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Evil Sushi (Evil Sushi Series Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Emma Morreale

Evil SushiEvil Sushi by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Huge fan of C. A. King so of course I’m gonna read the first in her new series. Kind of an odd start though. People get more ecofriendly but caring about methane from cows so fish becomes more popular. But because the population has exploded, the seas are becoming ever more barren. Two intrepid fisherman find something in the depths. My first guess was that this was gonna be a twist between Grabbers and Cthulhu. If either of those things tickle you fancy, read on!

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Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia #2) by Phoebe Alexander – Review by Emma Morreale

Virtue & Vice (Spicetopia Book 2)Virtue & Vice by Phoebe Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Phoebe Alexander knows how to write romance. You want slow burn? She’s got you. But Virtue & Vice has you from the first paragraph. Moon and Katja have an undeniable passion and a great vision for Spicetopia. And who doesn’t love the idea of an adult theme park?
This is the second in the Spicetopia series and can be read as a standalone. I always recommend reading series in order though.

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

Out BadOut Bad by Janice M. Whiteaker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off I think Gwen is way too good for Joe. He’s kind of a baby about not having ever been introduced to her before, like is his best friend’s job to introduce him to all his in-laws. Secondly, I really didn’t like his line of thinking that Gwen could save him. That really put me off when I read the synopsis. It’s not a woman’s job to save the bad boy. She’s not his mother.
That being said, I went ahead and read this and it was pretty good. Gwen and Joe had pretty good chemistry and I was able to ignore how much of an emotional child Joe was. I get that he’s done terrible things and even though he’s paid the price, it haunts him. But his reluctance to really deal with those emotions bugs me.

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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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Tails Always Wins (Chasing Tails Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by Emma Morreale

Tails Always WinsTails Always Wins by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of C. A. King so when I saw this was the start of a new series, I was very excited. The first chapter was pretty metaphor heavy and got dark quickly. This book seemed to have more political threads woven into the story than past series by King but I kinda dig it. Brodie and Tails are extremely complex and I love a good revolution. Looking forward to the next book.

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Eternity (Captivity Series Book 3) by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk – Review by Emma Morreale

Eternity (Captivity Book 3)Eternity by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The supernatural aspects of this series are fabulous. The characters are wonderful, flawed, determined, and complex. But the most important thing about this series and this book in general is that the themes and lessons can be talked about in the context of what is happening in the world right now. I know Sarah Biglow is a lawyer so I don’t think I’m over thinking this but maybe I am. I’m still going to make everyone I know read this.

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Sugar & Spice (Spicetopia #1) by Phoebe Alexander Featured in the Sweetest Obsessions Boxed Set Collection – Review by Emma Morreale

Sweetest Obsessions: A Contemporary Romance Boxed Set CollectionSweetest Obsessions: A Contemporary Romance Boxed Set Collection by Jane Anthony
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With a title like Sugar and Spice, and Phoebe Alexander as the author, I knew this would get delicious.
Jolie and Cy have an instant attraction but as they work together at a family amusement park, things can get a little dicey what with the fraternization and such. Jolie’s attraction also brings up guilt since spending time with Cy would take time away from her boys. Cy has a secret that could threaten the budding romance he can’t ignore.
I’m excited this is the start of a new series so I’m hoping it’s a long one and we get more of these characters.

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Sanctuary (Captivity Series Book 2) by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk – Review by Emma Morreale

Sanctuary (Captivity Book 2)Sanctuary by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m seriously digging these characters and this world. There are some bits (like a fast growing hybrid baby) that are reminiscent of other books I’ve read, but I say that in the BEST way possible. It’s like how your favorite books make you think about the possibilities that could result from the smallest details you pick up and then it blossoms.
I’m about to force all my friends to get this series so I can have ridiculous, overthinking discussions.
DO NOT read this book first. I know it says novella, and I always think they come first no matter when they are published but you need to read these in order.

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Legacy of Luck (The Druid’s Brooch Series Book 3) by Christy Nicholas – Review by Emma Morreale

Legacy of Luck (Druid's Brooch #3)Legacy of Luck by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few of the Druid’s Brooch books and one or two others that had to do with Travelers. I was very excited to read this because I find their culture very interesting and it always adds a bit of dramatic and romantic flair to any story.
This particular book was a pretty easy read with a few twists and I definitely think that while a lot of the Druid’s Brooch books are heavily fantasy based, this one has the most realism in terms of where the plot ends up and what happens to and between the different characters. I really enjoyed that.
Katie is by far my favorite character and I got a bit of a shock near the end that I will not spoil.

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The Girls across the Bay (The Knox and Sheppard Mysteries, Book 1) by Emerald O’Brien – Review by Emma Morreale

The Girls Across The Bay (Knox and Sheppard, #1)The Girls Across The Bay by Emerald O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The pacing for this book was a bit meh. Similar aspects of detective/police/journalism seemed rushed in one part and nit picked at others. It could be one of those things where the formatting is deliberate and only becomes apparent on a second read. Some of the plot was confusing and I couldn’t really nail down a timeline but it didn’t really confuse me too much. Hopefully the next book will answer some of my questions and resolve a cliffhanger or two.
All in all, this was a very nice read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series

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