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Falling Home (Buckeye Falls Book 1) by Libby Kay – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63285874-falling-home” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Falling Home” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1668277300l/63285874._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63285874-falling-home”>Falling Home</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19377638.Libby_Kay”>Libby Kay</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5255576344″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This was a cute story about second chance love. Ginny returns home to care for her ailing father. One of her main priorities, avoid her ex-husband, Max. On the other hand, Max has been missing Ginny and doing all he can to put his love for her into the diner. When they’re partnered for the Christmas Jubilee, Max sees his last chance to get Ginny back. I recommend this quick read, with a happily ever after!
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Delicious Death (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries Book 2) by Byrd Nash – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61328651-delicious-death” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Delicious Death (Madame Chalamet Ghost Mysteries #2)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1655738309l/61328651._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61328651-delicious-death”>Delicious Death</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19182817.Byrd_Nash”>Byrd Nash</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5207318509″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
In this second installment of the series, the author presents a page-turning mystery. The story picks up shortly after the ending of the first book, which I admittedly didn’t get a chance to read yet. However, that did not stop me from understanding the storyline or the characters in book 2. Great story, interesting characters, and a slow building relationship!
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Revenge Never Rests (Tallie Brown Suspense Book 2) by Laurie Lewis – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63918024-revenge-never-rests” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Revenge Never Rests (Tallie Brown Suspense Book 2)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1670095373l/63918024._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63918024-revenge-never-rests”>Revenge Never Rests</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/407409.Laurie_Lewis”>Laurie Lewis</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5202975779″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
In this second book of the series, Tallie is searching for a missing girl but doing so might bring up secrets from Tallies past. While I believe it is possible to read this book as a standalone, having not read the first book, I did feel like I was missing a few details about Tallie and her past. Missing those few details however did not take away from the overall story of the second book nor did it hurt the relatability of the characters. The author did a tremendous job of building relationships between characters while also giving twists and turns that were unpredictable. Great story, looking forward to reading book and more in the series.
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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was absolutely blown away by the breathtaking scenery and the raw emotions and relatability of the characters. Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and as a Latina woman, I LOVE to read about a Latina character.

This story is told from two points of view— Emma, the heir to the ranch in Texas, and Josie, Emma’s mom. We also learn a bit about their family history and the expectations of mothers to daughters over the years as the ranch is passed down each generation. Emma soon learns of a cave that leads to another world. As Emma is trapped in this world, Josie, still at the ranch, has no idea where her daughter disappeared to and as with any mother who’s child mysteriously disappears, worry begins to consumer her.

I was captivated by this story — wanting to know more about Emma’s experiences while also feeling for Josie. As I read, I felt such a connection to each character, which were so perfectly written. Highly recommend!

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Rainbow’s Red Book of Poetry by Lily Lawson – Review by Jasmin Marie

Rainbow's Red Poetry BookRainbow’s Red Poetry Book by Lily Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this poetry book. I found the poems to be interesting, relatable, easy to read and thought provoking. My favorites include Awakening and Recipe for Life.

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The Second View (The View from Here Trilogy Book 2) by Leon Stevens – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61779565-the-second-view” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”The Second View (Book 2 of The View trilogy)” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1659148140l/61779565._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61779565-the-second-view”>The Second View</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19719452.Leon_Stevens”>Leon Stevens</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5060150124″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
The second installment of this trilogy was just as interesting as the first. Thomas and April’s adventure continues right where it left off in book one. Just as last time, they face challenges along the way, and learn that things don’t always go the way we plan. They soon learn to expect the unexpected and know that as long as they have each other, all will be well. This is my second read from this author, and just as in the first book, his world-building is wonderful and the characters are relatable. As I’m not a math/science person, I did get a little lost in some of the details of the story, but not to the point where I could not enjoy it. Looking forward to book #3!
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Euphoric Wonderland by Ryan M. Becker – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60676407-euphoric-wonderland” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Euphoric Wonderland: An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1648016903l/60676407._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60676407-euphoric-wonderland”>Euphoric Wonderland: An Eclectic Collection of Psychedelic Poetry to Stimulate the Senses and Open the Mind</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21521632.Ryan_M_Becker”>Ryan M. Becker</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5055574440″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Can you imagine discovering the complexities of the music/lyrics of the Beatles at the age of 36 and writing a collection of poetry in response? That’s what this author did! Throughout this collection, the author paints vivid imagery of his life and/or emotions in each poem– telling us about his childhood, teenage, and adult experiences. There were times that I was a bit lost in the psychedelic nature of this poetry– maybe I would have understood it a little more if I too were on a different dimension but there many poems that were relatable in the sense of feeling lost in my mind or emotions. Also, the vocabulary is a bit challenging- so keep a dictionary or Google at the ready!
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Grave Digger Academy II (Grave Digger Academy Book 2) by C.A. King – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49995288-grave-digger-academy-ii” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Grave Digger Academy II” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1577480642l/49995288._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49995288-grave-digger-academy-ii”>Grave Digger Academy II</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6993053.C_A_King”>C.A. King</a><br/>
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This YA paranormal sequel is such a fun and interesting read! If you’re into books like Harry Potter, you will find the GDA series as equally as intriguing. The main character, Makayla, is entering her 2 year at the academy and once again, finds herself in a bit of trouble. Her school is still considered one of the worst and when Makayla and her friends are nominated for a competition, she has the perfect opportunity to bring a bit of prestige to the school. However, Makayla has to be careful, she is under careful watch from the headmistress, and doesn’t want to disappoint her family.<br /><br />Once again, the author did a wonderful job of world building and creating interesting and fun characters. If you like magic, action, and/or y.a. novels, this is the book/series for you! <br />
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Azreya, Aztec Priestess: An Illustrated Mythology Legend by Tricia Copeland, Illustrated by Matt Maes – Review by Jasmin Marie

