The Time Traveler’s Magic (Magic Bound Saga Book 1) by Anna Applegate – Review by Erin Wolf

The Time Traveler's Magic (The Magic Bound Saga #1)The Time Traveler’s Magic by Anna Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give The Time Traveler’s Magic (Book 1 of the Magic Bound Saga) by Anna Applegate, 5 stars.

Ember is struggling with life. Her job as a waitress does not pay much, but she needs to do what she can ever since her mom has been in the hospital. Then she gets a call she dreads, her mom is now in a coma. Her life feels like it’s falling apart. Oh and the best part? She hears voices, mainly coming from the stock room of her work on a ship that has been converted into a restaurant. Not to mention that it feels like some one is always watching her.

After an incident at work, she ends up thrust into the care of a sexy man dressed as a pirate on a ship in the middle of the ocean. What is going on? Is she imagining it? To find out what is happening and maybe fix her mother, she will have to accept what is her new reality and trust people she has just met. Can she do it?

Ok, first off, I will admit something — I never really understood the popularity of the time travel genre. I wasn’t interested in it before, but this book caught my attention and I thought I would give it a try. Oh my god!!! I was blown away!!! The author wastes no time throwing us into it. Many books take a while for the character buildup, not getting into the action until a quarter to halfway through. Nope, not this author. It doesn’t take long at all before you are on the ride of adventure and action. But this doesn’t mean the characters are lacking either. You really understand where Ember is coming from and I feel for her so much. I felt like I was in her shoes, which is the best compliment I can give. The story is different from those I’ve read before. I especially liked how we have not only time travel, but supernatural creatures too. That adds another layer of depth to this wonderful book. I could not put the book down and cannot wait to read the next book!

If you are a fan of time travel and/or paranormal books, I highly recommend this book.

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Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Erin Wolf

Miami Days Havana NightsMiami Days Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Miami Days, Havana Nights by Linda Bennett Pennell, 5 stars.

In the mid 1920s, 17 year old Jewish boy Sam witnesses a mob hit in New York. Instead of losing his life, the men he works for ships him off to Miami, never to see his family again. He must learn to survive with coming to the reality that he will be working for the gangsters since they saved his life. He is told to stay in a Jewish bakery. Here he meets the baker’s daughter and falls in love. But her parents don’t want her to marry a gangster? Can he get out of this life? He owes them so much, but he loves Rebecca. Thus begins an interesting life no one had ever heard of.

While doing research for another course, Liz comes across an unknown man in quite a few photos of notorious Jewish connected man, Moshe Toblinsky. The more she tries to find out about this man, the more mysteries arise, including lots of travel and adventure. Meanwhile she is still dealing with the security of a trustworthy boyfriend, and some issues with her parents. Can she discover who this man is? Is it worth it?

I was blown away by the first book in the series and so eagerly awaited reading this book. I was so not disappointed. It has wonderful characters in both timelines and all of the things going on both present and in the past grip you in the spell the author has weaved of love, misfortune, action and adventure.

I highly recommend this book to all of those who like great books!

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Not Fade Away (Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4) by Donna S. Frelick – Review by Erin Wolf

Not Fade Away: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4Not Fade Away: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4 by Donna S. Frelick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Not Fade Away: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 4 by Donna S. Frelick, 4 stars.

Rafe’s father, although a well-know military man, has been in failing health. Now it seems like there is someone out to kill him. So they decide to hide him on Earth. That where he is from and he has been asking to go there for a while now. They end up in a cabin in a small town in North America. It is unlike anything Rafe has experienced before, but it is quite peaceful. He cannot manage his father alone though so they decide to hire a visiting nurse. The woman who shows up is not what the expected. Claire and her dog come in to provide aid to his father. But Rafe cannot stop thinking about her. His father is in danger though, he does not have time for a love interest. Plus he cannot divulge where the really are from. Humans don’t know about how much is really out there. But how can he say no to this woman?

