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Proper Irish (Jaded Lily Book 1) by Zeia Jameson – Review by Sarah Oakes

Proper Irish (Jaded Lily #1)Proper Irish by Zeia Jameson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about culture. Stella is a party planner trying to organise a St Patrick’s Day Ball. She tries her best to arrange it despite the customers picky pacularities. But on meeting her stepson in the garden, Stella is infused with new ideas that go against everything her boss and customer wants. But at the end of the day is honour better than coin?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Stella standing up for herself but kind underneath or Padraig tough on the outside but caring on the inside. Great cast of supporting characters like the sweet and motherly Moira or the fun friend Kerry. A great antagonist in Rachel, perfectly done and not too much.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like the sense of the town with cobbled streets and small shops and everyone knowing each other. Or the garden with its green grass and the sunlight and pretty magnolia flowers. Or the scenes with the fountain with its relaxing water for a sense of calm wonderfully written. Or the scenes in moiras House with the use of the senses with taste and smell so strong its as if you’re actually there loved the sense of the novel starting straight in with the action, captivating the reader from the start. I also loved the use of Irish culture, with its food and traditions given the respext and love they deserve. Over a, a great read and I would give it five stars

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Scarlet Fever (A Johnny Delarosa Thriller Book 1) by David Stever – Review by Sarah Oakes

Scarlet Fever: A Crime ThrillerScarlet Fever: A Crime Thriller by David Stever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about crime. Johnny is an ex cop who still helps people out in bad situations. When an attractive young woman walks in with a strsnge demand and a large prize money, he can’t resist the job. But he soon realises that it is full of enemies and danger. Can he solve the mystery without getting hurt?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns 33. Well developed characters like Johnny helping people and staying kind or Claire as mysterious but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the feisty Katie or the supportive Mike.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the view over the city with its tall buildings beautiful under the sky Or the parking lot scene full of life and colour and people wonderfully written. Or the ocean palms and its room with a beach feel with greens and blues with comfortable furniture so vivid its as if you’re actually there.
The use of suspense was done well, with a mystery and details revolved slowly to keep you reading to find out what happened.
The main issue I would raise is that there were many long sentences at the start. These made it hard to get into the novel and which could have been resolved by a variety of sentence lengths to keep the reader engaged. High stakes and fast paced action made for a captivating read. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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Aiko (The Heartstrings Series #1) by Brooke May – Review by Sarah Oakes

Aiko (Heartstrings Book 1)Aiko by Brooke May
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about trying again. Aiko is a cupid that always seems to cause disaster. After so long of being a disappointment to her family, she is surprised when they give her another chance. She is given the assignment of a man called Alejandro who is unlucky in love. She struggles at first but soon finds her feet.But when things get complicated, can she achieve the impossible?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Aiko with her resilience but self doubts underneath or Alejandro stubborn but caring underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the understanding Briella or the supportive Mala or the critcisng Seraphina.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the sense of colour throughout witg the pink dresses or purple eyes or red kimono bold and vibrant and eye catching and wonderfully written. Or the sense of up the cupids home with its clouds and gates for a sense of magic and mystery. Or the colourful scenes at the start with the bright tulips and beautiful garden and the music for the feel or romance gone wrong.
A great example of world building with a series of fantasy creatures coexisting alongside humanity with their own rules and laws and societies. I loved the use of the cupids as something different than other fabtays novels using angels. These were given the respect they deserve and true to their Greek origins. I also enjoyed the tale of an unsuccessful cupid, adding a sense of humanity to the character and making her struggles emotive. I also loved the hints to history like the library and troy adding a historical side to the novel, a wonderful addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC Book 6) by A.M. Myers – Review by Sarah Oakes

