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Whispers in the Waters (Blood of the Fae) by Sarah Chilson- Reviewed by May Leadstone

Whispers in the Waters (Blood of the Fae, #0.5)Whispers in the Waters by Sarah Chislon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The journey that the Victorian lady Jessa takes with her Guardian to the town of Middlebury under the mysterious favor called in by her Aunts friend makes the reader curious to see what happens. The mystery continues when they arrive and a dramatic scene unfolds that doesn’t make Jessa any less suspicious of her Aunt’s past and secrets. Ladies are supposed to be demure and uncurious, and Jessa is finding it hard to live by tenants of being a lady if saving her loved one is on the line!

This story is really well written and the imagery put forth by the author is phenomenal! I enjoyed the Fae Lore that went into this novel and not just the bits and pieces that get placed in the genre. It was very refreshing. The novel is short and to the point, but feel that there could’ve been more movement in the story than increased imagery for the character. It felt like walking into a movie that already started and you were picking pieces along the way. (This makes sense as it is a prequel to the series.) I am intrigued by the Blood of the Fae series and seeing what the main saga contains for me, just so I see why the build-up.

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Raine Down (The Shadow Guardians Book 1) by CB Samet – Review by May Leadstone

Raine Down (The Shadow Guardians, #1)Raine Down by C.B. Samet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was delightful! I was intrigued when I read “Ragnarok happened.” and I picked the story up to give it a whirl. I have been drawn to Norse Mythology lately, but finally decided to pick up a novel inspired by it and I’m so glad I took the chance. There is fantasy, adventure, MAGIC/PROPHECIES, and everything I enjoy with books. The author does a great job of integrating the Norse Gods and mythology into the book! They definitely made each realm/creature its own unique features!! I love meeting a character like Raine Thoren, who kicks some ass and doesn’t take crap from anyone! Reading strong female leads is something I love doing, especially when the character is written well. Throughout the majority of the book, we journey with Raine and experience what it is like to be one of the secret Guardians. How they protect Midgard from the aftereffects of Ragnarok, and what that truly entails. We get a lens of an outsider with the FBI agent Will Decker who is committed to getting the job right within the terms of the law. He is thrust into this world when the two of them cross paths and the connection between them is instant. I think there was more focus on how these two interacted than the whole Ragnarok, but it was still a riveting novel. I would’ve liked more with Ragnarok explained, but maybe that comes with the following novels.

One of my favorite quotes belongs in Chapter 23, there is a moment where things are explained to Raine about this Shadow War, and the words exchanged are definitely going to be used to inspire my students; and were great for me as well! This author should be on your list to read! I’m looking forward to her upcoming novels and can’t wait to see where prophecies take me!

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily by May Leadstone

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I thought I would try a different novel than the ones I have been reading recently, and I’m glad I did! The author does a beautiful job of describing the feel and looks of Texas! We see this through Emma’s love for her state is how many people in Texas feel and its own unique beauty. We follow Emma through significant life decisions at The Thorn and how she handles them; which is like all Rosales women before her: head on! However, not all things can be dealt with this way which leads our heroine to take several missteps. The familial connection is one of my favorite things in the story as well as Emma’s grit in harrowing situations. (Texan women to the core!) Though the only thing that was a little underwhelming was the ending. I was hoping for a more explanation of the outcome. I truly enjoyed this book; otherwise, if you want to explore Texas and its culture, I recommend it!

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Elemental Fire (The Hidden Realms Book 1) by EG Manetti-Reviewed by May Leadstone

Elemental Fire (The Hidden Realms #1)Elemental Fire by E.G. Manetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a whirlwind romance with a compelling story!!! Immersive. Steamy. Action Oriented. It definitely gave me Maas-esque vibes! I really loved the world-building and the antagonization of the human realm and the Hidden realms. It created a realistic story about how bureaucratic issues make certain actions slower than they wish they could be dealt with. Rad’s and Sin’s story is a little fast in the beginning but it all makes sense when you get to the end! My favorite female characters are always the strong ones and Sin is no different! She doesn’t care if the job is tough and gritty it would look almost pleasurable to some of the things that she has dealt with in her small town in Massachusetts. She is an independent woman that doesn’t need help BUT isn’t hesitant to ask for it when it is needed. She has this amazing ability that allows her to see through glamour and see the world of the Hidden creatures as they really are. This is what spurred her curiosity about Rad and his connection to her friend. The rest is the journey you have to discover for yourself! This was my first novel by this author and I’m looking forward to delving into her other novels!!!!

