Unbreakable Darkness (The Vigilant Book 1.5) by LM Preston

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Unbreakable Darkness (The Vigilant Book 1.5) by LM Preston
Genre – YA, Multi-Racial, African American, Fantasy
Page Count – 123
Cover Designer – Molly Phipps

Dexter never looks for trouble, it finds him. Moving to a small city from New York wasn’t his idea of an improvement. His dream of being a groomed as a pro football running back ended the moment his father uprooted his family. Day one, he landed in jail without bail and realized too late that his father made a deal to get him out—one that would change his life, and put his family forever in danger. Unfortunately, finding love always happens at the worst possible time. Dexter didn’t realize that love could also kill. Again, trouble…it finds him, but this time he’d face it – head on, and hope he survives.

Books in the Series:

Insatiable Darkness (Book 0)

Caged Fire (Book 1)

Unbreakable Darkness (Book 1.5)

Scepter Of Fire (Book 2)

Break The Darkness (Book 2.5)

Rebel of Fire (Book 3)

Sword of Darkness (Book 3.5)

Blade Of Fire (Book 4)

Read other books in the Vigilant series: Insatiable Darkness, Caged Fire, Unbreakable Darkness, Scepter of Fire, Break the Darkness.


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L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries Series Book 4) by Kimberly Mullins

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Notebook Mysteries ~ Unexpected Outcomes (Notebook Mysteries Book 4) by Kimberly Mullins
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Genre – YA, Historical
Page Count – 331
Cover Designer – Miblart

Chicago, 1887 – Events start suddenly for Emma.  She and Jeremy are chasing bank robbers who hope to stay hidden in a train wreck.  Injuries and death permeate the environment as she struggles to get help from a nearby town.  Will the robbers evade capture?  Will Emma and Jeremy emergency unscathed?

Home again, there’s time for things to settle down to normal though Emma never wants to settle for normal.  She looks to the newspaper for new cases.  When one of these starts to take up all of her time, she asked Jeremy to step-in on a second case.

Both become entangled in the two cases with both of them offering the other support as needed.  Emma’s case involves a murder and a missing husband.  Jeremy’s case involves child labor and possible sabotage.  Things aren’t as they seem in either case.  Tough decisions are made and they made Emma and Jeremy reevaluate those around them.


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Kimberly Mullins is the author of a series of books called Notebook Mysteries. Her stories are base in historical events occurring in 1880’s Chicago. She holds a BS in biology and a Masters in business. Her favorite classes were in history. She lives in Texas with her husband and son. When she is not writing she works as a Process Safety Engineer at a large chemical company. You can connect with her on her website at, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Bake Happy (Bake Believe Series Book 3) by Cori Cooper – Review by Jaimie Salmon-Colburn

Bake HappyBake Happy by Cori Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cat has got this baking happy thing down! She visited her family’s bakery and learned so much from her aunt and GG. Cooking for parties and family members has been great practice and she’s baking the world a better place one recipe at a time. Everything is going great until she has a surprise visit from someone she’s not fond of. Not only that, but her aunt JoJo has an announcement that no one saw coming! Wishes get thrown around and magic baking gets mixed up with some crazy effects. How can Cat bake happy now?! Life has turned upside down and she hasn’t a clue of how to fix it all. Bake Happy is the last funny young fantasy book to the Bake Believe series. It’s such a fun book and I can’t wait for my daughter to read it so we can talk about the series while we bake some of the recipes that are included in amazing book set!!

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Bake Off (Bake Believe Series Book 2) by Cori Cooper – Review by Jaimie Salmon-Colburn

Bake OffBake Off by Cori Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cat and her family are on a family road trip to Arizona for a Thanksgiving week. While on the break they hope to find some answers about their family bakery and the way they can bake. Now that she knows what she can do, she NEEDS to know how this happened and why! Cat has to know EVERYTHING, which is a lot. While hunting for answers, Cat and her family gear up for a baking showdown with the other bakeries in the area. Cat, her best friend (and cousin) Robyn, and her sister investigate the competition in disguises and find out a lot about the different characters who bake in their town. They also find out really quick just how crazy things can get when they bake with magic without following the number one rule: Bake Happy. Bake Off is the second book in this fun unique high-jinx kids fantasy. I personally read this book, but I think my ten year old would love this book too. If is so funny and has recipes too!! I know my daughter and I will love trying some of these recipes and trying to make them low carb and low sugar.

