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The Lie That Binds by Amy Argent – Review by S. Bittles

The Lie That BindsThe Lie That Binds by Amy Argent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

~~~~~Mature YA/NA Romance~~~~~

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Lovable characters, although hard to relate as it is based in high school. I felt frustration at times forgetting they are teenagers dealing with their classic teenage dilemmas and high school woes (cliques, trying to fit in, struggling to find their way). With that being said, this is a great story of growth and honesty at an age where you push limits and test boundaries.

I enjoy reading novels by this author, their writing continues to be vivid and engaging pulling you in until the very last page.

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Flame and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns Book 1) by Kay L. Moody – Review by S. Bittles

Flame and Crystal Thorns (Fae and Crystal Thorns, #1)Flame and Crystal Thorns by Kay L. Moody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I could not read this book fast enough!!! The next book in the series is to be released later this year and I will definitely be preordering it. My understanding is that there is a previous series that comes before this one, but I was able to enjoy this book without reading the other series.

I throughly enjoy this Authors writing, it is so vivid and engaging, even when describing bandaging a wound. We are given a wonderful plot and very loveable characters. I look forward to reading previous books and new ones to come.

This is a shorter review because I am unable to write more without giving anything away, just go read it!!

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The True Purpose of Vines (The Winemakers Book 1) by Giovanna Siniscalchi – Review by S. Bittles

The True Purpose of VinesThe True Purpose of Vines by Giovanna Siniscalchi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The beauty of the cover caught my eye and the synopsis caught my full attention, I could not stop reading this book once I started! I read the ebook copy and I have also ordered a copy for my bookshelf.

It is evident that the Author has put a lot of time, effort and attention to detail into every. single. word. This book is beautifully written in so many ways; engaging plot line, great character development and amazingly vivid world building. You will be transported to another time, wishing for a glass of wine while you read.

We are given an authentic and culturally historic read mixed with a slow-burn romance that is both enjoyable and informative. Wine making is a new concept for me and the Author wrote in a way that you can easily understand words and phrases without getting lost in the lingo.

I love the way the Author had the main characters meet without the knowledge of their business roles to each other. I have to add that Julia is a woman way before her time! She shows great strength and resilience against the constant obstacles in her way.

Add this to the Happily Ever After bookshelf as a stand-alone, or continue with the series. I highly recommend this read and I look forward to what comes next!

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The Last Cabin Girl (Detective Josie Thompson Series) by Tom Swyers – Review by S. Bittles

The Last Cabin GirlThe Last Cabin Girl by Tom Swyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first read that includes Covid -19 as well as my first read by this Author and I love this book!

The Author has given us a very interesting and engaging plot line and has us rooting for the main character. All characters are introduced well and have their own unique twist to the story.

I really enjoyed the journal entries that are mixed between the chapters, it added to the suspense and twists throughout the book.

This is a great read if you are into crime suspense thrillers, I couldn’t put it down once I started! (I ordered a physical copy of the book before I even got halfway through the ebook!)

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Evil Sushi (Evil Sushi Book 1) by C.A. King – Review by S. Bittles

Evil Sushi (Evil Sushi #1)Evil Sushi by C.A. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book offers a very unique take on a dystopian earth and is an excellent start to a multi-book series.

At times I did feel that some things were rushed and sometimes gaps in the chapters but overall this is a quick and easy read.

This Author is very creative and you can tell by reading their books that they put a LOT of care and effort into their writing.

I will definitely be getting the next books to see how this “tail” ends!

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The Hunted (Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla) by S.B. Alexander – Review by S. Bittles

The Hunted (Vampire Navy SEAL: Sam & Layla, #1)The Hunted by S.B. Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

The synopsis pulled me in right away, this book hits the ground running and is a fantastic start to a series.

The Author does an amazing job at keeping you at the edge of your seat, reading as fast as you can. The Authors writing style flows so smoothly, along with their characters and storyline, I read the majority of the book in one sitting. I love the main characters and how their witty banter slowly draws them closer.

This is my first read from the Author and it will most definitely not be last. I am looking forward to what comes next!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by S. Bittles

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We are given a touching novella about fighting to find the light and happiness even when you are dealt a hand that is dark and full of sorrow. This is my second read by this Author and I really enjoy their righting style, again they deliver in originality and touch on cultural history.

The Author will have you feeling every bit of anguish and hope as we are told Mercy’s story from her POV. We follow Mercy throughout her life and through her difficult journey of breaking free from her generational curse.

This Author amazes me with their attention to detail and descriptions, as well as their talent of writing about sensitive topics with care and relatability.

Short novel, with big impact!

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Mermaid and the Rainbow: Mermaid Science by Lois Wickstrom – Review by S. Bittles

the mermaid and the rainbowthe mermaid and the rainbow by Lois Wickstrom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is super cute and engaging and has lovely illustrations. Such a fun creative way to show experiments to young kids.

My kids love this book, I have lost count on how many times we have read it already! After our first read we were immediately trying everything in the book.

A great read for all families!

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Return of the Elf Lord (Kingdom of the Elf Lords Book 1) by Heidi Vanlandingham – Review by S. Bittles

Return of the Elf LordReturn of the Elf Lord by Heidi Vanlandingham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was drawn to this book when I saw the beautiful cover art and after the synopsis I couldn’t wait to start reading it. I love the fantasy romance genre and the Author has a wonderful talent with their world building and the way they smoothly write in aspects of history/mythology.

The Author has given us an amazing start to the series with their unique storyline and characters. I would love to have this book on my shelf, I can’t wait to read what comes next!

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Divine Vintage by Sandra L. Young – Review by S. Bittles

Divine VintageDivine Vintage by Sandra L. Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t usually read the paranormal genre but this book did not disappoint, 5 stars!!

We are given a unique, intriguing and mysterious storyline to both the past and the present, as well as very lovable characters. The Author takes great care and attention to detail with their world building and descriptions of the many vintage items. I will be buying a physical copy of this book for my shelf!

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