Stormwood by Luna Mayfield – Review by Kayla Bullock

StormwoodStormwood by Luna Mayfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stormwood is a short paranormal novel that tells the story of Luci. When she inherits her family’s estate, she is unsure what to do with it. But suddenly something-or someone-is calling to her from the estate. Traveling with her fiance, Luci is quickly swept up in the allure and mystery of the home. But things aren’t always what they seem. Can Beckett save her before it’s too late?

Stormwood was an edge of your seat paranormal story with steamy romance included. I was rooting for Beckett and Luci to get their relationship back together. The evil forces at work were mesmerizing and drew me in from the beginning. Very descriptive, great story telling! Definitely a must read! 5/5 stars!

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SPOOKED BY A SUSPICION by Risa Nyman – Review by Kayla Bullock

Spooked by a SuspicionSpooked by a Suspicion by Risa Nyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spooked by a Suspicion is the follow up novel to Swallowed by a Secret. We once again join Rocky as he continues to navigate his ever changing life. This story begins with his mother announcing she is getting married to Ted! Rocky sees Ted as evil–setting him up for failure, sabotaging him every chance he gets! He has to show him mom who Ted really is before it’s too late!

Risa Nyman has done it again! With this second novel involving Rocky, his relationship with Olive has grown, he has adjusted to his new school, and is even winning awards there. But Ted seems to throw a wrench into everything. Full of suspicion, mystery, suspense, and adventure, this book is just as good as the first of the series! Rocky faces challenges that any teen could face, and his feelings are portrayed in a realistic and relatable way. Great writing! 5/5 Stars!

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SWALLOWED BY A SECRET by Risa Nyman – Review by Kayla Bullock

Swallowed by a SecretSwallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman introduces us to Rocky, a spunky 12 year old who recently lost his father.  With the passing of his father, Rocky’s mother moves him to a new town to live with his grandpa.  While trying to adjust to his new home, new school, and life without his father, Rocky overhears a shocking secret.  Rocky’s dad didn’t really die because “his heart stopped.”  This sends Rocky on an investigation to discover the truth about his father’s death and why he isn’t allowed to return to his hometown.

Swallowed by a Secret is a fantastic novel that deals with a very heavy subject.  I believe it could be helpful to millions of teens around the world to read about Rocky’s adventure and what he discovers.  Accepting things about those we love can be hard, but in the end, Rocky knows his father loved him and that he was  great person.  Full of teen angst over normal things like a new school, all the way up to adjusting to life without his father, Rocky is a wonderfully developed character.  His friendship with Olive is fun, and shows what a  true friend should be.  I loved this story! 5/5 Stars!

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TAINTED by Marsha R. West – Review by Kayla Bullock

TaintedTainted by Marsha R West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Hartman thought she had a near-perfect life: loving, successful husband, 2 children, a nice home, and the chance to volunteer to help those less fortunate than herself. But that all falls apart when her husband is arrested and convicted of money laundering. Hoping to escape the past, she and her daughter Liz travel from Fort Worth to Red River, New Mexico to spend their summer at their family cabin. But they just can’t seem to escape their past, which includes Liz’s high school boyfriend, Matt, who just happens to be the sheriff of Red River. Trying to stay away from the danger that seems to be following them, Liz also finds herself trying to avoid rekindling the flame with Matt.

Marsha West knows how to write a fantastic novel! Liz and Lauren, her daughter, are strong lead women characters, which is always a plus in any story. Matt is likeable, and Gerry, the ex-husband’s evil just seeps right off the pages of the story. Marsha draws the reader in and the mystery involved was a fun one! Definitely a 5 star read! Highly recommend!

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Journeys Through TimeSpace (Journeys Through Book 2) by James Talisman – Review by Kayla Bullock

Journeys Through TimeSpaceJourneys Through TimeSpace by James Talisman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

James Talisman has done it again with the sequel to Journeys Through SpaceTime! The characters in these novels are well developed and entertaining. The story itself is fantastic, and kept me enthralled the entire story. All the different players add to a story full of time travel, sci-fi storylines, adventure and surprises! I am not usually a Sci-Fi reader, but these novels have convinced me to give the genre more of a chance! Great story and I can’t wait to see what James writes next! 5/5 stars, but I wish I could give it more!

