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Linked: Can Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy? by Gaia B. Amman – Review by Sheri Schrader

LinkedLinked by Gaia B. Amman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Linked: Can Empathy Save the United Terrestrial Democracy? by Gaia Amman is a sci-fi, dystopian tale. Naira is the main character and she finds out she has some special abilities. The problem is she somehow ends up having to be a team with her enemy. Can this help her accomplish her goals of eliminating the President?
This is a fantastic read that kept me reading and wanting more. I like that Amman used her biology background to help with building the story. This helped keep it grounded and not get too far out. This grounding also allowed the characters and story to be familiar on a grand scale. There are similarities that are the very clear as you are reading to current day societal issues and figures in society. The characters are kept in the gray. This is true to real life because often we are presented with gray areas not black and white. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the future from this author.

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Vantage Point (A Gray Ghost Novel, book 4) by Amy McKinley – Review by Sheri Schrader

Vantage Point (Gray Ghost #4)Vantage Point by Amy McKinley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vantage Point by Amy McKinley is book for in the series A Gray Ghost Novel. This book is full of action, suspense, and some romance. Hawk Ares is part of the Gray Ghost team. He values his teammates and sees them as family. Despite this he keeps to himself and is seen as the quiet member. His neighbor, Stella Klein, arouses his attention when she is dealing with some family drama with her brother. Because of her alliance and dedication to her family she gets dragged into a dangerous situation because of her brother.
I have enjoyed other books in this series and as well enjoyed this one. It has a little bit of everything and the suspense keeps me turning pages. I really liked learning more about Hawk and being introduced to Stella. I wanted to see everything work out for Stella and Hawk was in the right place at the right time. I look forward to reading more in this series and like that each book focuses on a different team member.

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Misfortune of Song: Druid’s Brooch Series: #5 by Christy Nicholas – Review by Sheri Schrader

Misfortune of Song (Druid's Brooch #5)Misfortune of Song by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Misfortune of Song by Christy Nicholas is the fifth book in the Druid’s Brooch Series. This book can be read as a standalone and understood completely and enjoyed. This book is set in 12th century Ireland. Maelan is the head of his family and must look after them and assure that they make the best decisions. His granddaughter Orlagh is determined to not follow him and makes his life chaos. Can he keep everything together and protect his granddaughter?
This is my second read in this series and I am hooked. I enjoy both genres of historical and fantasy and this incorporates both well. The characters are well written and challenged in their lives. I can not help but get emotional at some of the things the author puts them through. I like the story and how it intertwines with the other books but is not essential to have the other stories to enjoy the individual book. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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Age of Saints: Druid’s Brooch Series: #7 by Christy Nicholas – Review by Sheri Schrader

Age of Saints (Druid's Brooch #7)Age of Saints by Christy Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Age of Saints by Christy Nicholas is the seventh book in the Druid’s Brooch series. This can be read as a standalone and enjoyed completely. This story follows Conall and his sister Lainn. Conall had made an oath to their father that he would care and protect his sister, Lainn. This story shows how even with the best intentions sometimes an oath is difficult to keep.
I really enjoyed the story and the setting in what would become Ireland. There was lots of detail but not to the point of taking away from the story. I also was concerned because I had not read the series but this is a great self-standing book. I look forward to reading more in this series and author in the future.

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Linda Gets Her Groove Thing: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 2) by J.D. Frettier – Review by Sheri Schrader

Linda Gets her Groove Thing (The Green Room Chronicles #2)Linda Gets her Groove Thing by J.D. Frettier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Linda Gets Her Groove Thing by JD Frettier is the second book in the Green Room Chronicles. There are returning characters as well as the new character Linda. Linda dies unexpectedly while fighting and is out to get revenge on her horrible ex-husband. This can be read as a standalone and enjoyed completely. Like the first book, I enjoyed the humor and the outrageousness of the story. The Green Room is a fun take on the afterlife. I look forward to reading more from this series and where the author takes the Green Room next.

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The Chosen: Book One: The Orb Quest Series by Cari Shaeffer – Review by Sheri Schrader

The Chosen (The Orb Quest Series, #1)The Chosen by Cari Schaeffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Chosen by Cari Schaeffer is the first book in the Orb Quest series. This is a great start to a series and has me wanting to read more. Gemma is a high school student, who with some of her friends find out they are different from others. This book has something for everyone, mystery, fantasy, action, and friendship. I enjoyed Gemma and her friends. They are normal but special at the same time. They have typical high school problems but also some unusual challenges.
This is a book that I didn’t want to put down and had to finish in one go. I look forward to reading more in this entertaining series soon.

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Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Sheri Schrader

Everyday EnchantmentsEveryday Enchantments by Maria F. DeBlassie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings by Maria F. DeBlassie is a collection of short musings from the author. She embraces the everyday things in life and brings that to her readers. This is a book that can be read a chapter at a time or all at one time. I like the author mentions things that we might take for granted and bring enchantment to them. She also is relatable. I read this during my lunches during a stressful week at work. I went back after lunch with a renewed sense of spirit and was able to finish my work day in a better mood and able to look at the little things differently.

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Hazed (The Hazed Series Book 1) by Brittany Butler – Review by Sheri Schrader

Hazed (The Hazed Series Book 1)Hazed by Brittany Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hazed by Brittany Butler is the first book in the Hazed series. This is an intense book that deals with college independence, romance, opposites attracting, and addiction. The story is about Taylor who has left home and the strict rules she is used to following. She meets Hayze, who is a bartender where she works. There is an attraction that can not be ignored.
The story is interesting and kept me wanting to read to find out what happens to them. I did not necessarily relate but can understand that first taste of independence that Taylor is experiencing. Some of the topics were really tough to read about but were a necessary part of the story. It lent itself to the ups and downs and emotions of the characters. Overall, I enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next book to continue the story.

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Fortitude by Carrie Dalby – Review by Sheri Schrader

FortitudeFortitude by Carrie Dalby
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fortitude by Carrie Dalby is a wonderful historical novel. Set in 1898 the story follows Claire, a sixteen year old girl. She experiences racism and the effect of Jim Crow laws on the people around her. She is held in contempt by some of her peers because she is not working in the medical tent for whites instead she is working in the tent for African Americans.
This novel is intriguing because of the historical nature and the topics covered. I liked the detail and the characters used by the author. This is a great story because it is speaking of a time that many want to forget in US history. The effects of Jim Crow laws are still seen in the south today and this speaks to how they impacted the lives of people when they were instituted. I really look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife (The Green Room Chronicles Book 1) by J.D. Frettier – Review by Sheri Schrader

Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine (The Green Room Chronicles #1)Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine by J.D. Frettier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine: A Spicy Romantic Comedy About the Afterlife by J.D. Frettier is the first book in The Green Room series. I was not sure what to expect with this book when I saw the cover and title but was pleasantly surprised. This is a short, fun, and humorous read. Bonnie has passed away and is greeted by her friend, Dee, to the Green Room. She teaches her the ropes and this allows Bonnie all sorts of abilities. I really enjoyed the interactions between Bonnie and her husband. I really wanted them to find each other again.
The characters are fun and written well. The story is short but it works and doesn’t over do the story by dragging it out. It was written with an open ending to allow for continuation of the story. I look forward to more from JD Frettier in the future.

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