay read that kept me reading.

The second book in this raw emotional read, it picks up where the last book left off. Following these characters over from that first book, which I did have some issues with, I was hoping that the MC’s would mature. As the two major subjects that this book covers, I was hoping for something more. As a serving member and a supervisor, I’ve seen, and have had to assisted with the issues persistent in this book. There were times that the author had it, I could see the growth, but there were others that I just sat back and shook my head. I still have problems with Angel, and I just, can’t get over the way he acted at times.

Overall this book wasn’t bad, the author does a wonderful job at expressing the characters emotions. Not just the MC’s but the side characters as well. The plot line is compelling, as we get more into the demons that both MC’s have and are carrying. That raw emotion is what kept me reading. Writing like that is hard to come by. So please take my recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will get caught up in this feels invoking read.

Happy Reading.

-Review by @eawalsh

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Finding Ruth: A Daughter’s Quest to Discover Her Mother’s Past by Cynthia Hamilton – Review by Candida Hopper

Finding RuthFinding Ruth by Cynthia Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finding Ruth: A Daughter’s Quest to Discover Her Mother’s Past
by Cynthia Hamilton

This was a very engaging read. I was hooked from the beginning. I found myself curious as to how difficult this was to write, or maybe not difficult at all, maybe it revealed more of an understanding. This book was so well written that I felt like I was right there. Ruth went through a lot in her lifetime which explains some of her bitterness later in life. She was truly a strong beautiful woman in her youth, but it seems as though her search for love left her wanting. I found this book to be very intriguing. This is definitely a must read. I highly recommend this book.

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