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Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte – Review by Jana Teppih

Fall Out GirlFall Out Girl by L. Duarte
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fall Out Girl by Luciana Duarte is a YA book that blows you away! I cried and I laughed and I raged and I was amazed. Your words Dear Ms Duarte, you put so much truth in them, they make one think, question what one believes in… You tear us down and then you build us up …. Where do you take it all from?
This story is about Luna and Caleb and all the other characters that are part of their lives. Luna is a badass drug dealer who volunteers at an animal shelter and takes care of her younger cousin Jake. She is full of dreams and hopes … Caleb is this adorable golden boy, the son of a judge and he is the one who will break through Luna’s façade …
I admire Luna very much, she is so much more mature than one would expect from a 17-year-old, I feel for her for the decisions she needs to take, things she does that might jeopardize her future, the way she took care of her cousin … I loved the relationship Luna and Caleb had, the simplicity of it, their love that defines the course of their life …
This book is magical, powerful, meaningful, realistic, heartbreaking, hopeful… It is full of emotions and pain, hope and love. I strongly recommend anyone to read it, it is a YA book but it is so much more!

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Enigma : The Final Chapter (Enigma #4) By Shandi Boyes – Review By Heidi Eich Woodring

Enigma: The Final Chapter (Enigma #4)Enigma: The Final Chapter by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enigma: The final Chapter and book four and the LAST about Isaac was truly just another book by Boyes that I loved. I might have cried because this is the last about him, and I fell in love with each and every book about Isabella and him. Another book that draws you in and will hold your attention to the very end. I have to say this review will be harder for me to write because I do not want to give away any details.

We are shown again in this book that Isaac will protect those that he loves because when he loves, he loves with such a passion and such a force that it will blow your mind. We again see that Isabella is strong no matter what is thrown her way. Will you learn what Enigma really is? Will this couple that has grabbed our hearts make it through all the trails that have faced them? You must read to find these out but I will say be prepared again to read in one sitting because this book will grab you and not let you go.

I have never read a series about such strong, dedicated couple that clearly are meant to be together. I wish Isaac and Isabella could go on forever and ever because I really feel that there is so much more to learn about them both and the other characters. I have become fully addicted to the WHOLE series and plan to reread many time because they are that good and threw me into yet another book hangover. While yes many answers will be answered, you will want more and more but I have to give this book 5 stars and again say that Shandi has knocked it out of the park again. She is an extremely gifted author that I plan to follow. I see a future with this one because her books are those that captivate you, draw you in, and will stay with you always. Bravo Shandi on one of the best books I have ever read! Now I need to cry again, I love Isaac and will miss him terribly!

Review By @ Heidi Eich Woodring
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Blackwell (A Magnus Blackwell Novel 0.5) by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor – Review by Jenni Bishop

Blackwell (Magnus Blackwell, #0.5)Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set back in the 1800’s, Jacob O’Connor meets Magnus Blackwell whilst studying at Harvard University to become architects. Magnus is the typical rich boy who hates his father and is out to do what he can to annoy him. Jacob is an orphan who was mentored by a man who helped him get a scholarship to get into Harvard. They become fast friends but Jacob quickly learns that Magnus has other ideas about studying and Jacob is stuck taking notes.. Magnus has found a woman, Frances that he is enthralled with but because of his love em and leave em attitude and her wish to save herself for marriage, Magnus moves on. However, his idea of love is not the same as others. Jacob finds himself and Frances getting closer. So close he tells Magnus he is going to ask her for her hand in marriage. Magnus outwardly gives his blessing but on the inside he is plotting his time to win her back. Magnus takes himself in New Orleans, to try to forget about her. He finds himself learning about voodoo, after meeting Oscar Wilde, a writer just starting out. Magnus becomes obsessed and he wants revenge.

Will Magnus find himself friends again with Jacob or will his obsession be his undoing?

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Flightless by L. Duarte – Review by Jenni Bishop

FlightlessFlightless by L. Duarte
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gray, now a talented, award winning singer, songwriter finishes her concert and is getting ready to meet and greet. When her assistant hands her the phone, she hears the words no one wants to hear. Cancelling the rest of her tour, she flies home to help the only person who has ever loved her unconditionally.

Now at home, not only is she faced with nursing the one person who she loves most in the world back to health, but she has come face to face with the one person who sent her running in the first place. Will she ever be able to forgive or will she hold onto the hate and forget to live her life as she has done for the last ten years? After coming to terms with her past, Gray finally realises that it is time to forgive.

Gray finds out her mother is sicker than she has been told and together they decide to live life with the time they have left together. With an unknown danger lurking in the background will Gray have her happy ever after?

To find out the answer to that question you will have to read this book. It is truly well worth the read. L Duarte is a very talented writer and I can’t wait to read other books by this Author.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Reader by M.K. Harkins – Review by Sheri Schrader

The ReaderThe Reader by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Reader by MK Harkins is not your typical YA read. This is a mix of paranormal and suspense. The story is about Ann, who is fantastically feisty and smart. She wakes up alone on the beach in the Pacific Northwest with no memory. She has been shot and doesn’t remember a thing about herself or the life she lives. In walks two young men, Devon and Archer, who claim she knows them. She does not remember them. Should she trust what they say?
Suddenly she has to believe their story for the safety of their lives. She goes with them to a remote, mountain location. There she meets people she did not even know existed. These people claim to be mind-readers and she is supposed to be one of them. Not only one of them but The Lost One.
The story is fantastic and takes all sort of twists and turns. The people turn against one another. Can civilization be saved? Can the people find a way to unite? I enjoyed this book because although set in a different setting tackles matters that are currently relevant. Can people learn to live together peacefully despite their differences? I was instantly taken with the character of Ann. She is a strong, opinionated, feisty female. I would have loved to have had more background into the characters, but ultimately enjoyed this book. It is a fun fast-paced read for any age with lots of twists and turns and interesting characters.
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The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, #2) by Julia Goda – Review by Jana Teppih

