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Alterations (Alterations Trilogy Book 1) by Jane Suen – Review by Jenni Bishop

Alterations (Alterations Trilogy Book 1)Alterations by Jane Suen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alterations by Jane Suen is an interesting short sci fi tale and is readable in one go. The  story line is full of suspense and mystery. The story is told in multiple POV’s which  gives us the readers a better understanding of what the characters think, why they do  what they do. Like our good doctor, Dr Kite. Is he a genius or is he Dr Frankenstein? Is  he clever or is he crazy? And just what is he doing to people?

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Game Changer (Alterations #2) by Jane Suen – Review by Jenni Bishop

Game Changer (Alterations #2)Game Changer by Jane Suen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Game Changer is the second book of the Alterations Trilogy by Jane Suen and is a sci fi  story of sorts. It is a very quick read, the same as the first but it holds you from start to  finish. This book picks up where the first book left off and carries on in the same vein  but has an under current of mystery and feels a tad sinister. As there is multiple  characters with a story, reading the first book is essential or you will not know what is  going on. The story is told in multiple POV’s so it gives an insight into each characters  life. As this is a trilogy I expect everything that is coming will end in an explosive way.  Looking forward to see what Jane has left in store for our characters.

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Drawing Strength From Words (A Four Horsemen Novel Book 2) by C.A. King – Review by Jana Teppih

Drawing Strength From Words (A Four Horsemen Novel Book 2)Drawing Strength From Words by C.A. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Drawing Strength From Words by C.A. King is the second book in her Four Horsemen series. Finally, it is here! I read the first story and I could not wait for the second one! It is a remarkable paranormal series where it seems that it somehow becomes better with each book (like wine …). If you love mythology then absolutely this series is for you – I am sure you have heard the legend of the four horsemen before and let me tell you, the writer has put an interesting spin on it!
Drawing Strength from Words is the story of Gabrielle and Ryder. Gabrielle is the second horseman and surprise surprise the second horseman really is … a woman! And what a woman she is – independent, powerful, resourceful, confident … and oh so lovable! Ryder, he is a perfect match for her – he is as closed as her but there is bond there and it keeps growing and … yeah, the writer is taking us on one heck of a ride, no pun intended.
It is a beautiful story that mixes the ancient myth and contemporary life and love … what else do you need? Cannot wait for the third story, I wonder what that horseman will tell us …

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The Finder of the Lucky Devil (Lucky Devil Book 1) by Megan Mackie – Review by Heather Bahm

The Finder of the Lucky Devil (Lucky Devil #1)The Finder of the Lucky Devil by Megan Mackie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Megan Mackie’s The Finder of the Lucky Devil is the first in the Lucky Devil series. This science fiction/fantasy novel has a little bit of everything mixed within in: suspense, drama, fantasy/science fiction, heartbreak, strife and more. I didn’t initially plan to read this story, but once I began, I was engrossed within the book. The author has created multi-faceted characters with hypnotizing sequences, action and addictive suspense. Rune’s the lead character is this story and she was so well written. Let’s not forget the Lucky Devil, so imaginative, creative and ingenious. This story was done correctly and is definitely one you should take a chance on.

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Caught in a Lie (Book 6) by Linda Burson – Review by Jenni Bishop

Caught in a Lie (Book 6)Caught in a Lie by Linda Burson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Caught in a lie is the sixth book in The Marcy Series by Linda Burson and is a  contemporary romance story. Each book in the series gets better and better and one I  have loved since the first book. I love these characters and feel like I am a part of their  journey, their love, their life, their unwavering love and commitment to each other.  Emotions run high and strong from anger and frustration, insecurities and love, pain  and heartache, heartbreak and excitement and you feel everyone of them. When they  laugh you laugh, when they break you break with them. I love and enjoy reading about  Marcy and the men in her life. Let me tell you, there were tears shed reading this one.     As usual Linda’s words had me turning page after page to see what was going to  happen next and I couldn’t stop until I had finished devouring each and every word.  The next book can not come quick enough.

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Player (What Happens on Campus #1) by M.L. Sparrow – Review by Jessica Leombruno

PlayerPlayer by M.L. Sparrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found Player by M.L. Sparrow more enjoyable than the last couple of NA Sport Romance books that I have read. The writing was smooth and very evenly paced. I liked that the romance wasn’t rushed and even though Chloe and Parker tried to be friends first; they both knew it wasn’t going to work. This book is the perfect world building book; most of that drama sets around the other characters to set up those books. Don’t get me wrong, Chloe and Parker did have their share of drama but they fit together so well it didn’t make too big of a mess for their relationship. Overall, I would recommend this book if you’re looking to start a new New Adult College romance series.

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The Gift Saga Trilogy (The Gift Saga Series Books #1-3) by Effie Kammenou – Review by Angela Hayes

The Gift Saga Trilogy (The Gift Saga #1-3)The Gift Saga Trilogy by Effie Kammenou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

The Gift Saga Trilogy by Effie Kammenou is now available in one great package, all three books in this fantastic box set. I had previously read all three book and adored them, it really is such a superb series. So, when I saw this box set was now available, it was a great excuse to dive into the series and experience it all over again. And I have to say that I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time, only this time there was no wait between books. #WINNING.
The series contains theses three books:

Evanthia’s Gift: The Gift Saga Series Book #1:
4 Stars
Evanthia’s Gift is the first book in the Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou.
This story kept coming up on my book feed and I kept looking at it, but never took the plunge as I wasn’t really sure of what to expect. But after reading a few reviews and then having it recommended by a friend, I finally decided to jump in.
We watch the story unfold, meeting Anastasia Fotopoulos- and follow her journey, meeting her friends and family and the complexities that come along the way. The story spans about 50 years, so it is definitely a saga. This book did take me by surprise, because I ended up loving it so much more than I thought I would.
This book is about betrayal, heartache, single parenthood, friendship, bonds, struggles, love, secrets, acceptance, cultural divides, blending of families, family pressure, heritage, responsibility, expectation, romance, and overall- a wonderful multigenerational love story.
A story that tugged at my heartstrings.

