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Ashes of Aldyr (The Obscured Throne Trilogy Book 1) by Russell Archey – Review by Liz Vrchota

Ashes of AldyrAshes of Aldyr by Russell Archey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was interesting… I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get into with it because I have never read anything by Russell Archey prior but I was intrigued by the cover, synopsis, and a few teasers so I decided with spooky season and whatnot to give it a go. This novel definitely has the dark undertones to set the mood and really builds the worlds beautifully. I will say the skill set there is strong for Mr. Archey. I did however struggle with the layout of the storytelling overall. I just had a difficulty with the way things flowed and couldn’t get into a groove that I wanted to find and look for often with my reading. I think that is something I often fear with fantasy type novels and this one unfortunately fell into that rut for me. However, the world building, the imagination and the time obviously spent in developing the characters and the background was ever prevalent and kept me reading until the end at the least. I would say I would be interested in seeing what book two holds and seeing if things flow a bit smoother for me in reading that one. I enjoyed the darkness that kept me on my toes and intrigued as well. Not bad for a new author to me and what seems to be a newer author in general so I will give it a solid three and a half stars.

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Rock Me To The Top (Gracefall: Vicious Love Tour) by Victoria Zak – Review by Liz Vrchota

Rock Me To The Top (Gracefall: Vicious Love Tour Book One)Rock Me To The Top by Victoria Zak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not your typical rockstar romance read, and I floved every moment of it. I don’t know why I haven’t read Victoria Zak before this but it won’t be my last time that is for sure. This book built all the feels and so very perfectly. I was invested in the characters from the very beginning and rooted for them to find that happily ever after the whole time. I found myself really just wanting to dive right into my kindle and hold them several times. I loved that this book did a wonderful job of telling the story without all the extras as well. Ms. Zak did a wonderful job of keeping things simple without too simple if that makes any sense. I knew where these two came from and where they were going and I knew that they belonged together no matter what. The journey of how they got there was the main focus and that my friends was the gorgeous beauty in the reading that took place in this book. I cannot wait to see what will come next as it looks like this is just the beginning of a wonderful new series from Ms. Zak!

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Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Liz Vrchota

Death under Palm TreesDeath under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fourth installment of A Jack and Frances Mystery was just as exciting and just as much of a cozy good mysterious good time as the previous three before it if not more so! I have really loved following these two along on their adventures through time and all the mysteries they seem to find themselves in. In Death under Palm Trees we find Jack in Frances in Nice, in 1931, with a whole new mystery. I even spotted some characters from a previous book that I loved and returned for a hello so that was fun! The world building will make you feel as if you are right there with them too! The characters are really great but they build over the series so I would recommend that you read the books in order for the best enjoyment of the novels. I can’t wait to see what we will get next!

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Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals Book 1) by Tricia Copeland – Review by Liz Vrchota

Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals #1)Kingdom of Embers by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have loved just about everything I have picked up from Tricia Copeland in the past so when I saw the gorgeous cover from Kingdom of Embers and the synopsis it was a no-brainer one-click for me. I was thrilled with my decision too! This was quite the read and I was so excited this is the beginning of a new to me series that I get to dive into! The mix of the witch and vampire worlds as well as other layers of paranormal twists really kept me on my toes and engrossed as I read and totally glued to my kindle. I could barely put this down. I just had to know how things were going to play out for the main lead, Alena. I will say I didn’t quite see that cliffy coming but I can totally handle it because book two is available now, Kingdom of Darkness, and I am going to scoop that up as soon as I finish typing this up!

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The Last Danann (Titanian Chronicles, Book 3) by Victoria Saccenti – Review by Liz Vrchota

The Last Danann: Titanian Chronicles 2The Last Danann: Titanian Chronicles 2 by Victoria Saccenti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this third installment in the Titanian Chronicles from Victoria Saccenti. I have been following and reading from the beginning, which I recommend you also do to get the full enjoyment and understanding out of the novels, and these are some wildly vivid and detailed books that bring to life a world that always makes me feel as if I am whisked away and to magic and lore and mystery that I never want to leave. I really enjoy the way Ms. Saccenti builds her characters up and makes them so believable and relatable. I always find myself wanting to connect with them personally whether it be to to hug them or strangle them lol. I look forward to seeing what will come next!