This is a great addition to the series. The main characters are so different from previous couples in the series, which adds another layer to a great story. There is so much going on, action, suspense, romance — you feel so much for these people. Oh and Happy is a wonderful addition!

This is a well written science fiction romance that weaves a wonderful world you will fall into and not stop reading until the book is done.

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

Truck StoppedTruck Stopped by Manda Mellett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Truck Stopped: Satan’s Devils MC #11 by Manda Mellett, 4 stars.

Truck is a member of the Satan’s Devils. Also a former firefighter, he was fighting a bad wildfire when he ended up badly burned and injured. He cannot continue as a firefighter, he cannot ride a bike anymore. He does not see any hope of being able to do anything useful at all. So he ignores everyone, preferring to stay in his home. Until Allie shows up at his door. Yeah, she treats him better than he ever expected, she tries to be a friend. But she’s just a sweet butt, you can’t be friends with them or have a real relationship with them. Can he?

Allie was forced to work the streets since before she was even an adult. The opportunity to become a sweet butt for this club was the best thing that happened to her. She enjoys the sex, plus she doesn’t have to worry anymore. She’s enjoyed the 10 years she’s been there. But things have changed. She had one night with Truck before the fire that changed his life. That night made her feel things she didn’t think she was capable of. But can she get him to see the real her?

This is such a good book. I have not read all of the previous 10 books, but it is not really needed (although probably a bit more helpful) to understand what is going on. It is written differently than the others and I enjoyed that. The story of Truck and Allie is amazing. They go through so much, both individually and together. Just when you think they will get the happy ending they deserve, something else happens. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The author makes the characters so real, you get emotionally attached. Make sure you bring the tissues!

A motorcycle club romance book with lots of action, some humor and some hot scenes, this book I’d meant for adults and I highly recommend it.

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Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1) by Sherry A. Burton – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give Discovery (The Orphan Train Saga Book 1) by Sherry A. Burton, 5 stars.

Cindy’s grandmother passed away and unbelievably left her the house she owned and stated that all of her items be put into a storage unit after her death. Well, 7 years have gone by and she figures it is time to go through everything. Her grandmother was a cold, distant woman so it shouldn’t be hard to do. Then she finds a key that changes everything for her. Turns out her grandmother kept many secrets. This woman experienced many, many things during her younger years, beginning with being abandoned to an orphanage at a young age. But the stories just keep getting better. Cindy is finally on the path of learning whom her grandmother really was. But what does that really mean? Travel back to a time of complete hardships where you had to do things you normally never would just to survive.

I could not believe how good this book really was!! This is a new author to me so I wasn’t sure what to expect. She takes you in a wild ride of the early 1900s and she put you right in the front seat. I felt like I was right there beside Cindy as she read these journals. And the emotion!!! You really feel what her grandmother went through. The story and characters in this book are superbly written and I cannot wait to read the next book. I highly recommend it to every adult out there!

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The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give The Confectioner Chronicles: The Complete Fantasy Mystery Series by Claire Luana, 5 stars.

This series is centered around Wren, a teenage girl who has had a rough start to life. The only thing she is good at is baking. She is an apprentice at a bakery and it’s not the best life, but it’s better than she’s had. Then she gets the dream of her life — a chance to be in the Confectioner’s Guild. It is a dream come true. But the dream quickly turns bad. She is thrust into suspicion and plots beyond what she can believe. Things seem darker as the books continue, but Wren quickly learns to believe in herself and trust in her friends. Can they turn things around and make it better for all the people who live there? Or will the price be too large?

This series is incredible. It is unlike anything I have read before and the author weaves a world that feels so real, you quickly become part of it. This is a series for all ages, not just young adult. The characters are great! There are some you love and others you love to hate. Plus you really see them grow as the series moves on.

If you are a fan of magic, great worlds, and excellent characters, this series is for you and I highly recommend it.