Waiting for Aegina: The Gift Saga Series Book #2:
4 Stars
Waiting for Aegina is the second book in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou.
We pick up right where the Evanthia’s Gift finished off. And again, we are treated to a beautiful story that tugged on my heartstrings. The author writes beautifully, painting vivid images with her words. The details and descriptions transported me into the story and I followed along as the story transpired. This journey of friendship, connections, and love is a fitting sequel to the first book. I loved catching up with characters from the first book, as well as meeting some new ones. The characters really make this story special.
I think this book is a little more complex and dramatic than the first one. But every bit as enjoyable. The Greek culture and heritage depicted in the story adds an honest, fascinating and enlightening element to the book.
The story has a great pace, a smooth flow and is easy to read. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this awesome saga.

Chasing Petalouthes: The Gift Saga Series Book #3
5 Stars
Chasing Petalouthes (Chasing Butterflies) is the third and final book in The Gift Saga by Effie Kammenou. What a great series this has been, and what a way to bring this saga some closure. There is tragedy, flawed characters, heart ache, trying to find your place in the world- all wrapped up in this ‘next generation’ coming of age story.
The story was every bit as good as the other two, but seemed to manage to etch itself just a little deeper into my heart. This book/series has been so lovingly crafted by Ms. Kammenou. She has a really wonderful way with words, and a style that lends itself to stories that will evoke emotion in the reader.
Ms. Kammenou’s vivid imagery paints a ‘landscape’ using words, bringing this beautiful story/series to ‘life’- the story becomes so visual. The story had me so tied up in knots, emotionally, right from the beginning. I really felt for these characters and what they were, and had been though. I did wonder quite a lot through the story about what the end would have in store for them. This story/ series is wonderful, but the characters are really what makes it so special- and I have enjoyed every step of the way- heartache, happiness and all.
I think this book is my favourite of the series, Ms. Kammenou leaving the best till last! It is a little sad to think this journey is over, but I am also intrigued by what Ms. Kammenou will do next.

This series is incredibly good- full of Greek culture, family traditions, love, friendship, heartache, happiness, determination, emotion, and sooo much more all wrapped up in this captivating saga.
I really recommend this series to everyone who loves a great sweeping saga with a wonderful story, interesting and endearing characters who pull you into their tale/s, and a truly unforgettable read! You won’t be disappointed!!

Thank you, Ms. Kammenou!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

 

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Player (What Happens on Campus #1) by M. L. Sparrow – Review by Ashleigh Whitwell

PlayerPlayer by M.L. Sparrow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first instalment of the What Happens on Campus series, Player is a new adult sports romance that hits all the right spots. Set in a Texan college, this book had everything I was hoping for and more. I cannot recommend it enough and have already downloaded the next book to read!

Full disclosure, I love a sports romance. Literally any sport and I’m obsessed with whatever book it is, especially if our leading man happens to play American football; even better if he’s the quarterback! As an English girl, like our leading lady Chloe, this allows me to escape into all of my fantasies. Basically, I’ve decided that I am Chloe and her story is now my own. I love this character and everything about her. Having suffered a traumatic event just a few years earlier, she is still learning how to cope with her new life. I love the mix of vulnerability and independence that she has and how despite everything, she has still found the strength to continue with her dreams. I not only want to be her, I want to be her friend, too. What more could you want in leading lady?!

Chloe has something else I want, too: Parker’s attention. What a dream of a man. Yes, he is a bit of a player, but what girl doesn’t love a bit of confidence? He’s a confident, cheeky athlete who also wears a hat (yes, I’m a sucker for this), so he’s basically my own personal version of heaven. While his timing sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, I really loved his and Chloe’s relationship. I won’t ruin the whole story for you, prepare yourself for some emotional moments!

On top of everything else that is perfect about this book, I loved the cast of supporting characters that supported Chloe and Parker. Riley is a particularly interesting character and I can’t wait to find out more about her past in the next book in the series, Flirt. This was a truly brilliant read and I’m about to throw myself straight into the next one!

Review by @ashleighw

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The Past Returns (The Marcy Series Book 5) by Linda Burson – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Past Returns (The Marcy Series Book 5)The Past Returns by Linda Burson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Past Returns is the fifth book in The Marcy Series by Linda Burson and is a  contemporary romance story and one hell of a series. These characters and feel like  family as I follow their journey and commitment to each other. Their trials and  tribulations of trying to make their unusual relationships work cause emotions to run  high. Insecurities and love, playful and funny banter and excitement cause your heart  to beat a little faster and when they cry you cry, when they laugh you laugh right along  with them. This is another page turner and one you once again can’t put down until you  know exactly where it ends. Bring on book six.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Misfortune of Time: Druid’s Brooch Series, #6 by Christy Nicholas – Review by Jenni Bishop

Misfortune of Time (Druid's Brooch #6)Misfortune of Time by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Misfortune of Time: Druid’s Brooch Series, #6 by Christy Nicholas is a historical  fantasy story.Whilst it can be read as a standalone, I suggest reading the others to  understand the characters and the world they live in. The story started off a little slow  but quickly picked up pace as the suspense kicked in. Christy’s writing takes you back  in time to a beautiful time and place that you can imagine. But it is a cruel existence for  our main character, where she lives with abuse and her decision to survive. Her rich  and vibrant words have you hanging on each and every word and keeps the pages  turning and enjoying the magical world she has created.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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