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Tropical Date (Postscript Island book 3) by R.S. Jonesee-Reviewed by May Leadstone

Tropical Date (Postscript Island, #2)Tropical Date by R.S. Jonesee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by the author and I look forward to exploring more of her Postscript Island series! The novel was well written and an immersive world where you feel you belong. This is a book you can pick up and lose yourself. I am all for slow romance lines, but a slow-stirring plot was a minor drawback for me. The story follows 2 first-time loves, Weston and Marissa, and how they are reintroduced to each other after several years of a part with a dramatic break. Of course, there are a lot of words unsaid between the two of them, and their hometown of Postscript is oblivious, even though it might have been Marissa’s doing. They come together to explore the intrigue surrounding the island’s citizens and their possessions. Then upon further investigation, things go from curious to downright dangerous, not just for our two main characters, but others as well! Along the way they have the ability to reconnect, but will Weston’s overprotective nature and the intrigue ruin it for Marissa’s strong independent nature and protective focus for Postscripts citizens stand in the way? Read the book and escape to Postscript Island!!

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Love’s Mulligan (Stoke of Love Book 1) by CA Miconi-Reviewed by Mae Leadstone

Love's MulliganLove’s Mulligan by C.A. Miconi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story was lovely and extremely enjoyable. From the moment you pick it up, you are just engulfed in the story. I sympathize with Kellie and Harrison’s story and how the impact of first love can affect you. I love Kellie’s tenacity and determination to pick herself up when all she wanted to do was fall apart. However, when Harrison shows back up all her hard work is jeopardized. Even though this book is short in length you get a fully developed and gratifying story of Harrison and Kellie’s tale. I would definitely call it a modern version of Persuasion! Pick it up and read it! I look forward to reading more from this author!

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Changes and Challenges (Notebook Mysteries Book 3) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by May Leadstone

Notebook Mysteries ~ Changes and Challenges (Notebook Mysteries book #3)Notebook Mysteries ~ Changes and Challenges by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a whirlwind of a story! Emma and the team definitely know how to keep you on our toes from one mystery to the next. Chicago is brewing with population, unemployment, and violence issues around this time and you can see them vividly in this novel. In this environment, it’s unlikely the Company and Pinkerton’s stay still for long! I felt like I saw more action here than in the previous novel, but I did enjoy watching Emma grow and mature in this part of her journey. Especially with her friendship with Thomas and Jeremy, her family, and her business! Emma is still someone I would love to be friends with or have in my corner no matter what. Though there were a few scenes I felt didn’t need to be included as they slowed the story down. I would definitely recommend it to young adult readers. There is a hint of romance but nothing detailed as we have seen in other books. It is tastefully done and doesn’t cross that line detail for young readers.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries Book 4) by Kimberly Mullins – Review by May Leadstone

Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries book #4)Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve entirely enjoyed the Notebook Mysteries series and it just made me happy to pick up a book and go sleuthing with Emma and her gang! Book 4 is definitely my favorite out of the series! The maturity of Emma’s character and her sleuthing skills comes full circle in my view! Previously she always had to have a hand in what was going on, but as she grows older she learns to take a step back! (I feel this is very realistic and relatable!)Her hard work is definitely paying off with that she is getting noticed and making headway for women that aren’t domestic! GO EMMA! The relationships within this book, both platonic and romantic are the type we should strive for: supportive, communicative, and trusting. This took the character’s time, but I loved their journey here! I truly enjoyed the plot twists and turns she places throughout her novel but sometimes I find myself asking why did this go here? (This is most likely a reader/distracted with a toddler issue) The writing is amazing throughout, and the world just envelopes you from beginning to end! The author exposes the YA Reader to the history of the late 19th century with a twist of modernism and creates a story that is intriguing and enjoyable in some of the roughest times of the period.