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A Divided Mind by M. Billiter – Review by Erin Wolf

A Divided MindA Divided Mind by M. Billiter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give A Divided Mind by Mary Billiter, 4 stars.

High school senior Branson finally has to admit that he hears voices. He knows what people will think, so he’s kept it hidden. But after an incident at school, he knows things will have to change. But what will this mean? Can’t he just be normal again? Meanwhile his mother has to come to terms with this. Her little boy is not perfect. What exactly is wrong with him? What will it all mean? What can she do to make it better? She’s his mother, she can fix it. Right?

This was an interesting book. It read to me more like a book of discovery and coping with mental illness than a thriller book in my personal opinion. Written as different viewpoints, it’s interesting to see how each person sees what is going on and how they deal with it. It is a very interesting book and I liked the progression of not only Branson, but of the whole family. This would be a great introduction to a new series, too.

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell – Review by Erin Wolf

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

I give Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell, 5 stars.

Liz teaches in college, her specialty is American crime. She is fascinated with Al Capone and his people. She decides to drop everything to follow her boyfriend across the country, landing a better job in the process. While doing research, she comes across the fact that Al Capone stayed in a hotel in a little town nearby. She has never heard of this, so she decides to do more digging. Little does she know just how much she will uncover and how much it just may affect her.

1930s, a boy witnesses something he should not have seen. At the same time, a man checks into a hotel under a name everyone knows isn’t his real name. Is this man responsible for the violence that has been occurring? Can the good people of this era figure out just what is really happening and save those who need help?

This book is incredible. Liz learns and grows so much from her move, new job, and her research. The stuff she uncovers is fascinating. The events and people of the past are also so intriguing. The author weaves the two eras together flawlessly. I could not put this book down once I started. I felt like I was part of the story, I felt so much for the characters. You learn so much about life in the past, but in a way that is fun.

I highly recommend this book to those who like to read a good story with strong characters.

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Fools Rush In (Interstellar Rescue Series Book 3) by Donna S. Frelick – Review by Erin Wolf

Fools Rush In (Interstellar Rescue, #3)Fools Rush In by Donna S. Frelick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Fools Rush In: Interstellar Rescue Series Book 3 by Donna S. Frelick, 4 stars.

Rayna is undercover on a slave ship. She knows what her mission is and readily plays the role she needs to get inside. But things don’t go as planned. The slave ship is rescued by a pirate ship. While this is wonderful for the slaves aboard, it ruins everything for Rayna. Even more so when she has to explain what is really going on. Is there any way she can convince the captain to let her finish her mission? Or will his hatred for slavery ruin it all? What will it cost them? What of the attraction these two feel for each other?

This is my favorite book so far of the series. The story was so enthralling to me. I absolutely loved all the characters, the are all so different, but yet so real. The story is creative and new to me. Not to mention it kept twisting and turning on me to keep me on my toes. I could not put this book down, I was dying to see what happened next.

This can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading all of the books in the series since they are so good. If you are a fan of science fiction romance/action, this book is for you.

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Eternity (Captivity Series Book 3) by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk – Review by Erin Wolf

Eternity (Captivity Book 3)Eternity by Sarah Biglow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give Eternity: A Paranormal Romance Novella (Captivity Book 3) by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk, 4 stars.
** This review may contain spoilers from previous books in the series. **

Lorelei, Aiden, and the group they now call their family are happy in Sanctuary. That is, until they learn of a potential plan that may have tragic results to all shifters. They meet some opposition from the other residents, but they know they cannot just stand by and let it happen. So they travel back into the city where they will have to face some of their worst fears and enemies. Will they be able to succeed or is it doomed to fail?

I have greatly enjoyed this series and this book just added to my pleasure. The book weaves a wonderful tale of love, hate, action, and the extremes some people will go to. It also does a wonderful job of tying all the books together, bringing back characters we have met in previous books, as well as introducing some new ones too. I was completely engrossed in this book and could not put it down until I was done.

If you are a fan of shifters, romance and action, this book is for you.

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