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Another Yesterday (Mothers and Daughters Collection) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Kayla Bullock

Another YesterdayAnother Yesterday by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another Yesterday weaves together the stories of Mother and Daughter-Maggie in 1966 and Rachel in 1996. Maggie flees from her home, and ends up in Shadow Brook, Maine. But what was she running from and can she really avoid a run in with the past? Rachel, determined not to live like her mother, is forced back to Shadow Brook when her husband is unfaithful and her mom dies unexpectedly. Reading her mom’s old journals shows Rachel a side of he she never knew, and secrets are revealed.

I have read both of the books in the Mothers and Daughters collection, and enjoyed them both. The parts of the book that take place in the past intrigue me–seeing a different time compared to modern day(late 90’s) life. Maggie and Rachel are both likeable women, who I was rooting for during the novel. As a mother myself, I understand Maggie’s desire to shield Rachel from her past, and to try to give them a new start at life. I am excited to see what Angela Christina Archer writes next!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins – Review by Kayla Bullock

Notebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and PossibilitiesNotebook Mysteries ~ Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Decisions and Possibilities is the second book in the Notebook Mysteries series by Kimberly Mullins. I have not read the first book in the series, and which I had before reading this one.
Emma Evans is 18 years old, a recent graduate, and an entrepreneur. She is also struggling to figure out her love life-torn between 2 men.

Decisions and Possibilities was a good story. The characters were well developed and the story was interesting and kept my attention. However, I felt that the story jumped around way too much in time, and it was hard to keep things straight a lot of the time. I think reading the first book in the series would have made a huge difference in knowing the characters, their roles, and their history. I loved Emma’s character and am always rooting for a strong, independent woman lead who stands strong in her beliefs. Good story-read the series in order! 4/5 stars

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Forbidden Mate (The Shadow Chronicles Book 2) by CR Robertson – Review by Kayla Bullock

Forbidden MateForbidden Mate by C.R. Robertson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Forbidden Mates takes us back into the world of Vampire Tasha and Lycan Levi. Having helped form a very rocky peace agreement between their two species, Tasha and Levi are still fighting to keep both their relationship and their species in tact. They are facing danger from not only outside sources like hellspawn, but friction within their groups as well.

These books are so great. Tasha and Levi are a formidable force together, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow and become stronger in this second novel. The enemies are becoming stronger and more clever, which I enjoyed. I am really looking forward to the third book in the series….except that is the end of their journey! I could read 100 more novels about this couple and never get tired of it! 5/5 Stars! Highly recommend!

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Written in the Stars (Mothers and Daughters Collection) by Angela Christina Archer – Review by Kayla Bullock

Written in the StarsWritten in the Stars by Angela Christina Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written in the Stars tells the story of two women-Elizabeth, 17 years old, pregnant, and alone in 1950. Her parents are ashamed of her decisions and take her to the Dartmouth house to have her baby. Marlena, successful nurse, just at the beginning of building her life with her fiance, Jack. But when Marlena’s dad becomes ill, she discovers a family secret that has been hidden her entire life. Determined to find her birth mother, Marlena sets out on a journey that changes not only her life, but those around her.

Oh my goodness, what an amazing story! This one I couldn’t put down. My heart broke for both Elizabeth and Marlena, and their stories kept me engaged for the entire novel. The heartbreak, tears, and joy are made so real for the reader, and I was rooting for the characters from page 1. I can’t wait to read more by the author!

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THE MARCY SERIES BOXSET: BOOKS 1-3 by Linda J. Burson – Review by Kayla Bullock

The Marcy Series Box Set: Books 1-3The Marcy Series Box Set: Books 1-3 by Linda Burson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meet Marcy, young, running her own bakery, and with a terrible temper she can’t control. Dating Brad, who she has been with for two and a half years, Marcy expects to spend forever with him. But when she meets a mysterious stranger, and things with Brad fall apart, Marcy and Liam start to explore their relationship. Getting mixed up in Liam’s plot for revenge, Marcy finds herself on a path she never imagined.

These stories are good. I enjoyed the characters, especially Liam. However, there was a lot of times I felt the story moved at too slow of a pace and scenes that could have been shortened or removed altogether. Marcy is very wishy washy in her relationships, and her thoughts are all over the place. The conversations between characters were not realistic, as no one really talks like they do in these stories, which made some of it seem forced.

The Marcy Series has a good premise, and I would recommend reading it. The action scenes are fantastic and I kept reading to find out what happened with Liam’s revenge plot. 3/5 stars.

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