The start of the novel is the best beginning to date for me! You are hurled into action, and intrigue, and just like Emma trying to take stock of what on Earth is going on!! The late 1880s are seeing Emma just grow into her skill set and the reader just can’t put this book down when she is on the case! I had to reread the last couple of pages of the previous book, but it had no connection. The way the author writes you definitely feel Emma’s emotions during this novel (as well as in previous) from frustrating to surprising situations her cases turn to the new figure that has brought drama into their lives! From trains to knife fights against the odds to kidnapping to thievery cases we see how the gang maneuvers to ensure the success of the case. I found absolute delight in the back story of Ellis and Cole, with Ellis being involved in possible intrigue! I don’t know why but it was one of my favorite bits of the novel! The whole group dynamic is tested in this novel, and you can just feel the intensity of staking claims and testing boundaries through all the characters!

Highspeed Trains, Knife fights, cases that bring drama for everyone, family drama what can make for a better novel?! NOTHING! Please read this series and enjoy!

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Blood & Vengeance (The Casket Girls Book 2) by A.D. Brazeau – Review by May Leadstone

Blood & Vengeance (The Casket Girls #2)Blood & Vengeance by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I saw this book, I was excited to pick it up and dive right into it! This second novel in the Casket Girl Series envelopes you into the world that the author built. The moment I opened the novel it came to my first stopping point-which I wouldn’t have stopped had my daughter not woken up from her nap- and I was halfway through the story! I’m elated that the novel is continuing the story from Desire’s point of view and how she has handled everything since she came to New Orleans. The only thing I was saddened to see was a tidbit from Greer’s situation, otherwise, it was a great novel! Desire out of all the Casket Girls was the relatable one for me, and someone who is honest even though it hurts is someone I want in my corner! We follow her and Theron’s journey in tracking down the remaining vampires in New Orleans, which gave me serious Buffy vibes, who had done her and her friends wrong! Her relationship with Theron is definitely not something I saw coming but thoroughly enjoyed watching unfold. Dark and mysterious Jaxon enters the scene and definitely makes it harder for everyone to concentrate, especially our favorite redhead! I suggest you read it to find out the ending and enjoy this paranormal journey for yourself!

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Blood and Ravens (Casket Girls Series Book 1) by A.D. Brazeau

Blood & Ravens: A dark, paranormal romance (The Casket Girls Book 1)Blood & Ravens: A dark, paranormal romance by A.D. Brazeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the best things about this novel, is that it’s story wrapped around a kernel of history/truth! I don’t know much about the actual casket girls, or the ladies who came over from the continent, but it does make you curious about the ladies who did come to the America. I’m sure there definitely was a strong willed lady like Desire, a survivor like Greer, a dreamer/optimist like Edith and finding something voice like Sylvie. The story for these ladies is set in a paranormal/fantasy world where the ladies are met with something not from this world and will change the course as they know it. Nothing is as it seems, and the puzzle pieces come together but will they be able to accept it? You will have to read to it to find out! The authors writing is enjoyable and creates a world that you can submerse your senses into. Read it and enjoy the ride.

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Shamrock & Clover: Field’s Apart by C.A. King – Review by May Leadstone

Shamrock & Clover: Fields ApartShamrock & Clover: Fields Apart by C.A. King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a nice and easy read. The characters have some touches of personal tragedies, but the reader only gets a snapshot into the gorgeous playboy Shamrock and the innocent point of view of Clover. I enjoyed the perspectives of both Clover and Shamrock, but they were still very mysterious and that made me want more. I think I would’ve enjoyed an extended view of their background or day-to-day with these characters. When reading it went by really fast for me personally, and there were times I would’ve liked a more defined time frame. This is the first time I have read this author and will be looking into more of her writings.

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(UN)Loved (Mixed Emotions Series) by Katy Hunter-Reviewed by May Leadstone

(Un)Loved (Mixed Emotions, #1)(Un)Loved by Katy Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Modern romance story that keeps the reader engaged about the life and intimate struggles of celebrity influencer Sophie Smith! Miss Smith allows you to be totally enveloped inside her head and see things through her eyes with her views on fame, self-expression, and life as a celebrity since she was 14. I truly enjoyed the perspective as it wasn’t one in which I have read often. Once I got started though I really had a hard time putting it down unless my eyes were drooping close. It was a pleasure to experience the paths that Sophie had to explore in order to reflect upon her own expectations. Do yourself a favor and take the stroll with the famous Sophie Smith! Though I struggled a little with the character talking to herself or to the reader (it seemed like both at times), the book is still something I would recommend for a modern romance!