Never Let Me Go (Bayou Devils MC #6)Never Let Me Go by A.M. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about finding yourself. Juliette wakes up from a coma unable to remember the last five years. She learns she was in a horrible accident that also killed her father but she doesn’t remember it. Confused and scared and alone, she tries to cope with loss. But in the end it gets too much and she decides to leave for her home. Will this adventure help her remember or will it just cause more damage?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Juliette standing up for herself but also with her fears and worries underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the kind and caring Mercedes or the bubbly Nico.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like in the recurring sunrise over the water in its quiet beauty as a sense of calmfor Juliette with vibrant colours so vivid its as if you’re actually there beautifully written . Or the scenes in Gavins house wirh it’s white walls and large rooms of marble with the island for a sense of luxury but also unfamiliarity wonderfully written.
I also liked the sense of the story starting in the hospital, making the reader want to read on to find out why she’s in there. I also loved Juliettes reaction and sense of confusion and anxiety and loss was beautifully written and emotive and powerful.
The memories worked well to display what her father was like and didn’t disrupt from the narrative of the present. The switches between perspectives worked well to display both sides of the story but soemtimes the jumps to Sawyers narrative felt discordant and it may have been better just to do It in Juliettes voixe to display her journey. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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Children Of The Future by Jane Suen – Review by Sarah Oakes

Children Of The FutureChildren Of The Future by Jane Suen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about mystery. Telly’s usual working week is altered when his school bus of children disappears. With only one child left, Telly panics and starts a search for the other children, one search turns into several as the whole town becomes involved. Can they find the missing children before its too late?
A great read, Well developed plot with twists and turns that just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Telly doing his best but with his worries underneath or Billy inquisitive but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the friendly and supportive Ray or the suspicious Steve.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like wit the school full of life and people made eerly empty wonderfully written. Or the clearing under the moon by the lake beautiful but still mysterious with the footprints in the mud. Also loved the small details like the watch and te footprints small but so vivid its as if you’re actually there.
I also liked the routine every day feel of the first few chapters contrasting with the unusual mystery of the situation beautifully written. I also liked the use of the days in the chapter headings giving the novel a fast paced feel was a great addition.I loved the use of mystery with suspense drawn out to perfection with details revealed slowly, making you want to read on to find out what happened Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency #5) by Heather Silvio – Review by Sarah Oakes

Jumping the Shark (Paranormal Talent Agency, #5)Jumping the Shark by Heather Silvio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about change. Barbara Knollman is getting ready for the electoral campaign for mayor. However, things are turned on a head when a bus carrying the candidates to a venue is involved in an accident. With only one other candidate alive, Barbara grows suspicious. Can she prove that he did it before its too late?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Barbara determined but with her doubts underneath. I loved how she was given her time to shine in this novel as a main character instead of on the sidelines. Great cast of supporting characters like the kind Liam or the concerned Lynn.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with Barbara’s house with its comfy chairs and tables, using small spaces for scenes of tension and conflict perfectly written. Or the scenes with the accident with the wrecked bus and blue lights so vivid its as if you’re actually there.
Once again, a wonderful example of world buidling with fantasy creatures coexisting alongside humanity with their own rules and laws and societies. A wonderful example of building upon the sequel with more fantasy creatures such as angels and demons and archangels true to their origins and given the respect they deserve. I loved the idea of them having powers and that angels could be ordinary people instead of being descended from gods as usually seen in fangasy novels.
The combination of the demons of fabtays and realism of politics made for a captivating read. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars

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A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack #4) by Carrie Pulkinen – Review by Sarah Oakes

A Deal with Death (Crescent City Wolf Pack, #4)A Deal with Death by Carrie Pulkinen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about control. Odette is a voodoo practitioner associated with the lua spirit Baron Samedi, the god of Death. She moves into an old house in New Orleans and lives her life without living or giving into her mysterious powers. But when ghosts walk through the house and her soul mate returns, fate seems to have other ideas. Desperate to avoid fate, Odette will have to find allies and use powers to save him. Can she do it or run from fear of her powers?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Odette standing up for herself but vulnerable and afraid underneath or James determined and cocky but kind and caring underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the fun friend Natasha or the no nonsense Noah.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the house with its bright pink walls and little windows, inviting and welcoming but still large enough for a sense of unease with empty rooms wonderfully written. Or the use of colour throughout in the small details like the purple veve scarves and the cards for a splash of colour in a harsh world around them. Or the use of the senses with the taste of rum or the smell fot he forests later on so strong its as if you’re actually there.
A wonderful example of world building with this magical society coexisting alongside humanity with their own laws and rules. A wonderful example of building upon the sequel with added fantasy elements such as ghosts and priestesses and fortune telling and the Rougarou later on.
I also loved the sense of culture this novel includes with the voodoo and its Haitain roots with tis gods and rituals and offerings, giving it an unique flavour to draw readers in and a sense of community between characters and loved the inclusion of its language and terminology which was a lovely touch. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Queen of the Warrior Bees (Natural Forces Book 1) by Jean Gill – Review by Sarah Oakes