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Jester by Brielle D. Porter – Review by Susan Ratchford

JesterJester by Brielle D. Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By: Brielle D. Porter
Review by: Susan Ratchford
5 Stars

Lisette is a desperate illusionist in a place full of entertainers with real magical abilities, abilities she could have had if her father had not killed the king and been executed for his crimes. Oasis is a city of sin where people come to lose themselves in the lights, the booze, and the entertainment. When Lisette enters a dangerous competition to be chosen as the Queen’s Jester, the highest ranking magical position in the world, her biggest rival is Luc. A man who has all the abilities she has ever wanted. When secrets begin to unfold about the King’s death Lisette will have a big decision to make. Will she redeem her family’s name or snatch at the fame she’s worked so hard for?
What a wonderful debut novel, I was absolutely blown away! The magic and illusions are amazing and the competition is fierce! This book has everything you want from a YA novel and so much more, with wonderful twists and a super satisfying ending! Lisette is a well written and complex protagonist whose determination and desperation you can truly feel, and her rivalry with Luc is so entrancing. Brielle D. Porters’ writing is so magical that I felt like I was in Oasis with all of the unique and fun characters she created. This book truly reminded me why I’ve always loved the YA genre! A must read!!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by stephanie nicole

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Series Book 1)Ashes by MK Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This modern day fairy tale retelling really had it all. Based off of Cinderella this novel was so good I couldn’t put it down, however I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. This book was full of great characters , magic, romance and so much more that I couldn’t help but give it five stars. This is my first novel by this author but based on the wonderful story, the beautiful cover and so much more I will definitely be looking for the next novel on this series.

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Bake Happy (Bake Believe Series Book 3) by Cori Cooper – Review by Julie Johnson

Bake HappyBake Happy by Cori Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This trilogy comes to an end with this book that focuses on Cat’s continued baking escapades. I’m going to miss this neat little series of books that features some really good recipes, as well as a great story!

Cat and Nate still have a love-hate relationship. More on the hate side. When they swap family curses, things become a little more interesting. I do like that Cat got a taste of what Nate felt. Not sure the curse had the same effect on Nate in regards to Cat. I think it gave Cat a better appreciation for Nate, although she continued to be pretty icy towards him.

This is a great book for pre-teens and teen girls and boys who enjoy baking. It would be a great book to read with a trusted adult that could help them bake some fun recipes! There is a hint that Robyn might get her own story and I do hope she will!

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Bake Believe (Bake Believe Series Book 1) by Cori Cooper – Review by Deborah White

Bake BelieveBake Believe by Cori Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading the story of Cat and her journey from “making” frozen waffles and microwave dinners to learning how to bake. It is a sweet story of a middle school girl who’s finding her way in more ways than one, from navigating her crush on a cute new guy who just moved to town to learning more about her family history she is discovering what makes her happy. Cat’s unique journey has allowed her to learn her family history and discover more about why baking is just so important to her family. Bonus: there’s a recipe after every chapter 🙂

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Bake Happy (Bake Believe Series Book 3) by Cori Cooper – Review by Deborah White

Bake HappyBake Happy by Cori Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you haven’t read Bake Believe and Bake Off, do yourself a favor and read those, then read this you won’t be disappointed! I’m so grateful to Cori for introducing the wonderful world of Cat Anderson and her family. This story tied together the mystery of their family’s blessing/curse and I can’t wait to share it with my daughter, who is a big fan of baking. I’m sad that this is the last book in the trilogy but it concluded in a way that leaves me satisfied in spite being sad to see it end. PS- I have definitely bookmarked several recipes I plan to try soon 😉

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Jester by Brielle D. Porter – Review by Callie LaMarche

JesterJester by Brielle D. Porter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jester is a must to read! Oasis a town where people come to be entertained. (It reminds me of Las Vegas.) There are magicians that use real magic or slight of hand. Lisette is in love with being in the spotlight but without the use of magic she has to work twice as hard. The Queen has come to Oasis to select her next Jester. Her biggest competition is Luc, an arrogant and handsome man. She will do anything to become the Queen’s Jester. How far will she go to achieve her dreams?

I absolutely loved Jester by Brielle D. Porter! I couldn’t put the book down! I extremely liked Lisette because of her determination to achieve her dream, which I found relatable. With a speckle of magic, mystery, and suspense this book was able to tell an amazing story and made me feel like I was sitting in the audience watching the show. I look forward to more books by Brielle D. Porter since this is her debut novel.

Reviewed by @callielamarche

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