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Journeys Through Collection: Volumes 1-3 by James Talisman – Review by May Leadstone

Journeys Through Collection: Volume 1-3Journeys Through Collection: Volume 1-3 by James Talisman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series is something you will not want to put down and want to figure out how it is going to play out in the end!! The world-building and character development that the author produced for this series was top-notch. The author tackled the multiverse with multiple characters, who were pretty diverse in their personalities, with great skill! I truly enjoyed myself with this Science Fiction/Fantasy novel! Even though the author was well thought out and very enjoyable, I struggled a little with the back and forth reading of the multiverse groups. Then trying to remember what happened in the previous chapter/subsection when the change occurs to another point of view. I love the worlds he creates and his characters in these awesome universes! My favorites were the Isonian Empire and The United Commons of Eurotopia, as these particular universes caught my fancy! I love the Utopian feel of the United Commons of Eurotopia, and how the exploration into the new chapter unravels! I enjoy and yearn for a relationship like Rashella and Cysoro have!! The trouble that always seems to find the protagonists keep you on edge and hopeful that they will do what it takes to live up to the expectations placed on them. There is more to the story than what is on the surface and hopefully, you as the reader can find the hidden gems!

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Daire’s Devils (Daire’s Devils Series Book 1) by Danielle Ackley-McPhail- Reviewed by MayD Leadstone

Daire's DevilsDaire’s Devils by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. It was my second attempt to get back into the science fiction and space genre! The writing and world-building were good and did engross you quickly into the story of Corp. Kat Alexander and her fellow devils! It is definitely a fast pace and adventurous novel to get your hands on! The interactions between Corp Alexander and her crewmates, especially with quick-witted Sgt Scotch, adorable Spec, and the hell water Sgt Daire, you are definitely going to want to know what happens next. The only struggle I had with this book was the military jargon that was in the first half of the story. It felt like every other word describing the surroundings, weapons, ships, had me raising an eyebrow asking “wait what?”. However, after a while, the jargon seems to disappear and it isn’t so much. It is an enjoyable science fiction book to read if you are looking to explore the genre.

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

To be a Fae Guardian (Realm Chronicles, #2)To be a Fae Guardian by Tricia Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once I started reading this book I was unable to put it down! The writing was able to LITERALLY drag me into the book and feel everything that Queen Titania was experiencing through her novel! It felt like I was standing right next to Queen Titania, her cousins, and Holden with their joy along with feeling their anguish and betrayal!! The novel continues the adventures of the fierce and protective Queen Titania and the challenges that face her reign from both inside and out. She will always put her family, friends, and kingdom first when conflicts arise. Will this be to her benefit or detriment? All she knows is she must succeed to stay on her throne! Do yourself a favor and read the series, and find out for yourself how Queen Titania demonstrates her power! I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see her story unfold.

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The Web of Humanity by Maria Turchin – Review by Mae Leadstone

The Web of Humanity: A NovelThe Web of Humanity: A Novel by Maria Turchin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m just completely gobsmacked about what I have just read! I found myself unable to put this book down even when I was exhausted from teaching crazy 8th graders!! If I could read for at least 5 minutes on Anna’s discoveries and findings I would be okay with knowing some answers! This book contains 2 of my most favorite things: history and interconnections through genealogy. Anna Venu’s story beings with family secrets and mystery! As an amateur family historian, I connected with Anna in her frustrations of meeting dead ends and having to start over THEN be presented with something totally bazaar! I was seeing myself in her character and I just had to know about her journey! Everyone is connected to some degree and world events impact not just those who lived it, but also those who come after! This complexity is shown through the present life of Anna and her journey through the past! This hit me hard when I read the book, and I feel the story created does a magnificent job displaying this fact through the Venu’s family mysteries and secrets! I’m extremely recommended this novel for your next read!!! You won’t be able to put it down!

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The Elements of the Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1) by Kay L. Moody – Review by Mae Leadstone

The Elements of the Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1)The Elements of the Crown by Kay L. Moody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book definitely catches you in its grip! Ms. Moody did a great job really building this world and its social structures- which I enjoyed the most- and the characters are very relatable. Watching the main character, Talise, evolve from where she was before joining the training for shapers to where she is at the end of the book in the center of the country is great! The trials she faced and her frustration at what was happening to her and around her definitely keep you wanting to know more. The social and political turmoil that is going through the country of Kamdaria was something to pique anyone’s interest if that is your cup of tea-I sure did. This novel does seem to pull inspiration (in my humble opinion) from Avatar: The Last Air Bender and I LOVED THIS! I have yet to run across it through my previous novels and enjoyed the novelty of it! Even though I enjoyed this book immensely, I was rather put off by the jarring inclusion of a relationship with one of the main characters. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and I struggled with why this would develop between these characters. I can appreciate Talise’s inner turmoil about this attraction, but why was she attracted at all? I hope to see more of a reason in book two, and maybe I can understand where Ms. Moody is coming from here.