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61654037-azreya-aztec-priestess” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Azreya, Aztec Priestess” src=”https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1658502599l/61654037._SX98_.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61654037-azreya-aztec-priestess”>Azreya, Aztec Priestess</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14055439.Tricia_Copeland”>Tricia Copeland</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4979849154″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This is a book for YAs aged 12+. It combines paranormal/fantasy, historical fiction, legend, and mythology. The main character Azreya is born marked by a demon. At the age of three, she is placed in the care of a shaman who promises to protect her. When the Spanish come to Azreya’s land, she sees two paths– one of saving her people and another that leads to their end. Can Azreya control her inner beast and convince her people to break from age-old patterns, or will the Aztecs be vanquished by the enemy?<br /><br />I love love love this author’s work. I can always tell that she just loves writing and this illustrated book is no different! The world-building is amazing, the characters are interesting and relatable, and the illustrations are an added bonus!<br />
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I Loved You Yesterday (Trading Heartbeats Trilogy Book 1) by Julie Navickas – Review by Jasmin Marie

I Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats TrilogyI Loved You Yesterday: Book One in the Trading Heartbeats Trilogy by Julie Navickas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an incredibly heartwarming, beautiful, and slightly messy love story! I was immediately drawn to this book from the title– the idea of loving someone in the past, and then coming back to fight for that love really pulled me in and the author did not disappoint! The author added layers of detail that both enhanced the story and added to the characters. I felt that the characters were relatable, complex, and engaging- as I read, I NEEDED to know what would happen to them next. I am looking forward to the next book following this juicy love triangle.

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Death & Mirrors (All Things Dark & Deadly Book 1) by SF Benson – Review by Jasmin Marie

Death & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book OneDeath & Mirrors: All Things Dark & Deadly, Book One by S.F. Benson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a great start to this series! While I have never read anything by this author, I was interested in picking up this book based on its description– “a darker, grittier Alice in Wonderland” and I was not disappointed. This fantasy story includes everything you might be looking for — a mirror world, magic, family, loss, danger, adventure, and more! The main character, Evaline, has hopes of becoming a detective but due to a recent tragedy, her father has hopes of her marrying their (older) neighbor. When a stranger asks the family for help, Evaline finds her chance to follow her dreams. Her adventure begins as she is sucked into a different dimension to battle a doctor of death with a goal to stop him from reaching London. The beginning was a bit slow but once the action began, I could not put this down. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.

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Levi (The Brothers of Creekside Ranch Book 1) by Edith Mackenzie Review by Jasmin Marie

LeviLevi by Edith Mackenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a cute book! It reminded me of a sweet romance movie that you might find on TV. This book centers on Levi, a retired Navy Seal, and Bella, a key witness in need of protection. Levi finds the perfect cover for Bella and is “hired” to care for his younger sister after the death of their parents. Levi, Bella, and his siblings quickly form a bond. This great story brought a bit of everything, including suspense and romance. The characters are great and easy to relate to. Levi and Bella help each other heal and grow– which is what love should be about. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and this series!