The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, #2)The Girl Worth Fighting For by Julia Goda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished reading The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, #2) by Julia Goda and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! It was my first book by this writer and it did not disappoint me.
I think you can read it as a standalone (as I did) but I felt that I was missing out on quite a bit, at the same time it made me curious about Lizzie and Cole (Book 1) and I will read it in the near future.
It is a book about how our past defines our future, how we create copying mechanism that might jeopardize our path to fulfillment. I also liked how the writer showed us that through persistence and commitment, one can move forward.
There are a lot of great other characters in this book and I am looking forward to Bobby’s story and Ashley and Jesse’s story and… I loved the tangents that the writer went off to and how she linked it to Logan and Rainey, it is hard to put this book down once you start reading. They pull you in and you cry with them and laugh with them and hope with them and curse with them and …. You get the picture…
For anyone whose past has helped shaped their future, Rainey and Logan’s story will touch you and you will want more!

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Unraveling an Enigma (Enigma #2) by Shandi Boyes – Review by Jana Teppih

Unraveling an Enigma (Enigma #2)Unraveling an Enigma by Shandi Boyes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unraveling an Enigma: Isaacs Story by Shandi Boyes is Book 2 of a 4-book Series. You can read it as a standalone as the writer is able to write in a way that you do not feel as if you are missing anything BUT I would not recommend reading this book before reading Book 1 first, you would be missing out a lot.
It is a powerful story about the unconditional love, breaking the rules and endless devotion. As I had read the first book I planned my whole Saturday around reading Book 2 – I knew that I wanted to start and not stop until I was done with it. And I did so! I laughed and I cried and I sat on tender hooks while keeping reading to find out what is happening and the ending… oh my word, I cannot wait to start on Book 3!
The book gives us more insight into why Isaac is the way he is, we get to know other characters more and of course, we fall more and more in love with Isaac along with Isabel so we feel what she is feeling…
Shandi Boyes is an amazing writer and has a true talent. I am really happy for finding this author and I cannot wait to read Book 3 (and I think I will need to make time to read the other books in her Perception series so that I could learn more about Isaac’s brother Nick and…).

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What’s Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis – Review by Jenni Bishop

What's Left of MeWhat’s Left of Me by Kimberly Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cole has been running from his past for four years because he can’t forgive himself. Returning to his parent lake house, to get himself together before seeing any one is his plan. No one knows he is back in town. Jenna hears something outside the house and panics. After creeping through the house and hiding the front door opens and she comes face to face with her intruder. Both are just as surprised as the other to find out who they are faced with. Now, here he is standing in front of the one person he came home for and determined not to make the mistake of letting her go again. But can he overcome his past to make a future with her? Will he walk away and lose any chance at happiness?

I found myself in tears reading this book. I was emotionally invested to the main character, Cole. It is a sign of a good story teller when that happens. Kimberly Lewis has written a good book. I wish the story was much longer, as it is only a short story.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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The Twins (The Twins #1) by R.G. Miller – Review by Erica Fish

The Twins (The Twins #1)The Twins by R.G. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about twins, Stacey and Jannifer McHill that were part of a hideous rape. It is a story that is told through the eyes of Detective Isis Williams. She was assigned a case that had a horrible outcome due to rage. Detective Williams really found herself while working on this case. It is a book that has a couple of curve balls that you see but when it happens you still cannot believe it. Detective Williams was a hot headed woman. She is a lost soul. She really finds what really matters to her throughout this investigation. There is not a “quote” per say, but when she is feeling herself getting angry she starts throwing punches in the air to gain her composure. There are some males important to the story, but I felt Detective Annette Toni was an important character. When she calls Williams “babe” it was an important part to see the growth that Williams was going through.

R.G. Miller is an excellent story teller. He likes to throw little curve balls in the story. The fact that this was a thriller kept me on my toes. Although there were times there was a break away to the other story line and it made me reread a part because I thought I was lost. I love how he tells exactly what happens to the twins right before the last hurrah of the story. I would definitely recommend this story. It was a good read. I cannot wait for book 2.

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Eve of the Exceptionals: A YA Epic Fantasy by Parker Sinclair – Review by Jenni Bishop

Eve of the Exceptionals: A YA Epic FantasyEve of the Exceptionals: A YA Epic Fantasy by Parker Sinclair
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gem and her Anima, Finn, have just found the treasure she was sent to the castle to retrieve. Before they can make their escape they come face to face with the Prince, Ryzyn.

Prince Ryzyn, upon hearing the King’s Guards coming, tells Gem how to sneak out of the castle before being caught. Gem hands over the treasure and escapes. Prince Ryzyn may be able to conceal the stone from the King’s Guard but he can not hide it from the High Wizard, Aldon. Aldon announces that he will be taking Prince Ryzyn around the land so he can master the use of the Heart. During the years since this fateful night, Gem is now in training hoping to be one of the chosen for the King’s Guard, she has worked hard to be where she is. Gem has been called upon by her friend Alena, who tells her of a darkness that is sweeping across the land and for her to be ready.

Prince Ryzyn returns to the castle to find out that his sister has been kidnapped and can not believe his Gem is standing there and wonders after all these years if she feels the same as him. Prince Ryzyn and Gem and their team fight their way across the land to bring the Princess back and fell the evil trying to invade the land.

If you like a story that is full of magic and magical creatures then this book is for you. It is well written and will capture your attention.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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