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Born To Fight (Can’t Resist You Book 1) by Brittany Anne Reviewed by May Leadstone

Born to Fight (Can't Resist You, #1)Born to Fight by Brittany Anne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ms. Anne is a detailed author with her character development and the atmosphere in this book! The book was decent and enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the character’s interactions (ie Hunter and his brothers, Rain being put into new environments, etc) and the story really took off for me. The anticipation for the reveal was very well written for Rain and Hunter. I’m interested to see what happens in book 2. However, I struggled with the beginning interactions between Rain and Hunter, as it went from 0-60 real fast. Though after another chapter or so, when the other characters were introduced it was less of a struggle.

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Scarlet Princess (Lochlann Feuds Book 1) by Robin D. Mahle and Elle Madison – Review by May Leadstone

Scarlet Princess (The Lochlann Feuds, #1)Scarlet Princess by Robin D. Mahle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I COULDN’T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!! I LOVED IT IMMENSELY! Going on the journey with the reckless Rowan and her cousin in crime, Davin, into the enemy kingdom of Socair was the much-needed escape needed. The story is one that is easy to get lost in behind the enemy lines, court intrigue, relationships, and adventure! Everything definitely picks up once Lord Theodore explains the situation that the Princess and her cousin are in and how their actions have serious consequences. Enter The Summit and court intrigue and adventure for our protagonists to get involved in! Please do yourself a favor and read this book. You won’t regret it!

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Notebook Mysteries ~Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullens~reviewed by Mae Leadstone

Decisions and Possibilities (Notebook Mysteries #2)Decisions and Possibilities by Kimberly Mullins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m new to the series and didn’t realize it was the second novel, but you aren’t lost about anything if you pick it up! I love Emma’s personality and her determination to get justice for anyone who deserves it! The boarding house scenes and the interactions between the family to help Emma’s dream business work are my favorite part! The historical atmosphere is a little loose in the interpretation for me but was not a deterring factor when reading. I would recommend this book for you or your younger reader who is getting into reading!

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Journeys Through TimeSpace( Journeys Through Book 2)by James Talisman-Review by May Leadstone

Journeys Through TimeSpaceJourneys Through TimeSpace by James Talisman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As always Mr. Talisman has created a very intricate and intentional world for his characters! I immensely enjoyed the first book and the second one did not disappoint me in the least! I was able to enjoy and understand the character’s journey through the MultiVerse than in the previous novel. (Granted that was the first book and laying the foundation.) Sometimes the journey for the amazing trio seemed to slow down the story for me personally, but I feel that it was intentional on the author’s part to help you get inside of the character’s mind/motivation/ appreciation. It did pick up for me when an amazing gifted trio went through their missions through the MultiVerse and Rashella -my favorite character- appeared! Though my eyes are definitely on Thomas….I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!! Thank you Mr. Talisman for the Journeys through TimeSpace.

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The Dream Catchers (Prestoria) by J. U. Menon – Review by May Leadstone

The Dream Catchers: PRESTORIA Series Book 1The Dream Catchers: PRESTORIA Series Book 1 by J.U. Menon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book was definitely an adventure for the characters and myself! The author does great in creating tangible and authentic relationships between the characters in this story! I enjoyed seeing some of the Indian Mythology, but I was hoping for more as there was a large variety of Catchers. The concept of the challenges within the dream world of Prestoria was intriguing, however I really struggled to see the tasks the characters were to beat clearly. It did get a little more defined in the latter half of the book, but I struggled to keep up with what exactly was going on. Even so, I would recommend this book for reading as the characters are very relatable, the plotline is consistent, and imagination runs wild.

