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Act II. Playing with Fire (Moore Family Saga Book 2) by Michele Sims – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Act II. Playing with Fire (Moore Family Saga, #2)Act II. Playing with Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Act II Playing with Fire is the 2nd book in the Moore Family Saga, by Michele Sims. It continues the story of Cade and Lecia’s romance as they raise Miles and continue touring with Cade’s band. The story starts out with Vincent revealing some surprising news about Miles. It turns out he has special powers, which some of the family was already aware of, but not the extent. Cade returns home, ending his European tour, in order to be more available for Miles. While I am not fond of Cade’s character, I do like the family ties and relationships in the book. The couple is surrounded by family who take care of each other and are very close knit on both sides. I find Cade to be too controlling, but overall I enjoy the story. I look forward to completing the saga with book 3. I want to see what happens with Miles after moving, and I have an inkling suspicion Aria and he are hiding things. Can’t wait to find out if I’m right!

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Moves by John Michaels – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

MovesMoves by John Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Moves by John Michaels was an amazing book that had me on the edge of my seat. I cannot believe this was his first book, it was a mystery thriller, that competes with top sellers in its genre. In the beginning, it was a lot of characters and stories that didn’t seem to fit together. I love how it was several pieces of the puzzle, and they slowly connected, until it was all one story by the end. The back story and connections with all the characters was done with precision. I was even more impressed that I didn’t figure out the killer until the very end. It kept me guessing and wondering all the way through. I didn’t want to put the book down. Highly recommend it, and hope Michaels continues writing!

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The Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Good NeighborsThe Good Neighbors by Kiersten Modglin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Good Neighbors is a messed up book, but in the best possible way! It is the first book I have read by Kiersten Modglin, but it wont be the last. The story as well as her writing had me not wanting to put the book down. I finished it in less than 24 hours, and was guessing until the very end. It was full of suspense and mystery, leaving you wondering who the good guys are. The book didn’t end the way I expected it to, and I now want to re read it, knowing what we learn at the end. Are the neighbors next door just too good to be true? They are both attractive, with great jobs, and an amazing home. But, shortly after moving in next door to them, strange things begin to happen. Those strange things soon turn creepy and leave you wondering if they are friend, or enemy. I don’t want to give anything away, but I highly recommend the book!

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The Last Dance (The Sorrel Janes Mysteries) by Lonna Enox – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Last DanceThe Last Dance by Lonna Enox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Last Dance is a wonderful book by Lonna Enox. I haven’t read anything of hers before, but I was really impressed with this story. It is a crime mystery, and it had me guessing until the very end. Literally, the epilogue at the end wrapped it up for me. I wish the story didn’t end so abruptly, but I wave happy with the way everything tied together and the mysteries were revealed at the end. The characters were great, and I love that there was a bit of mystery to them as well. Sorrell and Reed had their moments, but it didn’t cross that line into a romance novel. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to read more by Enox.
The story focuses around Sorrel, a recent widow who has moved to a small town in New Mexico to start over. She is running, or hiding from, the people who murdered her husband, and is hoping to escape and start over. She used to be a local celebrity as a news anchor, so she is learning to fly under the radar, and not doing a very good job. She seems to be in the middle of everything in her new town, despite her efforts. She finds herself connected to local crime, and works together with local detective Reed, to try to solve them, and prove her innocence.

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The Embers We Seek: Prequel | War of Giants (A Rebel Princess Serial Book 1) by Acacia K. Parker – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Embers We Seek (A Rebel Princess Serial, #1)The Embers We Seek by Acacia K. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Embers We Seek:Prequel War of Giants is the first book in the Rebel Princess Serial by Acacia K Parker. It is the first book I have read by her, and while it’s not the genre I typically read, I enjoyed it. The author plans to release a new episode monthly, with a total of 10 episodes. The book is very short, and using the term as episode is a good description. The story takes place over just a couple of days, and is a small piece of what will likely be a great story. The book introduces us to Wren, Captain who is preparing her troops for battle. The goal of the mission is to try to prevent a much larger massacre, and in order to achieve that, she must turn to magical creatures for assistance. But magic always comes with a price, and Wren realizes this a little too late.

