M.C. Plays Hide and Seek by Eva Grayzel

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a book that no one wants to need, and yet, unfortunately, there is a need for it. I am so appreciative that there are authors considering the hard topics as worthy of investing the time to write a book about.

Children are especially hard to help when there is a family member or friend with cancer. Cancer is a difficult disease and one that is so different in so many people. We have, unfortunately, had to help our children understand cancer for two special people in our lives. I didn’t have this book as we lived through both of these loved one’s fights and losses, and I wish I had.

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The Burden of Hate by Helen Starbuck

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay, so sometimes the third book in a series starts to become a bit repetitive or boring for me and my excitement wants…THIS BOOK THOUGH, only got better! The third book in the Annie Collins mystery series was just amazing!

The action starts off so fast, we’re immediately thrown into a wedding in upheaval and an escaped convict determined to ruin Annie and Angel. It was an exciting, thrilling story that I couldn’t put down!

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The Secrets We Keep by Nikki Lee Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was a heartbreaking thriller creating such a wild ride of emotions from start to finish. I found this book a bit hard to read due to some content that I outline in my content warning section. It was, however, an excellent story that you won’t forget about.

The characters created in this story are really well developed. I thought that the author did a wonderful job of creating story arcs and personal growth, making me care about them. I liked that we really got to see different sides of the characters, offering some better insight into their actions.

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From the Moon I Watched Her by Emily English Medley

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was a heavy, difficult read. I want to preface this review with a very strong content warning. This book will not be for everyone. Make sure to read the content warning before you decide if this is for you if you have sensitivities or triggers when reading.

Stephanie is our narrator and the main character in this book. We follow her as she ages, but her first narrative is at five-years-old. We find out that Stephanie’s father is the local preacher, extremely against the act of abortion, and yet, we soon discover that inside the preacher’s home and private life, things are disgusting, ugly, and awful.

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The Adventures of a Victorian Con Woman by Mick Davis and David Lassman

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Mrs. Gordon Baillie, or Annie, is a Victorian con woman that I knew nothing about before picking up this book. I loved reading about her wide variety of ways in which to swindle people out of something, and it was exciting to learn about her ways of escape just before she would have been caught.

There were some parts that created a more humorous view of Annie’s situations, and I enjoyed those as I found myself laughing out loud! The story is written so that while we are learning about her, it feels more like a story and less like a non-fiction history book. It was a good mix of info and story.

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One Poison Pie by Lynn Cahoon

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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A mixture of witchy magic and murder mystery? Yes, please! This is the first book in a new series, Kitchen Witch Mysteries, and I thought it was so much fun!

Mia has just moved back to her grandmother’s town where people know that there is magic, creating an open and inviting environment, for the most part. At her first job in the new town, someone is murdered and she becomes not only a suspect but also next on the killer’s hit list!

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Shattered Steel by Shauna Richmond

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This story is perfect for readers that enjoy Vikings and Game of Thrones type stories and characters! It’s a prequel to the Raghnall series, but you could probably jump in here and not be lost.

I really loved Catherine. She is a sassy, feisty lady that doesn’t take crap from anyone! Reading her story was so much fun, and I’m excited to see how she gets from here to House Raghnall to make this story come full circle! Catherine is rescued after an injury by the Olden clan. They were surprising and full of a variety of personalities, and I enjoyed that the story was told through multiple POVs. I had the chance to get some great insight into other characters!

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The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a crazy, awesome story! This was a murder-mystery/wrongfully accused/legal thriller/domestic thriller mash-up, and I loved it!

Adam is having an affair.
His mistress is found dead in his lakehouse bed.
Adam is arrested.
His wife, a top defense attorney, becomes his lawyer.
Adam swears he didn’t do it.

That’s the main idea of this one. If Adam isn’t the murderer, who is? They need to work fast because he’s getting charged with murder and the prosecution is pushing for the death penalty.

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The Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun fantasy story for middle-grade readers! I really enjoyed the 🐉dragon 😂. I haven’t read a ton of books with dragons in them, so I really liked this!

There are some great themes within the story that will resonate with many readers. Family is an important element throughout the story. I really enjoyed that the family we meet are close relatives as well as ones further along in the family tree. It’s nice to show that a family can consist of a variety of blood relatives as well as strong friends.

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Secrets of the Starcrossed by Clara O’Connor

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I feel like this book was a bit of a mixed bag. I was interested, and I didn’t ever just stop reading this book, but I also kept going back to the synopsis trying to see what it was that I was looking forward to. That Panem callout in the synopsis kept me going. It did feel a little like Panem from the controlling aspect, but I don’t think that’s enough of a connection to use that city.

The world is like ours, but with changes to history. I was really confused in the beginning. They reference historical British royalty family bloodlines, but their histories are changed, so just know going in that any history you know won’t match with this version.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. This book was beautiful. Just absolutely, heartwarmingly wonderful.

This entire story was a feel-good heartwarming read that I just wanted to hug and say thank you to. Do yourself a favor and read this one!

“Sometimes,” Mr. Parnassus said, “our prejudices color our thoughts when we least expect them to. If we can recognize that, and learn from it, we can become better people.”
Quote from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

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Beauty Among Ruins by J’nell Ciesielski

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was absolutely lovely! It’s a clean romance set in historical Scotland. The location of this story was amazing! I felt like I was right there, and I loved it! The descriptions were beautiful and perfect!

I loved that the main character is completely out of her element as she is sent from America to Scotland. I liked seeing her off-balance throughout this. It made her character journey so fulfilling! Her nursing position during the Great War made the historical aspect of this story wonderful. I liked the details and research that clearly went into making this feel so real.

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