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Journeys Through SpaceTime (Journeys Book 1) Reviewed by May Leadstone

I highly recommend this novel for you to read!! The author tackled the multiverse with multiple characters, who were pretty diverse in their personalities, with great skill! I truly enjoyed myself with this Science Fiction/Fantasy novel! Even though the author was well thought out and very enjoyable, I struggled a little with the back and forth reading of the multiverse groups. Then trying to remember what happened in the previous chapter/subsection when the change occurs to another point of view. I love the worlds he creates and his characters in these awesome universes! My favorites were the Isonian Empire and The United Commons of Eurotopia, as these particular universes caught my fancy! I love the Utopian feel of the United Commons of Eurotopia, and how the exploration into the new chapter unravels! I enjoy and yearn for a relationship like Rashella and Cysoro have!! The getaway scene has definitely made my list of romantic settings! With the Isonian Empire, it was the way the author created drama between this AMAZING POWERFUL Queen and her relatives! The drama this universe creates has been around for centuries but it never gets old watching it unfold! The other universes are good as well as the characters, but these are the groups I wanted to keep getting to!

Shield & Shade (Ascended Guardians Book 1) by Misty Hayes – Review by May LeadStone

Shield & ShadeShield & Shade by Misty Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

THIS WAS A FREAKIN’ AWESOME ADVENTURE! The main Character Zoey is definitely on a roller coaster of dark twists and turns, angelic loops, and devilish corkscrews, and a story wouldn’t be complete without a boy dilemma in Fort Worth, Texas! (Not Cowboys, oil companies, and horses anywhere in sight!) Zoey and her group face when an infernal demon decides on revenge and destruction of humanity as they know it! Ms. Hayes has written an extreme action-packed adventure, where the reader can view the action from ALL her characters, and I have never seen the action scenes with this detail and raw emotion on every page. The love the characters show for family and close friends is undeniable, and even though the characters are tested and brutally challenged, however, family and love is the strongest bond of all is what I read through this book. Join Zoey Taylor and others on this roller coaster adventure for a one-of-a-kind experience!

Stepping Stone (The Stone Series Volume 2) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by May Leadstone

The scenes are never dull or boring with Krystina and Alexander! I find myself hoping the story hurries up to the next little steamy nugget! Krystina is trying to stay independent and show she doesn’t need anything, but I think everyone needs to be able to have someone to lean on…and, let’s face it, it doesn’t hurt that it happens to be a billionaire! Krystina is my favorite persona by far in this genre, granted there are many to explore, but right now she is at the top of my list! The story was good overall, but I feel like the pace of this book was way faster than the previous one, and I found myself trying to not think about how fast it was and just enjoy the story. Again the narrators are a bit monotoned and put inflections/stresses on words or sentences that don’t need it, but I was better prepared for that this time. Otherwise, this book was a great “Stepping Stone” away from reality for a little bit!

MORNIN THE SUPER BIRD – FINDS A WAY TO FIGHT EXTINCTION by JULES HEARTLY – Review by May Leadstone

Mornin The Super Bird : Mornin Finds a Way to Stop ExtinctionMornin The Super Bird: Mornin Finds a Way to Stop Extinction by Jules Heartly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great message and great illustrations

This book is a great gift for any of your littles! Your children, nephews, nieces, cousins, Etc! I like the message of trying to save the world! It all starts with a single thought and then taking the next step and making that thought turn into actions! The moment you demonstrate the action it can become the motivation others need to make sure “extinct” doesn’t happen! The illustrations for this book were beautifully crafted! The bright colors attract the attention of the young readers the book is trying to appeal to! The author also included a way for the readers to be involved with Mornin’s plan of action! When you finish the book, ask your little “ How would you do it, if you were Mornin?”

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Heart of Stone (The Stone Series Volume 1) AUDIO BOOK by Dakota Willink – Review by May Leadstone

A whirlwind romance with a dark side is how I would classify Alex and Krystina’s story! I found this story to be a very enjoyable and delicious read! Though this story is very reflective of others in this genre, I find Krystina’s story more inviting and relatable than previous reads of mine in this category. Her reactions and thoughts throughout the story are the way I might have reacted if it was me in this situation. In most other books I have read, the woman always seems to be “weaker” or “damsel in distress” and this was nice to have someone who is trying to do better than that! Who DOESN’T WANT THAT! Thank you Ms. Willink! The only real issue I had was the way the narrators performed the story! I wanted them to be more expressive than monotoned as well as their emphasis/inflection at places it didn’t sound right to have it. Sometimes they would find the right place other times not..it was hard to get past. I gave it 3 stars as it was something I got used to it and I wanted to satisfy my curiosity about what happened at the end of the novel!! I am looking forward to the next volume!