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The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler was AMAZING! It is a historical fiction book inspired by real characters and events, but adapted into a fictional story. By the end I was fully invested in the characters and their futures. The imagery used to describe the horrific events and scenes of WWII Germany were wonderfully written. I could envision the scenes unfolding before me as I continued through the chapters.
The book follows Lily St. James, an American spy from her teens into her early twenties. Shortly after leaving Finishing School, she wants to do her part to help the war effort. She finds herself joining the OSS, to become a spy. She is sent to Germany to infiltrate a ranking officer’s house and collect Intel. After things go badly, and her cover may be compromised, she must go on the run. We follow her throughout Germany and Switzerland as she try to escape the Nazi and SS troops, in order to get her vital information to the Allies. She makes friends along the way, and they continue to resurface as the story continues and she is sent on more missions. Will she make it back home to America safely, to reunite with her father? Read and find out. Highly recommend this book!

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Tracking Numbers (Lost Boys MC BOOK 1) by Janice M. Whiteaker – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Tracking NumbersTracking Numbers by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The description of Tracking Numbers drew me in, and I knew I wanted to read it. I haven’t read anything by Janice M. Whiteaker before, but it wont be the last! I will be reading the rest of the Lost Boys MC series as they are released. The writing is amazing, and draws you right in. I didn’t want to put it down, and the characters were wonderful. They had great chemistry, and a perfect balance of romance and fun. I liked reading about their internal turmoil as they struggle to not become like King, Kerri’s father and Tracker’s father figure. Kerri is such a strong female lead, and Tracker is a bad boy, with a kind heart. I highly recommend this book, and can’t wait to read book 2!

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Act I: Seed On Fire (Moore Family Saga Book 1) by Michele Sims – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Act I: Seed On Fire (Moore Family Saga)Act I: Seed On Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Act I: Seed on Fire is the first book in the Moore Family Saga by Michele Sims. It is the first book I have read by her, and I enjoyed it. I liked most of the characters in the book. Cade was a little too controlling for my liking, but he has good redeeming qualities. He loves his family and will do anything for them. The supporting characters are wonderful. At first, I thought it was just going to be a typical romantic story of 2 people in love, and starting a family. The book summary talked about events threatening Cade and Lecia’s love and family. I assumed that to be Cade’s controlling tendencies and fears about being a father. I was not prepared for the horrors that actually happened. I wont give any spoilers, read for yourself!

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Jake the Growling Dog (Jake the Growling Dog Book 1) by Samantha Shannon – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Jake the Growling DogJake the Growling Dog by Samantha Shannon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jake the Growling Dog was a cute story by Samantha Shannon. It is about a dog named Jake who is trying to make friends, but everyone is afraid of him. He has a hard time communicating himself, and often growls. But his growl doesn’t mean he is scared, mean or dangerous. He growls when he is happy, excited, and wanting to play. It seems no one wants to play with him, until Neet, the squirrel. Neet understands, and tries to show others that Jake is friendly. They work on his nice voice and eventually the other animals and kids start playing with him. That makes Jake happy, and feel loved. I love the message behind this book. The end explains how kids can be like Neet, and be friendly to others. Accept others, even when they are different, or new. There is also a suggested activity on how to spread kindness. This is a very short cute book, with a powerful message. I think it would be enjoyable to elementary school aged children. It would be a great book to read as a family, and practice spreading kindness and love.

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Fictional-ish by Natalina Reis – Review by Elizabeth Sanchez

Fictional-ishFictional-ish by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fictional-ish: A Friends to Lovers Romance is the first book I have read by Natalina Reis. It was a cute romantic comedy that I enjoyed. The story line was pretty predictable, but still had cute parts to stand apart from the rest. Two best friends, that finally realize they are in love. Well, Livie always knew, Kyle just took a decade or two to realize it. I always hate the parts of stories where someone gets emotional and jumps to conclusions, just to realize they blew things out of proportion. So aside from that scene, I liked the book. It has a lot of funny parts, and good supporting characters. The chemistry between Livie and Kyle, and their friends was great. The unique details to this story make it stand out from other stories of similar plot. But for the most part, we know how the story is going to end. I will read more by the author.

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