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Class Clown (Ghost Girl Series) by Allan Evans – Review by Felicia Bates

Class ClownClass Clown by Allan Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have never been one to find clowns creepy or chilling but there was one particular scene in this book that STILL sits very vividly in my mind. I get a shiver even thinking back on it. This was a really well written story that has a lot of description and attention to detail. I enjoyed Abbey and even her friends. I often find teen characters to be childlike and mildly irritating. This wasn’t the case in Class Clown- the girls were enjoyable and almost relatable.
I would really be interested in reading more from this author.

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Behemoth (Grimm Wolves MC Book 1) by D.M. Earl – Review by Felicia Bates

Behemoth (Grimm Wolves MC #1)Behemoth by D.M. Earl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have a lot of thoughts surrounding Behemoth but I can say I enjoyed the book overall and I do look forward to reading on in
the series. There were segments in the book where I felt like I was missing something, it was eluded that Francis could
often tell someone’s thoughts- even his brothers knew this but I never truly understood the context. I thought a couple times that I must have zoned out when reading and missed the backstory. The only other “criticism” I would have is that I expected a lot more “action” throughout the entire story line.
All of that said… the characters are FANTASTIC. Grace, Stitch and even the secondary characters tugged at my heart strings. I am really excited to see what this author and series has to offer because I am anxious to learn more and be involved in the inevitable character development. The book was a pretty fast read and did keep my attention. I would definitely recommend it if you like motorcycle clubs and relatable characters.

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(UN)Loved (Mixed Emotions Series) by Katy Hunter – Review by Felicia Bates

(Un)Loved (Mixed Emotions, #1)(Un)Loved by Katy Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed (Un)loved despite not knowing what to expect from this new( to me) author. I felt like her writing style was strong with an emphasis on detail that really helped the storyline play in my mind. I wouldn’t consider this a fast paced read but I felt like the storyline was strong with well developed characters. I really connected with Sophia and liked the growth I saw in her. The way the story was written from Sophia’s perspective really helped me connect with her, often feeling like I was chatting with a close friend. I look forward to reading on more, thanks to the epilogue!

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Lingering Spirits (Soul Connection Book 4) by Nikki Lynn Barrett – Review by Felicia Bates

Lingering Spirits (Soul Connection, #4)Lingering Spirits by Nikki Lynn Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lingering Spirits is the fourth book in the Soul Connection series and in my opinion it’s a 4 star story worth reading. When I picked up this book, I was certain I had read the three books prior to it but it turns out I was mistaken. I only realized I missed a book prior to this when I was having trouble visualizing some of the secondary characters and had this sinking feeling I was missing something. It is worth saying that this in no way ruined the storyline for me and I feel a reader would love this story even without prior knowledge of the series. For me, characters were so familiar but just wouldn’t click. I was drawn to this book in particular because of Russ and Hope’s connection. I think this would be a connection intriguing to just about anyone. Overall, I really love the paranormal aspects of this book and the characters. I feel like everyone in the book has great chemistry and it is fun to see how everyone’s lives intertwine. I definitely look forward to more in this genre-especially from this author, in the near future.

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Depending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Felicia Bates

Depending On YouDepending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Depending on You is most definitely a 5 star read. I grew up in a small town and my adulthood friends are the same women that I have known since elementary school. The bonds in this book meant a lot to me and while my best friends and I have not dealt with what Cate or Patti endured, I felt that their friendship was so relatable.
I can’t really say anything to do this book justice. There are so many elements but the biggest take away is in the meaning of friendship and family, blood or not.
The story really had depth and the storyline flowed seamlessly. I was really drawn to the writing from the very start and I was along for the ride through every bend in the road. I always enjoy when authors alternate between perspectives of the main characters so seeing the story through both women’s eyes was another element of the book I appreciated. Every character in this book was enjoyable and had the potential to tug at your heartstrings. I could literally go on forever. I loved this book. And it wouldn’t be a review of a Jessica Aiken Hall book if I didn’t mention how much I appreciated that she tied in her love for Tom Petty within the storyline as well!

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Road Rage (Outlaw Series Book 4) by Katrina Kantas – Review by Felicia Bates

Road Rage (OUTLAW, #4)Road Rage by Karina Kantas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am new to this stand alone series, Road Rage being the first book I’ve read. It has been a long time since I read a motorcycle club book and I’ve never read one by this author so I was really excited. Overall, I liked the book a lot. Gem was a really relatable character, tough and someone you wanted happiness for. The flow of the book was “weird” for me. I don’t remember at what point of the story that I discovered I felt parts were rushed… maybe it was reading tired in bed that caused the confusion. I wish there was an indication of how much time had passed in between each big event throughout the plot. I loved the high intensity and action in the last quarter of the book and felt like the ending was strong.
I would definitely recommend this book if you like MC reads with strong characters and high intensity action.

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Wild Hare’s Daughter (Wild Hares) by Laura Koerber – Review by Felicia Bates

Wild Hare's DaughterWild Hare’s Daughter by Laura Koerber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hadn’t realized when I started this book that it was a sequel to another book prior. All things considered, I really did enjoy Wild Hare’s daughter. I didn’t have any difficulty following along or relating to the characters, especially gravitating toward Amy. I really liked the writing style of this new to me author. Switching between Bobby and Amy’s perspective throughout the book really gives a larger picture and is one of my favorite elements in a lot of books I’ve read. I felt the writing was strong and the dystopian aspects mixed with reality really made this a unique story for me. I would definitely consider reading more from this author.

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The View from Here by Leon Stevens – Review by Felicia Bates

The View from HereThe View from Here by Leon Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t read many sci fi books but I stumbled across this novella and I figured with such a short page count, what did I have to lose? I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was taking a chance on a new to me author but as I find more often than not, I was pleasantly surprised. This story was captivating from start to finish and left me craving more. The imagery and attention to detail did not go unnoticed and the characters were well developed. I enjoyed this brief escape from
reality!

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Sinful Vow (Dark Mafia Sins, book 1) by Emily Bowie – Review by Felicia Bates

Sinful Vow (Dark Mafia Sins, #0.5)Sinful Vow by Emily Bowie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to make of Sinful Vow at first. It was much more “spicy” than I anticipated straight off the bat but it simultaneously had my undivided attention.
I liked how the narrative switched between both main characters and as the first book in a series, I felt like we were given a good background on all characters and each one really had a lot of depth.
I knew going into this that there was a romance element to the genre and originally found myself wishing there was more action, that wish was granted pretty quickly. This book truly exceeded all expectations and I look forward to more from this author.

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Face the Fire (Moore Family Saga Book 5) by Michele Sims – Review by Felicia Bates

Face the FireFace the Fire by Michele Sims
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Face the Fire was the first book I’ve read by this author and I jumped right into the series in book five. The synopsis describes this as a standalone and I really never felt
lost while reading without any prior knowledge of the series. I thought that the characters were truly strong and well written. I liked Bella and felt as though she was as relatable woman. She was emotionally strong and outspoken and I admired that. This book was not as fast paced as I had hoped it would read for me but the attention to detail was really there. The scenarios and conversations between characters played out in my mind like scenes from a movie. To me, that’s always the proof of strong writing. Overall, the genre itself was out of my norm, but I would definitely be open to reading more in the future.

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