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Cursed Luck (Broderick Coven Book 5) by AJ Renee – Review by Liz Vrchota

Cursed Luck (Broderick Coven, #5)Cursed Luck by A.J. Renee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AJ Renee has done it again with her 5th book in the Broderick Coven series, Cursed Luck! I love a good witchy paranormal read and never ever have to worry when it comes to picking up one of these novels. This was no exception to the rule and I fell in love fast with Edward and Mia. I really enjoyed these two and the way their romance developed throughout the adventure of the story. Renee does a wonderful job of building her stories with layers and amazing details that bring to life this world that I just want to jump right into every time. I would personally recommend that you start at the beginning of the series and enjoy each of the books in order for the fullest enjoyment possible, but you could if you wanted read these as standalones. I sure hope that there are many more to come in this series and I can’t wait to see what we will get with each one!

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Fool Me Twice by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Liz Vrchota

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you haven’t read any of Glede Browne Kabongo’s thrillers before, DON’T wait to get your hands on this read! I personally love a book that will grab my attention and throw my mind for a proverbial loup and this woman does it to me every single time. She has quickly become one of my favorites when it comes to thriller crime novels and I just can’t get enough. As soon as I saw that there was a new one available from her I knew I had to clear an afternoon and snag it because you won’t be able to put these down just like the title suggests. The twists and turns are so frequent that just when you think you get to a stopping point to say cook supper or adult at all you are at another and you suddenly are sucked right back into the chaos and can’t tear yourself away. Needless to say it was a pizza and movie night for the kiddos around my house for this one. NOT SORRY. This book had me in my feels too. I was empathizing with Shelby and her family but I also was wondering if she maybe had it all coming to her too? That is the beauty of the writing of Ms. Kabongo. I can’t wait to see what will come next from her and may just have to re-read this one to hold me over in the meantime!

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Fool Me Twice by Gledé Browne Kabongo – Review by Liz Vrchota

Fool Me TwiceFool Me Twice by Glede Browne Kabongo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you haven’t read any of Glede Browne Kabongo’s thrillers before, DON’T wait to get your hands on this read! I personally love a book that will grab my attention and throw my mind for a proverbial loup and this woman does it to me every single time. She has quickly become one of my favorites when it comes to thriller crime novels and I just can’t get enough. As soon as I saw that there was a new one available from her I knew I had to clear an afternoon and snag it because you won’t be able to put these down just like the title suggests. The twists and turns are so frequent that just when you think you get to a stopping point to say cook supper or adult at all you are at another and you suddenly are sucked right back into the chaos and can’t tear yourself away. Needless to say it was a pizza and movie night for the kiddos around my house for this one. NOT SORRY. This book had me in my feels too. I was empathizing with Shelby and her family but I also was wondering if she maybe had it all coming to her too? That is the beauty of the writing of Ms. Kabongo. I can’t wait to see what will come next from her and may just have to re-read this one to hold me over in the meantime!

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Engaño (The DeWitt Agency Adventures Book 2) by Lance Charnes – Review by Liz Vrchota

Engaño (DeWitt Agency Adventures, #2)Engaño by Lance Charnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second thrilling installment in THe Dewitt Agency Adventures series from Lance Charnes. I did find this one a tad difficult to get into at first because it was a touch on the slow side for the take off. It was detailed and hard to get through the set up but once I got through that and we were off on the adventure and the drama took off this book had me absolutely hooked and I could not put it down until I found out how things would work out for our MC. One thing I really love about this book is how much the main character, Carson, is a badass woman. She really is a strong female lead and I loved how that came across and flowed throughout the story. It made me really love her and the book that much more. The world building made me feel as if I was parting right there in the gorgeous coasts of Spain with her and I loved every moment that I held my breath while she made her way through the suspenseful moments. I look forward to seeing what will come next!

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Engaño (The DeWitt Agency Adventures Book 2) by Lance Charnes – Review by Liz Vrchota

Engaño (DeWitt Agency Adventures, #2)Engaño by Lance Charnes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second thrilling installment in THe Dewitt Agency Adventures series from Lance Charnes. I did find this one a tad difficult to get into at first because it was a touch on the slow side for the take off. It was detailed and hard to get through the set up but once I got through that and we were off on the adventure and the drama took off this book had me absolutely hooked and I could not put it down until I found out how things would work out for our MC. One thing I really love about this book is how much the main character, Carson, is a badass woman. She really is a strong female lead and I loved how that came across and flowed throughout the story. It made me really love her and the book that much more. The world building made me feel as if I was parting right there in the gorgeous coasts of Spain with her and I loved every moment that I held my breath while she made her way through the suspenseful moments. I look forward to seeing what will come next!

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