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The Happily Ever After Bookstore by Bernadette Marie – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Happily Ever After BookstoreThe Happily Ever After Bookstore by Bernadette Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great happily ever after and it all begins in a bookshop. Leona is the owner of this little bookstore and she loves to interject/meddle in the lives of her customers. Leona works her magic and forms three happily ever afters in this book. I loved the characters and the overall theme of this book. Great summer beach read!

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Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove Book 1) by Shannon Nikole – Review by Jasmin Marie

Finding Starlight (Quimby Grove #1)Finding Starlight by Shannon Nikole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent debut novel! I absolutely loved the characters. Ellawyn is relatable, kind, and all-around someone I can imagine being friends with. Beckett is charming, thoughtful, and just perfect for Ellawyn. The other characters, though minor, add extra elements of emotion to the story. The small town vibe that makes up Quimby Grove is exactly what I needed from this book! The characters kept my heart in this book, but the drama and twists left my brain wanting more and more. There were a few inconsistencies in the story, hence the 4-star rating, but I am looking forward to reading more about this small town and from this author!

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The Wolf’s Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files Book 1) by Cecilia Dominic – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Wolf's Shadow (The Lycanthropy Files #1)The Wolf’s Shadow by Cecilia Dominic
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good thriller and I LOVE a good werewolf novel. This story is an excellent combination of both. Although it took a little while for the story to pick up, I was intrigued by the plot line, characters, and the connection between Joana’s research and the mysterious town of Piney Mountain/Crystal Pines. I felt that the descriptions of people and places was just enough without giving too much away about each character. I liked that I wasn’t sure who I should trust and was kept guessing until the very end. Excellent story, I look forward to reading more from this author.

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The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twistsThe Last Cabin Girl: A totally gripping thriller full of twists by Tom Swyers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel is well written and absolutely thrilling! I could not put this down. With every chapter, the author surprised me with twists and turns. The characters were well developed and interesting. What I liked was that I could not read all of the characters and was surprised throughout the novel by what motivated and guided them. In the end, they might surprise you! I highly recommend this book! It will not disappoint.

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The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy Book 1) by Rowan Rossler – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Cruiser (The Hustlers Trilogy, #1)The Cruiser by Rowan Rossler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I highly recommend this book! I could not put it down! I woke up around midnight and couldn’t sleep, figured I’d read a few pages and slowly drift off. Nope, next thing I know, I’m 80% through and it’s 5 am. The writing was phenomenal, I have never been to Monaco, but felt like I was there. I absolutely loved the chemistry between Morgan and Vandana. This book is the perfect combination of romance and suspense. Plus, I couldn’t help but love the luxuries of yacht-life.

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Hush, My Darling (Benoit and Dayne Mystery Book 2) by Winter Austin – Review by Jasmin Marie

Hush, My Darling (Benoit and Dayne Mystery, #2)Hush, My Darling by Winter Austin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read from this author but it won’t be the last. This book is suspenseful, mysterious, and will keep you guessing until the end. Although a second in the series, it could be read as a standalone. Highly recommend!

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Forbidden Love: Book 1 of the Forbidden Duet by KM Lowe – Review by Jasmin Marie

Forbidden Love - Book 1 of The Forbidden DuetForbidden Love – Book 1 of The Forbidden Duet by K.M. Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great start to this series! I enjoyed this writer’s style, I was pulled into this story from the very beginning. Kally and Clark have a forbidden love but when family obligations come into play, their fate is put to the test. I liked Kally and Clark’s chemistry. I thought that both characters were very realistic. This was a well written contemporary romance with plenty of action and plot twists!

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(UN)Loved (Mixed Emotions Series) by Katy Hunter – Review by Jasmin Marie

Until there was youUntil there was you by G. Colgrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in an afternoon! Its an incredible, but not basic, romance story! The author did a wonderful job of giving us realistic characters who face twists and turns throughout the story. Jeremy and Regan had such a good connection and I kept wanting to read more. If you like contemporary romance novels, I suggest this book!

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The Worry Knot by Mary Bleckwehl – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Worry KnotThe Worry Knot by Mary Evanson Bleckwehl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a heartwarming story that brings you back to the life of a middle schooler. As a teacher, I can say that most students worry about two-three things: grades, crushes, and maybe sports. Rourke was trying to make this his perfect year, but certain obstacles, like crazy neighbors and the typical antics of middle school, made that somewhat difficult. What I loved about Rourke’s story is that it took us into the mindset of a young teen and made us realize that they actually do worry about more than just two-three things. Rourke has a lot of problems to deal with beyond his own, including the struggles of his sibling and classmates. Over time, I truly began to understand his worries. While I thought that this would be a fun and interesting read, I was not expecting the deep issues that this book so heartwarmingly covers. I highly recommend for people of all ages.