Queen of the Warrior Bees (Natural Forces #1)Queen of the Warrior Bees by Jean Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about order. Mielitta is a young girl who hasn’t reached maturity in a fantasy world where everyone has. She continues her life as a servant despite being dissatisfied with life. One day, she serves wine at a meeting and discovers there is more to this world than she thought with a mysterious Forest nobody is allowed to enter.. Fleeing some bullies, she finds herself there and the wonders of the world are revealed to her. Can she keep it a secret and keep her life?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Mielitta trying her best and wanting more from life. Great cast of supporting characters like the bully Jannlou or the supportive Declsn.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the forest deep and green and tall trees with the wind for a sense of a magical undiscovered land of wonder. Or the wonderful use of the senses with the smells translating to words with their bright scents and colours so vivid its as if you’re actually thee. Or the water telling its story, revealing the world to us and her in a simple way and beautifully written.
A wonderful example of world building in a fantasy world with its own rules and societies and laws and histories. I loved the mystery around the Forest, making the reader wonder why the rules are there and keeps them reading to find out. I also loved the scenes with the Council, with different magical abilities from many fantasy novels with the hair and the words as something new and exciting. I also loved the use of the bees and her magic, something different to the fantasy genre, fresh and exciting. I also liked the bo and the bottle and the riddle with an air of mystery and magic from the start, wonderfully written in small details. The only issue I would raise is that there were some repetition at the beginning, which could have been reduced. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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RETURN (Rewind Book 2) by Rowan Shaw – Review by Sarah Oakes

Return (Rewind #2)Return by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about opposites. Raphael is just looking for a flat in Paris. He finds one but the owner seems to be an arrogant young man with erotic pictures on his walls. With nowhere else to go, Raphael takes a risk and moves in despite their opposites. Can they get along and make it work?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Adrien sarcastic and arrogant but vulnerable underneath or Raphael cautious and shy but caring underneath. I really liked the contrasts between them done to perfection to make their dislike relatable. The only issue I would raise is that I felt that Daniel was unnecessary and jarred from the narrative.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the inside Ariens hous with the wide rooms and white floors and ornate tiles for a sense of luxuty.and contrasting wonderfully with the bold and bright colours of the paintings perfectly written. Or the college in the rain with the umbrella and waiting in the queue so vivd it’s as if you’re actually there.
Once again, a wonderful tale about sexuality with a wonderful representation of gay people and their struggles in society. The switch of perspectives worked well to display both sides of the story and different ways of life and was easy to follow with names in chapter titles. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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The Embers We Seek: Prequel | War of Giants (A Rebel Princess Serial Book 1) by Acacia K. Parker – Review by Sarah Oakes

The Embers We Seek (A Rebel Princess Serial, #1)The Embers We Seek by Acacia K. Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about difficult situations. In the kingdom of Heros, Captain Wren leads a band of soldiers to free magical creatures from tyranny. In a desperate situation, Wren makes a stand to save thousands of innocent lives. To do so, she makes a bargain with an unpredictable force. Can Wren save the creatures or are the stakes too high?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Wren determined but vulnerable underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the blunt but caring Mor or the uncertain Ember.
I lived the visual detail throughout the novel like with the city of Eius with its towering turrets and colours for a sense of magic and awe contrasting with the barren land around it wonderfully written. Or the landscape with the green grass and the river for a sense of calm amidst the fighting. Or the scenes with the tents full of life and people with sounds and smells so vivid it’s as if you’re actually there.
A wonderful example of world building in a fantasy world with its own rules and societies and rich history. I loved the use of the maps at the start a great addition to give the reader a clear sense of geography. A brilliant addition to the fantasy genre with a variety of creatures such as griffin’s and giants and sorcerers given the respect they deserve and true to their origins. Fast paced action and high stakes in a fantasy world made for a captivating read. Overall a great read and I would give it five stars.

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