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Until There Was You by G. Colgrove – Review by Jasmin Marie

Until there was youUntil there was you by G. Colgrove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in an afternoon! It’s an incredible, but not basic, romance story! The author did a wonderful job of giving us realistic characters who face twists and turns throughout the story. Jeremy and Regan had such a good connection and I kept wanting to read more. If you like contemporary romance novels, I suggest this book!

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Kiss of the Swan by Natalia Reid – Review by Jasmin Marie

Kiss of the SwanKiss of the Swan by Natalina Reis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the Grimm’s Fairytales? This might be the book for you! Cathal and Eala want a life together but in this twisted fairytale, the young couple faces many challenges. In their world, violence and cruelty are common and many people must fight for survival. However, there is also beauty in their world. This well-written story is sure to take you on an emotional roller coaster and is filled with characters that you will either love or hate!

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Reverence of a Ronin by Bree M. Lewandowski – Review by Jasmin Marie

Reverence of a RoninReverence of a Ronin by Bree M. Lewandowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was immediately drawn to this book by its cover! The black background mixed with hints of red and a beautiful geisha made me wonder what secrets hid behind this story. Set during a Revolution in Japan, the main character, Ono Aia has dreamed of becoming a geisha. However, her curves are unlike other geishas and she is ridiculed for her size. On a special night, Aia has the opportunity to be a geisha and meets a mysterious guardsmen named Nen. His dark eyes and large figure scare and intrigue Aia. Soon, he introduces her to a world she’s never experienced before. As Japan transforms its society, adding western influence, Aia questions her future. This was my first book by this author. I enjoyed it very much but wish it was a little longer.

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A Spider in the Garden by Courtney Davis – Review By Jasmin Marie

A Spider in the GardenA Spider in the Garden by Courtney Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was drawn to this book by the cover. Although spiders creep me out, Aranha is just as fierce as portrayed on the cover of this book. As the last of her kind, she lives a secluded life but that all changes when she meets Dag, a daywalking-vampire. Although sparks quickly fly between the two characters, I appreciated the realness of Aranha’s hesitation to change the life she has known.

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Depending On You by Jessica Aiken-Hall – Review by Jasmin Marie

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

Cate and Patti are distant best friends, who always find their way to each other in times of need. After spending years apart, the two friends must reunite when an old secret comes back to haunt them. In addition to friendship, this well-written story is full of secrets, suspense, and murder. This is my first read by this author and I really enjoyed her writing style. I was pulled into the plot within the first chapter and was willing to lose sleep just to read a little more!

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The Mesmerist by Claire Luana – Review by Jasmin Marie

The MesmeristThe Mesmerist by Claire Luana
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book! If you are looking for fantasy, adventure, heartbreak, as well as twists and turns along the way, this book is for you! I have always loved fantasy novels and in the past few years have found a new interest in mystery both of which were so wonderfully written in this book. The characters are mainly young adults, but the plotline is so intriguing, readers of any age would enjoy this! The characters are realistic and likable, but just like people, they all have their issues and learn how to cope with them throughout the book.

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The View from Here by Leon Stevens – Review by Jasmin Marie

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

I enjoyed this sci-fi/adventure novella! The author did a wonderful job of creating characters that were adventurous and relatable but what really hooked me was the world building! I often times lose interest in sci-fi/adventure stories because I don’t feel like I’m there with the characters but this descriptions of both the world inside and outside of the cave really piqued my interest. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, book 4) by Amy McKinley – Review by Jasmin Marie

Savage Secrets (Mafia Elite, #4)Savage Secrets by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love getting lost in this series! The real world has just been a lot lately, it was so great to dive into the fourth installment of this mafia series! I’ve been looking forward to Elena’s story since we first learned that she might be alive. I loved the chemistry between Elena and Marco. Elena, like her friends in previous stories, is one B.A woman who’s main goal is to protect those she cares about. I’m looking forward to the next book!

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To be a Fae Guardian (Realm Chronicles Book 2) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Jasmin Marie

To be a Fae Guardian (Realm Chronicles, #2)To be a Fae Guardian by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Amazing, yet again! I was so excited to dive back into the fairy realm and learn more about Aubren and it’s new Queen. As in the first book, Titania is not afraid to show her strength and bravery. The writing and world-building in this series is phenomenal. I am so looking forward to more from this author!

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